Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Ellen Hopkins brings us into the life of a gifted high school Junior who once was known only as Kristina Georgia Snow.

When Kristina decides to visit her father for a few weeks, her life changes forever. Kristina mingles with the monster and becomes Bree. Bree is everything Kristina wants to be (or so she thinks), confident, hot, and a party animal. What Bree (Kristina) doesn't know is that the monster soon changes from a party friend to something that takes over her life.

Read Hopkins' Crank and see how the monster effects Kristina and Bree's life.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Printz Winner Announced

Congratulations to The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean for winning the 2008 Michael L. Printz award.

In this exciting novel, South Pole obsessed Sym travels to Antarctica with her uncle for a guided tour of the area. Little does she know that her uncle has some other plans in mind, such as attempting to discover an entry to another world. McCaughrean paints a clear picture of the barren landscape of Antarctica that's bound to make you shiver from the cold while including fascinating information about previous journeys to the far south.

The Printz Honor books are Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox, Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins, One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke, and Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill.

Check out The White Darkness today. While you're at it, check out the past winners and nominees here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Late-Night Homework Helper

Working on your homework but the library's closed? Just because it's 3:00 a.m. on Sunday doesn't mean the library can't help you out. We've got a great resource available if you're researching your science project (or doing a history report, or learning about polar bears, or writing about the state of Nebraska...). Check out the Student Research Center from EBSCOhost.

You'll have to log in with your Lansing library card barcode. (If you don't have a Lansing library card, please check with your home library to see if this resource is available for you.) Once logged in, click on the link that says "Student Research Center." Here you can search for your topic--for example, chromatography--and find articles from magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and more.

Why is this better than using a search engine? As EBSCO says,

All the information is from trustworthy, reputable books and periodicals, which means it's accurate. And unlike search engines... SRC has lots of options (called limiters and expanders) to help narrow down and focus your search.
You'll see you can limit your results to full-text articles; search for photos, maps, and flags; change the dates (only find information from 2005 or newer, for example); and even find video clips.

If you need help using the SRC or EBSCO, feel free to IM or email the library!

Monday, January 14, 2008

TAB Meeting!

It's that time again. Thursday, January 17 is the TAB Meeting. TAB stands for Teen Advisory Board. This is your chance to say what you think. Your opinions can help shape the programs and collections of the library. There's food and good discussion waiting for you. Bring a friend, or 4!!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Teen Book Group

Our Teen Book Group (grades 9-12) meets this Thursday, January 10 from 6-7:oo p.m. This month we're talking about The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci. It's an Illinios Read for a Lifetime book this year. If you've read the book, come join the discussion! No sign-up needed; snacks and drinks provided.