February 2023 Newsletter: Black History Month, Centennial Birthday, and More!

It’s another busy month at the East Lansing Public Library! Check out some of the programs and resources we’re featuring in February.

Featured: Black History Month

February is Black History Month! We were thrilled to host the nationally acclaimed Black History 101 Mobile Museum to the library on January 30 to get us started. Founded by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, this is an award-winning collection of 10,000+ original artifacts related to Black history. For this visit, Dr. el-Hakim presented the exhibition "Hip Hop at 50," exploring the power of hip-hop through the years as an agent of self-expression, activism, education, and culture.

You can learn more about Dr. el-Hakim's visit with the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, as reported on by these news outlets:

Lansing State Journal: Black History mobile museum reflects 'resiliency of Black experience in America'

WILX: ‘You can’t hide the truth’ - Traveling Black History Mobile Museum visits East Lansing

As we continue through the month, we continue to have programs for all ages: movie showings for kids and teens, scholarly discussions for adults, and more! Throughout the month, teens can also participate in a scavenger hunt to learn about famous figures in Black history, through their own words!  Check our events page at elpl.org for a list of all upcoming programs.

ELPL is partnering with the East Lansing High School Black Student Union to host a natural hair care drive. Starting February 6, drop off donations of new haircare supplies (specifically for afro-textured hair) at the library, including items like shampoos and conditioners, moisturizers, durable hairbrushes and picks, silk and satin bonnets and durags, and more. At the end of the month, we’ll distribute everything to women’s shelters in the Greater Lansing area. Learn more on our blog.

Lastly, we’ve put together some recommended reading lists and book displays. Whether you’re looking to learn more about Black history and current social justice issues through thoughtful non-fiction, or whether you’re reading for fun and celebrating current Black authors and illustrators, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of the lists we've compiled:

Teen Reads: Celebrating Black Voices in Graphic Novels

Do you know? | East Lansing Public Library | BiblioCommons

Celebrating Black History Month | East Lansing Public Library | BiblioCommons

You can watch our staff talk more about Black History Month at the library below:

Featured: ELPL is Turning 100 in March!

On March 11 from 11am-2pm, we’re having a centennial birthday party with live music, face painting, special Maker Studio activities, a visit with a firetruck, and more! David Andrews of WILX-TV10 will be our host for the comments portion of the program. Stop by for a slice of cake and celebrate!

In addition to the birthday party, we’re planning other festivities all year round. Join us for the Centennial Book Club, which reads a book published from each decade of the last 100 years - our next meeting is February 27 with Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. You can also look forward to special reading challenges, a history mini-series on our social media, and more.

Featured: AARP Tax Help

ELPL is once again partnering with the AARP to provide tax assistance appointments this year! Beginning February 7th, we will be accepting appointments here at the library. Appointments will be available between 10:15am and 11:00am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until April 12th. If you would like to know more about the tax help program, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for tax help, please call the library at 517-351-2420. 

Featured: February Programs

Check out what’s happening this month at the library! 

Up and Coming Dates:

  • The library will be closed Friday, February 20 for Presidents’ Day.

Catch ELPL Next Month:

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

  • 100th Birthday Party!
  • Spartan Science Seminar Series
  • Youth Poetry Workshops
  • Author Talks
  • And more!