I have long been a fan of Kevin Henkes. Two of his picture books, Owen and Chrysanthemum, are huge favorites of mine and if you haven’t read them to your young child I highly recommend them! The Year of Billy Miller is a 2014 Newbery Honor winner and one of the sweetest books I have read this year. The characters are funny, the story is engaging and the illustrations are charming. Billy is about to enter 2nd grade when he has an unlucky fall and bumps his head. He begins to question whether or not he’s smart enough and if the fall impacted his ability to learn and remember. Changes are happening in his family and his life and Billy is learning how to navigate many things at once. Dioramas, which I believe are a lost art, also play a part in this book and got my immediate attention!! This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
Go Out - Take a look at some of the best of architecture in Michigan, either by looking online or paging through books and magazines. Then take a walk around your neighborhood. What types of buildings do you see? Do you recognize any iconic architectural styles? Take a trip to downtown East Lansing or Lansing. What kinds of buildings shape the region's downtowns?
We're releasing the Week 4 Challenges for Fizz, Boom, Read! a bit early this week, just in case you are traveling out of town for the holiday. Also, on Tuesday, July 1 at 2pm, stop by the library to meet WILX-TV'sChief Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole, and fulfill the Week 4 Go Out Challenge. Bring your weather related questions for fun session of "Ask the meteorologist!".
Find Out - You've probably heard of the enhanced Fujita scale (which rates the strength of tornadoes) and the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (which classified hurricanes) but what about ice storms? What is the name of the scale for rating ice storm intensity that is currently being tested and evaluated by the National Weather Service?
Produce, 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.
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.”
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 elpl.org. 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.
Find Out - Research the answer to this week's trivia challenge: On June 18, during the first-ever White House Maker Faire, President Obama met a very interesting robot. What was the robot's name? What animal was the inspiration for this robot?
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 elpl.org 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.