Other East Lansing Meeting Room Locations

Due to the Library renovation, the Meeting Room, Storytime Room and Tutor Room will be unavailable beginning November 22, 2015 throughout the entire renovation.  Please contact one of these other local venues for your meeting room needs:

Hannah Community Center
Jennifer Haeusler

All Saint's Episcopal Church
Susie Pearson

Friends Board Meeting Highlights September 2015

Meeting date September 22, 2015

This was our first board meeting of the 2015-2016 year. Our current total capital is $48,159.81.

New board members and some roll changes were announced. Welcome Jerry Litzinger and Joan Fairey. Jerry will assume the roll of Treasurer from Lanette Van Wagenen and Joan will share Friendshop responsibilities with Lanette.  Sheila Taylor will be our Public Relations person and Jim Anderson will assume the responsibilities of Legislative Watch, as Tricia Thorpe becomes our Secretary.

We regretfully accept the resignation of Marsha Bristor our long time Friendshop leader who is missed daily and Gail Light who has stepped down as our newsletter writer. Thank you both for your service to the Friends.

At the August library board meeting Maureen learned that the contractors have had their “walk through” and bids for the library renovation project are due October 1, 2015. Staff and volunteers will be wearing t-shirts reminding people to donate to the library capital campaign.

Friendshop volunteers met with the library consultant about the plan for the new Friendshop that will now be located in the current AV room so be watching for our new look.

The “Big Book Sale” is October 10 and 11, 2015 at the Hannah Center in the Banquet Room. Doors will open at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015 and stay open until 6:00 PM. Sunday hours will be from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM with all you can fit into a bag for $2.00.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who work many hours daily in the Friendshop and thanks to the shoppers who choose to spend their money in the Friendshop.  We now have “gently used” purses on sale as well as books; CDs, DVDs, t-shirts and other items of interest please come and shop.

Thank you to Lanette Van Wagenen and Carol Gruen for our EBay sales.

Lanette and Sandi Farrell report that art for sale from our collection has been reduced and is on display in the AV room. If you like something make an offer!  Contact Lanette

Lily LaFollette and Kim McKerracher are currently exhibiting in the North Foyer Gallery of the library so please come and view some very exciting pieces.

The Board passed unanimously the library’s request for $16,000 to aid with programs and materials for the 2015-2016 year.

Don Power announced a grant from the Kiwanis Foundation of East Lansing to the library in the amount of $2,350.

Printable copy of the September 2015 highlights

Stand-off by Andrew Smith

My love affair with anything and everything written by Andrew Smith continues with his latest YA novel, Stand-off, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Winger.  Stand-off gives us more of the hilariously odd Ryan Dean West as he struggles through his senior year at Pine Mountain boarding school.  Everything that was good in Winger is back in Stand-off, along with an adorably annoying new room mate and an excruciatingly awkward Boy's Health Class.  I would definitely recommend reading Winger before Stand-off.  Smith does a good job of recapping Ryan Dean's previous year at Pine Mountain, but brand new readers will be missing out on lots of plot points if you jump right into the new book.

After you finish Winger and Stand-off please, please, please keep on plowing through the Andrew Smith goodness - you'll have a lot to enjoy:

And everything by Andrew Smith not owned by ELPL:


Based on Elmore Leonard's novellette, "Fire in the Hole," American television drama series Justified follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) after an Internal Affairs investigation results in his transfer to the one place on Earth to which he swore he'd never return: Kentucky. No sooner has he hung up his hat (metaphorically speaking, of course, as the thing rarely leaves his head) than he encounters one familiar face after another, including that of mercurial career criminal and former coal mining comrade, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).

The series has been nominated for a great big passel of awards, but what I really want you to know is that Justified has some of the best writing on television. Justified has some of the best writing on television. JUSTIFIED HAS SOME OF THE BEST WRITING ON TELEVISION.

On top of skillfully balancing the comforting familiarity of a loosely formulaic procedural that neatly pairs external with internal conflicts, Justified offers endearing, well drawn protagonists and memorable, inescapably human villains, providing them all with breathtakingly fresh, sharp, and frequently lyrical dialog perfectly suited to each speaker. These writers play the whole rising-tension-and-subverted-expectations game so well that everyone else might as well just go home and cry themselves to sleep. AND, we have all six seasons on DVD, so really at this point you should just be putting the series on reserve.

Happy Birthday, Harold and the Purple Crayon!

Happy birthday to Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson! The classic children's book that tells the tale of a little boy and the fantastic world he creates with his purple crayon turns 60 this year! Authors and readers from all around the world are celebrating this wonderful story with tributes to Harold, and you can join in the celebration too! Join us by re-reading the book, watching the cartoon, or listening to the audiobook, all available through ELPL, or stop by to create your own work of art in the library, including our Harold-themed coloring and activity sheets in the children's room. Leave your creations with the staff if you would like it to be displayed on the wall!

