March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

I am new to the graphic novel genre.  Actually, I never really fancied reading one.  However this year, I have read three graphic novels in short succession.  These graphic novels have been about civil rights and race in the United States.  While I enjoyed all the books, the one that left me thinking that every American should read this book is, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and featuring the wonderful artwork of Nate Powell (who lived briefly in East Lansing). Congressman Lewis, is one of the key figures in the civil rights movement in the United States.  March tells Lewis’ story from his childhood on a sharecropper’s farm in Alabama to meeting Martin Luther King, Jr., to the rise of the Nashville Student movement to the sit ins at lunch counters to the nonviolent protest on the steps of City Hall to the inauguration of the first African American President.  In Book One, Congressman Lewis recounts his struggle and nonstop fight for civil rights to two children and their mother who happen upon his office on the morning of President Obama’s first presidential inauguration.  March: Book One takes us up to the battle for desegregation on the steps of the Nashville City Hall.  It leaves the reader wanting to know the rest of Lewis’ personal account of the very important fight for civil rights.  Nate Powell’s artwork deftly illustrates the horrific struggle and significant accounts in United States history.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2014 extended through March!

Since the cold weather isn't going anywhere we've decided to extend the Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading program through the end of March.  You now have until April 1, 12:01 am to accumulate and submit your points.



Leap Year

The movie Leap Year is a wonderfully entertaining romantic comedy which was released in 2010.  Based on an old Irish tradition, Anna, played by Amy Adams follows her long time boyfriend to Ireland to propose to him on February 29, leap day.  The tradition says that a man proposed to on leap day must accept the proposal.

Due to a storm, Anna's plane from Boston is unable to land in Dublin.  Anna meets Declan, played by Matthew Goode, who is desperate for money so he can save his pub from foreclosure.  Reluctantly, Declan agrees to accept Anna's monetary offer to escort her to Dublin so she can propose to her boyfriend on February 29.  Thus begins Anna and Declan's hilarious mad cap, yet sometimes bittersweet race to Dublin.

Filmed in Ireland, the scenery in the movie is breathtaking.  The music is beautiful and flows with the scenery and the action perfectly.

There is great chemistry, dialog, comedy and romantic tension between Anna and Declan.  The Irish scenery and beautiful music alone make this movie worth seeing.

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

This is a love story between brothers.  It is a haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car crash that kills his little brother.  Years later, the brothers' bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death.  I loved the spiritual connection the brothers possessed and the strength of their love for one another.  This story gently transforms the worst pain of loss into hope and healing.  If you have ever wondered about life after death, you will enjoy this book.  

Out of this World Book Club - March 2014

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March's title is Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.

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Out of this World Book Club February 2014

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February's title is Survivor by Octavia Butler.  

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International Book Club - March 2014

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Books on Tap - March 2014

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March's title is Blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.

Better Living Book Club - March 2014

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March's book is The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.  

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Coffee Hour with State Representative Sam Singh

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State Representative Sam Singh will be at ELPL on Monday, March 10 to discuss important issues and how to make East Lansing a better place to live and work.

Books On Tap - March 2014

In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. 

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. 

Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

Froggy visits the ELPL in March!

We're happy to announce that Froggy, from the beloved children's series by Jonathan London, will be visiting the library on Friday, March 14, at 10:30am.  Stop by for stories, a froggy craft and a chance to have your picture taken with Froggy!  Below are some great photos of one of Froggy's previous visits to ELPL.  
If you are excited about this event, you'll also want to be at Hannah Community Center on Saturday, March 16 at 1pm for 2014's Literacy Celebration.  Saturday's event features a stage show, storytellers and special appearances by Curious George, Library Mouse, Splat the Cat and more.  

The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris

Michele Norris, co-host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, writes a moving memoir that gives the reader (who is usually the listener of stories that Ms. Norris reports) a deeply personal look into Norris’ family history.  Reading The Grace of Silence it was as if Ms. Norris was sitting with me on my couch telling me her stories.  I was transfixed back to the brutality of 1946 Birmingham, Alabama and the Jim Crow era.  I could picture her maternal grandmother dressed as Aunt Jemima, selling pancake mix to Midwest farm wives. Ms. Norris shares the secrets her parents kept from her, to perhaps protect her or to give her a life different from theirs, with us.  While The Grace of Silence reflects on historical events of the Norris family, the events are relevant and poignant today, especially as the community and nation reflects on the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition while Ms. Norris began this book as a conversation about race in America, she implores us to find out about our own family histories and to listen to the stories that shaped the people who raised us.  

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

If you enjoy a passionate love story which is both biographical and historical fiction, you must read Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel by Nancy Horan. This is Horan's second book. Her first, Loving Frank, about Frank Lloyd Wright, was a bestseller. Under the Wide and Starry Sky tells the story of two people who met by chance while both were running away from personal problems. Fanny van de Grift Osbourne was 35 and escaping a bad marriage and recent family tragedy; Robert Louis Stevenson was ten years younger and running from family pressure to become a lawyer in Scotland. Robert, who wants to be a writer, falls instantly in love with the independent and spirited American-born Fanny. Their love story spans 18 years and three continents. To read the books of Robert Louis Stevenson that the library owns, click here.

One World, Many Stories 2014 is Just Around the Corner!

The sixth annual One World, Many Stories will take place on Friday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7pm, at Red Cedar Elementary School.  This year's title is Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin.  Halperin based Peace on the Eastern philosophies of the Tao Te Ching, and created a lyrical picture book that explores the eternal question of how to promote world peace.  The beautiful book shares inspiring quotes from famous peacemakers while counseling readers on how to find peace within oneself.
The evening's activities include a pizza dinner served in the cafeteria from 5:30-6pm for $1.50 per person.  Activities based on Halperin's book will take place from 6-7pm.

Red Cedar Elementary is located at:

110 Narcissus Drive in East Lansing Michigan.