Tuesday, December 29, 2009

January Events

Shirt Altering
Tuesday, January 5 @ 5:30 p.m. & Saturday, January 12 @ 2 p.m.
Grades 6-12
Bring some old t-shirts, colors and white, and make them brand new! Through the use of Sharpies, rubbing alcohol, and bleach pens, design your clothes the way you want. Make sure to ask you parents before you alter your clothes.
Sign-up appreciated, but not required

"On the Edge" Book Discussion: Good Girls by Laura Ruby
Thursday, January 7 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

The "On the Edge" book discussion features books about edgier, more mature topics.

Sixteen-year-old high school senior Audrey is humiliated when a compromising photo of her is sent around the school, but she discovers a toughness within her that she never knew she had. (Summary from the Lansing Public Library catalog).

"Off the Shelf" Book Discussion: The Convicts by Iain Lawrence
Thursday, January 21 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

His efforts to avenge his father's unjust imprisonment force thirteen-year-old Tom Tin into the streets of 19th century London, but after he is convicted of murder, Tom is eventually sent to Australia where he has a surprise reunion. (Summary from the Lansing Public Library catalog.)

Night: Happy Gilmore
Tuesday, January 26 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Happy Gilmore has always dreamed of playing professional hockey. But when he finds out his grandma is going to lose her house due to back taxes, Happy does whatever he can to make the money to save the house, including playing professional golf.

Rated PG-13

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Dec. Events

"On the Edge" Book Discussion: Right Behind You by Gail Giles Wednesday, December 9 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12
After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and step-mother under a different name, but not only has trouble fitting in, he finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood.
No sign-up required.

Paper Craft Saturday, December 12 @ 2 p.m. Grades 6-12
Want to spruce up your room with a little bit of Christmas cheer? Stop by the library to learn how to make Christmas trees and ornaments out of magazines.
No sign-up required.

Movie Night: Are We There Yet?
Tuesday, December 15 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Nick offers to take Suzanne's kids cross-country in an effort to win her heart. He must survive 24 hours with two kids bent on destroying him. Rated PG-13.
No sign-up required.

"Off the Shelf" Book Discussion: The Fold by An Na
Monday, December 21 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Joyce Park, a high school junior who is always compared to her beautiful and talented older sister, Helen, wants to attract the attention of John Ford Kang, an wrestles with whether to get plastic surgery as a gift from her aunt.

No sign-up required.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Everlost, YA Book of the Month

Some might think this book is about dying, about the end of two young lives. Actually it's about a new beginning, a rebirth for Nick and Allie.
Everlost quickly lures you in with the first 2 pages of chapter one, "On the Way to the Light..."
We meet Allie and Nick, each teen living a remarkably normal life of arguing with parents, elbowing annoying brothers and sisters and sneaking a bite of chocolate. All it takes is one split second on a hairpin turn when the Toyota and Mercedes meet head on. Allie briefly experiences the calming light at the end of the tunnel when she bumps into something and is thrown off course. When both Nick and Allie finally wake up, they find themselves in Everlost, a limbo that's halfway between life and death. They pass through several stages of realization about their new existence and along the way meet many other interesting characters also trapped in Everlost. Mary, the queen of lost souls, monster McGill, the Afterlights and the Finders are just a few who help move this story along. Everlost by Neal Shusterman is a highly recommended book, one that will make the reader question what happens when life as we know it comes to an end.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Book of the Month - November

Dream Factory by Brad Barkely and Heather Hepler
A strike made up of various character actors in Disney World threatens to close the park. The higher-ups decide to hire high school kids to fill these positions until the strike concludes. Ella, cast appropriately in the role of Cinderella, goes to the place where dreams come true in hopes of moving on from the sadness surrounding her home life. Luke portrays the hyper chipmunk Dale while his gorgeous girlfriend, Cassie, occupies the Chip costume. Ella has her very own Prince Charming, Mark. Everyday the two of them get married in front of the park while in between shows Mark spouts out fact after fact about the Happiest Place on Earth.

When a scavenger hunt is presented to the teen staff, Cassie and Mark join up in hopes to win a mini vacation away from Disney at a resort. That leaves Luke and Ella as partners. The two of them become fast friends. Every night they sneak out of their dorms to go to a bench and talk for hours. The friendship threatens to grow into something more. Is Mark really Ella’s Prince Charming? Are Chip and Dale an inseparable pair?

