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Posted on: March 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] ELPL to Host 4th Annual Books, Bites & Bids Fundraiser on Friday, April 17

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Community members are encouraged to save the date for the 4th Annual Books, Bites and Bids fundraising event, taking place Friday, April 17 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL), 950 Abbot Road.

This annual fundraiser for ELPL will feature a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music by the Now Know Quartet, children’s activities, a brief program at 6:45 p.m. and more. The silent auction will include an assortment of exciting items donated by local businesses, organizations and patrons, including a variety of beautiful scarves handmade by patrons and ELPL staff members. Community members can visit to find a full list of the 2015 auction items that have been donated so far.

A tax-deductible donation of $30 per individual and $60 per couple/family is suggested for this event. Donations can be made ahead of time online at or by visiting or calling ELPL at 950 Abbot Road or (517) 351-2420. Donations can also be made at the door on the night of the event (cash or check only).

Proceeds of this year’s Books, Bites and Bids event will go towards creating and sustaining a permanent maker space in downtown East Lansing. A design concept for this proposed project is attached. ELPL's two current maker studios, a pop-up space in the University Place building in downtown East Lansing and a permanent facility inside the library, have been hugely popular since their launch in the fall of 2014. Both of the current studios were funded by community donations and ELPL hopes to keep the momentum going this year with the 4th Annual Books, Bites, and Bids fundraiser.

“We hope to see a great community turnout again this year,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “This is a wonderful opportunity for community members to enjoy a fun evening out with the whole family, while showing support for their local library. It’s also a great opportunity to help us open a permanent maker space right in the heart of the East Lansing community.”

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