Friday, December 29, 2006

Holiday Hours for New Year's

We're closing early Saturday, December 30th (Open 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

We're closed Monday, January 1st.

We will re-open Tuesday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Renew your items online, or return them in the book drop.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Closed until Tuesday!

We're closed Saturday, December 23 and Monday December 25.

We will re-open Tuesday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m.

Renew your items online, or return them in the book drop.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"Reader Reviews"

The House On Mango Street by: Sandra Cisneros
Esperanza Cordero tells us her personal story of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. She doesn't feel as if she belongs, and she shows us how she comes into her power and
what she will become.

Morning Glory Mother by: Carol Lynn Pearson
The day before Mother's Day Alison runs away from home and her two teenage kids to a
two-day retreat at the Delphi Hotel. She learns that being a resilient Mom (like the Morning Glory) is who she is.

The Pelican Brief by: John Grisham
Super mystery about a young law student who figures out who killed two judges!

Malpractice in Maggody by: Joan Hess
When the Senior Citizens home in Maggody is unexpectedly shut down and something
mysterious called Stonebridge Foundation is put in the locals are curious. Unexpected murders soon follow!

Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers
In her latest Pennsylvania Dutch mystery Magdalena Yoder, owner of the Pennsylvania Dutch Inn and head of the town council in tiny Hernia, is enlisted to solve the murder of the new winery owner in town. Keeps you guessing and laughing to the end!

Friday, December 08, 2006

I Remember...When Mrs. Edwards was Librarian

Live, from LPL!
As part of our 70th Anniversary, we are inviting patrons to come in and record their library memories! Do you have a story to share? Call (708) 474-2447 ext. 123 to set up your appointment!

We're offering you the chance to listen to these memories as a podcast! What's a podcast?
Visit our podcast info page for details, then come back to download it. (Download Juice and you'll get all our future podcasts!)

Listen to the third installment of "I Remember...the Lansing Public Library Memory Project!" featuring the story of a former library employee and current volunteer & Friends of Lansing Library member!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Coat Drive

Starting December 5, 2006 the Lansing Library and IDOT - Illinois Department of Transportation is sponsoring a coat drive. All coat donations will go in the box near the lower level circulation desk.

Monday, December 04, 2006

I Remember...Steve and Rebecca's Story

Live, from LPL!
As part of our 70th Anniversary, we are inviting patrons to come in and record their library memories! Do you have a story to share? Call (708) 474-2447 ext. 123 to set up your appointment!

We're offering you the chance to listen to these memories as a podcast! What's a podcast?
Visit our podcast info page for details, then come back to download it. (Download Juice and you'll get all our future podcasts!)

Listen to the second installment of "I Remember...the Lansing Public Library Memory Project!" featuring Steve & Rebecca's story!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Turkey Tips

Find turkey tips, recipes, how to carve a turkey and how to set the table on our cooking page!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

I Remember...the Lansing Library Memory Project

Live, from LPL!
As part of our 70th Anniversary, we are inviting patrons to come in and record their library memories! Do you have a story to share? Call (708) 474-2447 ext. 123 to set up your appointment!

We're offering you the chance to listen to these memories as a podcast! What's a podcast?
Visit our podcast info page for details, then come back to download it. (Download Juice and you'll get all our future podcasts!)

Listen to the first installment of "I Remember...the Lansing Public Library Memory Project!"

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Knitting & Crochet Giving Tree 1

The Purls of Wisdom Knitting & Crochet Circle
are displaying their wonderful hand-made items on the
Giving Tree located upstairs in the Conference Room window.
Come and see this lovely tree!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Wood Carving


Wood Carving 4
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
John Klompmaker will demonstrate his craft in the library atrium Saturday, November 11, 2006 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Stop by the display case to see these wonderful wood carvings close up!

Friends Raffle Basket


Friends Raffle Basket
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Enter the raffle for only $1.00 per chance! Get your tickets at the Adult Services Desk. Drawing will be December 9, 2006.

Basket contains: a necklace & earrings from Fashionette, an ID bracelet with free engraving from L&M Jewelers, a $20 gift certificate from Lansing Floral, a gift certificate from Edible Arrangements for a delicious fruit design (small), a scarf donated by Toni Webster, and three books: Tidings of Comfort & Joy by T. David Bunn, Star Bright by Andrew M. Greeley, and The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Library Receives $12,500 Grant to Improve Accessibility

The State of Illinois awarded $12,500 to improve accessibility.
The library must match the funding.

To donate money to help the library raise funds needed to improve accessibility by the handicapped and complete routine maintenance, call Debbie Albrecht at (708) 474-2447.

Read the entire article as it appeared in The Times Newspaper for all the details.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Book Sale Saturday!

Friends members only 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Memberships will be available for purchase at the door.

Open to the general public 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Park on the North side of the building for easiest access.

Closed Friday, November 3

Remember, we will be closed Friday, November 3 for staff training.
No items are due on that date.

