ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Workshop - Melted Crayon Art

Wed, 12/09/2015 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio in Downtown East Lansing

Using our supplies, create a one of a kind work of art! Use crayons and heat to create a masterpiece. Ages 8 and up.

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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Celebrates Winter Glow!

Sat, 12/05/2015 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio in Downtown East Lansing

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio will be bustling with activity during East Lansing's annual Winter Glow celebration.  Stop by from 2-5pm to check out the activities and warm up!

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Beyond the Wild Things

We all know and love Maurice Sendak for his creation of the Wild Things and their terrible roars! But, I grew up listening to Really Rosie which combined many of Sendak's other books into the story of Rosie and the Nutshell Kids. Here are the 4 books we have here at the library that you can read along with as Carole King sings the stories of Rosie and the Nutshell Kids.

The Sign on Rosie's Door is the inspiration for Really Rosie, taking the characters introduced in the book to tell the stories of his other books. The idea is that on a regular summer day in New York City, Rosie and her friends (the Nutshell Kids) use their imaginations to create fantastical situations and make up alternate realities to their regular neighborhood.

Chicken Soup with Rice tells the story of the year, what we do in different months and how to enjoy our surroundings.

Pierre, a cautionary tale in five chapters and a prologue. What happens when the only thing you say is, "I don't care?" Take a lesson from Pierre and beware of hungry lions!

Alligators all Around is an alphabet tale. Using alliteration, Sendak and King have created an easy to follow alphabet sing-along!

Check out everything and have a Rosie Day!

Thanksgiving Closures

Library closures for Thanksgiving are as follows:

  • The library will be closing at 6pm on Wednesday, November 25.  
  • The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  
  • The exterior book drop will be open and available for patrons to use.  
  • The library will re-open at 10am on Saturday, November 28. 

The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio in downtown East Lansing will be closed on:

  • Thursday, November 26
  • Thursday, November 28
  • The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio will re-open at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 1.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Practice Your English for Kids

Sat, 12/19/2015 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio in Downtown East Lansing

Make friends and enjoy fun activities while practicing English!

For ages 4-10.  All skill levels welcome!


Please note, beginning November 7, Practice Your English for Kids will move to the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio at:

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Books & Bagels at 2.0

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.

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Mon, 11/30/2015 -
10:30am to 11:00am
East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

BabyTime is an interactive early literacy experience intended for babies ages birth to 2 years.  It includes nursery rhymes, songs, puppets, rhythm activities, sharing a book, freeplay and more.  Babies are born ready to learn.  BabyTime is important to help lay the foundation for learning in a fun and relaxed fashion.  Although your child is years away from becoming a reader, he or she starts to develop the skills necessary for reading and writing at birth.  BabyTime is one of ELPL's Early Literacy programs that not only teaches and reinforces these important skills, but also makes them for for both parent and child.  

Fall BabyTime sessions:

  • November 16
  • November 30
  • December 7
  • December 14

Please note, beginning November 2, BabyTime will move to All Saints Episcopal Church at:

800 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project which begins in December.

Want to know more about the renovation of the East Lansing Public Library?  Visit:


Fri, 12/04/2015 -
10:30am to 11:15am
East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

StoryTime is an early literacy experience intended for children ages 2-5 years old.  It includes listening to stories, puppets, singing songs, participating in rhythm activities and an optional craft or related activity.  StoryTime helps lay the foundation for learning in a fun and relaxed fashion.  StoryTime is one of ELPL's Early Literacy programs that teaches and reinforces these important early literacy skills while providing a fun and engaging activity for children.  Caregivers are invited to stay in the StoryTime room or in the library, depending on the child's comfort level.


Upcoming sessions of StoryTime:

  • November 20
  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18


Please note, beginning November 6, StoryTime will move to All Saints Episcopal Church at:

800 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project which begins in December.

Want to know more about the renovation of the East Lansing Public Library?  Visit:

I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz

We read through 20-30 new picture books every month with our 5 year old.  (Thank you, THANK YOU, Dear Library!)  And though almost every new book is his "favorite", at least for a night or two, something special happened when my husband and son read I am Henry Finch together before bed one evening.

You see, Henry Finch starts out as an average bird, almost exactly like every other charimingly rendered thumbprint-based finch in his flock.  But soon, he wakes, and then awakens, and realizes that he exists.  And can think.  And that quite possibly he is an amazing finch!

