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Introducing the ELPL Maker Studios

Three years ago I started talking about makerspaces and how libraries were developing creative spaces in their communities.  At that time, I hoped that, one day, the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) would be able to have a maker space.  Well, I am thrilled to say, that day is today!  ELPL opened the ELPL Maker Studio in the library on September 20.  We are opening the second space,

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

From Goodreads.com:

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

Books & Bagels October 2014

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

Register online for ELPL's first Books & Bagels of 2014!  This month the group will be reading and discussing Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Touching and powerful, this book chronicles Woodson's life as she searches for her place in the world.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, she always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.  This program is part of MSU Project 60/50, a yearlong community conversation on human and civil rights and carries on the theme of our One Book, One Community reads.

The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of Brown Girl Dreaming.

This session of Books & Bagels will be held at the library's new popup makerspace in downtown East Lansing.  Located on the second floor of the Marriott at University Place, the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio offers a unique programming location for library and community events.  

Join us October 4 at 2pm for this unique Books & Bagels event!  As always, Books & Bagels is for children in grades 4-6.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to program participants.

The Maker Studio is open!

3D prints - September 2014

The ELPL Maker Studio is officially open to the public!  Patrons wishing to use the maker studio can request a session online, by phone, or in person at the library.  After placing your request you will be contacted by a library staff member to schedule your session.  Tools available in the maker studio include:

  • Two MakerBot 3D printers
  • Two 27 inch Core i5 3.4 GHz iMacs
  • Two Adobe Creative Cloud seats, full suite
  • Two Final Cut Pro seats
  • Two Logic Pro X seats
  • 3D scanner
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Music recording and production equipment, including a MIDI keyboard, studio monitors, mics and more
  • Graphics tablet

Books & Bagels October 2014

Program Full
Registration Closed

In October the group will be reading and discussing Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Touching and powerful, this book chronicles Woodson's life as she searches for her place in the world.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, she always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.  This program is part of MSU Project 60/50, a yearlong community conversation on human and civil rights and carries on the theme of our One Book, One Community reads.

The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of Brown Girl Dreaming.

This session of Books & Bagels will be held at the library's new popup makerspace in downtown East Lansing.  Located on the second floor of the Marriott at University Place, the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio offers a unique programming location for library and community events.  

Join us October 4 at 2pm for this unique Books & Bagels event!  As always, Books & Bagels is for children in grades 4-6.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to program participants.

September Closures

The library will close at 3pm on Friday, September 26 due to road closures for the MSU Homecoming Parade.  Find out about all of the road closures here

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.

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