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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!

 

Overdrive iOS Users Beware - Issues With Latest App Update

If you have an Apple device and use Overdrive, you may have difficulties with Overdrive's latest app update for iOS.  If you can wait to update the app please do so.  I was able to launch the Overdrive app on my iPad without updating - hopefully you experience the same.  If you have already updated and are experiencing problems, we hope that Overdrive will quickly provide a fix.

In the meantime, try out the Cloud Library and Hoopla, which offer eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies and TV shows with easy to use apps.

 

 

 

 

Friends Can Once Again Accept Donations - Two Box/Bag Limit

Now that the library has re-opened, the Friends can once again accept donations.  Click here to read up on our guidelines for accepted donations.  Because of lack of available shelving and processing space the Friends can only accept two boxes or bags at a time, for the duration of the library's renovation project (January 2016 through September 2016.)

Friends merchandise is now located on shelving carts, directly in front of the library's temporary Large Print shelves and the Teen Room.  

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino

If you've watched any of Rosanna Pansino's Nerdy Nummies episodes on YouTube, you know that she has made a name for herself by creating uber cute desserts that showcase the best of geek and popular culture.  Whether it is BB-8 Cake Pops or  Lumpy Space Princess Cheesecake, Ros makes the treats that make geeks and gamers squee.

Now you can checkout Ros' first book, The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook and make creations like UFO Cake pops, Loch Ness Cupcakes and Moon Phase Macarons.  

Some of the recipes in the book are simply over the top, but many are accessible enough for everyday baking.  Her instructions are clear and well though out and there are plenty of photographs to provide a visual reference.  

I didn't have time to make any of the recipes in the book, but when I do, I'll be making the Periodic Table of Cupcakes (p.54)!

Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock

Everyone should learn how to code.  That is what we are hearing from the tech industry, celebrities, President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and yes, even Ashton Kutcher.   Code.org,  a non-profit launched in 2013 and dedicated to expanding access to computer science (especially for women and minorities) believes this so much that they launched Hour of Code, an initiative to get everyone to try coding for just one hour.

Whether or not you believe the hype, learning how to create and design with any coding language can be a fun, rewarding experience.  Writing code exercises the parts of your mind that control logic and problem solving.  And once you know some code, you can teach others, which strengthens your teaching skills!  There are many ways to get your feet wet and as luck would have it, most of them are pretty fun to try out.

At ELPL when we teach any beginning coding workshop we start with Scratch, an amazing online coding experience designed by the brilliant minds at MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.  Scatch is free to everyone and works right in a web browser.  There is no need to download any additional software.  Scratch also uses interlocking colored "blocks" to build code, instead of typing out commands.  This not only helps to reinforce the ideas of process, order and logic, but it also allows very young children who aren't comfortable with a keyboard to get in on the fun.  With Scratch, coders can create animations, games, and musical creations.  The Scratch contains everything you need to get started and become proficient with Scratch, but we've also acquired some great books for the library's collection that showcase many neat Scratch projects.  My favorite, and the favorite of kids in the library's coding workshops, is Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock.  We have print and eBook copies and soon, we'll have additional copies at the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio for anyone who wants to drop by and try out Scratch on one of the Maker Studio computers.

Once you have tried out Scratch and are ready for more challenges, try your hand at some of the most popular coding languages, like Python, Ruby, or JavaScript.  With a computer and an internet connection you can use the free site Codecademy which offers immersive and interactive lessons in all of those languages and more.  To support your learning ELPL has lots of great books for all ages:

And finally, coders of all ages and skill levels should try out Lynda.com, an online instruction portal with thousands of coding classes.  Lynda.com features complete training courses designed and presented by experts in the field on thousands of topics, not just technology.  To access Lynda.com you will need an library card and PIN number from ELPL.  Here's just a small sample of some of the great courses available on Lynda.com:

 

Ruby Essential Training

 

 

Up and Running With Python

 

 

Explore Adobe Creative Cloud

 

 

 

JavaScript Essential Training

 

 

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Orion is a boy with a big imagination, and because of that, he also has many fears. Dogs, spiders, monsters, storms, and Grandma (at times) are all frightening to Orion, but there is one thing that frightens him more than all of his fears combined: the DARK.

After trying all sorts of ways to avoid the dark (eating a LOT of carrots, staging a protest, using night vision goggles) and finding no success, Orion decides that he has had enough, and that is precisely when the Dark pays him a visit. Together, Orion and the Dark explore all of the scary nooks and crannies in his house (the back of the closet, underneath the bed) and discover that the scariest places can also be the most fun.

By the end of the night, when the Dark fades away, Orion is sad to lose his new friend, but he soon finds that night time and the Dark will always come back to him.

Author-illustrator Emma Yarlett (Sidney, Stella, and the Moonhas created a beautifully illustrated story about a young boy who, with a little bit of bravery and an unexpected friendship, is able to conquer his fears. Recommended for ages 3-5.

New Titles for Teens in the Cloud Library - January 2016

Just added to the Cloud for teens:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the complete list of new Cloud titles for teens here.

 

New Children's Titles for the Cloud Library - January 2016

New Cloud titles for kids include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the complete list of new Cloud titles for kids here.

 

New Titles for the Cloud Library - January 2016

New to the Cloud Library in January:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the complete list here.

Books on Tap - February 2016

February 9 at 6:30pm we will meet at Jimmy's Pub to talk about I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world."

Review from Goodreads.

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