The sudden news of Prince's death has shocked us all, and as tributes to the multi-award winning musician, singer, songwriter and producer continue to spread purple across the world, we simply have to take a look back at the extraordinary contribution he made to the music industryCelebrated as one of the most unique and diverse artists of all time, Prince sold over 100 million 

Books on Tap - April Follow Up

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande sparked a very lively conversation with a very large group! The 17 attendees were able to voice a variety of opinions on elderly care and discuss options they have already taken to prepare for future events in their lives. Gawande puts it very well, and most members agreed with his sentiment of this statement: "In the end, people don't view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story." I think Being Mortal brings to the forefront some topics that we as a society do not speak of, yet are still topics that we have to address no matter what. I have recommended this title to many people since reading as I feel it's a good jumping off point for the tough conversations.

Come to Jimmy's on May 10 when we discuss The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell.

External Book Drop Unavailable Beginning Monday, May 16

To accommodate Phase II of the library's renovation project, the library's external book drop, located on the south side of the building, in the circle drive, will be unavailable beginning Monday, May 16 through the end of August.  Patrons wishing to drop-off materials should access the book drop from the large public lot in front of the library.  Look for the green book drop near the 5 minute parking spaces in front of the library.  If you have questions don't hesitate to call the library at 517-351-2420.


Learn more about the library's renovation project.


ELPL to be Closed May 16 - 22 for Phase II Renovation Preparation

The East Lansing Public Library will be closed to the public May 16 - 22 to move library collections, services, and staff into the newly renovated north side of the building, in preparation for Phase II of the library's ongoing renovation project. This will allow construction crews to begin renovation work on the south side of the building.  

While the library is closed no items will be due.  All digital resources will remain available to patrons, and an external book drop will also be available.  StoryTime, BabyTime, ToddlerTime, and the Teen After School Drop-In Program will be hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road.  

The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio will remain open for normal hours during the closure of the library.  In addition, ELPL 2.0 will be a drop off location for items, and a hold pickup location, for patrons that request that their hold be sent to ELPL 2.0 by responding to their hold-pickup notice.  ELPL 2.0 will also offer a small number of public computers for patrons needing internet access.

The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio is located on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C. Ave., and hours for the facility are:

  • Tuesdays, 12-6pm
  • Wednesdays, 12-8pm
  • Thursdays, 12-6pm
  • Saturdays, 11-5pm

When the library re-opens on May 23, library services will be provided from the north side of the building.  The temporary main entrance will be the former meeting room entrance, located at the north-east corner of the library's public parking lot.  

Additionally, the library's external book drop will be moved from the half circle drive on the south side of the building to the north side of the public parking lot.  

During Phase II of the renovation, expected to be completed in September 2016, approximately one-third of the floor space and collection will be accessible to patrons.  ELPL staff would like to thank patrons in advance for their patience during the closure and throughout the renovation.

About the Renovation
ELPL will undergo an exciting renovation of its interior thanks to a very generous donation of $1.5 million from a library patron. 

“This is a wonderful gift to the library and the community,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We have the opportunity to create the library that the East Lansing community deserves.”

The renovation will transform ELPL into a community hub and learning space. The children’s area will be moved and enhanced with an early childhood literacy area, the teen space and Maker Studio will be expanded, a cyber café with vending machines will be added, a family bathroom will be built and the floor plan of the library will be reconfigured to create more open space. The library’s collection will be moved around as part of the renovation, but the number of items in the collection will be close to the same. 

The renovation will also allow ELPL to plan for the future with added data and electrical outlets, mobile shelving/furniture and small group meeting spaces. 

The renovation project is slated to be completed by September 2016. Community members with questions about the project or the temporary closure of the library can call (517) 351-2420. 

System Upgrades on 4/21, Beginning at 9PM

The library's computer systems will be down for maintenance and upgrades the evening of Thursday, April 21, beginning at approximately 9PM.  The downtime is expected to last approximately 1.5 hours.  Services unavailable during this time will include:

  • Catalog searching
  • My Account access (renewals, placing holds, paying fines online, etc.)
  • MeLCat requesting
  • Digital checkouts and streaming, including Zinio, Cloud Library, Hoopla,, and Overdrive


The library's website,, and social media accounts will remain online during the upgrade.


