Thursday, January 29, 2009


Did you know Lansing Public Library has a Facebook page? We will update the Facebook page with everything that is going on with the Youth and Teen Departments regularly. Check it out to keep yourself updated on what book discussions or activities are going on!

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Tale in Harper's Ferry

Hidden in the middle of the historic town of Harper's Ferry lives Josh, his parents, and his two brothers. Their dad is a bit of a crackpot and forces them to live in seclusion. Things change when the Richmonds move into the huge, beautiful, historic house next door. Josh has never experienced a family like this one. Josh becomes close friends with Luke, the youngest of the three Richmond boys. The more Josh interacts with this family, the more he begins to question his own homelife.

Josh begins to search for the concealed truth about cowmint,the miracle plant, John Brown, and his grandma's old house which is identical to the Richmond's house. Only his father has all the answers.

Check out The Night I Freed John Brown by John Michael Cummings today!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Big Fat Manifesto

When you see overweight people, what to you do? What do you think? Let's be honest, most people laugh out loud, to themselves, or make a rude comment to their friend. Most people think things like, "ya know, if they just exercised, they would lose weight and be happy" or "fat people are lazy" or "if she just put down that cheeseburger, maybe she would fit into nicer clothes". Many people are stuck on those thoughts and ideas because of what TV and other media feeds them.

Jamie Carcaterra has had enough. Jamie is a high school senior, a part of the newspaper staff, a part of the drama department, a friend, a girlfriend, a daughter, and an obese teen. She starts a column in her school newspaper to confront all of the people who thinks those things about fat people. She dubs herself "Fat Girl" and "sticks it to the man". It seems like Jamie will stop at nothing to get her point across, and along the way she finds out a lot about herself and her life. She's been a Fat Girl her whole life, is that all she will ever be?

Susan Vaught gets into the head of a fat girl and brings to readers to understand that everyone has issues, no matter what size.

Wanna find out what happens? Check out Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught.