Explore

Explore your passions, hobbies, research interests and more at ELPL with these cool resources:

Reference eBooks - Full text searching of every eBook plus citation software, export to email or PDF and more.  
Databases - All available databases from ELPL and MeL
Ask a Librarian - Librarians are available for all your research needs.
I need something to read! - Find your next great book with the help of our staff and patrons.
SelectReads - Your guide to the best reads at ELPL.


 

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.

All Things Must Pass

Tower Records was a late arrival in East Lansing, but the record aficionados I know seemed already well-acquainted with it. This new documentary follows its “rags-to-riches” rise from the 1960s to world-wide renown and then untimely demise in 2006, introducing us to a quirky set of characters along the way.

For some it will be a fond reminder of times past when a collection of LPs was a young person's proudest possession; others will be fascinated by its story and the influence this company and its employees had on well-known recording artists such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen - something that would never happen in the industry today.

2016 In Memoriam

Titles in honor of the many great writers, performers, artists, and

One Pan Wonders from America's Test Kitchen

This timely title from America's Test Kitchen dropped this Tuesday - just in time to help you battle your fatigue from the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkay/Kwanzaa cooking season.  Anything that helps you get dinner on the table with a minimum of fuss and dirty pans is a winner.  I had a chance to page through this book before it was sent out to the new book shelves and the recipes are accessible and practical.  

Kristin's Top 100 - Part 4

ELPL director Kristin Shelley has worn many librarian hats in her career in public libraries.  Including almost 10 years as a children's librarian, providing book recommendations, storytimes and more to the littlest patrons in libraries.  So when you ask her for her favorite picture books for National Picture Book month, you get a really, really, REALLY long list - all of it pure gold.  

Part 4 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin's Top 100 - Part 3

ELPL director Kristin Shelley has worn many librarian hats in her career in public libraries.  Including almost 10 years as a children's librarian, providing book recommendations, storytimes and more to the littlest patrons in libraries.  So when you ask her for her favorite picture books for National Picture Book month, you get a really, really, REALLY long list - all of it pure gold.  

Part 3 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!)

Okay, so this book had a head start with me, because I love alligators and crocodiles, so any picture book where they're a main character already has a leg up.

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Okay, I love Kate Beaton. I’ve already recommended her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony, here. I hoarded our copy of Hark! A Vagrant! for several weeks.

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

I love the simplicity of this book.  The story takes you through a year in the life of a tree and the illustrations are a perfect fit for the text.  It will bring a smile to the reader, while allowing your imagination to explore what else trees could look like in the fall.  A great follow-up activity is to have your child create their own fall tree.  

Pages