Halloween Spotlight: Matt Upson’s "Library of the Living Dead"

Where's the best place to go to survive a zombie attack?  Quite possibly your local library.

In the McPherson Library's comic, “Library of the Living Dead,” McPherson College is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and some of the students end up taking refuge in Miller Library. 

East Lansing Spotlight: Books and Authors (A Database)

An Image of a Book

Image from Clipart Pal

Books and Authors is an excellent database for finding books for casual reading.  Organized in a friendly layout, with its book entries accompanied by recommendations, summaries, and reviews, this database excels in helping people locate works of fiction and popular nonfiction.   You can find the database by following the link here. Also, you can get to the database by clicking on the "Research" button on the East Lansing Public Library's website.  Once there, click on the "Alphabetical list of all databases" link and then on the "Books and Authors" link.

East Lansing Spotlight: Our Collection of Databases

 The Original Database:

Photograph from Cornell University Library
(Photograph from Cornell University Library)

Did you know that the East Lansing Public Library has many different databases to help you with your research?

This blog series will outline the types of databases that we offer, what they are used for, and basic techniques for searching the databases.

International Children's Digital Library

East Lansing is a wonderful international community!  Parents, caregivers, and children may be interested in this great source for children's books written in other languages - the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL).  ICDL has thousands of children's books from over 60 countries written in 16 languages for ages 3-13. The great news is, you can read these for FREE on your computer with Internet access. (Apps are also available for various titles for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.)  To investigate the ICDL web site, click here.

Over the years, the East Lansing Public Library has expanded its own collection of books written for children and adults in other languages. To see books in the Community Languages Collection in our catalog, click here.  

Library of Congress on Flickr

Did you know that the Library of Congress has a Flickr account? The account includes pictures of the library itself as well as collections they have uploaded from the library.

Check it out at

Who Ya Gonna Call?

We've all been there - it's Thanksgiving and the turkey isn't thawed or your new instant read thermometer doesn't seem to be working...the turkey's temperature can't be that low after three hours in the oven!  Thankfully, pun intended, you can call or go online to find expert turkey buster help!

On turkey day, call the free U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry hotline, 1-888-674-6854 from 8am till 2pm.  Or check the government's seasonal food safety Thanksgiving webpage for answers to many turkey questions.

Check out many other holiday hotlines to solve your culinary challenges, you will find a solution to your cooking snafu!  Happy holidays!

Value Line Investment Survey now available online

We are very happy to announce that ELPL patrons now have access to the Value Line Investment Survey online.  Value Line provides powerful investment research, stock analysis, mutual fund reports and more.

Patrons using library computers can access Value Line here.
Patrons at the library connecting via wireless can access Value Line here - you will need to enter your entire library card number to log in.

Learn a new language online - Mango Languages

ELPL patrons are now able to access Mango Languages - an online language classroom.  Users have a choice of over 30 languages to study as well as English courses for non-English speakers.  This wonderful resource can be accessed in the Library and from any computer with an internet connection. 

TumbleBookLibrary is available at ELPL!

Beginning May 1, TumbleBookLibrary will be available from our website!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

TumbleBooks  are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music  and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

What is a .wps file and how can I open it?

 FUN FACT OF THE DAY: A “.wps file is an archaic file type used in the 1980's for word processing. Back in the old days (wink), this was pretty much the standard for word processing applications, for example, Microsoft Office ® and the “.doc” or “.docx” extension is today. Unfortunately, not many programs support this file type anymore. I recently came across this problem when a patron at the library asked me about converting some files that were in the .wps format.

Exercise for your mouse

Here is an exercise program that will get your mouse moving fast. Pet mice are not required!

At the East Lansing Public Library we offer one-on-one appointments covering a wide variety of computer lessons.

One lesson that comes up often is learning how to use the mouse. It can be a daunting task for your hands.

We have uploaded an online program that will serve your computer skills. Mouserobics comes to us from the Central Kansas Library System in Great Bend, Kansas. Practice with this site and master the art of efficent computer skills.

Tuesday, August 3, is Primary Election Day

Make sure you're prepared when you go to the polls on Tuesday, August 3. 

These web sites will help you review who's running, what they stand for, and view a sample ballot.

Michigan Votes

Publius Voter Guide

Michigan Dept. of State - Voter Information Center

Lansing State Journal - Election 2010

Project Vote Smart




Every summer it seems we get many requests from parents asking us to help their school-age sons find something to read.  Many times these boys are reluctant readers. Connecting a child with a book he is eager to read is one of our greatest pleasures!

Did you know there are also great websites that have book suggestions for boys, tips for getting boys to read, and more?

Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys is a great place to start.  It was begun by author (and Flint, MI native) Jon Scieszka, named in 2008 as the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Boy Meets Book is also an excellent website for finding books boys will like and tips for parents of boys. This website was created by Michael Sullivan - teacher, librarian, chess instructor, author, storyteller, and expert on boys and reading.

One of my favorite websites for reading about children's books is Besides the Great Books for Boys list, other features include lists of new books, series books, and books into movies as well as trivia, author interviews, contests and more.

For other reading lists for boys, try and Parents Choice Book List for Boys

Kick-Start Your Dream

Got a great idea? Help get it funded using the website Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a new way to get funding from interested people around the world. According to the website many endeavors can be funded, from film making to seed bombing businesses. 

The premise is that you determine how much money you need and if people fully fund your project you will receive the money. It’s all or nothing; if you can’t raise the chosen amount in the allotted time you aren’t able to get any of the money. The reasoning behind this is that it would be hard to follow through with a plan without the full amount needed and it also lets people test their ideas without risk.
Kickstarter is also just a fun website to browse. There are some truly creative people out there hoping for a chance to make their dreams a reality.  Are you one of them?


Miss Domino(magazine)? Try Lonny!

Domino ceasing publication was a sad day for many shelter magazine lovers everywhere.  Sure, we can still look at the book and there are plenty of great home design magazines and blogs out there but something was missing... until now.  Enter Michelle Adams. A former Domino employee, fabric designer, and Michigan State University graduate, Adams is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine Lonny.  

fifth issue is now online.  I suggest you take some time to explore it and the other four issues.  While not available in print, Lonny provides readers with the cool option of direct links to the stores and merchandise it features.