Books & Bagels - December 2013


"The Center of Everything" by Linda Urban. BIG thank you to an anonymous donor for free books to the first 15 kids to register. Thanks to Panera Bread in Frandor for the bagels. Grades 4-6. Registration begins November 9 at the circulation Desk. 

Website maintenance

The library's website,, will be offline today starting at 5pm.  The site will be down for approximately one hour for maintenance.

During that time the library's online catalog and My Account features, will remain functional.  During the maintenance period a link to the catalog will be available when patrons try to access

Patrons can also access the library's catalog directly at:



Tutoring Club

Free dop-in tutoring by National Honor's Society East Lansing High School students. Grades 5 and up. 


Intended for ages 18-36 months

Books and Bagels

"Below" by Meg McKinlay

Thank you to the donor for free books to the first 15 kids to register. Thanks to Panera in Frandor for the bagels. Grades 4-6. Registration begins Dec. 7 at the Circulation Desk.

Amistades Tutoring Club from ELHS


Drop-in tutoring for grades 5 and up.

Upgrades to library catalog

December 2 through 8 library staff will be upgrading the library's catalog.  After the upgrade patrons will be able to check out and place holds on 3M Cloud Library eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from the library's catalog.

The catalog will have an updated look and feel after the upgrade so we'll be posting new video tutorials and tech tips to our Help page ASAP after the upgrade.  As always, if you have questions don't hesitate to contact the library.

New Children's Holiday Recommendations!

Feeling festive? Check out our latest list of new Children's Holiday Titles

Whether you are looking forward to the next Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa celebration, we have children's books, DVDs and audiobooks to put you in a merry mood this season.

Happy holidays!

Late Fine Forgiveness Program. Nov. 21-Dec. 15

Do you have late fines on your library account and don't know what to do? Do you like buying toys for kids but don't have enough kids to buy for? Well, we have something that solves both of those problems!

In conjunction with the Toys For Tots charity drive, we are giving you the opportunity to lower those pesky late fines on your account! Read below for the guidelines:

  1. For every new, unwrapped toy you drop off at the circulation desk, we will waive $3.00 in late/overdue fines.
  2. Does not apply to fines recieved for damaged materials, lost materials, or any other sort of fine.
  3. No credits will be given
  4. Make sure to give your toy(s) to a staff member at the desk so we know to waive your fines!

We will also, of course, gladly accept donations even if you don't have any late fines.

Questions? Give us a call at (517) 351-2420 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

If you are looking for a picture book with lovely, funny dialogue, loveable characters and beautiful artwork, pick up one of Karma Wilson's gorgeous children's books about a big brown bear and his forest friends.

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd's kite is stuck. It is far too high for him to reach, so he throws first one shoe, then the other at the very large tree that holds it no avail. As this delightfully entertaining story takes off, we witness through Jeffers's signature illustrations the lengths to which Floyd will go to get his beloved kite back, as he throws everything from a bucket of paint, to the milkman, to "a curious whale, in the wrong place at the wrong time" into the tree. And they all get stuck! The story is destined to be a favorite for the whole family, and the illustrations alone will make it well worth your time. Recommended for ages 3-5.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Google the words "Best Picture Books" and you're sure to find lists that include The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as one of the top choices. I have a special place in my heart for this book since my undergrad days at MSU when I did a project using this book. Later on, all my own children loved to hear the story again and again while always sticking their little fingers through the holes. Now it is one of the group reading choices in my BabyTime program. The East Lansing Public Library owns copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in regular print form and board book form as well as in other languages such as German, Arabic, and Chinese. To read more about Eric Carle and the making of The Very Hungry Caterpillar  on Scholastic's Teacher webpage, please click here.

Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis

Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis written by Cynthia Zarin and illustrated by Pierre Pratt is a wonderful story about Albert, a dachshund, whose favorite thing in the whole world is to ride in taxis.  Albert has a mischievous adventure throughout a metropolitan city as he jumps in and out of taxis with different people and runs across some of his dog friends.  He eventually winds up at the airport, where he runs in to his owner, Mr. Crabtree, who has just returned from a business trip.  Mr. Crabtree is thrilled and surprised that Albert has "come across town on his own" to meet him at the airport.  The story ends with Albert and Mr. Crabtree on a taxi ride home.

The acrylic illustrations are chunky, vibrant and detailed.  The taxi cabs have dice in the mirror and advertisements on their roofs.  Hortense is a huffy pink poodle with a large red bow as her collar. The illustration with traffic bumper to bumper bridge across a waterway is reminiscent of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.  

Check it out from ELPL by placing a hold on the book today!