Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Why You Should Read to Your Baby - Part 1

It's Fun!

Not only will your baby enjoy being read to, but good children's books are so well-written and illustrated that adults can enjoy them, too!

It's a Bonding Experience

The physical closeness and shared enjoyment of reading to your baby will bring you closer together.

Sponsored by: Baby Talk, "Language, Literature & Love for Infants."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Events during Holiday Break!

The Youth and Teen Department will be hosting some activities during the Holiday break from school.  Game Day will be Monday December 29th at 1 pm and we will also show a Christmas-themed movie on Tuesday December 30th at 1 pm.  Grades 1 and up, no sign-up required.  See you then!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Science Fair Display Boards

You asked for it, you got it! The Youth/Teen Services Department now carries tri-fold display boards commonly used for science fair projects. You may purchase one for $5.00 and avoid the trip to the store. Still in the planning stages? Plan on attending our Science Project Workshop on Sat. Dec. 6 at 12:00, registration requested. We'll help you find and explore an idea.

Join P.T.A.B!!

What is P.T.A.B? P.T.A.B is the Pre-Teen Advisory Board! Who can be in the P.T.A.B? 4th and 5th graders are welcome! The P.T.A.B meets every first and third Tuesday of the month, starting in November. Meetings will take place in the Activity Room from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. At each meeting we will either be doing a craft, playing games, having some snacks, or just hanging out. The goal of P.T.A.B is to figure out activities that 4th and 5th graders would like to do here at the library! Sign-up is not required, but I would like an idea of how many people are interested, so if you are interested, call (708) 474-2447 or come into the Youth Services Department and sign-up for week one!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Today I Will Fly

Today I Will Fly by Mo Willems is a sweet picture book for children that demonstrates what a little determination can do for one friendly pink pig. Piggie's friend Elephant Gerald is skeptical about the ability of pigs flying but quickly learns the impossible becomes possible with the help of friends. Kids will enjoy this story and ask to hear it again and again. Today I Will Fly is one of the twenty books on the list of Monarch nominees. Children in grades kindergarten through third can vote for their favorite from the list after reading or listening to 5 of the titles.

Also by this author, My Friend is Sad.

Friday, September 26, 2008

National Library Card Sign-up Month

Hey kids!  Monday we will be having a celebration for National Library Card Sign-up Month, it will be a Sherlock Holmes party here at the library from 6-7:30 pm.  If you do not have a library card, now is the perfect time to get one.  If you do have a library card, please come and join in the fun!  There will be a scavenger hunt, craft, games and prizes!  Bring the entire family.  Geared toward children through grade 5.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fall into Fall!

Are you as excited about Fall as I am? Are you in 4th or 5th grade? On Saturday, October 4th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., you could be at the library creating a beautiful Fall wreath! Sign-Up for this program is required, so come on in and sign-up at the Youth Services Reference Desk or give us a call at 708-474-2447.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Pajamarama Story Time

It's Pajamarama Story Time once again! Join us on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 in the lower level Community Room at 6:30 p.m. for a fun filled story time followed by a treat of cookies and milk. Be sure to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite nighty-night stuffed animal to cuddle up with and listen to these stories. All pre-K through elementary school children are welcomed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Read Posters

If you were in the Summer Reading Program and read 25 books or more, don't forget to come pick up your read poster! They are located on the wall in the Youth Services Reference Department. If you want to show your face off and let everyone know that you have read 25 books or more for a little bit longer, feel free; but all posters will be taken down by September 27th, so don't forget to come pick yours up!

Thursday, August 21, 2008


In Gossamer, Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. She tends to an old woman's home, where a foster boy named John is staying temporarily. John is going through a very rough time in his life. Littlest One strives to gather happy memories so that she can help him to enjoy sweet dreams each night. However, Littlest One must work extra hard when she discovers that the evil Sinisteeds are going after John and inflicting nightmares into his slumbers. Will Littlest One's gossamer touch save John from his nightmares? Come and check out this book to find out! It is a Rebecca Caudill nominee written by Lois Lowry, a Newbery Award-Winning author.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Library Lion

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen is one of our twenty Monarch Book Award nominees. It's a large picture book about a lion who wanders into a library and discovers the joy storytime! He manages to keep quiet and follow the rules of the library most of the time but then one day something happens that forces him to break the biggest rule of all, no roaring in the library. Could it be he had a good reason to break the rules? Read this sweet story to find out

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Great Fuzz Frenzy

The Great Fuzz Frenzy is one of this years Monarch Award

Nominees. Every year there are twenty nominees chosen for this Childrens choice book award. The Great Fuzz Frenzy was written by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, award-winning picture book creators. This is the story of when Janet's dog Violet dropped a tennis ball down a prairie dog hole one day. The adventure begins! This is a story about greed, teamwork, and fabulous fuzz! It is just a good fun read!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Do You Like to Collect Things?

Although the Summer Reading Program has indeed ended, there is something else you can do to excite you and your friends! The Display Case that the prizes for the Summer Reading Program normally acts as a home for collections. Whether you collect rocks or trolls, we will display your collection for the community to see! If you would like more information or if you would like to fill out our collection form, come on in to the Library and check out the Reference Desk in the Youth Services Department and we will let you know how everything works. Don't forget that you need your parent with you to sign the form to make sure everything is okay!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Only 2 Weeks Left!

