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.