A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

"I am a child of books.

I come from a land of stories,

and upon my imagination,

I float."

So begins the latest, and perhaps most enchanting picture book ever written by author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. A Child of Books is the result of a new collaboration for Jeffers (his most popular to date having been with author, Drew Daywalt, in The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home) with fine artist, Sam Winston. While Jeffers is famous for creating oftentimes hilarious stories with his signature child-like illustrations and handwritten text, this latest work surprised me. It is an ode to a love of reading, to the power of imagination, and it is art

The story begins with a young girl, floating upon a raft above a sea of words. Soon, she comes ashore and meets a little boy, and together, they embark on the greatest of adventures. They climb mountains of make believe, play hide and seek in a forest of words, and escape an attack by a giant, marauding monster. Text from famous works such as J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is incorporated into every page, taking shape to form landscapes to explore, and delivering a much larger message to us all. Stories can bring you to far off places, it's true, but with a bit of imagination, far off places can even come to life.

Books & Bagels - November 2016

East Lansing Public Library - 3/4 Meeting Room

Books & Bagels will be discussing the Young Reader's Edition of Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario.  This book was the 2016 One Book One Community selection.  Marianne Forman, retired ELPS teacher, will be leading the discussion.  Panera Bagels of Frandor donates the bagels for this popular program.  First 15 to register will receive a free copy of the book.  This session is expanded to include kids in grades 4-8, rather than just 4-6.

Thanks to Panera Bread of Frandor for the bagels!

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Mon, 12/12/2016 -
10:30am to 11:00am
East Lansing Public Library

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.  

Upcoming BabyTime sessions:

  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 12


Fri, 12/16/2016 -
10:30am to 11:00am
East Lansing Public Library

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:

  • December 2
  • December 9
  • December 16


Knitting and Crochet Group

Tue, 12/13/2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Welcome back knitters and crocheters!! Are you working on a project and need a little help? Do you want to share the joy of yarn-craft with others? Come to the library and work with other knitters and crocheters! All ages and levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use our basic supplies.

Upcoming sessions of Knitting and Crochet Group:

  • December 6
  • December 20
  • January 3
  • January 17
  • January 31
  • February 14
  • February 28
  • March 14
  • March 28

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Change to My Account Login Page

Starting today, patrons logging into the My Account page of the library catalog will no longer need to fill in their name.  Only barcode and PIN will be required.

Why is the library making this change?  Coming soon, the library will be rolling out a new library catalog and website.  Both of the new sites offer many patron friendly features that will enable you to find new favorite authors and titles and connect with other ELPL patrons.  The change to the current My Account page will facilitate the move to the new catalog and web site.

If you have any questions about the change please email, and thank you for your patience as we work to make your online patron experience engaging and intuitive. 

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett

There are certain (okay, several) picture book authors and illustrators whose books I will automatically check out whenever they publish something, and Mac Barnett is definitely one of them. I love so many of his stories (Leo: A Ghost Story and Count the Monkeys, anyone?), so when his newest book, How This Book Was Made, was released, I knew I had to snag it. I did, and as I expected it would be, it was so much fun!

This is a book that’s all about the process of making a picture book – how an author writes, how an editor edits, how an illustrator illustrates, and how all of those things come together to make the books we love. In other hands this might sound like a somewhat dull premise, but this book has Barnett’s goofy and insightful sense of humor all the way through, and Adam Rex’s illustrations match that tone perfectly. There’s plenty of information as well as silliness for little readers as well as grown-ups to love here, and it just might spark an interest in a kiddo who can see themselves writing their own books some day!

Find How This Book Was Made and other works by Mac Barnett here at ELPL.

Building Excitement

The time is getting near for the newly renovated East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) to open.  I hope everyone can join us on October 1, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for our Grand Re-opening and Ribbon-cutting.  There will be short presentations, family-fun activities, a giant pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company, balloon animals, face painting, library tours and more.  I would love to see the entire community come out to help us celebrate their new library space.

A huge thank you to our patrons and to the East Lansing community for enduring 11 months of construction at the library.  We did our best to keep service interruptions to a minimum, but things were just not the same, and about half the collection was not available during the project.  The ELPL staff and patrons were fantastic and hung in there throughout the hammering and dust.  The staff and I are excited to show you your library.  Thank you to our anonymous donor who made starting this project possible.  There is more to do, but we will take a couple of months to enjoy the “new” East Lansing Public Library.  See you on October 1 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) for the re-opening celebration.

Books & Bagels Returns in October

East Lansing Public Library

Welcome back to another year of Books & Bagels, ELPL's book discussion group for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders! Each month from October through May we will get together to discuss the book of the month and enjoy free bagels and a hands on activity. For the month of October, we won't have a book, but we will have a meet and greet at the library where we can talk about what we've read over the summer, enjoy a snack and meet each other, and pick up copies of November's title - the Young Reader's edition of Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario, the 2016 One Book, One Community selection.

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

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Back to School Reads

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and another school year is starting! Get back into the swing of things (or ready for your very first day) at elementary school by checking out our list of back-to-school picture books and early readers!

And remember that while we’re closed to complete the library renovation, you can still order books and pick them up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and our digital collections are always available at!

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

I’m always intrigued when an author whose books I enjoy as an adult reader ventures into the world of children’s fiction.  I like the book Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos, so I was anxious to read her second foray into children’s literature, Connect the Stars, which she co-authored with her husband, David Teague.  The cover art drew me to the book while I was putting some titles out on display!  The story is about two teens, Audrey and Aaron, who meet at Wilderness camp.  They are both struggling with life in general, due to parts of their personalities that don’t quite mesh with other middle schoolers.  Trying to find their way through the adventures of camp and working together to handle the calamities forms the basis for their friendship, even though Audrey has given up on friends and people in general.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story, and also to someone who might need to know that things usually work out OK in the end.

Homework Help

3/4 Meeting Room

Homework can be a struggle.Sometimes it helps to have someone new assist your child with their homework.  Each Monday the MSU College of Education honors organization Kappa Delta Pi will tutor students grades K-12 from 5-7pm.   No registration required!

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. Invitation to Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement at the college level, a commitment to being an educator in the future, and a healthy attitude which ensures success in the education of students.

Homework Help will meet every Monday through December 5, except October 31 and November 21.


The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

Thank you to Kelsey at ELPL for showing me The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas! This picture book tells the sweet story of a man who uncorks bottled messages set adrift in the ocean and delivers them to their destination, all while secretly hoping to one day find a message that’s meant for him. When he comes across an invitation to a party happening the next day with no name attached to it, he sets out to find the recipient – and finds friendship of his own in the process. It’s a sweet book with beautiful artwork, and although it’s definitely one of those picture books that was probably written with the intention to appeal foremost to adults, little ones will nonetheless enjoy this comforting, whimsical book and its gorgeous illustrations. Find it here at ELPL!