ELPL Downtown Maker Studio to Remain Open through May 2016

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is excited to announce that the 2.0 Maker Studio, located in downtown East Lansing on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, will remain open for an additional 10 months, through May 2016. 

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!


Michigan Reads! 2015

Do Unto OttersMr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are otters. Otters! But he doesn’t know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? “Just treat otters the same way you’d like them to treat you,” advises Mr. Owl.

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Fourteenth Year of One Book, One Community

It is time, once again, for one of my favorite community events, the One Book, One Community (OBOC) kickoff. OBOC is in its fourteenth year! No small feat.  As a librarian, I love that the community and Michigan State University students come together centered around a book, and this year a film too, to discuss hard topics like justice and inequality in our country.

Slavery to Mass Incarceration Presented by the Equal Justice Initiative

Before you attend the One Book, One Community 2015 Kickoff event featuring Bryan Stevenson, take a few minutes to watch this powerful video, titled Slavery to Mass Incarceration, part of the Equal Justice Initiative's Race and Poverty project.

Copies of Just Mercy For Sale in the Friendshop

Copies of the One Book, One Community 2015 book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, are now on sale in the ELPL Friendshop.  They are priced at $12.  Mark your calendars for the OBOC Kickoff event, featuring Bryan Stevenson, on August 30 at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.  Click here for more details about the 2015 OBOC season of events.

Get Connected!

Exciting news: ELPL Teen Services are now on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Follow us to stay up-to-date on programs, events, and collections relevant to young adults!


Teen Advisory Board Now in Session!

Want to make a difference at the Library and in the community?

Join the Teen Advisory Board to help brainstorm & implement programs, recommend additions to the YA collections, and advocate for teen interests! TAB is open to teens in grades 6-12 and will meet monthly over pizza to plan our first projects.

Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is a brutally honest and harrowing look at the justice and prison systems in the United States, specifically how they are applied to the disenfranchised, mentally ill, poor and people of color.  Stevenson, a Harvard law school graduate, has devoted his life to representing, listening and fighting for death row inmates, mostly in the deep south and more importantly, mostly under-represented and wrongly convicted.  This is not an easy read (it is downright tragic on so many levels) but it is a must read for all Americans so we can begin to understand these deeply broken systems and work to fix them.

The ELPL September 2015 Newsletter Is Out!

The newsletter is out and full of great events for all ages!







Amazing Selection of Children's Materials For Sale in the Friendshop!

Make sure to stop by the library's Friendshop to browse the latest batch of children's books for sale.  They just arrived and are priced to sell!