Saturday, December 30, 2006

Happy New Year 2007!

We are wishing all of our patrons a very Happy New Year! Start the year off with a New Years book. Check out The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin or many other winter and New Year books. Hope to see you soon!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Clementine

Clementine is a new book by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee. Clementine is a slice of what life can be like when you are 8 years old and in to all kinds of trouble because you pay attention. Clementine pays perfect attention to all the things going on around her. She pays such great attention that she is constantly in trouble with the teacher and her principal. We get a great look at what a principal goes through when they are up against a bright, smart, clever kid like Clementine. This book joins the ranks of other quirky ones like, Junie B Jones by Barbara Park and Eloise by Kay Thompson. But, Clementine has her own take on the world and what it should be like. And I like her world. A lot. She's a little like Lucille Ball at a younger age. Imagine that if you can. I hope we see a lot more from this character. I can't wait to see what she gets into next.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

He can talk to the animals

If you enjoyed the Doctor Dolittle movies starring Eddie Murphy, you might like to read the novels on which they were based. Way back in the 1920s, Hugh Lofting began writing his series of more than a dozen books about the remarkable, somewhat absent-minded scientist and resident of the little English town of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, who found that he could understand and speak to animals in their language. Doctor Dolittle's Zoo finds the good doctor back in Puddleby after a recent adventure. With the help of his duck-housekeeper Dab-Dab, his parrot-financial advisor Polynesia, and his young human friend Tommy Stubbins (and many others), the Doctor decides to open a zoo on the grounds of his home. But not just any zoo: this is Animal Town, complete with its own social clubs, gyms, restaurants, and shops. There is even a mouse mayor. While setting up the zoo, the Doctor and his friends also find time for an adventure involving a large amount of money, an angry neighbor, and a creepy local mansion.

One of the best parts about Doctor Dolittle's Zoo is that the animals are not all sugar-and-spice, fairy-tale characters. They have personalities, they argue and get annoyed with each other. There is even a jail in Animal Town. One of the first to be incarcerated is Gub-Gub the pig. He is arrested by the fox detectives for eating lettuces from the vegetable garden outside the Rabbits' Apartment House.

If you would like to begin reading about Doctor Dolittle from the very beginning, stop by and check out The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Then, you might like to move on to Doctor Dolittle and the Green Canary, Doctor Dolittle and the Secret Lake, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Doctor Dolittle in the Moon ... and more!
P.S. We also have the movie! Doctor Dolittle

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Science Fair

Yes, it's that time of year again! Of course there's the traditional holiday hustle and bustle but nothing adds stress like a science fair! Luckily, we have a few tools to help everyone through the process. We have 5 years of World Book Encyclopedias available, including the new 2007 edition which we always keep in the library for quick reference. We have reserved a large quantity of science fair idea books that are available for patrons to read here at LPL. And of course we have several shelves of science related books, both in Youth and Adult Services , that can be checked out. Have you looked at our LPL website lately? Scroll down the left side of the page to Homework Help or Science Fair and you'll find several helpful links. Be sure to also check out the sites that have been bookmarked by LPL staff http://del.icio.us/lansingpubliclibrary/Science.
Do you know of a great science book that you think we should add to our collection? Please let us know!

Friday, December 15, 2006

A great science author

In this joyous season (of science fair projects and other fun things), a treat you can give yourself is a little time with a good book. One of my favorite authors in the field of science is Herbert S. Zim. He wrote many science books for young people from the 1950s through the 1980s, and many of them remain little classics in children's non-fiction even today. He wrote on practically anything science-related: from animals, plants, rocks, fossils, and the ocean, to the solar system, code-writing, and the uses of heavy machinery. He also wrote about scientific hobbies like bird watching. His books are often very short, but they pack a lot of information into just a few pages. If you would like to enjoy the science books of Herbert Zim, check out the youth services department at the Lansing library! Here you will find:
Alligators and Crocodiles, Caves and Life, Lightning and Thunder, Insects, Commercial Fishing, and many more titles from Zim's long career as a science writer.

Read a good encyclopedia lately?

YES! You too can read encyclopedias for fun!

That might not sound like something you would normally rush home --or to the library --to do. But pulling out a volume of the brightly colored World Book Encyclopedia and opening it at random will bring you straight to all kinds of information that might be useful for a school project, or lead you to think about a future career, or just be fun to know. Sound waves, South Africa, spiders (cool pictures!), Stonehenge, the Stanley Cup, submarines, and the sun are a handful of subjects in one volume (18) of one set (the 2006 edition) that you can find in the youth services department's reference section. And, unlike a lot of really serious encyclopedias in many libraries, the World Books from 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 can be checked out and taken home.

Curl up with a good...encyclopedia? Well, maybe you won't bring one to your next party. But check one out, read something, and you could be the life of the next party!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Support the Lansing Library

The computer has become an indispensable tool in many households and businesses. We read the latest news about everything from celebrities to world events http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/Web/newspapers.htm. We listen to the latest songs and world famous speeches http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/Web/Holocaust.htm. We communicate in real time with our next door neighbor or a scientist working in the Alaskan Rain Forests http://www.akrain.org/. We write research papers, business proposals and resumes http://www.eresumes.com/. And at this time of year, we shop, shop and shop some more!

Don't want to fight the crowds at the mall? Order it online.
Too cold to go out? Order it online.
Too busy to go from store to store? Order it online.
Now your online shopping can help the Lansing Public Library and all you have to do is hit a few keys on your keypad! If you shop Amazon.com and use our link, http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/Support.htm a percentage of your purchase will be used to help us increase our collection. Get your shopping done from the comfort of your own home, or come in and use the LPL computers, and support your library.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Curse of the Bane

The Last Apprentice, Curse of the Bane, by Joseph Delaney is the second book about Thomas the apprentice to the Spook. In this book Tom must do the work that the Spook cannot, because he is sick and not strong enough to fight evil. In the very beginning of this book, Tom must trap a very nasty boggart known as a ripper. This is his first time trapping one. And the Spook cannot help him. It is all very exciting and grizzly and scarry at the same time. And that's just the beginning. This book is about an ancient evil that was trapped a very long time ago beneath a cathedral. This ancient evil is a boggart of immence power and influence. Tom can hear him in his head and works very hard to not fall under his spell. This is a great book. In fact, I read this one first. I liked it so much that I went back and read the other one. I hope that he writes more in this series because I like the Spook and Tom and all the trouble they get into.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving History & Crafts

Visit our Thanksgiving page for historical websites, and crafts!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Last Apprentice

The Last Apprentice, Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney is the first book in a series about the Spook and his apprentice. The Spook is a former priest turned witch hunter. He doesn't just hunt them, he makes sure that they no longer bother other people. He does not burn them or kill them, he imprisons them in a way that keeps them from harming other innocent people. The Spook's apprentice is almost 13. Tom is the seventh son of a seventh son and he's left handed to boot. He has special abilities that have caused him some problems in the past. However, these abilities are the very thing that may keep him alive while he learns how to be a spook. He is tested in his ability to judge people and situations throughout the book. Sometimes he makes mistakes, and he just has to learn things the hard way. The Spook can only teach him so much. The rest is up to Tom. I won't tell you how it turns out, you have to read this one for yourself.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Gobble up a few good books this month!

It's Turkey Time once again, and with that in mind we invite you to come to the Lansing Library and check out our great selection of Thanksgiving books. Now that's talking turkey!

Dolls Around the World


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Vickie S. has lent the Youth Services Department her doll collection to put on display through the month of November 2006, in their display case on the lower level Youth Department. Don't miss this!

The Crying Rocks


There are many different things that attract me to a book. Sometimes it's the cover, the jacket summary or I'm familiar with the author. This book's title made me pull it off the shelf and take a closer look. The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle was a good, quick weekend read for me and one I recommend to middle schoolers and up. A young adopted girl, Joelle, is a strong female character who easily stands up for herself and keeps everyone in her life at a safe distance from her heart until she meets Carlos. This is a wonderful story of a growing friendship where they learn to accept each other on their own terms and help each other deal with some very important secrets that desperately need to be shared.

Do you have a secret you'd like to share?

Interested in Native American lore?

Have you lost a loved one lately?

Then check out The Crying Rocks, I think you'll enjoy it.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Science Project Strategies

Live, from LPL!

Last year, we put together a presentation called Science Project Strategies. We recorded the audio, and you can listen when it is convenient for you!

We're offering it as a podcast! What's a podcast?
Visit our podcast info page for details, then come back to download it.

Science Project Strategies (originally presented Nov. 12, 2005)

A few minor changes since the presentation was recorded: You can now access EBSCO magazine articles from home through our website, and there is a also version called Kids Search that is especially aimed at students in grades K-5. We no longer subscribe to Grolier Online.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Reavis Accelerated Reader List Updated!

We've updated the Accelerated Reader list for Reavis Elementary School.

It is listed, along with the lists from the other Lansing schools, on our website's AR page.

Thanks Ms. Naples at Reavis for making sure we had the current list!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Changing Time

This past weekend the time changed. Did it happen or not? I couldn't find any evidence to support it. I was pretty sure that the time change occured around Halloween. Since Halloween is on Tuesday this year, I was sort of sure that this change must be over the weekend. But what if the change was put off til next weekend? I grew up down state. When I was a kid, the little towns around us just picked their own times for the time change. Some would go forward, some would stay the same. Then someone decided that we needed to be more uniform. Now we all "fall back". I used to think that we lost time. But people keep telling me that we gain an hour. I don't know how we gain anything when I still get up late and have to hurry to work. As my grandfather used to say, I get up in the dark, I go to bed in the dark, it doesn't make much difference to me. So, I guess it doesn't much matter that half of my clocks have the old time on them. At least I'll be ready for the next change.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Calling All Homeschoolers!

More and more families are choosing to homeschool their children, an estimated 850,000 nationwide. This doesn't necessarily mean the kids are sitting in their kitchens, with their noses in a book memorizing facts. Homeschooling often involves hands on learning with only your imagination to limit you. The Lansing Public Library has many resources to help families educate their children. We offer FREE programs that are fun and educational such as book talks, author visits, storytimes, movie nights and lots more!

And of course we have all the resources you need to lead your child on the road to learning and discovery including 2 years worth of magazines such as Home Education, Instructor and Bookbag, Literacy Ideas for Teachers.

If you need a room for your homeschool group to meet (available for a small fee) or have an idea for a program you would like the library to consider, please feel free to contact us. We're always looking for new ways to meet the needs of our patrons!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"The End"!


The End is coming! "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket is almost over. . . the last book in the series, "The End", will be released on Friday, October 13th. Prepare yourselves for this miserable event at our Snicket Party on Thursday, October 12th! Come and go any time between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., but before you do anything else, you should check out any of the first twelve volumes from the series to read; it won't be delightful, it won't be enchanting but it will definitely be
THE END!!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

"Mad" Maude March

If you want to read a "rock 'em sock 'em", rip roaring roller coaster ride of a book, then this one's for you. It takes place during the time of notorious gangs and robbers, in Iowa and Missouri, in 1869. "Mad" Maude is the older sister who is wanted for stealing a horse. Her younger sister, Sallie is not "known" as an outlaw, even though she stole the horse as well. That's just the beginning of a great adventure through the wilds of Iowa and Missouri. The Misadventures of Maude March, by Audrey Couloumbis is a great book. I hope that she writes a sequal.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing Five

Ciao! And welcome back for the FIFTH Flight of the Monarch. I hope all of you are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with muchas fiestas!

For this review I read...

1. The Tale of Tricky Fox: A New England Trickster Tale by Jim Aylesworth
This book is both written and illustrated in an old 1910s-style storybook. The story has a few morals laced within its pages and causes a few giggles too. A fun read that can remind older audience members of their favorite storybooks from when they were kids.
RATING: Caterpillar
* What are your parents or grandparents favorite stories from their childhood?

2. Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss
What a great story, and it's true too! When I began reading this book I thought to myself, "Get out... is this true?" I read the coverlet and saw that it WAS a true story. Amazing. This story gives hope and confidence to, not just girls, but all people who have a dream. Anything is possible.
RATING: Monarch
* What is your dream?

3. Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya
Such a cute story and great illustrations to go with it. We follow Bebe and Mama through a trip at the grocery store and see what kind of trouble the wee bebe gets into... even though bebe is stuck in the cart ; )
RATING: Thumbs Up
* Do you like to go places with your Mom or Dad? Where is your favorite?

Leave your comments!

For the next review, I will be reading...
1. What do you do with a tail like this? by Steve Jenkins
2. Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte by Margaret Willey
3. Snapshots from the Wedding by Gary Soto

Help our Soldiers! Upstairs where all the Adult stuff is sits a box for "Samples for Soldiers." Stop by to read about the many little ways you can help our troops over seas.

Arrivederci!
Melinda

Today's Greeting and Goodbye are in Italian.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Banned Books Week

"Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met."http://http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm
The Lansing Public Library supports your freedom to choose. We've selected several books that have been banned or challenged and now have them on two display tables in the Youth Services Dept. For every banned book you check out before Sept. 30th, you may enter our raffle at the circulation desk. You could win your very own banned book!

Rex Checks Out @ Lansing Public Library

The pictures from the Rex checks out @ his library party are here! Check out our website at www.lansing.lib.il.us. You can see or copy any of these pictures. We would also like to send a special thank you to DeYoung's Furniture Store for supplying us with the big box for the dinosaur pictures. Another special thank you goes to Mr. Bill Inboden of Unique Corian Creations for donating his dinosaur creations that we were able to give as raffle prizes. A great time was had by all!

Monday, September 25, 2006

MacKenzie T. & State Representative David Miller

Congratulations to MacKenzie T. for completing State Rep. David Miller's Summer Reading Program! Read the complete article from the Times.

Thanks to her mom Cathy for sharing this photo!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Good bye Grandma Jan

Grandma Jan, as many of us call her, is going to retire from our library at the end of the month. She is a very special lady. She has a wicked sense of humor and a wide streak for fun. She has worked here long enough to have been in three of our departments. She told me today that she likes the one she is in now the best. But I suspect that she would like the last one the best, no matter what department it was. She will be missed so much, that I really don't want to think about it quite yet. So, Jan this one is for you. And for any one else who knows her, send her an e-mail or instant message, or a card to tell her goodbye. She is leaving soon.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Autumnal Equinox - Fall


The Autumnal Equinox is one of two times a year when the sun crosses over the earth's equator. Day and night are of equal length. This year the Autumn Equinox is Saturday, September 23, marking the beginning of Autumn. In other words, it's FALL. This is the perfect time to get cozy and fall into a good book. One of my favorites for fall is called Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert. Come in and check it out!

Accelerated Reader

We just updated the Accelerated Reader list for Oak Glen on our website.
You'll find it on our AR page, with the lists from the other Lansing schools.
Thanks to Oak Glen for sharing their list with us!

Warning: it's a long list, over 200 pages! Before you click print, consider only printing the pages you need.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing Four

Oi! We are here for the fourth landing already - I hope you've enjoyed the ride so far, I know I have!

For this review I read...

1. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner
This book is absolutely adorable! It's a wonderful tale about endurance and perseverance in following your dreams. With its clever story and hilarious illustrations, "Superdog" is worthy of hero status.
RATING: Monarch
* Who is a hero in your life?

2. Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
This picture book was really
quite quaint,
Although it's not better than
the one about paint.
If you like books
as the animals do,
Then, believe me, my friends,
this book is for you!
It's not always written
in the same meter
which can make it hard
upon a small reader.
But, go ahead
and give it a shot -
you just might find out
that you like it a lot!
RATING: Caterpillar
* Have you ever been to the zoo?
Whether you have or you haven't, be sure to check out our Family Zoo Passes to the Brookfield Zoo available at Circulation all year long!

3. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Caudill Nominee)
An adventure into an abnormal underworld alongside a boy named Gregor and his little sister Boots leads the reader to begin sympathizing with the most unusual (and typically despised and disgusted) creatures. This tale is most definitely a page-turner, packed with action and heart-felt insights. However, the most prominent problem with this book is the age of the main character, Gregor. It would be much more believable if he were at least one more year older. The thought processes, reactions, dialogue, and emotional development are at a more sophisticated stage than that of a typical eleven year old. Despite it's one major flaw, it is most DEFINITELY a worthwhile read.
RATING: Thumbs Up
* How do you help you family? Do you do chores? cook? clean? do laundry?
* To what lengths would you go to in order to save your family?

Be sure to share your comments and opinions too! You can disagree, it's cool ; )

For the next review, I will be reading...
1. The Tale of Tricky Fox: A New England Trickster Tale by Jim Aylesworth
2. Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss
3. Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya

As a side note: The Bilingual Storytime on the 7th went fantastico! We had so many people show up, it was great. Miss Patti and I read some wonderful stories, hopefully we will get to do another one sometime. Even though Bilingual Storytime is over, don't hesitate to come to one of our many other storytimes (especially mine - Family Storytime on Tuesday Nights from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - All Ages Welcome!). And one more thing! Don't forget that September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! Stop by and learn some Spanish.

Adeus!
Melinda

Today's Greeting and Goodbye are in Portuguese.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Parenting Books

Did you realize that we must pass tests to obtain a drivers license, yet the minimum requirements to become a parent are far less? Where do we go for the answers? To the Lansing Public Library, of course!
We have a book for every stage of parenting from toilet training with the picture book No More Diapers for Ducky where a cute little duck decides he's ready for the potty, to 365 Smart After-School Activities which lists great alternatives to television and computer games. How about Learning Disabilities and ADHD, A Family Guide to Living and Learning Together or Where Do Babies Come From?
No one has all the answers to child raising, and these are just a few of the many titles we have to help you deal with all the stages of parenting. Please click on the links above or stop in to check out these titles or others on our Parent Shelf in the Youth Services Department, lower level. If you're facing a challenge as a parent, there is probably a book that can help you through it.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Artemis Fowl

The series that I am currently reading is Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I have to admit that I had a hard time with the premise that Artemis Fowl was so smart that he could fool adults all of the time. After all he is only 12 years old in the first book. But, as I kept reading the story got more and more interesting, and I was hooked. I also had a hard time believing that he was an "evil" genus, and that fact does change over time. He becomes a better person because of his interaction with fairies and other characters in the books. I'm on my third book in the series now titled; Artemis Fowl, The Opal Deception. I am hopeful that this book will be as good as the last one. Oh, by the way there are no pictures. This may be a good thing because just imagining what Mulch Diggums looks like is enough for me. I really do not want to "see" what he looks like.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing Three

Hello Everyone in Blogland! Welcome to another flight of the Monarch. I hope everyone had a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!

Remember September is Hispanic Heritage Month, so drop on by on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 pm and join us for Bilinugal Storytime in the Activity Room. Both English AND Spanish speakers are welcome!

For this review I read...

1. Manana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
This is a fantastic new rendition of an old tale. The story is not a chicken asking for help to make bread, but rather it is an Iguana preparing for a fiesta (party) and the message is the same. By using this story as a means to teach children (or anyone, really) the days of the week in Spanish, not only are they learning but they can enjoy a good story and a great life lesson. And one more thing, it gives a good reason to have your own fiesta!
RATING: Monarch
* What do you think would be at a fiesta?
* Who would you invite to a fiesta?

2. Almost Late To School and more school poems by Carol Diggory Shields
This is a quaint collection of easy to read poems. Most poems have a comedic edge, but these are certainly not of Shel Silverstein caliber. Other than the very last poem (which is written for two voices, meaning two people read one poem), none of the poems really stood out to me. The book is a nice way to bide some time, but this is only one person's opinion.
RATING: Larva
* Which poem was your favorite?
* Do you write poetry? If not, try it out and leave your best attempt!

3. Bremen Town Musicians by Jacob Grimm
This story has always been one of my favorites. I love the idea of a bunch of "worthless" creatures getting together and showing who's boss. It's just a fun story that involves animals, music, and a LOT of quirkiness.
RATING: Thumbs Up
* Do you play an instrument?
* What kind of music do you like?

As always, I would love to hear your opinions and any comments are welcome!

For the next review, I'll be reading...
1. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner
2. Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
3. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Caudill Nominee)

Happy Trails!

Melinda

Friday, September 01, 2006

Hispanic Heritage Month Approaches!

Hey everyone!

Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month is coming up? It sure is! Celebrate the numerous contributions and great books written by Hispanic authors here at the library. In fact, we are having a Bilingual Storytime on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 pm in the Community Room. Please join us and learn a little bit about the Hispanic culture as well as hear some GREAT stories.

See you there!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A New School Year: A New Book Series!


Now that everyone has gone back to school, it's time to get back to the library!
We have a new series on display called the "The European Union". This series includes
books on the 25 different countries that are included in the European Union. So come in,
take a look, and check one out! Welcome back to school and the library!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide

I just finished the entire series of Spiderwick Chronicles and discovered a book that goes along with them. This book was written by Arthur Spiderwick and includes his observations about his encounters and adventures with very special creatures. These creatures live all around his home. He has the ability to see and talk with many of them. And of course there are great pictures. I love a good book with pictures. The creatures are part myth, part legend, and part observation. This book is entirely enchanting. I intend to buy myself a copy for my own library, that's how much I like this book. Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.



category: book review

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing Two

Welcome again, Blogland!

First, let me quickly explain the rating system...

For the Monarch Awards:
Pupa - Not so good
Larva - Okay, could have been better
Caterpillar - Pretty good
Monarch - Really good

For my personal choice that week:
Thumbs Down - Not so good
Flat hand - Ok, nothing special
Thumbs Up - Pretty good

So this week I read...
1. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
At first, I was a little skeptical about this book and I wasn't exactly sure how well it was going to read. Much to my surprise, after the first few lines I realized that this story can easily be turned into a fun little song. You can't help but feel the beat and rhythm as you read through the lines and turn each page. With it's song-like story that helps kids identify and recognize different body parts accompanied by unique and entertaining illustrations, it's clear why this book is a candidate for the Monarch Award.
RATING: Monarch
* What is your favorite thing to draw, paint, color, or make?

2. Who's afraid of the big bad book? by Lauren Child
Whereas "I ain't gonna paint no more" is a fusion of fun and education, "Who's afraid of the big bad book?" is mostly entertainment with an important lesson hidden inside.
"The story just sucked me right into its pages!" This is a common phrase used to describe an incredibly interesting book. In this case, it follows a young boy's journey through the pages of a fairy tale collection... But there's a twist! Like any normal kid, he's gone through the book drawing things here and there and altering its pages. But, these changes are still there as he ventures from page to page. In the end, he realized the significance of taking care of his books and restores the pages as best he can.
This book is definitely an adventure for both the listener and the reader, consider yourself warned!
RATING: Caterpillar
* If you could journey through a fairy tale, which one would you choose? why?

3. So B. It by Sarah Weeks (Caudill Nominee)
This book was an interesting read and let me tell you why... When I began reading, I was expecting a story simply about an alternative family, but what I got was not just a story involving alternative families, but also a story of identity, life, and truth written in an almost mystery novel type fashion. To be honest, I didn't think I was going to be affected by this work as much as I was. There were times when I really felt for the characters and almost shed some tears. Weeks writes a touching story that might get you thinking, but definitely helps you appreciate what you have in your life.
RATING: Thumbs Up
* What are some things that you appreciate in your life? Why?
* How would you feel if you were in Heidi's position? Would you have done what she did?

I'd love to hear your reactions, comments, and even your own questions!

The books I will be reading for my next review, surfacing during the week of September 3rd are:
1. Manana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
2. Almost Late to School and more school poems by Carol Diggory Shields
3. Bremen Town Musicians by Jacob Grimm

Happy Reading!

Melinda

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006

New Moon Magazine

Have you checked out our magazine collection? We have over 35 titles to choose from, with more in the Teen section. They cover a variety of topics from arts & crafts to home schooling and so much more. One great magazine you should check out is called New Moon. It's a little magazine packed full of great articles "for girls and their dreams". It's printed internationally with girl editors ages 8 to 14 and girl contributors from all over the world. "New Moon celebrates girls, explores the passage from girl to woman, and builds healthy resistance to gender inequities. The New Moon girl is true to herself, and New Moon helps her as she pursues her unique path in life, moving confidently out into the world." We have aprx. 2 years worth of back issues that you can check out for 2 weeks and of course the current issue is always here in the library for you to read. They are always looking for new contributors with original stories or pictures/drawings and Luna, the spirit of New Moon, quickly acknowledges all submissions with a grateful post card. Another great thing about this magazine, there are no advertisements to distract or influence your young reader. Let us know how you like it...

Monday, August 07, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing One

Hello everyone in Blogland!

My name is Melinda and I am the second newest member of the Youth Services Department Team. After working here for a few weeks, I have a pretty good grasp on things and am loving it more and more each day. This is all due to the wonderfully friendly and helpful staff (both up and downstairs!).

