Kids

Maker Studios Opening Soon

If you follow any of ELPL's social media profiles you know that we've been posting lots of photos of our latest 3D prints.  We've also been busy installing and configuring all the other awesome pieces of technology and equipment that will be available in the two new maker studios opening in the next month.  Yes, that's right, the library is opening two makerspace facilities in the next 30 days that will enable people of all ages to create, make, innovatve and produce.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield

Kanefield tells the story of Barbara Rose Johns, whose fight for equality in the schools of Farmville, Va., went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. In 1950, 15-year-old Barbara Johns was a junior at the all-black Robert R. Moton High School in rural Virginia, a crowded school using temporary classrooms that were little more than tar paper shacks, more like chicken coops than classrooms, with leaky roofs and potbellied stoves that provided little heat. Farmville High School, the white school, was a modern building with up-to-date facilities. Sick of the disparity, Barbara led a strike, demanding equal facilities in the schools of her town. Her actions drew the usual response from the white community: cross-burnings, white stores denying credit to black customers and criticism for their "ill-advised" actions. Although threats caused Barbara's parents to send her to live with family in Alabama, where she graduated from high school, the Moton students' case was eventually bundled with others, including Brown v. Board of Education. In an attractive volume full of archival photographs, informative sidebars and a clearly written text, Kanefield shares an important though little-known story of the movement.  Copyright 2013 Kirkus Reviews.

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Participates in Lansing Maker Week

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

This Tuesday ELPL's 2.0 Maker Studio will be a stop on the first ever Lansing Maker Week tour.  Stop by the maker studio between 12-5pm to try out our Arduino lab, help us start to build our LEGO walls and displays, and try your hand at 3D printing.  We will even have a Maker in Residence in the facility to help you learn how to make your very own super cape.  Tuesdays are always better with a cape.

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Special StoryTime - Talk Like a Pirate Day!

On Friday, September 19 our weekly Storytime will be taken over by pirates!  In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, we will share some pirate stories, pirate songs, and of course, pirate talk.  We will also be creating a pirate craft to take with you, so you can be a pirate everywhere you go!  

New titles on Hoopla

If you haven't browsed Hoopla lately you are missing out on lots of great new content.  Here are just a few of the thousands of brand new audiobooks, albums, TV shows and movies you can enjoy for free with your ELPL library card:


You also have access to Hoopla music so new that is isn't in our catalog yet, including:

Haven't tried Hoopla yet?  Sign up online and start downloading immediately!

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

For grades 3-6.  Each year, Gloriana Hemphill celebrates her Fourth of July birthday at the community pool. But the summer before her twelfth birthday, in 1964, Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is in turmoil, and that turmoil reaches right into Glory's life. Yankee freedom people have infiltrated the town, rousing rabble and insisting the white-only pool be desegregated. The town council, in response, has closed the pool for repairs, indefinitely. And so Glory's summer, once a promise of happy tradition, is now fraught with unwanted change. First-time novelist Scattergood has a deft hand with characterization, fully realizing the supporting players, from Frankie, Glory's best friend and son of the bigoted town council chief, to Jesslyn, her teenaged older sister, to Laura, a girl visiting from Ohio while her mother sets up a free clinic. In Glory herself, tilting on the threshold of adolescence, Scattergood paints a balanced portrait of childlike self-interest and awakening integrity. This moving, intimate look at America's struggle for civil rights, as seen through the narrow lens of one growing girl, will spark interesting discussion.  Booklist, copyright 2012.

This is the Rope: a Story From the Great Migration, words by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by James Ransome

With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations. When just a little girl in South Carolina, the grandmother finds a rope under a tree and uses it to play jump-rope. The rope becomes entwined in the family story as the grandparents, with a baby in their arms, move to Brooklyn, and that baby grows up to become mother to the narrator. Whether used for games, for tying down luggage on a car or for holding high a banner at a grand family reunion, the rope is treasured. Woodson, a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor and Award winner, has crafted a warm family saga of a household united by love, pride and an uncommon heirloom. The repetition of the title in a nursery-rhyme style will resonate with young listeners. Ransome's vivid, full-bleed, double-page-spread oil paintings create an upbeat, welcoming vista of rural South Carolina and urban Brooklyn. The sun-infused yellows on the cover beckon readers to open the book and savor the "long-ago memory of sweet-smelling pine." A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author's note) For ages 4-8. Copyright 2013 Kirkus Reviews.

A is for Activist, written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara

For grades 4 and up-

Not your typical alphabet board book, this one packs a powerful message both visually as well as verbally. Each spread presents a letter and a bit of social commentary urging children to take a stand against war and violence, develop an awareness of our environment, and promote acceptance and equality for all cultures, races, religions, genders, and walks of life. For example,

"A is for Activist./Advocate. Abolitionist. Ally./Actively Answering A call to Action."
"Y is for You. And Youth./Your planet. Your rights/Your future. Your truth./Y is for Yes. Yes! Yes! Yes!"

Despite the format, this introduction to social justice is best suited to older children, who will need plenty of explanation and discussion to help them understand issues such as feminism or workers' rights. Nagara relies upon colorful illustrations--many representing the energy behind activism with arms and fists raised--lots of alliteration, and rhyming for each letter and idea. An ever-present black cat hiding or prowling on each letter's page seeks to hold listeners' interest as well. An unusual offering that may plant the seeds for and spark discussions about activism.  Review by Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2014 School Library Journal.

What Up Dawg? Participates in Show Your Card and Save

On the following Fridays in September - September 5, 12, 19 and 26 - ELPL cardholders can purchase two chili dogs for $2 at What Up Dawg?, located at 317 M.A.C in East Lansing.

Grand Grillin' Participates in Show Your Card and Save

During the month of September, ELPL cardholders can purchase a Wrap Combo - including a wrap of your choice, chips and a drink - for only $5.  This discount is available at the Grand Grillin' food truck - check their site to see where they will be today!

Bagger Dave's Participates in Show Your Card and Save

During the month of September, ELPL cardholders will receive 10% off their entire bill at Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern.

Potbelly Participates in Show Your Card and Save

During the month of September, ELPL cardholders will receive a free cookie with purchase of an entree at Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

BabyTime

The library offers one BabyTime session each week on Mondays from 10:30am to 11am.

StoryTime

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

ToddlerTime Tuesdays!

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

The library offers two ToddlerTime sessions on most Tuesdays.  Session times are:

10:15am to 10:45am
and
11:00am to 11:30am

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