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!