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.