With the Summer Reading Program already more than half way through, you may be thinking that there aren't many activities or programs left that you can actually go to.

Don't fret! There are still a few fun things left you can do that do not require a sign up!

Wednesday, July 9th from 2-3 p.m., Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome to listen to Anna Stange, a professional singer and storyteller! Anna has performed across the country from Alaska to Florida! No sign up is required, but the space is limited to the first 250 attendees!

Family Olympics will be held on Wednesday, July 16th from 6-7:30 p.m. All ages, along with parents or caregivers are welcome. Families are invited to come challenge themselves at our Summer Olympics! Speed, strength, and brainpower will all be measured! Including such international events as the Rubber Chicken Chuck and the Water Balloon Toss, you'll discover who in your family is the greatest Olympian! No sign up is required for the Olympics and you can come and go between 6-7:30 p.m.!

Reward yourself with a job well done this summer and join us in an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 23rd from 2-3:30 p.m.! All ages are welcome.

Also, don't forget that on Monday, July 21st, the Scholastic Book Fair opens! It is open until Saturday, August 2nd, and it will be open during library hours. All items are half price! The book fair will be located in the Youth Services Activity Room.

So now mark your calendars and DON'T FORGET! There are still plenty of opportunities to have fun at the library this summer and celebrate summer reading.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Help us get to 500!

Today is the last day of week 3 of our Summer Reading Program, Get In The Game-Read! So far we have read stories to more than 160 children, hosted approximately 150 kids at a variety of programs and given away 507 prizes. Some of our weekly prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants such as Popolano's and Subway, free children's ticket to a Windy City Thunderbolts game and free movie rentals from the library. There are a lot of other prizes to choose from including small toys and trinkets.
We have 472 kids (from babies to 5th graders) signed up to participate in our progam, but it's not enough! We want more! Help us reach 500 children by bringing in your kids, your grandkids, tell your neighbors and co-workers. The Lansing Public Library Youth Services Department wants kids to Get InThe Game & READ! Just stop by the lower level Reference Desk, we'll write down the child's name, grade and school and give you a reading log and summer newsletter. You still have 3 weeks of reading, prizes and programs to enjoy!

Save the dates:
Wednesday July 9, 2pm, singer Anna Stange
Wednesday July 16, 6pm, Family Olympics
Monday July 21, Scholastic Book Fair begins
Wednesday July 23, 2pm, Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

George Did It

George Did It by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain is one of the books nominated for the 2009 Monarch Award. It's an entertaining account of the George Washington one doesn't usually read about in the history books. Did you know that he first rejected the presidential nomination? Or that he preferred brown suits because he wanted Americans to know that the president was a plain, ordinary citizen like everybody else? This picture book is the perfect reading material for Fourth of July so check it out!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Do you have a cassette player?

If you're like me, you might not find a cassette player around your house much anymore. Or your car--most cars have CD players lately. Now what does that mean for the age-old kits, or book and cassette combos we have here at the library?

Never fear--we're on it. We now have a new collection of books that come with CDs instead of cassettes, called ReadAlong books. These are the same as the kits-- when you check out the picture book it comes with an audio CD of the story that children can listen along to. Some even have a choice of audio with or without "page turn" signals (that magic little chime that tells you when to turn the page).

You'll find the ReadAlong collection at the end of the picture books, only a few feet away from the cassette kits. You can check out up to five at a time, and they're great for car trips or to just help the kids occupy themselves for half an hour.

And for the diehard cassette fans, don't worry. We will keep the kits of books and cassettes for a while still. But think about giving the CDs a try, okay?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter

Beatrice's Goat has become one of my all time, very favorite books!This is a story of a young girl named Beatrice and her family. Beatrice lives with her mother and five younger siblings in a rural Ugandan village in Africa. This story reveals the devastating reality of poverty. Beatrice's dream was to be able to go to school, but there was no money for that. Heifer Project International, a charitable organization that provides livestock to families living in poverty, was able to help her family by providing a goat for Beatrice and her family through charitable contributions. Mugisa the goat (whose name means Luck) provided the benefits of nutrition and income from her milk. With the sale of her milk, Beatrice's mother was able to send her to school. Beatrice's mother also passed on the gift of the first female baby goat to another family who was in need, continuing the benefits of income and nutrition to another family in their village. Beatrice is now in the United States, continuing her education. Her new dream is of a mission to be a part of Heifer International. She plans to return to Uganda after she graduates in order to continue helping her family and neighbors. If you've ever had a difficult time choosing a charitable organization to contribute to, I would recommend The Heifer International Organization. This is a wonderful organization whose goal is to alleviate world hunger and dedicated to the work of justice and peace around the world.
This book and its message are truly an example of the "pay it forward" theory. I hope that you will come in and check it out for yourself. Happy Summer!

