This Tuesday ELPL's 2.0 Maker Studio will be a stop on the first ever Lansing Maker Week tour. Stop by the maker studio between 12-5pm to try out our Arduino lab, help us start to build our LEGO walls and displays, and try your hand at 3D printing. We will even have a Maker in Residence in the facility to help you learn how to make your very own super cape. Tuesdays are always better with a cape.
If you haven't browsed Hoopla lately you are missing out on lots of great new content. Here are just a few of the thousands of brand new audiobooks, albums, TV shows and movies you can enjoy for free with your ELPL library card:
Houston, 1967: white TV journalist Jack Long strikes up an uneasy friendship with black professor and civil rights advocate Larry Thompson, even though doing so could endanger both men and their families. Jack sympathizes deeply with Larry's cause, but his boss does not. With a wife and three children, including a blind daughter, Jack might invite the Thompsons for dinner, but he can't afford to follow his conscience on the job. When a riot breaks out at historically black Texas Southern University, hundreds of students are arrested, five of them accused of killing a police officer. Only Jack can provide the testimony proving their innocence, but first he must find the courage.
Nate Powell's signature use of contrast and shadow perfectly conveys each action and emotion in a story inspired by Mark Long's own childhood. Fearless in its depiction of racism, The Silence of Our Friends is both a tale of moral struggle with the fear inherent in standing up for an unpopular cause and an example of the graphic novel's literary capabilities. Copyright 2012 Shelf Awareness.
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 left the civil rights movement in search of a strong leader and created lively debate about how his legacy would be remembered. Civil rights scholar Chappell chronicles the fits and starts of continued efforts at civil rights that are uncelebrated but nonetheless pushed forward King's agenda. Among those efforts are the campaign for a national holiday to honor King, fair housing legislation and the Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill (though the original intentions of both were watered down), and Jesse Jackson's two presidential campaigns. Chappell details the contentious debates on nationalism versus integration and the value of a single leader versus institutional viability, which led to the short-lived National Black Political Convention and the more enduring Congressional Black Caucus. Chappell details the failed efforts as much as the successes, highlighting the valuable lessons learned as groups and individuals renewed their strategies and determination to move forward. Emphasizing the rarity of such history-changing acts as the civil rights legislation, he notes that the struggle for equality is incremental and eternal. Reprinted from Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.
During the month of September, ELPL cardholders can purchase a Wrap Combo - including a wrap of your choice, chips and a drink - for only $5. This discount is available at the Grand Grillin' food truck - check their site to see where they will be today!
This engaging writing workshop led by MSU professor Anita Skeen will include three weeks of creative writing and discussion, followed by a participant reading on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm in the RCAH Theater, C210 Snyder Hall, MSU Campus.
In this magnificent, important book, the first truly full-length biography of Rosa Parks, political science professor Theoharis (Brooklyn College-CUNY) restores Parks's rightful place in US history. Stripping away the simplistic, comforting myth of Parks as merely a humble woman who made an impromptu stand that inadvertently put her on history's stage, Theoharis instead presents a Parks who was long committed to racial justice and human rights, both before and long after the Montgomery Bus Boycott that she was so central in initiating and that made her famous. The author is especially effective at following Parks into the decades beyond Montgomery, showing her longstanding commitments while at the same time moving her struggle, which echoed the country's in many ways, from Alabama and the Deep South to Detroit and its deeply embedded northern racial intransigence. Theoharis writes clearly and well, is passionate about her subject, and makes a vital contribution to understanding not only Parks's life and times but also the civil rights movement itself. Few books transform readers' understanding of their topic. This is such a book. Summing Up: Essential. -- D. C. Catsam, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, from Choice, Copyright 2013.