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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

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

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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!

Join Us for a Special Story Time with City Manager Ted Staton! Tuesday, September 13, 10:30 a.m.


City Manager PhotoMiss Karrie's story time will have a special visitor for the first day we return to our regularly scheduled story times!  East Lansing City Manager Ted Staton will be joining us to read and celebrate the 2011 Michigan Reads title Memoirs of a Goldfish, written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers.

If you are not familiar with the Michigan Reads! initiative, it works quite a lot like the One Book, One Community program.  Every year, a different children's book, by a Michigan author, is celebrated and explored.

The Library of Michigan has announced that Memoirs of a Goldfish is the featured title for the 2011 "Michigan Reads!" One State, One Children's Book Program.  The program highlights the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary ages, and recognizes the vital role libraries play in providing access to the quality books, programs and services that lay the foundation for reading and school success.  Memoirs of a Goldfish presents a charming view of life from inside a small glass bowl!  With his bowl to himself and his normal routine, Goldfish loves his life, until one day... intruders arrive and it looks like things will never be the same.  But, time away from his new companions gives him a chance to rethink the pros and cons of a solitary life and discover what he's been missing.  Filled with clever rhyming text, the message about friendship accompanying the bright illustrations will captivate readers of all ages. "I've always marveled at the capacity of books to connect people. That's what Michigan Reads is all about," said author Devin Scillian. "And that they would choose my book to make those connections is absolutely thrilling." (

Please join us for a fun and lively story time filled with underwater stories, songs, dancing, and a fish craft!