All ages

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

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. 


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