Erik the Red Sees Green by Julie Anderson

An eye-opening story for all ages of the challenges those with Color Vision Deficiency face in their everyday lives and how simple adjustments can make a huge difference in their world.

Don't miss out on the MSU Science Festival!

Make sure to spend some time at the MSU Science Festival, happening next week, April 1-6.  There are too many great events to give a proper shout out to all of them, but some of my personal favorites that I hope to check out are:

ELPL is joining in the celebration with activities at the library and at MSU during the festival.  

  • On Sunday, April 6, join come visit us from 12-4pm in the Delta Dental's Early Childhood Zone for science stories and activities for the little ones.  
  • At ELPL the week of March 31 through April 4 we'll be hosting Robot Race Club for area school kids.  There is still room available in our Friday, April 4 Robot Race Club session starting at 11:30am.  Click here to register.

2014 Story Days for Stories in the Garden

Spring is almost here (keep believing!) and 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:

Books & Bagels back in October

March was our last Books & Bagels meeting until fall.  Until then, have a great spring and summer and enjoy this slide show from our last meeting.  Pi, the mathematical constant, features heavily in Navigating Early and as you can see from these photos, our readers had fun experimenting and tasting with pi in several forms.  Happy Pi Day!

Books & Bagels - March 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

March's book is Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.  Many thanks to a generous donor for donating free books to the first 15 kids to register for each Books & Bagels session.  Also, thanks to Panera in Frandor for bagels.

For grades 4-6.  Registration begins February 8 at the Circulation Desk.

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Everyday Moments are Learning Moments: Literacy Celebration

Hannah Community Center - East Lansing, MI

Join us at the Hannah Community Center for a stage show, storytellers, activities and characters Curious George, Library Mouse, and Splat the Cat.  Free book per family while supplies last.  

Sponsored by the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition.  All are welcome.

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Froggy visits the ELPL in March!

We're happy to announce that Froggy, from the beloved children's series by Jonathan London, will be visiting the library on Friday, March 14, at 10:30am.  Stop by for stories, a froggy craft and a chance to have your picture taken with Froggy!  Below are some great photos of one of Froggy's previous visits to ELPL.  
If you are excited about this event, you'll also want to be at Hannah Community Center on Saturday, March 16 at 1pm for 2014's Literacy Celebration.  Saturday's event features a stage show, storytellers and special appearances by Curious George, Library Mouse, Splat the Cat and more.  

One World, Many Stories 2014 is Just Around the Corner!

The sixth annual One World, Many Stories will take place on Friday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7pm, at Red Cedar Elementary School.  This year's title is Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin.  Halperin based Peace on the Eastern philosophies of the Tao Te Ching, and created a lyrical picture book that explores the eternal question of how to promote world peace.  The beautiful book shares inspiring quotes from famous peacemakers while counseling readers on how to find peace within oneself.
The evening's activities include a pizza dinner served in the cafeteria from 5:30-6pm for $1.50 per person.  Activities based on Halperin's book will take place from 6-7pm.

Red Cedar Elementary is located at:

110 Narcissus Drive in East Lansing Michigan.

Peaceful addition to the Children's Room

Come see our new addition to the children’s room – a beautiful “Peace Table” and chairs.  They are the creation of author/illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin and were delivered to the East Lansing Public Library in December.   ELPL is excited to provide a home for these works of art.

Halperin’s book Peace will be the focus of our One World Many Stories program in March.   March 2014 marks the 6th year of this collaborative program with Red Cedar Elementary School and MSU.   Halperin has created a website ( that speaks about her commitment to teaching peace as a way of life.

Sit awhile and read the quotes that are beautifully painted on the table top.  Each chair reflects a thought from a famous peace advocate.  Gandhi ‘s  - “Be the change you want to see in the world” has the earth woven in among the words.  Our community is so lucky to share in this treasure of Wendy Anderson Halperin’s!

3M Cloud Library back online

Update - 4:48pm at Friday, February 7

The 3M Cloud Library is back online.  


The 3M Cloud Library is temporarily unavailable due to a network outage at 3M.  The folks at 3M are hard at work trying to get things back online.  Here's the official email from 3M:

"3M is currently experiencing an unplanned network outage. This outage has affected several IT system in the company, including the 3M Cloud Library.  We are continuing to see sporadic issues the 3M Cloud Library patron app.

3M IT staff is working to resolve the network outage issues.   We will notify you as soon as it has been resolved.    We do apologize for the inconvenience that this may have caused and we do appreciate your patience.  Please contact us if you have any further questions."

We'll let you know when it is back online.  While you wait, have you tried out Hoopla?  Want something to read instead?  Try Zinio, the latest issue of mental floss has great articles on John Green and Carrie Brownstein.

Compost Stew: an A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals

Want your family to do more for the Earth as a New Year's resolution for 2014?

This book makes it an easy, fun, and educational project to learn how household waste is all part of the great circle of life in the natural world. You will enjoy the creative artwork which is all made up of collages of recycled paper. Next step - use that compost stew to start a vegetable garden in the spring!