LEGO Animation Workshop

Image courtesy of WikipediaProduce, 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.

Tie Dye Craft Program

East Lansing Public Library

Bring your own white T-shirt and create a blast from the past; an original, wearable piece of art.

Books & Bagels: Summer Special with Author Stephanie Burgis

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

Join East Lansing native Stephanie Burgis for a special Books & Bagels session. Please read one of the books in the trilogy ahead of time. All ages welcome.

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.”

Popcorn and a Movie

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Visit the library for a screening of Disney's latest Oscar winning animated film.  

Movie is 108 minutes, rated PG.

Free popcorn while supplies last.

Due to licensing restrictions the library is not permitted to post movie titles on  To inquire about the movie title please call 517-351-2420 or email

Instrument Petting Zoo

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Instruments - Courtesy of WikipediaWilliam White, of White Brothers Music of Bath, will bring instruments to try out and enjoy!

Impression 5 Workshop: Cells, Microorganisms, and Tiny Creepy Crawlers

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

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Workshop full


Learn all about cells, microorganisms and tiny creepy crawlers in this hands on workshop hosted by Impression 5 staff.

Week 3 Challenges - Robots and Electricity

Here are the Week 3 Challenges for Fizz, Boom, Read!  Get a head start before the Challenge Submission Form goes live on Monday morning, June 23.  You'll be able to find it in the beige Summer Reading box on the right side of every page on  Remember, you do need to login to your account for the box to appear.  Need some help finding the weekly challenge forms?  Watch this short YouTube clip for a step-by-step tutorial.


Complete one of this week's challenges and win the Week 3 prize for your reading program, as well as the Week 3 Robotics badge on your Summer Reading Personal Progress Page.

Complete two or more of this week's challenges and you will also win the Week 3 bonus prize for your reading program, as well as the Week 3 Robotics Bonus badge on your Summer Reading  Personal Progress Page.


Week 3 Challenges

Update for Fizz, Boom, Read!

We are just winding down Week 2 of summer reading and boy what a week it has been!  We wanted to share a few updates and tips with you:

  • Tech issues - This week an outage at our web hosting company on Wednesday and a power outage on Friday morning resulted in periods of time where and the library's web catalog were unavailable.  If you had difficulties registering or submitting completed challenges during those times we apologize for the inconvenience and ask you to try again.
  • Password reset - If you need to reset your password click here, we would be happy to help.
  • Week 3 Challenges have been posted - Spend some time this weekend working on the Week 3 Challenges, the theme is Robotics and Electricity.  The Week 3 Challenge Submission form, or the online form you use to record the challenges you and your family have complted, will be live on Monday morning.
  • How do I win a prize?  You only need to complete one challenge each week to win the weekly prize.  If you complete two or more challenges for a week you will also win the bonus prize.
  • What if I need help?  Email the library at  We are here and ready to help.

Impression 5 Workshop: Science of Motion

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room


Registration Closed
Workshop Full



Learn all about motion in this hands on workshop hosted by Impression 5 staff.

Science Kits Now Available!

Looking for a new way to explore the sciences this summer? Stop by the children's area to check out ELPL's new collection of science kits!

Geared toward children ages four to twelve, ELPL's science kits cover a broad range of topics including architecture, DNA, electricity, animation, and more. Each kit is equipped with the supplies and instructions needed to complete a variety of activities. Create your very own weather station at home, build a radio from scratch, defy gravity with magnetic levitation, catch and analyze insects in your back yard, or explore the constellations. For a full list of kits, click here to view our catalog.

Due to popular demand, science kits are limited to one kit per person for a checkout period of 14 days.

Have an idea for future science kits? If there is a topic or theme that you would like an opportunity to learn more about, let us know by filling out our Suggest a Purchase Form.

Tackling the Summer Slide

Did you know that Summer Tutoring begins this Tuesday, June 17?  This program runs from 10:30-12 and will meet in the Children’s Programming Room.   High school students will be available to read, play games, or help with worksheets all in an effort to keep kids reading and thinking during these long weeks of summer.

Something is waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there.   It's called the "summer slide," and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.

As parents approach the summer break, many are thinking about the family vacation, trips to the pool, how to keep children engaged in activities at home, the abrupt changes to everyone's schedule—and how to juggle it all.   What they might not be focusing on is how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break from school, particularly when it comes to reading.

Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward.   According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.... It's common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills."

Summer slide affects millions of children each year in this country—but it doesn't have to.  Bring your child to ELPL Tuesday mornings and keep their minds engaged!!

Summer tutoring will be offered June 17, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.  10:30-12.


Week 2 Challenges - Astronomy/Space!

Tonight, Friday June 13 is a full moon, perfect opportunity for some moon-gazing to fulfill the Go Out or Try Out challenges!  The official challenge form will go live first thing Monday morning.


Complete one of this week's challenges and win the Week 2 prize for your reading program, as well as the Week 2 Astronomy badge on your Summer Reading Personal Progress Page.

Complete two or more of this week's challenges and you will also win the Week 2 bonus prize for your reading program, as well as the Week 2 Astronomy Bonus badge on your Summer Reading  Personal Progress Page.


Week 2 Challenges 

Challenges for Week 1 - Zoology

Here are the Week 1 Challenges:

Still need to register for Fizz, Boom, Read!  Register online.

Have completed challenges that you are ready to record?  Login to your account to update your Week 1 personal progress page.

Need help registering or logging in?  Send an email to, we'd be happy to help.

Fizz, Boom, Read! Home Page

Summer Reading 2014 Kickoff Event

East Lansing Public Library

Summer Reading for all ages starts off with a Boom on June 10, 2014 at 11am.  ELPL will be hosting a kickoff event featuring live animals, sidewalk chalk and science activities.

During the kickoff event you will also be able to sign up for ELPL's Summer Reading Program.  Kids, Teens and Adults can sign up to earn prizes, badges on and more.  If you can't make it to the Library on June 10 don't worry, you can also sign up online starting June 9.

ELPL will be showcasing different science themed collections, programs and more each week of Fizz, Boom, Read!:

  • Week 1 - Zoology - June 9 through 15
  • Week 2 - Space - June 16 through 22
  • Week 3 - Robotics - June 23 through 29
  • Week 4 - Weather - June 30 through July 6
  • Week 5 - Architecture - July 7 through july 13
  • Week 6 - Cells, Microorganisms and Tiny Creepy Crawlies - July 14 through July 20
  • Week 7 - Science of Music - July 21 through July 27
  • Week 8 - Animation - July 28 through August 5