Lansing library announces June events for youth and teens

2014-06-08T00:00:00Z Lansing library announces June events for youth and teensFor The Times
June 08, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | The Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department at the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., announces the planned events for the month of June.

June will kick off the Summer Reading Program with the Block Party on Friday. All programs are free of charge. Programs will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Those interested in attending programs are encouraged to show up 10 minutes early to be added to the program attendees list. Once the program limit is reached, no more participants will be accepted. Non-Lansing residents are invited to participate in the events as well.

For more information, contact the Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department at (708) 474-2447 or visit the library’s Web site at

The following storytime sessions are available:

Morning Storytime

the six-week storytime session runs from the week of June 23 to the week of July 28. The following sessions and times are available:

Birth-12 months: Mondays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

24-36 months: Wednesdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

3-5 year olds: Thursdays at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.

There will also be an all-ages Milk and Cookies Family Storytime from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 17.

The following events are planned for children in in kindergarten through fifth grade, unless grade is noted:

• 1 to 4 p.m. June 18: Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to come to the library and decorate a pet rock to take home. This is a drop–in craft, so children are welcome to come any time during the course of the program.

• 2 p.m. June 24: Children up to fifth grade are invited to come and watch “Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey” during Kids Movie Day.

• 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 25: No summer would be complete without a game of bingo. Children are invited to come and create a custom bingo board using fun animal pictures. Prizes will be given out to bingo winners.

• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 27: It’s Lego Day. The library provides the Legos and children bring their imaginations. All completed projects will be displayed for a week in the Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department. This is an all ages event.

• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 27: Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to the Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Drop your favorite stuffed animal off at the library on Friday and stick around for a storytime and craft. When the stuffed animals are picked up on Saturday, children will be able to see pictures of their animals at the sleepover. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

• 4 to 7 p.m. June 30: Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to make an everlasting firefly jar. Stop in anytime during this drop-in craft to make a craft to take home.

The following program is for tweens in fourth through seventh grade:

• 3 to 4 p.m. June 24: Tweens can make a mini pet book during craft time of what their pet might say in funny situations. Tweens may bring pictures of their pets to add personalization to the book.

• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 28: Tweens in fourth grade nd up are invited to come and paint and enjoy a Popsicle at the library. Participants will be using watercolors to create their very own pet-themed masterpiece. This craft will be outside if weather permits.

The following program is planned for teens in sixth through 12th grade:

• 2 p.m. June 23: Come and watch “The Mighty Ducks” on the library’s big screen. This movie event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The following are on-going programs for children, tweens and teens. See descriptions for age levels:

• June 2 through Aug. 16: Multi-Library Geocaching Competition: Geocaching at the library returns. The second annual Multi-Library Geocaching Competition began, June 2 and runs through Aug. 16. Sign up at the library and receive an official scorecard any time throughout these dates. Visit each participating library and find the hidden geocaches using the coordinates and clues provided on the official scorecard, and collect on your scorecard for each geocache found. Hand in your qualifying scorecard to any participating library to receive an entry in the grand prize raffle of your choice. Prizes include a family pass to the Shedd Aquarium, a family pass to the Museum of Science and Industry, a prepaid debt card and a gift card to AMC Theatre. Signup is open to children ages 5-11, teens 12-17 and adults 18 and older. Visit the upstairs Reference Desk to sign up and get your scorecard.

• June 15 through Aug. 15: “Where Do Your Paws Take You?” Photo Contest: Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to enter this photo contest and find the most unique and awesome place to read. Wherever your “paws” take you, snap a picture of it and we will hang it up at the library. Entries can be submitted in person at the library or emailed to Entries must have a name and phone number on them.

• June 23 through Aug. 2: The Summer Reading mascot, Rocket, will be hiding in different Lansing businesses all summer long. Stop by the library and get the first clue and a record sheet. Once you find Rocket, get a sticker from the business for your record sheet and follow the clue to find him the following week. If you find Rocket every week, come back to the library to enter to win a Rocket of your very own. This is an all ages program.

• All Summer Reading Long: Tweens and teens in fourth through 12th grade are invited to make a LOLanimal to put up at the library. Participants can come to the library to see what a LOLanimal is to get inspired. Tweens and teens can either bring in a picture of their animal, use a picture the library has supplied or draw a picture of an animal, and then use a speech bubble to put a funny and creative saying by it.

• All Summer Reading Long: Tweens and teens in fourth through 12th grade are invited to stop by the Reference Desk in the Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department for a picture of the library's Summer Reading mascots and instructions on how to enter the writing and art activity contest. Participants can follow one of the writing or art prompts or come up with their own. All finished projects must be turned in by the end of Summer Reading.

• All Summer Reading Long: Tweens and teens are invited to participate in author Kay Cassidy’s (“The Cinderella Society”) reading competition, The Great Scavenger Hunt. Cassidy has provided a list of books and corresponding trivia questions for both teens and tweens. Those who read a book from Cassidy’s list and get eight out of 10 of the questions correct will be entered into her raffle to win a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble, which can be redeemed online. To find eligible titles, visit the Teen Desk to see a printed copy or go to the author’s Web site at Any title not found in the library’s collection can be inter-library loaned from another library. Participating in The Great Scavenger Hunt can also increase chances to win raffle prizes.


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