Books, Bites, and Bids just three weeks away!

Books, Bites, and Bids

The 3rd Annual Books, Bites and Bids is just 3 weeks away!  East Lansing is such a generous community!  The library has received some amazing silent auction items including a week’s stay in Hilton Head; 4 golf passes to The Jewel at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island; Wharton Center, Common Ground and Lansing Symphony tickets; a night’s stay at the English Inn, Marriott and Wild Goose Inn; Student Book Store gift cards; gift certificates for massages and lots of gift cards to our wonderful area restaurants.  Local author Lori Nelson Spielman has donated The Life List gift basket with promises to visit the lucky winner’s book club.  For families we have passes to Impression 5, East Lansing Aquatic Center, the All of us Express Theatre production of The Little Mermaid, birthday party packages from Zap Zone, City Limits and Spare Time.  For you MSU fans we have a gorgeous Rose Bowl quilt, autographed footballs and basketballs, The Heart of a Spartan written by Jack Ebling, and also a Lugnuts package complete with 2 tickets to a game this summer. 

Grand Grillin’ will be providing the delicious food, along with Buffalo Wild Wings, Edible Arrangements, Marco’s Pizza, and a huge pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company!  There will be beer and wine as well.

David Andrews will be our emcee for the evening with comments from Mayor Nathan Triplett and ELPL Director Kristin Shelley, plus a few songs from Josh White, Jr.   Please join us for a wonderful evening celebrating the library and to help us raise funds for a digital maker lab!

Book Mark Contest Open!

Do you love to draw?  Would you love to see your original artwork on bookmarks at the Library?  Enter ELPL's Children's Bookmark Contest and your drawing could be chosen to be featured as a bookmark!

Download an entry form or pick one up at the Library.  Complete rules are detailed on the entry form but here are the important details:

  • Contest runs April 1 - May 4, 2014.
  • Contest is for ages 4-12.
  • Entries can be turned in at the Circulation Desk, and must be received by May 4, 2014 by 5pm.

Film Series: Racial Healing--- A Community Conversation, May 13 @ 6:30pm

Please join the East Lansing Public Library and Michigan State University in a joint program to view and discuss the documentary The House I Live In.  MSU Professor Lisa Biggs will be facilitating discussion after the movie.   This program takes place May 13 at 6:30pm in the library's meeting room.

Film Synopsis:  From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Lisa Biggs’ Bio:  Lisa Biggs is an award-winning theatre/dance artist, performance scholar and activist. A Chicago-native, she has been devising and presenting new performance works for almost twenty years. She is a former member of the Washington, DC based Living Stage Theater Company, one of the preeminent theatre for social change programs in the USA, and a founding member of Medusa Speaks: An Artists’ Collective. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Amherst College, an M.A. in Playwriting and Performance Studies from New York University’s Gallatin School, and recently completed her PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.  Since fall 2013, she has made Lansing, MI, her home as a member of the faculty of Michigan State University, where she offers courses at the intersection of Performance Studies, Black Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Legal Studies.

The Racial Healing-- A Community Conversation film series is intended to cultivate an inclusive community through conversations that bring about greater awareness, understanding and respect for our differences and similarities.  This program is part of MSU's Project 60/50.



The Beak of the Finch: a Story of Evolution In Our Time by Jonathan Weiner

Science writer Jonathan Weiner discusses the research of scientists Peter and Rosemary Grant, who studied "Darwin's" finches of the Galapagos Islands from 1973-1991. Building on Darwin's findings,  they discovered that a species'  evolution can occur faster than was once thought, sometimes within the span of a few years or even a few months in response to sudden environmental changes.  After a drought in 1977, the Grants found that in only a few generations  the finches evolved tougher and  deeper beaks in response to the harder seeds which were able to survive the drought, while the seeds in turn evolved stronger defenses such as spines.  Other species include the guppies in a test tank who get smaller and less colorful after a predator is introduced; the rapid resistance of insect pests to DDT and bacteria to antibiotics (only a few hours for the bacteria);   "hit and run" mosquitoes who bite and fly out of houses when a pesticide is applied to the walls; plants and their airborne pollen;  tuskless elephants as a defense against ivory poachers; and the classic example of the moth species in Britain which changes color according to environmental conditions. 

