Thursday, December 20, 2007

Library Wins Contest!

Lansing Public Library won first place in the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Christmas decorating contest!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Historical Society Newsletter

The November 2007 issue of the Lansing Historical Society's Newsletter is available online!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Book Discussions

November 6 (10:30 a.m.) and
November 7 (6:30 p.m.)
The Madonnas of Leningrad by: Debra Dean
It is 1941. The Nazis are about to lay seige to Leningrad, and the city's residents take refuge in the Hermitage museum. There we meet Marina, a young museum worker whose story moves between Russia in World War II and the present, where she is about to attend her grandaughter's wedding in Seattle. The modern -day Marina has Alzheimer's disease and is lost in the memories of her past.

November 20 (11:00 a.m.)
The Virgin of Small Plains by: Nancy Pickard
Seventeen years ago the body of a teenage murder victim was found in a pasture in
Small Plains, Kansas and Mitch Newquist, who mysteriously left town the day after the body was found, has returned to Small Plains threatening to bring old secrets to light.

Movie Time!

Friday, November 30, at 10:30 a.m.
Washington D.C. (60 min.)
Discover the past, present, and future of our great nation!

Movie Time!

Friday, November 9, at 10:30 a.m.
Flags of Our Fathers (132 min.)
Lansing Public Library presents a movie about the five Marines and one Navy corpsman who raised the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Care to Share Community Day

The Friends of Lansing Library are selling care to share Community Day coupon booklets for $5.00. Each booklet contains a $10.00 off coupon and eight coupons to save on merchandise throughout Carson Pirie Scott stores. Community Day coupon booklets are available at the upper or lower circulation desks or adult services desk through November 10, 2007.

Celebrate National Friends of Lansing Library Week

October 21-27, 2007 is Friends of Libraries Week.

Friends of Libraries Week (sponsored by Friends of Libraries, USA) is a celebration of Friends of Libraries programs around the country and an opportunity to recognize friends members for their support of libraries.

Stop by the Adult Services Desk for a Friends membership application.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Town Hall Talks for Parents and Teens

Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
This tactful, informative and sensitive forum for local parents and teens is sponsored by
New Leaf Resources, Inc. Sessions are educational and supportive in nature.
Featured topic: Twelve Stages of Healthy Courtship Behavior presented by
Stephen Lanterman, MSW, LCSW,ICAC II, CSAT, JD, a Christian psychotherapist with over thirty years experience working with families in the area of trauma-addiction-mental health concerns.
Refreshments will be served.

The Value of College and Reality of Paying For It

Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by PRIMERICA
College of Hope: Uncover the Myths of College Planning:
Did you know that no matter how much money you make, nor how little time you have left to save, you may find ways to reduce the cost of sending your children to college? Discover that how you pay for college is more important than how you save for college. This unique seminar provides a hopeful approach to college planning .

Know Your Mortgage

Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Do you truly know your mortgage? Presented by PRIMERICA Financial Services.
Many homeowners are being shocked with the true cost of their mortgages. Are you presently
experiencing problems managing your debt? If you want to get control of your monthly payments, and potentially reduce your income taxes, and learn to understand your mortgage documents join us. Refreshments will be served.

Writer's Special Interest Group

10:00 a.m. to 12:oo p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 5.
Whether you've written your fifteenth novel or are just starting your first, the Writer's Group can offer support and advice. Share and receive constructive criticism at monthly meetings.
Special guest speakers TBA! Age 18 and up.

Mom's Autism Support Group

Any mom who has a child(ren) with a disability is welcome.
We share information on health issues, sibling support, diet, community resources, websites, books, upcoming seminars & conferences, etc. Come for hugs, laughter, compassion and encouragement. 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday , Nov. 5, Monday, Nov. 19, Monday, Dec.3, Mon. Jan. 14, Mon. Feb.11.

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Newsletter Available

The November-December-January issue of the library newsletter is available.

Stop in and pick one up, or download and print your own.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Town Hall Talks For Parents and Teens October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

This tactful, informative and sensitive forum for local parents and teens is sponsored by New Leaf Resources, Inc. Sessions are educational and supportive in nature. They are conducted by Stephen Lanterman, MSW, LCSW, ICAC II, CSAT, JD a Christian psychotherapist with over thirty years experience working with families in the area of trauma, addictions, and mental health concerns. He will be joined by other professional colleagues of New Leaf Resources, a Lansing based Christian Counseling Resource. Featured topic: The Internet and Online Pornography. Are parents too late to worry about how and when to tell kids about sex?
Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

No new material purchases, or expenditures for programs

Until the budget is settled in Springfield, and the Cook County tax bills are mailed, the library (as an agency dependent on taxes) is essentially out of money.

Even if the bills are approved tomorrow there will be no income collected until the end of November. As a result, all purchases of new material, or expenditures for programs have been halted.

Please let your state legislator know if you are unhappy with this situation.

2 advertised October programs have been cancelled: "Walking from Madrid to Kiev" and "Tour Historical Chicago's Crime Scene."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Fall Computer Workshops Are Full!

