Homework Help

Mon, 11/07/2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
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!

It's Time to Stock Up!

Beginning Monday, August 22, the Children's and Adult Fiction sections of the library will be closed for renovations.  Check out your items this week and keep them until October!

Also remember, beginning Friday, August 26 the entire library will be closed for the final phase of the renovation.  Click here for all the details!


Renovation Project Home Page


Last Day for Summer Reading Prize Pick-Up is Saturday, August 13

Summer reading is drawing to a close.  Congratulations to everyone who participated!  You have until Saturday, August 13 at 6pm to pick up/redeem any and all summer reading prizes.  

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham

If your child is looking for a new series to read, I recommend giving one of John Grisham’s Theodore Boone novels a try.  They are fast paced and have interesting characters.  Each story is self-contained so you do not need to read them in order!  The stories revolve around Theodore, a lawyer-in-training.  His mother and father are lawyers and he sometimes is asked to use his knowledge of the law to help his classmates when they get involved in situations.  He has his own little office in the law firm his parents own, and a trusty dog!  There are six books in this very popular series.

Final Renovation Closure - August 26 through September 30

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will be closed to patrons Aug. 26-Sept. 30 to complete the renovation of the building’s interior and transition library materials back into the full library space.

During the closure, new furniture will be brought in, shelves will be rebuilt, library materials will be reshelved and all final work will be completed.

During the closure, materials without holds will not be due and all digital resources will remain available to patrons. An external book drop will be available outside of the building for those patrons who do wish to return items. Additionally, library staff will use the building’s north foyer as a location for patrons to stop by for their hold pick-up items on weekdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. It should be noted that a few previously scheduled community events will take place at the library during its closure, including the One Book, One Community author’s event with Ben Rawlence on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and a performance by David Roth and Reggie Harris on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

“We appreciate our patrons’ ongoing patience as we work to complete this exciting project,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We are looking forward to unveiling the completed improvements to our patrons this October.”

ELPL’s grand re-opening is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1. Grand re-opening events will include a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon and family activities from noon-2 p.m.; including face painting, bubbles, balloon animals and more.


Library Closure:  

August 26-September 30

Hold pick-up times during closure (Monday - Friday, except September 5) :

  • 11 am - 1 pm
  • 5 - 7 pm

Grand re-opening celebration:

Saturday, October 1 from 12 - 2pm

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

As a huge fan of the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems, I have to admit I was sad when the latest book came out, which is the last one for Gerald and Piggie.  It is called The Thank You Book and it does not disappoint!  These books teach great lessons and are just plain fun!  I highly recommend them for any early readers, or parents reading aloud to their children.

Saving Lucas Biggs

Saving Lucas Biggs is the first book by the writing partners, husband and wife team of Marisa de los Santos and David Teague.  It is a well-written, captivating book that involves the O’Malley family and their “quirk” – the ability to time travel.  Margaret O’Malley learns that “history resists” when you are going back in time to change the past, but she desperately wants to help her father who has been found guilty of the crimes of arson and murder and sentenced to death.  The chapters alternate between present day 2014 and 1938.  It was a good escape from recent news, and this quote from the book even helped me put things in perspective:

“For every big, bad, attention-getting thing that happens, there are thousands of small good ones, acts that might even seem ordinary but really aren’t, so many that we can forget to notice them or to count them up.  But it’s what has always amazed me:  not how terrible people can be to each other, but how good, in spite of everything.” 

So, I will keep that in mind when the news is full of the big, bad attention-getting things, and I will be thankful that the library is full of books that will help me escape for a little while.

2016 Story Days for Stories in the Garden

Michigan 4-H Children's Garden

Summer is just around the corner.  At the Library we are looking forward to another season of Stories in the Garden.  Plan to attend one of the three Story Days at the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden planned for this summer:

  • Wednesday, July 13, 10-11:30am
  • Wednesday, August 24, 7-8:30pm


As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

When I read something by a “new to me” author that I really like, I want to read all of the books that they have written!  So this weekend after reading As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds, I put myself on hold for his book All American Boys, and checked out The Boy in the Black Suit and When I Was the Greatest

I liked everything about As Brave as You – the characters, plot, writing style, even what the author had to say about himself on the flap!  The story centers around two brothers who go to stay with their grandparents while their parents go on a vacation to try to work out some of their issues.  The youngest, Genie, is worried about them getting divorced. 

The boys get to know their grandparents and life in Virginia, which is very different than life in Brooklyn!  Ernest and Genie have a whole list of chores to do every day and they don’t even have an internet connection!  The story takes a lot of different twists and turns, and focuses on the sweet relationship that is blooming between Genie and Grandpop.  I don’t want to give out too many details, but I highly recommend this book.  I'll keep you posted on his other titles.

There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

I picked this book up as I was going through my semi-regular scouring of the lists of potential 2017 Caldecott Award contenders (which is a great way to stumble across new and wonderful picture books). Out of the most recent stack I checked out, There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith was by far and away my absolute favorite. I expected to like it (I’ve been a fan of Lane Smith’s work since my own childhood when he teamed up with Jon Scieszka to illustrate several of his books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs), but even with that expectation, I was blown away by just how beautiful and touching this book turned out to be.

The premise of the book is straightforward enough: we see an unnamed, leaf-clad child in nature as he encounters different groups of animals and learns the names for their various communities (a pod of whales, an unkindness of ravens, and so on). We watch him join in with these different communities and take part in their rituals and experiences before moving onto the next. What initially seems like it might be a disparate set of encounters turns out to be his journey as he eventually makes his way towards his own group, a – you guessed it – tribe of kids. And although it’s clear that his path is designed to take him towards this tribe where he belongs and recognizes himself in its others members, we still see him joyfully experiencing life among the other groups of animals as he makes his way there, even if they aren’t his own tribe.

The text is sparse while still being engaging, and the illustrations elevate this book to something really beautiful and immersive. They are rich, textured, and whimsical, with so many things to discover that you almost have to go back to certain pages. From his very first meeting with a colony of penguins, I was hooked on this gorgeous celebration of nature, communities, and the joy we can feel while immersed within both those things.

Find it here at ELPL.