The Friends of ELPL Participate in Amazon Smile

Who hasn't heard about Well, if you shop via, you can choose The Friends of The East Lansing Public Library as Amazon's charity recipient when you buy through Amazon. It's a simple one-click choice! 

See the link below for more information. It's WIN-WIN! Thank you!

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

It's the 1950's, and Eilis Lacey has decided to leave her home and family behind in Ireland to pursue the promise of a job in Brooklyn. She travels alone, and the only soul in Brooklyn that she knows is the Irish priest who is sponsoring her trip to America. Eilis experiences the hardships of adjusting to a new life, struggles to foster new and meaningful relationships, and ultimately finds opportunities that could change the course of her future. But when tragedy strikes back home, Eilis becomes torn between her family in Ireland and the new life she has built in America. 

This was the very first of Irish author, Colm Toibin's books that I have read, and I can assure you that it won't be the last. A quick read that will linger long after the final page is read. Available in print and e-audio


I originally picked up our Blu-Ray copy of Belle because it featured not just the aristocratic families and grand houses that one often expects to find in a period film, it promised to be unlike any other I had seen.  

Belle tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, a young aristocratic woman who was rescued from slavery and raised among the wealthy upper classes in 18th century England. Born to Maria Belle, an enslaved African woman living in the West Indies, and Sir John Lindsay, a British naval officer, Dido was saved by her father at a young age, and brought to England to be raised at Kenwood House under the guardianship of her great uncle, William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, and his wife. The couple, having previously taken in their niece, Elizabeth Murray, raised Dido as one of their own.

 Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights) and Sam Reid (Anonymous), the film captures the young adulthood of Dido and her cousin, Elizabeth. As Dido comes of age, she struggles with her own identity as a multiracial woman amongst a homogeneous and classist society. After meeting a young lawyer, played by Reid, she gains further knowledge of issues surrounding the slavery she was born into, and makes her own attempts to change the course of history. 

Mbatha-Raw's portrayal of Dido is absolutely outstanding. She exudes intelligence and strength throughout the film, and as a viewer, I could not wait to see how she would conquer the 18th century injustices set upon her. I hope that the real Dido was as confident, and as brave as her character and that this beautifully written film might bring her story the attention it truly deserves.  


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The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Some picture books just beg to be read out loud, and The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak (you might recognize him from TV’s The Office and The Mindy Project) is one of those -- except, as you might have guessed from the title, this is a picture book with no pictures in it! That’s right, none at all.

Never fear, though. This title is so fun to read out loud that even the most visual of readers will enjoy it. The rules of the book are simple: whoever is reading it has to say absolutely everything written down in it, no matter how silly. Even if it’s gibberish like “bliggity blaggity” or “glibbity globbity.” The text itself quickly becomes the art, using fonts, sizes, colors, and orientations as cues to the reader, occasionally breaking the fourth wall and inviting kids to participate with the silliness on a meta level (isn’t it fun to make mom or dad say something so goofy?). This hilarious, interactive book lets imaginations (and silly sides) soar, and it won’t take long to get both kids and adults laughing out loud!

Shakespeare and Modern Culture by Marjorie Garber

"He was not of an age, but for all time!"
Ben Johnson (1573-1637), Preface to the First Folio

Author Marjorie Garber's premise is this:

Shakespeare's plays almost always seem to coincide with the times in which they are read or produced.  They are eternally "modern".  How can that be?  How has each age seen Shakespeare as speaking for that time, right up to today?  And as we change, how can Shakespeare's works continue to change right along with us?

The author chooses 10 plays in which to explore these questions as well as other that specifically pertain to the individual play.  I found the questions raised in race in Othello, the female sensibilities of the character of Hamlet, and the changing and emerging role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice especially compelling.

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton is probably best known for her webcomics -- she’s the creative mind behind the ultra-popular Hark! A Vagrant, a hysterical take on history, as well as several autobiographical comics about her experiences growing up in Nova Scotia. In The Princess and the Pony, her first picture book for early elementary readers, she brings her trademark charm, humor, and eye for setting to the table again, this time as we join the fearless Princess Pinecone on her quest to receive the perfect birthday present. This year, she doesn’t want yet another cutesy sweater -- she has her heart set on a fierce battle horse to ride during the hero’s competition! She knows she can take on the other fearsome warriors on once she has a trusty steed of her own.

When her pony shows up, though, it’s not quite what she was hoping for. It’s short and fat, it’s eyes point in different directions (sometimes), and it has an unfortunate tendency towards gassiness. There’s no way Princess Pinecone will be able to become the ultimate champion riding this pony into battle... is there?

Full to the brim with engaging drawings, silly humor and vocabulary, and strong messages (particularly those of friendship, acceptance, combating stereotypes, and the fact that everyone -- even round, flatulent ponies -- have something valuable to bring to the table), this a book that kids will want to read over and over again, and parents (especially if they’re fans of Beaton’s work themselves, in which case they might recognize the eponymous pony from her earlier comics), will be happy to indulge them.

Find The Princess and the Pony at ELPL (as well as a printed collection of Hark! A Vagrant for adults).