November at the Library: New StoryWalk, Giving Tuesday, and More!

This Month at the Library: New StoryWalk, Giving Tuesday, and More!

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

Featured: New StoryWalk Installed Downtown!

We’re so excited to announce our new StoryWalk® installed in downtown East Lansing! Community members can follow a numbered walking path to read an illustrated children’s book, taken apart and displayed page by page. The first story displayed is “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf”, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert; stories will be rotated seasonally.

East Lansing’s StoryWalk® follows a 0.7 mile path looping through Downtown East Lansing. Pages are protected in aluminum frames mounted on sturdy aluminum posts. The StoryWalk® offers a free, fun way for families to spend time outside, enjoy children’s literature, engage in physical activity, and explore Downtown East Lansing. Read more on our blog.

Featured: StoryLine

There are lots of ways to discover new stories! Dial 517-319-6915 to hear a new recorded story each week!

Featured: Meet the Staff!

Get to know ELPL's amazing staff! Each week we'll share a new staff spotlight on social media, and their story will be added to our blog here. Check back every week for new editions!

Featured: Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is an annual celebration of doing good. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November 28, 2023) following days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to support non-profit organizations and give back to your community.

This year, the library is asking for your support, while also focusing on some of the local small businesses that give to the library year-round! Instead of donating to the library directly, we ask that you consider buying a gift card from Wild Birds Unlimited, Big Apple Bagels, or Schuler Books, and then donate that gift card to the library!

By purchasing and donating gift cards, you will be helping to support your local library AND support local small businesses. And since the library provides free programs, materials, and services to the community, you'll be supporting access for yourself and your neighbors too! What a win for all of us! Learn more on our blog.

Featured: Paging Through the Past

Enjoy our series called “Paging Through the Past,” which explores the library’s storied history, decade by decade! Watch the eighth episode below, which explores the 1990s: this decade brought more renovations (including the addition of the fireplace!), the retirement of a beloved Head Librarian, and another milestone birthday party!

Featured: Upcoming Programs

      • Practice your reading aloud skills by reading to dogs! These dogs are great listeners. Please sign up at
      • In her new book, I Saw Death Coming, Kidada Williams offers a breakthrough account of the much-debated Reconstruction period, transporting readers into the daily existence of formerly enslaved people building hope-filled new lives.
      • Joyce Benvenuto will bring stories and poems to share from her new book Passage (with frequent stops) to celebrate her book launch.
      • International students and their families are invited to meet their neighbors at East Lansing Welcomes the World, featuring food, children's activities, community information tables, a photo booth, music, and more! 
      • We’ll be discussing I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib.
      •  Join Michigan author of outdoor and travel guidebooks, Jim DuFresne, for a presentation highlighting the best wilderness adventures of his long career
      • Enjoy dino-themed arts and crafts, trivia, a photo booth, and more!
      • Enjoy discussion and a themed snack! This month we're reading The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich (published 2000s).
      • Drop in and play, and learn some Early Literacy activities you can share at home with your child!
    • Stop by after school for a fun craft!

Featured: We’re Hiring!

ELPL is seeking applications for Library Director! The new Director will be responsible for operational leadership, fiscal management, team development and culture, community relations, Board relations, and effective communications. Applications close on Friday, November 17, at 5pm EST. Learn more here.

Up and Coming Dates:

  • We will be closed on Friday, November 10, for Veteran’s Day.
  • We will be closing early at 6pm on Wednesday, November 22 for Thanksgiving. We will remain closed on Thursday (11/23) and Friday (11/24). 

Catch ELPL Next Month:

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

  • Nature Book Club
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Gingerbread Houses
  • And more!

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