Gotta Catch 'Em All

Everyone on the library staff will be featured on a trading card! If you collect all the trading cards before the Summer Reading Program ends on July 26, 2008, you can enter to win a whole ice cream cake for yourself!! Ask all the staff you see for their card and even trade with friends. You might even come across a card at a program so keep your eyes open and try to catch 'em all!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Get in the Game

When I was a kid we played all kinds of games. We played board games, paper games, inside rainy day games, outside games, and games that we made up. One of my favorite games is and was Monopoly. When I was too little to play my Aunt Jan would move my piece and play the game for me. We would get together at my Granny's house with all the relatives and play killer monopoly.
Everybody played. So, I got to play too. My Aunt usually, not always, won. She was very good at that game. When I got older, I played with my neighborhood friends. We loved the game so much that we played for weeks at a time. We would leave the board all set up at Jody's house. After school we would gather for a round of monopoly. We really had to trust each other because we left all the pieces out, including the money. I don't remember who won. That wasn't the point of playing back then. We just wanted the game to go on and on because it was so much fun. Good games are like that. You can take an element of a game and make it last forever. You just need to get into the spirit of the thing and have fun. So, this summer, join us at the library and get in the game. We'll make some fun.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Block Party!

Join the Lansing Public Library in a kick off for the summer reading program!

It is on June 6, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
There will be many activities for every age group, not to mention tons fun and food that can be purchased from Komo's Grill, Digger Dogs, Dairy Queen, and Giuseppe's Pizzeria!
Some things that will be taking place are Face Painting, Games, Fire Dept., Police k-9 Unit, Soccer, Caricature Artist, Golf, Baseball, Football, Book Walk, Stump the Librarian, Sports Trivia, Bean Bag Toss, DDR, and much, much more!

Not only will there be awesome fun to be had, but there will also be free replacements for lost library cards! This is a very special opportunity!

The sign up for the summer reading program: Get in the Game...Read! and many of the activities that will take place during the summer will also begin at the block party.

You may think that the block party couldn't get any better...but it does!
At 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., BMX Rider Matt Wilhelm will be performing!

From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Caricature Artist Chuck Senties will be around do draw goofy pictures!

At 7:00 p.m. the Lansing Police K-9 Unit will be here.

Dan Soto & Company will be performing for your listening pleasure from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

So come have fun, join in games, and eat some food at the community block party at the Lansing Library's front lawn!

(Friday, June 6 will be the only day that the library is open from 1-5 p.m. The block party will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nora's Ark

We have many copies of the 20 books nominated for the 2009 Monarch Award and one you might enjoy is Nora's Ark, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock with illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully. This picture book is based on the true story of the flood of 1927, the worst disaster in Vermont's history. In Nora's Ark, Grandma is the first to suspect the rain might last awhile so she bakes 27 loaves of bread. When it comes down in torrents, Grandpa decides to move Wren and Grandma Nora to higher ground in the new house he's been building. Eventually, that house on higher ground helped save the lives of 23 people, 3 horses, a cow, 5 pigs, 4 cats and 100 chickens. Nora's Ark is a wonderful story of bravery, compassion and neighbors helping neighbors.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Secret Olivia Told Me

The Secret Olivia Told Me is written by N. Joy, and illustrated by Nancy Devard. This is one of my favorite new books! This book has been awarded a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Peace, Non-violent Social Change and Brotherhood, and what a story it is!
I don't know which I like more, the story or the illustrations? The illustrations are all done in striking shades of red, black and white. The story; well let me tell you that the ending is a cliff hanger, but the message is loud and clear. Secrets told have a way of taking on a whole new life of their own! What a wonderful book! Come in and check out this book and many more on our new book shelves. Don't forget to ask about the Library Block Party on Friday, June 6th, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., and get the New Summer Newsletter with all of our summer events and programs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Get in the Game, READ!

When I was a kid my family went to the library every Saturday. I can remember looking at books in the adult section and hoping that "someday" soon I would be able to check them out. I was just a kid so they were too complicated for me. My section was down in the basement. And it was a real basement not just called that. My first story time was with a very tiny little lady who had very long hair in braids that she wrapped around her head. I think she was the oldest librarian on staff at the time. And I loved her very much. My dad once told me that I had a library card before I could even walk. That's how much my parents loved reading. And they passed on that passion to me. Now, here comes the moral of the story. I'm a reader because my parents were readers. I read everything with words on it. I read signs, notes, bookmarks, instructions, etc. I love to read. And I owe it all to my parents. And the second part of the moral is this, people who read get better grades. All it takes is 4 books read over the summer to keep a kids grade level up. Now think about that. If all it takes is 4 books, what would happen if you read more? You do the math. I'll be reading a book.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The librarians go marching one by one...

Saturday, May 3 is the Village of Lansing's Annual Good Neighbor Day Parade. Your favorite librarians from Lansing Library will be marching front and center (or near the front, in the center of the street) to greet you all. We've got some good candy and some fun library party info for you, so be sure to wave hello and check out our amazing covered wagon!

A little bit more information on the parade is available on the village's website (but be careful, because you won't find your way back to the library website easily from there). Plan on watching the parade? Did you see us last year? Are you reading this late (or are a time-traveler) and already saw the parade? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Hats and hot weather

If you know me at all, or have seen me in the library, I usually have a hat on my head. Today, I started out with a white bonnet. This is a special hat. This hat was given to me by a friend for the Good Neighbor Parade. I won't be marching that day. I'll be here in the library working. But, I wanted a hat to wear for that day anyway. So, next Saturday, I expect you to go to the Good Neighbor Parade in Lansing. If you miss it, or can't go, you can come and see me. I'll be wearing my hat and an apron (if I'm lucky). And I might even throw in a song and dance, if you treat me right. Just kidding.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bye-Bye Crib

Change can be scary, especially if you think a monster is part of the change! Bye-Bye Crib by Alison McGhee is a brand new picture book about a little boy growing out of his crib and moving to a new bed. He's happy to be a big boy which means no bottle and no diaper but then Mom and Dad inform him that it also means no more crib! That new bed looks like a monster bed and he's worried he might get lost in the sheets or that his cover will fall off the edge and he'll freeze. Mom and Dad encourage him to be brave so he first moves his blankie to the new bed, then his pillow and finally makes the jump himself with Baby Kitty. If you have a little one about to make this change, this is a must read that will help with the transition.

