Thursday, December 03, 2009

Book of the Month, J Fiction -- December 2009

Enola's mother has vanished, and on Enola's fourteenth birthday, no less. To help locate her mother, Enola enlists her two much-older brothers, brilliant detectives Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. But after the famous, long-absent brothers arrive at the country estate, the siblings discover that their mother's disappearance was likely a carefully planned escape. Convinced that Enola has had no proper role model, Mycroft and Sherlock insist on packing Enola off to boarding school; there, they assume, she will finally become a proper young woman. Too independent for that fate, Enola strikes out on her own: She slips away from the estate, disguises herself, and embarks on a daring trip to London to search for her mother. What she finds instead is a new mystery and possibly a new life and career for herself--if she can stay out of danger long enough.

This smart, fast-paced tale of a budding detective abounds with twists, puzzles, and intrigue. Enola's wit, humor, and sharp observations make for lively narration and show other characters in colorful detail.

Be sure to leave us a comment about this J Fiction Book of the Month, or let us know about other books you'd like to see as our J Fiction Book of the Month!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Book of th Month - November 2009


I know that it's not October or Halloween but I just had to make this my favorite
Book of the Month. Halloween is only one day before November so I decided to choose this book.

Miss Smith is one happenin' teacher with her orange spiky hair and her way cool orange glasses. Miss Smith takes her class on a field trip to the local public library. They meet some very strange characters including Ms. Virgina Creeper, the purple- haired, purple- lipsticked, and purple- fingernailed librarian. Miss Smith introduces the children to a whole host of frightening creatures that emerge from the pages of the most "Incredible Storybook." Find out what they have to do to get the characters back into the book just in time before the senior citizen book club arrives.

Feel free to leave a comment about the Book of the Month or tell us what book you would like to see as the next Book of the Month.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Storytelling Program with Grant Fitch

Professional storyteller, Grant Fitch, will be visiting the Lansing Public Library, Thursday September 17th at 6:30 pm. Grant's stories are funny and highly entertaining for the whole family! This is a family event in honor of National Library Card Sign-up Month.

Any child that signs up for a new library card on this night will get to enter a chance into a raffle for a great prize.

If you haven't visited the library yet this fall, be sure to come out to this event, it is worth it!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! This is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Libraries plan an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning (

Stop by Lansing Public Library and sign-up for your card this month! Books, DVD's, CD's, audiobooks, Wifi and more await you. You never know what you might find. There is also great programming for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dog Days of Summer

Our successful 6 week summer reading program is officially over, now what to do? The answer is obvious, KEEP READING! Come in and check out our Dog Days of Summer book display, you're bound to find a title to take home. Summer At World's End, How Smart Is Your Dog?, and The Summer My Father Was Ten are just a few of the books on display by the reference desk. The new book shelf is also another great place to browse for something to check out and take home.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We would like to thank the generous sponsors of our Youth Summer Reading Program:

  • Wing-Stop
  • Subway
  • Popolano's
  • Burger King
  • The DuPage Children's Museum
  • The Windy City Thunderbolts

Thanks very much!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Save The Date!

Be sure to mark your calendars now for Friday, June 5th, for Lansing Library's annual block party! The fun begins at 6pm and lasts until 8:30pm. Preschoolers can play original games such as Mini-Shoe-Golf, Clean the Lake and Fill The Buckets and win a prize the first time they play. There will be more games for the older kids, as well as live music, a jump rope performer, and food and refreshments for sale. Our block party is the big kick off to our summer reading program and this year's theme is LIVE GREEN, READ GREEN @ YOUR LIBRARY so be sure to come join the fun and sign-up the whole family for summer reading!

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's National Library Week!

This week is National Library Week!
Come to the library and check out your favorite books, CDs, movies, or magazines!

Monday this week from 4-5 p.m. is weaving with Miss Patti for ages 10 and up.
Wednesday this week from 4-5 p.m. is string art with Miss Kara for ages 10 and up.

Celebrate National Library Week!

Join John Lithgow and BOOK IT! in America's Biggest Bedtime Story

Join John Lithgow and BOOK IT! in America's Biggest Bedtime Story

DALLAS, April 13, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Mom, is it bedtime yet? This is not a question that is often heard by parents, but on Tuesday, April 14, kids will have something to look forward to at bedtime -- America's Biggest Bedtime Story. The online special event hosted by Pizza Hut's BOOK IT!(R) Program, the nation's largest reading incentive program, will feature children's author and actor John Lithgow reading a bedtime story to families across the country.

Readers can go to on April 14 to participate in what aims to be the largest bedtime story gathering in history. Families will be able to read along with Lithgow as he shares his new book, I Got Two Dogs, the story of two very loveable dogs named Fanny and Blue.

Record-breaking Challenge

The BOOK IT! Program premiered America's Biggest Bedtime Story in 2007 when more than 60,000 families logged on to watch Lithgow read his book, The Remarkable Farkle McBride. During this year's event, the BOOK IT! Program is challenging families to break the 2007 record for a good cause. If more families participate in 2009, the BOOK IT! Program will donate $10,000 to First Book, a non-profit organization that provides new books to children in need, to make sure no child grows up without a great bedtime story.

"America's Biggest Bedtime Story brings fun and excitement to reading at home," said Leslie Brunt, program director of the BOOK IT! Program. "The goal of America's Biggest Bedtime Story is to encourage more families to start a tradition of reading together for at least 20 minutes every night."

America's Biggest Bedtime Story was created by the BOOK IT! Program in response to research that revealed that nearly half of all American parents (48 percent of those responding to a BOOK IT! Program survey) do not have a nightly tradition of reading to their kids before bed.(1)

Importance of Reading to Kids

There is a need to read at home. According to a 2003 study by Cathy Collins Block, professor at Texas Christian University School of Education, student achievement is significantly bolstered by just 20 extra minutes of reading each day (Hunter, 2004, p. 39).(2) A recent poll of teachers who participate in the BOOK IT! Program found that 96 percent of teachers agree that parents aren't spending enough time reading to their kids at home.(3) In fact, according to this survey, when it comes to reading at home, nearly 42 percent of the responding teachers said that they would give parents a grade of D or F.

Parents looking to improve their "GPAs" can try reading the book that teachers surveyed recommended most for bedtime reading, Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. Parents can also find helpful tools on , including tips on encouraging literacy at home, a certificate of participation in the BOOK IT!(R) Program and a bedtime contract to encourage nightly reading as a family.

About John Lithgow

John Lithgow, two-time Emmy and Tony Award winner, and two-time Academy Award nominee, was the star of the long-running hit comedy series "3rd Rock from the Sun" for NBC-TV. His 1982 Academy Award-nominated portrayal in "The World According to Garp" brought Lithgow national attention. He received his second Academy Award nomination the following year for his role as Debra Winger's lover in "Terms of Endearment." Additional starring film credits include his panic-stricken airline passenger in "Twilight Zone: The Movie," "Memphis Belle," "Footloose," "Buckaroo Banzai," "All That Jazz," Brian DePalma's "Blow Out" and "Raising Cain," and "Harry and the Hendersons." Addressing a completely new audience in "John Lithgow's Kid-Size Concert," a music video of children's classics and original tunes, Lithgow also showcases his talents as an actor, singer, songwriter, and co-producer. Born in Rochester, NY, John Lithgow lives in Los Angeles, CA.

About BOOK IT!

In 1985, Pizza Hut established the BOOK IT! National Reading Incentive Program to motivate children to read more and help them develop a lifelong love of reading. BOOK IT! is a six-month program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. For more information, visit .

About First Book

First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy - access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 60 million free and low cost books in thousands of communities. First Book now has offices in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the nonprofit First Book please visit .

About Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut, an American icon, delivers more pizza, pasta and wings than any other restaurant. A shining example of success in American entrepreneurism, the company began 50 years ago in Wichita, Kansas and today operates more than 10,000 restaurants in hundreds of countries. In 2008 Pizza Hut was ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among national pizza chains by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Pizza Hut, Inc. is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM, Trade ). To check out what's new at "The Hut" visit .

