Saturday, June 30, 2007

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

In December 2004, a baby hippo is separated from his family by a devastating tsunami in southeast Asia. After a difficult rescue, the baby hippo, now named Owen is sent to an animal sanctuary called Haller Park. Here, baby Owen adopts as his mother, an old tortoise, who for years has been a loner. Mzee the tortoise accepts the baby hippo as his own and they are now inseparable. This book is about a special friendship that has captured hearts everwhere. I really enjoyed the story of Owen and Mzee and I hope that you will also. This book is also one of twenty nominees for the Monarch Award: Illinois' k-3rd grade, Children's Choice Book Award.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Whatever you do,
don't miss
the best party in town!
The Cosmic Costume Gala
Lansing Public Library
Wednesday, June 27th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come in your best outer space costume.
You could win a prize!
Costume judging at 7:00 p.m.
Games, activities & more!
No sign-up required
Be there or be square!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

books on hold

There is something really great about being able to put a book on hold. When I like a particular author, or book series, I want to read them all as soon or as fast as possible. And when I can't get one, I put it on hold. Then I go on and read the books I have already. And wait rather impatiently for the one I really want to read. Most times I'm reading so many other books that I forget about the ones I've put on hold. So, when I get that call or that note in my box that I have a book on hold, it's like getting a really great surprise. A book is a present just waiting to be opened and read. Today, I got a note in my box. It said that my book had come in. That just made my day. So, the next time you can't find the book, or it's checked out, put it on hold. Then your surprise will be just a phone call away too.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Block Party 2007

Photos from the Block Party are posted on our photo page!

Lathering up!

Dad gets ready for his "shave" at the Date with Date program last Saturday.

View more photos from this event and other library events on our photo page!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Super sleuth is hitting theaters

Nancy Drew, everyone's favorite teenage girl detective, is starring in a new movie. That is, Emma Roberts is starring as Nancy Drew in a new movie. If you can't make it to the theater Friday, June 15 for opening night we have a few titles to help you get your mystery fix.

Did you know we have different Nancy Drew series? A few of them are:
The Nancy Drew Notebooks
The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories (this includes the original 56 titles as well as some newer ones)
Nancy Drew, Girl Detective series
And one of my personal favorites, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mysteries (I just love it when characters from different books "meet.")

Nancy Drew has been around since 1930 and has undergone many different makeovers since then. One site by a Nancy Drew fan (no, not me) that's busy but fun to peruse is The Nancy Drew Sleuth Unofficial Website. There's pictures, history, info about the other movies, collectibles, and more. Warning: there's a lot of pictures and information so it might take time to load.

So what's your favorite Nancy Drew book? Mine is still The Secret in the Old Attic. Those troublesome black widow spiders and a skeleton in the closet, stolen musical manuscripts and silk chemical formulas, an orphaned child, a ditzy maid, and a villain named Bushy... classic Nancy Drew!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Got a date with your dad?

Lansing Library is celebrating Father's Day this Saturday! Kids in grades K-4 are invited to our "Date with Dad" program Saturday, June 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.. Bring your dad (or brother, or grandfather, or uncle, or your favorite father figure) and we'll play games, make a small project to take home, and have some root beer floats to top it off. Sign-up is limited so call the library at (708) 474-2447 to reserve a space for the two of you.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

timing is everything

There's a little "cook" book called Timing is Everything: The Complete Timing Guide to Cooking by Jack Piccolo. The great thing about this cookbook is that there are no actual recipes in it. It's all about timing. And life is like that too. It seems to me that everything is mostly about timing. It's the timing of events which concern most of us. Our birthdays are on a certain exact date, and yet we may still get cards, (a little late) or gifts (maybe a lot late-if you're me) or even well wishes (later still, cause they just plain forgot). But you still celebrate it all, maybe not as enthusiastically as you did at first, but it still counts. So, the next time you think that it has to be exactly so, or it doesn't count, think again and go ahead and do it. Wish that person a good day, or a great vacation. It's not a recipe that you can mess up, it's life and every good wish counts. Oh, and by the way that little cookbook is one great gift for the soon to be graduate. Even better, tuck it in the suprise box for the kid who is going away to school. You can't mess this one up. It' s the perfect recipe.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Blast off this summer!

Youth and teen services here at the Lansing Library are counting down the days until our summer reading program begins! We've been planning since January and can't wait to get started. Our first big event is the Block Party this Friday night, June 8th, where we'll have games with prizes and start sign-up for all our summer programs. some of the fun things to look forward to: costume party, lunch bunches, blast off baking, knitting knots, book discussions, space bingo, the 1/2 price Scholastic Book Fair and so much more. I'm sure if you make some time to visit the library, you'll find something to your liking.