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.