Did you know you can sit in the comfort of your home, office or car and send a print job to the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL)? Yes, wireless printing is here. You can pull up a photo, document or email from your smart phone, laptop, tablet, desk top—actually any device with Internet access and send it to our public printer at the library. You have three days to come into the library and pull up your print request and physically print it. This service will work from a wireless device within the library, as well as, Internet connected devices anywhere in the world.
Beginning February 3rd AARP Tax-Aide staff will be at the East Lansing Public Library offering free tax help to anyone who registers for an appointment. The AARP Tax-Aide program is designed for low-income senior citizens but anyone is welcome to register for assistance. Sign-ups are on a first-come-first-serve basis and any participants who show up to their appointment without the proper documentation will be turned away.
To schedule an appointment stop by the Service Desk at the library or call (517) 351-2420.
You will receive a reminder call the week of your appointment. Please keep the following in mind:
Plan to arrive at the library at least 20 minutes early to fill out forms for the tax preparers.
Please bring a picture ID for each taxpayer on the return (i.e. for both spouses).
Please bring a Social Security card for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents (this is a new requirement).
Please bring a copy of last year's tax return.
Please bring all of your income documents: W2, 1099R, 1099INT, 1099DIV, etc.
If you intend to itemize please bring all your receipts.
If you intend to claim educational expenses please bring form 1098T.
Please bring a blank check in order to set up direct deposit or debit for any refund or balance due. Preparers will not keep the check - this is just for the purpose of setting up the proper bank routing information.
Congratulations to our Teen Librarian Jessica Lee-Cullin for winning Library SOUP! at the Michigan Library Association conference. Jessica's winning entry was ELPL's Wee Free Pantry, a pantry of nonperishable food and personal hygiene items that provide materials unavailable to the library's most disenfranchised patrons and empower community members to contribute to the well-being of the community. Way to go Jessica!
Starting today, patrons logging into the My Account page of the library catalog will no longer need to fill in their name. Only barcode and PIN will be required.
Why is the library making this change? Coming soon, the library will be rolling out a new library catalog and website. Both of the new sites offer many patron friendly features that will enable you to find new favorite authors and titles and connect with other ELPL patrons. The change to the current My Account page will facilitate the move to the new catalog and web site.
If you have any questions about the change please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and thank you for your patience as we work to make your online patron experience engaging and intuitive.
The library will be closing at 4pm on Friday, April 30 for the 5th annual Books, Bites, and Bids fundraiser. This year the fundraiser will be at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center*. Everyone is welcome to attend the event. A donation of $30 per person or $60 per couple/family is suggested.
The library's computer systems will be down for maintenance and upgrades the evening of Thursday, April 21, beginning at approximately 9PM. The downtime is expected to last approximately 1.5 hours. Services unavailable during this time will include:
My Account access (renewals, placing holds, paying fines online, etc.)
Digital checkouts and streaming, including Zinio, Cloud Library, Hoopla, Lynda.com, and Overdrive
The library's website, www.elpl.org, and social media accounts will remain online during the upgrade.
Visiting Patron is an optional service provided by MeLCat to give patrons of participating libraries the option to get immediate access to the materials they need. Patrons may go directly to another library that also participates in this service and check out available and eligible materials in person, using their home library card, without the need to place the request via MeLCat and wait for the materials to be delivered to their home libraries for pickup.
Unfortunately, our late fines are higher than they were in Calvin's day: a DVD will set you back a whopping $1.50 for every day that it’s late, while books and everything else cost a quarter per day. But we know that life happens, so you can still check out materials even if you have late fines, as long as your fines total under $15.
BabyTime is an interactive early literacy experience intended for babies ages birth to 2 years. It includes nursery rhymes, songs, puppets, rhythm activities, sharing a book, freeplay and more. Babies are born ready to learn. BabyTime is important to help lay the foundation for learning in a fun and relaxed fashion. Although your child is years away from becoming a reader, he or she starts to develop the skills necessary for reading and writing at birth. BabyTime is one of ELPL's Early Literacy programs that not only teaches and reinforces these important skills, but also makes them for for both parent and child.
Join us for a screening of Audrie and Daisy, followed by a panel discussion with experts who deal with issues of sexual assault within our community every day.
Audrie and Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, Audrie and Daisy — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at American's teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.