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.