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3D Printing & Libraries: What's in your toolbox?

 

After opening the Maker Studio 2.0 in East Lansing we have gathered a collection of tools. If you are adding a 3D printer to your library or school, or getting one for yourself here are some basic tools that are important to have on hand. 

ABCmouse.com

Great news, kids and parents! The early literacy website ABCmouse.com is now available for free on ELPL computers! Designed in collaboration with early childhood literacy experts and completely free of pop-ups, ads, and external links, ABCmouse is an interactive website that allows preschoolers, kindergartners, and early elementary students to learn and explore in a safe and educational online environment. From arts and drawing to games and puzzles, songs, the ABCs, animals, and more, ABCmouse is a great resource for your little learner. Check it out on one of our computers at ELPL or ask a librarian for more information!

League of Women Voters: Online Guides

  League of Women Voters of the Lansing Area have voting guides available online for Eaton, Ingham, Clinton and Livingston Counties.  The guide for East Lansing City Council can be accessed here and print copies are available in the library.  

 

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura allows you to travel to the world's most obscure locations without leaving home.  The site defines itself follows:

 

Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places.

 

The site features beautiful photographs from such wondrous places as the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Barre Town, Vermont, the Great Zimbabwe ruins, south of the Sahara, and the Dymaxion Chronofile, an archive of nearly every day of Buckminster Fuller's life, at Stanford University. 

The site also allows you to create an account so that you can post your own tips about your favorite marvelous places.

If you are in need of some digital eye candy or inspiration for your next expedition Atlas Obscura it a great site to bookmark.

Adult Winter Reading Program Begins Jan 3!

Adult Winter Reading Program – Hot Reads For Cold Nights -- January 3 – March 3

Start the New Year off….Reading….Going to a Library Program….Checking out an eBook on your new eReader!

This winter ELPL is going to challenge you to read more and try more activities at the library and then reward you for doing it! Earn points for reading books and doing various activities at the library and win prizes! Every 25 points earns a prize!

Starting January 3rd visit the Hot Reads for Cold Nights page on elpl.org to register. There you will find a complete list of books to read and activities to earn points. Track your progress and monitor your standing online as you earn your points.

Everyone who reaches at least 100 points will be entered into a Grand prize drawing.   The person who earns the most TOTAL points will receive a special prize.

Adult Winter Reading Program Begins Jan 3!

Adult Winter Reading Program – Hot Reads For Cold Nights -- January 3 – March 3

Start the New Year off….Reading….Going to a Library Program….Checking out an eBook on your new eReader!

This winter ELPL is going to challenge you to read more and try more activities at the library and then reward you for doing it! Earn points for reading books and doing various activities at the library and win prizes! Every 25 points earns a prize!

Starting January 3rd visit the Hot Reads for Cold Nights page on elpl.org to register. There you will find a complete list of books to read and activities to earn points. Track your progress and monitor your standing online as you earn your points.

Everyone who reaches at least 100 points will be entered into a Grand prize drawing.   The person who earns the most TOTAL points will receive a special prize.

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. 

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.  

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!

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. 

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

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.  


Lonny's
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.  

 

 

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What's Next : a "best" site for series readers.

What's Next AdultWhat's the 5th book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson?  The author's first name is Marilyn and she writes a mystery series--who could she be?  Has James Lee Burke written more than the Dave Robicheaux series?

Learn More About The Hubble Telescope



The final physical contact between humans and the Hubble telescope occurred last week.  Visit http://hubblesite.org to find out all about Hubble and its successor, the Webb Space Telescope.  You can also watch videos of Servicing Mission 4. 

Two of the library's latest acquisitions on the Hubble are: