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.)