Registration for the fall computer workshops filled up very quickly.

We will repeat the topics.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 1st when registration will open for our winter workshops.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Natalie and Virginia's Art 001

Artist's, Virginia McGettrick and Natalie McMahon are displaying their artwork from August 16, 2007 through September 29, 2007.
Come, relax in front of our artwall and enjoy their wonderful artwork.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

The Handmaid an the Carpenter by: Elizabeth Berg
The author retells the Christmas story and fleshes out Mary and Joseph. She details Jewish traditions, and shows the struggles and challenges the young couple must have faced.

Before I Wake by: Dee Henderson
This was a easy read about a new private detective trying to prove a woman was murdered in her sleep rather than dying of natural causes.

Twelve Golden Threads by: Aliske Webb
A Grandma teaches her two granddaughters to quilt, and the 12 lessons she teaches them that are needed to make quilts are 12 lessons to apply in life: commitment, goals, integrity, etc.

Gideon's Gift by: Karen Kingsbury
Eight-year-old Gideon has leukemia; and 51-year-old Earl has no home. When Earl's wife and child died in an accident on 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." Gideon's gift of red mittens puts Earl back on track. Earl, in turn, gives Gideon a gift that makes a miracle.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Jean's Art 005

Local artist, Jean Schuster, is displaying her oil paintings from
July 2, 2007 through August 15, 2007. Come and visit our artwall and view Jean's wonderful paintings!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Register now for the Bus Tour

The White City Bus Tour
Monday, Aug. 13, 8:50 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (approx.)
Registration begins Monday, July 2. Limited to 45 persons.

Inspired by the best-selling book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
Cost $45.00 per person, cash only.

Price includes: guides, materials, site and admission/donations, lunch and bus.

Relive the excitement of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which brought 27 million visitors to Chicago to marvel at "The White City. Noted historian and guide, Bill Hinchliff, begins with a fascinating narration and photographic slide presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center. Travel to the original fairground, Jackson Park, stopping at Wooded Island, the Statue of the Republic and other related sites along the way.

Enjoy a sit down lunch at Bar Louie’s Hyde Park location during the tour and finish the tour with a visit to the Chicago History Museum.

Bus departs Lansing Public Library at 8:50 a.m.
Bus returns to Lansing Public Library approximately 3:45 p.m.
No refunds unless we cancel the trip.
This tour is limited to 45 persons.

Please make your prepaid reservation at the Adult Services Desk no later than August 6, 2007.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Hannah's Hope by: Karen Kingsbury
Fifteen-year-old Hannah, who buries herself in activities to run from the neglect of parents too involved in politics to see her more than two visits a year, learns she has a second father, her biological father. She prays for a Christmas miracle that will bring her the family she longs for.

Ain't She Sweet? by: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Sugar Beth, once rich and nasty in high school, has returned to her hometown broke but not broken...looking for a second chance. Her "friends" have other ideas.

City of Bones by: Martha Wells
Good sci-fi story of a futuristic landscape with a inhospitable climate of
sand, heat and water shortage. The hero is a manufactured species developed to live on no water in the wasteland.

Stalker by: Faye Kellerman
A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novel featuring Peter's daughter,Cindy, as a rookie cop undergoing the "growing pains" of being new and a woman in a male world. Someone is stalking Cindy. In a fearless, brash way, she interacts with her co-workers and finds herself involved in her father's case as well. A good solid series with good characterizations.

Exclusive by: Sandra Brown
Reporter , Barry Travis, investigates the SIDS death of the President's baby boy only to discover that the baby was murdered.


Monday, June 18, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Maggie's Miracle by: Karen Kingsbury
Maggie's parents divorced, and Maggie gave up on love. But she met
13-year old Kade who told her there was a love told about in the Bible, a love that never fails, never ends. Kade promises to pray that Maggie finds that kind of love.

Finnegan's Week by: Joseph Wambaugh
By the end of Finnegan's week, Detective Fin Finnegan has been rejected for an acting part he wanted; has worked with two attractive female detectives, one of which he may make wife #4 someday; and has solved a case about a stolen waste truck which resulted in the deaths of 6 people.

The Recycled Citizen by: Charlotte Macleod
A member of the Citizen's Recycling Center is found dead. When the Kellings, the Center's owners, are found to be in the dead man's will, they become suspects. Detective Max Bittersohn, Sarah Kelling's husband, helps solve the mystery.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

14 Peck Slip by: Ed Dee
This novel follows two long time partners solving a ten- year- old missing person and murder victim who was an on the take cop. Dee's really held your interest through routine police work with enough red herrings to keep you going.

The Gift by: Pete Hamill
A short book about an Irish family and Christmas of 1952, around the Korean War, where a son finally gets a gift from his family which he will cherish all his life.

When the Emperor Was Divine by: Julie Otsuka
Story of one Japanese family, a mother, daughter, and son who were put into a internment camp in Utah after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942; separated from their father for four years in a different camp. There are five different points of view about the whole ordeal.