Told in alternating chapters between Luke and Ella, Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler tell a tale of love found in unsuspecting places. The characters of Bernard, a lifetime portrayer of J. Worthington Foulfellow from “Pinocchio,” and Mark unveil some special Disney World secrets throughout the book. Barkley and Hepler touch every emotion from happy to sad to love and loss. Read Dream Factory today and see which couple will live happily ever after.

Feel free to leave a comment about the Book of the Month or tell us what book you would like to see as the next Book of the Month.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

November Events

Movie Night: Van Helsing Tuesday, November 3 @ 5 p.m. [Grades 6 and up]
Legendary 19th-century monster hunter Van Helsing is sent to mysterious Transylvania to battle Dracula who is trying to release evil with the unwilling help of Frankenstein’s monster and a wolf-man.
Rated PG-13

Henna Program
Saturday, November 7 @ 1 p.m. [Grades 6 and up]
Come in and learn about the history, cultural practices, and the preparation of henna. You will also get a chance to practice your own henna designs and get a small design from a Henna specialist.
Sign-up and permission slip required. Limit 15.

TAB Meeting Tuesday, November 10 @ 5 p.m. [Grades 6-12]
It’s your chance to say what you want to see at the library. Tell us what programs, books, movies, and music you want at the library. And, as always, snacks will be provided.

“On the Edge” Book Discussion: Crank by Ellen Hopkins **
sday, November 11 @ 5 p.m. [Grades 6-12]
The “On the Edge” book discussion group features books about edgier, more mature topics.

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul- her life. (Summary from Lansing Public Library catalog)

“Off the Shelf” Book Discussion: Peak by Roland Smith **

Monday, November 23 @ 5 p.m.
[Grades 6-12]
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. (Summary from the Lansing Public Library catalog).

** Additional copies available at the upstairs circulation desk

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

World Ruled by Video Games?? YES PLEASE!

By Conor Kostick

Erik lives on New Earth, a place where violence was banned generations ago. Anyone who commits an act of violence is immediately exiled. The only way to settle disputes or handle appeals to the government, known as Central Allocations, is through a video game. Everyone, starting at a young age, makes a character that must start with nothing in hopes to adventure enough to get enough equipment and money to make a difference in their lives and attend the prestigious Mikelgard University. Most people never get successful enough in the game to move up in the ranks of society and spend their lives working in crop fields or salt mines. But there are also a few who will risk everything to get themselves heard, like Erik, his friends, and his father.

When Erik’s father is exiled, Erik decides to try a new technique in playing the game. Instead of putting all of his character points into becoming a strong, bland-looking fighter like everyone else, he finds an obscure class known as a swashbuckler and puts almost all of his points into his female character’s appearance. Right upon starting the game, doors never available to average players open up and Erik sees a different side of the game. Erik learns that in order to save his exiled family he must rally up his friends and defeat some of the toughest opposition in the game such as Inry’aat, the red dragon, the Committee, a group of older players that run the game, and a vampire who is a little more than he seems.

Epic takes the video gamer’s dream of life built around a video game and creates a science fiction world to house it. Conor Kostick uses terms that are easy to understand for those unfamiliar with video games but will also suck video game fans in. Epic appeals to those uninterested in reading the perfect story. Full of loyalty, determination, and teamwork, Epic is full of amazing characters overcoming elite opposition.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Unlikely, Unbelievable, Unforgettable

Un Lun Dun
By China Mieville

In the same vein of Alice’s rabbit hole and Lucy’s wardrobe, Zanna and Deeba find their way into the other world known as Unlondon. Unlondon is an abcity to the actual city of London. There are more of these “not-cities” such as Parisn’t and Lost Angeles. A majority of London’s thrown out or forgotten items will make their way to Unlondon. Unlondon may look similar to the city of London as we know it, but it is full of animated trash, houses built of appliances without walls, clothes made from pages of books, and city buses that rely on other forms of propulsion than wheels such as hot air balloons and wings.

Zanna receives a business card in London telling her she is the “Shwazzy.” Soon Zanna, along with Deeba, find an entrance to Unlondon. Zanna discovers that she is the prophesized “Chosen One” who is supposed to save the city of Unlondon from ultimate destruction. Things don’t go according to the plan outlined in the prophetic talking book of the Prophseers. Both Zanna and the abcity are under attack from the Smog.

In Unlondon, the smog is a living being with the goal of total destruction. Deeba finds the responsibility of saving her best friend and an entire city resting on her shoulders. She, along with a group of friends including Conductor Jones, a half-ghost boy named Hemi, a man with a pincushion for a head and pins for hair named Obaday Fin, a talking book, and a milk carton named Curdle, go up against the most powerful and most deadly thing in all of Unlondon.

