5 Finds: Kids October 2013

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

It's that time of year again, Banned Books Week, when the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates your freedom to read by highlighting banned or challenged books. This year's celebration is September 22 - 28, 2013. Before I checked out the Top Ten Challenged Books in 2012 (according to the ALA), I thought number one on the list might be the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E. L. James. How wrong I was! Actually, the series of Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey was reported by ALA to be the most frequently challenged books in the year 2012. The main complaints were offensive language and being unsuited to the age group. The Captain Underpants series has a history of being on the banned/challenged lists, in fact, it is currently number thirteen on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009, for various reasons as anti-family content, unsuited to age group, violence, offensive language, insensitivity, and encouraging children to disobey authority.

Since the late 1990's, Captain Underpants has battled such fiends as Professor Poopypants (later known as Tippy Tinkletrousers), the Naughty Cafeteria Ladies, and the Wicked Wedgie Woman, to the delight of reluctant boy readers. The main characters of the series are two mischievous boys who always seem to get in trouble and question authority at their school, Jerome Horwitz Elementary (Jerome Horwitz was the real name of Curly Howard, one of the Three Stooges).  As a children's librarian, whenever a parent asks me about the appropriateness of behavior of a book's character and asks if I would recommend it, I always recommend reading it for themselves first. Then the parent and child can read the book together. Use any content as a teachable moment as to what your own expectations of your child's behavior is. Or don't read the books. It's your freedom of choice. As Captain Underpants would say, "TRA-LA-LAAAAA!"

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.

Library Closed at 3pm

Due to the road closures for the MSU Homecoming Parade, the library will close at 3pm on Friday, October 11, 2013. 

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."


intended for ages 3-6 years. Craft offered. an adult must remain in the library. 


Intended for ages 18-36 months. An adult must remain in the Storytime room. No older siblings please. 

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!  

East Lansing Welcomes the World

Help us welcome Michigan State University international students and families to the East Lansing community!  There will be food, music, children’s activities and community information.

Community ambassadors are needed to greet guests as they arrive.  If you are interested in being a community ambassador, please contact Phyllis at or Jennifer at