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.

Container Gardens by Eleanore Lewis

Better Homes and Gardens Container Gardens is a perfect book for gardeners who want to garden on a small scale.

The book includes chapters on types of container gardens, types of containers for various outdoor spaces, basics of gardening, and types of plants.  Directions, types of plants, plant hardiness zones, time involved and level of skill are included for different types of gardens.  Gardening suggestions are given for various outdoor spaces.  These are illustrated by colorful photographs.

The chapter on the basics of gardening includes information on soil, tools, planting, watering, fertilizing, how to winterize planters, and other tips.  The last chapter gives the reader lists of various types of plants and valuable information about them.

This book seems to have everything one needs to know about container gardening.  It was fun to look at the beautiful photographs and is easy to follow.

Week 6 Challenges - Cells, Microorganisms and Tiny Creepy Crawlies!

Week 6 is all about the biology of very small things.  Here come the bugs!


Week 6 Challenges

Books on Tap - August 2014

Please join us on August 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm when we will discuss the travel memoir Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman.

"Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986 she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita’s example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults."

Review from Goodreads.

Books on Tap - July Follow Up

Last night saw some new faces as we gathered to discuss Let's Pretend This Never Happened: a Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson. Overall, the group enjoyed the book - there were many reports of laughing to the point of tears. While not every story included in the book was believed to be fully true, there were many points that were relatable. Being that the stories in the book were all over the place, it is only to be expected that the discussion covered a wide range of topics: family relations, social media, etiquette, and social boundaries were just a few of the topics covered. As a wider conversation, we also discussed the rise of the blogging culture and discussed other books that have been published by bloggers. If you would like to continue following Jenny Lawson, you can follow her blog called The Bloggess.

Please join us in August when we will discuss Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman.

Week 5 Challenges - Architecture

Here are the Week 5 Challenges!


Week 5 Challenges

  • Check Out -  Read an item from ELPL's list of hand-picked Architecture titles.  Or find one of your own.
  • Find Out - Name at least one of the architectural styles or motifs on display in Michigan State University's Beaumont Tower.  
  • Try Out - We've pinned lots of Architecture projects on ELPL's Pinterest Week 5 board .  Try one out or design your own activity to explore the wonderful world of architecture.
  • Go Out - Take a look at some of the best of architecture in Michigan, either by looking online or paging through books and magazines.  Then take a walk around your neighborhood.  What types of buildings do you see?  Do you recognize any iconic architectural styles?  Take a trip to downtown East Lansing or Lansing.  What kinds of buildings shape the region's downtowns?    

Hoopla users with Samsung Galaxy S4s - Read this before upgrading to Kit Kat

Hoopla users, if you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 you'll want to read this post before making the jump to Kit Kat.

We just received the following update from Hoopla:

Week 4 Challenges - Meteorology and Weather

We're releasing the Week 4 Challenges for Fizz, Boom, Read! a bit early this week, just in case you are traveling out of town for the holiday.  Also, on Tuesday, July 1 at 2pm, stop by the library to meet WILX-TV's Chief Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole, and fulfill the Week 4 Go Out Challenge.  Bring your weather related questions for fun session of "Ask the meteorologist!".  


Complete one of this week's challenges and win the Week 4 prize for your reading program, as well as the Week 4 Weather badge on your Summer Reading Personal Progress Page.

Complete two or more of this week's challenges and you will also win the Week 4 bonus prize for your reading program, as well as the Week 4 Weather Bonus badge on your Summer Reading  Personal Progress Page.


Week 4 Challenges