Un Lun Dun is a funny, fast-paced fantasy story that leaves you wanting a sequel. The characters are so ridiculous yet so real at the same time. Mieville takes obscure and impossible situations and breathes life into them so you feel as if you are really there. Un Lun Dun will make you start checking bookshelves and elevators for ways into these wacky worlds.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Check out this Caudill!

A Crooked Kind of Perfect
by Linda Urban

Zoe Elias has one dream. One day she will perform intricate piano pieces on the stage of Carnegie Hall. She will wear a beautiful evening gown, long gloves that reach her elbows, and a tiara. She will be the next prodigy. There’s only one thing that stands in her way. Zoe needs to learn how to play the piano.

Zoe’s life changes when her father goes to the mall in hopes to buy her a piano. Boy is she surprised when the deliverymen don’t bring in a piano. Instead, Zoe finds the Perfectone D60 sitting in front of her. The Perfectone D60 is an organ with fake walnut veneer and none of the majesty of a piano. By purchasing the Perfectone D60, Zoe is promised free lessons from Maybelline Person, pronounced “per-sawn”. Zoe learns that becoming a prodigy takes a lot of work. With the support of her neurotic father and her annoying classmate, Wheeler, Zoe pushes forward and struggles to become great. Soon Zoe has her chance to perform on stage at the Perfectone Performorama.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect is a quirky story about a young girl achieving her goal. Brought the life by the colorful characters and hilarious situations, this novel is a quick but entertaining read. A Crooked Kind of Perfect is just the thing for younger teen readers.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Black Sheep

Buddha Boy

By Kathe Koja

Justin’s life is fairly normal. He has two really good friends, Jakob and Megan, who blend in with the rest of the student body of Edward Rucher High School. Everything changes when a new student joins the fray. Michael Martin prefers to be called Jinsen, his Buddha name. He is a small boy with a shaved head who constantly wears oversized T-shirts. Along with his bizarre looks and his inclination to beg for money during lunch, Jinsen has earned the nickname, “Buddha Boy.”

Justin feels sorry for Jinsen and gives him money during lunch. Soon Justin finds out that his relationship with Jinsen is not going to end there. Justin and Jinsen are paired together for a project for one of their classes. At first Justin is apprehensive, especially when Jinsen invites him over to his house to work on the project. Soon Justin realizes that Jinsen is not just a freaky kid from school.

Their friendship grows as the two boys share their appreciation for art, despite the disapproval of Justin’s other friends. The jocks and bullies at the school start to pick on Jinsen and his prized artwork. Justin finds himself standing up for Jinsen, even when he won’t do it himself. It’s difficult being different at a new school and Justin learns just how hard it really is from Jinsen when Jinsen finally reveals his secret past. Will Jinsen ever fit in with the rest of the students at Edward Rucher High School?

Kathe Koja spins a wonderful tale about fitting in and sticking to your principles. The twists and turns of the story will keep you enthralled throughout this quick read. The friendship between Jinsen and Justin keeps you rooting for them in the end. Buddha Boy is a great story for anyone who ever thought that they were the weird kid at school.

Upcoming events fo Sept. and Oct.!

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
Tuesday September 8 & October 13 @ 5 pm
Stop by the library every 2nd Tuesday at 5 pm for our monthly TAB meeting. This is your chance to tell us what you think. Is there a program you’re dying for the library to host? Are we missing a book or two that we just must have? This is your chance to give us some feedback. We are waiting with open ears and snacks! Grades 6-12

Wednesday, September 2 @ 5 pm
Teen Book Discussion: So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical skills with girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find a missing person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of consumer culture. (excerpt from Lansing Public Library catalog)
Grades 6-12

Wednesday, September 16 @ 5 pm
Movie Night: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (rated PG-13)
The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal. Captain Barbossa kidnaps the governor's beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead. (excerpt from Lansing Public Library catalog)
Grades 6 & up

Tuesday, September 29 @ 5pm
Banned Book Talk
It’s Banned Book Week again! Do you ever wonder what the big deal is about banned books? Are you curious about why Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar was banned? Or how about the Printz Award winner Looking for Alaska by John Green? Come in to the Banned Book Talk and find out why books were banned, what they are about, and why you should read them. Don’t let censorship win. Grades 6-12

Wednesday, October 7 @ 5 pm
“On the Edge” Book Discussion: Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe
The “One the Edge” book discussion group features books about edgier, more mature topics.

