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:




3D Printing and Libraries: Proper Storage of Filament

It's important to make sure 3D printing filament is stored properly to ensure it lasts a long time and doesn't cause problems with your 3D prints. This video demonstrates a quick and easy way to store filament. If you don't have the original box or bag I recommend using a 5 gallon pail with a sealed lid. Toss a few small bags of desicant into the pail and you can store multiple spools of material at once.


3D Printing and Libraries: Using the Rostock Max

Last summer we invited patrons to learn how to build a 3D printer from a kit. Now we are going to cover operating the machine.


3D Printing and Libraries: Introduction to the Makerbot Digitizer 3D Scanner

In addition to 3D printing the ELPL Maker Studios also offers 3D scanning. Here we take a quick look at using the Makerbot Digitizer 3D scanner.


3D Printing & Libraries: Introduction to the 3D Pen

At the ELPL Maker Studios we have three 3D printing pens and I shot a quick video demonstrating how to use it.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  Click here for a list of materials on display in the library in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage in America.

The image featured on the right is titled Suruga Satta no kaijo/Hiroshige-ga.  This print was created by Hiroshige Ando.  This image appears courtesy  of the Fine Prints:  Japanese, Pre-1915 collection from The Library of Congress.  Visit the Library of Congress, as well as the official Asian Pacific American Heritage Month site, hosted by The Library of Congress, for more beautiful images and fascinating history.


Hot Reads Final 2016 Season Leaderboard

Feast your eyes of the final leaderboard for the 2016 Hot Reads for Cold Nights. Many points and many entries were earned this year. Congratulations to everyone that participated and we hope to see you again next year!

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

You don't have to be a Trekkie to appreciate this biography of Leonard Nimoy.  While most people know him as the Vulcan named Spock in the Star Trek series, there is much more to his life that you may not know.  In this recalling of the long friendship William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy shared, we learn about Leonard's passion for acting and the highs and lows that go along with such a lengthy career.  These two men became uniquely connected, both on screen and off.  No one could have predicted this friendship would have lasted over a half century.  I highly recommend listening to the audiobook, narrated by Shatner.  So heartwarming and personal.  As Spock would say:  "Live long and prosper."

Library Closing at 4pm on Friday, April 29 for Books, Bites, and Bids Fundraiser

The library will be closing at 4pm on Friday, April 30 for the 5th annual Books, Bites, and Bids fundraiser.  This year the fundraiser will be at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center*.  Everyone is welcome to attend the event.  A donation of $30 per person or $60 per couple/family is suggested.

Books on Tap - May 2016

On May 10 at 6:30 pm at Jimmy's Pub, Books on Tap will discuss The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell.

"In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage-clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital—where she has been locked away for more than sixty-one years.

Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face. 

Esme has been labeled harmless—sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But she's still basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?"

Review from Goodreads.

Auction Items Update


  Bryn Forbes signed basketball                                                                                                                     Coach Suzy Merchant signed basketball







Just 24 Hours Left to Submit Hot Reads for Cold Nights Points!

The 2016 Hot Reads for Cold Nights contest will officially close at 10am on Tuesday, April 26.  That gives you just under 24 more hours to rack up some last minute points, and hopefully, one more entry into the grand prize drawing for the RCA Cambio 2-in-1 laptop/tablet.  Good luck!

400 Years Since Shakespeare

Saturday, April 23rd, marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. In his lifetime, Shakespeare wrote nearly 40 plays and more than 150 sonnets, and since his death in 1616 at the age of 52, his work has been translated into every major language in the world.


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