Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas has a winning combination of fun text and great illustrations in Rhyming Dust Bunnies.  Bug!  Mug!  Hug!  These dust bunnies love to rhyme.  Well, except for Bob.  Much to the other bunnies' frustration, Bob can never get the rhythm right.  Then he saves everyone from a big, scary monster wielding-gasp!-a broom, and they all breathe a sigh of relief.  But can Bob save them from the big, scary monster's next attack?  Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmm....Make sure you read the next book in this series-Here comes the big, mean dust bunny!

Beyond the Wild Things

We all know and love Maurice Sendak for his creation of the Wild Things and their terrible roars! But, I grew up listening to Really Rosie which combined many of Sendak's other books into the story of Rosie and the Nutshell Kids. Here are the 4 books we have here at the library that you can read along with as Carole King sings the stories of Rosie and the Nutshell Kids.

The Sign on Rosie's Door is the inspiration for Really Rosie, taking the characters introduced in the book to tell the stories of his other books. The idea is that on a regular summer day in New York City, Rosie and her friends (the Nutshell Kids) use their imaginations to create fantastical situations and make up alternate realities to their regular neighborhood.

Chicken Soup with Rice tells the story of the year, what we do in different months and how to enjoy our surroundings.

Pierre, a cautionary tale in five chapters and a prologue. What happens when the only thing you say is, "I don't care?" Take a lesson from Pierre and beware of hungry lions!

Alligators all Around is an alphabet tale. Using alliteration, Sendak and King have created an easy to follow alphabet sing-along!

Check out everything and have a Rosie Day!

Books & Bagels at 2.0

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.

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ELPL to be Closed Dec. 7-Jan. 10 to Prepare for Renovation Project

ELPL to be Closed Dec. 7-Jan. 10 to Prepare for Renovation Project

Nov. 9, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL), 950 Abbot Road, will be closed to the public Dec. 7-Jan. 10 to prepare the building for an eight- to nine-month renovation project.  

During the closure, the library’s collection will be moved to the south side of the building, collection items that will not fit in the reduced floor plan will be packed up and stored and a construction wall will be built. No items will be due until after the library re-opens on Jan. 11. 

While the library is closed, all digital resources will remain available to patrons, the ELPL book drop will be open and StoryTimes and the Teen After School Drop-in Program will be hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road. In addition, the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio’s hours will be expanded and the space will be utilized for programming, the drop off of items and the pickup of hold requests, including MeLCAT holds. The 2.0 Maker Studio will also house a small collection of items from the library and a limited number of public computers.

The 2.0 Maker Studio is located on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C. Ave., and the expanded hours (excluding holidays) from Dec. 7-Jan. 10 will be:

    Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m.
    Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Beginning Dec. 7 and through the duration of the renovation project, the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library will not be able to accept book/collection donations due to a lack of storage space. Community members are encouraged to donate their books and collection items to neighboring libraries and other organizations. The Friends will resume collecting items in earnest once ELPL is fully renovated.

When the library re-opens on Jan. 11, approximately one-third of the floor space and collection will be accessible to patrons and the first phase of the renovation project will be underway. ELPL staff would like to thank patrons in advance for their patience during the closure and throughout the renovation.

About the Renovation
ELPL will undergo an exciting renovation of its interior thanks to a very generous donation of $1.5 million from a library patron. 

“This is a wonderful gift to the library and the community,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We have the opportunity to create the library that the East Lansing community deserves.”

The renovation will transform ELPL into a community hub and learning space. The children’s area will be moved and enhanced with an early childhood literacy area, the teen space and Maker Studio will be expanded, a cyber café with vending machines will be added, a family bathroom will be built and the floor plan of the library will be reconfigured to create more open space. The library’s collection will be moved around as part of the renovation, but the number of items in the collection will be close to the same. 

The renovation will also allow ELPL to plan for the future with added data and electrical outlets, mobile shelving/furniture and small group meeting spaces. 

The renovation project is slated to be completed by September 2016. Community members with questions about the project or the temporary closure of the library can call (517) 351-2420. 

I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz

We read through 20-30 new picture books every month with our 5 year old.  (Thank you, THANK YOU, Dear Library!)  And though almost every new book is his "favorite", at least for a night or two, something special happened when my husband and son read I am Henry Finch together before bed one evening.

You see, Henry Finch starts out as an average bird, almost exactly like every other charimingly rendered thumbprint-based finch in his flock.  But soon, he wakes, and then awakens, and realizes that he exists.  And can think.  And that quite possibly he is an amazing finch!

I am Henry Finch is the rare, philosophical picture book that entertains, engages and enlightens.  As my husband read aloud Henry Finch's discovery of death, birth, individualism and community, my son, who often can't sit still, remained not only seated but nearly rooted to his seat, as his face waxed through looks of introspection, mild horror and eventually existential shock.  And after the book was finished, when my husband asked my son what he thought, he said simply "Again."   And they read it again.

