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!