If you need to renew items, remember you can renew online!

We will re-open Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lansing Public Library Awarded $6000 in Grants

Lansing Public library is pleased to announce that we have been awarded two grants from the State Library under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).


“ESL Learners Soar @ Lansing Public Library” funded for $3,000.
     “ESL Learners Soar @ Lansing Public Library” will promote English language for foreign speakers materials in various formats.

The library will reach ESL learners through our website, flyers, newspapers and posters.  Promotional materials will be produced in Spanish and distributed through our local schools and the food pantry to ESL families.  Information will be available at our local Mexican grocery store.  

The library will actively seek volunteers to attend training held at our library offered by South Area Literacy Council.  

A Cinco de Mayo Celebration will be held showcasing new materials.  Attendees will have opportunities to use new materials.  


“Staff Building Bridges to the Whole Community” funded for $3,000.
The Lansing Public Library plans to promote staff development through the project “Staff Builds Bridges to the Whole Community”.  Jodi Pfarr’s presentation  “Bridges Out of Poverty” will give library employees new insights into interacting with people of all economic backgrounds.  The program covers, “social cues or hidden rules that govern how we think and interact in society – and the significance of those rules in a library setting.”

The goal is to provide the best customer service to patrons regardless of their economic background and to add materials to the collection that will bring this knowledge to others.  

Monday, October 23, 2006

"Reader Reviews!"

Highland Hopes by : Gary E. Parker ( F/PAR)
A life's story told by a grandmother to her grandaughter about her life in the Blue Ridge
Mountains. She tells of her hardships, sorrows, joys, and of her faith in God in all things.

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by: Fannie Flagg (NB/F/FLA) (NB/F/LP/FLA) (CD/FLA)
When Elner is picking figs, she's attacked by wasps and falls -- is declared dead, and leaves a community in mourning. Then everything changes -- fun and confusion follow!

The Longest Pregnancy by: Melissa Fraterrigo (NB/F/FRA)
A series of short stories about exaggerated topics like pregnancy, swimming with sharks, and the strongest women in the world.

Dead Watch by: John Sandford (NB/F/SAN)
Jake Winter is hired by a top level governmental official to look into the death of a former U.S. senator. Suspenseful!

Last to Die by: James Grippando (F/GRI)
A murder mystery with 5 people named in a will but only the last to die will inherit
$46 million dollars!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Wood Art of Arthur F. Skinner

Don't miss the different monthly displays in the cases near the atrium.
On display through October 31, 2006 is the beautiful Wood Art
by Arthur F. Skinner.

Artwork of Phyllis J. Skinner

Come, relax in front of our Art Wall and enjoy the wonderful display
of oils, watercolors, and inks by local artist, Phyllis J. Skinner.
This display can be viewed through November 15, 2006.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"Reader Reviews!"

The Little Red Bucketts by Lynda M. Nelson (F/NEL)
This story comes from childhood experiences of the author's grandmother, Jenny. When Jenny was 8, she took food-filled red bucketts (what lard came in) to her indigent neighbors, the Nie's. In appreciation, Mrs. Nie gave Jenny a crystal angel that brought hope when Jenny's family faced tragedy.

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg (NB/F/BER)
Diana, a 14 year old, learns important life lessons as her single, polio-paralyzed mother struggles to teach her the REAL meaning of life.

5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me by Richard Paul Evans (332.024 EVA)
Famous novelist and motivational speaker passes on lessons on gaining wealth and using it wisely.

Grin and Bear It by Leslie LaFoy (F/LAF)
Stacy's soon-to-be ex-husband's plane crashes but no body is found, and authorities fear his body was carried off by a bear. Stacy is beneficiary of a large insurance policy and now half owner of her husband's business so she is a key suspect in his disappearance.

Wishes by Jude Deveraux (LP/F/DEV)
A woman in current times dies, then is assigned as a "angel" to help a girl living in the late 1800's
to be happy and her family to be content.

Monday, September 25, 2006

"Reader Reviews!"

Executive Power by: Vince Flynn (F/FLY)
This book is about super-undercover agent Mitch Rapp and his disdain and mistrust of the powers in Washington who try to stop him from saving a family held in the Philipines.

The Little Lady Agency by: Hester Browne (NB/F/BRO)
Melissa starts an agency pretending to be "Honey" (a blond bombshell) who helps men cope with rude girlfriends. (British humor at its best!)

A Thousand Tomorrow's by: Karen Kingsbury (F/KIN, LP/F/KIN)
A rodeo bull rider falls in love with a girl who has cystic fibrosis. She teaches him how to live and get over hurt.

Sitcom Style by: Diana Friedman (791.456 FRI)
A fun book full of pictures of sitcom homes we've come to love. Key elements are discussed and why they were chosen for each household.

