Saturday, October 09, 2010

Friends Fundraiser Day at Beggars Pizza

Monday, October 11, 2010 from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
at Beggars Pizza, Lansing location only. Dine in or carry out.

Beggars will donate 20% of your bill (before taxes) to the Friends of Lansing Library!

You must mention the flyer when you order and must present the flyer with your purchase. Pick up a flyer in the library or download the flyer here (

Friday, October 01, 2010

History Source at the library

Lansing Library subscribes to several of the titles from Salem History in an online format. This makes them available 24/7 through the library’s website. This is a terrific source for anyone needing information about history. It is a great starting point for students or anyone needing quick, accurate, and unbiased information about a historic topic.

There are four parts to the series: Decades (covering the Sixties, the Seventies, and the Nineties with more titles to be added in the future), Great Lives, Great Events, and Milestone Documents.

The Milestone documents include documents from American history, African American history, World history, and American leaders. This is the perfect place to find the text of important speeches and writings. There is also analysis of the documents to help the reader understand the significance and importance of the document.

Anyone trying to learn about history should start with this material. Each article links to related materials and points to other resources to expand on the information provided by Salem History. All you need is your library card.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Notice to Patrons:

The software migration in November will give Lansing residents priority for holds on Lansing owned items.
The hold queue is no longer an accurate representation of your position in the waiting list.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friends Fundraiser Day at Beggars Pizza

Monday, October 11, 2010 from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
at Beggars Pizza, Lansing location only. Dine in or carry out.

Beggars will donate 20% of your bill (before taxes) to the Friends of Lansing Library!

You must mention the flyer when you order and must present the flyer with your purchase. Pick up a flyer in the library or download the flyer here (

Illinois State Genealogical Society Conference

In Peoria, October 23, 2010
View the information flyer ( or visit the website ( to register.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Re-opening Soon!

The library experienced a power outage.
We will reopen at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2010.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Staff Reading Recommendations

Looking for a good book this summer?
Check the display on the upper level by the stairs for Staff recommendations!

Here's the list of reviews:

What is a Public Library? **updated

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Block Party and Special Offers Friday, June 4 ONLY

We hope you will be here for the 4th Annual Block Party on Friday, June 4thfrom 6 – 8:30pm. This year’s summer reading theme is Make a Splash: Read or some variation of that for teens and adults. We will have food, games and fun for everyone. Dan Soto and Gregg Ashby will be back to share musical favorites and Dr. D’s Magic Show from 6-7 should be fun for all. Our friends from the Police and Fire Department will also be here. So bring your lawn chair and join us for all this and more. Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading.

Friends of the library will be selling a hot dog, chips & pop for $2.00

Need to replace your library card? We're waiving the $5 fee all day Friday, June 4, 2010!
We are also waiving Lansing Library fines up to $10 all day Friday, June 4, 2010!

Arlington Heights Museum Pass Blackout Dates

Posted on behalf of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum:

Adventure Passes for the Arlington Heights Historical Museum will not be available for checkout from Friday, June 4 through Monday, June 14 due to the Arlington Heights House Walk.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Sonidos de Mexico Mariachi perform at Lansing Public Library

Sonidos de Mexico Mariachi performed at Lansing Public Library April 30, 2010.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Just for Fun Ukulele Strummers

Just for Fun Ukulele Strummers performed at Lansing Public Library, March 25, 2010

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Dyed in the Wool performs at Lansing Public Library

Dyed in the Wool performed at Lansing Public Library on March 5, 2010.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

KOLO Folklore-Serbian Dance

KOLO Folklore group of St. Archangel Michael Orthodox Church, Lansing, Illinois performed Serbian dances at Lansing Public Library February 5, 2010

KOLO Folklore-Serbian Music

The group performed at the Lansing Public Library on February 5, 2010

A Message from the Historical Society

The Lansing Historical Society is currently updating the records of Lansing's men and women who are serving in the Armed Forces. We would like to salute them appropriately, thus we need your help in this endeavor.

We need name, rank, and branch of service. Please contact the Historical Society at 708-474-6160 and leave your contact number or email us at

We will get in contact with you soon. If your Veteran is not currently active, please give us the dates of his or her service. Thank you ahead of time for helping us salute Lansing's men and women who serve our country.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Help Save Illinois Library Funding

A Special Message from NSLS Director Sarah Long:
Systems Are In Trouble!

lllinois' Regional Library Systems are unfunded! Although money was allocated by the General Assembly, payments have not been released and no money has been received yet this fiscal year, which began July 1, 2009.

