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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

Tunes n Tales by Tricia

"Beach Bummin' Around"

Wednesday June 23          2-2:45 pm

Marvin the Zany purple monster puppet is back again with his Hawaiian shirt and flirtatious way to share the book he has written all by himself about bummin' around on the beach. Lots of laughter and fun songs for all participants!!

Tricia combines her talents as a storyteller, musician, and teacher, to make children's entertainment interactive and fun!

To find out more about Tricia, click here.


Great Combat Memoirs of the 20th Century

Since childhood, I've had a fascination with times of warfare and the people who live in them ... the French Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars.  Through the years, I've read many memorable books on and around the topic, from The Warriors: reflections on men in battle, by J. Glenn Gray, to The Great War and Modern Memory, by Paul Fussell (both of which I highly recommend).

It's no surprise, then, that my eye alighted upon "Beyond Fear: Great Combat Memoirs of the 20th Century," an article in the current issue of Military History.  The editors draw attention to 9 memoirs that demonstrate the spirit, strength, pain, and raw courage that have enabled the best to survive the worst, from World War I through Vietnam.

For a truly compelling reading experience, try a book from the list:

With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, by E. B. Sledge.
Quartered Safe Out Here: a recollection of the war in Burma, by George MacDonald Fraser.
The Coldest War: a memoir of Korea, by James Brady.
A Rumor of War, by Philip Caputo.
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young:  Ia Drang, the battle that changed the war in Vietnam, by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway.

Beauty For All the Senses

Let your eye enjoy the color and your ear the soothing sound.  Jazz, birds, and non-fiction books are featured this month in library displays.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival fills the streets of downtown East Lansing on June 18-20, 2010.  Sounds sure to get your body and soul movin' will fill the air.  Get ready when you next visit the library and check out the display featuring jazz books and recordings.

Waking in the morning to the chitters, coos, and trills of all those birds pulls our hearts and minds into the promise of each new day.  Celebrate birds of all feathers by stopping by the birdwatching display the next time you stop in the library.  You can even catch a information-filled preview on the web at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Birding Association.

Summer is always the time to break out of your reading rut.  Take a look at our display of what can only be called "Fetching Non-Fiction."  Pick up a book that strikes your fancy -- and keep your horizons expanding!

June North Gallery Art Exhibit

 "Life is Beautiful"

Presented by artist Peggy Lovejoy

This exhibit will include paintings of landscapes and flowers in pastel and acrylic and photographs of people and places.
Exhibit:  June 1 -  June 30, 2010
North Foyer Gallery at the East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI
Reception:  Saturday, June 12, 2010
1:30 -  4:00 p.m.

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