Miracle on the 17th Green by: James Patterson & Peter deJonge (F/PAT)
This golf-fantasy novela is an enjoyable read about a golfer whose game improves so remarkedly one Christmas that he wins a place on the Senior PGA tour.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Copy Central


Copy Central
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
The color copier has joined the black & white copier by the upper level entrance. Only $1.00 for color copies!

Video Browsers & Compact Discs Moved

Look for them across from the new fiction and newspapers.

Banned Books Display


Banned Books Display
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Banned Book Week September 23 - 30, 2006. Enter to win a "Banned Book" located at the Adult Services Desk. Show your support for the freedom to choose what you read - take a blue ribbon to show your support.

Audiobooks Moved


Audiobooks
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
They've moved! Now located just past the mystery shelves, closer to the Adult Services Desk. Newer titles will be displayed on the ends of the shelves! Come back and check one out! If you don't see a title you'd like, ask the Adult Services Desk to borrow it form another library!

Monday, September 18, 2006

"Readers Reviews!"

Getting Old Is Murder by: Rita Lakin (M/LAK)
Gladdy and her gang of retirees solve the mystery of who is murdering the seniors!

Aruba by: David Holloway (NB/362.8 HOL)
Natalee Holloway's birth father tells his tale of trying to find out what happened to his daughter in Aruba and of all the corruption he found in the police department and government.

Gardenias for Breakfast by: Robin Jones Gunn (F/GUN)
A story about a woman and her daughter who trek across the country in search of the mother's
"Perfect Summer."

Splintered Icon by: Bill Napier (F/NAP)
Book dealer helps to translate a 400 year old journal to find a relic of the Holy Cross.

The End of Emerald Woods by: David J. Walker (M/WAL)
The treasurer of a small environmental group is framed for theft of money from a carnival. The money is to be used to fight a huge developer from destroying a small wooded area for a mega mall.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Adult Services Area

Come and see what has been done in the Adult Services area. The Audio Books are now located by the Adult Services desk. We have arranged a nice quiet reading area for those who want comfort and welcome surroundings. If you have any questions - ask us and we will try to answer them. Stop by the Adult Services and introduce yourself, we love to meet patrons.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Samples for Soldiers

Many of our troops serving overseas are in need of basic personal supplies. Maybe you have some sample sized toiletry items that you've accumulated from mailings or from travel that our troops would appreciate.
Items accepted:
Sample or trial-sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss, q-tips, lotion, feminine products, antibacterial wipes, disposable razors, combs, body wash, kleenex, shaving cream, cotton balls, powder, deodorant).
There is a box on the upper level to place your dontations in.
Thank you for your donations!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Summer Reading Suggestions by Patrons

ANGEL OF MERCY by Tracie Peterson (F/PET)

This is the story of a L.A. policeman who is falsely accused of murder and the lawyer who tries his case. Many interesting side stories going on as well.....



BEACH ROAD by James Patterson (NB/F/PAT)

A young attorney takes on the defense of a young black man accused of murdering three white men. This story has a totally shocking twist at the end!!!!



THE BLESSING STONE by Barbara Wood (F/WOO)

The story is about a meteor stone found by prehistoric people and its effect down through the ages on different societies.



COLD RIDGE by Carla Neggers (F/NEG - LP/F/NEG)

A great romantic suspense novel that starts out with a murder investigation that leads to a killer's vendetta against several people that had crossed him at some point.



THE CROSS-COUNTRY QUILTERS by Jennifer Chiaverini (F/CHI)

This story is about five people from different backgrounds and areas of the country who meet at a Quilt Camp and become fast and supportive friends through thick and thin. Pleasant reading!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Summer Reading Suggestions by Patrons

KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET by Susan Donovan (F/DON)
This book is a non-Marth Stewart type that does a household column and TV show and receives threats and falls for the cop investigating and protecting her.

COVER OF NIGHT by Linda Howard (NB/F/HOW CD/F/HOW)
This is a story of a cute nightingale that opened a B&B in Trail Stop, ID when one of the gusts mysteriously disappers. She finds herself a target of men looking for the guest.

THE FORGOTTEN MAN by Robert Crais (M/CRA CD/M/CRA)
A private investigator is searching for the father he never knew and is drawn into solving cases involving a psychotic killer.

IN THIS MOUNTAIN by Jan Karon (F/KAR CAS/F/KAR LP/F/KAR)
Father Tim is retired and takes on a new parish in the mountains with hill people.

THE HAWK AND THE JEWEL by Lori Wick (LP/F/WIC)
This is a story of a girl uprooted from the home she ever remembers, to live the life that she was born into. She learns to love her real family and learns the English ways. She falls in love and comes to the knowledge that through Jesus Christ as her Saviour she can find love, peace and contentment.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Closed Monday

We're closed Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

You can renew your items online, or put them in the book drop. We re-open Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Adult Services Display Cases

Do you have an interesting collection of an educational, recreational, civic, or cultural nature?
Would you like to show your collection in our display cases?
Contact the Adult Services Dept. to schedule your display!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Purls of Wisdom

Purls of Wisdom Knitting & Crochet Circle is back. So, get your yarn, needles and/or crochet hook ready and let's have a fun time.

Friday, September 1, 2006 10:30 to Noon
Friday, September 15, 2006 10:30 to Noon

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

See you there!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Library Closed Due to Power Outage

Lansing Library is closed Thursday, August 3 due to the power outage.

You may return items in the book drop to the right of the upper level doors.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Teacher Breakfast

This is our time to thank all the dedicated teachers in Lansing with their own private breakfast before the library opens to the public. Come shop the book fair, win a prize, and enjoy the company of your professional peers. Let us know how we can work together in the upcoming year! Open to teachers who live in Lansing, or teach in the Lansing schools. Email This

Tuesday, July 25 @ 8:00 a.m. Enter on the lower level.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mark Twain and Will Rogers

Join us on Thursday, September 28 for a humorous encounter with Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Everyone is welcome for this fun event. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Register at the Adult Services desk or phone (708) 474-2447 and ask for Adult Services, ext 122. This is a program you don't want to miss!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Museum of Science & Industry Coupon

Free kid admission with purchase of adult admission.
Valid for kids age 3-11.
Only valid Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, through August 30.

Not valid for special exhibits, Omnimax or parking.

Click here for the coupon, then print it out!

For more information about Museum of Science and Industry, visit their website.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Book/Movie Discussion on August 24 is cancelled

Book/Movie discussion on August 24th is CANCELLED.

PLEASE BE ALERTED
Regular book discussions will resume in September.

AVID reads will be available for pick-up on August 7th for book discussion on September 5 & 6
GENTLE READS will be available for pick-up on August 14th for book discussion on Sept. 11
LUNCHTIME SLEUTHS will be available for pick-up on August 21st for book discussion on September 26

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wood Art


Wood Art
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Come and enjoy the decorative wood art crafted by
Arthur Skinner .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Learn Something New!


Learn Something New!
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Visit our book display of the popular "for dummies" series. Cooking, technology, finance and more in easy to understand formats! Located by the stairs.

Zoo Passes are Here!


Zoo Passes are Here!
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Zoo Passes are here! Adults may check them out for 3 days at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

SUGGESTED READING BY STAFF

"Soul Surfer" by Bethany Hamilton B/HAM
Encouraging story of a young girls recovery of a shark attack.

"Do You Think I'M Beautiful" by Angela Thomas NF/248.843 /THO
It spoke truths that we don't always like to admit, in a wonderful way.

"Innocent" by Harlan Coben M/COB
Lots of twists and turns. It doesn't reveal the mystery until the very last page.

"Daughter of Fortune" by Isabel Allende F/ALL
Interesting time in history, interesting cultures. Main character was a woman ahead of her time.

Monday, July 03, 2006

SUGGESTED READING BY PATRONS

"Cold Heart" by Jonathan Kellerman M/KEL
This book had lots of side intrigue, all of which come together to solve the puzzle in the end. I enjoyed the book.

"Booked To Die" by John Dunning M/DUN
This book is the first of a series of four - at this time. The story is compelling on at least two levels. Cliff and the mystery story and the world of first edition books. Please go to books 2, 3 and 4. I liked this series.

"A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards" by Ann Bauer F/BAU
This book gives you insight into the dilemmas of parenthood. It is a very emotional portrait of a family and of the mother who is trying to keep it all together. Enjoyable.

"Beginner's Luck" by Laura Pedersen F/PED
This is my favorite book.

"When the Emperor Was Devine" by Julie Otsuka F/OTS
This is a story of one Japanese family, a mother, daughter and son, who were put into an internment camp in Utah after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942. They were separated from their father for four years.

"Mermaids Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd F/KID
This is an interesting story about relationships and spirituality.

"The Night Remembers" by Kathleen Eagle F/EAG
This story is suspensful and show how people can help each other in many ways.

"Ain't She Sweet?" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
One of my favorite authors has come through for me again. Sugar Beth, once rich and nasty in high school has returned to her hometown broke but not broken and is looking for a second chance. Her "friends" have other ideas.

"Young Kate" by Christopher Andersen B/HEP
The author chronicles the first 18 years of Katharine Hepburn's life and goes deeper into her family roots. It tells about the lives of her maternal grandparents Houghton-Miflin Pub. and Corning Manufacturing fame, and of her parents, urologist Dr. Thomas Hepburn and Katharine Houghton Hepburn (Kit) after whom Kate was named. Her mother worked with Margaret Sanger to form Planned Parenthood.

"Gideon's Gift" by Karen Kingsbury F/KIN
Eight-year-old Gideon has leukemia; and 51 year-old Earl has no home, unless you call a tarp in the alley a home. When Earl's wife and child died in an accident one Christmas, Earl gave up on life. Gideon meets Earl when she serves him rolls at the mission. Gideon wants to make Earl smile, but Earl only growls when she tells him "Christmas Miracles happen to those who believe."

