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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. 


Pick up City of East Lansing trash bags and yard waste bags @ ELPL

East Lansing residents can now get their books, DVDs, city trash bags and yard waste bags all in the same place.  Starting Wednesday, September 8th the following are available for sale at the Circulation Desk:

  • City issued yellow refuse bags
  • Yard waste bags
  • Stickers (for non-City paper bags and rigid plastic containers)

Refuse bags are sold in packages of 5 for $7.50.  Yard waste bags and stickers are sold for $1.50 each.

Who do you love?

From now through September 20, you can nominate your favorite librarian for the "I Love My Librarian 2010" award! 

The award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional librarians and reward libraries for improving the lives of people in their community.

Welcome back Spartans!

ELPL is happy to welcome back all the new and returning MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni to East Lansing.  If you need eBooks, free Wi-Fi, community information, movies, fun stuff to do, or the answer to a really tough research assignment, we've got you covered.

National Dog Day August 26th

Attention Dog Lovers! National Dog Day is being celebrated August 26th, but you can enjoy great dog stories all month long. Check out the list of titles available at the library.

Books and DVDs:

It's Magic! with Tom Plunkard

TUESDAY     AUGUST 10     2-2:45 PM

From Tom Plunkard's web site: "Brace yourself for a truly engaging, amazing and hilarious program. This 45 minute high energy presentation will appear to last as long as you can say “abracadabra”. Among the may exceptional acts, you will witness a cage full of birds vanish and a volunteer will be suspended in mid-air."

is a FREE program for all ages and does not require registration.


To find books about magic tricks in the children's area of the library, click here.

August North Gallery Art Exhibit

"Expressions in Art -  Old and New"
Presented by Great Lakes Artist:  Joel Ellis
This exhibit showcases a collection of oil paintings depicting unique
surroundings  of beloved places including the magnificent Great Lakes

Lezlee's Blog

Every summer the demand for audio books seems to rise with the heat.  For every car ride and every child in that car, patrons need a good book to listen to.  I am always happy to recommend my favorite titles and glad to see  that the interest is so great, but I wonder why it seems to taper off when summer comes to an end.  As an avid audio book listener myself, I am rarely without a book that I am "reading".  I love books on CD.  Even if you just go from here to there around town, and even after the vacations are over, remember the benefits and pleasures of hearing a good book.  You are ne

Catch the Wave: Science of Sound & Music


View more pictures of this event on Flickr

Also, be sure to explore what's going on at your library by clicking here!

W. S. Merwin Named New Poet Laureate

W.S. Merwin has been named the 17th U.S. Poet Laureate for 2010-2011.
"William Merwin’s poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience," said James Billington, Librarian of Congress. "He leads us upstream from the flow of everyday things in life to half-hidden headwaters of wisdom about life itself. In his poem ‘Heartland,’ Merwin seems to suggest that a land of the heart within us might help map the heartland beyond—and that this ‘map’ might be rediscovered in something like a library, where ‘it survived beyond/ what could be known at the time/ in its archaic/ untaught language/ that brings the bees to the rosemary.’"

For information about Merwin and his poetry, visit The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress Poetry Page.

Summer Tutoring - Off to a Great Start!

Exciting things are happening this summer at the library!  First of all, summer reading has begun.  Lots of children are turning in their charts and getting prizes and smiling faces are all around!!

One of the best programs we offer every year is Summer Tutoring.  Young adults, mainly from East Lansing High School, volunteer their time each week to help kids in grades K-6.  It is wonderful to see teenagers giving of their time in this way.  So far we have had between 10-15 students and 12-15 tutors.  We have lots of educational games and plenty of books to choose from to help with reading and math.  The program runs through August 10 and meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-12.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Phyllis Thode at 351-2420.

harry potter and the goblet of fire

Review written by: veronica marr

Harry potter and the goblet of fire is a great book because two schools come to harry's school to have names picked out of the goblet and there's one name for each school to compete in three tasks and one person will win the tri wizord turnamint cup. Harry was shosen to be in the tourment. The first task was to get a golden egg from a dragon. harry got the egg by useing his fire bolt broomstick. The second task was to go under water and rescue what mattered most to you. Harry used gilleyweed to be able to bheath underwater and ruscue his best friend ron weasley. The third task was to go through a mase and tuch the cup before anyone eals. harry and this other guy from his school deside to tuch the cup at the same time beacuse they have healped each other throught the holething. They start spinning around and they end up in the middle of nowhare an they here the killing curse and harry's friend laies dead. ther loard voldmort tied to kill harry. Voldmort went to kill harry and his family. He killed harry's parents but he couldn't kill harry because of the love from his painnts. Read harry potter and the goble of fire to find out what happens next.

By Author/Artist: j.k.rowling
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 0439139597