Book groups

ELPL offers book groups for all ages and reading preferences.

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."

Review from Goodreads.

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."

Review from Goodreads.

Books on Tap - January Follow Up

Welcome to 2016, Books on Tap! We had a wonderful discussion about the 2015-2016 Great Michigan ReadStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and what we thought about what happened after the illness that rocked the future in the Great Lakes Region. This book covered a wide range of topics that brought out a variety of opinions and views on the subject. What would you do if 99% of the population died? Do you have what it would take to survive - if you happened to live through the sickness? Our conversation ranged from religion to family structure to human rights to the idea of fight vs. flight.

Books & Bagels at 2.0 - January 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

A great way to share the love of reading with your friends.  Books & Bagels is a discussion group just for 4th through 6th graders.  Each month we discuss a book and enjoy bagels and a hands on activity.  January's book is El Deafo by Cece Bell

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.

Upcoming titles for Books & Bagels in 2016:

 

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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Books on Tap - January 2016

Welcome the new year at Jimmy's on January 12 at 6:30pm when we discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read selection.

"Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. 
Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed."

Review from Amazon.

Books on Tap - December Follow Up

Hearing about new-to-me books is always a good time! We had an amazing wrap up of 2015 giving us all a new list of books to add to our libraries!

Click here to see a list of the books brought in by our group so that you have a list readily available for the holiday season.

In January 2016, we will read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, the 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read.

Out of This World - January 2016

East Lansing Public Library - Conference Room

January's title is The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.

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Books & Bagels - December 2015

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio in Downtown East Lansing

A great way to share the love of reading with your friends.  Books & Bagels is a discussion group just for 4th through 6th graders.  Each month we discuss a book and enjoy bagels and a hands on activity.  December's book is Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco.   You can sign up for the program as well as pick up your free copy of the book at the circulation desk of the library. 

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.

Upcoming titles for Books & Bagels in 2016:

 

Please note, December'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 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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Books on Tap - December 2015

Come to Jimmy's on December 8th at 6:30pm when we will have our final meeting of 2015! For this month, there is no official book to read. Instead, I'm asking you to bring two books to our meeting.

The first book will be one that you have read outside of Books on Tap and would like to share with the group. Be prepared to give a 2-3 minute blurb on the book - a little teaser to get people interested and possibly add to their own reading lists.

The second book will be put into a white elephant book exchange. Bring it already wrapped and we'll do a swap! It can be a book you love, a book you hate, something that will make people laugh or cringe. Nothing is off limits!

No matter what, it will be a fun night of wrapping up 2015 for Books on Tap!

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