In celebration of National Library Week we want to know how the library has been helpful to you! Stop by the library during National Library Week (April 12-18) and add your experience in person, via social media, or click the button below to share your experiences online. All responses will be shared with the East Lansing community.
Libraries are made by their patrons and on Wednesday, April 15, the staff of the ELPL want to say 'Thank you.' Stop by the library for refreshments, goodies, and contests. Also, just for that day, whatever you pay toward your late and renewal fines, we'll match and waive that amount. If you pay $3.00 toward late fines, we'll waive $3.00 off.
East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room
On Friday, March 27, Miss Lezlee's StoryTime is all about ballet! Four dancers from the Children's Ballet Theatre will be on hand and there will be a drawing for ticktes to their spring production. The StoryTime will be in the Children's Programming Room.
Oh my goodness, this book broke my heart. Jacobson's tale of brother and sister, Arianna and Gabe, and their struggle to stay together no matter what is guaranteed to at least make you tear up. These siblings lose their father, their mother, and then their home when things are no longer working out between Gabe and Jana, Ari and Gabe's rules-loving guardian.
But surprisingly, this novel isn't an overwrought tear jerker. The author doesn't go for the easy cry. For me, the book was so moving because of how skillfully Jacobson conveyed how homelessness can make the small everyday tasks of living so difficult. For Ari, a lost library card means missing yet another deadline for her research paper. A forgotten backpack means she won't have a clean school uniform the next day and it will be that much more likely that her classmates will complain about her smell.
I read Paper Things solo in just a few days. I plan to read it again outloud to my 7 and 9 year old boys. This year one of them had a classmate that experienced a period of homelessness and both boys had lots of questions about how that could happen and what they could do to help. At the time we had several discussions about this issue but I think reading Paper Things will be another way for them to think about homelessness and family while enjoying a compelling and well written story.