This Month at the Library: Summer is Here!
Summer is finally here! Check out what’s going on at the library in this month’s newsletter.
Featured: Summer Reading Program Has Begun!
The summer reading program begins today! There are separate categories for pre-K, kids, teens, and adults; track your reading to earn a prize and be entered into our grand prize drawings! Check out the video below to learn more about how the program works:
It’s not too late to sign up! You can register anytime this summer at https://elpl.readsquared.com, or come into the library in-person and we’ll help you get registered!
Registration in the summer reading program is not required to attend our programs and events this summer. All summer reading programs are free of cost, open to the public, no sign-up required, unless otherwise noted on our website.
Lastly, continuing with the themes of “All Together Now” and celebrating ELPL’s 100th birthday, we’ll be holding a few collection drives to support community non-profits over the summer. In June we’ll be collecting cleaning supplies for Haven House, in July we’ll be collecting items for the Constellation Cat Cafe, and in August we’ll be collecting items for EVE (End Violent Encounters). Our goal is to raise at least 100 items for each organization! To learn more and see what items we’re asking for, visit our blog.
We’re so excited to celebrate reading and have a great summer with you, all together now!
Featured: Happy Pride Month!
June is Pride Month! If you're looking for some LGBTQ+ books to celebrate, check out these lists:
Featured: We’re Hiring!
We’re hiring! We are currently looking for two pages and a customer service assistant. All three positions are part-time union positions.
The customer service assistant will work at the circulation desk as the front line staff in assisting with checking out and reserving materials, resolving patron concerns, and providing basic patron technical support. This position is for 20 hours a week, including nights and weekends, and the wage range is $14.19-$19.86/hour. The listing will remain open until filled.
Library pages sort and shelve materials, assess returned items for condition and check them in, process interlibrary loans, and straighten and maintain shelves. These positions are for 10-19 hours a week, including nights and weekends, and the pay rate is $10.16/hour. Please apply by Monday, June 12.
To learn more about these positions and apply, visit https://www.elpl.org/working-at-the-library/.
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 fourth episode below, which talks about the library’s developments in the 1950s:
Featured: Summer Community Writing Center
The MSU Community Writing Center is back for the summer! Writing consultants will be here every Thursday night from 5-7pm, from June 1st - August 17th (closed on July 6th). Drop in any time for free writing assistance! No appointment is necessary, and they’re able to help you with a variety of personal or professional writing projects.
Featured: June Programs
Check out what’s happening this month at the library! For more information about these events and others, visit our events page.
Library on the Go - Albert EL Fresco: Thursdays, 5-7pm
- We’ll be in downtown East Lansing every Thursday during the Albert EL Fresco Game Nights! Find us in the Library on the Go and check out or return materials, sign up for a library card, or get to know our staff!
Pride Prom (teens): Tuesday, June 6, 6-8pm
- Celebrate Pride month with food, games, activities, music, and even a photo booth! Dress up in your Prom finery, or wear what’s most comfortable!
Lions & Tigers & Bears with Potter Park Zoo (kids): Wednesday, June 7, 2-3pm
- Learn about cool animals and see real pelts and other animal artifacts up close! No live animals will be at this event.
Teen Summer Kickoff Party (teens): Thursday, June 8, 1-4pm
- Enjoy outdoor activities and celebrate the start of summer!
The Sweet Sounds of the Ukulele Kings (kids and families): Monday, June 12, 1-2pm
- The Ukulele Kings, Michigan's favorite ukulele trio, are big kids at heart and play a variety of fun songs where the young and the young at heart will sing, laugh, and dance!
Book Club: On Juneteenth (adults): Monday, June 12, 7-8pm
- Enjoy some snacks and a stimulating conversation on Annette Gordon-Reed's book, On Juneteenth.
Stories in the Garden (kids): Wednesday, June 14, 10-11am
- Meet in the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden on MSU’s campus! Explore the garden and stop to listen to a story when you come across a volunteer reader!
StoryTime at the MSU Museum (kids): Wednesday, June 14, 10:30-11:30am
- We'll meet in the Knowing Nature exhibition where we'll enjoy a nature-themed children's story and explore connections between the story's themes and exhibits at the museum. Since space is limited, please register at the MSU Museum's Special Events Page.
Birding Outing (all ages): Saturday, June 17, 8-9am
- We’ll meet at Fenner Nature Center and go for a short walk and observe birds together! Please sign up at elpl.org.
Wonder Lab! - Fossils (kids and families):
- Session 1: Tuesday, June 20, 11am-12pm
- Session 2: Tuesday, June 20, 5-6pm
- Session 3: Wednesday, June 21, 11am-12pm
- Session 4: Wednesday, June 21, 5-6pm
- Please sign up at elpl.org.
StoryPlay! With Jenifer Straus (kids): Tuesday, June 20, 3-4pm
- Join Jen for this Narrative Adventure designed for school-age kids and their families.
Visits from Constellation Cat Cafe, 10:30am-12:30pm:
- Teen Day: Thursday, June 22
- Kids’ Day: Tuesday, June 27
Centennial Book Club (adults): Monday, June 26, 7-8pm
- This month we’re discussing Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown (1970s). Join us for themed snacks and great conversation!
Craft Night (adults): Wednesday, June 28, 6-7pm
- We’re making confetti banners! Sign up at elpl.org.
Family History Mini-Series: Newspapers (adults): Thursday, June 29, 6:30-8pm
- Ginger Ogilvie will give an introductory talk on using newspapers to do genealogical research. She'll share examples from her own personal investigations, discuss the resources available for finding the relevant newspapers, and provide tips for searching the digital resources.
Up and Coming Dates:
- The library will be closed on Monday, June 19, for Juneteenth.
Catch ELPL Next Month:
Be on the lookout for more excitement in June! ELPL will be sharing featured reading lists, book displays, and programs throughout the month. Some of the library programs will include:
- Trivia Nights
- Kids’ Magic Show
- Family History Workshop
- Adult Jigsaw Puzzle Competition
- And more!
For more information, visit the library’s website at elpl.org, or follow ELPL on social media!