Saturday, June 30, 2007

Living the life of a "wise guy"


"My father. They call him Honest Abe Luca instead of Anthony because he's so straight in his business dealings, no matter how illegal they may happen to be. Never rip anybody off. Never break a promise. Except one: Honest Abe just can't seem to make good on his word to keep his line of work completely separate from my life." - Vince Luca from Son of the Mob

Vince has a tough life. His best friend, Alex, wants a love life, but will settle with living vicariously through Vince. His dad is constantly on his case about taking over the family business or at least, finding some direction in life. Not to mention, Vince's occasional run-ins with his numerous "uncles" and the sleazy Jimmy Rat at the least convenient moments messing up his chances with the ladies.

But such is the life for Mob Prince Vince Luca. Even when Vince thinks life couldn't get more complicated than his dad's "vending machine" business, Vince meets wanna-be journalist Kendra Bitely at a party. Vince discovers fairly quickly that this relationship with an FBI agent's daughter is going to take a lot more work than he thought.

Check out Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman today! If you read this one, check out the sequel, Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle in which Vince tackles film school.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Newer than new books

Did you know you can place a hold on a book before the library even gets it in? "On order" books can be requested and when they arrive we will call you and let you know. You can see all the YA books we have on order by clicking here.

Some on that list that look especially promising:
Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: A sequel to the popular Stargirl.
Everybody Hurts: an essential guide to emo culture by Leslie Simon and Trevor Kelly: The title just says it all.
Vampire Kisses 4: dance with a vampire by Ellen Schreiber: There's already four names on the waiting list for this one so place your hold soon.

Is there a book you're looking for? Call, email, or IM us and we can order it for you!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Show Your Stuff In The Teen Talent Show!

Come show off your talent to the entire library!

We'll be performing 2 short plays, doing some improv games and maybe even a couple of songs; all with a space theme!

WHO:
Teens!

WHAT:
Come to the meetings, be ready to have fun, be open to new things, and invite everyone to come to the show!

WHEN:
1st meeting: Wed June 27 2pm
2nd meeting: Wed July 11 2pm
Performance: Wed July 18 2pm

WHERE:
The Lansing Public Library

WHY:
Why Not?!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Teen Writing Group!

Are you working on a novel? Writing a lot of poetry? Is songwriting your thing? Or do you just like to put words on paper?

Come to the writing group and use our word games and writing challenges get help fine tuning your words into the wonderful final product they can be, and have fun!

Final products from teen writers will be published in the next issue of AVATAR!

MONDAY JUNE 18 - 2pm to 3pm
MONDAY JULY 2 - 2pm to 3pm
MONDAY JULY 16 - 2pm to 3pm

Summer Reading is finally here!


Stop by the Teen Desk and sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program, Mission: Read! If you read at least 1 book a week, you can get a small prize by bringing your reading log to the Teen Desk. If little prizes aren't enough for you, enter the raffle and try to win either a $50 gift card to Target, a $50 gift card to Best Buy, or a Meade Refracting Telescope by submitting up to three book reviews per week. The book reviews must be written on library supplied index cards and about books from the YA section, the Rebecca Caudill nominee section, or the Read for a Lifetime section.

Don't forget about our other programs! For a complete list of every program you are eligible to participate in, stop by the Lansing Library Teen Desk and sign up today.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Wonderful Fiction!!

East by Edith Pattou

In this imaginative re-telling of the folk-tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon", a young girl takes off for parts unknown with a large- and magical- white polar bear. In order to save her sister from illness and make her family's money problems go away, Nymah has to live in a magical underground castle with the mysterious polar bear.

The castle is wonderfully entertaining, with rooms just for books, rooms just for music, rooms just for anything you can think of, but Nymah still becomes lonely after a time.

The nights are only interrupted by the mysterious presence that gets into the large bed with her each night. She knows somehow that if she sees this person, something very bad will happen. Yet one night her curiosity gets the better of her with disastrous results...

This beautiful and exciting story is so engrossing that despite it's size, you will not want to put it down, and you will probably read it faster than many smaller books.

check it out!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Block Party this Friday

Friday, June 8 from 5-9 p.m. is the big Community Block Party on the front lawn of Lansing Library. What's there to do at the block party, you ask?

* Carnival-style games, like beanbag tosses
* Lightsaber Limbo (okay, that's just the limbo, but the pole LOOKS like a lightsaber)
* Dance Dance Revolution
* Karaoke Revolution
* Stump the Librarian--think up a question our librarian can't answer and you'll get a prize. I know you've got a good question in mind...
* Live music
* Board game tournaments, like Scrabble, chess, and others
* K-9 unit and fire trucks
* Solarscopes--did you know you can look at the sun and actually see what looks like flames with special telescopes?
* Food--bring some cash for hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and more

Of course, you'll want to sign up for our Summer Reading Program too. Sign-up starts Friday and you will get all the information on our different summer programs and prizes when you sign up.

Even if you don't plan to attend the party, be sure to remember the library has special hours on June 8: we will be open fron 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. only. But you should plan to stop by the block party for at least a little while--it'll be great!