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting at Lansing Public Library
June 29, 2007
6:00 p.m.--- 9:30 p.m.
$20.00 (cash only)
6:30 to 7:30 ~ Wine Diva~ Christine Blumer
7:30 to 9:30 ~ Wine tasting ~ Santori's
Hors d'oervres ~ Friends of Lansing Library
Music provided by
Eric Lambert & Mike Lenich
Fund Raising Event Sponsored by
Friends of Lansing Public Library
Tickets available at the Adult Services Desk

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Special Hours Friday, June 8

We'll be closed 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to get ready for the Block Party.

Open for business 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Block Party on the lawn 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Brookfield Zoo Passes

We have 4 Brookfield Zoo passes available for checkout by Adult Lansing Library Card Holders.

The pass entitles any combination of four adults or children free general admission to Brookfield Zoo during all public hours. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Not valid with any promotional offers. Parking is not included. Expires 12/31/2007.

You can check availability in our catalog.
Passes are available first come, first served.
Offer available to Lansing Public Library adult card holders. Limit one pass per family.
$10 cash deposit required (refundable when pass is returned).
$2/day overdue fine. $50 replacement cost if pass is lost.

We will not be receiving any passes to other museums or attractions.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Ravinia Tickets

Lansing Public Library has a limited supply of free Ravinia tickets for some of their programs. These tickets will be handed out on a first come,
first served basis.

Come to the Adult Services Desk for the tickets and information.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

You Have the Right to Remain Puzzled by: Parnell Hall
Once again Cora runs into trouble as the Puzzle Lady. How can she defend herself against charges of theft and plagiarism without also admitting she doesn't actually construct the puzzles that appear under her name. When she is framed for the murder of her accuser she needs all her talents as a amateur sleuth to keep herself out of jail.

A Woman Betrayed by: Barbara Delinsky
After 20 years of marriage, you'd think you'd know your spouse pretty well. But when Laura's husband Jeff disappears, Laura realizes she didn't know Jeff at all, especially when the IRS tells Laura that Jeff has stolen money. Then Laura finds out Jeff had an affair as well before his disappearance. Laura shows resiliance in her overturned life and works hard to create a new future for herself and two children.

Double Dealer by: Barbara Taylor McCafferty
This series is about twins Bert & Nan. Each twin alternates in writing a chapter. In this book a crooked flea market vendor is murdered. Bert's daughter Ellie is the suspect. Bert & Nan set out to prove Ellie's innocence.

True to Form by: Elizabeth Berg
Set in the early 60's, this is a coming-to-age story of "Army brat" Katie.
Katie, wanting to be accepted by the in-crowd of her new school, must deal with the consequences of her behavior of betrayal to her true friend Cynthia.

Murder Gets a Life by: Anne George
Soon after MaryAlice meets her new daughter-in-law Sunshine, MaryAlice finds a dead body in Sunshine's trailer. Sunshine has also disappeared. MaryAlice and her sister Patricia Anne set out to solve the murder and find Sunshine. In the process, they are kidnapped.

The Nanny Diaries by: Emma McLaughlin
21-year-old Nan works part-time as a Nanny for 4-year old Grayor as she completes her Senior year of college working on a child development
degree. What begins as a 12-hour weekly job grows into a 40 to 50 -hour job as she caters to the whims of Mrs. X, Grayor's mother, who is so self-absorbed she has little time for Grayor .

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time by: Mark Haddon
When Christopher, a autistic boy, finds a dead dog he decides to find out what happened. His
investigation uncovers secret informtion about his mother.

American Appetites by: Joyce Carol Oates
50 year old Ian loves Glynnis. But when he does a good deed for for a younger woman, and doesn't tell Glynnis, Ian's world falls apart. His not telling has dire consequences he never could have imagined.

A Redbird Christmas by: Fanie Flagg
Oscar needs to leave Chicago and find a lung-healthy town, so says his doctor. He finds that town in Lost River, Georgia, as well as new friends and a new hobby, painting.

The Highly Effective Detective by: Richard Yancy
After his mom dies, leaving him a hefty inheritance, Teddy Ruzak quits his security job to open up his own detective agency. He hires waitress Felicia as his secretary. Their first case is to solve the hit- and- rundeath of goslings. This case dovetails with a murder that leads to two more murders. You will not be disappointed by this read. It's witty, engaging, and well written.

The Undomestic Goddess by: Sophie Kinsella
Workaholic Samantha makes 500 pounds an hour as a lawyer but has no life, no free time, no weekends. After loosing her firm 5 million pounds, she is fired and becomes a very inept housekeper. She's never avoided challenges so she learns to cook, and clean and finds love in the process.

Eat Cake by: Jeanne Ray
When Ruthie is stressed , she bakes cakes. When her husband Sam loses his job, Ruthie turns her avocation into a vocation and, with the help of her bickering parents and business-smart 16 -year -old daughter, begins a business called "Eat Cake." A most enjoyable book.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Superchick Say Ooh La La by Robin Gunn
If you like to hear about going to Paris, the friendship that the girls made and how it came full circle from life before they met and then their life at the end; then this is a very good book.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Hey, Good Looking by: Fern Michaels
The story is about 3 aunts and 1 niece and how their lives are changed completely by the death of the next door neighbor's son whom they helped raise. Great book!

