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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!

 

Books on Tap - December 2014

Come to Jimmy's on December 9th at 6:30pm when we will have our final meetin of 2014! For this month, there is no official book to read. Instead, I'm asking you to bring two books to our meeting.

The first book will be one that you have read outside of Books on Tap and would like to share with the group. Be prepared to give a 2-3 minute blurb on the book - a little teaser to get people interested and possibly add to their own reading lists.

The second book will be put into a white elephant book exchange. Bring it already wrapped and we'll do a swap! It can be a book you love, a book you hate, something that will make people laugh or cringe. Nothing is off limits!

No matter what, it will be a fun night of wrapping up 2014 for Books on Tap!

Books on Tap - November Follow Up

Thank you to those who braved the cold to come discuss One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper! Most of our conversation focused on the characters and whether or not we agreed with their actions. People fell on both sides of the fence, trying to find the redeeming qualities in the main character, Silver, who was choosing to die and other people who were coming to terms with their own flaws. While the overall consensus was that no one appreciated the cliff-hanger ending, that led to a great discussion about what we thought happened afterwards. Readers seemed to appreciate the input of Silver's friends and family and their opinions of how he was choosing to deal with what might remain of his life.

For December we are doing a wrap up session and a holiday book exchange. Keep an eye out for a post on the details of this event.

Friends Board Meeting Highlights October 2014

Meeting date:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Minutes from September 16, 2014 approved as submitted

Treasurer’s report approved as submitted – book sale report next month

Library Director Kristin Shelley reported Maker Studio Launch Parties and ELPL Welcomes the World a success – 418 new library cards issued.

Kristin Shelley/Liesel Carlson report that the Library Board approved an Exclusionary Policy permitting the library staff to forbid entrance to library to individuals guilty of severe behavior issues or misuse of computers e.g. pornography

Thanksgiving Closures

Library closures for Thanksgiving are as follows:

  • The library will be closing at 6pm on Wednesday, November 26.  
  • The library will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.  
  • The exterior book drop will be open and available for patrons to use.  
  • The library will re-open at 10am on Saturday, November 29. 

The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio in downtown East Lansing will be closed on:

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

I loved all of the Frances books as a child.  I actually still own copies of these books that were given to me as gifts when I was a very young person. The illustrations by Garth Williams and Lillian Hoban are wonderful. I loved the little songs that Frances would make up to get her through life. Also, Frances runs away to under the dining room table, which is what I did as a kid.  

Kristin


From Goodreads.com

Frances, one of children's best-loved characters for over 30 years, now springs to life even more in Bread and Jam for Frances,beautifully reillustrated in sparkling full color by Lillian Hoban. In this memorable story, Frances decides that bread and jam are all she wants to eat, and her understanding parents grant her wish'at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacktime. Can there ever be too much bread and jam?

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub

A new book illustrated by the creator of the Pete the Cat series, Mighty Dads features different types of construction vehicles and their child counterparts.  On each page you see what the “dad truck” teaches their son or daughter.  Children love seeing the little version of the big truck and repeating what the dad truck is training them to do.  Very sweet for the preschool set!

Phyllis


From Goodreads.com

A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.

Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.

Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.

A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you! 

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Make Way for Ducklings, a picture book by Robert McCloskey, was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941.  It is a wonderful, timeless story of how a family of ducks find a home on an island in the Boston Public Garden.  There is an actual bronze sculpture of the duckling family commemorating the book located in the Boston Public Garden.

Kathy


From Goodreads.com

This classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston is available for the first time in a full-sized paperback edition. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1942, Make Way for Ducklings has been described as "one of the merriest picture books ever" (The New York Times). Ideal for reading aloud, this book deserves a place of honor on every child's bookshelf.

#Giving Tuesday

You've heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. This year, ELPL will be participating in "Giving Tuesday," a global day dedicated to giving back on Tuesday, December 2. #GivingTuesday's mission is to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

Little Green Peas: a Big Book of Color by Keith Baker

While I truly enjoyed the first two books of this series-  LMNO Peas, and 1-2-3 peas, I find this one so charming!  The peas are truly adorable!  I have read this to one child and to a classroom of children and both groups enjoyed it immensely!  They liked the illustrations and pointing out all the items on each page (and thinking of other things that are the color that aren’t featured in the book!).   I highly recommend this book for reading to the 3-5 year olds in your life. 

Phyllis


From Goodreads.com

A passel of playful peas keeps it green as they experience the colorful world around them, from red kites to yellow buses to purple mountains and more! Bright and bold illustrations fill the pages of this delightful exploration of color.

Ladder to the Moon by Maya Setoro-Ng

Ladder to the Moon is a beautifully written children's story about a young girl wanting to know more about a grandmother she never met.  The young girl and her grandmother go on compassionate adventures in her dreams. Illustrator, Yuyi Morales takes Maya Soetoro-Ng's words and brings them to life.

I enjoyed this book because of the artwork and the diversity of characters.  The way the story is told and illustrated, it transcends race.  It is difficult to pinpoint the ethinc background of each character.  As the world becomes more blended, I think it is important for children's literature to have characters that a variety of readers can look at and see themselves.

A side note about the author, Maya Soetoro-Ng is President Barack Obama's sister.

Shannon


From Goodreads.com

Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother’s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. Yuyi Morales’s breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.

ELPL Opens Makerspace in Downtown East Lansing

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will open a makerspace in downtown East Lansing, on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, on October 1, 2014.  The makerspace, named ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio, will be open October 1 through February 28, 2015.  This pop-up makerspace will be open to the public four days each week:

One Gorilla: a Counting Book by Anthony Browne

This is one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever had the pleasure to read.  One Gorilla succeeds on so many levels.  As a counting book it is delightful.  As an introduction to primates it offers stunning illustrations of gibbons, mandrills, spider monkeys and many more.  And as a early introduction to the world of evolutionary biology and conservation it does a remarkable job of showing the great diversity of human and non-human primates, while simultaneously illustrating how alike we all are.  A truly great picture book for readers of all ages.

Lauren


From Goodreads.com

 What better attention-getter for small children than primates in all their variety? And who better to render them than Anthony Browne? In this elegant counting book, the author-illustrator outdoes himself with a vivid presentation of primates from gorillas to gibbons, macaques to mandrills, ring-tailed lemurs to spider monkeys. With his striking palette, exquisite attention to detail, and quirky flair for facial expressions, Anthony Browne slyly extends the basic number concept into a look at similarities and differences — portraying an extended family we can count ourselves part of. 

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for all the Letters by Oliver Jeffers

Jeffers' latest book, Once Upon an Alphabet, features a cast of colorful characters, including Edmund the Astronaut, whose climb into space is hindered by his fear of heights, Leopold Picard (who is a really great guard), and my personal favorite, owl and octopus - a talented problem solving duo who pop up unexpectedly to help out a host of other characters. Jeffers' signature illustrations and absurd short stories for each letter create an alphabet experience unlike any other. A definite favorite for anyone learning the alphabet, or for parents who could use an extra laugh during story time. 

Amber


From Goodreads.com

The most inventive and irresistible book of the year spans a mere 26 letters (don't they all!) and 112 pages. From an Astronaut who's afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, Once Upon an Alphabet is a creative tour de force from A through Z. Slyly funny in a way kids can't resist, and gorgeously illustrated in a way readers of all ages will pour over, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet in a way that will forever raise the bar.
 
In Once Upon an Alphabet, #1 New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers has created a stunning collection of words and artwork that is a story book, alphabet book, and gorgeously designed art book all in one.

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