Friday, August 31, 2007

Colin Thompson

Most of you already know that I'm a big lover of picture books. I'm usually attracted to a book by it's cover first. The story is secondary. However, when a book has a great cover and a great story, I'm in a book lovers heaven that only true book lovers understand. Colin Thompson is a writer and illustrator. I love his books. The latest one that I found in the library is How to Live Forever. The pictures are so detailed and so much fun to look at, that they tell a story of their own. This book contains worlds within worlds. There are little people living in this book. And there is a boy on a quest to find the book about living forever. When he gets to the end (or beginning) he has some surprising decisions to make. And when I got to the end I wanted to read it all over again. This is a book that I'm going to add to my own collection , then I can read it whenever I want.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Share a pop-up book with your child!

On display until the end of August are some wonderful pop-up books from the library's storytime collection. Come enjoy the talents of Robert Sabuda, Jan Pienkowski, and many others. The books are on display in the Youth Services Department near the Activity Room. Because the books can be so easily torn they are for in-library use only. Come discover the magic of folded paper!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Fall Storytimes

This time of year, families start thinking about new school supplies ($$$), new school clothes ($$$), book or bus fees ($$$) and waking up early every morning. The Lansing Public Library has a program that is free and your child will want to return every time: Storytime. Children are never too young to enjoy a good book and the warm, loving feeling they get while being read to and sitting on a loved one's lap.

Baby Talk, Mondays, sign-up required
10:30 birth-12 months
11:30 13-24 months
*Note: During Week 2 only, storytimes scheduled for Monday September 17th will meet on
Tuesday, September 18th at the usual times.

Baby Talk, Wednesdays, sign-up required
11:30 13-24 months

Toddler, Thursdays, sign-up required
10:30 24-36 months

Pre-School, Thursdays, sign-up requested
11:30 3-5 year olds

Please call or visit the library the week of August 27th (708, 474-2447) to sign-up your child. Storytime sessions begin the week of September 9th and end the week of October 18th.

Friday, August 17, 2007


The book Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson is a small gem. Small only in size, not content. This book contains some wonderful insights that can be and should be discussed by many age groups. This is a book that needs to be read and shared with as many people as possible. The book cover caught my eye first. There was one feather floating in the sky. Then I picked it up and read the back of the book. And I was hooked. I just had to read this book. It's winter, and a new boy comes to join the sixth grade class . He's called "Jesus Boy" and he says he's black. And that is just the beginning. I read this little book in about three days. I wanted to savor it. This is just a great little book to read and ponder and discuss and argue and talk about. I just had to pass it on. And I did. I gave it to a friend to read so that we could discuss it, and she could pass it on. If you read books with your kids, this is one of the ones you should add to that collection. I bet that you will want to pass this one on to your friends too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Our Tree Named Steve

Our Tree Named Steve is a most wonderful book! This book is one of twenty titles that have been nominated for the Monarch, k-3 Children's Choice Book Award for 2008. The author of the book is Alan Zweibel and it is illustrated by David Catrow. The book has been called "sweet and funny and charming" by one of my favorite comedians, actors, and author, Billy Crystal, and believe me it is all of the above! It is a classic tale of life ever changing, but with the promise of all things new, being good too! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and then again most wonderful!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Homeschooling Breakfast

Lansing Library is pleased to host its first breakfast for homeschooling families! Thursday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m. please join us! Along with breakfast you'll have a chance to meet and visit with other homeschoolers. We'll also tell you a little bit about some of the services the library can provide for you, such as our reader's choice awards, special collections, research materials, online databases, and more. We also have a few freebies to give away! Your children are welcome to come and use the library while you attend breakfast. No registration is required--please use the back entrance on the lower level.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Harry Potter

It's hard to believe that Harry Potter is all over. I just finished the last book, and I have to tell you, I still want to know things about Harry. For me it isn't over quite yet. I read the last book as fast as I could. I didn't want anyone to tell me what was in it. I didn't want anyone to ruin my fun. Now that I'm done, I can't believe it's all over. I want more. Seven books aren't enough for me. I think that 9 or 12 is a better number of books for the series. Ya know? Maybe one just about all those other Hogwarts students. I even thought about reading the last one twice, but then I thought it was too soon to do that. So, I'm reading them all again. This time I won't have to wait for the next one to come out, because I have the next one already. I just finished the first one. And I discovered that I had forgotten a lot of things that happened in that book. So, for those of you who haven't gotten enough yet, or those of you who want a little more, I suggest that you go back and read them again. You can't go wrong. And you just may learn something that you didn't "get" the first time. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is a wonderful series to read again and again.