"The Joy of Being 50 Plus" by Allia Zobel 741.59/ZOB
If you're close to eigher side of 50, you will recognize yourself and laugh. My favorite joy was "having a pair of reading glasses in every room of the house." This is a very quick and refreshing read.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Our Finalist Certificate


Multimedia message
Originally uploaded by KatDeiss.
We wish to congratulate the libraries who were chosen as the winners in the SirsiDynix Building Better Communities Award. For the list of winners, visit http://www.sirsidynix.com/Company/bbc_awards.php

Thank you SirsiDynix for recognizing our efforts.

Once the certificate makes it way to us from New Orleans, we'll display it proudly!

Category: Announcement

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Friends Summer Basket Raffle

Enter to win! The winner will receive a gift certificate for a facial & massage, a pair of sunglasses, a beach towel, 3 paperback books and a colorful bowl perfect for a summer party! $1.00 per chance, winner will be drawn July 24th.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Book Chat

Book Chat: A discussion of favorite reads. What have you read lately? Are you looking for a new author? Share your favorite books and authors! Join us for this discussion on June 22, July 13 and August 17, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Everyone is welcome!

Category: Event

REMINISCING RIVERVIEW

Remember Riverview Park and all the fun you had on the rides like the Bobs or Shoot the Chutes? Come reminisce with Larry Bergnach on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Everyone is Welcome!

Category: Event

Christopher Lynch, author of Chicago's Midway Airport

Meet Christopher Lynch the author of Chicago Midway's Airport: the first seventy-five years. Midway was Chicago's first official airport, and for decades it was the busiest airport in the nation, and then the world. Its story is an American story, encompassing heroes and villains, generosity and greed, boom and bust, progress and decline, and in the final chapter, rebirth. Join Christopher Lynch as he combines oral histories, narrative, and historic and contemporary photos to celebrate the rich and exciting 75-year history of this colorful airport and evolution of aviation right along with it. Come fly with us to another era of air travel on Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room, lower level. Everyone is welcome!

Category: Event

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Sign up now for Adult Summer Reading!

Come anytime June 12-17 to sign up for summer reading!

The first 100 patrons to register will receive a gift!

You can find a list of upcoming events here!

Read this summer, and enter to win your choice of prizes!

Category: Announcement

Friday, June 09, 2006

Knitting/Crochet

On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Knitting/Crochet class will meet in the Youth Department Story Room instead of the Community Room. This is a one time change. The Board of Trustees will be meeting in the Community Room.

Officer Barnes - Safety

Office Aaron Barnes will be presenting "safety" on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room. Everyone is invited to attend this informative presentation.

Adult Summer Reading Sign-Up begins Saturday!

Come in Saturday, or anytime June 12-17 to sign up for summer reading!

The first 100 patrons to register will receive a gift!

You can find a list of upcoming events here!

Category: Announcement

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Melissa Fraterrigo - Local Author

Melissa Fraterrigo, Author of "The Longest Pregnancy: Stories, will be at the Lansing Public Library on Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. This collection of stories confronts the problems of modern day life through fantastical means, many of them set in a recognizable Midwest.

The bold characters in these fourteen stories are humorous, grotesque, and painfully human. In the title story, a recovering alcoholic courts a woman who is six years pregnant. "The Shark Swimmers" tells the tale of a teenage girl who squanders her coming-of-age years in the limelight of a water show for a thrill-seeking audience. While many of the stories are wildly fantastic, readers will also be riveted by the human complexities and hope that run throughout "The Longest Pregnancy."

Join us for this presentation by a Lansing native! Everyone is welcome!

Category: Event

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

New Library Director, Debbie Albrecht!

Congratulations Debbie on your new position at Lansing Public Library!


Category: Announcement

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Book Review: Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis' novel Dodsworth, published in 1929, tells the story of a middle-aged (in other words, 40-ish) American couple who sell off their thriving automobile business and voyage to Europe. Although their marriage seems stable at the outset, cracks soon appear. Sam Dodsworth regards the trip as no more than an extended vacation, and wants to do the usual sightseeing things before heading back home to their friends and their grown children. His wife Fran, however, considers herself spiritually European, and wants to stay permanently -- especially when she finds out that their newly married daughter is about to make them grandparents.

Fran embarks on a series of affairs, while patient Sam rejects divorce and befriends Edith Cortright, an expatriate American who lives quietly in Italy, not in the pursuit of glamour but because "it's cheap." The novel is a fine glimpse of the wealthy, tourists' Europe of the early 20th century. Even more, it is a study of a loving but troubled marriage, and of the American woman who feels that not being born a continental sophisticate has ruined her life.

If you enjoy the book, you might also like the splendid 1938 movie adaptation of it. It's also called Dodsworth, and it stars three greats of American film: Walter Huston, Ruth Benedict, and Mary Astor.

