Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

As a Beatles fan, I have known of Paul McCartney most of my life, but after reading this biography I now feel like I know him, too. The author does a fine job exploring Sir Paul's musical genius as well as his personal shortcomings. As a result, I was able to move from idolization to admiration of this unique individual.
ELPL has both the print, eBook, and audiobook versions. I really enjoyed listening to all the accents the narrator, Jonathan Keeble, used. He does great Paul and John imitations.

New App Icon...Same Great eBook Service

Over the next few days the 3M Cloud Library will be releasing an app update, and, completing its brand transition to the Cloud Library.

You'll still have access to the same great eBook service with a fresh new logo design.  If you have any questions about this change/update send an email to elpltech@cityofeastlansing.com.

Hoopla Has a New Look!

Hoopla's web interface, or what you see when you login to Hoopla with a browser, not the app, recently received a very nice facelift.  When you log in you are still taken right to your checked out titles, but it is now much easier to find your list of favorite titles.  Just click My Hoopla and Favorites is right there!  The Browse screens, separated by format, are very clean and easy to use and the Settings page is also much cleaner.  Filtering options are now much more robust which is very helpful when browsing through Hoopla's enormous library of digital content.  

Check it out the next time you log into Hoopla, and if you haven't tried this amazing digital collection yet, visit:


to register and get started.

Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

If you aren't a regular reader of graphic novels but would like to give the format a try, the Alex + Ada trilogy, from collaborators Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna,  is a wonderfully accessible entry to the world of graphic novels.  With a compelling premise (think of the movie Her starring Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix), relatable characters and beautiful artwork, there is something for almost all readers to like.  My only complaint -- it is only a trilogy!  

ELPL has Alex + Ada in print and on Hoopla!










Books on Tap - July 2016

Learn about the history of man as told through the history of drinks! Visit Jimmy's on July 12th at 6:30pm and join our discussion of A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage!

"Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. 

Books on Tap - June 2016

On June 14 @ 6:30pm, find your way to Jimmy's Pub to discuss All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

"From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

First, two disclaimers: one, I’m using this review as an opportunity to recommend the whole series, so if you haven’t already, don’t start with The Raven King, which is the newly released fourth and final book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series – start with The Raven Boys and its two follow-ups, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily Lily Blue. And two: I already knew I was going to love this book even before I read it. I know that might be a little overconfident, because conclusions to series can often be a let-down, but the first three books in this series are not just some of my favorite young adult books, but some of my favorite books of all time in general, so I was pretty confident this installment would be no exception (and I was right – I loved how this book wrapped up the series as a whole).

To briefly sum it up, the books follow Blue Sargeant, the daughter of a psychic, and the four “Raven Boys”, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah (called Raven Boys because they attend a private school whose crest is a raven) she’s tentatively found herself forming a friendship with. The action follows their quest to find an underground sleeping Welsh king named Glendower, who is rumored to be buried in Virginia and who can (hopefully) stop Gansey from meeting his untimely – but maybe unavoidable – death. The search for Glendower (and all the other magical goings-on that sidetrack them) is fascinating, unique, and well-written, but what ultimately makes this book so engrossing is the characters in it. The plot is almost secondary to the five of them navigating their new-found relationships with one another in ways that are thoughtful, hilarious, and heart-wrenching, sometimes all at once. The setting, which is lush and atmospheric from page one, is almost a character itself, and leads to a whole host of new characters, powers, and foes cropping up during the series, some dreamily magical and some heartbreakingly realistic.

This series ticks every box on the list of things that make me love a book series, including:

  • Fully fleshed-out, multi-dimensional characters (who still manage to believably act like teenagers)
  • Creepy magic, ghosts, psychics, and the looming specter of imminent death
  • Co-dependent friends and found families
  • Dreamy, atmospheric writing that has a style all its own
  • Cliché-free romance

(And that’s an abbreviated list).

I already miss these characters so much that I’ve started re-reading the series from the beginning, and in the mark of truly great books, it’s just as good – if not a little better – the second time around. This is a young adult series, but I think it has appeal for adults as well. If you only try one YA series this year, I recommend this one.

Find all the installments in The Raven Cycle here at ELPL.

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is this Sunday but we are already pulling tons of great mom-centric titles for our display shelves.  Stop by to check them out or place your holds online.  

May the 4th Be With You

The last few months have been excellent for Star Wars fans.  The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015 was a huge success.  It not only attracted new fans to the franchise but also calmed the fears of (most) original fans that Disney was not, in fact, going to corrupt the spirit of Star Wars.  And with the recent release of the official teaser trailer for Rogue One, and the subsequent implosion of the internet, JJ Abrams and the gang at Lucasfilm and Disney have continued to prove to the fanbase that Star Wars is in it for the long haul.  

At ELPL, even during the not-so-great years (I'm looking at you Phantom Menace!), Star Wars books, CDs, audiobooks and movies are always some of the most popular items in the collection.  They circ like crazy and have to be continuously replaced because they are loved so much.  This means that we always have Star Wars related titles on the shelves, for every age group, and, in nearly every collection in the library.  This is a great thing, but sometimes that means it is hard to remember exactly where to look.  Plus you might be missing some great titles.  So we've created the Master List of Star Wars materials broken down by audience and area of the library.  May the force be with you as you browse the collection!

Star Wars titles by audience/age:

Star Wars titles by collection:




Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

You don't have to be a Trekkie to appreciate this biography of Leonard Nimoy.  While most people know him as the Vulcan named Spock in the Star Trek series, there is much more to his life that you may not know.  In this recalling of the long friendship William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy shared, we learn about Leonard's passion for acting and the highs and lows that go along with such a lengthy career.  These two men became uniquely connected, both on screen and off.  No one could have predicted this friendship would have lasted over a half century.  I highly recommend listening to the audiobook, narrated by Shatner.  So heartwarming and personal.  As Spock would say:  "Live long and prosper."