All ages

April North Gallery Art Exhibit

April Gallery Walk

"Intersection:  Beijing 100049"
This exciting photographic exhibit by artist: Juanita Baldwin features a colorful and constant flux of people and vehicles at a busy intersection in a suburb of Beijing.

Exhibit:  April 1 - April 30, 2011
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI
There will be no reception this month
Sponsored by The Friends of the East Lansing Public Library

Email notices are back!

Email notices from ELPL are back!  A big thanks to our City IS staff who helped trouble shoot the problem.  If you were previously receiving notices you will start receiving them again, starting this afternoon.  If you are still not getting notices let us know

Library Funding Crisis

How does a newbie get to know the Greater Lansing area?  You attend Ignite Lansing, a Lansing Derby Vixens roller derby bout, an MSU men's hockey game and the fun and enriching programs at the East Lansing Public Library,  including a concert by Josh White, Jr., are just a few of the things I have done to get to know the Greater Lansing area.  Since I am a Big Ten basketball f

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Pippin Puppets Presents "Pirates in the Pool!"

Sunday, February 13

2 - 3 p.m.

Don't miss Rob Papineau and Pippin Puppets as they present Pirates in the Pool! starring Captain Petey sailing his pirate ship "Twinky" on pretend adventures through his backyard.  You just might see mermaids, sea monsters, a shipwreck and treasure!

Snack and a take-home craft will be provided.

No registration is necessary. All ages. FREE! 

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library.

February North Gallery Art Exhibit

"Quiet Fields"
A photographic exhibit that finds nature's quiet designs is presented by artist:  Ziad Youssfi
Exhibit:  February 1, 2011 - February 28, 2011
North Foyer Gallery at the East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing MI
Reception:  Sunday, February 6, 2011
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Library and City of East Lansing Closed - Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The East Lansing Public Library and City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, February 2.  Normal hours will resume on Thursday, February 3rd.

Japanese Bilingual Story Time

Saturday, January 22, 2011
2-3 pm

Join us to hear stories in English and Japanese, learn about Japanese culture, learn simple phrases, make a craft, and eat some tasty treats! All ages are welcome! Please call 351-2420 to register or just stop by.

New Director at ELPL -- Kristin Shelley

On January 18th the East Lansing Public Library will welcome Kristin Shelley, ELPL's new Director, to East Lansing.  Ms. Shelley was most recently the Deputy Director of the Worthington Libraries, located in Worthington, Ohio.  The Friends of the East Lansing Public Library will be hosting a welcome reception for Ms. Shelley Friday, January 28th, from 4-6pm in the Library's meeting room.

Listen to Kristin's interview with Scott Pohl from WKAR!

Following a nationwide search, Shelley was selected from a pool of more than 25 applicants to serve as the new ELPL director. A search committee made up of community stakeholders, East Lansing City Councilmembers and members of the East Lansing Public Library Board of Trustees conducted interviews and came to a unanimous consensus earlier this fall. Shelley’s start date is January 18, 2011.

January North Gallery Art Exhibit

"My World and Yours"
 A watercolor exhibit portraying the beauty of nature, the aging of
 old buildings and machinery and the intricacies and textures of
 objects is presented by artist:   Jackie Borszich.
 Exhibit:  January 1 - January 31, 2011
 North Foyer Gallery at the East Lansing Public Library
 950 Abbot Road
 East Lansing MI
 Reception:   Sunday, January 9, 2011
 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

New eReader? New iPad? We've got you covered!

Did you get a brand new Nook for Christmas?  Or maybe you are trying to figure out how to download eBooks to the iPad you received as a Hanukkah present.  ELPL is ready to help you make the most of all the new gadgets and digital devices in your life.

Find eBooks
Find eAudio

There's an app for that...

Overdrive has just released a new Media Console app for iPhone and Android.  Download it from our Overdrive site or find it in the iTunes App Store or Android Market.  Good news - it also works on the iPad!  And even better news - a native app for the iPad will be coming soon.

Need some help?

There are some excellent online resources to get you started with your new eReader but if you get stuck help is available.  Schedule a One-on-One appointment with an ELPL Techie to find out how to use your new eReader or iPad.  To make a reservation call (517) 351-2420 ext. 104 and leave a message or email  A Techie will contact you within 24 hours to make a One-on-One reservation. 

Holiday Closings

ELPL will be closed the following days:

December 23rd through December 26th
December 31st through January 2nd

During these closures the Library's drive up book drop will also be closed.  Library patrons are asked to not leave any library materials outside the building during these closures.  No physical materials will be due during these closures although due dates for eBooks and eAudio remain in effect.  So stay home and enjoy some extra time with your books, movies and music!  And if you haven't already stop by ELPL on December 20th, 21st and 22nd to stock up for the holidays.

What do you geek?


Whatever you Geek, the Library supports it all.

Residents of East Lansing may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary - 'geek'.  We are proud to announce our participation in Geek the Library, a community-based public awareness campaign.  The campaign highlights what people are passionate about, what' they 'geek' and how libraries can support them, in an effort to heighten awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face.  Check back on our website for more information on ELPL geek events and visit for information on the campaign.  Geek the Library is brought to you by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, with funding by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

December North Gallery Art Exhibit

Twelfth Annual East Lansing Elementary Schools Art Exhibit
This exhibit, a favorite of the community, showcases a delightful and creative variety of student artwork produced during the current year.
Exhibit:   December 1, 2010 - January 3, 2011
North Foyer Gallery at the East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI
Reception, Sunday, December 5, 2010
1:30 -  4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Friends of the East Lansing Public Library
Library Hours:
Monday through Thursday            10 a.m. -  9 p.m.

In-Library Displays for November Feature Books, Music ... and Airplanes!

One of my favorite books is The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison.  It was Morrison's first novel (1970) and, when I read it, I knew that anyone who could write that well and with such penetrating insight was a special author, indeed.

A first novel very often is "the story" that a writer has been aching to tell.  The reader will always find it interesting, no matter the flaws it may contain.  And, besides, it's always exciting to discover and welcome a new author to your reading life.  This month's "First Fiction 2010" display will introduce you to many truly exciting first authors who are publishing now.

A special ELPL reader alert:  On January 27, 2011, a First Fiction book group will join our family of book discussion groups. The group will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, with its first selection being Cutting for Stones, by Abraham Verghese.  Join us! 

When you're checking out books and movies during November, be sure to peek at the wide array of diverse music CDs displayed on the counter in front of the Check Out Desk.  Standing in line won't feel so onerous when you discover that you can also check out Sting ... Miles Davis ... Bjork ... Radiohead ... M.I.A. ... Tom Waits ... and on, and on, and on!  The music collection contain everything from Afro-Pop to Zydeco, so check it out!

Did you have "fantasies of flight" when you were a child?  What freedom that seemed ... to soar, arms outstretched, toward the horizon.  November is Aviation History Month and we invite you to visit our display, which will reawaken your flights of fantasy about flying.