The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Genetics Professor, Don Tillman, is rapidly approaching his 40th birthday. Emotionally challenged and unlucky in love (things never seem to last beyond the first date), Don decides to take matters into his own hands, and find a wife by taking the approach that has always worked best for him. In an attempt to filter out unsuitable candidates, he creates a series of survey questions, hoping to find the one woman who answers all questions perfectly. But the aptly named Wife Project begins to take a back seat when he meets Rosie, a bartender and graduate student who is searching for her biological father. Through a series of hilarious attempts to collect DNA samples from the men in her mother's college graduating class - all of whom are likely candidates - Don finds that perhaps love is not so predictable, and that despite his approach, the perfect woman for him is, in fact, the one who is not the least bit like him. A debut novel and already optioned by Sony Pictures, author Graeme Simsion delivers a story that is at once touching and laugh out loud funny, and a main character that will stay with the reader long after they have finished the book. For those who simply can't get enough of Don's story, Simsion is currently working on a sequel to The Rosie Project

Go on a Blind Date With a Book!

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, try a Blind Date With a Book for your chance to win an ELPL lunch bag and mug! We have a large selection of eligible titles - from espionage to romantic suspense, cozy mysteries to classics - looking for their perfect match. If you're up for a rendezvous, check out one of our date-ready books on display, take it home, unwrap, read, and enjoy! 

To enter our drawing, simply fill out the Rate Your Date card included in the book, and return to the drawing box on top of our display for a chance to win.

3M Cloud Library back online

Update - 4:48pm at Friday, February 7

The 3M Cloud Library is back online.  


The 3M Cloud Library is temporarily unavailable due to a network outage at 3M.  The folks at 3M are hard at work trying to get things back online.  Here's the official email from 3M:

"3M is currently experiencing an unplanned network outage. This outage has affected several IT system in the company, including the 3M Cloud Library.  We are continuing to see sporadic issues the 3M Cloud Library patron app.

3M IT staff is working to resolve the network outage issues.   We will notify you as soon as it has been resolved.    We do apologize for the inconvenience that this may have caused and we do appreciate your patience.  Please contact us if you have any further questions."

We'll let you know when it is back online.  While you wait, have you tried out Hoopla?  Want something to read instead?  Try Zinio, the latest issue of mental floss has great articles on John Green and Carrie Brownstein.

Every Day by David Levithan

5/5 stars

"Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl."

The main character, A, is unique in that it wakes up in a different body each day; and has been doing that for as long as it can remember. Caucasian, Hispanic, straight, gay, Christian, atheist, male, female; A has experienced it all. By following a specific set of rules A has been able to get by just fine; until A meets Rhiannon and falls in love. Now A does whatever it can to be with her, even if it means uprooting the life of the body it’s in that day. But how can A get Rhiannon to fall in love with someone who’s different every day…?

The Proposal

Honetly, I just have to say, romantic comedy is not exactly my favorite genre to watch, but The Proposal is definitely one worth watching. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds do an amazing job and their chemistry is really fun to watch. Bullock plays a rather driven editor who knows what she wants and doesn't mince words. Reynolds is her assistent who pretty much hates her. When Bullock's character is faced with deportation back to Canada, she decides to marry her assistent, Reynold's character. The marriage is under scrutiny when they decide to visit his family to make it seem more official. If you couldn't already guess, this crazy lady and her assistant that hates her make for a pretty hilarious movie. I can assure you The Proposal makes for a relaxing and fun-filled evening for all!

Lookin' for Love

Lookin’ for Love

It's that time of year again when people get shot in the butt by a fictional character's arrow, go crazy-eyed and loose all their senses for the one they love.  Welcome to the month of heart shaped candies, flowers and sugar rushes.  That is if you happen to have a significant other, secret admirer or an affinity for buying yourself treats.  But what does this season bring for those who have none of the above?

Well for those who have yet to have cupid’s arrow rain down upon them, it is time to stop “Lookin’ for Love in all the wrong places,” like Johnny Lee, and start being proactive.  If love is what you want then go out there and get it!  I mean seriously, you don’t even have to leave the privacy of your own home to meet your potential match; there are so many dating websites that cater to different age groups, ethnicities, sexual preferences etcetera etcetera.

However, if you are more of the cautious type who likes to do their research before diving into the modern world of dating, you should take a gander at It's complicated (but it doesn't have to be) : a modern guide to finding and keeping love by Paul Carrick Brunson.  No really, the dating game is not that complicated, it just takes a little effort.  Brunson outlines common sense tactics that make you feel like you are getting advice from a friend or relative. While reading this book, I felt myself having “I already knew that,” moments but then had to ask myself well then why am I not doing what I already know?  Seeing simple suggestions laid out in writing helped me get the ball rolling to opening myself up to at least the possibility of love.

P.S. I Love You


Warning #2: Before watching this movie, make sure to have your tissues ready!  I have seen the movie several times and I cry like a baby every single time!

P.S. I Love You stars Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler (from 300 fame) with Harry Connick Jr., Kathy Bates and Lisa Kudrow.  The movie was adapted from the best selling novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern.

Holly (Hillary Swank) and Gerry (Gerard Butler) meet while Holly is a tourist in Ireland, where Gerry lives.  They fall deeply in love, get married and move to Manhattan.  Gerry unexpectedly dies of a brain tumor, leaving Holly a widow before her 30th birthday.  Holly is completely devastated and refuses to leave her apartment.  On her 30th birthday a birthday cake and a recorded message is delivered from Gerry who tells her to go out and "celebrate herself."  Several more messages and letters arrive from Gerry coaxing Holly to rediscover herself and move on with her life.  All of Gerry's messages end with "P.S. I Love You." 

American Pie: Slices of Life (and pie) From America's Back Roads by Pascale LeDraoulec

A journalist and a photographer tour America looking for regional pies and the people, history and culture behind them. We learn about Amish and Mennonite Shoofly Pie in Pennsylvania; sweet potato, pecan, and peach  pies in Missississippi , Louisiana, and  Georgia; Mildred Snooks classic Sour Cream Raisin Pie in Wasta, South Dakota, where some believe pie (not Mildred's) was used for election bribery;  the annual Pie Day in Braham, Minnesota (500 pies baked each year); Spruce Park, Montana, where "pie speaks to campers"  and "they wake up in the middle of the night thinking about pie"  (the camp also features an alleged "pie angel" who protects pies from hungry bears);  and Michigan's own Traverse City Cherry Festival where cherry pies rule,  as well as two sisters from Charlevoix in their 80s who still run their family farm and make pies.  

As a dedicated microwave pie baker myself, my favorite chapter was on the  microwave piemaster Bonnie Bale of Lexington, KY. Also noted was a philosopher who asked the author, "Are you looking for pi?"  She writes:"I told him we were not looking for the irrational number by which the diameter of a circle must be multiplied to obtain the circumference."  He replied, "Many people believe that the answers to life's biggest questions lie in the numerical pi...Perhaps it's also true for the kind you bake."  (This reminded me that for my previous low wattage microwave, the baking time for the crust was close to  3.14 minutes. Coincidence? ) 

Compost Stew: an A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals

Want your family to do more for the Earth as a New Year's resolution for 2014?

This book makes it an easy, fun, and educational project to learn how household waste is all part of the great circle of life in the natural world. You will enjoy the creative artwork which is all made up of collages of recycled paper. Next step - use that compost stew to start a vegetable garden in the spring!

Art in the children's room

The children's room at ELPL has been particularly bright and cheerful this January thanks to gorgeous art created by the students at Stepping Stones Montessori.  If you are in need of some color stop by and visit the exhibit.

Grammy Award Winners

Music of GRAMMY award winners available through ELPL!

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards were held on Sunday, January 26, 2014. 82 categories were awarded to 67 artists and two categories ended in a tie (Best World Music Album and Best Historical Album).  

But what YOU really want to know is how can I listen to this wonderful music?! Of all of the award winners, ELPL patrons have access to over 75% of the music through Hoopla, Music CDs, DVDs or MelCat!  Below is the winner's list and how you can access the material. 

Winner of Five Awards
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, "Get Lucky"
Record of the Year: Daft Punk, "Get Lucky"
Album of the Year: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories 
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories (Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer)
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Winner of Four Awards
Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Performance: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, "Thrift Shop"
Best Rap Song: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, "Thrift Shop" 
Best Rap Album: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the Heist
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Winner of Three Awards
Best Engineered Album, Classical: Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Winter Morning Walks (David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer)
Best Classical Vocal Solo: Maria Schneider; Jay anderson, Frank Kimbrough and Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Winter Morning Walks (Dawn Upshaw) 
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks, Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson and Australian Chamber Orchestra)

Winner of Two Awards Each
Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde, "Royals"
Song of the Year: Lorde, "Royals" (Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters)
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Best Country Song: "Merry Go 'Round" (Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne)
Best Country Album: Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
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Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Sound City: Real to Reel 
Best Rock Song: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, "Cut Me Some Slack"
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Best Music Film: Paul McCartney, Live Kisses (Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine and Scott Rodger, video producers)
Best Surround Sound Album: Paul McCartney, Live Kisses (Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; tommy LiPuma, surround producer)
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Best Music Video: Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z, "Suit and Tie" (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)
Best R&B Song: Justin Timberlake, "Pusher Love Girl" (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake, songwriters)
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Best Gospel Song: Tye Tribbett, "If He Did It Before . . . Same God"
Best Gospel Album: Tye Tribbett, Greater Than
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Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: Mandisa, "Overcomer”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Mandisa, Overcomer
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Best Song Written for Visual Media: Adele, "Skyfall" (Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, songwriters)
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Skyfall, Thomas Newman, composer
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Great movie finds on Hoopla

So many good things can be found on Hoopla! Here's some recent movies titles well worth your time: Bernie, Sin Nombre, What Maisie Knew, The Iceman, and Monsieur Lazhar.

Haven't tried Hoopla yet?  Click here to get started.