Muy Caliente Musica

Latin music will forever remind me of my honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.  Recently, I took a Zumba class at the Hannah Community Center and now latin music reminds me of zumba!  Whatever the reason, I love latin music!  It puts me in a good mood, provides a boost of energy and makes me smile - even though I know very little of the Spanish language!  Luckily, ELPL has many awesome latin music choices both on CD and with Hoopla.  Here are some of my favorites:

The Last Don II by Don Omar
La Historia de el Duo by Wisin & Yandel ("The Duo of History")
Double Vision by Prince Royce  (with appearances by Snoop Dogg and J Lo!)  
A Quien Quiera Escuchar by Ricky Martin ("To Those Who Want to Listen")
Dale by Pitbull


To see all of ELPL's latin music cd's, click here

To see all of ELPL's latin music Hoopla downloads, click here

ELPL Downtown Maker Studio to Remain Open through May 2016

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is excited to announce that the 2.0 Maker Studio, located in downtown East Lansing on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, will remain open for an additional 10 months, through May 2016. 

Across Generations Videofest

When Michele Norris spoke at the Wharton Center on September 15, 2014 as part of the One Book, One Community program, she told the audience to talk to our parents, grandparents, our aunts and uncles, our elders to hear their stories. She said we need to have conversations with our elders to preserve our family histories or to know where we came from.

DC Comics are now live on Hoopla!

All your favorite DC Comic characters are now available on Hoopla.  There's no better way to celebrate this summer's reading theme, Every Hero Has a Story, than by curling up with your favorites.











Hoopla Undergoing Scheduled Maintenance on July 7

The Hoopla team is planning to perform scheduled maintenance from 2:00 AM - 6:00 AM EST on July 7, 2015, which may result in partial service disruption between these hours.  

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day



This is a cute family movie with a great message.  I was concerned initially about a movie version of one of my favorite children's books, but I love Jennifer Garner.

Week 2 Challenges and a Grand Prize Drawing Announcement

Week 2 of Summer Reading is here and the Week 2 Challenges are live on!  Also, many of you have asked and we are happy to announce that yes, we will be giving away the very cool superhero cardboard standups at the end of Every Hero Has a Story!  Completing the Week 2 challenge will get you one entry into the grand prize drawing, so what are you waiting for?!?  Get reading!

Hoopla adds comics and ebooks!

Hoopla just got even better.  In addition to great new music, audiobooks, TV series and movies, you can now check out eBooks and eComics, all from the Hoopla app.  The eComic selection is huge and has great titles for kids, teens and adults.  If you haven't yet tried Hoopla click here to get started.

It's New Music Tuesday on Hoopla!

Here's what's dropping today on Hoopla:







In case you missed it, here's what dropped last week:







Upcoming Releases

May 19:

  • Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface
  • Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
  • Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
  • Jeff Beck - Live +
  • Brnatley Gilbert - Just As I am Platinum Edition
  • The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey
  • Silverstein - I am Alive In Everything I Touch
  • Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear - Skeleton Crew

May 26:

  • Boosie Badazz - Touch Down 2 Cause Hell
  • Alesso - Forever
  • The Oak Ridge Boys - Rock Of Ages Hymns And Gospel Favorites
  • Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process
  • Joshua Redman - & The Bad Plus - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
  • Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest - Sylva
  • Larry Hernandez - Vete Acostumbrando

Book in a Jar Guessing Games Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Book in a Jar Guessing Game! Everyone who submitted a slip with their name on it got at least the 3 right to be entered into the drawing. The winner has already been contacted - but as a prize to all who participated we have a coupon to Grand Traverse Pie Company for you pick up at the circulation desk. Give your name to our staff and we will give you a coupon!

Click on Read more... to get the answers for the game

1. Berenstain Bears All Aboard! - Stan and Jan Berenstain

2. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

3. Love Story - Erich Segal

4. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

5. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer

6. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling

8. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Thank you everyone for playing!!

The Octopuppy by Martin McKenna

"Edgar wanted a pet dog, but what he got instead was a rather brilliant octopus named Jarvis.".

Edgar's struggle to accept Jarvis for what he is, a delightfully precocious octopus and friend, makes for a wonderfully funny and warm story.  McKenna's illustrations are lovely and the story rings true for anyone who has ever struggled with being loved and accepted just as they are.


"Meet Edgar. He's determined to train his new puppy. Sit. Stay. Fetch. What could go wrong? It's just that Edgar's dog happens to be an octopus. A particularly brilliant octopus at that. Meet Jarvis. Edgar's life is about to change forever."