Capital Area Humane Society Adoption Event and Pet Toy Craft Night

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

The Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) is bringing adoptable pets to the library!  Plus, we will be making toys for the animals to play with at CAHS.  

View adoptable pets at or call 517-626-6060 to speak with an Adoption Counselor.

International Book Club - May 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

May's title is I am Malala by Malala Yousafzi.

Upcoming titles for the group are:

Better Living Book Club - May 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

Join us in May to decide which books the club will read for the rest of 2014. 

Books on Tap - May 2014

Join us May 13, 2014 at 6:30pm to discuss When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.

"Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrioto Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard."

Review from Amazon.

April Follow Up

We had a great discussion inspired by Triangles by Ellen Hopkins last night at Jimmy's. We spent a portion of the evening discussing relationships in their various formats: friendships, marriages, parental, as well as passing acquaintances. It was very interesting to see the various points of view and experiences brought to the table. Overall, people seemed to enjoy reading a novel-in-verse, even though there was some initial apprehension. Join us next month when we will discuss When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.

The Snarky Genius

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thought up a fantastic fictitious detective many moons ago who still lives on today!  Sherlock Holmes has been reinvented many times since he first appeared in 1887.  In more recent years director Guy Ritchie created two films casting Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Doctor John Watson. Currently, a television show, Elementary, airs as a modern, American twist to the classic characters. In this version Dr. Watson is a woman, played by Lucy Liu.

Of all of the reinventions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, my favorite version is simply called Sherlock.  This BBC show stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson.  The duo takes on modern crimes while exuding the essence of Doyle's original characters.  Cumberbatch's portrayal of Holmes has the right ratio of snark to genius to make viewers dislike and respect Sherlock at the same time.

One downfall of the series is that each season is only 3 episodes long. Despite the short seasons, each 1.5 hour episode will keep you entertained.

Lexicon by Max Barry

4/5 stars

Emily Ruff is a tough girl living on the streets who ends up at the unique school of the Poets. There she is taught the power of words, persuasion, manipulation, and the dangers of letting anyone get to know the real you. Wil Jamieson is a seemingly normal guy who winds up caught between rival factions of Poets not because of something he has, but because of something he doesn’t: the ability to be persuaded and controlled. Their two stories and lives eventually come together in a way that reveals all of the secrets the Poets tried to keep hidden.

Psych the Musical

Psych is an awesome TV show. So, when I saw they made a musical I freaked out a little. I was a little worried that it'd be super cheesy and lame-sauce. But, to my delight I loved it. Yes, it was cheesy, but hey, what do you expect from Psych. I do have to admit if you're not a fan of Psych you probably won't like this. You kind of have to be in the mood to watch something like this. I love musicals so the music didn't bother me. If you don't enjoy musicals it would be hard to watch. I did miss a little of the eccentricity of Shaun, but the music definitely made up for it. Of course it was overly dramatic, but that just made it funnier to me. If you enjoy Psych, or shows like Psych, I think you'll enjoy the musical as much as I did. 

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.