Silent Star by: Tracie Peterson
This story takes place at Christmas time and is about a WWII telegram messenger who is tormented by having to deliver telegrams , in his hometown, notifying relatives of soldiers

Can This Be Christmas? by: Debbie Macomber
Everyone wants to get home for Christmas, but a snowstorm strands travelers in a train depot on Christmas Eve. The townsfolk befriend the travelers with hot food. A teen choir comes caroling. A small Christmas tree is found and soon decorated with hats, scarves, yarn, paper snowflakes, etc. The travelers find hope and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Caught Dead in Philadelphia by: Gillian Roberts
Liza Nicols, part-time teacher/wanna-be actress and fiance to an almost-senator, is murdered!
There's a secret to hide, and another death occurs to keep the secret hidden. Amanda Pepper joins forces with a detective to solve the case.

Don Lundquist, Jr. Reads His Poetry

Did you miss hearing Don Lundquist, Jr. at the library? Listen here!

Author Visit:
Don Lundquist Jr., author of

At Least He Shuts Up When He Writes and the upcoming Donut Dance!

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

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Tales from a Village School by: Miss Read
There are 40 stories about a village school teacher. In one story, Miss Read has to throw away the homemade Christmas cards because the kids signed them "from Mary" which is the teacher's first name! The stories are very entertaining.

The Swallow and the Tom Cat: a love story by: Jorge Amado
This fable tells the story of a swallow and Tom Cat who fall in love but, alas, due to family pressures and conventions of society cannot be married. The swallow marries the nightingale, and the cat moves to a faraway place, taking his happy memories with him.

All Eve's Hollows by: Dean Wesley Smith
Billy Stein is recruited as a city knight. Her job is to help keep the balance between Humans and the Fantastics. It turns out she has great magical power and helps to save the world from a wicked sorceress.

Chill of Fear by: Kay Hooper
Strangers Quentin Hayes and Diana Brisco are connected through their psychic gifts which they use to solve unresolved murders that took place over a 25 year period at a secluded lodge.

H.R.H. by: Danielle Steel
A young modern princess struggling to make her life in the wider world more meaningful clashes with her family's expectations.

Beautiful Lies by: Lisa Unger
Thirty-something Ridley Jones saves a child from being hit by a car. Her picture is on every paper for awhile; and someone, seeing her picture, leaves her a note asking if she is his daughter.
Ridley didn't know she was adopted. She didn't know her birth mother had been murdered.
Now Ridley's life is in danger as she asks questions and discovers an illegal adoption ring from
which she came.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Quilts 002

Local artist, Betty J. Klode, is displaying her Quilts from April 2, 2007 through May 15, 2007. Next time your in the Library be sure to visit the Art Wall where you can view this beautiful display!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

For Dummies Book Display

Why is there a mannequin in the library?

She's posing for our "For Dummies" book display.

The publisher of the "For Dummies" books is holding a contest for the best display in a library. Winners will be announced in late June.

"Reader's Reviews"

A Light in the Window by: Tracie Peterson
A Christian story of a woman in the Alaskan Territory who becomes a public nurse, meets her future husband and how they decide to deliver God's word along with the medical help.

The Queen of the Big Time by: Adriana Trigiani
At 15, Nella must leave school to work in the factory after her father is hurt by an on-the-job explosion. She leaves behind her dream to go to college and chooses a new dream; to own her own factory. She marries Franco and together they eventually do buy a factory. It's a good book about Italian families, customs, and beliefs.

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by: James Patterson
Katie thinks she's found love in Matt. He disappears but leaves her a diary to read. It's about his first wife and son who die in a car accident when she has a heart attack.

Angels Fall by: Nora Roberts
A gourmet cook, running from a horrible crime and nightmares, settles in a small town in Wyoming. She sees another murder but no one believes her but a writer who is a loner.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
This book chronicles what life was like for one day in the camps during communist reign.
This man survived for 10 years!

Summer Garden Murder by: Ann Ripley
Louise Eldridge, a famous TV gardener, is shaken to hear that Peter Hoffman, a murderer she helped jail, has been released. When his body, and later a second body are found in her garden
she needs to solve the murders to keep her job and to stay out of jail.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Do you need more energy?

Come hear the tips & tricks at the first lecture in our Spring Wellness Series!
This week's topic: Peak Energy Solution.
Thursday, April 5 @ 6:30 p.m. Free. Read more, and sign-up here!

See the rest of our upcoming events.

"Reader Reviews"

Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry by: Harry Kemelman
Rumor had it the Rabbi allowed a suicide to be buried in the Temple cemetary. With his friend, the police chief, he proves the death to be murder.

A Necessary Evil by: Alex Kava
People who were abused by priests when they were children have joined an internet game where they submit the name of the priest who abused them and pretend to kill them. Turns out these priests are really getting killed!

