April 2023 Newsletter: National Library Week and More!

This Month at the Library: Books, Bites, & Bids Returns!

April brings even more excitement to the library. Check out what’s happening here. 

Featured: Books, Bites, & Bids

The East Lansing Public Library's biggest annual fundraiser is back, in person for the first time since 2019! This year is extra special because it's also our 100th anniversary!

Books, Bites & Bids is always celebrated during National Library Week. Join us for an incredible silent auction, delicious food, beer & wine, music, and more! 

Tickets to attend are $70 per couple/family and $35 for individuals. They can be purchased via cash or check at the service desk, or through our website. To pay online, go to our blog and purchase an individual or family ticket using the buttons provided.

Monies raised at BBB will go toward the educational, interactive children's garden which begins construction in 2023.

The library will close at noon to get ready for the evening.

Featured: National Library Week

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. It will be celebrated April 23-29 this year, and the theme is "There's More to the Story."

Libraries are incredible places to house books and stories of every kind, but they're also so much more: ELPL has a library of things, a Maker Studio where people can create, and exceptional programming for all ages to learn and explore new skills and interests. Library infrastructure advances communities, provides internet and technology access, and connects people to resources. Libraries are a place to share stories, but also knowledge, innovation, creativity, and human connection. Best of all, we do it all for free!! 

Now is a great time to celebrate all that libraries do for our communities, and help support ELPL so we can continue to provide all of this for free. Whether you’re able to donate your time, money, or voice of support, we appreciate the community we serve and your efforts to help us keep going strong.

If you’d like to show your love of the library to the world, we still have some yard signs available! Ask for your free yard sign at the service desk.

Featured: 100 Book Challenge

Join the 100 book challenge! Starting in March 2023, we are encouraging everyone to read 100 books in honor of our 100th birthday. Pick up a tracking sheet from the service desk and check off a box every time you read a book. When you finish the sheet, bring it back to earn a prize!

Learn more and check out our FAQs here.

Featured: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, check out some of these staff picks of favorite poetry. See the full list here

Featured: Paging Through the Past

We’ve started a new series called “Paging Through the Past,” which explores the library’s storied history, decade by decade! Watch the second episode below, which talks about the library’s developments in the 1930s, and interviews some of the volunteers from the Friends of the ELPL:

Featured: April Programs

Check out what’s happening this month at the library! For more information about these events and others, visit our events page at elpl.org.

Featured: Counseling Continuing Through April

Free, confidential counselors from the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties (CMH) will continue to offer crisis support at ELPL through the month of April. These services are available on a walk-in basis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 12:30-5pm, to help support community members following the tragic events that took place on MSU's campus on Feb. 13 . 

Counseling services will not be offered at ELPL on April 28. We’ll be closing at noon that day.

Up and Coming Dates:

  • Sunday, April 9, the library will be closed.
  • Friday, April 28, the library will close early at noon to prepare for Books, Bites, & Bids later that evening.

Catch ELPL Next Month:

Be on the lookout for more excitement in May! ELPL will be sharing featured reading lists, book displays, and programs throughout the month. Some of the library programs will include:

  • Art workshops
  • Book Clubs
  • Birding Outings
  • Design Workshops
  • And more!

And in May, Summer Reading Program registration begins! Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!