Friday, April 18, 2008

New Caudills are here in the library

It's National Library Week! The new Rebecca Caudill book collection is now in the library. This collection of books is for grades 4-8. There are 20 selections to choose from. In order to vote next February you must read or listen to 3 of these titles. That's less than 1/7 of the collection. Of course you can read more than 3 if you want to. I would encourage you to read as many as you can. You know we do have a battle of the books each year and it would be great if you could enter the contest when it comes. So, the next time you come to the library check out the new book section, that's where you will find the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award books.

Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

It's National Library Week! Mrs. Marlowe's Mice happens to be one of many new books on our new books shelves! I have been reading this book to the children and they all seem to love it!
Mrs. Eleanor Marlowe is a quiet law-abiding citizen. She works at The Purrington Street Library, but at night she returns home to a family of mice. One day the Catland Security office shows up at her door and accuse her of harboring mice. "Me! A mouse-keeper?" she chuckles. "Why, that's ridiculous!" Can this crafty librarian outsmart the Catland Security Police and save her family of mice, or does she have a deeper, darker secret? Is Mrs. Marlowe the kindly mouse-sympathizer she appears, or is she really a well mannered monster with a sinister plan to fatten up her little friends and devour them one by one? You must read this tale to find out, and if you enjoy it, you might try Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by the same authors, Frank and Devin Asch. They are a father-son writing, illustrating and photography team. Together they have garnered many honors and star reviews.
I just know that you will enjoy their newest collaboration!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Visitor for Bear

It's National Library Week! What are you reading? Is it a good book? Does it make you laugh out loud? Well, this is a great book. It's a brand new book and you can find it in the new book section at the library. This new book is titled A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker and is illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. The cover shows what much of this book is about. There is a little mouse who wants to visit with this great big bear. The bear is pointing to the NO Visitors allowed sign on his front door. The little mouse just smiles. This is a beginning to a very sweet, funny book about a little mouse who is very persistent in asking for what he wants. In response, the bear is equally persistent in saying "no" to everything the mouse asks for. Who will win? Who will lose? Will there be a middle ground? I'm not telling, you will just have to read the book . This is one that I'm adding to my collection.

Poem in Your Pocket

It's National Library Week!

It's also Poem in your Pocket day!

Celebrate the first national Poem In Your Pocket Day!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 17.

Check out our display of poetry books in Youth Services to find your own poem for your pocket!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bear's Picture

It's National Library Week. It's a great time to come into the library and check out all the new books. One of the newest ones on the shelves is Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by D.B. Johnson. There is a little bear who paints a picture. As he paints, two men come along and stop to watch. As they watch, they ask questions and generally make a nuisance of themselves. The picture is quite colorful and very meaningful to the little bear. The men don't understand what the little bear is painting. They don't think he should be painting at all. The painting is little bears' picture. The meaning of the picture is his alone. It doesn't matter what they think or how they feel about it. Their opinion doesn't matter at all. What matters is what little bear thinks and feels about his painting. And that is why I love this book.

National Library Week! April 13 - 19th

What is National Library Week?

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

Julie Andrews Named National Library Week Honorary Chair

Julie Andrews was named Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2008 at a press conference at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tuesday, April 15th is National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week, April 13 -19, 2008. April 15th is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

New Computers!

It's National Library Week!

We got all new computers and a reservation system at the library!
You NEED your library card to use the computer no matter what you are using the computer for.
Were you sick of not being able to use word processing AND the internet at the same time?
Now you can!
There is a reservation system that allows you to be on the computer for a 90 minute time frame.
When you are reserving a computer, you can choose lower level or upper level computers. Make sure that if you want to be using a computer downstairs you choose lower level and if you want to use one upstairs you use upper level!
A clock will display on your screen letting you know how much time you have left to work on the computer.
Warnings will be given at 10 minutes, 4 minutes, and 2 minutes remaining to give you a chance to save your work before your session closes.
The system will also allow users to extend their computer time if there are no reservations waiting. Watch for a box on your screen offering additional time, and choose the prompt to accept additional time if needed.
Don't forget to bring a floppy disk, CD-R, CD-RW, or USB Flash drive to save your work, anything you save to the computer will be wiped off as soon as your session ends.
If all the computers are full when you want to go on, you can reserve a computer for the next available opening.
When you want to leave your computer you can put a lock on it and make up your own password so that no one else can use the computer you are on when you walk away.
The reservation system will not take any reservations after 7:30 p.m. and all sessions going on will end at 7:45 p.m!

Get in the Game--Read art contest

It's National Library Week. This week you can enter an art contest for the Summer Reading program Get in the Game -- Read. Students in grades K-5 are eligible to enter this contest.
This is the art contest where you get to design the reading logo for the summer reading program. You may use markers, crayons, colored pencil or paint. You should use white paper as your background. The paper should be a regular sized 81/2" x 11" sheet(not larger). For a list of all the rules you can stop by the reference desk in the Youth department. So, start thinking about what you would like to draw or paint. The winning pictures will be used on our summer program materials.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Join the Circle of Knowledge

It's National Library Week! This year's theme for the week is "Join the Circle of Knowledge @ your library." Expand your knowledge in a theme-based way... start with the circle books!