The Prophetess by: Barbara Wood
An archeologist on a dig in Egypt finds a basket of scrolls in an ancient well she believes is the well of Miriam, sister of Moses. She tries to translate the scrolls and at the same time keep them out of the hands of relic collectors and a disapproving church.

The Shop on Blossom Street by: Debbie Macomber
Lydia, a survivor of two bouts of cancer, opens a shop called "A Good Yarn" (which sells yarn and supplies) as an affirmation of life gesture. Lydia offers a knitting class in her shop. Lydia and the three diverse women that attend the class become friends who share their joys, sorrows, and life crisis.

In the Name of Salome by: Julia Alvarez
This book tells about the famous Dominican poet, Salome Urena and her daughter Camila, who has been teaching at colleges in the U.S. Each chapter alternates between mother and daughter. At the end of the book, the stories meet and you realize the impact of each woman's life on the other. This was a very interesting book that might open your eyes a little bit to Dominican and Cuban history.

Bloodsucking Fiends by: Christopher Moore
Entertaining tale of a girl turned vampire and the way she figures out how to survive by adopting a "daytime companion" who can accomplish things for her when it's light out. A quick, funny read.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

April-May 2007 Newsletter

Copies are available in the library, or you can download & print your own!

April is a busy month, and also includes National Library Week!

We've got a number of health related programs, a poetry reading, information for first time home buyers, movies, and "Total White Sox!"

You can register online for most of the adult programs by visiting our upcoming events page.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Devil In the White City by: Erik Larson
A great way to learn about what Chicago was like in the late 1800's and to see the impact an event like the World's Fair Colombian Exposition had on so many. Interestingly juxtaposed with story of a serial killer operating under cover of the fair.

Death in the Orchid Garden by: Ann Ripley
Louise's exciting trip to Hawaii turns miserable as the filming of a gardening show becomes a battle ground. Big names, large egoes, old disagreements, and fresh accusations are followed up with two murders. Louise unwillingly starts considering the others in her 'company' for means, motive and opportunity. Will she become victim #3?

Abide With Me by: Elizabeth Stout
When Rev. Tyler Caskey's young wife dies of cancer, he leans on his faith in God to work through his grief and raise his 2 young daughters. The Hymn "Abide with Me" becomes his rallying cry.

McNelly Knows a Ranger by Louis L'Amour
Twenty-one year old Chick Bowdrie becomes a Texas Ranger. His first assignment is to pursue the murderer of his former boss Noah Whipple who treated Chick like a son. A good Wild West read (or listen). The tape had sound effects and different actors reading the different parts.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Never Let Me Go by: Kazuo Ishiguro
Haunting tale about growing up in an elite school in the English countryside as children cloned to be organ donors.

A Good Year by: Peter Mayle
The story takes place in wine country in Provence, France where a transplanted British protagonist acquires a Provencal vineyard left to him by his dead uncle. You learn a little about the wine business and the French people.

A Dollar Short by: Karin Gillespie
Quirky, humorous account of two South Carolina sisters, Chiffon and Chenille, who overcome their differences in dealing with man and mother problems with help from the interesting women from the Bottom Dollar General Store.

Leota's Garden by: Francine Rivers
85 year old Leota's garden is in ruins as is her relationship with her son George and daughter Eleanor. But when her grandaughter reaches out to her wanting to know her grandmother, Leota finds new hope; teaches her grandaughter to care for the garden; and grows new relationships/friendships with her neughbors who had been strangers.

Loop Group by: Larry Mc Murty
Maggie and best friend Connie take a vacation from Hollywood and their Loop Group (which loops movies) to travel to Texas. Along the way, they meet a "friendly" traveler who steals their car, they rack up $15, 000 in buying souvenirs, and they discover they really love living in Hollywood and hurry back to it.

Mozzarella Most Murderous by: Nancy Fairbanks
Carolyn Blue, a food reviewer, has to endure romantic Italy at a hotel without her husband who is unable to get to Italy due to an airline strike. When an acquaintance is killed, she goes about helping find the murderer.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Aunt Dimity's Death by: Nancy Atherton
When Lori was a little girl her mother told her bedtime stories of an "Aunt Dimity." After her mother died she found out "Aunt Dimity " was a real peson and she has left her estate to Lori.
But, before Lori can claim the estate she must find a secret hidden in the letters written by her mother and Aunt Dimity.

Icy Sparks by: Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Icy grew up in rural Kentucky in the 1950's. She had Tourette Syndrome but went undiagnosed until her college years. She was an outcast in her town and was even sent to a mental hospital.
When she was older she came to the understanding that God created her and loves her just as she is. She changed her angry thinking and started to befriend people. She now thinks of her Tourette's as a blessing that helped her become the person she is today.

Burned by: Cariol Higgins Clark
This mystery takes place in Hawaii. A snow storm in New York prevents private investigator Regan Reilly from going to New York to plan her wedding with her fiance Jack and her mother so she decides to meet her friend Kit in Hawaii for one last girl's weekend before her marriage.
A body washes ashore at the hotel she will be staying at and the manager asks for her help to
solve the mystery.