I am Henry Finch is the rare, philosophical picture book that entertains, engages and enlightens.  As my husband read aloud Henry Finch's discovery of death, birth, individualism and community, my son, who often can't sit still, remained not only seated but nearly rooted to his seat, as his face waxed through looks of introspection, mild horror and eventually existential shock.  And after the book was finished, when my husband asked my son what he thought, he said simply "Again."   And they read it again.

And since then, every morning, and every evening, we have read I am Henry Finch again, and again, and again.  More than any other picture book we have ever read, even Goodnight Moon.

For now you will have to place a hold on I am Henry Finch (we promise to have it back soon) but please do, and once you receive the book, please give it a try and read it through in its entirety, even though the story seems a bit dicey at times.  I can't give anything away but let's just say that Henry Finch makes a very impassioned plea for vegetarianism after a personally alarming experience.  Because of this I can see some parents and caretakers being afraid to push on through the story, but please try.  The ideas explored in the book are very accessible, and intriguing to children and Henry Finch is a great introduction to thinking and philosophy.

The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland

Beaver is a bit self centered and short sighted.  After finding himself on the wrong side of a falling tree one day, beaver begins to see the error of his ways.  My favorite part is when he enters re-hab and slowly builds himself back to health.

The Tale of the Once-ler

"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees." When I was a child, the recycling movement was really just starting to gain public notice. We started having paper recycling boxes at school and I would help my neighbor take recyclables to Granger every weekend. Now, we can just roll our new recycle bins out to the curb every other week and the city helps us take care of it. In the early 90s, my older sister had to give a performance of The Lorax. For weeks and weeks, I heard this story on repeat. It was started out as entertaining, and after the 50th time, it was like a broken record. But, looking back on it, Dr. Seuss has created a cautionary tale of why we must take care of our planet. There are things that exist in limited supply and once gone, they may never come back. The Lorax is the story of the Once-ler, a driven business-man who creates a product called a Thneed. The Thneed is made from the Truffula Trees. The Lorax comes to raise the alert that by chopping down the Truffula Trees, the Once-ler is harming the Brown Bar-ba-loots, the Swomee-Swans, and the Humming-fish. When the Lorax can take no more, he leaves the Once-ler with one word of wisdom: Unless. Unless care and concern for the environment exists within all of us, our impact on the planet will end in very poor living conditions. Take the lesson of The Lorax and make the effort to live a more sustainable life and help make our community a better place.

Larf by Ashley Spires

I love a good sasquatch story, and Larf does not disappoint.  A loveable, hairy, seven foot tall vegetarian who enjoys the quieter things in life.  He is content to live alone with his pet bunny, until the day he makes an enormous discovery that changes everything.  You will fall in love with Larf.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

As a children’s librarian, it’s probably no surprise to my friends and family that I like to give picture books as presents when babies are born. I always tried to pick a few of my best loved classics as well as some modern favorites, and recently a pattern among the modern titles has begun to emerge -- I think I’ve brought Andrea Beaty’s 2013 book Rosie Revere, Engineer to the last three baby showers in a row that I’ve been to. But in my defense, this book has absolutely everything I love in a picture book. Bold, eye-catching illustrations? Check. Clever and irreverent writing? Check. An inspiring, stereotype-defying message? Check plus.

Rosie Revere, Engineer is the story of a young girl whose love of all things tinkering, inventing, and engineering is hindered by her fear of failure. She dreams of building an airplane, but what if it doesn’t fly? What if it’s true that girls are no good at inventing? What if absolutely everything goes wrong? Luckily for Rosie, her great great aunt Rose (recognizable as an grown up version of Rosie the Riveter) is also an engineer who spent time building airplanes during World War II, and she helps bolster Rosie’s confidence and remind her that the only failure is not trying. Together, they craft Rosie’s first attempt at an airplane.

I have to add in my favorite passage, which takes place right after Rosie’s first attempt only hovers for a moment before crashing, because it encapsulates the spirit of the book so well:

It crashed. That is true.

But first it did just what it needed to do.

Before it crashed, Rosie…

before that…

it flew!

Your brilliant first flop was a raging success!

Come on, let’s get busy and on to the next!

Tell me that’s not an awesome message for any young reader!

Find it at ELPL here.