There's The Circle of Days, by Reeve Lindbergh. Based on the work of St. Francis of Assisi, this book combines glorious pictures with the wonder of the Earth.

The Goodnight Circle
, by Carolyn Lesser, talks about what animals do from morning until night.

Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven tells the story of the baskets of sweetgrass woven by the Gullahs.

And there's so many more! If you have a favorite "circular" book, leave a comment and let us know!

The Boy Sherlock Holmes: His 1st Case

Join The Circle of Knowledge @ your library! April 13 - 19, 2008 is National Library Week, and what better way to begin the celebration than with a new book? What we have here is a new brand of Sherlock Holmes classic mysteries. Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock is the introduction to The Boy Sherlock Holmes series.
Sherlock Holmes is just thirteen years old and a misfit. His mother is a highborn daughter of an aristocratic English family and his father, a poor Jew. Their marriage makes them social outcasts in London in the 1860's, and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden. He has no friends and is bullied at school. He belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way through life.
Though still a young boy, Sherlock's power of observation are already apparent. Sherlock finds himself at the center of a grisly murder mystery, drawn in until he too is a suspect. A fatal mistake and its shocking consequences change everything in Sherlock's world and put him on the path to becoming the world's greatest detective.
This book is a background story to the most famous, fictional detective of all time.
The game is afoot so don't miss this most excellent mystery!

Noah's Ark Animals

Have you seen them? They're everywhere! Climbing the walls, flying through the air, slithering over the tops of bookcases, it's quite the menagerie! The animals from Noah's Ark are on display here in the Youth Services Department courtesy of the Kindergarten Classes at St. Ann school. Each student is assigned an animal and given a paper plate and must create that animal using the plate in some way. It's a wonderful opportunity for the students and their families to work on something together, share in it's development and take pride in the final project. Each animal is uniquely constructed using whatever medium the family and student choose. We have some done in felt, feathers, paper mache, recycled materials and of course, the paper plate is in there somewhere too! On a few of the animals it's a challenge to find the plate in the construction but you just have to search a little harder. Stop in to view the Noah's Ark Animals before they fly, crawl, stomp home next month and check out a book on your favorite animal or family craft projects!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Shredded Book Contest

It's National Library Week, and we have a special contest for you. If you are in 8th grade or younger you can enter this contest. We have shredded a book. Yes, a real book has been shredded and put in a jar. You can view this jar starting on Monday, April 14th in the Youth Department. So, take a look and see if you can figure out what book we shredded. You only have one guess, so look carefully at the jar. Then ask the librarian at Youth reference for a slip and make your best guess about the title of the book. If you win the drawing you will have your choice of a book prize. One of the books you may pick is The Kindness Quilts by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Come in and enter the contest and find out about the other book prizes.

It's National Library Week!

Join the circle of knowledge @ your library: celebrate National Library Week at the Lansing Public Library, April 13-19, 2008

It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide - and the perfect time to discover how you can join the circle of knowledge @ your library.

The Lansing Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with different events for adults, teens, and children. Watch our blog and check our website for more information.

“Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities,” says Debbie Albrecht, director of Lansing Library. “At our library, people of all backgrounds can come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get a job or to find homework help, attend story times, research their family genealogy, and much, much more.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Watch our blog this week as we celebrate National Library Week online!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Save the date!

We've got tons of great stuff coming up here at the library so SAVE THE DATES NOW!
**There are still 1 or 2 openings in the Monday storytimes at 10:30 & 11:30 as well as Wednesday at 10:30 & 11:30.
**National Library Week is April 14-19, come in and guess the title of our shredded picture book! Hint: it's a former Monarch nominee, we own 4 copies of it and it has a 2 word title.
**April Showers Storytime is Saturday April 19th at 10:30.
**Deadline for the Summer Reading Logo contest is April 25th. We've got great prizes waiting for the best "Get In The Game-Read" logo!
**Good Neighbor Parade is May 3, look for library staff to come marching along!
**After school knitting with Miss Patti begins at 4:00 on May 7 and every Wednesday after that.
**Saturday May 10 at 10:30 is our Mother's Day Tea.
**Pajamarama Storytime on May 14th at 6:30 will be a good time for kids. Come dressed in your pj's, listen to some great stories and enjoy cookies and milk.
**June 6 is our second annual Block Party from 6-8:30! Sign up for summer reading, play games, win prizes, and have a great time!
Please call the Youth Services Department to sign up for these and other programs.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Don't wake up the bear!

I love bear picture books. I have quite a collection of bear books to read for story times. The newest one that I've found is, Don't Wake Up the Bear! by Marjorie Dennis Murray and Patricia Wittmann. In the beginning, there is a bear asleep in his cave. Along comes a cold hare (that's rabbit for those of you who don't know what a hare is). The hare thinks that it will be alright to snuggle with the bear in his warm cave. And it is alright as long as she's quiet. Then a badger appears and we hold our breath until he settles down. As the story unfolds it is a test of how quiet they can be for each animal that comes into the cave. Can they can add themselves to the whole group without waking up the bear? You will have to read the book to find out. In the grand tradition of bear books this one joins my collection of books Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman and The Mitten adapted by Jan Brett.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Showers Storytime

On April 19th at 10:30 a.m. there will be a special April Shower's Storytime in the Activity Room!
We will read Spring stories and make beautiful flowers from coffee filters and Easter egg dye.
Children up to 3rd grade are welcome.
Since this craft can be a little messy, parents must accompany children under the age of 7!
Sign-Up is required.

