Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze

If you came of age in the 1970s, you will undoubtedly remember singer-songwriter J.J. Cale, who died in 2013. This tribute cd features many well-known guitarists and singers (Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, and more) who pay tribute to, as Eric Clapton calls him, "one of the single most important figures in rock history". Take a stroll down memory lane or try his music for the first time. I've been listening to this cd since last summer and I still find it interesting. It prompted me to start listening to some of the other 13 J.J. Cale albums on Hoopla, starting with my old favorite, Naturally, which was first released in 1972. It's great that Hoopla has such an extensive selection of music!

Books, Bags and Biscotti - May 9

Books, Bags and Biscotti - May 9, 12-4pm

Books, Bags and Biscotti will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 12-4pm in the Library Meeting Room. We have received a lot of beautiful purses, wallets, bags and even luggage and we have priced them to sell. Visit our facebook page for updates

The One and Only Ivan

"I am Ivan. I am a gorilla.
It's not as easy as it looks."

This is the beginning of Ivan's story. Ivan is a silverback gorilla that lives in his domain at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His friends are a dog named Bob, an elephant named Stella, and a young girl named Julia who smuggles art supplies to Ivan. Ivan enjoys making his drawings, which are sold in the gift shop at the Big Top Mall ($20 apiece - $25 with a frame). It is with the arrival of Ruby, a young elephant, that Ivan has to make the decision as to where he will live the rest of his life - at the Big Top Mall? Or find a new home at a zoo?

The One and Only Ivan has been on my "to read" list since it's publication in 2012. Katherine Applegate has told the story from Ivan's point of view and it's interesting to think of the possibility of a gorilla attempting to communicate with the outside world: through words, through pictures, through actions. While this book is written in a simple style, the message of freedom and the promise of care implied by animal caretakers seeps through the pages of this book. Between Applegate's words and the illustrations of Patricia Castelao the reader is fully immersed in Ivan's world, sitting on the edge of their seat, waiting to see what happens next. This is a quick but very worthwhile read.

Check out this title in print, book on CD, or eBook.

Friends Board Meeting Highlights March 2015

Meeting date March 24, 2015

The Friends have lots of exciting things to report.  The continuous book sale and sale of merchandise continues to be our core fund raising effort – thank you Marsha Bristor and all your volunteers.  Thanks to you and many others we were able to write a check to the library for $25,000 to help boost materials acquisition and programming efforts.

Library Director, Kristin Shelley reports the selection of an architect by the library board for a possible renovation – so stay tuned.  Kristin also reports that contributions and ticket sales for Books, Bites & Bids are going well.  Remember the library auction/fundraiser Friday, April 17, 2015 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM – come and join the fun and bring your checkbook.

The sale of paintings spearheaded by Lanette Van Wagenen and Sandi Farrell is moving along, we sold another painting!  Identifying the artists and in some cases finding artists and/or family members has been an exciting adventure.  Please stop in the library and find something to add to your personal art collection.

Purse collection and pricing is moving along as well.  The “Purse Brigade” reports the collection and pricing of over 200 purses, backpacks, luggage, tote bags, evening bags, etc. for the big Books, Bags & Biscotti to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from noon – 4:00 PM.  Please bring in your gently used purses, and put May 9 on your calendar for some great deals and yummy treats.

While filling your calendar don’t forget the program sponsored by the Greater Lansing Historical Society on April 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the ELPL.  Mr. Thomas Mudd will speak as the family continues to try and clear the name of Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth.  The Friends are hosting a reception for Mr. Mudd that evening at 5:30 PM at the library.

Liesel Carlson reports that work on forming a junior friends group is moving along.  The goal is to attract young people to the Friends of the ELPL to foster community involvement and library advocacy at a young age.  New membership dues will reflect a fee for junior friends – welcome aboard.  Hopefully a new Friends brochure will be ready by April 9.

Don Power reports plans for a jazz fundraiser in the fall to benefit the Friends treasury and ultimately therefore the East Lansing Public Library, so be watching for more information about this exciting event.

Regrettably Barb Schmidt has stepped down from the directorship of the North Foyer Gallery.  Maureen McCabe-Power will step into that role for now.  Maureen reports that Matthew Holben will be the exhibitor for the month of April.  Please stop in and see his work.

The Friends need friends and to that end Don Power and Jim Anderson are working on a membership drive.  Be watching for a new brochure and renewal notices for membership dues.  

New 3M Cloud eBooks for April!

New titles are available on 3M Cloud Library, including:










See the full list of all new 3M Cloud Library eBooks.

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

I just love Mark Watney, and this book! Mark is an astronaut on a mission on Mars and his crew leaves him behind knowing that he was already dead. Mark, instead, survied a horrific accident that this crew endured. He is incrediblly smart, relentless, and a facinating sense of humor, which has me laughing out loud. Mark is so intelliegent, and so incredible with what he has on this planet Mars that he is able to survive and overcome every obstace. Mark helps to understand the importance of science, offering a perfect demonstration of how something seemingly dry and theoretical can have practical applications, and even save your life! 

Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale

Great book for anyone who loves Jane Austin and England. Make sure you read it before seeing the movie.

The Camel Club by David Baldacci

Oliver Stone/John Carr was for many years an assassin for the CIA's mysterious "Triple Six" division. He and his friends study conspiracy theories located in the nation's capital, concerning the nation's corrupted government members. The whole series is very exiting, a lot of action and twists, and I fell in love with all the charaters. 

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

Initially, I didn't think I'd like this novel. Although books about Southern women always appeal to me, this stared out slow. The main character was very likable but more so as she grew older. As with all good books, there are plot lines that keep pulling you in and this book had one regarding the main character's brother. By the end of the novel, I was in tears. Without giving away any of the plot, I strongly recommend this book. The journey the main character takes is worth the trip!

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swensen is a baker and owner of The Cookie Jar located in a little town, Lake Eden, Minnesota. Very light reading, yet a fantastic suspense-filled mystery -murder and, if you're a baker, this book offers delicious dessert recipes that are tied in with this concept of literature. I am at #17 of 18 books. A few weeks ago, I went with my daughter to meet Joanne Fluke as she toured nation wide, launching her latest released book, and got the oppertunity to talk with her in deapth, in Dallas, Texas. It was so much fun and delicious, the librarians made some of the recipes from the many books released! I am more fond of the recipes in these Hannah Swenses series, than I am with the plot, only becuase, the literature is very light, and the relationship concept of the characters involved in this series is very repetitive. Yes, we understand, time and time again, that Hannah has two love interests. Yet, I continue to love and support this author. Her books are very fun, entertaining, and light hearted.

Brunilda61 listened to the audiobook version of Blackberry Pie Murder.  ELPL also has this title in eBook and print.