Website maintenance

The library's website,, 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

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



The Health Insurance Marketplace Opens on October 1

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

While 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.  


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 

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.  

TumbleBookLibrary is here!

Beginning May 1, TumbleBookLibrary will be available from our website!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

TumbleBooks  are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music  and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

To read more about the TumbleBookLibrary, click here.

What's Next : a "best" site for series readers.

What's Next AdultWhat's the 5th book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson?  The author's first name is Marilyn and she writes a mystery series--who could she be?  Has James Lee Burke written more than the Dave Robicheaux series?

What I will do on my geek vacation

So many people want to take a romantic sightseeing in France. It's not about a romantic dinner at the Eiffel tower.  It's about appreciate Eiffel's design of an exponential curve.