Hoopla Undergoing Scheduled Maintenance on July 7

The Hoopla team is planning to perform scheduled maintenance from 2:00 AM - 6:00 AM EST on July 7, 2015, which may result in partial service disruption between these hours.  

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day



This is a cute family movie with a great message.  I was concerned initially about a movie version of one of my favorite children's books, but I love Jennifer Garner.

Week 2 Challenges and a Grand Prize Drawing Announcement

Week 2 of Summer Reading is here and the Week 2 Challenges are live on!  Also, many of you have asked and we are happy to announce that yes, we will be giving away the very cool superhero cardboard standups at the end of Every Hero Has a Story!  Completing the Week 2 challenge will get you one entry into the grand prize drawing, so what are you waiting for?!?  Get reading!

Stories in the Garden 2015

Make a difference this summer by participating in Stories in the Garden 2015.

Stories in the Garden is a yearly volunteer opportunity for teens to help kids experience books in a new and exciting way.  Stories in the Garden gives teens a chance to read picture books to younger children in hte beautiful Michigan 4-H Children's Garden.  Now in its 17th year, Stories in the Garden has won an award from the American Library Association, as an Outstanding Program for Young Adults. 

Teen Storytellers are needed to make the 2015 Stories in the Garden sessions the best ever.  If you are entering grades 7-12, you are invited to be a part of a story-telling team.

Storytellers must attend a special planning sessions held at the East Lansing Public Library, where they will learn about reading to children, find partners, choose appropriate books and practice reading out loud. 

Three sessions are available in July:

  • Session 1:  Planning Day Tuesday, July 7, 12-1pm @ ELPL Story Day: Wednesday, July 8, 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU
  • Session 2:  Planning Day Tuesday, July 14, 12-1pm @ ELPL Story Day: Wednesday, July 15, 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU
  • Session 3:  Planning Day Tuesday, July 21, 12-1pm @ ELPL Story Day: Wednesday, July 22, 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU

Sign up online to tell stories in the garden this summer.


Hoopla adds comics and ebooks!

Hoopla just got even better.  In addition to great new music, audiobooks, TV series and movies, you can now check out eBooks and eComics, all from the Hoopla app.  The eComic selection is huge and has great titles for kids, teens and adults.  If you haven't yet tried Hoopla click here to get started.

It's New Music Tuesday on Hoopla!

Here's what's dropping today on Hoopla:







In case you missed it, here's what dropped last week:







Upcoming Releases

May 19:

  • Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface
  • Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
  • Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
  • Jeff Beck - Live +
  • Brnatley Gilbert - Just As I am Platinum Edition
  • The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey
  • Silverstein - I am Alive In Everything I Touch
  • Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear - Skeleton Crew

May 26:

  • Boosie Badazz - Touch Down 2 Cause Hell
  • Alesso - Forever
  • The Oak Ridge Boys - Rock Of Ages Hymns And Gospel Favorites
  • Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process
  • Joshua Redman - & The Bad Plus - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
  • Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest - Sylva
  • Larry Hernandez - Vete Acostumbrando

Book in a Jar Guessing Games Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Book in a Jar Guessing Game! Everyone who submitted a slip with their name on it got at least the 3 right to be entered into the drawing. The winner has already been contacted - but as a prize to all who participated we have a coupon to Grand Traverse Pie Company for you pick up at the circulation desk. Give your name to our staff and we will give you a coupon!

Click on Read more... to get the answers for the game

1. Berenstain Bears All Aboard! - Stan and Jan Berenstain

2. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

3. Love Story - Erich Segal

4. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

5. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer

6. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling

8. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Thank you everyone for playing!!

The Octopuppy by Martin McKenna

"Edgar wanted a pet dog, but what he got instead was a rather brilliant octopus named Jarvis.".

Edgar's struggle to accept Jarvis for what he is, a delightfully precocious octopus and friend, makes for a wonderfully funny and warm story.  McKenna's illustrations are lovely and the story rings true for anyone who has ever struggled with being loved and accepted just as they are.


"Meet Edgar. He's determined to train his new puppy. Sit. Stay. Fetch. What could go wrong? It's just that Edgar's dog happens to be an octopus. A particularly brilliant octopus at that. Meet Jarvis. Edgar's life is about to change forever."

New 3M Cloud eBooks for April!

New titles are available on 3M Cloud Library, including:










See the full list of all new 3M Cloud Library eBooks.

Books & Bagels May 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

May's title is Nuts To You by Lynne Rae Perkins.  Sign up at the Circulation desk - the first 15 to register get a free copy of the book.  Bagels are generously provided by Panera Bread of Frandor.

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3D Printing and Scanning Open House

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Drop by the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio in downtown East Lansing to check out our 3D printing and scanning capabilities and meet Joe Carr, ELPL's newest Technology Services staff member.  This open house is for all patrons, whether you have never visited the studio before or have already attended a 3D printing session.  See the library's newest 3D printer in action and learn how we can help you with upcoming projects.

Joe Carr is the Technology Specialist in the Maker Studios.  He has worked in the 3D printing industry for many years and mentors entrepreneurs and startups in the East Lansing area.

If you can't make it to this open house there will be another session on April 16 from 6-8pm at the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio.

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