Library closed on Monday, February 17, 2014

The library will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2014 in observance of President's Day.

Library closed on Monday, January 20, 2014

The library will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Library Closed Monday, January 6

East Lansing Public Library

The library will be closed Monday, January 6, due to emergency weather conditions.  Online library services will be available.  Check for updates.

The City of East Lansing has declared a snowstorm emergency and has issued the following notices:

  • All travel on public streets is prohibited, except travel for an essential purpose. 


Library closing at 4pm, Sunday, January 5, 2014

The library will be closing at 4pm, on Sunday, January 5, 2014.  The library is closing early due to worsening weather conditions.  Check for updates on possible closures tomorrow, Monday, January 6, 2014.

Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh

I am fascinated by animal stories involving unlikely duos, such as friendships between chimps and tigers, monkeys and birds, pigs and just about any other animal. This book includes captivating photographs from all over the world showing how nature can really work in amazing ways.  My favorite friendship is the one between an old orangutan, who had lost her mate, and a stray tabby cat.  They became instant friends and lived side by side for four years.  This is truly a heartwarming book of friendship and love.

If you like this book try reading Best Friends Forever!: and More True Stories of Animal Friendships by Amy Shields.

Claymation projects completed!

Today our claymation program participants finished their projects.  We had a great group of creative directors, producers and special effects experts.  We've posted their movies to YouTube, check them out:




Intended for ages 18-36 months.

Books and Bagels

"The One and Only Ivan" by K. Applegate

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 Jan. 11 at the Circulation Desk. 

Code Camp

Code camp is back for kids ages 9-12. Campers will learn basic computer programming and use it to build and program robots. Register online beginning January 6. Registration is limited. 

Code Camp Summer 2013

Ice Storm News Update from the East Lansing Fire Department

Click here for locations of warming centers.

ELFD, ELPD doing door-to-door welfare checks; free firewood pick-up location established.

BWL has established a customer walk-in center at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

BWL Alerts

Consumers Energy News Releases



Fox 47

The Red Cross is working to establish warming centers and/or shelters. A warming center has been established at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Road, in Lansing. The warming centers will serve as temporary facilities, serving light refreshments, in lieu of more sheltering. All residents are advised to seek temporary shelter with family or friends if at all possible, reserving Red Cross facilities for those without that option. The phone number for Red Cross is 517-484-7461 and residents are asked to call this number instead of 911.

A 211 number has been set up to handle non-emergency requests. All residents are asked to use this number in lieu of 911 for non-emergency requests.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.



Best of 2013 reads at ELPL

End of year best lists are great for catching up on wonderful books you might have missed.  But we agree with NPR that year end lists have gotten a bit out of hand.

Hoopla debuts at ELPL!



ELPL is proud to announce that Hoopla is now available to East Lansing patrons!  Hoopla is an amazing new service that allows ELPL cardholders to download movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks to computers, tablets and smartphones.  And just like ELPL's other digital collections, there are no late fees - when the lending period ends titles are automatically removed from your device.  Here's the scoop:

Checkout periods are as follows - 

  • 3 days for video
  • 7 days for music
  • 21 days for audiobooks

No hold lists! - An unlimited number of people can borrow the same item at the same time.

Listen and watch wherever you want - Like the Cloud Library and Zinio you can use more than one device to access your Hoopla content.  You can borrow a title on your computer and watch it on your tablet.

To sign up, go to, or visit the Apple App Store (or Google Play Store for Android devices) to download the Hoopla Digital app. 

If you'd like more information or want to schedule a One on One Tech Help session to get started with Hoopla, click here.

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: