Books on Tap - May 2015

We're back to our regular schedule! Come to Jimmy's on May 12th at 6:30 pm to join in our discussion of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead."

Review from Goodreads.

Books on Tap - April Follow Up

Even though I was in denial until the last minute, we ended up inside for April's meeting to discuss Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Quite a few people were able to see the movie while it was in theaters and that brought a different level of discussion to our group on Tuesday. While there were differences between the film and book - which is to be expected - overall we didn't think either was compromised by the other. Most of the conversation focused around the question of "what would you do?" We discussed options from the perspective of being a family member to someone with Alzheimer's, as well as being someone with Alzheimer's. I think this book provoked some deep thinking about a situation that many people have to deal with and the difficult choices that must be made.

Next up: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. See you on May 12th, 6:30pm at Jimmy's!

A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks

Five separate lives in five time periods. A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks reads like a collection of short stories, each story stands alone, distinctive and revealing, with no seeming connection to the next. Geoffrey, a POW in the second World War, tells of the horrors witnessed during his time at a concentration camp. Billy, a young boy from a impoverished family is sold to a work house, and with a bit of luck and continuous effort, must work his way to a prosperous life. Elena, a brilliant scientist in the year 2029, falls deeply in love, while a life-altering discovery threatens a promising future. Jeanne, a poor, illiterate orphan finds solace working for a family in France 1822, and in 1971, a rare singing talent, Anya King, is discovered.  


A Possible Life is a prime example of masterful storytelling, with each of the five parts brimming with brilliant prose, linking themselves together not within a time or place, but through the simple, powerful message that whether at its best, or very worst, humanity is what connects us all. 

Check out this title in print, book on CD or eAudiobook from Hoopla.

Book in a Jar Guessing Games Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Book in a Jar Guessing Game! Everyone who submitted a slip with their name on it got at least the 3 right to be entered into the drawing. The winner has already been contacted - but as a prize to all who participated we have a coupon to Grand Traverse Pie Company for you pick up at the circulation desk. Give your name to our staff and we will give you a coupon!

Click on Read more... to get the answers for the game

1. Berenstain Bears All Aboard! - Stan and Jan Berenstain

2. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

3. Love Story - Erich Segal

4. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

5. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer

6. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling

8. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Thank you everyone for playing!!

Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze

If you came of age in the 1970s, you will undoubtedly remember singer-songwriter J.J. Cale, who died in 2013. This tribute cd features many well-known guitarists and singers (Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, and more) who pay tribute to, as Eric Clapton calls him, "one of the single most important figures in rock history". Take a stroll down memory lane or try his music for the first time. I've been listening to this cd since last summer and I still find it interesting. It prompted me to start listening to some of the other 13 J.J. Cale albums on Hoopla, starting with my old favorite, Naturally, which was first released in 1972. It's great that Hoopla has such an extensive selection of music!

Friends Board Meeting Highlights March 2015

Meeting date March 24, 2015

The Friends have lots of exciting things to report.  The continuous book sale and sale of merchandise continues to be our core fund raising effort – thank you Marsha Bristor and all your volunteers.  Thanks to you and many others we were able to write a check to the library for $25,000 to help boost materials acquisition and programming efforts.

Library Director, Kristin Shelley reports the selection of an architect by the library board for a possible renovation – so stay tuned.  Kristin also reports that contributions and ticket sales for Books, Bites & Bids are going well.  Remember the library auction/fundraiser Friday, April 17, 2015 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM – come and join the fun and bring your checkbook.

The sale of paintings spearheaded by Lanette Van Wagenen and Sandi Farrell is moving along, we sold another painting!  Identifying the artists and in some cases finding artists and/or family members has been an exciting adventure.  Please stop in the library and find something to add to your personal art collection.

Purse collection and pricing is moving along as well.  The “Purse Brigade” reports the collection and pricing of over 200 purses, backpacks, luggage, tote bags, evening bags, etc. for the big Books, Bags & Biscotti to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from noon – 4:00 PM.  Please bring in your gently used purses, and put May 9 on your calendar for some great deals and yummy treats.

While filling your calendar don’t forget the program sponsored by the Greater Lansing Historical Society on April 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the ELPL.  Mr. Thomas Mudd will speak as the family continues to try and clear the name of Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth.  The Friends are hosting a reception for Mr. Mudd that evening at 5:30 PM at the library.

Liesel Carlson reports that work on forming a junior friends group is moving along.  The goal is to attract young people to the Friends of the ELPL to foster community involvement and library advocacy at a young age.  New membership dues will reflect a fee for junior friends – welcome aboard.  Hopefully a new Friends brochure will be ready by April 9.

Don Power reports plans for a jazz fundraiser in the fall to benefit the Friends treasury and ultimately therefore the East Lansing Public Library, so be watching for more information about this exciting event.

Regrettably Barb Schmidt has stepped down from the directorship of the North Foyer Gallery.  Maureen McCabe-Power will step into that role for now.  Maureen reports that Matthew Holben will be the exhibitor for the month of April.  Please stop in and see his work.

The Friends need friends and to that end Don Power and Jim Anderson are working on a membership drive.  Be watching for a new brochure and renewal notices for membership dues.  

New 3M Cloud eBooks for April!

New titles are available on 3M Cloud Library, including:










See the full list of all new 3M Cloud Library eBooks.

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

I just love Mark Watney, and this book! Mark is an astronaut on a mission on Mars and his crew leaves him behind knowing that he was already dead. Mark, instead, survied a horrific accident that this crew endured. He is incrediblly smart, relentless, and a facinating sense of humor, which has me laughing out loud. Mark is so intelliegent, and so incredible with what he has on this planet Mars that he is able to survive and overcome every obstace. Mark helps to understand the importance of science, offering a perfect demonstration of how something seemingly dry and theoretical can have practical applications, and even save your life! 

Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale

Great book for anyone who loves Jane Austin and England. Make sure you read it before seeing the movie.

The Camel Club by David Baldacci

Oliver Stone/John Carr was for many years an assassin for the CIA's mysterious "Triple Six" division. He and his friends study conspiracy theories located in the nation's capital, concerning the nation's corrupted government members. The whole series is very exiting, a lot of action and twists, and I fell in love with all the charaters. 

Better Living Book Club - May 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

May's title is Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper.

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Michigan Notable Author Visit - 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Sean Madigan Hoen, author of Songs Only You Know:  A Memoir, is an award-winning writer and recording artist.  Hoen traces a decade of his life in the Detroit hardcore punk scene, during which his father succumbed to a crack addiction, his sister became fatally depressed and the author redefined his sense of family.  The author will answer questions and sign books.  For more info on the 2015 Michigan Notable Books visit

ELPL has in print and in eAudiobook from Hoopla.

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

Initially, I didn't think I'd like this novel. Although books about Southern women always appeal to me, this stared out slow. The main character was very likable but more so as she grew older. As with all good books, there are plot lines that keep pulling you in and this book had one regarding the main character's brother. By the end of the novel, I was in tears. Without giving away any of the plot, I strongly recommend this book. The journey the main character takes is worth the trip!

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swensen is a baker and owner of The Cookie Jar located in a little town, Lake Eden, Minnesota. Very light reading, yet a fantastic suspense-filled mystery -murder and, if you're a baker, this book offers delicious dessert recipes that are tied in with this concept of literature. I am at #17 of 18 books. A few weeks ago, I went with my daughter to meet Joanne Fluke as she toured nation wide, launching her latest released book, and got the oppertunity to talk with her in deapth, in Dallas, Texas. It was so much fun and delicious, the librarians made some of the recipes from the many books released! I am more fond of the recipes in these Hannah Swenses series, than I am with the plot, only becuase, the literature is very light, and the relationship concept of the characters involved in this series is very repetitive. Yes, we understand, time and time again, that Hannah has two love interests. Yet, I continue to love and support this author. Her books are very fun, entertaining, and light hearted.

Brunilda61 listened to the audiobook version of Blackberry Pie Murder.  ELPL also has this title in eBook and print.