King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

Not just another princess story!  This picture book begins with the classic search for a princess to marry the prince.

Books and Bagels


"The Egypt Game" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. BIG thank you to an anonymous donor for the free books to attendees. Thanks to Panera Bread in Frandor for the bagels. Grades 4-6. Registration begins October 26 in Children's.

The Curse of the Spider King

The Curse of the Spider King was a great book. I've read a few of Batson's other books and really liked them, so I decided to give this one a try. I enjoyed it a lot, but it seemed to be lacking something. Honestly, I'm not really sure what it's lacking, but it just seemed like there wasn't really any meat to the story. Basically the whole story was find the elf lords and get home. My guess as to why this happened is there are so many characters and so many things to introduce that he wrote the whole book to introduce his readers to the world of Allyra. I'm totally okay with that, but I personally would've like to have a bit more to munch on. The ending was quite the cliff hanger, so I'm definitely going to read the other two books in the series. This is an incredibly imaginitive book that, I feel, many children would like. I encourage you to read this and enter the world of Allyra. 

Wheels of Change

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy

Females, young or old, will especially enjoy this book about how the arrival of the bicycle in the U.S. in the 1880s and '90s allowed women to experience freedom as never before. You will see how the bicycle had an impact on women's place in society. This well-researched book published in 2011 by National Geographic has many interesting illustrations and sidebars. If you're a female bike rider today, hopefully you will appreciate the battles the first female riders went through from those who thought the bicycle would "lure young girls into paths that led directly to sin."

Books and Bagels


"One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia. BIG thank you to an anonymous donor for providing free books to attendees.  Thanks to panera Bread in Frandor for the bagels! Grades 4-6. Registration begins September 21 in Children's. 

Homework Help

East Lansing Public Library

FREE drop-in tutoring provided by MSU's Studen Michigan Education Association. Grades K-8.

5 Finds: Kids August 2013

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

While Gary Paulsen is best known for his fiction for young people, My Life In Dog Years is more of his biography.  It chronicles his life through the various dogs he has owned.  Growing up with alcoholic parents, he spent a lot of time alone.  Dogs became the life saving connection he needed to survive.  This book is perfect for every dog lover and Paulsen fan.

Second Sunday @ Dublin Square Restaurant & Pub

Dublin Square Irish Pub

Please Note: Bring in a copy of the ELPL newsletter and 10% of what you spend is donated to the ELPL!  

Happy 90th Birthday ELPL!

Celebrate the 90th birthday of the East Lansing Public Library!  Enjoy cupcakes donated by Bake ‘n Cakes.  Plus, all ages can help us build a LEGO® birthday cake and play miniature golf. 

2013 Michigan Reads! Statewide Launch and Author Visit

Library meeting room

2013 Michigan Reads! Statewide Launch & Author Visit

On September 9, ELPL will host the official launch of the 2013 Michigan Reads! program. Author Leslie Helakoski and guest reader Julie Calley, wife of Lt. Governor Brian Calley will be at ELPL for a reading of her book Woolbur and a children's activity. Plus take your photo with a live sheep!  Book sales and signing are also available. 

Magyk - Septimus Heap Bk. 1

 I really loved this book. It's techinically meant for children, but I still greatly enjoyed it. What I loved about this book the most was how imaginative it was. There were cool terms for the magic involved in the book, the characters had interesting personalities that made you want to read about them, and the whole world within the book was described with precision and imagination. My only qualms with the book is that first, it was incredibly predictable. However, it is a kids book, so that's kind of to be expected. The other thing was that it is a very long book. Some parts of it I felt didn't really need to be there or she went into a little too much detail that made the story drag on. It wasn't enough to deter me from finishing it, but it was enough to annoy me as I read it. All in all, it is a wonderful book and would recomend it to those who enjoy a creative and imaginative story. 

July 30: "Not Another Home Movie" Film Screening @ 7pm

Library Meeting Room

Join local filmmaker Hanan Daqqa on Tuesday, July 30 at 7:00 pm at the East Lansing Public Library and learn about a new way to create home movies. Through a process called Family Participatory, parents collaborate with a professional filmmaker to document a piece of their child's life in an artistic 3-5 minute film. The results are incredible! Short, rich and meaningful films, they can be shared with friends, relatives and the world. When you watch any of them you will realize it is not another home movie!  

Duct Tape Fun!

We had 10 enthusiastic duct tape artists show up on Saturday and make some very cool creations. People left with flowers, bracelets, purses, bags and even a dinosaur!

Check out the slide show!

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian

Review written by: mary adelman

A very satisfying finish to the complete Artemis Fowl series! Great to see/read all the old characters back in fine form, especially Mulch Diggums. Artemis is so clever and smart as ever - a very funny boy! The ending is open to a new series, about the younger generation, so, it will be interesting to see if the author does develop the leads in that direction. Regardless, I loved the whole series!

By Author/Artist: Colfer, Eoin
Format: hardcover