Find Out - What is the name of the phenomenon that explains why humans see still drawings shown in rapid sequence as moving "animated" pictures?
Try Out - We've pinned lots of animation projects and activities on ELPL's Pinterest Week 8 board. Try one out or design your own activity to explore the amazing field of the science of animation.
Go Out - Check out an animated movie or short film from the library, Netflix, internet, Redbox or video store, or, visit a movie theater to watch one on the big screen. What kind of animation is it? You can also join us on Wednesday, August 6 at 1pm, for an exclusive screening of the short films made during ELPL's LEGO Animation Workshop. Screening of short films begins at 1pm and at 2pm, we'll be showing The LEGO Movie. Free popcorn while supplies last. What kinds of animation were used in the short films and The LEGO Movie?
The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems is a delight for young readers. The newest book, My New Friend is So Fun! is fast becoming one of my favorites. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. But what happens when your best friend has a new friend? What if they start to like the new friend more than they like you? Those questions and more are explored in this silly book that is fun to read. Perfect for anyone who likes pigs, elephants or friends!
Join us as we invite therapy dogs to the library. Dogs love to listen to young readers. Perfect for children who just want a good listener to sit with them while they read out loud. Ages 3 and up. No registration required.
Is your child is entering kindergarten this fall? If so, he or she won’t want to miss our 8th annual Welcome, Kindergarten! storytime. Children will hear special stories about going to kindergarten read by local kindergarten teachers, sing lively songs and finish off the afternoon by doing a very special craft.
We received our 3D printer and it is up and running! We printed a few knick knacks just to test it out. But, today we're printing a polygonal bunny figurine! It takes 6-7 hours to print and is about 70 grams. We will be installing more options for the Studio in the coming weeks and hope to have it all ready for the public in August or September. Keep checking back with us for more updates!
This Tuesday, July 22, you'll have a chance to fulfill the Go Out Challenge for Week 7 by attending our Instrument Petting Zoo. William White, from White Brothers Music of Bath, will be at the library with an array of instruments to try out. Event is from 7-8pm in the library's meeting room.
The new equipment for the Studio is starting to roll in and first to arrive is the library's new 3D printer and 3D scanner! Installation of the equipment will begin on Monday and if testing and implementation goes well, we hope to launch the lab to the public in August or September. We'll be posting more updates as more equipment is installed so check back to get regular updates.
I have long been a fan of Kevin Henkes. Two of his picture books, Owen and Chrysanthemum, are huge favorites of mine and if you haven’t read them to your young child I highly recommend them! The Year of Billy Miller is a 2014 Newbery Honor winner and one of the sweetest books I have read this year. The characters are funny, the story is engaging and the illustrations are charming. Billy is about to enter 2nd grade when he has an unlucky fall and bumps his head. He begins to question whether or not he’s smart enough and if the fall impacted his ability to learn and remember. Changes are happening in his family and his life and Billy is learning how to navigate many things at once. Dioramas, which I believe are a lost art, also play a part in this book and got my immediate attention!! This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
Go Out - Take a look at some of the best of architecture in Michigan, either by looking online or paging through books and magazines. Then take a walk around your neighborhood. What types of buildings do you see? Do you recognize any iconic architectural styles? Take a trip to downtown East Lansing or Lansing. What kinds of buildings shape the region's downtowns?
ELevate is a 4-week interactive entrepreneur program for teens entering grades 7 - 12. Teens will learn how to launch their ideas into a business by learning from the Generation E Institute curriculum. During these sessions, participants will be introduced to characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, interview and learn from local business owners, create their own business and sell their product.