March 2024 Newsletter: Spring at the Library!

Spring at the Library!

Check out what’s going on at the library in this month’s newsletter.

Featured: March is Reading Month and Women’s History Month

March is reading month, and we’ve got so many ways to celebrate!

  • Come to the library to browse our extensive print collection!
  • Check out our digital collection with audiobooks, eBooks, movies, and music available through Libby, cloudLibrary, Hoopla, and Kanopy!
  • Take a walk downtown and enjoy our recently installed StoryWalk! (Check out the map here.)
  • Call our StoryLine to listen to a children’s story!

March is also Women’s History Month! Learn more and celebrate with this curated list of empowering reads, found here.

Featured: Seed Library!

The seed library is back! Seeds are available starting March 11, 2024. 

We have over 100 types of seeds available, including a variety of heirloom vegetable, herb and flower seeds! The seed library will be refreshed and rotated throughout the growing season, so different varieties will be available all summer. Seeds are free to anyone in the community; you don’t need a library card, and you don’t need to check anything out! We simply ask that visitors limit themselves to five seed packets per season so as many people can grow as possible. 

If you have extra seeds you won’t get around to planting, we welcome donations! We are most in need of flower and herb seeds. 

Learn more about the seed library here. You can also start daydreaming about your garden by perusing one of our gardening guides: Top Gardening Guides, Gardening Favorites, and Michigan Gardening.  

Featured: Staff Spotlights

Meet the staff! Watch our playlist here. Stay tuned as we post more staff spotlights in the coming weeks!

Featured: Upcoming Programs

Library programs are free and open to the public; you don’t even need a library card! Unless otherwise noted, no registration is required.

      • Practice your reading aloud skills by reading to dogs! These dogs are great listeners. Please sign up at
      • Meet fellow bird enthusiasts and practice your identification strategies! Finches are the target of this month’s photo-focus challenge; take a photo of a finch and send it to Dr. B by March 15 to be entered into a prize raffle!
  • Family Literacy Day (kids and families): Sunday, March 17, 1-3pm
      • As part of the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, ELPL will be at the Lansing Mall for a celebration of reading! Meet beloved storybook characters like Pete the Cat, Pout-Pout Fish, and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and enjoy live music by LEONARDO! Every child receives a free backpack filled with books, courtesy of WKAR (one per child while supplies last).
  • Tutoring Help Room (teens): Tuesday, March 19, 3-5pm
      • This free program is open to all ages and subjects range from Math (up to Algebra II), Science (all levels), English, and History.
      • Join us for an evening of folk music with David Roth!
    • Enjoy bug-themed arts and crafts, take a commemorative picture at our photo booth, and meet some real insects and other arthropods visiting from the MSU Bug House.

Save the Date: Books, Bites, and Bids 2024

Save the date for our silent auction fundraiser, Books, Bites, & Bids! This fun annual event will return on Friday, April 12, in conjunction with National Library Week. Enjoy appetizers, beer and wine, music, and more while you browse available auction baskets to support your local library. Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets here.

Up and Coming Dates:

  • We will be closed March 31 for Easter.

Catch ELPL Next Month:

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

  • Intro to Gardening
  • MSU Science Festival Events
  • Nature Book Club
  • And more!

For more information, visit the library’s website or follow ELPL on social media!