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!


2015 Story Days for Stories in the Garden

Summer is just around the corner.  At the Library we are looking forward to another season of Stories in the Garden.  Plan to attend one of the three Story Days at the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden planned for this summer:

  • Wednesday, July 8, from 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU
  • Wednesday, July 15, 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU
  • Wednesday, July 22, 7-8:30pm @ the Children's Garden at MSU

Construction Projects Near the Library

This summer crews will be working on a major street project on Abbot Road, between Burcham Drive and Saginaw Street.  The project started in late June and is slated for completion in mid August.

Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiassen

Carl Hiaasen has done it again...and for the young adult audience this time!  I have enjoyed all of his books for kids - Flush, Hoot, Scat and Chomp.  The books he writes for adults are entertaining as well.  This is his first YA novel, and it contains all of the elements of classic Hiaasen- engaging dialogue, characters that are a little off base (at least one!), environmental issues and a fast paced storyline.  Skink No Surrender tells the story of cousins - Richard and Malley - and what happens when Malley goes off the grid.  Her parents think she is one place, Richard's not sure what is happening, he just knows something is not right - and all of a sudden he is off to find Malley riding shotgun with Skink, a ragged, one-eyed, wandering vigilante, with perfect teeth.  Skink is also the former governor of Florida...and supposedly dead.  Hope you enjoy this ride - it is a fun read and definitely worth the escape!!  

The Heart Has Its Reasons



This novel has been translated from Spanish. It's the story of a professor from Madrid who escapes from a failed marriage to California. Interesting flashbacks to the Spanish Civil War, life in Madrid and academia in Spain, California and Pennsylvania. I enjoyed the descriptions of the culture of Spain. I quite liked Bianca Perea.  I'm not sure about this translation, but thought it was quite good. I would probably give it 3 1/2 stars. It was good escapism for cold, winter days for me.

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.

Out of This World Books For the Rest of 2016

On July 27 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu. The Three-Body Problem has been nominated for this year's Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel, after winning the Chinese Science Fiction Galaxy Award in 2006.

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!

Books on Tap - July 2015

Are you intrigued by this title: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared? If so, read the book by Jonas Jonasson and join us at Jimmy's Pub on July 14 at 6:30 pm to discuss this book.

**Also: Christmas in July book exchange!!**

Bring in a book you love, a book you hate, something funny, something awful - wrapped up and ready to swap for our summer book exchange.

"A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over …

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

Books on Tap - June Follow Up

Thank you to everyone who came to Jimmy's to discuss Yes Please by Amy Poehler. As usual, we had a very lively conversation about the different topics that struck a chord with the group. There was a slight divide on if you loved it or just kind of went with it. It was agreed that throughout the book Poehler had inserted little nuggets of wisdom that rang out clear and loud as to how we should strive to live our lives and how to treat others:

"How a person treats their waitress is a great indication of their character."

"I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they 'want to do' and start asking them what they don’t want to do."

After jumping around to different points, the conversation veered towards cell phones and the role they now play in our everyday lives - and not necessarily that they are trying to kill us (as Amy suggests). It was interesting to see the different reactions to cell phone use, appropriate time and place, the idea of multi-tasking, and the level of addiction that some have.

Come to Jimmy's on July 14 to discuss The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Also! Bring a wrapped book for our Christmas in July book exchange!

Friends Board Meeting Highlights May 2015

Meeting date May 19, 2015

This was the annual meeting for the Friends – the fiscal year ends April 30.  The Friends Board doesn’t meet now until September so watch for an annual report and newsletter sometime this summer. The continuous book sale and sale of merchandise continues to be our core fund raising effort – thank you Marsha Bristor and all your volunteers. 

Please visit the Friendshop and find some fabulous summer reading.

Library Director, Kristin Shelley reports the selection of architectural firm c2ae to design the library’s renovation.  Work is expected to begin September/October of 2015. The library is accepting donations to the Capital Campaign to raise funds for continued renovation and possible expansion.

Therefore while the renovation is happening the library will be open for business, but the fall Book Sale will be held at the Hannah Center October 10 and 11, 2015.

Purse collection tub is out again, bright pink!!  Please continue to clean out/weed and contribute.  The May 9th Books, Bags and Biscotti raised over $2,000 for the Friends thanks to all who contributed and who came and purchased.  As promised, the biscotti was fabulous and the sale great fun.  Books and Bags will be for sale at the fall Book Sale October 10 and 11 at the Hannah Center.

Lanette Van Wagenen and Sandi Farrell continue to report sales of paintings – view them – RECENTLY DISCOUNTED - on the website. Please stop in the library and take a look.  

Liesel Carlson reports that the first activity of the Junior Friends will be to build a sunflower house in the garden in front of the library.

Don Power reports the jazz fundraiser previously scheduled for the fall of 2015 will be postponed until the library renovation is completed.  We will keep you posted about this exciting event.

The Friends have now set up a ballot question committee called Citizens for the East Lansing Public Library.  The sole purpose is to raise funds for the millage renewal campaign that will come up again in 2022.  Donations are being accepted to ensure the place of the East Lansing Public Library in the East Lansing community. 

Sheila Taylor has now joined the Friends Board and will work on public relations for the Friends – welcome Sheila.

We regrettably say goodbye to Lisa Gold who was our very able secretary for the last two years – thank you Lisa for all your good work.  We welcome Tricia Thorpe to her new role as Secretary and thank Jim Anderson for taking over Legislative Watch.
Gail Light is working on our annual report and newsletter to go out this summer so watch for all the news that is fit to print – about the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library.