Come to the Youth Services Reference Desk or call us (708)474-2447 for more information.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring Is In The Air!

Can you feel it? Can you smell it? That sense of something new is in the air... spring in on the way! Try to ignore the forecasts of snow, enjoy the extra hours of daylight, think about a visit to the nursery and picking out new flowers to plant. And of course the best way to get everyone ready for spring is to read books about it! We have several on display in the library to make your search as easy as possible. Check out the round display case by the courtyard window in Youth Services and it will definitely put you in the mood to get your garden growing. There are several more books all ready for you by the table under the clock. So turn off the television and computer, take the kids outside and get some dirt under your fingernails!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter

I am a big fan of Aunt Dimity books, so I was delighted to discover a new one about vampires. This one is titled Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter and was written by Nancy Atherton. Now, as anyone knows who has read Aunt Dimity books, Lori Shepherd usually gets the wrong end of the stick. She always jumps to conclusions, usually the wrong ones. And she makes assumptions that prove to be way off base. She is great at pulling the reader along with her, usually through a bog or two. We discover what's really happening at about the time that she gets things straight. In Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter, Lori must face some frightening situations. Her boys are now attending a day school. Lori is sure that something awful will happen to them because she is not with them every minute of every day. The twins are sure that they saw a vampire while riding their ponies. Their head mistress is sure that the twins are making up this story. Lori knows that her boys tell the truth. The question remains, did they really see a vampire? And what does Aunt Dimity think about all of this? It's a great read from start to finish. If you have never read an Aunt Dimity book before you are in for a real treat.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Homework Help Hiatus

Homework Help will not meet this week (March 25 and 27) due to spring break. Homework Help will also not meet next week (April 1 and April 3).

Lansing Library will be closed Tuesday, April 8 for staff training. There will be no Homework Help on Tuesday, April 8.

Homework Help will resume on Thursday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m. See you then!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oscar and the Mooncats

Oscar loved his boy, but more than anything else he loved to jump up to places where he could watch everything. The real dilema begins when he decides to jump back down. The author of the story is Lynda Gene Rymond and the book is illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli. You just have to check this book out to appreciate the totally beautiful illustrations and the delightful story. This has become one of my new favorite books! I have a very good feeling that Oscar and the Mooncats is one of those books that your children will want to revisit.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Larry the Library Labrador

Larry the library dog, can be checked out from the children's circulation desk. Larry comes with his own bag and book. Larry is for anyone who goes on a trip or special adventure. Children can take pictures of Larry and themselves and record all that they do in the book that comes with him. It is a lot of fun to read some of the adventures that other children have had with Larry along for the ride. Larry has been around since the Lewis & Clark summer reading program. Larry is now 4 years old. That's not too old in human years or dog years. So, why not check Larry out and take him with you the next time you go to see your Grandmother, or Grandfather, or even on your sleep over with a friend. Don't forget to bring him back. He really does live at the library.

Friday, March 14, 2008

And the winners are...

Two children's choice awards were announced this morning.

The official winner of the Rebecca Caudill Award, as voted on by 4th-8th graders across the state of Illinois, is Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick.

Check out Brandi's review on our Teen Blog from March of 2007 to find out more about this great story. Or check out a copy and read it for yourself!

Also announced was the winner of the Monarch Award, voted on by readers from kindergarten through third grade. It came in third at Lansing Library, but it won statewide... If I Built A Car by Chris Van Dusen, a fun picture book that's always checked out (put a copy on hold so you get a chance to read it!).

Time is almost up to read the 2008 nominees... watch for the new nominees for both awards to appear on the shelves in April!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Flag Contest

The Lansing Historical Society is sponsoring a flag design contest for the Village of Lansing. The winning flag will be flown over the Village of Lansing Offices and will be available for purchase from the Historical Society. The contest is open to all residents regardless of age. Please pick up an entry form with the complete contest details at the circulation desks in the library or at the Village Clerk's office at 18200 Chicago Avenue.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Story-time sign-up - Program dates and Times

It's almost that time again! On Monday March 10th, 2008, Story-time sign-up begins. Story-times will begin again the week of March 24th, 2008.

BABY-TALK: Story-time with caregiver.
Monday, - Monday, March 24th - April 28th, 2008, with Miss Patti
10:30 a.m. - Birth-12 months
11:30 a.m. - 13 months-24 months
Wednesday, - Wednesday, March 26th - April 30th, 2008, with Miss Patti
11:30 a.m. - 13 months-24 months
Sign-up is required.

TODDLER-TIME: Story-time with caregiver
Wednesday, - Wednesday, March 26th - April 30th, 2008, with Miss Rebecca
10:30 a.m. - 24 months-36 months
sign-up is required

PRE-K: Story-time
Thursday, March 27th - Thursday, May 1st, 2008
10:30 a.m. - 3 years - 5 years
11:30 a.m. - 3 years - 5 years
sign-up is required

Beginning Monday, March 10th, 2008 you may call or come in to sign-up your child for these story-times.

