Saturday, October 27, 2007

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest, freshest, authors I have read. He can be found in the adult section of the library, usually under science-fiction or fantasy. Currently, I am reading the book titled The Truth. It's about turning lead into gold, printing the word or not printing, and making words out of little letters. As usual, Terry has a lot to say along the way about our civilization, or lack there of. He makes you think about things. Last week I read Carpe Jugulum.
It's about seizing the throat, not the day. And we get a healthy dose of (not) religion along the way. I think he's really a philosopher in disguise, but don't quote me. Read him for yourself. Then you can make up your own mind. Let me know what you think about Pratchett.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Science Project Strategies

It seems to be that time of year again-Science Fair. Don't stress out about your science project this year! On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. the Lansing Public Library will be holding a program to help you find ideas for science projects, teach you how to research more efficiently using library materials, ways the internet can help with your project, and much, much more!

Both parents and students are welcome to attend and registration is encouraged. You can register online or call the Youth and Teen Services Department. (708-474-2447)

Monday, October 22, 2007

International Magic Week

It's International Magic Week, October 25th-31st! Anyone can be a magician with a little help from a library book. Magic, Step-By-Step teaches you how to do tricks using cards & coins or ropes & rings. You still have time to get ready for that Halloween party with Spooky Tricks or Halloween Magic. Wonder if you've got what it takes to amaze and dazzle your friends? Try 200 Magic Tricks Anyone Can Do, you'll be surprised to learn how easy most of the tricks are to perform, but not so easy to figure out! Don't forget the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. Kids love these fictional books where the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back in time to meet General George Washington (#22, Revolutionary War on Wednesday) or to the famous earthquake of 1906 (#24, Earthquake in the Early Morning) and even to the decks of the Titanic (#17, Tonight on the Titanic.) Abracadabra, alacastick, check out a book and learn a new trick!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Homeschooling Huddle

Are you a parent who homeschools your child? If so, consider stopping by our Homeschooling Huddle on Tuesday, October 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the library's Community Room. It's a time for parents to talk to each other about homeschooling--you pick the subjects to discuss. Librarians will also showcase some new books in a brief booktalk... you might find something useful or interesting! Your children are welcome to come and use the library while you join the group for coffee and conversation. Registration isn't required (but if you would like to let us know by registering online it would help us prepare seating) so we hope to see you this Tuesday!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

1 2 3 A child's First Counting Book

1 2 3 A Child's First Counting Book by Alison Jay is a wonderful book to read out loud or with one child. The pictures for each number are small slices of fairy tales that contain many ways to count the number . In one illustration the number 7 is magic beans, and the picture has seven cows, seven bees and seven lady bugs. Maybe you will find seven other objects that I didn't see. The illustrations are a fresh interpretation of an old style "Americana". Each number can be used as a jumping off place to read or tell the fairy tale that it's based on. I can't wait to share this book with a child. And I am going to add it to my collection of best loved children's picture books. Check it out for yourself and share it with a child that you love.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Do you sometimes find yourself bored and tired after walking around your entire sub-division collecting candy from every house? Come and take a break and watch Scooby Doo with us at 6 pm on Halloween night.

Are you sick of going trick-or-treating and getting stuck with the gross candy that you will never eat? Well some kids actually like that nasty candy that just goes to waste in your bag or pillow case! From 6:30 to 7:30 pm there will be a candy swap and you can trade candy with your fellow trick-or-treaters.

WARNING: This is not a candy check point. We will not be making sure all candy is safe before the swap.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact a youth services librarian.

Guess the weight of the pumpkin!

The Youth Services Dept. is holding a "Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin" contest for the month of October. The VanDerGriend Farm Stand on Glenwood Lansing Road was generous enough to donate a very LARGE pumpkin and one lucky winner will get to take it home at the end of this month. Simply stop by the YS reference desk and complete your entry, one guess per patron please. The contest is open to all ages including high schoolers! The lucky winner will be announced Halloween night at our Candy Swap.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, How They Guard Sheep

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, How They Guard Sheep by Cat Urbigkit. This delightful book, which happens to be about two of my favorite things in the world, dogs and sheep is also one of the Monarch Children's Choice Book Award nominations for this year. The book tells the tale of these special dogs. Unlike so many other working breed dogs, their job is not to herd or move livestock, but solely to guard. These guardian dogs are known as Great Pyrenees. They are bred to protect livestock from predators such as wolves and bears. The bond between these dogs and their sheep begins from the time they are born. When new puppies are born, sheep wool is used in their bedding area to get them used to the smell of the sheep. I hope as you open the cover of this book you will be as delighted and enlightened as I. This book is a gentle reminder of why I love non-fiction books.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Happy Birthday David Shannon!

Friday, October 5th is David Shannon's birthday! Author/illustrator Shannon is more widely known for his children's book No, David! When Mr. Shannon was 5 years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book and on every page were these words: No, David! as well as a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do. The pictures are bright and the colors cover every inch of every page. Kids really enjoy this story and I always like happy endings, even in children's books. In honor of Mr. Shannon's birthday, check out some of his books and you'll probably want to add his name to your list of favorite author and/or illustrator.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Banned Books Week is here!

It's Banned Books Week! Treasure your freedom to read this week and visit our display of books that have been challenged or banned. The reasons the books were challenged are attached to the covers. For example, did you know that two school districts removed Little Red Riding Hood because there is an illustration with a bottle of wine in Little Red's basket? Take home this book (or one of our many others) and decide for yourself if the books should be banned.

If you check out any book off the display you can enter to win a banned book of your very own! Check your books out at the lower lever circulation desk to be eligible.