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)