1) The BOOK IT! Program worked with Synovate to conduct a 2007 online survey of 444 American parents 18 and older with children, 9 years old or younger.

2) Hunter, Phyllis (2004, January/February). Classroom Libraries Level the Playing Field. Scholastic Instructor Magazine, p. 39.

3) The BOOK IT! Program conducted a 2009 online survey of 469 teachers who participate in the BOOK IT! Program.

        Media Contact:
Sarah Rosanova
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SOURCE Pizza Hut

Friday, April 03, 2009

Easter Stories and Candy Hunt

Who: All ages!
What:  Easter Stories and a Candy Hunt
Where: Lansing Public Library's Youth Services Department
When: Saturday April 11th, 10 am
Why: Fun, fun, fun!

New! Evening Story & Craft Sessions!

Attention parents:

Youth Services will be offering story and craft sessions for children ages 3 through 3rd grade on a monthly basis.  Listening to stories in a group setting is beneficial to reading, language and social skills!  Space is limited so sign-up today!

Grades K & 1: Wednesday April 15th at 6:30 pm
Grades 2 & 3: Wednesday April 22nd at 6:30 pm
Pre-K (ages 3-5): Monday, April 27th at 6:30 pm

Call the Youth Services Department to sign up!  708-474-2447

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Upcoming Events

April 12th begins National Library Week!

New evening storytimes!

Evening story and craft
Grades k-1
Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Evening story and craft
Grades 2-3
Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Evening Pre-K storytime
Ages 3-5
Monday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m.

Movie Day
All Ages
Saturday, April 4th at 12 p.m.

Crafts and storytimes
Coffee Filter Flowers
Grades 4-5
Wednesday, April 8th at 6 p.m.

Easter Storytime and Candy Hunt
All ages
Saturday, April 11th at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Monarch Award

I know you have all been anxiously waiting for the announcement of the Monarch Award Winner, so I won't keep you waiting any longer!

The 2009 first place winner of the Monarch Award is Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley

2nd place: Skippyjon Jones by Judith Schachner

3rd place: Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Friday, February 27, 2009

March Fun!

We have a few fun activities going on in March for ages K-5!

Sam-I-Am says "Join us if you can!"
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with us!
Monday, March 2nd from 6-7:30 p.m.
Kids up to 3rd grade are welcome.
We'll have Seuss stories, Seuss games, and Seuss treats!

Join Miss Maureen for a St. Patrick's day themed craft and story.
Monday, March 16th from 6-7 p.m.
Grades K-3 are welcome and sign-up is required.

Make a St. Patty's Day throw pillow with Miss Jackie.
Saturday, March 14th from 1-2 p.m.
Grades 4 and 5 are welcome and sign-up is required.

To sign-up or for more information, you can call us at 708-474-2447 or come on in to the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Everything can change in an instant.  That's what happens to 15 year old Jane Arrowood one day at the beach.  She goes into the ocean for a swim and a shark attacks her.  She awakes some time later in the hospital with her arm amputated below the elbow.  This novel is comprised of poems, letters, telephone conversations and newspaper clippings that Jane receives during the course of her recovery.  Jane's thoughts are also supplied in verse style - in haunted, depressed then eventually hopeful tones as the story goes on.  Jane receives a prosthetic arm but is still self-conscious of how she will be perceived once school starts.  Her relationships with friends and family become strained, which is something many teens can identify with.  What happens as one of the most popular, good-looking guys at school befriends her and helps her get around?  Is he just being nice or will they become more than friends?  This book is a Rebecca Caudill nominee that both junior high and high school students will enjoy.  Come check it out today!

