Win Prizes in the Teen Summer Challenge!

Teens entering grades 7-12 are invited to participate in this year's Teen Summer Challenge! From June 13 through August 5, whenever you check out materials at the circulation desk, you'll get a scratch ticket to win sweet prizes like free bowls at Noodles & Co., gift cards, earbuds, and tiny fat plushies.

Even if you get a losing ticket, you can write in your contact info and return the ticket to serve as an entry to our grand prize raffle for a 5lb gummy bear (not a typo -- A FIVE-POUND GUMMY BEAR) or our grander grand prize: a $50 gift card!

Teen Amnesty Week: June 6 - 11

Ahoy, teens! Search the dark and cobwebbed recesses of your bedrooms and backpacks, because during the week of June 6 - 11 (a.k.a finals week), you can return ANY and ALL of your overdue books, movies, etc. to have your late fines forgiven forever! Even if you forgot to return something TEN YEARS AGO, your fees will be WAIVED -- as long as none of the materials are damaged or missing.

Clear your conscience! Return your books! 

Books on Tap - June 2016

On June 14 @ 6:30pm, find your way to Jimmy's Pub to discuss All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

"From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

Books on Tap - May Follow Up

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell, brought out a range of reactions from our group. Overall, people enjoyed the writing style and thought that the story was an interesting one to tell. As per usual, our discussion veered from one topic to another but still remained relevant to the book at hand. One question brought up through our talk was, what is normal? Is there truly such a standard, or is it something to be interpreted by the individual? Another aspect of the story that created an interesting off-shoot of discussion was the idea of control vs. love. How much control should be allowed in a loving relationship? Does there have to be a controlling aspect to any relationship? When does care and concern cross the line into controlling of another being? We didn't come up with any one answer, and I don't think there is one right answer.

Come to Jimmy's on June 14 when we discuss All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Friends Board Meeting Highlights - April 2016

Meeting date April 26, 2016

It has been a busy spring as the Friends have operated from carts in the library rather than the customary shop. While the revenue has been reduced the total Friends account as of April 30th is $54,860.43.

Friends of the East Lansing Public Library Carry On Through the Renovation

Wearing hardhats as required, board members of the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library (FOELPL) Board got a preview last Friday of the nearly completed renovation in the north half of the library.  They pronounced results well worth the occasional inconvenience to staff, patrons, and Friends since renovation began last December.  The library was closed over the holidays while everything which would be needed to stay in business was concentrated in the south end.  A temporary wall was erected for safety while work proceeded on the north end.

Now to complete the project, the library must reverse things.  The shiny new north end will be open for all business in the next few months while the south end, still behind a protective wall, will undergo the work it needs. The library will be closed from May 16 to May 23 for this transition to take place.  When it opens again, traffic will go through the north door.  The space may feel crowded, but people will be assured the library services they expect.  It is anticipated that the entire library will reopen in early September.

The Friendshop WILL BE OPEN throughout the second renovation phase--the Friendshop on carts, that is.  Patrons will find the customary bargains in desirable books covering many subjects.  FOELPL adds  books daily, features shelves with books covering special themes or genre, and offers rare books at exceptionally low prices.

FOELPL is grateful that throughout renovation the library has been able to accommodate the Friendshop.  FOELPL will keep the shop on carts going with donations they have in hand.  However, during this second renovation phase, they will not be able to accept new donations of books or other materials at the library.  There simply will be no space for processing them in the crowded south end of the library.  This situation is a challenge for FOELPL because they WILL conduct their annual book sale this coming fall as usual.  And they WILL need more books.

So in the meantime if you have an urgent need to donate books, contact Friends President Maureen McCabe-Power at 989.798.7775, and FOELPL will arrange to pick up your donation.

The exciting news for FOELPL is that in the new library they will have their own room--a true shop.  This will be where the AV room now is, the glass-fronted room that is inside the entry, west of the checkout desk.  FOELPL is naming this room "Marsha's Friendshop" in recognition of Marsha Bristor who volunteered her inspiration, knowledge, and countless hours of sheer labor to the Friendshop for nearly two decades until she retired in the summer of 2015.

FOELPL is planning a special event to dedicate Marsha's Friendshop in conjunction with their annual book sale.  Mark your calendars now for this event the evening of Friday, October 21, and for the sale on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23.  Used book sales are the main source of income for FOELPL, which funds many programs, materials, and equipment at your East Lansing Public Library. 










World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume I

This is a must read for any fan of Blizzard's World of Warcraft MMO or the Warcraft I.P in general. WoW Chronicle details the history of Azeroth from before its creation to 45 years before the opening of the Dark Portal. You learn about the history of almost all the denizens of  the game, from the cosmic beings that discovered Azeroth to (most of) the various races and factions we've all come to love (or loath). It was fascinating to read about the creation of the dwarves and gnomes, and the bloody history of the trolls. This book, more than anything else, has recreated the WoW itch and makes me wish I were still playing the game. I constantly recognized various dungeons and dungeon bosses and reading where they came from made the lore of the game that much more rich and exciting, and I would love to create a myriad of level 1's just to experience everything all over again with this new found historical knowledge.
What also added so much to the book were the gorgeous illustrations sprinkled throughout, depicting various characters, battles, and landscapes. The only real complaint I have is that I wish there were more of them. But seeing how much detail and effort went into each one, I can understand how there can only be so many. Especially since this is the first of three books.

World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume I is an amazing addition to the Warcraft library and I cannot wait for the second volume to be published.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

First, two disclaimers: one, I’m using this review as an opportunity to recommend the whole series, so if you haven’t already, don’t start with The Raven King, which is the newly released fourth and final book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series – start with The Raven Boys and its two follow-ups, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily Lily Blue. And two: I already knew I was going to love this book even before I read it. I know that might be a little overconfident, because conclusions to series can often be a let-down, but the first three books in this series are not just some of my favorite young adult books, but some of my favorite books of all time in general, so I was pretty confident this installment would be no exception (and I was right – I loved how this book wrapped up the series as a whole).

To briefly sum it up, the books follow Blue Sargeant, the daughter of a psychic, and the four “Raven Boys”, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah (called Raven Boys because they attend a private school whose crest is a raven) she’s tentatively found herself forming a friendship with. The action follows their quest to find an underground sleeping Welsh king named Glendower, who is rumored to be buried in Virginia and who can (hopefully) stop Gansey from meeting his untimely – but maybe unavoidable – death. The search for Glendower (and all the other magical goings-on that sidetrack them) is fascinating, unique, and well-written, but what ultimately makes this book so engrossing is the characters in it. The plot is almost secondary to the five of them navigating their new-found relationships with one another in ways that are thoughtful, hilarious, and heart-wrenching, sometimes all at once. The setting, which is lush and atmospheric from page one, is almost a character itself, and leads to a whole host of new characters, powers, and foes cropping up during the series, some dreamily magical and some heartbreakingly realistic.

This series ticks every box on the list of things that make me love a book series, including:

  • Fully fleshed-out, multi-dimensional characters (who still manage to believably act like teenagers)
  • Creepy magic, ghosts, psychics, and the looming specter of imminent death
  • Co-dependent friends and found families
  • Dreamy, atmospheric writing that has a style all its own
  • Cliché-free romance

(And that’s an abbreviated list).

I already miss these characters so much that I’ve started re-reading the series from the beginning, and in the mark of truly great books, it’s just as good – if not a little better – the second time around. This is a young adult series, but I think it has appeal for adults as well. If you only try one YA series this year, I recommend this one.

Find all the installments in The Raven Cycle here at ELPL.

2016 Hot Reads for Cold Nights Farewell

Our season ended last week and while it is still on everyone's mind I wanted to extend a big "Thank You" to everyone that participated. Even with the construction throwing many things into disarray, we still had 49 people sign up and earn a total of 54,455 points! Also, a huge congratulations to nana nancy on winning the grand prize.
If you have any suggestions for next year please send them along. No matter if it is about how the form looks, the ways to get points, or anything else, we want to hear about it. We do have this game for you all, ya know :)

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is this Sunday but we are already pulling tons of great mom-centric titles for our display shelves.  Stop by to check them out or place your holds online.  

May the 4th Be With You

The last few months have been excellent for Star Wars fans.  The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015 was a huge success.  It not only attracted new fans to the franchise but also calmed the fears of (most) original fans that Disney was not, in fact, going to corrupt the spirit of Star Wars.  And with the recent release of the official teaser trailer for Rogue One, and the subsequent implosion of the internet, JJ Abrams and the gang at Lucasfilm and Disney have continued to prove to the fanbase that Star Wars is in it for the long haul.  

At ELPL, even during the not-so-great years (I'm looking at you Phantom Menace!), Star Wars books, CDs, audiobooks and movies are always some of the most popular items in the collection.  They circ like crazy and have to be continuously replaced because they are loved so much.  This means that we always have Star Wars related titles on the shelves, for every age group, and, in nearly every collection in the library.  This is a great thing, but sometimes that means it is hard to remember exactly where to look.  Plus you might be missing some great titles.  So we've created the Master List of Star Wars materials broken down by audience and area of the library.  May the force be with you as you browse the collection!

Star Wars titles by audience/age:

Star Wars titles by collection: