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Website maintenance

The library's website, elpl.org, will be offline today starting at 5pm.  The site will be down for approximately one hour for maintenance.

During that time the library's online catalog and My Account features, will remain functional.  During the maintenance period a link to the catalog will be available when patrons try to access www.elpl.org/

Patrons can also access the library's catalog directly at:

http://encore.elpl.org/iii/encore/?lang=eng

 

 

The Health Insurance Marketplace Opens on October 1

The Health Insurance Marketplace opens October 1 at Healthcare.gov.  This website will provide individuals and businesses with the information and resources to obtain health care through the Affordable Care Act.

While Healthcare.gov is the main federal website, MI Health Answers provides resources and information specific to Michigan residents.  

The brochure "The New Health Care Law and You" is available now (before October 1) to help people make decisions about choosing the best health care plan to meet their individual needs.  

ELPL has a variety of books available to learn more about the Affordable Care Act. Not sure what these changes mean for you?  ELPL is here to help.  Sign up for a One on One session with a librarian to get your questions answered and to get help navigating government websites.

League of Women Voters: Online Guides

  League of Women Voters of the Lansing Area have voting guides available online for Eaton, Ingham, Clinton and Livingston Counties.  The guide for East Lansing City Council can be accessed here and print copies are available in the library.  

 

Summer Trivia - July 31

It's already the last week of Summer Reading! This week's theme is Reader's Choice.

Post what you've enjoyed reading this summer and we'll pick a winner from the comments.

Thanks for participating this summer!

Summer Trivia - July 24

Every Wednesday you can participate in the Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program by answering a trivia question on the week's special literary genre.  This week's genre is adventure/thriller.  Your answer will be entered in the  drawing for this week's prize.

What book has a globetrotting Harvard professor waking up with amnesia in Florence, Italy?

Post your answer in a comment by Friday, July 26 at midnight.

Summer Trivia - July 17

Every Wednesday you can participate in the Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program by answering a trivia question on the week's special literary genre.  This week's genre is nonfiction.  Your answer will be entered in the drawing for this week's prize.

Who did a "wild walk" on the Pacific Crest Trail in this recent nonfiction bestseller? 

Please post your answer in a comment by Friday, July 19 at midnight.

Summer Trivia - July 10

Every Wednesday you can participate in the Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program by answering a trivia question on the week's special literary genre.  This week's genre is classics/award winners.  Your answer will be entered in the drawing for this week's prize.

What is the title of the classic book whose hero’s full name is Phillip Pirrip?

Post your answer in a comment by Friday, July 12 at midnight.

 

Summer Trivia - July 3

Every Wednesday you can participate in the Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program by answering a trivia question on the week's special literary genre.  This week is a humor genre.  Your answer will be entered in the  drawing for this week's prize.

Name the humor essayist who just published a new book featuring owls and diabetes in the title.

Post your answer in a comment by Friday, July 5 at midnight.

Quora.com - All your questions answered

My new favorite website is Quora.com  Quora is a place for people to post questions and receive responses from some of the most fascinating people in the world.  I know, you are thinking "Wait, doesn't Yahoo! Answers do this?"  Yes, it does, but badly, and is made fun of so often and so viciously online that I'm not even going to provide any links for you to follow.  Plus, many ofQuora.com the "questions" posted to Yahoo!

April is National Poetry Month!

 

Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading some poetry or writing a poem of your own. Check out some of the books in our collection or get inspired by visiting some of the following sites.

poemflow.com
POETS.org
Poetry Foundation

Got a smart phone? Get the poetry app and discover new poems on the go!

Search Tips and Tricks: Access Points and Varying One's Searches

Overview:

Librarians are trained to locate information using a variety of techniques and are also trained to evaluate information in order to make sure that it's reliable.  Here are a few of the more basic tricks that we use to help locate items. The techniques that I'm writing about will work for a patron using our Encore library catalog, but these tricks (with some tweaking, perhaps) also apply to searching catalogs and databases in general.

Access Points:

Celebrate National Reading Group Month

October is National Reading Group Month.  Dedicated to promoting the joys of "shared reading", this event is an initiative of the Women's National Book Association.

 Consider joining an East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) book club and meet new friends, read great books and enjoy inspiring discussions!  ELPL offers: the Better Living Book Club  which focuses on inspirational nonfiction; Books on Tap which is dedicated to contemporary fiction and nonfiction; the International Book Club which offers titles about other cultures and countries; Out of This World which discusses fantasy and science fiction selections.

If you already belong to a book club, do you know about ELPL's adult and children's Lit Kits? Each Lit Kit book bag contains ten copies of a book along with a notebook of supplemental information.  Book reviews, the author's biographical information and  discussion questions are included. Lit Kits check out for a period of 8 weeks.  Visit the Reference or Children's Desk and ask about Lit Kits for your group!

Separating Truth From Lies in Michigan Politics

The national fact check web sites provided in the "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!" blog have counterparts for Michigan politics.  Two web sites that can help us discern reality from illusion, especially for the upcoming multiple ballot proposals are:

 Michigan Truth Squad, a project of the Center for Michigan, which "helps blow the whistle on false and misleading Michigan political speech" by rating political statements from  "no foul" to "flagrant foul". The link will take you to their calls on the political ads for the various upcoming ballot proposals

the Citizens Research Council which provides factual, independent information on state organizational and financial issues.  The link will take you to their objective analyses of the November ballot proposals. 

Take moment and do a little reading, you may be surprised by what's behind the scenes! Or... maybe you won't be!

Underground New York Public Library

I don't know about you, but when I see someone out in public reading a book, I always want to know the title. When I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, I saw people reading books while standing at bus stops, sitting in parks and waiting outside the train station. The book I spotted the most was (no surprise) Fifty Shades of Grey.

Well, today on the Internet, I ran across someone in New York City who has made a photo series called Underground New York Public Library. The site features photos of people reading on NYC subways. Luckily for my sense of curiosity, the photographer also includes the book title. Not only is it fun to see what people are reading, but it is also interesting to see what the nonreaders in the shot are doing. Check it out at http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/ 

If you click on the first picture it will take you to a flickr account where you can view all the photos in a slide show.

International Children's Digital Library

East Lansing is a wonderful international community!  Parents, caregivers, and children may be interested in this great source for children's books written in other languages - the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL).  ICDL has thousands of children's books from over 60 countries written in 16 languages for ages 3-13. The great news is, you can read these for FREE on your computer with Internet access. (Apps are also available for various titles for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.)  To investigate the ICDL web site, click here.

Over the years, the East Lansing Public Library has expanded its own collection of books written for children and adults in other languages. To see books in the Community Languages Collection in our catalog, click here.  

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