ELPL servers down for maintenance

Library staff will be performing some routine maintenance on the library's servers between 5-6pm this evening. During that time access to the library catalog, MeLCat requesting, Hoopla, 3M Cloud, Overdrive and Zinio will be unavailable. We hope to be back up and running at 6pm - we'll post again when maintenance is complete.


Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer did a marvelous job writing this book. It's all about a genius 12 year old who finds a secret race called the People. These People include fairies, trolls, goblins, and dwarves who all live underground without humans knowing about it. Artemis discovers them and decides to exploit them for their gold. His plan and all around intelligence makes for a great story. The audiobook was very easy to listen to and the guy who read it did an amazing job with all the characters. I'm looking forward to continuing the Artemis Fowl series


Hop, computer animation combined with real life action, is the story of the Easter Bunny (voice by English comic Russel Brand)  who decides to be a rock star instead of deliver eggs, which dishonors his family  business. He meets a human named Fred who has been kicked out of his parents' house for chronic slacking. Both characters  must weigh their own individual dreams with loyalty to family and tradition, which is, as special guest star David Hasselhoff observes, "a dilemma as old as time itself."   The best lines are from the conclusion,  when they drive off in the Egg Sleigh driven by zillions of little chicklets "On Cheepers, on Peepers, on Chirpy and Clucky," and exclaim as they drive out of sight,  "Happy Easter to all, and to all a good mid-to late morning".

ELPL is collecting donations for the Capital Area Humane Society

April 28 through May 11 ELPL will be collecting donated wish list items for the Capital Area Humane Society.  A collection bin will be placed in the library's lobby for donated mats, toys or blankets for CAHS dogs and cats.  See the organization's full wish list at:

Capital Area Humane Society Adoption Event and Pet Toy Craft Night

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

The Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) is bringing adoptable pets to the library!  Plus, we will be making toys for the animals to play with at CAHS.  

View adoptable pets at or call 517-626-6060 to speak with an Adoption Counselor.

A Butterfly is Patient

As I read the April 8, 2014, article in the Lansing State Journal titled, "Butterfly House still a perenial draw at MSU," I was reminded of all the wonderful butterfly books for children that our library has, both fiction and nonfiction.

Book Mark Contest Open!

Do you love to draw?  Would you love to see your original artwork on bookmarks at the Library?  Enter ELPL's Children's Bookmark Contest and your drawing could be chosen to be featured as a bookmark!

Download an entry form or pick one up at the Library.  Complete rules are detailed on the entry form but here are the important details:

  • Contest runs April 1 - May 4, 2014.
  • Contest is for ages 4-12.
  • Entries can be turned in at the Circulation Desk, and must be received by May 4, 2014 by 5pm.

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: