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!