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 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
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 We listen to the latest songs and world famous speeches We communicate in real time with our next door neighbor or a scientist working in the Alaskan Rain Forests We write research papers, business proposals and resumes 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 and use our link, 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.