Weiner's study is free of scientific jargon and very readable for the layperson,  with cool illustrations too.   Chuck Darwin would be proud. 

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

In this memoir-through-food,  we accompany Molly Wizenberg as she pulls out special memories from her young life and the recipes that go with them. Her casual style leaves you feeling like she is your new best friend and her passion for food gives you the confidence that “I can do that!”, and off you’ll go to the kitchen to whip up her Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger. You’ll laugh and cry over this one.

And there’s more to come. Her new book, Delancey, is due out in May of 2014.

Don't miss out on the MSU Science Festival!

Make sure to spend some time at the MSU Science Festival, happening next week, April 1-6.  There are too many great events to give a proper shout out to all of them, but some of my personal favorites that I hope to check out are:

ELPL is joining in the celebration with activities at the library and at MSU during the festival.  

  • On Sunday, April 6, join come visit us from 12-4pm in the Delta Dental's Early Childhood Zone for science stories and activities for the little ones.  
  • At ELPL the week of March 31 through April 4 we'll be hosting Robot Race Club for area school kids.  There is still room available in our Friday, April 4 Robot Race Club session starting at 11:30am.  Click here to register.

The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich

In honor of Women's History Month, I decided to read The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich (2012). The book begins and ends with the brief stories of three current female journalists at Newsweek who had been dissatisfied with promotions at Newsweek and had been completely unaware of what had transpired 40 years earlier at the magazine. Someone at Newsweek told them about a class action lawsuit and they eventually met with author Lynn Povich, one of the "ringleaders" of the 1970 lawsuit. This meeting prompted Ms. Povich to write the ensuing book.

On March 16, 1970, the same day as the weekly Newsweek magazine hit the newsstands with a cover story of the feminist movement titled, "Women in Revolt," forty-six women employees of Newsweek became the first women in media to sue for sex discrimination as they filed the first female class action lawsuit.

This is the story of the evolution of that first lawsuit and the effects it had on the lives of of the women (the "Good Girls") who filed the suit as well as the lasting effects on those who followed. A second class action suit was filed in May 1972 after the terms of the first agreement hadn't made the desired progress. The actions by the women at Newsweek also inspired other women in the media to file their own law suits. The "Mad Men" office culture of the 1960s was starting to crumble. 

Books on Tap - April 2014

Three female friends face midlife crises in #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life. 

Holly is filled with regret after eighteen years at home with her three children. She sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Andrea is a single mom watching her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for. So what if she picks up Holly’s castaway husband? Marissa has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious teenage son; a terminally ill daughter; and a husband who buries himself in his work. 

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. 

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner, told in gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse that perfectly captures the inner lives of Hopkins’s unforgettable characters.

Review from Amazon.

Out of this World Book Club - April 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Local History Room

April's title is Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Upcoming titles for the group are:

You Need a Budget (YNAB)

You Need a Budget (YNAB) is a great piece of software that will help you get on a budget. They boast that thousands of people have gotten a handle on their finances as a result of their product. YNAB uses 4 basic financial rules. First, give every dollar a job. Second, save for a rainy day. Third, roll with the punches. Last, live on last month's income. Their whole goal is to help you plan ahead for your bills and expected expenses. They help you save up for those unexpected expenses as well. Eventually you end up paying all of your bills on last months paychecks. They want you to get out of the paycheck to paycheck mentality to start living stress free. 

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3. What can I say about you. Well, first of all it was awesome. I loved the plot and of course I loved Robert Downey Jr. I liked him even better in this one than the other two. I think it's because in the other ones he's more of an arogant jerk. But in this one, he seemed to actually try to grow and learn something. He seemed more human, at least to me. Gwyneth Paltro, who plays Pepper Pots, did really great, as in the first two. She got to do a sweet action scene! I know some people didn't like it, but I thought it was sick. My favorite part of all of these movies, esspecially in the third one, is the relationship between Pepper and Tony. Robert and Gwyneth are so good on screen and their chemistry is almost palpable. Their relationship may not be very realistic, but it's still hilarious. Now, the story was a little different with a few plot twists I wasn't a huge fan of. I won't spoil it, but lets just say they killed the whole idea of the Mandarin. Was it an interesting twist? Sure. But, they didn't need to do what they did. Besides that, though, it was a great movie. Definitely watch it!