Fifteen-year-old Kyle doesn’t believe he deserves to live after accidently shooting and killing his best friend. (excerpt from Lansing Public Library catalog)
Grades 6-12

Teen Read Week: Read Beyond Reality @ Your Library
October 18-24
This year’s theme can be illustrated in many different ways. Science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, and paranormal/horror are all different genres that stretch our reality to the extreme. Try to read something outside your reality this week.

Monday, October 19 @ 5 pm (Paranormal night)
Movie Night: Ghostbusters (rated PG)
When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge. If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! (excerpt from Lansing Public Library catalog)
Grades 6 & up

Tuesday, October 20 @ 5 pm (Fantasy night)
Book Discussion: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne. (excerpt from Lansing Public Library catalog)
Grades 6-12

Wednesday, October 21 @ 5 pm (Science Fiction night)
Movie Night: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (rated PG)
The greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends. Earthling Arthur Dent learns that his planet is about to be demolished and his only chance for survival is to hitch a ride on the passing spacecraft. He discovers many things on his journey, but the most important is that everything you need to know can be found in one book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (excerpt from Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.)
Grades 6 & up

Thursday, October 27 @ 5 pm
Comic Book Workshop and Discussion
Local comic book team Unshaven Comics will lead a discussion about comic books including how they make them and their experience with comics. Get some ideas about how you can make your own comic books.
Grades 6 & up

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back to School Blues

Come in and check out our "Back to School Blues" display. Here's a sneak peek at one of the blue books.

Quaking by Kathryn Erskine

Fourteen-year-old Matt has made a few wrong turns in her life. For years Matt, whose real name is Matilda but don’t you ever call her that, has been bouncing around from distant family member to distant family member while pushing her limits every time. Now Matt is at her final stop. Her cousin, Loopy, has found a distant cousin of her own who will take Matt in. Sam and Jessica Fox are a little different than who Matt was expecting. Sam and Jessica are practicing Quakers. Matt looks like your average rebellious teenager with her black clothes and black makeup, but she is not as tough as she looks. Sam and Jessica, along with Rory, the special needs boy who also lives with them, try to find out what’s really going on in Matt’s head.

There’s a war going on and Matt has just landed in a very pro-war area. Matt realizes that she has a lot in common with Sam and his fellow Quakers, especially when the war is involved. Matt must endure oppression for her peaceful beliefs from the Social Studies teacher and the school bully and his posse. At the same time, there are reports of violent protests against churches and groups in the area that promote peace and Sam is right in the middle of them.

Matt must learn to fight the bullies of today while trying to overcome her devastating past. Quaking contains a topic not found in many books today even though it is a part of everyday life. Quakers are still present in society today and Quaking does a wonderful job of explaining their beliefs. The timeliness of the war and its controversy creates a strong connection to Matt and her family that is easy to relate to. At first, Matt is strong on the outside but weak and frail on the inside. Throughout the growth of Matt’s relationship with the Foxes, Matt finds her voice and makes her true self known.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Big Thanks

The Summer Reading Program, Live Green, Read Green @ Your Library is just beginning and is proving to be more popular than last year. As you start scouring the shelves for the perfect books to bring you through this summer, let's take a second to thank the amazingly generous sponsors of the Teen Summer Reading Program of 2009.

Thanks to:

Baker's Square
Game Stop
Lansing Cinema 8
Music Lab
Schoop's Hamburgers
Teri's Tea Rose

If you haven't yet, stop in downstairs and check out all the prizes you could own just by reading books.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Enhancing Education Through Technology

Heritage Middle School has partnered with Lansing Public Library as part of the school's E2T2 grant: Enhancing Education Through Technology.

Listen to this brief podcast to learn what the Newenhouse family likes to read!

Looking for the books they talked about? The Lansing Library has them! Click on the links below to see if they are available now, or to add your name to the request list.

Patty mentions her favorites: Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, and Nicholas Sparks.
She just finished reading The Choice by Nicholas Sparks.

Jessica likes The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

Rebecca is reading The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

For more information on other events we have recorded, visit our Podcast Information Page.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Night of Poetry

The entries are in and thanks to the amazing influx of poems, the annual Poetry Cafe is on! Keep Wednesday, April 29 open on your calenders in order to join us at 6 pm for a night of poetry and snacks. Winners of the poetry contest will be revealed and prizes awarded. Feel free to read your own poems or your favorite poem at our open mic. Also, those who entered a poem in the contest will receive our poetry magazine, Random Inklings; the new home to their poetry.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

The wait is over!

The 2009 winner of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Award is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

2nd place: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

3rd place: Shug by Jenny Han