LANSING | The Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department at the Lansing Public Library announces their July Summer Reading Events. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Have Book Will Travel.” The program is a great way to keep reading skills up over the summer while having fun doing it. Every week that a child participates in the program, whether they read a little or a lot, they will earn a fun incentive. All events are free of charge. Sign-up is not required, unless noted.
For more information, contact the Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department at (708) 474-2447 or visit the library’s Web site at www.lansingpl.org.
The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Ave.
Here are the events planned for children grades K-5:
• July 5 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Children will have the opportunity to make travel themed creations. We provide the Legos, you provide the creativity. Children’s individual masterpieces will be displayed in the Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department. This event will happen every Friday until July 26.
• July 17 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Learn to draw your fantasy ride. This is a drawing workshop provided by professional artist Christine Thornton. All art supplies will be provided. For children 7 and up. Sign up is required as there is a limit of 30 participants.
• July 18 from 12-1:30 p.m.: Make your own medieval catapult at the library. Using every day household items, you can make a replica of a very ancient weapon used to fling boulders at castle walls. Relive the castle sieges and battles of long ago with a catapult at your command. Sign up is required.
• July 24 at 12:30 p.m.: Just because summer reading (and summer break) is ending, doesn’t mean you can’t continue "traveling." Come and make a journal and personalize it and make it uniquely yours. You can then use it to keep a record of your travels through books or your everyday life. Sign up is required.
In addition, special storytimes are planned:
• July 23 from 6:30-7:15 p.m.: Bilingual English/Spanish Storytime is back. Elizabeth Boshears, of Lansing School District 158, will tell stories in both English and Spanish. Bring the whole family.
• July 24 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Join us for Transportation Family Storytime featuring storyteller Miss Brenda. This is a fun family activity.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the following events:
• July 1 at 2 p.m.: Teen Game Day is back. Stop by and play with our Wii. If that’s not your style, board games like Candyland, Checkers and even Apples to Apples will also be available. This event will also be available on July 15.
• July 3 at 12:30 p.m.: Do you know what girl outmatched the Capitol? Which red-haired wizard was kidnapped by a basilisk? How well do you know the characters of popular books of the past and present? Test your knowledge while trying to stop your opponents. Prizes will be awarded to those who correctly “guess who.”
• July 6 at 2 p.m.: Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to discuss “Every Day” by David Levithan for Teen Book Discussion. In “Every Day," A wakes up every morning in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
• July 6 at 3 p.m.: Teens in grades 6-8 are invited to discuss the book “How They Croaked: The Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous” by Georgia Bragg during the Jr. High Book Discussion. The book shares the sometimes gruesome details of the deaths of 19 famous historical figures including King Tut, Pocahontas, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe and Marie Curie. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
• July 8 at 12 p.m.: Come to the library for Teen Movie Day and watch the final movies of the Harry Potter film series: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” This event is for teens in grades 6 and up and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
• July 11 at 4 p.m..: Join us for a special Harry Potter event. Immerse yourself in the Wizard World. Make your own wand, pose for a photo op and much more. Sign up is appreciated but not required.
• July 19 at 10 a.m.: Travel back in time and enjoy cartoon favorites of the past with a bowl of your favorite cereal. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
• July 22 at 2 p.m.: Teens in grades 6 and up are invited to watch "The Hunger Games" at the library. Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the 12 districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.
• July 23 at 4 p.m.: Teens in grades 6-8 will have the opportunity to discuss “A Tale Dark and Grimm” by Adam Gidwitz during Jr. High Book Discussion. The book follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
• July 24 at 4 p.m.: Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to discuss “Legend” by Marie Lu during the High School Book Discussion. In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, 15-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
• July 25 at 4 p.m.: Now is your chance to travel to Panem during our “Hunger Games” event. Create your own Capitol fashion trends. Design a postcard for the district of choice. Be sure to make your own Mockingjay symbol as a key chain. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
• July 29 at 5 p.m.: Teens in grades 6-8 will battle it out during the Battle of the Books. Everyone is invited to watch the teams who have worked so hard reading books all summer compete against one another to see who knows books best. Winners will receive a gift card and all participates receive an autographed book.
Teens will also be able to sign up for the National Teen Library Lock-In that will take place on Aug. 2 starting at 8 p.m. and ending the next morning at 8 a.m. This will be the first multi-library lock-in where different libraries in Illinois, Alaska, California, South Carolina and other states will all be hosting a lock-in at the same time.
At the lock-in, teens will be able to Skype with teens from around the country, participate in video game competitions and chat on Skype with a special guest author. Permission slips and sign up are required to participate. See the Teen Desk for more information.
There will also be some all ages events:
• July 2 from 12:30-3 p.m.: Come and watch a movie during Youth Services movie time. A different movie will be shown every week. This event will happen every Tuesday until July 23.
• July 10 at 12:30 p.m.: Come create your very own, one-of- a-kind “Travel” bingo card and play a few rounds of this exciting game. Lots of prizes will be awarded.
• July 24 from 1:30-4 p.m.: The Summer Reading Program will wrap up with an ice cream social for the whole family. This event will be sponsored by the Friends of the Library.