The new equipment for the studio is starting to roll in and first to arrive is the library's new 3D printer and 3D scanner. Installation of the equipment will begin on Monday and if testing and implementation goes well, we hope to launch the studio to the public in August or September. We'll be posting more updates as more equipment is installed so check back to get regular updates.
I have long been a fan of Kevin Henkes. Two of his picture books, Owen and Chrysanthemum, are huge favorites of mine and if you haven’t read them to your young child I highly recommend them! The Year of Billy Miller is a 2014 Newbery Honor winner and one of the sweetest books I have read this year. The characters are funny, the story is engaging and the illustrations are charming. Billy is about to enter 2nd grade when he has an unlucky fall and bumps his head. He begins to question whether or not he’s smart enough and if the fall impacted his ability to learn and remember. Changes are happening in his family and his life and Billy is learning how to navigate many things at once. Dioramas, which I believe are a lost art, also play a part in this book and got my immediate attention!! This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
Go Out - Take a look at some of the best of architecture in Michigan, either by looking online or paging through books and magazines. Then take a walk around your neighborhood. What types of buildings do you see? Do you recognize any iconic architectural styles? Take a trip to downtown East Lansing or Lansing. What kinds of buildings shape the region's downtowns?
We're releasing the Week 4 Challenges for Fizz, Boom, Read! a bit early this week, just in case you are traveling out of town for the holiday. Also, on Tuesday, July 1 at 2pm, stop by the library to meet WILX-TV'sChief Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole, and fulfill the Week 4 Go Out Challenge. Bring your weather related questions for fun session of "Ask the meteorologist!".
Find Out - You've probably heard of the enhanced Fujita scale (which rates the strength of tornadoes) and the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (which classified hurricanes) but what about ice storms? What is the name of the scale for rating ice storm intensity that is currently being tested and evaluated by the National Weather Service?
Produce, shoot and edit your very own stop motion film using LEGO. Team up with other film-makers to dream and story board your idea, build and shoot your movie and then edit and cut it with sound effects, music and dialog. All finished films will be posted to the library's website and Youtube. Additionally, on Wednesday, August 6, we'll be screening all the completed films and watching a very popular LEGO movie released in February 2014.
Two, 2-day sessions on July 31 and August 1 will be offered for two different age groups: 7-10 and 11-13.
Children ages 7-10 will participate in the 10am - 1pm sessions on July 31 and August 1.
Children ages 11-13 will participate in the 2-5pm sessions on July 31 and August 1.
Children will be working in groups. Register online beginning July 17.
The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will host author and East Lansing native Stephanie Burgis on Wednesday, July 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. for a special summer Books & Bagels event. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Burgis, discuss her Kat, Incorrigible trilogy and hear how she decided to become a writer. Although the Kat, Incorrigible trilogy is geared toward readers in the 9- to 13-year-old age range, all ages are welcome to meet Burgis and enjoy bagels donated by the Panera in Frandor.
Burgis grew up in East Lansing, but currently lives in Wales with her husband and their children. Before becoming a full-time writer, she studied music as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria and worked as a website editor for a British opera company. “Growing up in East Lansing as a book-crazy kid and wannabe writer, I spent as much time in the public library as I could,” Burgis said. “It was one of the most important and beloved places in my childhood. It’s still a touchstone place for me even now, when I live in a different country, because almost all the books and genres that have most influenced me as a writer were first discovered by browsing the shelves there, with the warm encouragement of the wonderful librarians.”