Friday, November 30, 2007

A very Narnian Christmas

Part of our decorating in Youth Services is our Narnian corner... reacquaint yourself with one of these great classics this December!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Giving Thanks

Yesterday, when I was driving around looking for an open food place, I really began to think about Thanksgiving. Every year I tell myself to remember that most places will be closed. And every year I forget. So, yesterday, when all the stores were closed, except White Hen and the Walgreen's (on every corner), I decided to count my blessings. Every place I passed was lit up on the outside but clearly closed. It got kind of spooky when all the places I passed, that I can usually go into, were closed. But then I got to thinking about how it was maybe the only day in the year when most people are home with their families. We celebrate labor day and memorial day and everything is still open. On Christmas and New Years day stores have big sales. Even on Sundays, stores are now open almost all day. So, I think that even though I ended up with a turkey sandwich from the White Hen, ( and it was a great sandwich) it was a good thing that the stores were closed. We need to be shut down completely from time to time. It makes you think about what's really important and what we really need to give thanks for. So, my list now includes all the grocery stores that are open at odd times. We have become so instant , so 24-7, that we need to stop and think and thank our lucky stars that stores can be open as much as they are. And that we can shop mostly whenever we want to. And that the stuff seems to be endless that we can buy. Yes, we need to be grateful for all of that. As well as our usual list that includes our friends and family that we love and can't do without.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22. We will be open from 9-5 on Wednesday, November 21; Friday, November 23; and Saturday, November 24. Please keep the shortened hours on Wednesday in mind when planning to drop off or pick up children.

Happy Thanksgiving from your Youth and Teen Services Staff!

Monday, November 19, 2007


BABYBUG magazine introduces babies and toddlers to the joys of language through simple stories, poems and whimsical artwork. We would like to share this delightful little periodical with all of our extra small patrons. BABYBUG is a monthly periodical with on-going stories about Kim and Carrots, and other favorites. Come in and check it out. Your babybugs will love it!

Penguins on Parade

The movie Happy Feet has sparked a big interest in penguins, especially singing and dancing penguins! Check out this fun animated movie and you can look forward to the changing seasons and be thankful you don't live in Antarctica! Your kids will surely want to learn more about the dancing, singing penguins and we have just the book: The Emperor Penguins. You'll learn about the behavior and physical characteristics of these birds that swim instead of fly. Other stories about these wonderful, waddling birds you might enjoy: Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Penguins Are Coming, and one of my favorite non-fiction stories, March of the Penguins. Their amazing journey is well documented and awe inspiring in this DVD.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Science Project Strategies

If you missed the presentation last Tuesday, we recorded the audio, and have made the slides available online! The audio is approx. 21 minutes.

Science Project Strategies Audio

Science Project Strategies Slides

Be sure to visit our Science Project page for links to websites with project ideas and more!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Homeschooling meeting

Tuesday, November 20 is our monthly "Homeschooling Huddle" meeting.
At 10:00 a.m. anyone who home schools their child is welcome to come and visit with other parents from the Lansing area who also home school. Share ideas, offer support, and make a new friend or two! Library staff will also showcase some new titles that may be of interest to parents and children.
Registration is encouraged; you can register online or by calling the library. Children are, of course, welcome--make a library field trip out of it!

Monday, November 05, 2007

November is...

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. As the proclamation says,

National American Indian Heritage Month is an opportunity to honor the many contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives and to recognize the strong and living traditions of the first people to call our land home.
Check out our display of great books on Native Americans this month! We have a mixture of fiction and non-fiction on display. From books featuring Native American scientists to picture books retelling various legends, you'll find something to enlighten everyone this November.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Pumpkin Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Katie M, the winner in our "Guess the pumpkin's weight" contest! Almost 300 people tried to guess how much the pumpkin weighed. It weighed 32 lbs and Katie guessed it exactly right. Enjoy!

And thank you again to VanDerGriend Farm Stand on Glenwood Lansing Road for donating the pumpkin for our contest!