Across the Years by: Tracie Peterson
A pregnant woman who lost her husband during World War 1 started a new life only to find out her husband is really alive! They finally re-unite 11 years later.

Big Fish by: Daniel Wallace
As Edward Bloom is dying his son William spends time recounting his father's tales and jokes about his life. Through this retelling of stories, William tries to understand and make peace with the man who was his father.

Yours and Mine by: Debbie Macomber
Two single parents are brought together by their respective 11 year old daughters, who are best friends and appointed themselves match-makers.

Absentee Voting Application

The Reference Desk has Absentee Ballot Applications for the Consolidated Election, April 17, 2007.

To vote absentee by mail, the completed form must be received at the Cook County Clerk's Office in Chicago before Thursday, April 12, 2007.

Vore more details on the upcoming election, or absentee voting, visit the Cook County's Voter Information Web Site.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

Hawk O' Toole's Hostage by: Sandra Brown
Little did Miranda Price realize that a simple vacation train trip would turn into a dangerous adventure in which she and her young son would be taken hostage by Indians who want to force the government to reopen mines that provide jobs for tribe members.

Alison's Automotive Repair Manual by: Brad Barkley
After Alison's husband dies, she stops teaching and takes a long sabbatical so she can work through her grief. She puts her time and energy into fixing up a "76 Corvette."The irony is that she knows nothing about fixing cars. She relies upon a repair manual and two locals who know about cars and car parts to help her fix the car. The closer the car is to being totally repaired the closer Alison is to her own emotional healing.

Short Straw by: Stuart Woods
On his 50th birthday, attorney Ed Eagle's wife leaves him and steals a million dollars in personal funds and even more money from the company funds. Ed sends two men to Mexico to find his wife. This book is full of surprises, twists and turns. It's an exciting read!

The Last Suppers: by: Diane Mott Davidson
Goldy Bear is getting married! It's the classic story of the bride left at the altar with a twist. The priest who was to marry her has been murdered; and her detective fiance, who is investigating the priest's murder, is now missing. Goldy must now do her own sleuthing to find the murderer and her missing fiance.

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by: Fannie Flagg
90- something Elner Shimfissle falls off a ladder while picking figs. She flat-lines, spends 3 hours in Heaven, and then .... comes back to life. In the meantime, the whole town thinks Elner is dead and prepares for her funeral. Elner awakes to a roomful of funeral flowers in her hospital room.
Elner's "rebirth" gives many of her friends and family a new start as well as they examine their lives and make changes for the better.

Reader Reviews

Body Double by: Tess Gerritsen
This is a good psychological thriller. When Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles finds a dead woman outside her home (a woman who has her same blood type, birth date, and looks), Maura begins a journey to investigate her parentage, a journey in which she uncovers a serial killer who targets pregnant women. Could that killer be her biological father?

The Tooth of Time: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery by: Sue Henry
This book is a murder mystery and a travelogue rolled into one. Alaska resident Maxie McNabb (and her dog Stretch) travel to Taos, NM, (in her Winnebago) where she befriends a woman who is later found dead. Is it suicide? or murder? Maxie solves that mystery but not that of the death of a man found dead in a dye vat. I have a feeling that that loose end will find itself in the next Maxie & Stretch mystery book I enjoyed this book and will read more Maxie and Stretch mysteries. I like the fact that all the ends aren't tied up--it's more realistic, less formula-novel-like.

Harvest by: Tess Gerritsen
Second-year resident Dr. Abby DiMatteo discovers her hospital's cardiac transplant department is in league with the Russian mob to harvest organs. In her quest to make this known, she endangers her own life. This author writes an excellent suspense novel.

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by: Dorothy Gilman
The CIA sends grandmotherly and widowed Mrs. Pollifax on Safari to take pictures of those on the safari in hopes of capturing on film a picture of an elusive assassin. Before she can complete her mission, she is kidnapped by terrorists and then rescued by an old friend. Mrs. Pollifax finds adventure and a new love in this book.

Cold Fall by: John Gardner
This is the first book I've ever read in which a character dies 3 times (no, it's not James Bond). And it's the first James Bond book I've ever read. James Bond's assignment is to investigate the crash of Flight 229. His investigation leads him to a fanatical society code-named COLD- the Children Of the Last Days'- and its madman leader who wants to see James dead.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Reader Reviews"

The Secret Supper by: Javier Sierra
This mystery is about Leonardo daVinci's painting of the Last Supper and the secret messages hidden in the painting.

Final Fore by: Roberta Isleib
Golf pro and amateur sleuth Cassie Burdette is being stalked via internet E-mails while playing in the PGA Women's Open. When an opponent is murdered, Cassie resolves to find out if her stalker and the murderer are the same person.

The Girls by: Lori Lansens
The life story of two conjoined twins living in Canada and the nurse and husband who adopted them.