If you’re interested in either the book or the film, ask at the Adult Services Desk and we’ll borrow them from another library for you.

Have you read the book or seen the film? Post a comment here!

Category: Book Review

Keep Cool this Summer and Raise Money for the Library!

Gayety's Fundraiser through August
You buy the ice cream (cones, sundaes, pies, etc.) and Gayety's donates 10% to the Library! What a sweet deal!
Take this flyer with you when you visit Gayety's!

Category: Announcement

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Deadline Extended! Gather Your Friends for the Bus Trip to Printers Row!

[Pre-Registration & Payment Required]
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair Bus Trip! The Midwest's largest free outdoor literary event features 150 new, used and antiquarian booksellers and more than 100 captivating programs including author readings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and activities for children. For one weekend, the historic Printers Row neighborhood is transformed into a festival for booklovers of all ages and interests.

* Sunday, June 4, 2006

* Printers Row, Chicago, Illinois.

* 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Cost $20.00 per person (cash only) Please make your prepaid reservation at the Adult Services Desk no later than June 3, 2006.

* No refunds unless we cancel the trip.

* This trip is limited to 48 persons.

* Lunch is on your own.

* A coach bus will pick up at the Lansing Public Library in the North parking lot at 9:00 a.m.


For more information on authors scheduled to appear, visit the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair
website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/extras/printersrow

Closed Monday, May 29

Lansing Library will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

You can renew your items online, or access our catalog and online databases.

Need recipes for the cookout? Try our Cooking, Food and Wine page for some ideas, or check out our Barbecue books!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

DaVinci, King Tut and Seabiscuit...Reading Suggestions

The Reference Dept. has compiled lists of our items on DaVinci, King Tut and Egypt, and Seabiscuit and other horseracing titles.

You can pick up a copy of the lists at the Reference Desk, or download your own here.

Category: Readers Advisory

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Register by Thursday, May 25 for Bus Trip

[Pre-Registration & Payment Required]
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair Bus Trip! The Midwest's largest free outdoor literary event features 150 new, used and antiquarian booksellers and more than 100 captivating programs including author readings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and activities for children. For one weekend, the historic Printers Row neighborhood is transformed into a festival for booklovers of all ages and interests.

* Sunday, June 4, 2006

* Printers Row, Chicago, Illinois.

* 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Cost $20.00 per person (cash only) Please make your prepaid reservation at the Adult Services Desk no later than May 25, 2006.

* No refunds unless we cancel the trip.

* This trip is limited to 48 persons.

* Lunch is on your own.

* A coach bus will pick up at the Lansing Public Library in the North parking lot at 9:00 a.m.


For more information on authors scheduled to appear, visit the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair
website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/extras/printersrow

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Book Review: Make Way for Lucia by E.F. Benson

Make Way for Lucia, by E.F. Benson.

Make Way for Lucia is a collection of six comic novels set in an English country village in the 1920s and '30s. Written by the prolific and delightful E. F. Benson ( a son of the archbishop of Canterbury), the novels relate the minor adventures of a group of well-to-do, middle aged friends who spend their time ferociously enjoying the leisure pursuits that their income and the availability of servants allow them. They play bridge; they paint; they host dinner parties; they put on amateur theatricals; they run "garden fetes" to raise money for deserving charities.

All would go swimmingly were it not for the bubbling social war between leading citizenesses Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Mrs. Emmeline Lucas ("Lucia"). After two novels in which Lucia -- she of the lofty intellectual interests and the mystic séances -- - matches wits with an opera star and a London duchess, she meets Miss Mapp, the lone heroine of the third novel. The final three books bring Mapp and Lucia together permanently. Tearoom sparks fly. Who will take the lead in Tilling? Will Mapp connive to keep Lucia's sketch out of the summer Art Exhibition? Will Lucia share the coveted recipe for "lobster a la Riseholme"? Will she get "swanky" as a Town Councillor -- and even more so as Mayor? Is Susan Wyse becoming unhinged over the death of her parakeet? And why did Georgie grow a beard? (Even more importantly, will he make it to the church on time?)

This wonderful series is indeed a "giardino segreto" (secret garden) of enchanting characters, light plots, and pure fun. " 'Oh, what fools people are to take no interest in what they call little things!' " one character says in the first novel. Make Way for Lucia is full of life's little things. They repay our attention here -- "Molto!" as Lucia would exclaim -- again and again.

To see if the book is available, or to place a request, click here.

Have you read this book? How did you like it? Post a comment here!

Category: Book Review

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Book Sale Saturday!

Saturday, May 20, 2006 is the Friends of Lansing Library Book Sale.
Fill a bag for $5.00
Hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Special Friends Members Only Preview from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. If you're not a member of Friends, you can join at the door!

Ravinia Tickets Are Here!

We have a limited number of Ravinia tickets for selected events.

These are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to our patrons who visit the Adult Services Desk.

Call (708) 474-2447 ext. 122 if you have questions.

