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Ballet Storytime

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Meeting Room

Join the dancers from Platinum Dance Academy for ballet stories, a demonstration of simple ballet technique and a ballet craft.  Tutus and dance wear welcome.  No tutu?  We will have extras!

For ages 3 & up.

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Story Time: Music!

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

Preschool story time with a musical theme.  Hear some great stories and make a Ribbon Ring.  Perfect for dancing!

For ages 2-5.

Amazing Animals Storytime

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Enjoy stories, songs and a craft about animals.  

For children ages 2-6.

Space Storytime

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

Milky Way - Courtesy of WikipediaEnjoy stories, songs and a craft about space.  

For children ages 2-6.

Robot Storytime

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

Enjoy stories, songs and a robot craft.

For children ages 2-6.

Go Green $torytime

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

Interactive storytime and piggy bank craft!  Free book while supplies last.  For ages 3+.

Jim Gill's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill, Friday, January 10, at 10:30am for a special story time at ELPL.

Barbara Bailey Hutchison Children's Concert

Tuesday, March 19 @ 10:30 am

Join us for a wonderful concert Tuesday morning with Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Barbara Bailey Hutchison. Barbara's voice is familiar to millions!  She has appeared at the Whilte House three times, performed in nearly all 50 states, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand. Barbara grew up in Detroit and launched her musical career while attending Michigan State University, where she gained a loyal following. She began touring colleges and universities throughout the United States and was voted "Best Solo Performer", "Best Acoustic Performer", and "Best Female Performer" in a national magazine poll.

While her music tends to defy categorization, her lyric driven, melodic, often humorous, alternative folk music speaks to issues of tolerance and human rights, as well as personal relationships, and funny circumstances. Inspired by experience, hers are songs in which everyone can find themselves. Barbara is also a talented painter! Her visit to the library is part of a music and art filled week-long residency at Red Cedar Elementary School.

This event is co-sponsored by Abbott Nursery School.  Thank you!

Our regularly scheduled Tuesday morning story time will resume next week, on March 26th.

Story Time and Baby Time Are Back in Session This Week!

Story Time and Baby Time will resume at their regulary scheduled times this week!  We will be very excited to see all of our old and new Story Time and Baby Time friends!  

The regular weekly schedule includes:
Story Time on Tuesdays @ 10:30 am, Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm, and Fridays @ 10:30 am
Baby Time on Mondays @ 10:30 am and Wednesdays @ 10:30 am

(The next break from the regular schedule will occur April 1-April 5, 2013)

This week, we will be sharing stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft featuring rabbits and starring the Velveteen Rabbit!  The Velveteen Rabbit (Or How Toys Become Real), written by Margery Williams with illustrations by William Nicholson, was originally published in 1922.  The Velveteen Rabbit was Williams' first children's book.  It has been republished many times and is considered a classic in the world of children's literature. The Wharton Center's production of The Velveteen Rabbit is this Saturday, January 12 at 1:30 and 4:00 pm.  Register by this Wednesday, January 9, at the children's desk, to win free tickets to this weekend's performance.

One of the book's most famous passages is as follows: 

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

Thank you, George Lahanas!

On Tuesday, October 2nd, East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas visited Miss Karrie's story time to read Moose on the Loose by Kathy-Jo

Olympic theme for Storyline

Did you know that ELPL has a Storyline phone line that you can dial anytime, day or night, to hear a story?  This week enjoy library page Alivia Knol read Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics and ELPL's summer reading theme Dream Big, Read!  To listen to the story put on your jammies, grab a cup of cocoa and dial 517-319-6915. 

Reader's Theater a huge success!

IMG_0078The ELPL's first-ever Reader's Theater was a huge success!  Thanks to the help of 2010 Michigan Teacher of the Year Rob Stephenson and his family, and our own Miss Karrie, participants were invited to act out some favorite stories.  Jan Thomas was the winning author - her stories lend themselves to being silly, having fun and lots of expressive reading!  Rebecca and Ed Emberley's Chicken Little was a hit as well.  Plan to be a part of our next Reader's Theater on Tuesday, August 7, 10:30-11:30 in the North Foyer Meeting Room.  Families welcome!

A parent attending Reader's Theater with his children shot some great video footage of the program - check them out:

Join Us for a Special Story Time with Fire Marshal Bob Pratt

Fire Truck
Fire Marshal Bob Pratt will be our special guest for Story Time!
Tuesday, October 11 @ 10:30 am
For ages 2-5, younger siblings welcome
Caregivers of children 2 years old and younger must stay in the story time room.
All other caregivers must remain in the library.

Miss Karrie and Fire Marshal Bob will be sharing stories, songs, and a craft
in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week!  

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since1925. Visit the National Fire Protection Association's website for more information about how to prevent fires and keep your family safe!

Thank you to Ted Staton, EL City Manager, for being our guest storyteller this week!

Check out his blog about his experience as our special guest storyteller on Tuesday.  Everyone, children and adults alike, enjoyed this special storytime!