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Literacy-Based Apps for Kids

Digital literacy is an increasingly important factor of young children's education. Check out some of these free literacy-based apps that will help your toddler or preschooler read, write, play, and learn!

Michigan Reads! 2015

Do Unto OttersMr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are otters. Otters! But he doesn’t know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? “Just treat otters the same way you’d like them to treat you,” advises Mr. Owl.

(Excerpt from inside flap)

Parents and young readers, be sure to check out the 2015 Michigan Reads! title Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller! Each year, the Library of Michigan works to promote early childhood literacy by selecting one picture book for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers across the state to enjoy with their young readers. This year’s selection, Do Unto Otters, is a charming read that uses humor and colorful illustrations to explore concepts like kindness, manners, and the Golden Rule.

You can also pick up coloring sheets, bookmarks, and sign our poster in the kids’ room once you’ve read the book, or watch the Do Unto Otters BookFlix movie, available through the Michigan eLibrary.

Looking for even more great picture books? Enjoy some past Michigan Reads! titles!

2014: Acoustic Rooster by Kwame Alexander

2013: Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski

2012: Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin

2011: Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

2010: The Runaway Garden by Jeffrey Schatzer

2009: The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

2008: Raccoon Tune by Nancy Shaw

2007: Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski

2006: Bed Hogs by Kelly DiPucchio

2004: Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene

The ELPL September 2015 Newsletter Is Out!

The newsletter is out and full of great events for all ages!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Selection of Children's Materials For Sale in the Friendshop!

Make sure to stop by the library's Friendshop to browse the latest batch of children's books for sale.  They just arrived and are priced to sell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muy Caliente Musica

Latin music will forever remind me of my honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.  Recently, I took a Zumba class at the Hannah Community Center and now latin music reminds me of zumba!  Whatever the reason, I love latin music!  It puts me in a good mood, provides a boost of energy and makes me smile - even though I know very little of the Spanish language!  Luckily, ELPL has many awesome latin music choices both on CD and with Hoopla.  Here are some of my favorites:

The Last Don II by Don Omar
La Historia de el Duo by Wisin & Yandel ("The Duo of History")
Double Vision by Prince Royce  (with appearances by Snoop Dogg and J Lo!)  
A Quien Quiera Escuchar by Ricky Martin ("To Those Who Want to Listen")
Dale by Pitbull

 

To see all of ELPL's latin music cd's, click here

To see all of ELPL's latin music Hoopla downloads, click here

ELPL Downtown Maker Studio to Remain Open through May 2016

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is excited to announce that the 2.0 Maker Studio, located in downtown East Lansing on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, will remain open for an additional 10 months, through May 2016. 

Tim Busfield's Performing Arts Warm-Up!

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Do you dream about one day acting, singing or dancing in a High School play, college play, Broadway play, movie or television show? 

Do you dream about one day writing, directing, producing or working on the crew of a High School play, college play, Broadway play, movie or television show?

Do you dream about someday being a part of something the whole world might see? 

This is your chance to start working toward that dream!

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Across Generations Videofest

When Michele Norris spoke at the Wharton Center on September 15, 2014 as part of the One Book, One Community program, she told the audience to talk to our parents, grandparents, our aunts and uncles, our elders to hear their stories. She said we need to have conversations with our elders to preserve our family histories or to know where we came from.

2015 Story Days for Stories in the Garden

Summer is just around the corner.  At the Library we are looking forward to another season of Stories in the Garden.  Plan to attend one of the three Story Days at the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden planned for this summer:

  • Wednesday, July 8, from 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU
  • Wednesday, July 15, 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU
  • Wednesday, July 22, 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU

DC Comics are now live on Hoopla!

All your favorite DC Comic characters are now available on Hoopla.  There's no better way to celebrate this summer's reading theme, Every Hero Has a Story, than by curling up with your favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 elpl.org!  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!

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