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Books & Bagels October 2014

Register online for ELPL's first Books & Bagels of 2014!  This month the group will be reading and discussing Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Touching and powerful, this book chronicles Woodson's life as she searches for her place in the world.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, she always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.  This program is part of MSU Project 60/50, a yearlong community conversation on human and civil rights and carries on the theme of our One Book, One Community reads.

The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of Brown Girl Dreaming.

This session of Books & Bagels will be held at the library's new popup makerspace in downtown East Lansing.  Located on the second floor of the Marriott at University Place, the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio offers a unique programming location for library and community events.  

Join us October 4 at 2pm for this unique Books & Bagels event!  As always, Books & Bagels is for children in grades 4-6.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to program participants.

September Closures

The library will close at 3pm on Friday, September 26 due to road closures for the MSU Homecoming Parade.  Find out about all of the road closures here

Books on Tap - October 2014

Come to Jimmy's on October 14th at 6:30 pm when we dive into the world of science fiction with our discussion of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

**Also, remember to bring your summary of a David Sedaris book so that you can be entered to win tickets to his speaking engagement at the Wharton Center on October 26th.**

"Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now..."

Review from Goodreads.

Books on Tap - September Follow Up

What a great turnout and great discussion at Jimmy's this month! We had a very in-depth and open conversation about topics brought up in both The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris and March: Book One by John Lewis. The thing I took away from this month is simply the fact that it is amazing to be a part of group that can share so openly about any topic. As per usual, we ran the gambit of subjects covered: race, gender, family relations, personal experiences, education, traveling - nothing is off limits to this group! Also, even those who had read only part of one book were able to discuss the ideas put forth in both of these works.

Reminder for October: please bring your blurb about any books you have read by David Sedaris so that we can get you entered into a drawing for tickets to his speaking event on October 26 at the Wharton Center.

For our group read for October, we will read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Maker Studios Opening Soon

If you follow any of ELPL's social media profiles you know that we've been posting lots of photos of our latest 3D prints.  We've also been busy installing and configuring all the other awesome pieces of technology and equipment that will be available in the two new maker studios opening in the next month.  Yes, that's right, the library is opening two makerspace facilities in the next 30 days that will enable people of all ages to create, make, innovatve and produce.

Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom

A veteran civil rights attorney confronts the injustices of the controversial Trayvon Martin case and America's dubious post-9/11 gun laws. Today Show legal analyst Bloom picks apart the unsuccessful prosecution of gun-toting Floridian George Zimmerman for the shooting of African-American Martin, wherein Zimmerman claimed self-defense and invoked the much-ballyhooed "stand your ground" law. The author argues convincingly that not only was race (and a racist jury) a factor in the failure to convict Zimmerman, but the state prosecution simply bungled what should have been an open-and-shut case against the overzealous defendant. Bloom pulls no punches in scrutinizing every misstep and missed opportunity of the state prosecution. She also paints a global picture of the controversy surrounding the not-guilty verdict for Zimmerman, in that it was a clear-cut case of blatant racial profiling to just about everybody around the world except the majority of those on jury duty in that Florida courtroom. Bloom also does a close reading of American self-defense laws and how the many restrictions on these laws were given short shrift by the inept prosecution. The weaker elements of Bloom's book come in the last 100 pages or so, when she's already solidified her arguments pertaining specifically to the Zimmerman verdict and her attention begins to ramble into more peripheral issues surrounding the trial. She takes brief critical looks at everything from the NYPD stop-and-frisk laws and racial profiling to the consequences of not talking about race in cases where racial bias is obvious. Although this is all welcome and informative, the author eventually takes on a bit more than she's able to effectively handle in just over 300 pages. A much-needed factual antidote to the mainstream media coverage of Trayvon Martin's tragic story and the travesty of the George Zimmerman trial. Copyright 2014 Kirkus Reviews.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield

Kanefield tells the story of Barbara Rose Johns, whose fight for equality in the schools of Farmville, Va., went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. In 1950, 15-year-old Barbara Johns was a junior at the all-black Robert R. Moton High School in rural Virginia, a crowded school using temporary classrooms that were little more than tar paper shacks, more like chicken coops than classrooms, with leaky roofs and potbellied stoves that provided little heat. Farmville High School, the white school, was a modern building with up-to-date facilities. Sick of the disparity, Barbara led a strike, demanding equal facilities in the schools of her town. Her actions drew the usual response from the white community: cross-burnings, white stores denying credit to black customers and criticism for their "ill-advised" actions. Although threats caused Barbara's parents to send her to live with family in Alabama, where she graduated from high school, the Moton students' case was eventually bundled with others, including Brown v. Board of Education. In an attractive volume full of archival photographs, informative sidebars and a clearly written text, Kanefield shares an important though little-known story of the movement.  Copyright 2013 Kirkus Reviews.

Special StoryTime - Talk Like a Pirate Day!

On Friday, September 19 our weekly Storytime will be taken over by pirates!  In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, we will share some pirate stories, pirate songs, and of course, pirate talk.  We will also be creating a pirate craft to take with you, so you can be a pirate everywhere you go!  

New titles on Hoopla

If you haven't browsed Hoopla lately you are missing out on lots of great new content.  Here are just a few of the thousands of brand new audiobooks, albums, TV shows and movies you can enjoy for free with your ELPL library card:

You also have access to Hoopla music so new that is isn't in our catalog yet, including:

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Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

For grades 3-6.  Each year, Gloriana Hemphill celebrates her Fourth of July birthday at the community pool. But the summer before her twelfth birthday, in 1964, Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is in turmoil, and that turmoil reaches right into Glory's life. Yankee freedom people have infiltrated the town, rousing rabble and insisting the white-only pool be desegregated. The town council, in response, has closed the pool for repairs, indefinitely. And so Glory's summer, once a promise of happy tradition, is now fraught with unwanted change. First-time novelist Scattergood has a deft hand with characterization, fully realizing the supporting players, from Frankie, Glory's best friend and son of the bigoted town council chief, to Jesslyn, her teenaged older sister, to Laura, a girl visiting from Ohio while her mother sets up a free clinic. In Glory herself, tilting on the threshold of adolescence, Scattergood paints a balanced portrait of childlike self-interest and awakening integrity. This moving, intimate look at America's struggle for civil rights, as seen through the narrow lens of one growing girl, will spark interesting discussion.  Booklist, copyright 2012.

This is the Rope: a Story From the Great Migration, words by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by James Ransome

With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations. When just a little girl in South Carolina, the grandmother finds a rope under a tree and uses it to play jump-rope. The rope becomes entwined in the family story as the grandparents, with a baby in their arms, move to Brooklyn, and that baby grows up to become mother to the narrator. Whether used for games, for tying down luggage on a car or for holding high a banner at a grand family reunion, the rope is treasured. Woodson, a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor and Award winner, has crafted a warm family saga of a household united by love, pride and an uncommon heirloom. The repetition of the title in a nursery-rhyme style will resonate with young listeners. Ransome's vivid, full-bleed, double-page-spread oil paintings create an upbeat, welcoming vista of rural South Carolina and urban Brooklyn. The sun-infused yellows on the cover beckon readers to open the book and savor the "long-ago memory of sweet-smelling pine." A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author's note) For ages 4-8. Copyright 2013 Kirkus Reviews.