The Templar Legacy by: Steve Berry
The story is about how the templar knights are still around and how they are trying to regain their legitimacy. A good story.

Killing Kelly by: Heather Graham
This book is about a daytime soap star who is stalked and almost killed by a psycopath who hates advice columnists which is the role she plays.

Angels Flight by: Tracie Peterson
A great story about a young Mexican who is accused of beating and raping a woman. The book
tells the tale of the arrest, preliminary hearing, and the trial.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Reader Reviews

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Interesting to consider the Cinderella Tale from another perspective - 2 sides to every story! I thought this one was a much easier read than "Wicked".

Life Goes On by Philip Gulley
Follows a pastor through his life of up and downs in a small farm country church.

Murder Shoots the Bull by Anne George
Someone is trying to murder MaryAlice's neighbor Arthur, first by poison, then by fire and finally by a shot in the butt. MaryAlice and her sister Patricia Anne must find the answers and the would be murderer.

Gunpowder Green by Laura Childs
Theodosia, a tea shop owner, once again finds herself investigating a murder. Proving her suspicions that an 'accident' at a yacht race was really murder is no small task. The tea references made me want to try several varieties.

Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton
On a trip to a visitors farm to show a group of knitting tourist the owners alpacas, Kelly discovers her friend killed. Later the daughter suffers the same fate! Was the soon to be ex-husband/step-father the killer, or did someone else have reasons to silence them?

Reader Review

We'll Always Have Parrots by Donna Andrews
This is a Meg Langslow mystery. She's an iron-worker, a working blacksmith who usually gets involved in murders no matter how hard she tries not to. This one involves an aging actress with to much power and an angry person from her past. It is a great - gentle read. Check it out.

Reader Review

At Least He Shuts Up When He Writes by Don Lundquist
This enjoyable book of poetry covers writer's block("The Middle of the Text"); a poet's legacy ("Old Poets"); yearning for yesterday ("Kid Feet"); farce("MonaLisa's Teeth"); God's love for us("Whatever") and more.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"Reader Reviews!"

My Fair Temptress by: Christina Dodd
Learn how to flirt in ten lessons or less! Very interesting and funny.

Wicked by: Gregory Maguire
This book tells the story of Elphaba, the wicked witch of the West.

Chain of Command by: Caspar Weinberger
This is the story of a Secret Service agent who was framed for the murder of the President.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Survey About Computer Classes Open Now!

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If you are interested in attending Hands-On Computer Classes at Lansing Public Library, please take our survey! The survey is only 6 questions, and should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Survey is limited to the first 100 responses.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Attention CSI fans!

Register now! Register online, or call 708-474-2447 ext 122

Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Murderer

Community Room (Lower Level)
Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.

In 1888 in London’s East End there were a series of of murders that have never been successfully solved and the identity of "Jack" remains a mystery. There are still developing theories as to the "real" Jack. Join us for a photo-accompanied presentation by Linda Putnam, she will discuss the criminal detection tools available to the london police and their relationship to the local press. CSI fans will want to attend this program!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

NewsBank Hot Topics: February 2007

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HOT TOPICS - February 2007


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TOPIC: Congress is working on a non-binding resolution showing disapproval of the president's military policy in Iraq. What does a non-binding resolution do? What specifics of Bush's policy does the resolution object to?

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ECONOMICS - Minimum Wage Legislation

TOPIC: One of the bills currently in congress is a bill to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25. What issue has divided business owners over support for this bill? What incremental plan does this bill outline for the wage increase?

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ENVIRONMENT - Scientists Testify about Global Warming Reports

TOPIC: Congress is investigating allegations that the White House has pressured scientists to downplay their findings on global warming. What has been the testimony of scientists at the congressional hearings? What two watchdog groups filed the initial report on this?

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FILM AND TELEVISION - Golden Globe Awards

TOPIC: The Golden Globe Awards have been presented. Who were the big winners? How do these awards differ from the Academy Awards?

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TOPIC: Israel's cabinet has approved Raleb Majadele as the first Arab Muslim minister of the Jewish state. What is the significance about this approval?

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TOPIC - There is a trend towards center-right governments being elected in Europe, and the countries involved are forming their own coalition within the European Union. What are the reasons for this trend?

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CIVICS, GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS - Presidential Campaign 2008

TOPIC: Many people have declared their candidacy for the U.S. presidency. Who are the Democrats that are seeking the nomination? Who are the Republicans?

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CRIME AND LAW - Advertising Stunt

TOPIC: A Cartoon Network TV show promotion has caused a disruption especially in one particular city. What show was being promoted? Why did it cause a disruption? What city was most affected?

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CRIME AND LAW - England and Sharia Law

TOPIC: According to a recent poll, a growing number of young Muslims in Britain are more in tune with Islam and favor the installation of Islamic law, Islamic dress for women and their own religious schools. What are the reasons for this change?

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ECONOMICS - Venezuela Nationalizations

TOPIC: In an effort to convert his country to his own brand of "21st century socialism" Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez intends on nationalizing the country's power and telecommunications companies. American companies stand to lose the most. How will this move affect foreign investment? How will it affect economic and international relations?

