Thank you East Lansing High School Marching Band!

A big thank you to the East Lansing High School Marching Band for their birthday wishes.  ELPL loves you!


Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

As a Beatles fan, I have known of Paul McCartney most of my life, but after reading this biography I now feel like I know him, too. The author does a fine job exploring Sir Paul's musical genius as well as his personal shortcomings. As a result, I was able to move from idolization to admiration of this unique individual.
ELPL has both the print, eBook, and audiobook versions. I really enjoyed listening to all the accents the narrator, Jonathan Keeble, used. He does great Paul and John imitations.

System upgrades and outages on Wednesday, January 18

During the library's closure on Monday, January 16, library staff upgraded ELPL’s catalog and circulation system.  The upgrade is in preparation for a migration to a new catalog and website later in 2017.  Maintenance is ongoing this Wednesday, January 18.

As of 12 noon on 1-18-2017, the following systems are still unavailable:

These services are now available:

  • Online catalog
  • Holds, renewals and online fine payments
  • The Cloud Library
  • Hoopla
  • Overdrive
  • MeLCat requesting
  • Public computers at the library
  • Check-outs and holds at the library


AARP Tax Aide Help at the Library

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.

All Things Must Pass

Tower Records was a late arrival in East Lansing, but the record aficionados I know seemed already well-acquainted with it. This new documentary follows its “rags-to-riches” rise from the 1960s to world-wide renown and then untimely demise in 2006, introducing us to a quirky set of characters along the way.

For some it will be a fond reminder of times past when a collection of LPs was a young person's proudest possession; others will be fascinated by its story and the influence this company and its employees had on well-known recording artists such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen - something that would never happen in the industry today.

2016 In Memoriam

Titles in honor of the many great writers, performers, artists, and

One Pan Wonders from America's Test Kitchen

This timely title from America's Test Kitchen dropped this Tuesday - just in time to help you battle your fatigue from the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkay/Kwanzaa cooking season.  Anything that helps you get dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss and dirty pans is a winner.  I had a chance to page through this book before it was sent out to the new book shelves and the recipes are accessible and practical.  

2017 Library Closures

  • Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20 - President's Day
  • Sunday, April 16 - Easter Sunday
  • Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Weekend (Summer Sunday closures begin)
  • Tuesday, July 4 - Independence Day
  • Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 - Labor Day Weekend (Summer Sunday closures end)
  • Friday, October 21 - Library closes at 3pm - MSU Homecoming Parade
  • Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 - Veterans Day

Library to Delay Opening by Two Hours

The East Lansing Public Library will open at 12 noon on Monday, December 12, to allow for clean up from a winter storm.  

For further updates check the library website and the website for the City of East Lansing.