Book groups

ELPL offers book groups for all ages and reading preferences.

Better Living Book Club - May 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Staff Conference Room

May's title is How to Survive Your Doctor's Care by Pamela Gallin, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Out of This World - April 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Staff Conference Room

April's title is His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

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Books & Bagels at 2.0 - April 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday." (Summary from Goodreads.com)

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss April's book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

Please note, April's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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Books on Tap - April 2016

Start your spring off right, by reading about health and medicine and how it affects you! Meet at Jimmy's at 6:30 pm on April 12th and discuss Being Mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande.

"In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Books on Tap - March Follow Up

We celebrated our wonderful "winter" weather by having a discussion on a truly heart-wrenching book. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, was a beautifully written story about honestly tragic characters and events. Many connections were made between issues going on in the 1930s south as compared to issues we face today. There were many points on race, privilege, human rights, and gender equality that we are still dealing with today. There were many who felt the books was not an ideal read because of how sad everything was - no light at the end of the tunnel - but we discussed that even through the sadness, the writing was absolutely amazing! That Carson took experiences from her own life, put it in writing, and lived to tell her own tale, speaks volumes of her as an individual.

Come to Jimmy's on April 11 when we discuss Being Mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande.

Out of This World - March 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Staff Conference Room

March's title is Ringworld by Larry Niven

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Better Living Book Club - April 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Staff Conference Room

April's title is The Thinking Life by PM Forni.  ELPL has this title on Hoopla audiobook!

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Books & Bagels - March 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River's town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun." (Summary from GoodReads.com)

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss March's book, Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

Please note, March's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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Better Living Book Club - March 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Staff Conference Room

March's title is It Aint' Over  Till It's Over by Marlo Thomas

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Books on Tap - March 2016

Who's ready for some classic literature? On March 8th at 6:30 pm at Jimmy's Pub, Books on Tap will discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

"With the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, and an enduring masterpiece.

At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small-town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Brilliantly attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated--and, through Mick Kelly, to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty."

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Books on Tap - February Follow Up

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai brought around a lively discussion at Jimmy's on Tuesday. The biggest thing that people took away from the book was that these events happened in the very recent past. We're not used to events like this taking place currently - at least in our lives. The positivity and outlook on life that Malala brought to an utterly horrid situation, was very inspiring to many readers. Malala continues to work as an advocate for women's education around the world. Her worldwide exposure began with her diary published by the BBC in 2009. It was discussed that this book should be read by many, but specifically young girls; so that they may see that it is possible to be an agent of change and to do things beyond their own sphere of existence.

In March, we will visit the classic title The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Come to Jimmy's at 6.30 on March 8 to discuss with us.

Books & Bagels - February 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket"


So begins The Bad Beginning, the first book in Lemony Snicket's best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events. Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss this book over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

 

 

Please note, Books & Bagels will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project which begins in December.

Want to know more about the renovation of the East Lansing Public Library?  Visit:

www.elpl.org/renovate

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Better Living Book Club - February 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Staff Conference Room

February's title is Dangerous Doses by Katherine Eban.

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Out of This World - February 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Staff Conference Room

February's title is The Black Company by Glen Cook

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Books on Tap - February 2016

February 9 at 6:30pm we will meet at Jimmy's Pub to talk about I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world."

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