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Books & Bagels at 2.0 - April 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday." (Summary from Goodreads.com)

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss April's book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  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 the first 15 program participants.

Please note, April's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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Spare Parts by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

If your children love rhyming stories, Spare Parts, by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, should be your next read.  Rhoobart is in need of a new heart, and on his journey to find one, he meets new robots, some scary and some sweet.

Books & Bagels - March 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River's town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun." (Summary from GoodReads.com)

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss March's book, Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  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 the first 15 program participants.

Please note, March's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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March Is Reading Month Events

Looking to celebrate March Is Reading Month? The Early Childhood Literacy Coalition is partnering with ELPL to offer a Literacy Celebration on Sunday, March 13th at the Hannah Community Center, and a special Curious George storytime on Friday, March 18th at All Saints Episcopal church, featuring a character visit from Curious George!

Literacy Celebration:
Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Join us for an interactive stage show featuring The Storytellers. Come see a unique program that combines hands-on fun with musical instruments from many cultures, beautiful music, and interactive storytelling. Also enjoy children's activities, games, a scavenger hunt, and meet your favorite storybook characters:

  • Pout-Pout Fish                                    
  • Paddington Bear
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • Little Critter

Please note that this event will take place at Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Curious George Storytime:
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
You're invited! Celebrate March is Reading Month by joining us for a very special Curious George themed storytime -- including a visit from George!

Please note that this event will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road East Lansing, MI 48823.

In addition to these events, find a full list of character visits in the area below.

 

 

Jen's 58th Grammy Awards Round-Up!

The 58th Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15

Listen to your favorite Grammy Award Nominees through your East Lansing Public Library!

Record of the Year

"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars on album "Uptown Special"
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Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Excerpt from Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.


"Do you like my new hat?" says Cowboy.

"Wow," says Octopus.  "That is really...um...different.  Do you like my new hat?"

Cowboy says, "Nope."

"Hey!"  says Octopus.  "I said something nice to you.  Why don't you say something nice to me?  I thought we were friends."

"We are friends," says Cowboy.  "And that's why I am telling you-your new hat looks like somthing my horse dropped behind him.  'Cause that's the truth."

 

And so concludes one of the funniest and sweetest bromances in all of children's literature, the enduring friendship between Octopus & Cowboy in the children's picture book Cowboy & Octopus.  Most everyone has read a Jon Scieszka book in their lifetime.  His contributions to children's literature, and most notably, the movement to get boys and guys reading, are well known and celebrated.  But even if you loved The Stinky Cheese Man or just can't get enough of the Trucktown trucks from Design Garage, there's a good chance you have never given Cowboy & Octopus a try.  Trust me, this is one you don't want to miss.

Books & Bagels - February 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket"


So begins The Bad Beginning, the first book in Lemony Snicket's best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events. Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss this book over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  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 the first 15 program participants.

 

 

Please note, Books & Bagels will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project which begins in December.

Want to know more about the renovation of the East Lansing Public Library?  Visit:

www.elpl.org/renovate

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The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino

If you've watched any of Rosanna Pansino's Nerdy Nummies episodes on YouTube, you know that she has made a name for herself by creating uber cute desserts that showcase the best of geek and popular culture.  Whether it is BB-8 Cake Pops or  Lumpy Space Princess Cheesecake, Ros makes the treats that make geeks and gamers squee.

Now you can checkout Ros' first book, The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook and make creations like UFO Cake pops, Loch Ness Cupcakes and Moon Phase Macarons.  

Some of the recipes in the book are simply over the top, but many are accessible enough for everyday baking.  Her instructions are clear and well though out and there are plenty of photographs to provide a visual reference.  

I didn't have time to make any of the recipes in the book, but when I do, I'll be making the Periodic Table of Cupcakes (p.54)!

Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock

Everyone should learn how to code.  That is what we are hearing from the tech industry, celebrities, President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and yes, even Ashton Kutcher.   Code.org,  a non-profit launched in 2013 and dedicated to expanding access to computer science (especially for women and minorities) believes this so much that they launched Hour of Code, an initiative to get everyone to try coding for just one hour.

Whether or not you believe the hype, learning how to create and design with any coding language can be a fun, rewarding experience.  Writing code exercises the parts of your mind that control logic and problem solving.  And once you know some code, you can teach others, which strengthens your teaching skills!  There are many ways to get your feet wet and as luck would have it, most of them are pretty fun to try out.

At ELPL when we teach any beginning coding workshop we start with Scratch, an amazing online coding experience designed by the brilliant minds at MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.  Scatch is free to everyone and works right in a web browser.  There is no need to download any additional software.  Scratch also uses interlocking colored "blocks" to build code, instead of typing out commands.  This not only helps to reinforce the ideas of process, order and logic, but it also allows very young children who aren't comfortable with a keyboard to get in on the fun.  With Scratch, coders can create animations, games, and musical creations.  The Scratch contains everything you need to get started and become proficient with Scratch, but we've also acquired some great books for the library's collection that showcase many neat Scratch projects.  My favorite, and the favorite of kids in the library's coding workshops, is Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock.  We have print and eBook copies and soon, we'll have additional copies at the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio for anyone who wants to drop by and try out Scratch on one of the Maker Studio computers.

Once you have tried out Scratch and are ready for more challenges, try your hand at some of the most popular coding languages, like Python, Ruby, or JavaScript.  With a computer and an internet connection you can use the free site Codecademy which offers immersive and interactive lessons in all of those languages and more.  To support your learning ELPL has lots of great books for all ages:

And finally, coders of all ages and skill levels should try out Lynda.com, an online instruction portal with thousands of coding classes.  Lynda.com features complete training courses designed and presented by experts in the field on thousands of topics, not just technology.  To access Lynda.com you will need an library card and PIN number from ELPL.  Here's just a small sample of some of the great courses available on Lynda.com:

 

Ruby Essential Training

 

 

Up and Running With Python

 

 

Explore Adobe Creative Cloud

 

 

 

JavaScript Essential Training

 

 

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Orion is a boy with a big imagination, and because of that, he also has many fears. Dogs, spiders, monsters, storms, and Grandma (at times) are all frightening to Orion, but there is one thing that frightens him more than all of his fears combined: the DARK.

After trying all sorts of ways to avoid the dark (eating a LOT of carrots, staging a protest, using night vision goggles) and finding no success, Orion decides that he has had enough, and that is precisely when the Dark pays him a visit. Together, Orion and the Dark explore all of the scary nooks and crannies in his house (the back of the closet, underneath the bed) and discover that the scariest places can also be the most fun.

By the end of the night, when the Dark fades away, Orion is sad to lose his new friend, but he soon finds that night time and the Dark will always come back to him.

Author-illustrator Emma Yarlett (Sidney, Stella, and the Moonhas created a beautifully illustrated story about a young boy who, with a little bit of bravery and an unexpected friendship, is able to conquer his fears. Recommended for ages 3-5.

New Children's Titles for the Cloud Library - January 2016

New Cloud titles for kids include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the complete list of new Cloud titles for kids here.

 

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