LANSING | The Infants, Teens and In-Betweens Department at the Lansing Public Library announces the planned events for the month of March. All programs are free of charge and do not require sign up unless noted. Non-Lansing residents are invited to participate in the events as well.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (708) 474-2447 or visit the library’s Web site at The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Ave.

The library’s annual Dr. Seuss extravaganza is planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 6. The event will include games and prizes, snacks, crafts, costumed characters and more, and is for toddlers to children in third grade.

The following story times are planned for the month:

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 11 and 25: Children of all ages are invited to Milk and Cookies Family Storytime. Participants can wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animals for this special evening story time.

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 22: Children ages 5 and up can participate in a new story time format, Story time Yoga. Children will listen to stories about animals and nature while incorporating the stretching and movements that go along with each book, combining literacy with a healthy activity.

The following events are planned for children birth to age 5:

• 6 to 7 p.m. March 12: Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can make their own puzzle during our Popsicle Stick Puzzle event. They will use Popsicle sticks as their puzzle pieces and draw an awesome picture. Children will then be able to take their own puzzle creation home.

• 6 to 7 p.m. March 26: Children in kindergarten through third grade can come and make a beautiful sun-catcher craft to hang in their windows.

• 4 to 5 p.m. March 31: Children in first through fifth grade can come and play a popular childhood game inside at the library. Players will toss a small object into numbered bubble wrap squares and hop on the designed spaces. The first player to complete the course without falling or stepping off the square wins the game.

The following events are planned for teens in sixth through 12th grade;

• 4 p.m. March 4: It’s Teen Game Day. Teens can use the Nintendo Wii to challenge their friends at a number of sports with Wii Sports or work together to conquer Super Mario Bros. If video games aren’t your style, you can best your friends at Connect Four, Uno and much more.

• March 10-15: Celebrate Teen Tech Week’s DIY @ Your Library by entering our Scavenger Hunt. Visit the Teen Desk to get a scavenger hunt form anytime during the week and complete the form and return it to win a gift card. All entry forms must be turned in by 5 p.m. March 15.

• 5 p.m. March 11: We’re emptying out our craft supplies and letting teens make whatever they want during our Craft Cleanup event during Teen Tech Week. Teens are invited to bring their imagination and willingness to have fun.

• Also during Teen Tech Week, teens are invited to participate in our Teen Choice Awards at the Lansing Public Library. Teens can let the librarians know what they like, what they don’t like and what they wish we had at the library. Pick up an entry form at the Teen Desk and return it for a neat participation prize.

• 4 p.m. March 24: Come and talk about your new favorite book at the No Name Book Club. Instead of reading one title, this group will discuss any book they want. Teens can bring their favorite titles to talk about or just bring whatever they are reading right now. The book club is a great way to find a new book to read. The group is currently without a name, so help us come up with a good one.

• 4 p.m. March 27: Teens can come and watch “Pitch Perfect” during Teen Movie Night. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library group.

• 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 28: Join us for our After Hours “Divergent” party. With five factions to choose, where will you end up? Are you a member of Candor, Erudite or Dauntless? Or maybe you are Divergent like Tris? Stop by and celebrate the release of the “Divergent” movie and eat some of the famous Dauntless chocolate cake. After the party, teens are invited to make arrangements and join us at the theater to watch the movie together. The theater will be determined as the party day draws closer. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.

The deadline for turning in completed readings for the Read for a Lifetime program is March 31. High school students who have completed reading four Read for a Lifetime books must turn them in as soon as possible to receive credit and enter the raffle for a gift card prize. Titles can be dropped off at the library or emailed to

Jeanette is a journalist with The Times Media Co. who has worked as both a reporter and editor. She has a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.