Books, Bites & Bids 2024

Mark your calendars now for the East Lansing Public Library's annual fundraising event which returns on Friday, April 12, from 5:30-8pm. Books, Bites & Bids will include delicious food, drink, family activities, a photo booth, music, a silent auction and a chance to connect with others in the community. You will also have a chance to meet our new Director, Kevin King!  WKAR's Jody Knol will be our emcee for the program, and Amy Zaagman, President of the library's Board of Directors will also share a few words.

Just a few of the many auction baskets to look forward to:  a "Touch the Night Sky" which includes an annual membership to Abrams Planetarium, a gardening basket with a gift card to Van Atta's and an edible flowers puzzle, Wharton tickets to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's production of Mozart and the Seasons with a restaurant gift card and a local hotel overnight stay, Yoga baskets, Spoonful of Granola, Peacock Road Family Tree Farm, Saper Gallery Gift Certificate, Family Fun packages and many more! 

Proceeds from the event will support our Maker Studio. This space houses amazing maker technology like 3D printers, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, and more, all available to the public for free or low cost. The Maker Studio is also home to our popular STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs. Since March 2022, ELPL has facilitated over 330 STEAM related programs for over 8,800 people of all ages! Programs are always free of cost and open to the public. 

Tickets are $70 per couple or family, and $35 for an individual. Ticket prices include cost of food and drinks.

You can buy your tickets online using the buttons below: 


-Books, Bites & Bids always takes place on the Friday of National Library Week. The theme for National Library Week 2024, “Ready, Set, Library!,” promotes the idea that in our always-online world, libraries give us a green light to something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and focus on what matters most.


Looking forward to a great night and hope to see you there!