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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.

Got Ideas?

Got ideas?  Do you like trends?  Are you into coolhunting?  Not sure what coolhunting is? Love to read?  Love the library? If so, the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) wants to hear from you.  We are creating a Community Advisory Committee. We want you to share your ideas and suggestions on how to take ELPL from good to great. 

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 elpltech@cityofeastlansing.com  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
and
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 geekthelibrary.org 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.
 

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