Imagine what life will be like without regional library systems in Illinois. Van delivery will go or will have to be replaced with a costly alternative. Joint ventures such as shared catalogs, insurance pools, or purchase groups won't be able to continue. Have training or professional development programs helped you and your library? Do you ever make use of or call the system for information? How will you work collegially with staff at other libraries if the system isn't there? How will you organize advocacy or wider public relations or marketing initiatives without the system? Who will tell you about and help you with grants? These are just some of the ways systems help the library community. The impact on the public will be profound, too. With no van delivery, library users will be limited to what they can get on their own, and eventually reciprocal borrowing agreements will break down.

It's not a pretty picture. Without cash - and soon! - Systems are in mortal danger. Fortunately, there's something you can do!

What You Can Do on January 20 to Save Systems

Payment decisions are made by Comptroller Dan Hynes, but Governor Quinn also has influence. Unfortunately, library systems are not the only agencies in this situation, making it difficult to get the attention of the comptroller and the governor. On Wednesday January 20, we will get their attention by filling their e-mail boxes with thousands of messages.

Here's how it will work: Visit next Wednesday, January 20. An easy-to-use form will be on the front page, enabling you to e-mail the governor and comptroller. Our goal is 3,000 e-mails each to Comptroller Hynes and Governor Quinn. This has worked for library funding issues in other states, and it can work here, too.

You'll be able to make the campaign viral! You'll be able to ask your friends, colleagues, and coworkers to participate via e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or MySpace, all with one simple click.

Red line January 20 on your calendar and set aside five minutes that day to send your messages and encourage others to send messages, too.

Are All Systems Suffering?

All nine of Illinois' Regional Library Systems are primarily funded by an annual grant from the Illinois General Assembly that flows through the Secretary of State's Office. This year the grant was cut, but worse than that, no funds have been forthcoming since the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2009.

In a recent meeting, System Directors revealed their coping strategies: Several systems are looking into mortgaging system buildings or renting out a portion of the building. While this might bring in some money, it is a slow and ultimately costly process. Most systems have borrowed or plan to borrow money. Of course any loan must ultimately be repaid with interest. Some systems are discussing closing for a week or a month to save staff costs and some building maintenance costs. Problems with this approach include interruption of service to member libraries and the public, and furloughed employees may resign for more secure employment. All systems have trimmed their budgets in every way possible, and most are now charging for at least some continuing education activities. Several systems are considering additional personnel lay-offs.

The unspoken consideration in all of these discussions is, "Will the state of Illinois honor its obligation this year?" If money is borrowed, will state payments begin to flow so that it can be repaid? Only one system reported having enough money to last the fiscal year without payments.

In a recent meeting of the Illinois Library Association's Public Policy Committee, ILA Lobbyist Kip Kolkmeier suggested that this fiscal year might eventually be considered a "lost year:" as the year progresses and the state goes deeper and deeper into debt and does not pay its bills, state lawmakers might just discount FY10 and decide not to carry the obligations of the year into the next fiscal year. This would require action of the General Assembly, but in the deepening budget crisis, it is conceivable. Kolkmeier also said that FY11 would be worse than the current fiscal year.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Ensemble of Chicago

Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Ensemble of Chicago performed at Lansing Public Library Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday, January 08, 2010


Watch Greg Mortenson on PBS this Friday, January 15th (date revised)



Please tell your friends, neighbors, colleagues and family: Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea" & "Stones Into Schools" will be featured on a special on the Bill Moyers Journal on PBS TV on January 15th, Friday evening (most PBS stations between 8-10PM nationwide, check your local affiliate PBS schedule).

A landslide / flood in northern Pakistan killed over 20 people and destroyed over 60 homes in Atabad village, of Hunza valley in the area where CAI has schools. Our staff are on the ground to assess the situation. As usual, in any disaster, CAI will help to provide assistance with the ongoing education of the children, but we are not involved in direct crisis or disaster relief.

For more information on the Pakistan landslide, read here

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Thank you again for your incredible support for Central Asia Institute and Pennies For Peace.

Blessings of Peace from our family to yours.

Alima Editor,
Central Asia Institute