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EDUCATION - Wisconsin School Cell Phone Ban

TOPIC: Wisconsin's largest school district has decided to ban the student use of cell phones. What is the reason for the school to adopt this policy and how is it different from the reasons other cities have banned school cell phone use? What city dominates the district?

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HISTORY - Stonehenge

TOPIC: Excavations near Stonehenge have uncovered dozens of homes where people lived at the same time Stonehenge was erected. What is Stonehenge? When was it built? What is the mystery surrounding this structure? What is the significance of this new find?

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HISTORY - E. Howard Hunt

TOPIC: One of the key members of the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), E. Howard Hunt has died. What is the organization that developed out of the O.S.S. What was Hunt's role in that? What government scandal was Hunt involved in during the mid-1970s? What was his role?

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INTERNATIONAL - British and Saudi Arms Deal

TOPIC: British fraud investigators have stopped a probe into a multi-billion pound arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Why have they stopped their probe? What will happen to this deal?

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SOCIAL ISSUES - Black Panthers

TOPIC: Former Black Panthers Ray Boudreaux and Henry Jones have been arrested for the 1971 murder of San Francisco police sergeant John V. Young. Who were the Black Panthers? What have been the recent political activities of these two men?

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ENVIRONMENT - Ganges River

TOPIC: Indian holy men threatened to boycott a major religious festival, in which millions of people wash away sins in the Ganges river. What are their reasons? What can the government do to clean and then prevent future pollution?

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HEALTH - Center for the Intrepid

TOPIC: A new high-tech center for the medical rehabilitation of Army soldiers injured in Iraq has been built outside of San Antonio, Texas. What spurred the need to build this facility? What have become common injuries seen in this war?

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Pakistan Installs Biometric System

TOPIC: Pakistan introduced along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border a biometric computerized control system. What is this system? Why is it needed?

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TOPIC: Microsoft Corp. has just released its new software called Windows Vista. What does this software do? What has been the customer response?

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SPORTS - Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy

TOPIC: The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts will be playing in this year's Super Bowl and coaching these teams will be Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy. What distinguishes these coaches from Super Bowl coaches in the past? What team did both of these men once coach for?

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SPORTS - Bennie Parsons

TOPIC: Former NASCAR champion Bennie Parsons has died. What major races did Parsons win? What years did he win? What career change did Parsons make after retiring from racing?

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SPORTS - Tiger Woods and Roger Federer

TOPIC: Both Tiger Woods and Roger Federer have had very strong years in their respective sports - golf and tennis. What has been the relationship between these two men? How is each one ranked in his respective sport?

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SPORTS - Barbaro

TOPIC: The racehorse Barbaro has been euthanized due to the ongoing pain of poorly healing fractured bones. What awards and honors did Barbaro win in his career as a racehorse? What tragedy did Barbaro suffer that so moved the feelings of horseracing fans?

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FILM AND TELEVISION - Actress Helen Mirren

TOPIC: Actress Helen Mirren has won several awards recently for playing a queen. For what other roles is she known?

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TOPIC: France's Louvre Museum has joined a project to create a satellite of the museum in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi. What has been the reaction of the French to this project? Will the economic advantages to the museum make the project worthwhile?



TOPIC: Dan Saxon Palmer, designer of the modernist tract home, and consequently the look of many of the early Southern California suburbs, has passed away. What decade were Palmer's homes most dominate? What other states saw a lot of Palmer's homes built in their suburbs?

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LITERATURE - Harry Potter

TOPIC: The date for the next Harry Potter book has been announced. When will it be released? What is its title? What is special about this book?

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LITERATURE - Sidney Sheldon

TOPIC: Author Sidney Sheldon has passed away. In what other mediums did Sheldon's work appear other than books? Who were Sheldon's biggest fans? Why?

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PERFORMING ARTS - Smoking in the Theater

TOPIC: State and local smoking laws have had a unique impact on theater performances. Plays that have characters and scenes where smoking is a central aspect have objected to having these laws imposed. What constitutional right have some theaters invoked to defend the right of actors to smoke onstage? What cities have seen these lawsuits?

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PEOPLE - Lauren Nelson - Miss America

TOPIC: Lauren Nelson has won the title of Miss America. What state is Miss Nelson from? Why is that state significant in this year's win? Where does this famous pageant now take place and where was its original location?

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PEOPLE - Art Buchwald

TOPIC: Famous political and humor columnist Art Buchwald has passed away. What was notable about his work? What was unique about the way Mr. Buchwald chose to spend his last months?

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PEOPLE - Ban Ki-moon

TOPIC: New U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to complete much-needed reforms at the United Nations. What does he propose to do? Will he be effective in bringing reform to the UN? Will he make the UN a stronger player in problem areas though out the world?


PEOPLE - Alan Leong

TOPIC: Lawmaker Alan Leong is a candidate to be chief executive of Hong Kong. What is unique about Leong's candidacy? What candidate is his primary competitor?


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