Photo: Baby Bears Chairs, by Jane Yolen

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Photos from Dr. Seuss's Birthday Party!

Three boys take a break from games and stories to snack on fish (one fish, two fish, goldfish, Swedish fish) during our Dr. Seuss Party on March 3, 2008!

Over 200 people came to play games, make hats, vote for their favorite Seuss book, and listen to stories read by Lansing's Police Chief McDevitt! Check out all the great pictures and see if you recognize anyone.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."

That's the first 2 pages from one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Can you guess which one it is?
We're celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday next Monday, March 3rd, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Youth Services Department. All kids up to 3rd grade are invited to enjoy the games, treats, activity pages and stories read by Police Chief McDevitt. Be sure to check out the prizes on display at the circulation desk, they're all looking for a good home!

be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on you way!"

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat who Taught Her to Fly is a wonderfully written tale of a mother seagull and her as yet, unhatched egg. It is a tale about the lengths a parent will go for their child. As mother gull Kengah struggles to the nearest port with her wings weighted down from an oil-slick, she meets a kindly fat black cat named Zorba. Zorba pledges three promises to Kengah. He will watch over her egg, he will not eat the egg and finally when it's time, he will teach the baby gull to fly. As Zorba struggles to fulfill his promises, it proves the truth that love overcomes the greatest of differences.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Red Rose Box

February is Black History Month and we have several books on display in the youth/teen department that we hope you'll take the time to investigate. One book you might enjoy is The Red Rose Box, by Brenda Woods. This is Ms. Woods first novel and was awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor in 2003. It's 1953 and ten year old Leah, a poor black girl from Louisiana, receives an unexpected surprise in the mail one day from her aunt, a red rose box. It immediately opens the door in Leah's mind to all the possibilities the world has to offer. She treasures the box and all of its beautiful contents: shiny jewelry, expensive soaps and train tickets to visit Aunt Olivia in California. Leah's mother agrees to put aside her differences with her glamorous sister and takes Leah and young Ruth to California. And for the first time in their lives, Leah and her family are free. They don't have to ride the back of the bus in California, they don't have to drink from a separate water fountain or enter the back door to shops and restaurants. After returning to Louisiana, Leah and young Ruth are again invited to vacation with Aunt Olivia, this time in New York. While there, Leah loses what she loves most dearly and simultaneously gains a new, exciting life filled with freedoms she never knew existed. The Red Rose Box will take you on a sentimental, moving journey and because it's so well written, it will be just a little easier for you to imagine what it must be like to be a poor black girl in the rural south during a time of great social change in our country.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A view from the Paparazzi

Pop Culture: A View from the Paparazzi is another new series of books featuring some of the hottest new stars out there today! These books examine the stars private lives from their family and relationships through every aspect of their careers from beginning to end. The books are full of career and lifestyle choices and a chronology of their work, their accomplishments and awards and really great photographs. These books are fun and interesting reads. Come in and check them out!

Russell the Sheep

Russell the Sheep is a character in three wonderful picture books by Rob Scotton. The latest book in the collection is Russell's Christmas Magic. Russell is hanging up lanterns in the old tree when Santa crash lands in Frogsbottom Field. The sleigh is broken, and Russell can actually "see" Santa. Now this usually doesn't happen. You are not supposed to "see" Santa when he delivers the toys. Now that the sleigh is really broken, Santa wants to cancel Christmas. What's a sheep to do? Russell thinks he can help fix the problem. And he does. You will have to read the book to find out how Russell does this. Rob Scotton has a wonderful imagination. The stories are fun to share with a group of children, and the pictures are delightful. If you read this book you will discover a frog making a snow angel, as well as reindeer wearing ice skates.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Little House on the Prairie arrives on CD

Shall auld acquaintance be forgot, and the days of auld lang syne?

When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, "What are the days of auld lang syne, Pa?"

"They are the days of a long time ago, Laura," Pa said. "Go to sleep, now."

Relive the days of auld lang syne. Newly arrived at Lansing Library is Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series on CD. These classic tales tell of Laura's life as a child, traveling by covered wagon and growing up on the Dakota prairie. The audio versions include fiddle music to help bring the stories alive for the listener.

Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time during a long (or short) car trip. They're great for struggling readers to listen to and follow along with the story. And unabridged versions like these leave nothing out, giving you the whole story just as you would read it yourself.

Share one of these classics with your children today, or reacquaint yourself with the series. Begin with Little House in the Big Woods and move on from there. You'll be transported to the snowy woods of Wisconsin, to a time where fresh meat came from hunting and trapping and a trip to town was a very special occasion indeed. Revisit the joys of a sugaring dance, of a roasted pig's tail, and of a simple rag doll named Charlotte.

Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa's fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the fire-light gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, genly rocking and knitting.

She thought to herself, "This is now."