Every other week, I will be posting reviews of two Monarch Award 2007 Nominees. I may even throw in either a Caudill nominee or personal favorite too, so keep your eyes peeled! At the end of each blog, I will post the books for the next entry so you can read along with me ; ) I would love to hear your comments too!

For the next entry I will be reading...
1. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
2. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book? by Lauren Child
3. So B. It: A Novel by Sarah Weeks (Caudill Nominee)

Check out these books and others at the library and be sure to check out my first review during the week of August 20th!

Happy reading!
Melinda

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Spiderwick Chronicles

I just finished a great new (to me) series called "The Spiderwick Chronicles". I really got into the spirit of the books. They have sprites, faeries, house brownies and other assorted creatures. Each book has a major event and a cliff hanger at the end. This is why you have to read all 5 of them to get to the conclusion. They are a quick read, lots of fun. And they have pictures. I love books with pictures. So, if you want a great summer read, pick up your copy today. And let me know what you think. Also, feel free to let me know what other great series I should read.


Category:book review

Monday, July 24, 2006

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, Jul. 26 , 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
End the summer with a sundae at our annual ice cream social. Sponsored by Friends of Lansing Library.

Scholastic Book Sale Ending

It's the final 3 days! Get your half-price books before it's gone!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Museum of Science & Industry Coupon

Free kid admission with purchase of adult admission.
Valid for kids age 3-11.
Only valid Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, through August 30.

Not valid for special exhibits, Omnimax or parking.

Click here for the coupon, then print it out!

For more information about Museum of Science and Industry, visit their website.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Zoo Passes are Here!


Zoo Passes are Here!
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
First come first served. Adult may check them out for 3 days, at the Adult Circulation desk.

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Reptiles Are Coming!!!

Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles!

Wednesday, July 12 @ 2:00 p.m.

All ages welcome.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Author Robert Burleigh coming Wednesday!

Join us tonight in welcoming author Robert Burleigh!

Sponsored by Youth & Teen Services and Friends of Lansing Public Library

Sidewalk Art!


Sidewalk Art 008
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Our young artists did a wonderful job decorating the sidewalk at the library! In case you missed it, we've got pictures! Someone even drew a tri motor plane!

The rest of the photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lansinglibrary/tags/sidewalkart/

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Scholastic Book Sale!


Scholastic Book Sale 001
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Everything is half off! We've got books for all ages, software, cheat code books, really cool shark & dinosaur books, wacky pencils, software, and some awesome activity kits such as 'paint a pet' and build a 'robo-bug'!

Browse through the photos, or even better...come and shop!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Youth Summer Reading Started!

Come in Saturday, or anytime June 12-17 to sign up for summer reading!

If you are going to the pancake breakfast at the airport Sunday, you can sign up there!

You can find a list of upcoming events here!

Category: Announcement

Friday, June 09, 2006

Youth Summer Reading Sign-Up Begins Saturday!

Come in Saturday, or anytime June 12-17 to sign up for summer reading!

You can find a list of upcoming events here!

Category: Announcement

Friday, June 02, 2006

Check under the couch, in the car, under the bed and in the back of your closets for overdue books!

balloonsAmnesty Week June 12-17
Return your overdue Lansing library materials and your fines will be waived! Check under the couch, in the car, under the bed and in the back of your closets for overdue books! Note: If your account has been sent to the collection agency, you are still responsible for collection agency fees. You must return library materials to have the fines waived. (Offer not good on outstanding fines for already returned materials.)

Category: Announcement

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

More Celebrity READ posters!

We've added more of your favorite Lansing celebrities to our READ posters!
Click here to see them all!

Category: Announcement

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Library Group in the Parade

Did you see us in the Good Neighbor Parade last Saturday? We just found out today that we won 1st place for Amateur Marching Group!

Category: Announcement

Friday, April 28, 2006

Parents! Don't Miss This Important Program!

computerThursday, May 4, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Internet Safety Tips: to help your family recognize online danger and take the appropriate steps to protect yourselves
Mr. Adel Haddad of District 215 Technology Department will present an official I-Safe presentation.
I-Safe Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, I-Safe is a
non-profit dedicated to protecting the online experiences of
youth everywhere. I-Safe incorporates classroom curriculum
with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the
Internet a safer place. (www.isafe.org)

Please register for this free program at the Adult Services Desk, or call the Adult Services Dept. (708-474-2447, extension #122)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

See Children's Minds Soar Photos

See our entire photo album at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lansinglibrary

We have the photos from the unveiling posted to our flickr photo album.

Do you have photos from the event you would like to share with everyone!

Did you take any photos while painting your plane?

Send an e-mail to webmaster@lansing.lib.il.us and send the photo as an attachment!

We'll add them to our online photo album!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Photos from Lansing Library

See our entire photo album at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lansinglibrary

We have a few photos taken during setup of the tri-motors on Friday available now.
We will get the rest of the photos from Saturday's big unveiling posted very soon!

You can also get a first look at Lansing Public Library's own Celebrity Read Posters! We'll be adding more posters as soon as we schedule the rest of our community celebrities for their photo shoots!

Thank you to Friends of Lansing Public Library for purchasing the unlimited photo account on Flickr!

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Planes, Still in Their Hangars

Getting ready for the unveiling of the tabletop planes.

See Children's Minds Soar @ Your Library! Unveiling Saturday!

tri-motor planeSaturday, April 15, 2006
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
See Children's Minds Soar @ Your Library!
All Ages!
Lansing Public Library Soars at 70! Flight #27
Join us for the unveiling of the 77 tri-motor planes painted by students in 4th-8th grade from all our Lansing schools. Binders from all schools containing children's coloring pictures of the tri-motors will also be on display.

The unveiling will be at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments to follow. Please come help us celebrate the talent of our young people.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Today's Library

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from actor/comedian George Lopez! Today's Library


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



We have step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe with Juice, iTunes, or Yahoo Podcasts on our website.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

National Library Week: Friday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Friday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



We have step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe with Juice, iTunes, or Yahoo Podcasts on our website.

Download our custom Juice
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Thursday, April 06, 2006

National Library Week: Thursday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Thursday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



We have step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe with Juice, iTunes, or Yahoo Podcasts on our website.

Download our custom Juice
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

National Library Week: Wednesday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Wednesday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



We have step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe with Juice, iTunes, or Yahoo Podcasts on our website.

Download our custom Juice
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

National Library Week: Tuesday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Tuesday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



We have step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe with Juice, iTunes, or Yahoo Podcasts on our website.

Download our custom Juice
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Monday, April 03, 2006

National Library Week: Monday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Monday


How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



We have step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe with Juice, iTunes, or Yahoo Podcasts on our website.

Download our custom Juice
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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ultimate Search Engine

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from actor/comedian George Lopez! Ultimate Search Engine

How to listen:

You can listen to the podcast right on your computer using Windows Media Player (Windows) or RealPlayer (Mac). You probably already have one of these installed on your computer if you've listened to audio before, if not, download for free using the links above.

You can also download it to any brand of MP3 player and listen on the go, in the car, while you work out, on the bus, wherever! (Some people have even been known to download the podcasts, burn them to CD and play them in their car stereo, home stereo or portable CD player.)


The easiest way to subscribe (and make sure you don't miss our next podcast) is to download "JUICE" a podcast aggregator, or podcatcher.

A podcatcher is software that allows you to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using their RSS feed. When new content or episodes are available, your podcatcher will automatically download them for you, and then you’re ready to listen to them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player!



We have step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe with Juice, iTunes, or Yahoo Podcasts on our website.

Download our custom Juice
(with special podcasts selected!) Powered by juicereceiverstore.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Car collection on display in youth services

Come in and see Cooper Packard's
Hot Wheel collection.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Register Now for Spring Story Times

Registration is taking place for the April 3-May 8 Story Time sessions!

Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
BabyTalk
Age Birth to 12 months (with caregiver)
meeting: April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8
Registration Required. (limit 10)

Mondays at 11:15 a.m.
BabyTalk
Age 13 months to 24 months (with caregiver)
meeting: April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8
Registration Required. (limit 10)

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time
24 to 36 months old (with caregiver)
meeting: April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9
Registration Required. (limit 10)

Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. (if 10:30 session fills)
Toddler Time
24 to 36 months old (with caregiver)
meeting: April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9
Registration Required. (limit 10)

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Story Time
3 year olds
Meeting: April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10
Registration Requested. (limit 15)

Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.
Preschool Story Time
4 and 5 year olds
Meeting: April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10
Registration Requested. (limit 15)