All ages

Silence Is Not Golden

Shhhsshh!  Libraries are not quiet, noiseless places anymore. Contrary to popular opinion, librarians are not taught how to shush patrons in our Masters of Library and Information Science programs.  Of course, I thought this when I was a child. I remember using the public library as a child and getting the evil eye from the librarian because I dared to use my regular voice in the library.

May North Gallery Art Exhibit

Sally Martin Stewart
To honor the memory of artist Sally Martin Stewart her family brings this  special collection of her experimental mixed media paintings to share and celebrate.
Exhibit:    May 2, - May 30, 2011
North Foyer Gallery at the East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI
There will be no reception this month.
Sponsored by The Friends of the East Lansing Public Library
Library Hours:
Monday through Thursday                    10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Self-service Nation

Did you know the first self-service gas station on record opened in Canada in 1949? The first one in the United States opened in Omaha, Nebraska in 1958. That was 53 years ago. Fast forward to 2011and restaurants are using iPads to take orders. Really!  Diners can order food, pay their bill and play games at their tables.  We are definitely a self-service oriented nation.

Study Hotspot for MSU Students during Finals

The East Lansing Public Library Meeting Room is open for studying! May 1-6, students can find a quiet place to study at ELPL on the following dates/times:

  • Sunday, May 1 from 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 2-Thursday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The library’s meeting room will be set up with multiple tables and chairs to accommodate as many students as possible.

Earthwork Music Earth Week Show

Celebrate Earth Day one day early with a stellar line-up of Earthwork artists!  Local favorites Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Rachael and Dominic Davis, Brandon and Bethany Foote, and Drew Howard will be sharing songs about environmental awareness and caring for Mother Earth.

The library owns many CD's by Earthwork artists.  Just click on the names of the artists above to see what is available to check out or place on hold.

This FREE show begins at 7 pm.

All ages are welcome.

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.