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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!

 

One Book, One Community 2015 Writing Workshop

This engaging writing workshop led by MSU professor Anita Skeen will include three weeks of creative writing and discussion at the East Lansing Public Library.  A participant reading will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm.  

Registration begins August 1 online at www.elpl.org/register.  

Space is limited.

 

Sam Adams, Action Hero!

Inspired by this Fourth of July holiday, I thought it might be interesting to watch some of the recently released TV series on the Revolutionary War. First I tried Sons of Liberty, which was billed as "historical fiction" on the History Channel.  The story and acting were ok, but the portrayal of a young, cool, and handsome Samuel Adams as an action hero was a little hard to take. There was just enough fact to revive this History major's interest in what really did happen in Boston that led to our independence.

Next I watched season 1 of Turn: Washington's Spies, which is an AMC series.  This was much better in both production value and acting. There were still some "liberties" (a little 4th of July humor there) with the truth, but the little-known story of the Culper Ring was a great setting for a story. Season 2 is not available on DVD yet, but I'll be placing a hold as soon as it's up on ELPL's Pre-Pub Titles.

For the true story, I recommend the well-respected author David McCullough's 1776. This not only was a great re-introduction to all the names we learned as children (Washington, Knox, Cornwallis), but also included interesting letters and diary entries from ordinary British and American soldiers and citizens.

No matter which you choose, next July 4 will take on a different meaning for you.

 

Fresh Flowers by Young-Ja Chi

Artist:  Young-Ja Chi
Title:  Fresh Flowers
Medium:  Acrylic
Price:  $525.00

Young-Ja is a multiple award winning local artist.  In an article from 1986 she is quoted as saying "I remember in elementary school we didn't have enough crayons.  Then somehow I got some crayons made in America.  I can't forget the green, how pretty it was."

Books on Tap - August 2015

Come discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson before he comes to speak in East Lansing! Books on Tap will discuss the One Book, One Community 2015 selection on August 11th at 6:30pm at Jimmy's Pub.

"A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time

 Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
 
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice."

Review from Amazon.

New Music Friday on Hoopla - July 17, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropping today:

Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
Alan Jackson – Angels And Alcohol
Tame Impala – Currents
Finding Neverland Broadway Soundtrack – Various Artists
Iron & Wine/Ben Bridwell – Sing Into My Mouth
Anthony Brown & group therAPy – Everyday Jesus
Memphis May Fire – Unconditional: Deluxe Edition
David Osborne – Laughter In The Rain

Coming Soon to Hoopla

July 24th:

Jill Scott – Woman
Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Southpaw Soundtrack – Various Artists
Warren Haynes – Ashes & Dust
Bea Miller – Not An Apology
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet
Hopsin – Pound Syndrome

July 31st:

Finger Eleven – Five Crooked Lines
Descendents Soundtrack – Various Artists
Andrea Bocelli – Puccini: Turandot
Bobs & LoLo – Dirty Feet
Lianne La Havas – Blood
Migos – Yung Rich Nation
Dave Koz – Collaborations: 25th Anniversary
The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

Books on Tap - July Follow Up

With a majority of the group apparently on summer vacation, we had a small group discussion about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Overall, this light read with hints of the tale of Forrest Gump, was the perfect summer read for our group. It was interesting to see the history of Allan Karlson and the interesting group of people he encountered through his life (Mao Zedong, Winston Churchill, and Harry S. Truman to name a very few). Jonasson's background in journalism is on full display in this book: even though the idea that Allan led the life in the story is far-fetched; the timeline of his actions was thoroughly researched and lined up accordingly.

We also did our summer book exchange and talked a little about other books we've been reading. See the list and descriptions here.

Come to Jimmy's August 11 when we discuss the One Book, One Community selection Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

Across Generations Videofest

When Michele Norris spoke at the Wharton Center on September 15, 2014 as part of the One Book, One Community program, she told the audience to talk to our parents, grandparents, our aunts and uncles, our elders to hear their stories. She said we need to have conversations with our elders to preserve our family histories or to know where we came from.

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean

This is another great science read from Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist's Thumb.  Dueling Neurosurgeons reviews the history of neuroscience as doctors and scientists worked to determine how the brain and consciousness work.  If you have read and loved any of Mary Roach's books you will love Sam Kean.  

New Music Friday on Hoopla - July 10, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming New Releases

July 17:

  • Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes
  • Tame Impala - Currents
  • Iron & Wine/Ben Bridwell - Sing Into My Mouth
  • Galactic - Into The Deep
  • Anthony Brown & group therAPY - Everyday Jesus
  • Memphis May Fire - Unconditional:  Deluxe Edition
  • Flo Morrissey - Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful
  • David Osborne - Laughter In The Rain

 

July 24:

  • Jill Scott - Woman
  • Ashley Monroe - The Blade
  • Southpaw Soundtrack - Various Artists
  • Warren Haynes - Ashes & Dust
  • Bea Miller - Not An Apology
  • Kasey Chambers - Bittersweet
  • Hopsin - Pound Syndrome

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

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