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.

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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

Winners of ELPL's Bookmark Contest

The entries for our 2014 Children's Bookmark Contest were impressive! Throughout April, children ages 4-12 could submit an entry in their age group. Two bookmarks from each age group were chosen to be reprinted in color and distributed at the library. Thank you to everyone who entered this year's contest. All the other entries can be found here!

    Cara G                         Nicholas Penn                        Katie F                        Morgan Bower


        Madaline Britton                 Natalie Seitz                        Enid S                          Grace Townley


New on 3M Cloud Library - June 2014

More new titles available in the Cloud, including...

Here's the complete list of everything new.

Impression 5 Electricity Workshop

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Registration closed
​Workshop full

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

Check out a Park & Read pass from the Library

The MI Big Green Gym partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, and the DNR is putting free state park passes in libraries throughou

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...On Schindler's List

Watching a news story a few days ago featuring filmmaker Steven Spielberg and the 20th anniversary of both the making of the movie Schindler's List and the USC Shoah Foundation reminded me of a wonderful book I had read recently. The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...On Schindler's List is a memoir written by Leon Leyson, the youngest boy on Oskar Schindler's "list." Mr. Leyson died in January 2013, only seven months before the book was published. This touching memoir is aimed at ages 9-14, but teens and adults would enjoy it as well. To read a wonderful book review on the USC Shoah Foundation site, click here.