Alan's Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis

Alan is an alligator known throughout the jungle for his big, scary teeth. He comes from a long line of scary alligators, and he takes his role very seriously. Every morning, he polishes he scales, brushes his big, scary teeth for ten minutes (at least!), and practices his most terrifying expressions in the mirror. He snaps his way through the jungle, and watches with glee as the creatures in his wake flee in terror. 

But, Alan has a secret - one that could destroy him if any of the jungle creatures discovered it. Every night, after faithfully working his way through his favorite crossword puzzles at home, Alan removes his big, scary, false teeth, and places them in a special hiding place before going to sleep. When he awakes one morning to find that his teeth have gone missing, Alan's reputation for being a scary alligator is ruined. He is greeted with laughter by those he had enjoyed terrorizing just the day prior, and ends up fleeing in tears. The jungle critters gather around, and offer to give back his false teeth, on one condition - that he stop scaring his fellow jungle creatures, and instead use his talents for good.

Jarvis presents a beautifully illustrated tale that is a joy to read aloud, and his message will ring true for many youngsters out there. Highly recommended!

Kristin's Top 100 - Part 1

ELPL director Kristin Shelley has worn many librarian hats in her career in public libraries.  Including almost 10 years as a children's librarian, providing book recommendations, storytimes and more to the littlest patrons in libraries.  So when you ask her for her favorite picture books for National Picture Book month, you get a really, really, REALLY long list - all of it pure gold.  

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My New Mom and Me by Renata Galindo

It’s always such a nice, warm-and-fuzzy feeling to come across a new picture book that’s sweet, well-written, engaging, and that you can tell immediately is going to resonate deeply with many of its readers, and My New Mom and Me by Renata Galindo is exactly such a book.

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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iPad Storytime

Thu, 02/09/2017 -
10:30am to 11:00am
East Lansing Public Library - #3 Meeting Room

Join us on the second Thursday of the month at 10:30 for our newest early literacy program, iPad Storytime! This is a twist on traditional storytimes -- we'll enjoy literacy-based stories, songs, rhymes, and movements while using preloaded iPads and preselected apps as well as print format books. We'll learn how to evaluate and use apps and devices together with your little one in order to best facilitate active learning and digital literacy in a thoughtful and strategic way.

Due to the limited number of iPads available*, we ask that you please register for this event! We recommend that each child be partnered with an adult 1 to 1 in order to encourage interactive learning. iPad Storytime is designed for children age 3-5 plus a caregiver.

*Thanks to a generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing, we can currently provide 9 iPads per session.

Generously sponsored by East Lansing Kiwanis.





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


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, 01/24/2017 -
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:

  • 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.