The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

Thank you to Kelsey at ELPL for showing me The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas! This picture book tells the sweet story of a man who uncorks bottled messages set adrift in the ocean and delivers them to their destination, all while secretly hoping to one day find a message that’s meant for him. When he comes across an invitation to a party happening the next day with no name attached to it, he sets out to find the recipient – and finds friendship of his own in the process. It’s a sweet book with beautiful artwork, and although it’s definitely one of those picture books that was probably written with the intention to appeal foremost to adults, little ones will nonetheless enjoy this comforting, whimsical book and its gorgeous illustrations. Find it here at ELPL!

Drive Up Bookdrop Open!

The library may be closed but the drive up book drop is back open with brand new book drops!  The temporary green book drop has been removed from the front of the library's parking lot.  Patrons wanting to return materials during the library's closure can use the newly re-opened drive up book drop.


It's Time to Stock Up!

Beginning Monday, August 22, the Children's and Adult Fiction sections of the library will be closed for renovations.  Check out your items this week and keep them until October!

Also remember, beginning Friday, August 26 the entire library will be closed for the final phase of the renovation.  Click here for all the details!


Renovation Project Home Page


Friends Preparing for Final Library Closure

The Friends of the East Lansing Public Library are preparing for the final closure of the library.  The ELPL will be closed from August 26 through September 30 to complete the final portions of the library's year long renovation project.  When the full building re-opens on October 1 the Friends will be in their brand new retail space in the front of the libary.

During the August/September closure the Friends will not be accepting donations.  If you have a large amount of materials to donate that you cannot hold until the re-opening in October, and would like the Friends to consider picking up your materials, please contact Friends President Maureen McCabe-Power at 989.798.7775 for assistance.  

Books on Tap - September 2016

On September 13 at 6:30 pm, Books on Tap will meet to discuss Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.

In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

Books on Tap - August Follow Up

The kick-off for One Book, One Community has begun! Last night at Jimmy's, we gathered to discuss the 2016 OBOC selections of Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario and City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence. Both describe very different experiences of immigration and refugee status. The authors have very distinct writing styles, relying heavily on either a journalistic approach or research approach. While discussing these titles, we were able to also draw comparisons to the 2012 OBOC selection Behind the Beautiful Forevers as well as the 2016 Olympics. Overall, we discovered our lack of knowledge surrounding these topics and they served as an eye-opener to important points that we - as mankind - should attempt to be more attuned to.

Last Day for Summer Reading Prize Pick-Up is Saturday, August 13

Summer reading is drawing to a close.  Congratulations to everyone who participated!  You have until Saturday, August 13 at 6pm to pick up/redeem any and all summer reading prizes.  

Teen Book Reviews

As the summer draws to a close, we are proud to unveil two shiny new book reviews from a couple of our teen patrons! As you may recall, participants of the 2016 Teen Summer Challenge had the option of submitting reviews for fame (a spot on our blog) and fortune (a chance to win one of our ossm prizes). So, without further ado:


Rick Yancey's The Infinite Sea, review by Anonymous
[Also available as an audiobook, Hoopla audiobook, e-book, and e-audiobook]

I read the book The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. This book was filled with action packed, intriguing scenes and also many scary ideas of a world in which aliens (really just enhanced humans called the 'others') invade in a series of 5 different waves of destruction. Overall, I think that this book definitely keeps your attention while you are reading and is interesting to read but I don't really appreciate the ideas that the author comes up with with all of the destruction and distorted thinking that this book instigates. This book also seemed to just be a prolonging of the ending of the story and did not really move the plot on much from the ending of the fifth wave. This book was interesting to read but I felt that it brought about a lot of imprudent thinking and definitely would not be appropriate for younger children. You could argue that this is a science fictional book and none of these events would ever occur but some of the ideas still seem as if they could bring about and suggest bad ideas.


Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil, review by Ren M.

“In the Forest primeval 
A school for Good and Evil

Two towers like twin heads
One for the pure
One for the wicked
Try to escape you’ll always fail
The only way out is… through a Fairy Tale”

-Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil is not the usual Fairy Tale everyone expects… With many twists and turns, the book is never a bore.

Let us start from the first book of the trilogy. The Fairy Tale starts in the town of Gavaldon, a small town just outside the Endless Woods…

Sophie, a girl with a reputation for the love of pink, frills, and even glass slippers, had been waiting her whole life to be kidnapped and swept into the magical school for Good. She just knew she would earn top marks in the Good school, find her Prince Charming and graduate as a beautiful, Fairy Tale princess.

Agatha on the other hand, with a greasy dome of black hair, shapeless frocks as clothes and a life inside a house in the middle of a graveyard, everyone, including herself, always believed she would be kidnapped into the school for Evil. She would then graduate the school as a witch that boils children into stew…

However, when they are kidnapped and thrown into the Endless Woods, they find themselves in the wrong schools! Will the two friends be able to survive the classes of the opposite schools?

Or, is it possible that the two girls are actually in the right schools all along…?

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham

If your child is looking for a new series to read, I recommend giving one of John Grisham’s Theodore Boone novels a try.  They are fast paced and have interesting characters.  Each story is self-contained so you do not need to read them in order!  The stories revolve around Theodore, a lawyer-in-training.  His mother and father are lawyers and he sometimes is asked to use his knowledge of the law to help his classmates when they get involved in situations.  He has his own little office in the law firm his parents own, and a trusty dog!  There are six books in this very popular series.

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Closing Permanently on August 26

The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio, located in downtown East Lansing, will be closing permanently on August 26.  After serving more than 3,000 people since opening in October 2014, library staff are excited to continue the innovative, maker oriented services and programs offered at ELPL 2.0 at the East Lansing Public Library.  The renovated library, set to re-open on October 1,  features a 1,000+ square foot maker studio that will house all of the equipment from the downtown space, plus much more!  

ELPL 2.0's last open day will be Thursday, August 25. Patrons needing 3D printing services during the closure should submit a 3D print request.  

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

As a children’s librarian, I read (and love) tons of books for kids and young adults, but I still find myself needing to return to my English-major roots and pick up a long literary novel from time to time. And I’m so glad that I happened upon Elena Ferrante’s series The Neapolitan Novels as my most recent choice. I’ve heard them hyped up for a while, but didn’t know much about them going in, and yet from the first 20 pages of the first installment, My Brilliant Friend, I was hooked.

The series of four books follows two childhood friends, Elena and Lila, as they grow up together in Naples. The scope of all four books – a daunting 1,700 pages between them that I nevertheless cruised through entirely in under a month – is massive, and follows the trajectory of their entire lives. Through this, they deal with an enormous swath of issues: family, education, marriage, motherhood, class, politics, personal and professional achievement, female identity, violence, socio-political upheaval, what it means to be from a place, what it means to be. The writing itself is brilliant, insightful and incisive, and completely unflinching –Ferrante refuses to pull even one single punch. There’s a reason so many reviews have referred to this series as a “masterpiece.”

Adding to its impressive impact is the fact that Ferrante writes under a pseudonym; she gives no clues to her identity, nor any in person interviews, and so no one is quite sure of who she is, save for that she is a woman from Naples. It’s an intriguing mystery, but I tend to agree with the idea that I’ve heard Ferrante quoted on – that once a book exists in the world, it doesn’t need an author, it needs only to tell its story. These books do exactly that, and near perfectly.

The series starts with My Brilliant Friend, followed up by The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. Find all of Ferrante’s works here at ELPL.

Final Renovation Closure - August 26 through September 30

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will be closed to patrons Aug. 26-Sept. 30 to complete the renovation of the building’s interior and transition library materials back into the full library space.

During the closure, new furniture will be brought in, shelves will be rebuilt, library materials will be reshelved and all final work will be completed.

During the closure, materials without holds will not be due and all digital resources will remain available to patrons. An external book drop will be available outside of the building for those patrons who do wish to return items. Additionally, library staff will use the building’s north foyer as a location for patrons to stop by for their hold pick-up items on weekdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. It should be noted that a few previously scheduled community events will take place at the library during its closure, including the One Book, One Community author’s event with Ben Rawlence on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and a performance by David Roth and Reggie Harris on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

“We appreciate our patrons’ ongoing patience as we work to complete this exciting project,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We are looking forward to unveiling the completed improvements to our patrons this October.”

ELPL’s grand re-opening is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1. Grand re-opening events will include a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon and family activities from noon-2 p.m.; including face painting, bubbles, balloon animals and more.


Library Closure:  

August 26-September 30

Hold pick-up times during closure (Monday - Friday, except September 5) :

  • 11 am - 1 pm
  • 5 - 7 pm

Grand re-opening celebration:

Saturday, October 1 from 12 - 2pm