And since then, every morning, and every evening, we have read I am Henry Finch again, and again, and again.  More than any other picture book we have ever read, even Goodnight Moon.

For now you will have to place a hold on I am Henry Finch (we promise to have it back soon) but please do, and once you receive the book, please give it a try and read it through in its entirety, even though the story seems a bit dicey at times.  I can't give anything away but let's just say that Henry Finch makes a very impassioned plea for vegetarianism after a personally alarming experience.  Because of this I can see some parents and caretakers being afraid to push on through the story, but please try.  The ideas explored in the book are very accessible, and intriguing to children and Henry Finch is a great introduction to thinking and philosophy.

The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland

Beaver is a bit self centered and short sighted.  After finding himself on the wrong side of a falling tree one day, beaver begins to see the error of his ways.  My favorite part is when he enters re-hab and slowly builds himself back to health.

The Tale of the Once-ler

"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees." When I was a child, the recycling movement was really just starting to gain public notice. We started having paper recycling boxes at school and I would help my neighbor take recyclables to Granger every weekend. Now, we can just roll our new recycle bins out to the curb every other week and the city helps us take care of it. In the early 90s, my older sister had to give a performance of The Lorax. For weeks and weeks, I heard this story on repeat. It was started out as entertaining, and after the 50th time, it was like a broken record. But, looking back on it, Dr. Seuss has created a cautionary tale of why we must take care of our planet. There are things that exist in limited supply and once gone, they may never come back. The Lorax is the story of the Once-ler, a driven business-man who creates a product called a Thneed. The Thneed is made from the Truffula Trees. The Lorax comes to raise the alert that by chopping down the Truffula Trees, the Once-ler is harming the Brown Bar-ba-loots, the Swomee-Swans, and the Humming-fish. When the Lorax can take no more, he leaves the Once-ler with one word of wisdom: Unless. Unless care and concern for the environment exists within all of us, our impact on the planet will end in very poor living conditions. Take the lesson of The Lorax and make the effort to live a more sustainable life and help make our community a better place.

Larf by Ashley Spires

I love a good sasquatch story, and Larf does not disappoint.  A loveable, hairy, seven foot tall vegetarian who enjoys the quieter things in life.  He is content to live alone with his pet bunny, until the day he makes an enormous discovery that changes everything.  You will fall in love with Larf.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Ms. Karrie and I have had many discussions about the wonder that is Jon Klassen. I have read and enjoyed ALL of his work.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

As a children’s librarian, it’s probably no surprise to my friends and family that I like to give picture books as presents when babies are born. I always tried to pick a few of my best loved classics as well as some modern favorites, and recently a pattern among the modern titles has begun to emerge -- I think I’ve brought Andrea Beaty’s 2013 book Rosie Revere, Engineer to the last three baby showers in a row that I’ve been to. But in my defense, this book has absolutely everything I love in a picture book. Bold, eye-catching illustrations? Check. Clever and irreverent writing? Check. An inspiring, stereotype-defying message? Check plus.

Rosie Revere, Engineer is the story of a young girl whose love of all things tinkering, inventing, and engineering is hindered by her fear of failure. She dreams of building an airplane, but what if it doesn’t fly? What if it’s true that girls are no good at inventing? What if absolutely everything goes wrong? Luckily for Rosie, her great great aunt Rose (recognizable as an grown up version of Rosie the Riveter) is also an engineer who spent time building airplanes during World War II, and she helps bolster Rosie’s confidence and remind her that the only failure is not trying. Together, they craft Rosie’s first attempt at an airplane.

I have to add in my favorite passage, which takes place right after Rosie’s first attempt only hovers for a moment before crashing, because it encapsulates the spirit of the book so well:

It crashed. That is true.

But first it did just what it needed to do.

Before it crashed, Rosie…

before that…

it flew!

Your brilliant first flop was a raging success!

Come on, let’s get busy and on to the next!

Tell me that’s not an awesome message for any young reader!

Find it at ELPL here.



The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll is a fun, beautifully illustrated children's Halloween book.  

Unbeknownst to a village mouse named Clayton, and a field mouse named Desmond, each mouse has been feeding and watering the same pumpkin in hopes of winning separate contest.  One mouse wants to win a contest for his town's biggest pumpkin, while the other mouse nutures the pumpkin in hopes of growing the town's biggest jack-o-lantern. 

This delightful story tells how the two mice accidentally find out about each other and realize that with their team work, they both have a chance to win their contests.

Great news, kids and parents! The early literacy website is now available for free on ELPL computers! Designed in collaboration with early childhood literacy experts and completely free of pop-ups, ads, and external links, ABCmouse is an interactive website that allows preschoolers, kindergartners, and early elementary students to learn and explore in a safe and educational online environment. From arts and drawing to games and puzzles, songs, the ABCs, animals, and more, ABCmouse is a great resource for your little learner. Check it out on one of our computers at ELPL or ask a librarian for more information!