All ages

Harry Potter series now available in eBook and eAudio formats

Potter fans will be happy to hear that Harry's story will soon be available in eBook and eAudio format - for check out from the library!  All 7 books will be available for checkout March 29th, but you can place holds on the titles now.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

One World, Many Stories Presents: Good Night, World!

Tonight!  After the past summer-like week, today's grayness and rain make this a perfect evening to cozy up inside for this fantastic annual event celebrating world cultures, languages, and our wonderful community!

Friday, March 23, 2012
5:30-7:30 pm
Red Cedar Elementary School Gymnasium
1110 Narcissus, East Lansing

This event is fun for the whole family and all ages are invited to attend!  Join us to experience a reading of the book Good Night, World, the story of a child and his bird friend, who travel the earth, bidding good night to our planet.

Following the story, snuggle down and get cozy to watch the Best of the Short Films from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. 

5:30-6 pm         Pizza, baby carrots, and lemonade will be served for $1 per person (optional)                      
                           Make a bird puppet to take with you on your travels
6-6:30 pm         Reading of Good Night, World; the book will end with hearing and learning to say 
                           "Good Night" in nine languages!
6:30-7:30 pm    Award-Winning International Children's Short Films

Pajamas, blankets, and stuffed animals welcome!  Questions? Please contact the ELPL (517) 351-2420.

This project is generously supported through grants from the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing Foundation and the East Lansing Education Foundation.  This is a cooperative initiative sponsored by: the East Lansing Public Library, Red Cedar Elementary School, MSU Office for International Students & Scholars, MSU Campus Living Services & Residence Life,  and the MSU Family Resource Center.

Encore and Classic Catalog offline - Network Upgrades

 This morning Encore and the Classic Catalog will be unavailable during a network upgrade at the library.  We hope to have things back up and running soon.  Why are we upgrading?  To prepare for a new VOIP phone system and upgraded and expanded wireless service at the library.  

During this upgrade library staff will also be unable to properly renew items over the phone.

Thank you for your patience during this upgrade.

Email glitch - Library notices from November 2011

Last night we updated our automated system.  Our vendor warned us that any email notices that had previously been "stuck" in the queue would be automatically sent out after the upgrade.  So last night, at 6:48pm when our upgrade completed, many of you received email notices from November 2011 that never made it out of our system. 

We apologize for any confusion this has caused.  Please know that these are simply stray emails that were never delivered and that your library account ( ie. items checked out, holds placed, fines etc.) remains unaffected. 

Second Sunday at Dublin Square

Dublin Square Irish Pub

Enjoy food and drink at Dublin Square Irish Pub and 10% of what you spend will be donated to the ELPL!

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Second Sunday at Dublin Square

Dublin Square Irish Pub

Enjoy food and drink at Dublin Square Irish Pub and 10% of what you spend will be donated to the ELPL!

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Library system upgrades - catalog outages expected

This evening (3-4-2012) we will be updating our automated systems to prepare for our self-checkout launch on March 20th.  During the upgrade we expect some outages of our catalogs will occur.  Everything should be back up and running smoothly by tomorrow morning when we open.

If you can't access the catalog this evening, take a few moments to...

March North Gallery Art Exhibit

"On the Wing and in the Garden"

Presented by Okemos Artist:  Rebecca Case
A lively and colorful exhibit of flowers, birds, fruit and vegetables are showcased in a wide range of mediums including watercolor, oils, egg tempera and photography expressing the artist's love of nature.
Exhibit:  March 1 -  March 31, 2012
North Foyer Gallery at the East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI

Opening reception:  Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Library closed on Monday, February 20th

The library will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2012 in observance of Presidents' Day. 

eAudiobook users rejoice - you can now return titles early!

Patrons using ELPL's eAudiobooks can now return titles before the due date!  Many of you have complained that once you checked out an eAudiobook that it couldn't be returned early like an eBook. 

February 17: OverDrive’s Mobile App for iOS (iPhone®/iPad®/iPod touch®) Updated!

We’re pleased to announce the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.4 for iOS (iPhone®/iPad®/iPod touch®).


With this release, iOS users can return audiobooks as well as eBooks. Dictionary lookup is coming soon for iOS but is not included in this release.


Better Living Book Club just gets better and better!

If you haven't attended a meeting of the Better Living Book Club you have no idea what you are missing!  February's meeting attracted over 14 participants to discuss Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette

Gretchen Millich from WKAR was on hand to interview book club leader and ELPL Librarian Robin Rushbrook to find out what makes the Better Living Book Group such a popular group.  You can listen to her interview with Robin here and place holds on the group's titles for March and April.

eBook Weekly Digest - Penguin panics and Kindle users can't cut the cord just yet

This is surely an exciting time for the publishing world, but unfortunately, excitement for some means panic and overreaction for others.  Here's what's been going on in the world of eBook publishing this week and how it affects your access to library ebooks.

Jim Gill's Family Room Tour

Meeting Room

Miss Karrie is practicing her dance moves for the Silly Dance Contest on March 6 at 10:30 a.m.  Yes, that is when Mr. Jim Gill brings his Family Room Tour to our library for a very special concert.  This concert will take the place of our regular Tuesday morning story time and will be held in the Meeting Room off the North Foyer Gallery.

Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show to watch.  Each concert is an opportunity for family play!  In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates.  Watch Jim in action!

This year's Family Room Tour celebrates the release of Jim's new CD and DVD, Music Play for Folks of All Stripes.  Our concert will feature a sampling of his new family play songs as well as old favorites.  Many thanks to Abbott Nursery School for co-sponsoring this wonderful program.

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The Life and Times of Josh White, Sr.

The Life and Times of Josh White, Sr.
Wednesday, February 29
7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room
In celebration of Black History Month, Josh White, Jr. ( will share songs and stories about his father.  Josh Sr. (1914-1969) was the artist most responsible for introducing black folk, blues and spiritual music to white America and the rest of the world.

Updates to library catalogs

This evening library staff updated the library's Classic Catalog and switched the default search option to Encore, the library's Google-like web catalog.  Encore offers library patrons the best way to find what they need quickly and easily, but patrons who just can't let go of the Classic Catalog can still find it.  Just click the Classic Catalog link at the bottom of every page in Encore.

If you experience any issues and need help with Encore or the updated Classic Catalog please contact