I See the Promised Land, text by Arthur Flowers; illustrations by Manu Chitrakar

This stunning graphic novel biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. describes the apartheid South of his time, which in many ways was not very different from the early days of slavery. Included are descriptions of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the formation of civil rights groups, mass movements against segregation, such as the Albany Movement and the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, and the influence on King of Gandhi, with his nonviolent approach to resistance. Flowers' text smoothly incorporates excerpts from many of King's most moving speeches and concludes with a brief look at his legacy. Flowers tells a masterful story in musical prose, while Manu Chitrakar carries the tale into the vivid idiom of Patua art, turning King's historic journey into a truly universal legacy.

I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer

Following books on Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart, this third title in Meltzer and Eliopoulos's Ordinary People Change the World series traces the life of Rosa Parks from the segregated classrooms of her childhood to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. As in the previous books, Parks is portrayed as a roundheaded cartoon child, even during her adult years, underscoring the idea that anyone is capable of bringing about monumental change. Moments of humor help balance out the harsh racial prejudice on display, but it's Parks's determination that stands out strongest. "I knew what the rules said, " she says. "But I also knew in my heart: That's not how you treat people." Ages 3 to 5. Review from Publishers Weekly.

Last Week for Fizz, Boom, Read!

August 4 - August 10 is the final week to participate in Fizz, Boom, Read!, ELPL's Summer Reading program.  There is still time to earn prizes before the program officially closes on Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm.  Remember, you can go back and complete weeks that you skipped.  We've listed some important dates for the end of the program below.  If you have any questions, please contact, or talk to any staff member the next time you are at the library.

  • Wednesday, August 6, starting at 1pm, we will be screening the short films created during the library's LEGO Animation program.  Come see what our young film makers (ages 7-13) created during the two day program.  After the short films screening the library will show The LEGO Movie, starring Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  LEGO Animation short films will be shown at 1pm, the LEGO Movie will be shown immediately after the short film screening.
  • ***PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY FOR NNO/TOUCH A TRUCK***Thursday, August 7, from 6-8pm the library will be celebrating National Night Out and the end of summer reading with our second annual National Night Out/Touch-A-Truck celebration.  All sorts of vehicles will be in the library's parking lot for children to climb on, touch, sit in, and honk!  Meet their friendly drivers, see Pumper & Pals' safety show, visit with K-9 officers and dogs, meet police horses, jump around in the bouncy house, dunk people in the dunk tank, and enjoy picnic food and beverages.  
  • Fizz, Boom, Read! online forms will disappear from at midnight on Sunday, August 10. 
  • Fizz, Boom, Read! prizes can be picked up as late as Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm.   

Questions?  Ask at
Thank you for participating in Fizz, Boom, Read!
-The Summer Reading Team

More for the studio!!

More awesome stuff has arrived for the studio!! We got two 27" iMacs up and running and ready to go. A few things for recording came in: some cords, an audio interface, and two condenser microphones! I'm so excited for this to be up and running. We should be getting the keyboard in soon as well as some other odds and ends. Remember to check back here for updates on the studio and look for the opening, hopefully, in September!

Grand Traverse Pie Company Participates in Show Your Card and Save

Grand Traverse Pie Company has agreed to extend the celebration beyond Library Card Sign-Up Month.  From August 1 - December 31 2014, ELPL library cardholders will receive a free slice of pie with $5.99 or higher purchase.  This special offer is available at the Grand Traverse Pie Company location at 1403 E Grand River Avenue only.

Cosi Participates in Show Your Card and Save

During the month of September, ELPL cardholders will receive a free beverage with entree purchase at Cosi.  The discount is available at the 301 E Grand River Avenue location only.

Buffalo Wild Wings Participates in Show Your Card and Save

During the month of September, ELPL cardholders will receive 10% off food (not valid with any other discount, coupon, or special) from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The discount is available at the Buffalo Wild Wings location at 306 Albert Avenue only.

Week 8 Challenges - Animation

Last week of Fizz, Boom, Read!  Here are the challenges:

Week 8 Challenges

  • Check Out -  Read an item from ELPL's list of hand-picked Animation titles.  Or find one of your own.
  • Find Out - What is the name of the phenomenon that explains why humans see still drawings shown in rapid sequence as moving "animated" pictures?
  • Try Out - We've pinned lots of animation projects and activities on ELPL's Pinterest Week 8 board.  Try one out or design your own activity to explore the amazing field of the science of animation.
  • Go Out - Check out an animated movie or short film from the library, Netflix, internet, Redbox or video store, or, visit a movie theater to watch one on the big screen.  What kind of animation is it?  You can also join us on Wednesday, August 6 at 1pm, for an exclusive screening of the short films made during ELPL's LEGO Animation Workshop.  Screening of short films begins at 1pm and at 2pm, we'll be showing The LEGO Movie.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  What kinds of animation were used in the short films and The LEGO Movie?  

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems is a delight for young readers.  The newest book, My New Friend is So Fun! is fast becoming one of my favorites.  Gerald and Piggie are best friends.  But what happens when your best friend has a new friend?  What if they start to like the new friend more than they like you?  Those questions and more are explored in this silly book that is fun to read.   Perfect for anyone who likes pigs, elephants or friends!

3D Printer is Up and Running!

We received our 3D printer and it is up and running! We printed a few knick knacks just to test it out. But, today we're printing a polygonal bunny figurine! It takes 6-7 hours to print and is about 70 grams. We will be installing more options for the studio in the coming weeks and hope to have it all ready for the public in August or September. Keep checking back with us for more updates!

Week 7 Challenges - Audiology/Music

This Tuesday, July 22, you'll have a chance to fulfill the Go Out Challenge for Week 7 by attending our Instrument Petting Zoo.  William White, from White Brothers Music of Bath, will be at the library with an array of instruments to try out.  Event is from 7-8pm in the library's meeting room.

Week 7 Challenges

The 3D printer is here!

3D printer, 3D scanner and lots of filament!  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.