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

If You Listen

I decided I wanted to share a story about love in this blog entry so I went looking for love! It wasn't hard to find it here in the Youth Services Department, we have lots of books about all kinds of love. I rediscovered a few old favorites I read to my kids when they were small and I also found a new treasure. If You Listen is not your usual love story. It starts with the question "How do you know if someone far away is loving you?" and answers it in a unique and beautiful way. It helps you see love in the drop of a flower petal, a streak of lightning or a dog barking in the distance. It also reminds us that love doesn't have to be hearts and candy from those nearby. It can be felt in the everyday moments of our lives. If You Listen, by Charlotte Zolotow, is an excellent book to share with a child who has a father serving overseas.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Do Unto Otters

Do Unto Otters ( a book about manners) by Laurie Keller, asks and answers the age old question about how you want to be treated. This is the golden rule otter style. The otter family moves next door to a rabbit. The rabbit is quite upset. What if they don't get along, what if they don't like each other? He doesn't know anything about otters. He doesn't know how to behave around otters. A wise old owl asks the rabbit how he would want to be treated. This is the beginning to a delightful book about manners for children of all ages. The rabbit talks about what is important to him. He wants the otters to be polite and friendly and honest with him. He hopes that they won't be mean to him or tease him for being who he is. He hopes that they will forgive him when he is wrong. This little book is packed with great little lessons. This is a great book to read with your older kids. It has a lot to say in a not preachy way. And the punch line made me laugh out loud. I'm adding this one to my collection for storytime.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


HIP-HOP! We have added this great new series of books to our collection. The series includes 33 titles of different hip-hop artists. These books include a Hip-Hop time-line, and the Hip-Hop influence on a whole generation of young performers who have been have been heavily influenced by hip-hop music and culture. Each title is a biography of an individual artist that includes their accomplishments and awards, albums, number-one singles, DVDs and films. Come in and check it out!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Psst! by Adam Rex

Here's a delightfully fun new book in our collection--Psst! by Adam Rex. A young girl visits the zoo and is surprised when the animals begin to speak to her... all starting with "Psst!" What do they have to say? Well, they need things. The gorilla's swing broke, so he needs a new tire. Better get two, just in case. The bats need flashlights. Not for them, but for the hippopotamus in their cave. And on it goes. Psst! is a great story to read to preschoolers, with humorous illustrations that adults will get a kick out of as well (Where do the camels live? Why, in camel-lot, of course).

Give Psst! a try--it just might become one of your new favorites.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Chinese New Year

This year is the year of the Rat in Chinese Astrology. The Chinese year will begin February 7th, 2008. Some say that the year of the rat is the time to invest or preserve what you have. It is a year full of surprises. If you are a rat, this is your year to profit. However, there may be rain ahead. There is now a display in Youth Services about Chinese New Year. There are books about the celebration itself, and books about what your animal sign says about you. Check out the display and check out a book today. Gung Hay Fat Choy.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Where I Live

Do you love where you live? Your house? Your neighborhood? Have you ever thought about how you would feel if you had to move? Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli is the sweet story of young Diana who has to move to a new home and must learn to say good bye and hello all at once. This book is written in simple, childlike verse as Diana's diary which makes it a quick and easy read. You'll come to know and care about Diana as well as her family, her friends and her house and will find yourself wanting to know more. After you finish this one, you'll want to check out more books by Eileen Spinelli. You'll also love the illustrations by Matt Phelan in this book. The expressive pencil drawings truly match the verse and I found myself studying each drawing and wishing I could convey so much with just a few strokes the way he does.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Do you have a totally sweet collection that you want to show off to the community? Come to the Youth Services section of the Lansing Public Library and fill out a collection form and you can put your stuff in our display case! Everyone gets to show off their collection for an entire month so all of your friends will get a chance to catch a glimpse! For more information, stop by the Reference desk down stairs or call (708) 474-2447.

Monday, January 14, 2008

And the winner is...

The winners of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced today!

Winning the John Newbery Award for excellence in literature to children:
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz and Robert Byrd

Winning the Randolph Caldecott Award for illustrations:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

These books, along with all the other winners, are available to be checked out now!

View the complete list of winners here.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Story-time sign-up - Program dates and times

It's almost that time again! On Monday January 14, 2008, Story-time sign-up begins. Story-times will begin again the week of January 28, 2008.

BABY-TALK: Story-time with caregiver.
Monday, January 28 - Monday, March 3,2007, with Miss Patti
10:30 a.m. - Birth-12 months
11:30 a.m. - 13 months-24 months
Wednesday, January 30th - Wednesday, March 5, 2007
11:30 a.m. - 13 months-24 months
Sign-up is required.

TODDLER-TIME: Story-time with caregiver
Wednesday, January 30 - Wednesday, March 5, 2007, with Miss Rebecca
10:30 a.m. - 24 months-36 months
sign-up is required

PRE-K: Story-time
Thursday, January 31 - Thursday, March 6,2007
10:30 a.m. - 3 years - 5 years
11:30 a.m. - 3 years - 5 years
sign-up is required

Beginning Monday, January 14th, you may call or come in to sign-up your child for these story-times.

Photo: Baby Bears Chairs, by Jane Yolen

Monday, January 07, 2008

January is National Soup Month

Soup and books are both good for the soul. To celebrate National Soup Month, we have several soup books on display in the round case in the Youth Services Department waiting to be checked out. Some include tasty, simple recipes that kids will love making at home. Too Many Cooks, by Andrea Buckless is a Hello Math, Easy Reader Book, level 3 with colorful, engaging pictures that will help kids forget they are practicing math skills. Try the author's recipe at the very end, it could become your family's favorite! Do you have a soup recipe you'd like to share with us? We'd love to try it!