3D Printing & Libraries: What's in your toolbox?


After opening the Maker Studio 2.0 in East Lansing we have gathered a collection of tools. If you are adding a 3D printer to your library or school, or getting one for yourself here are some basic tools that are important to have on hand. 

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder Now Available in the Cloud!

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of the more popular print titles at ELPL.  Both with new, younger readers as well as adults re-reading this beloved series.  Now, all the stories of Ma, Pa and Half Pint are available in the Cloud!  









Week 8 Leaderboards

Our Week 8 Leaderboard is up and available for your viewing pleasure. 

Only one month to go until it is all over on April 25. There is still plenty of time to get those points, but to make things interesting, keep an eye out for bonus points and 2x-point opportunities.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

You have most likely read her earlier best seller, Eat, Pray, Love.  Whatever your opinion of that book is, I recommend you boldly go forth and read this new one.  Gilbert uses insight, wit, practicality, and experience to explain creativity.  I have never heard the description of the creative process and its relationship to life put so perfectly.  If you consider yourself a creative type or ever want to be, you must give this book a try.  I truly believe this is her best book so far.

Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook tracks closely with his keen interest in promoting nutrition and health education.  Everyday Super Food not only showcases healthy recipes from around the world, but it also discusses shopping, access to clean water, alcohol consumption and sleep, and how they affect diet and health.  Oliver also includes a section on individuals around the world that are over 100, highlighting how they live and eat.  If you are always on the prowl for new and interesting recipes that feature unique and healthy ingredients, this book is worth a look.

Finding Your Next Great Tween Read

Within the world of youth literature, we all know that there is a robust selection of beginning books out there for new readers, and young adult titles for teenagers are receiving more and more attention every day. But what about books for the kids who are in between those categories? Those who are too old for picture books, but not yet ready for the world of YA? Sometimes it seems like those titles – books for tweens – don’t receive as much attention as those for other age ranges.

Luckily, ELPL features a wide range of books for readers in grades 3 through 8, and more and more publications are making booklists and recommendations for tweens, making it easier than ever to find a new middle-grade title to read. School Library Journal just published a new list, Hitting Shelves Now: 40 New Middle Grade Titles Out in March, featuring lots of titles you can find here at ELPL, including two of their selections with starred reviews, indicating a stand-out read.

All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
"Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home.

When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from . . . but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?"

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
"Jules adores her older-by-one-year sister, Sylvie.

Sylvie: beautiful like their mother.
Sylvie: supreme maker of tiny snow families.
Sylvie: faster than fast.

Sylvie: gone.

Into thin air, Sylvie goes missing, and as Jules stumbles in grief, a fox cub is born. A shadow fox, spirit and animal in one. From the minute the cub opens her eyes, she senses something very wrong. Someone—Jules.

Jules: steadfast like their father.
Jules: supreme maker of tiny snow foxes.
Jules: collector of rocks.

Jules: heartbroken.

Who is this Jules? Who is this Sylvie she cries out for? And why does the air still prickle with something unsettled? As that dark unknown grows, the fates of the girl Jules and the fox cub, laced together with wishes and shadowy ties, are about to collide."

Check out the School Library Journal’s full list of new tween titles available this spring, and find your next favorite tween read here at ELPL

(Book summaries from

Louise Rennison

Earlier this week I was saddened to learn that one of my favorite authors of young adult fiction, Louise Rennison, had passed away on February 29th. Her best-selling True Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series has won multiple awards, was translated into over 30 languages, and was made into a movie, and it also holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite series of all time. I still remember reading a review of the first book in the series, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging in one of my copies of Seventeen magazine when it came out in 1999, where it was recommended with the caveat that you might not want to read it in public because you’ll be laughing so hard. My curiosity was piqued; I checked it out from my local library, and I was immediately hooked. To this day, all ten books in the series have a place of prominence on my bookcase at home, and I find myself re-reading (and re-re-reading) them maybe more than is normal.

The books are sometimes compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary only aimed at teens, due to their similar format (humorous first-person diaries), although they have a spirit and sense of humor that is entirely their own. Georgia is a hilarious, mad-cap character who is prone to embarrassing moments, being a bit self-involved, and absolute silliness, which is the source of almost all the laugh-out-loud moments (and believe me, over the course of ten books, there are too many to count). But more than that, she’s a real person, and beneath all her goofiness, she has a good heart.

But I think what I like most about these books is that they remind me that the “normal” lives of teenage girls – not necessarily ones who are trying to save the world or overthrow a corrupt dictator or who can talk to ghosts, but just normal girls trying to get through their teen years while navigating friends, family, and first loves – can be just as interesting and extraordinary as those of your Katnisses and Trises. Maybe even more so.

Start with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging and work your way through all ten installments in the series. There are also three books in a related follow-up series starring Georgia’s younger cousin, The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey. Find all our materials by Louise Rennison here at ELPL.