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.

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems is a delight for young readers.  The newest book, My New Friend is So Fun! is fast becoming one of my favorites.  Gerald and Piggie are best friends.  But what happens when your best friend has a new friend?  What if they start to like the new friend more than they like you?  Those questions and more are explored in this silly book that is fun to read.   Perfect for anyone who likes pigs, elephants or friends!

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

This feel-good account of the eight-oar crew team that represented the United States in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, reads like a novel.  The nine crew members, all University of Washington students, developed from being rowing neophytes to elite athletes over a three year period--overcoming family crises, self-doubt, poverty, and brutal training conditions along the way.  With the author interweaving scenes of the Great Depression and the rise of Nazism with the team's struggles and triumphs, it is easy to see why these young men provided inspiration and a welcome diversion for many Americans during a particularly difficult period in history.

3D Printer is Up and Running!

We received our 3D printer and it is up and running! We printed a few knick knacks just to test it out. But, today we're printing a polygonal bunny figurine! It takes 6-7 hours to print and is about 70 grams. We will be installing more options for the studio in the coming weeks and hope to have it all ready for the public in August or September. Keep checking back with us for more updates!

Week 7 Challenges - Audiology/Music

This Tuesday, July 22, you'll have a chance to fulfill the Go Out Challenge for Week 7 by attending our Instrument Petting Zoo.  William White, from White Brothers Music of Bath, will be at the library with an array of instruments to try out.  Event is from 7-8pm in the library's meeting room.

Week 7 Challenges

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Don’t be scared of the almost 600 page count of this book! A Discovery of Witches, the first book in the All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness brings together many different themes and styles to tell the story of Diana Bishop and the mystery of the manuscript Ashmole 782.

The 3D printer is here!

3D printer, 3D scanner and lots of filament!  The new equipment for the studio is starting to roll in and first to arrive is the library's new 3D printer and 3D scanner.  Installation of the equipment will begin on Monday and if testing and implementation goes well, we hope to launch the studio to the public in August or September.  We'll be posting more updates as more equipment is installed so check back to get regular updates.

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

I have long been a fan of Kevin Henkes.  Two of his picture books, Owen and Chrysanthemum, are huge favorites of mine and if you haven’t read them to your young child I highly recommend them!  The Year of Billy Miller is a 2014 Newbery Honor winner and one of the sweetest books I have read this year.  The characters are funny, the story is engaging and the illustrations are charming.  Billy is about to enter 2nd grade when he has an unlucky fall and bumps his head.  He begins to question whether or not he’s smart enough and if the fall impacted his ability to learn and remember.  Changes are happening in his family and his life and Billy is learning how to navigate many things at once.  Dioramas, which I believe are a lost art, also play a part in this book and got my immediate attention!!  This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

The Walrus & the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution by James A. Mitchell

Just when you think you've read all you ever wanted to know about The Beatles, an interesting book like this one pops up.  Set in the years just after their break-up, this book's focus is on John Lennon and how he tries to find a new direction in life in New York City.

The '60s are over and The Movement is fading, but Lennon becomes involved with U.S. politics enough to shake the Nixon administration.  How it all plays out is fascinating reading, and the John Lennon you see in this book is a real human being.