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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.

Exercise for your mouse

Here is an exercise program that will get your mouse moving fast. Pet mice are not required!

At the East Lansing Public Library we offer one-on-one appointments covering a wide variety of computer lessons.

One lesson that comes up often is learning how to use the mouse. It can be a daunting task for your hands.

We have uploaded an online program that will serve your computer skills. Mouserobics comes to us from the Central Kansas Library System in Great Bend, Kansas. Practice with this site and master the art of efficent computer skills.

November North Gallery Art Exhibit

"Capturing the essence of Nature through Realism"
An all media show presented by artist: Karen Bartlett
Landscapes, wild life and especially horses express the artist's
love of nature.
Exhibit:     November 1 -  November 30, 2010
North Foyer Gallery at the East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road

Get Ready, Get Set, Write!

Have you ever considered writing a novel? Here's some motivation:  November is National Novel Writing Month!
The goal is to complete a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.   The NaNoWriMo website offers guidance and motivation:  you can join online forums, track your progress, connect with local participants and glean tips on how to survive writing so much in so little time.  While you don't have to formally sign up, it is free and easy to do so.  

So, up for the challenge?  After years of making excuses, I will attempt to write about characters that keep nagging for my attention.  I hope some of you will join me!

Photos and Recipes for Spooky Treats

At the Spooky Treats program on Sunday, October 24, a number of people asked for photos of the treats to be posted online with a few simple instructions.  If you would like to see the photos and instructions, click "Read more" below.

Teen Read Week!

Happy Teen Read Week!  We're celebrating "Books With Beat" @ ELPL!  

Join us on Thursday October 21 at 3:30 to see the Fantanas Trio from East Lansing High School!  They will be in the North Foyer Gallery playing music from classical to fiddle tunes.

And come in anytime this week to  see our display by the Circulation Desk of books that beat with music, by beat authors, or about a crime beat.

Vote here for next year's Teen Read Week Theme.

This Saturday, October 23 at 2:00, the Teen Advisory Board will join with ELHS's Cultural Awareness Club to put on an International Fair for children.  Join us as we learn about the heartbeat of other cultures!

Watch a video of author Nikki Grimes talking about the importance of reading, below.

October 17-23 is National Friends of Libraries Week

Thank you to the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library for all they do!

The Friends raise money every year to support the library in many different ways. Their mission is simple: To enhance everything positive about the East Lansing Public Library.

Money raised by the Friends is used for on-going programs and special projects. Library items purchased this year courtesy of our Friends Group:

100% of our Programming Expenses
10% of the library’s Materials Collection
Meeting Room Renovations – Including our new projection screen and sound system
New Group Study Room Table
Summer Reading Prizes
Conference Room Smart Board
And so much more!

Your support of the Friends supports The East Lansing Public Library:

Buying books from the used book sale
Buying Friends merchandise
And being a member of the Friends

Thank you!

Ghastly Ghosts and Killer Thrillers

The night falls faster and the wind howls around our heads.  We are moving into the dark season.  Yes, it almost seems as though ghosts are peeking from high windows and furtive figures are lurking behind every tree as we move closer to All Hallows Eve.

Don't feel it yet? Then, get some dark inspiration from October's two book displays in the library!

Ghastly Ghosts & Ghouls presents the classic ghost story and all its transformations ... to get you scared out of your boots!

Killer Thrillers highlights all your favorite authors whose novels pit an ordinary human being against the darker forces of human nature. Thrillers take you through high stakes, non-stop action plots with twists that both surprise and excite.  The intense pace never lets up until the adrenalin packed climax.

October is National Reading Group Month

National Reading Group Month, an initiative of The Women's National Book Association, announces its 2010 Great Group Reads selections. The titles below were selected on the basis of  "their appeal to reading groups for whom they are bound to open up lively conversations about a host of timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal relationships to major cultural and world issues."




Blame by Michelle Huneven (Picador)

It's "Follow a Library Day" on Twitter

It's "Follow a Library Day" on Twitter!  #followalibrary 

Without a Twitter account, you can read our tweets by simply clicking on the Twitter link under 'Follow ELPL' at

If you've got a Twitter account, we're @elplibrary

October North Gallery Art Exhibit

"Sharing Water Media Impressions, The Pond and Beyond"
Presented by:  Jeanne Curtis

This exhibit showcases a collection of paintings reflecting abstractions of  nature,, humor, or surrealism through the process of water media, especially fluid acrylics.


Banned Books Week 2010

Banned Books week may be over but that doesn't mean the celebration has to stop.  Yesterday Jason Colthorp from WILX was nice enough to stop by and share his favorite banned or challenged book, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  If you like Jason's video check out the other videos for Banned Books Week 2010 recorded by local celebrities and ELPL staff.