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Last Week for Fizz, Boom, Read!

August 4 - August 10 is the final week to participate in Fizz, Boom, Read!, ELPL's Summer Reading program.  There is still time to earn prizes before the program officially closes on Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm.  Remember, you can go back and complete weeks that you skipped.  We've listed some important dates for the end of the program below.  If you have any questions, please contact elpltech@cityofeastlansing.com, or talk to any staff member the next time you are at the library.
 

  • Wednesday, August 6, starting at 1pm, we will be screening the short films created during the library's LEGO Animation program.  Come see what our young film makers (ages 7-13) created during the two day program.  After the short films screening the library will show The LEGO Movie, starring Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  LEGO Animation short films will be shown at 1pm, the LEGO Movie will be shown immediately after the short film screening.
  • ***PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY FOR NNO/TOUCH A TRUCK***Thursday, August 7, from 6-8pm the library will be celebrating National Night Out and the end of summer reading with our second annual National Night Out/Touch-A-Truck celebration.  All sorts of vehicles will be in the library's parking lot for children to climb on, touch, sit in, and honk!  Meet their friendly drivers, see Pumper & Pals' safety show, visit with K-9 officers and dogs, meet police horses, jump around in the bouncy house, dunk people in the dunk tank, and enjoy picnic food and beverages.  
  • Fizz, Boom, Read! online forms will disappear from elpl.org at midnight on Sunday, August 10. 
  • Fizz, Boom, Read! prizes can be picked up as late as Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm.   

 
Questions?  Ask at elpltech@cityofeastlansing.com
 
 
Thank you for participating in Fizz, Boom, Read!
 
 
-The Summer Reading Team

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

It’s hard to find someone whose life has not been impacted by cancer.  John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars, states that “cancer is to the contemporary world what tuberculosis was to the 19th century: It’s this seemingly random, capricious disease that strikes old and young alike, that sometimes kills you and other times doesn’t, and that we don’t understand very well.”

With that in mind, John wrote The Fault in Our Stars and took the world by storm.  It is Time Magazine’s #1 Fiction book of the year and a  New York Times #1 bestseller.  It received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Horn Book and Kirkus.  And now it is a major motion picture with rave reviews.

The book is beautifully written and the characters are so captivating.  The story moves quickly and while, yes, there are sad parts, sadness is not what you take away from the book or movie.  The actors who play Hazel and Augustus are so charming and you get drawn into their lives right away.  I don’t want to give away any of the story but just know I highly recommend both the book and the movie. 

Summer Hiatus for International Book Club

International Book Club will not be meeting in July and August.  Look for the club to resume regular meetings in September.

John Green's Hazel Grace

Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? Do you want to get to know the real-life inspiration of John Green's Hazel Grace? Then get in line to read This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl, with Lori and Wayne Earl.

Esther Grace, while similar in name and tenacity to Hazel Grace, tells her own story through her journal entries, correspondence, images, and experiences. John Green says, "[The Fault in Our Stars] is not about her. When the book was published, lots of reporters wanted me to talk about Esther; they wanted to know if my book was 'based on a true story.' I never really knew how to deal with these questions, and I still don't because the truth (as always) is complicated. Esther inspired the story in the sense that my anger after her death pushed me to write constantly. She helped me to imagine teenagers as more empathetic than I'd given them credit for, and her charm and snark inspired the novel, too, but the character of Hazel is very different from Esther, and Hazel's story is not Esther's. Esther's story belonged to her, and fortunately for us she was an extraordinary writer, who in these pages tells that story beautifully." (from the introduction of This Star Won't Go Out.)

Learn about living with cancer as a teen and help bring awareness to an illness that strikes far too many people. On August 3rd, celebrate Esther Day, a day that "has become a holiday that reminds us to verbalize our love for friends and family, the important people in our lives who we might not remember to say 'I love you' to very often."

To learn even more about Esther and her family, and to learn about This Star Won't Go Out Foundation, please visit the website.

Give me more John Green!

You waited patiently for your hold on The Fault in Our Stars to be filled. Now you're probably waiting for any other John Green book! Why not try out one of these titles while waiting on An Abundance of Katherines.

More for the studio!!

More awesome stuff has arrived for the studio!! We got two 27" iMacs up and running and ready to go. A few things for recording came in: some cords, an audio interface, and two condenser microphones! I'm so excited for this to be up and running. We should be getting the keyboard in soon as well as some other odds and ends. Remember to check back here for updates on the studio and look for the opening, hopefully, in September!

Grand Traverse Pie Company Participates in Show Your Card and Save

Grand Traverse Pie Company has agreed to extend the celebration beyond Library Card Sign-Up Month.  From August 1 - December 31 2014, ELPL library cardholders will receive a free slice of pie with $5.99 or higher purchase.  This special offer is available at the Grand Traverse Pie Company location at 1403 E Grand River Avenue only.

Cosi Participates in Show Your Card and Save

During the month of September, ELPL cardholders will receive a free beverage with entree purchase at Cosi.  The discount is available at the 301 E Grand River Avenue location only.

Buffalo Wild Wings Participates in Show Your Card and Save

During the month of September, ELPL cardholders will receive 10% off food (not valid with any other discount, coupon, or special) from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The discount is available at the Buffalo Wild Wings location at 306 Albert Avenue only.

Week 8 Challenges - Animation

Last week of Fizz, Boom, Read!  Here are the challenges:


Week 8 Challenges

  • Check Out -  Read an item from ELPL's list of hand-picked Animation titles.  Or find one of your own.
  • Find Out - What is the name of the phenomenon that explains why humans see still drawings shown in rapid sequence as moving "animated" pictures?
  • Try Out - We've pinned lots of animation projects and activities on ELPL's Pinterest Week 8 board.  Try one out or design your own activity to explore the amazing field of the science of animation.
  • Go Out - Check out an animated movie or short film from the library, Netflix, internet, Redbox or video store, or, visit a movie theater to watch one on the big screen.  What kind of animation is it?  You can also join us on Wednesday, August 6 at 1pm, for an exclusive screening of the short films made during ELPL's LEGO Animation Workshop.  Screening of short films begins at 1pm and at 2pm, we'll be showing The LEGO Movie.  Free popcorn while supplies last.  What kinds of animation were used in the short films and The LEGO Movie?  

You've finished Divergent! What should you read next?!?!?

Because you've finished one post-apocalyptic/dystopian series, you are primed and ready for more, right? Don't know where to start? We've pulled together a short list of books that follow the same vein as Divergent and The Hunger Games. Each link will take you to the catalog, where you can find a short synopsis. *This is by no means a final list, and new books are coming out all the time!*

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Honor Killing: How the Infamous "Massie Affair" Transformed Hawai'i

Sometimes truth is stranger that fiction. That may be what fascinates me about the books in the "364.1..." nonfiction section of our library. Reading about real-life criminal offenses and how the crimes were solved (or not) is intriguing to me, so when a friend recommended Honor Killing: How the Infamous "Massie Affair" Transformed Hawaii (2005) by David E. Stannard, a well-researched book about a 1931 sensational murder trial, I had to read it. The events that followed this trial broke the legacy of racism and white privilege in Hawaii. Clarence Darrow ends up on the wrong side in this case and it ends up being a career-ender for him. Your thoughts about Hawaii in the early part of the 20th century being a paradise of pineapples and palm trees will be transformed as you read about how native Hawaiians were treated as poorly as African Americans in the southern United States.

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