September 2023 Newsletter: Library Cards, Top of the Town, Friends, and More!

This Month at the Library: Library Cards, Friends, and More!

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

Featured: National Library Card Sign-up Month!

September is the perfect time to share the joys of your local library by encouraging your friends and family to sign up for a library card. 

Library cards are free to eligible community members, and give you access to all ELPL materials, including our Library of Things, new releases, online databases, and learning platforms. 

If you’re not eligible for a free library card, don’t worry! Non-resident cards are also available; they cost $18 for six months or $30 for a year for individuals, or families can pay $40 for a year and every family member at the same address will receive their own card. We also have a reciprocal agreement with CADL, where CADL card holders can check out items from ELPL (with some restrictions) and vice versa! 

To learn more and sign up for a library card, visit our website or come into the library and ask at the service desk!

Featured: Vote for ELPL as Best Library!

The Lansing City Pulse’s annual Top of the Town contest is back this month, and ELPL is competing for Best Library! If you feel so inclined, help us out and vote for us! Voting starts September 13 and runs through October 3, and there are multiple rounds of voting, so check back often. Vote for us here, under the Hangouts category.

Top of the Town is an annual contest City Pulse holds to determine the best of the best in the Greater Lansing area. It’s always a lot of fun, and it’s generally considered a great honor to receive one of the TOTT awards.

Featured: Thanks, Friends!

We’d like to give a huge thank you to the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library for another generous donation this year! The Friends are a group of dedicated volunteers who work hard all year to raise money and awareness for the library. Their donations make our amazing children’s, teen, adult, and STEAM programming possible. We appreciate their support!

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 seventh episode below, which explores the 1980s: we talk about the Pied Piper Press, and our 60th and 100th birthday celebrations.

Featured: Staff Spotlights

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: Upcoming Programs

      • Practice your reading aloud skills by reading to dogs! These dogs are great listeners. Please sign up at
      • Join us at the library to meet other enthusiasts, share stories and goals, learn about available resources, and practice identification strategies!
      • Discuss theatrical productions before they open live at Williamston Theatre! Meet for discussion at ELPL. Our first play will be “On the Market.”
      • Join us at our monthly book club for bagels, activities, and discussion! At this meeting we will be voting on upcoming books and handing out October's book: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. 
      • In this eight week series you’ll learn a variety of animation techniques, including cartoon flipbooks, stop motion, and more! Attendees need not attend nor commit to attending all eight sessions, as each meeting will be enjoyable as a self-contained activity. Registration is not required.
      • This month we’re discussing Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler (1980s). Join us for themed snacks and great conversation!
    • Meet scientists from MSU, see real fossil collections, learn what Michigan looked like millions of years ago, and enjoy a variety of fossil-themed demonstrations, activities, arts, and crafts. 

Featured: We’re Hiring!

ELPL is seeking a Teen Services and Schools Liaison Librarian who leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of inclusive and engaging library programs and services for young adults. This position is a full-time union position with an 8-step wage scale of $28.18/hr - $38.88/hr. Applications close September 22. Learn more and apply here

Up and Coming Dates:

  • We are now open again from 1-5pm on Sundays! 
  • The library will be closing early at 2pm on Friday, September 22, for the MSU Homecoming Parade.

Catch ELPL Next Month:

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

  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Toy Photography Workshop
  • National Fossil Day
  • Knowing Nature Book Club
  • MSU Paranormal Society Presentation
  • And more!

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