Click here for the complete Ravinia schedule. (note: we do not have tickets for all events)

Category: Announcement

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Adult Movie: Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You CanFriday, May 12, 2006
10:30 a.m.
Movie: Catch Me If You Can

"Purls of Wisdom" Knitting & Crochet

knitting needles and yarnWednesday, May 10, 2006
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
"Purls of Wisdom" Knitting & Crochet

Gather with others who enjoy your hobby! Join us!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

brb, lol, ttyl: What do they mean?

Mr. Adel Haddad will explain to parents what to watch for when your children are online.

Thursday, May 4, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Internet Safety Tips: to help your family recognize online danger and take the appropriate steps to protect yourselves
Mr. Adel Haddad of District 215 Technology Department will present an official I-Safe presentation.
I-Safe Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, I-Safe is a
non-profit dedicated to protecting the online experiences of
youth everywhere. I-Safe incorporates classroom curriculum
with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the
Internet a safer place. (www.isafe.org)

Please register for this free program at the Adult Services Desk, or call the Adult Services Dept. (708-474-2447, extension #122)

Register Now for May & June Computer Classes

May 6-Starting a Blog;
May 11-Intro to Mouse;
May 11-Internet II: Trusted Websites;
May 18-Creating Phone/Address Lists;
May 18- Internet III: Finding Articles with Ebsco, NewsBank & FirstSearch;
May 25-Finding your next great read with NoveList;
May 25-Questions & Answers on previous topics;
June 1- Email I;
June 3-Catalog I;
June 3-Internet I

Register in person at the Adult Services Desk.
$5 deposit required.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Model Planes from the Collection of K.W. Jarecki on Display

Come and enjoy the WW2 model planes displayed in the cases in the upper level of the Library.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Help Your Family Recognize Online Danger, an i-Safe Presentation (Thursday)

computerThursday, May 4, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Internet Safety Tips: to help your family recognize online danger and take the appropriate steps to protect yourselves
Mr. Adel Haddad of District 215 Technology Department will present an official I-Safe presentation.
I-Safe Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, I-Safe is a
non-profit dedicated to protecting the online experiences of
youth everywhere. I-Safe incorporates classroom curriculum
with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the
Internet a safer place. (www.isafe.org)

Please register for this free program at the Adult Services Desk, or call the Adult Services Dept. (708-474-2447, extension #122)

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Bus Trip to Printers Row Book Fair, Register Now!

ice creamSign-up now for...the 23rd annual
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair Bus Trip!
The Midwest's largest free outdoor literary event features 150 new, used and antiquarian booksellers and more than 100 captivating programs including author readings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. For one weekend, the historic Printers Row neighborhood is transformed into a festival for booklovers of all ages and interests.

  • Sunday, June 4, 2006
  • Printers Row, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost $20.00 per person (cash only) Please make your prepaid reservation at the Adult Services Desk beginning April 17, 2006.
  • No refunds unless we cancel the trip.
  • This trip is limited to 48 persons.
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • A coach bus will pick up at the Lansing Public Library in the North parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

For more information on authors scheduled to appear, visit the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Book Fair
website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/extras/printersrow

May Newsletter Available

NewsboyLimited Edition
Lansing Public Library's Newsletter

Due to budget constraints, we are no longer mailing copies of the newsletter to each Lansing residence. We have copies available at the library, or you may download & print your own copy using the link below.

Limited Edition Current Issue
[May 2006]

Friday, April 28, 2006

"The Dive From Clausen's Pier" Book Discussion

The Dive From Clausen's PierTuesday, May 2, 2006
10:30 a.m.

or

Wednesday, May 3, 2006
6:30 p.m.

Avid Readers Book Discussion
The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
Carrie Bell finds herself stuck in a relationship going nowhere when her fiancé dives headfirst into shallow water rendering himself a quadriplegic. Carrie is torn between her loyalty to him and striking out on her own. She decides to leave for New York City, but finds herself haunted by her past and the decision she has made. Should she stay and pursue her future or return home and accept the predictable life offered there?

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk one month before the discussion.
Read the book, make notes if you wish and come discuss your opinions! We hope you will enjoy it, however, liking the book is not a criteria for participating in the discussion. We want all points of view on each month's selection. All book discussions are open to everyone who has read the current selection! We are looking forward to meeting you and share our thoughts with you.
New members always welcome!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Interior Stylist Julia Joseph at Lansing Library! (Thursday)

Julea JosephThursday, April 13, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Quick & Easy Decorating: Using What You Own with Interior Stylist Julea Joseph.

You might recognize Julea Joseph from HGTV! Sass up your Space! A comprehensive workshop on quick and easy decorating with existing belongings for your home environment. Along with basic rules for decorating rooms, learn how to weed through existing belongings, uncover hidden treasures, and make smart shopping choices for incorporating a few new pieces into your home's design.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Winner of the National Library Week Drawing!