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Raining cats and dogs.  A barrel of laughs.  These are phrases that Americans easily understand and throw around in everyday conversation.  Imagine being new to the country and trying to learn English - it could get pretty confusing.  Home of the Brave is the story of Kek, a refugee boy from Africa.  He has arrived to Minnesota to live with his aunt and his cousin, Ganwar.  Kek's father and brother were killed in Africa during fighting.  His mother's whereabouts are unknown but Kek hopes against hope that she will arrive safely in America.  Minnesota is a strange new place to Kek, it is cold and snowy.  He attends school and is helped by a social worker named Dave.  He makes friends with a girl in his apartment building named, Hanhah.  In Kek's homeland, cattle are revered.  Kek finds work at a small local farm taking care of a cow he has named Gol, which means "family" in his native language.  There are certain issues that Kek does not understand, like why a group of boys gets mad at him for befriending a "white girl."  This book is very beautifully written in verse and explores the struggles and trials of people landing in a new place, trying to make their way.  It is a 2010 Rebecca Caudill nominee and multiple copies will soon be available in youth services.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is given annually to an author and/or illustrator of a book voted as their favorite by participating K - 3 children in Illinois. The award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association and is designed to encourage Illinois students to read critically and to become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators.

The award is named in honor of the Monarch Butterfly, Illinois’ state insect. The butterfly symbolizes growth, change and freedom–qualities that also characterize the emergent reader.

Here is a list of the Monarch Award Nominees:

Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillard

Max’s Words by Kate Banks

Nic Bishop’s Spiders by Nic Bishop

I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite

The Gingerbread Girl

by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman

Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Delores Starbuckle by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

What to Do About Alice? By Barbara Kerley

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

by Lenore Look

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

by Alan Madison

Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan

On the Road by Lucy Nolan

The Cheese by Marge Palatini

The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney

My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits by Hanoch Piven

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds

A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Baa-Choo! By Sarah Weeks

At the moment we do not own all of these titles, although they are all on order. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Youth Services Department or call 708-474-2447 for more information.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Why You Should Read to Your Baby - Part 2

  • It encourages language development.  Your baby will learn sentence structures that are more complex than what she will hear in spoken English.  She will hear words in books that she rarely hears in her daily life.  She will learn how to listen carefully, and how to follow an idea as it develops in a story.  She will look forward eagerly to that time when she herself will learn to read, because she will know what pleasure books can hold!
  • It helps to understand the surrounding world.  When you read books about a trip to the zoo or the arrival of a new baby, you are really helping to prepare your child for those experiences.  The more your child knows about the world around him, the more comfortable and secure he will feel.
  • It encourages imagination and creativity.  In every story, a problem is encountered and then solved.  Hearing stories will give your baby the background she will need for creative problem-solving in approaching the challenges of life.  And because books require that we experience something beyond what is physically present, hearing them will give her lots of practice at thinking in terms of "What if...?"
  • It makes parenting easier.  When you child starts loving books, reading can distract a fussy baby, an upset toddler or a stubborn two-year old.  When parent and child are on a "collision course," reading together can break bad moods and restore good feelings.  A read-aloud session calms a child at bedtime, and entertains a child waiting in the doctor's office or on a long car trip.  For that small space of time when you are reading to him, he will stay clean quiet and out of trouble!
Sponsored by "Baby Talk: Language, Literature & Love for Infants"

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! This is a great time to set new goals for a better life and one of the best things you can do for your child is read to him! Make it a priority to read to your child every day and you will both benefit. Choose from one of the books on display in the Youth Services Department right now: the themes are Winter, Dragons and Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you need to prepare your child for an upcoming event? Maybe a new baby or a doctor appointment? Let us help you find a book you can read to your child to introduce the subject. We also have new books arriving monthly, so be sure to check them out and you could be the first one to soak up that new book smell!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Interactive Exhibits for Kids!

Bring in the Arts!

We are pleased to announce that our department is currently featuring two interactive exhibits for the children to explore, "Arts & Crafts" and "Storytelling & Theatre."  These exhibits have traveled here from the Glen Carbon library, located near St. Louis.  They were made possible by a grant from the Illinois State Library, Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using federal LSTA funding.  Come and check them out, they are really neat!  Recommended for PS through 2nd grade.