Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Teen Read Week Book Winners

Wow! We had over 70 entries in our Teen Read Week prize drawing. Anyone who checked out a book during Teen Read Week got to enter for a chance to win, and we selected 5 names from the bunch. Our winners are:

Elizabeth M, 16.............TTYL (autographed)
Sara B, 16......................Haunted
Tamara W, 14...............The Boy Who Couldn't Die
Jorge E, 13....................King Kong
Melanie D, 12................Trouble Don't Last

After you winners finish reading your books, why not give us your comments for the Book Blog? http://lansinglibrarybookblog.blogspot.com Stop by and let us know what you think of the book you won (or of any title you read recently). Everyone else can submit a comment too--there's another chance to win a book there!

And thanks to everyone for entering!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

CSI and Evidence Collection!

Officer Protsman of the Lansing Police Department did a great program on CSI last week, and everyone who came had a great time. (There were some really good questions asked!) Officer Protsman demonstrated fingerprinting techniques and talked about the ways police have to get fingerprints off anything. Here's a scrap of paper he was able to pull fingerprints off:

It didn't scan too well, but you can see where somebody picked up this paper and handed it to him. He also took fingerprints from a rock, a piece of wood, a stapler, and more. Then we got to visit the CSI van and see all the equipment the police work with in there. It was great!

If you'd like to see pictures from the program, stop by the Teen Desk! And thanks to Britney B. for the use of your camera!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Choose the Teen Read Week Theme for 2006 and Vote for Favorite YA Books!

As part of Teen Read Week, the American Library Association invites teens to vote on their choice for next year's Teen Read Week theme!
Your choices are: Power Up, Get Active, or Challenge Yourself.
Vote for next year's theme here.

Teens can also vote on their favorite books. The titles with the most votes will be named to YALSA's Teens' Top Ten list! Many of your favorites are on this list of over 70 nominees!
Vote for your favorite books here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Crime Scene Investigation

You haven't forgotten, have you?

Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 19) at 7:00 p.m. Officer Protsman from the Lansing Police Department will be at the library to talk about evidence collection, CSI, and more. He will be bringing the CSI Van for everyone to explore!

(Photo from http://www.villageoflansing.com/police/policeindex.htm)

It's promising to be a fun evening! No registration necessary--everyone is welcome. See you there!

Monday, October 17, 2005

It's Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week is here! What is Teen Read Week? It's a time when teens across the country read for the fun of it and Lansing Library has many different programs and events!

So what's going on for Teen Read Week @ your library?

Check out any book from our Teen section this week and you'll get a free "Read" rubberband bracelet (while supplies last). You'll also be entered in our prize drawing--we're giving away 5 books, including an autographed copy! This is a great week to come by the library!

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Officer Protsman from the Lansing Police Department will be at the library to talk about Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection. If you've wanted to know more about the dirty work policemen do, this is your chance! No registration necessary--everyone welcome.

Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. our Teen Advisory Board is meeting. If you would like to make a difference at the library, join our group. The TAB assists with programs, suggests and advises on future events, and recommends materials for purchase. Grades 6-12 welcome to attend!

Saturday, October 22 Lansing Library will host its first Teen Mystery Afternoon. Registration for this event is already full, so if you're one of the people attending don't forget to come Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30. Bring your appetite and your detecting skills!

This year's Teen Read Week Theme is "Get Real @ your library." Check out our display of "real" books--there's real life stories, such as The Burn Journals, the true story of Brent Runyon, who at the age of 14 doused himself with gasoline and lit himself on fire. There's books about dealing with real life, like Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. The stories in this book will help you get through the toughest day. Or check out a book about the real world, such as In your Face: the culture of beauty and you by Shari Graydon. The stereotypes of beauty presented by the media will be obvious to you after reading this book. There's also fiction books about real crime, like Acceleration by Graham McNamee. Duncan takes detecive matters into his own hands when he tries to track down a serial killer using the man's diary.

Take advantage of Teen Read Week--and your library--by coming by, saying hello, and checking out a book! Or come by one of the great programs we've got planned. We look forward to seeing you this week!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Science Fair Strategies

Parents and students who need help with science fair projects this year will find a wealth of information at Lansing Library’s “Science Fair Strategies” program.

“Often, people don’t know where to start when working on a science fair project,” says Gail Guzman, Teen Librarian. “This presentation will help students lean not only how to find a project, but how use the library to search for research to complete the project.”

Science Fair Strategies will cover how to find project ideas, what terms to search for when researching your project, how to use reference books and library materials to one’s advantage when searching, and the benefits and pitfalls of using the Internet to research one’s topic. Attendees will be given a “Strategy Guide” with the program’s information to take home as well.

Science Fair Strategies will be on Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. All students who are working on a science fair project and their parents are welcome to attend. Please call the library at (708) 474-2447 ext. 119 with questions.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Teen Mystery Afternoon registration begins

Sign-up for our Teen Mystery Afternoon, Barbecue with the Vampire, will begin on Monday, October 10 at 9:00 a.m.. You may register by phone or in person. The Mystery Afternoon is Saturday, October 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.. Grades 6 through 12 are invited to participate. Lunch will be served!

Our Mystery Afternoon is limited to only 8 participants, so be sure to sign up early. We're going to have a great time!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Crime Scene Investigation program

For Teen Read Week (that's October 16 through 22, by the way), Officer Protsman from the Lansing Police Force will be at Lansing Library to present a program on Crime Scene Investigation. Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Officer Protsman will talk about the ways police secure crime scenes, collect evidence, and more! If you've always wanted to know more about CSI and the dirty work policemen do, be sure to come to this presentation!

No sign-up is necessary--the program is open to all teens in grades 6-12. It'll be a criminally good time!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Banned Book Week Raffle Winners

We drew 5 names from the teens who entered our Banned Book Week drawing last week. Each one gets a banned book of their very own!

Our winners were:
Britney B., 16.........Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?
Marietta E., 15.......The Giver
Rich E., 17.............Loch
Kristen M., 14........Deenie
Rachel R., 17.........What My Mother Doesn't Know

Congratulations to them all! Our Banned Books will be on display until the end of the week, (Saturday, October 8). Stop by and see the reasons some of them were banned. They can get pretty amusing! And celebrate your freedom to read by checking out a book of your choice--banned or not!