In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore

Although written about ten years ago, the lessons to be learned from this thoughtful look at contemporary living are still valuable to those wanting something more meaningful out of life.  The author stresses that we do not need to reject everything, but that a healthy balance is still possible.

Happy National Library Week!

In honor of National Library Week, we are displaying media for all ages featuring libraries and librarians. You can browse our selections in meatspace (on the shelving unit to the left of the new books) or online via our "National Library Week" community tag!

The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

Since 2004, Fantagraphics has been re-releasing the entire run of Peanuts comics in beautifully bound volumes.  Peanuts ran from 1950 through February 13, 2000, and every single comic strip is captured in these volumes.  The 25th and final volume of The Complete Peanuts is released on May 10 of this year.  Each bound volume has an introduction penned by a unique author and volume 25 is introduced by President Obama. 

These hardcover versions of Shulz's iconic comics have been gracing the bedrooms of my sons for the last few months.  They trade volumes (usually amicably) every few evenings and never seem to tire of re-reading the same strips.  Along with Calvin and HobbesGarfield, and many other beloved favorites , the recent additions of The Complete Peanuts have been part of a project at ELPL to replace and refresh some of the most beloved, and checked out, books at the library.  If you haven't enjoyed any of these comics recently, check them out.   


The highly anticipated second series of Grantchester is currently airing on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery on Sunday evenings, and since its first season aired, many have been encapsulated by the stories originally penned by James Runcie. Runcie's mysteries follow the life of Canon Sidney Chambers, a thirty-two year old Anglican minister in the village of Grantchester, who enters a world of murder and intrigue after cracking a murder case involving one of his parishioners. After realizing that Sidney is capable of acquiring information that he cannot, Inspector Geordie Keating decides to team up with him on a series of investigations in order to get the evidence he needs to convict his suspects. Sidney soon discovers that juggling a career as a clergyman and sleuthing in his spare time is downright exhausting, but with the help of his best friend, Amanda Kendall, a curator at the National Gallery of Art, and discussions with Georgie over regular sessions of backgammon at the local pub, Sidney finds that he has a gift for discovering the guilty party.

Runcie's mysteries are written in a short story format. Each book contains a string of who-dunits that are true to the time period, featuring stories of jazz clubs, jewelry thefts, and post-war espionage. But those who may not be captivated at the thought of a murder investigation will still have plenty to keep them reading. Runcie has captured a period in history in which many were attempting to rebuild their lives, and though Sidney has the compassion of a clergyman, he is not immune to the everyday struggles of life. As he manages his demons from a war-torn past, attempts to keep the peace with his housekeeper, and realizes that he has fallen in love too late, he becomes not just likeable, but relatable. 

Expecting its fifth installment in June, the Sidney Chambers series is sure to please anyone seeking an entertaining story with compelling characters. 

Sidney Chambers in Print

Sidney Chambers on DVD

Week 10 Leaderboards

Take a look at the current standings for Week 10. Keep submitting those points in order to keep earning those drawing submissions!

Spring 2016 Friends Newsletter is Now Available!

The Spring 2016 issue of Friend to Friend, the official newsletter for the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library, is now available!

Spring Reads for Kids

Spring has finally sprung! Ready for a great read about all things spring? Check out the following titles available here at ELPL!

Babies and Toddlers
Baby Loves Spring! by Karen Katz

Preschool and Kindergarten
Springtime In Bugland by David A. Carter
Spring Surprises by Anna Jane Hays
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub
999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura
The Thing About Spring by Daniel Kirk
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
Poppleton In Spring by Cynthia Rylant
Carrot Soup by John Segal

1st – 3rd grade
Melody and the Sea Dragon by Katy Kit
Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies by Erica Silverman
Almond Blossom’s Mystery by Kay Woodward

4th - 6th grade
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (ebook)
Persephone by Sally Pomme Clayton
Tales From A Not So Dorky Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russel
The Ice Castle: An Adventure in Music by Pendred Noyce