Congratulations Barbara! winner of the National Library Week drawing
sponsored by the Friends of Lansing Public Library.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Author Thomas Crane Talks About His Book and Reads His Poetry


Thomas Crane
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Did you miss hearing Thomas Crane at the library? Listen here!

Author Visit:
Thomas Crane, author of

Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills


Listen to:Thomas Crane talk about his book and read his poetry!

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Gardening Program Tuesday!

GroundcoversTuesday, April 11, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Groundcovers to Know and Use

Tired of moving and watering turf? Try a perennial groundcover that requires lower care and offers positive environmental qualities. Presented by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Jennifer Tobin. Visit the U Of I Extension website for more information on groundcovers.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Author Don Lundquist, Jr. Reads His Poetry

Did you miss the program? Listen here!

At Least He Shuts Up WHen He WritesAuthor Visit:
Don Lundquist, author of

At
Least He Shuts Up When He Writes



View illustrations from the book.

Listen to:Don Lundquist, Jr. read his poetry!

Did you enjoy this program? Add a comment!



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Author Thomas Crane visits the Library Monday!

Green is the Valley, Blue are the HillsMonday, April 10, 2006
10:30 a.m.
Author Visit
Special Event!
Green is the Valley, Blue are the Hills by Thomas Crane
Lansing Public Library Soars at 70! Flight #24

Thomas Crane will discuss writing his book, publishing his book, and he will also read from his book. Join us for this special visit from the author!

Everyone welcome!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Today's Library

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from actor/comedian George Lopez! Today's Library


How to listen:

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 5

It's National Library Week! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 5


How to listen:

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National Library Week: Friday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Friday


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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 4

It's National Library Week! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 4


How to listen:

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National Library Week: Thursday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Thursday


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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 3

It's National Library Week! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 3


How to listen:

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National Library Week: Wednesday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Wednesday


How to listen:

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Special Event Today (Tuesday) Meet Don Lundquist, Jr.!

Tuesday, April 4, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Author of "At Least He Shuts Up When He Writes," Don Lundquist Jr.


Celebrate an evening of rhymes, imagination and laughter with Don Lundquist Jr.
Don will be sharing poems and illustrations from his book as well as some of his yet to be published writing. He urges you to be prepared for a positive evening of humor and poetry, served up family style!

Join us for this special visit from the author!

Everyone welcome!

Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 2

It's National Library Week! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! Semana Nacional de las Bibliotecas 2


How to listen:

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National Library Week: Tuesday

It's National Library Week!

Listen to this special message from Lansing Public Library! National Library Week: Tuesday


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Monday, April 03, 2006

Paintings by Nancy Walker


Paintings by Nancy Walker
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Artist Nancy Walker will be displaying
her artwork from April 1 through
May 13, 2006.

Come and enjoy her wonderful paintings!

Enter to Win!


Enter to Win!
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.
Enter the drawing during
National Library Week to win a
bookself and books donated by
Friends of Lansing Library.

Stop by the Adult Services Desk
to enter before 5 p.m. April 8th.

Spotlight on: Wilvera J. Johnson


Our display case currently features baskets and dolls handmade by Wilvera J. Johnson.
Photos truly do not convey the detail and beauty of her work, stop in and see for yourself!
See the photos we posted online.

Wilvera provided us with a brief biography:

Wilvera was born on April 15, 1910. She is celebrating her 96th birthday by sharing with the neighborhood, her love of the creative arts.

She and her husband Bernal were married in 1934 and spent 66 happy years together sharing their interests in the creative arts. For many years they worked side by side in their sign and truck painting business located first in their home in Dolton, and later in Calumet City.

Wilvera's first big project over several years was to weave the cane seats for all 15 chairs used in their home. This was after many weekend visits to flea markets, where the chairs were purchased for a few dollars, hauled home, repaired and refinished first by Bernal.

During much of this time they also created many oil paintings in the evenings, and often worked at their craft into the late night hours.

When retirement time came, they spent their winters ar Big Pine Key, Florida. Church and neighborhood groups provided many opportunities for both of them to learn new crafts and develop their own styles. Bernal did many bird carvings.



Clothespin Dolls
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.



Over the years, Wilvera learned a variety of needlework crafts, made many stuffed dolls and patchwork quilts, and used much of the fabric scraps to create and hand stitch the clothes for the clothes pin dolls which Bernal made for her.




Basket Detail
Originally uploaded by lansinglibrary.


Creating the pine needle baskets is quite a task. After being supplied with the pine needles gathered by friends at rest stops in Georgia while en route to Florida, classes were held regularly where a variety of stitches, designs and shapes were practiced and many baskets made. Soaking the pine needles and raffia in water to keep them soft and pliable makes the process go more smoothly.

Over the ensuing years, Wilvera created duplicates of many of the basket styles on display, and at least 25 of the diamond point baskets. The latest one was finished in February 2006. Almost all of the baskets have been given away to friends and family.