LANSING | The Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department at the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., announces the planned events for the month of April. 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 Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department at (708) 474-2447 or visit the library’s Web site at www.lansingpl.org.
April is National Poetry Month.
Throughout the month of April, poets in first through 12th grade are invited to enter their masterpieces in the library's Poetry Contest. A winner will be chosen by grade and the winning entries will be posted in the library. All entries must be received by April 30. Try your hand at rhymes, haiku, limericks, or even iambic pentameter.
There are many opportunities for story times in the month of April. The following story times with Miss Patti are available this month until April 23:
Babies (Birth – 24 months) with caregiver at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. on Mondays
Toddler Time (24-36 months) with caregiver – at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays
Pre-K Story time (3-5 years) – at 10:30 or 11:45 a.m. on Thursdays. Caregivers not necessary, but welcome.
In addition, there will be two Milk and Cookies Family Story time sessions from 6:3o to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on April 8 and 22. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal and dress in their pajamas for this evening story time.
Other events planned for the month of April:
• All Month Long: There will be a Bunny Scavenger hunt in the library the entire month of April for children in fourth through sixth grade
• 5 p.m. April 7: Children in fourth grade and up are invited to come and learn about different art techniques and terms. In four sessions, children will learn about primary and secondary colors, shading and fine lines. Children will also create a geometric art collage and a 3D abstract. Supplies will be provided however patrons are welcome to bring their own pencils or colored pencils. Registration is required, as there is a limit of 12 people per class. Additional Art Club days are April 14, 21 and 28.
• From 6 to 7 p.m. April 9: Join as we capture ourselves a reading buddy. Choose either a fairy or a friendly monster, capture it in a jar and decorate its new home. It will keep you company for endless hours as you read. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
• From 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 12: It’s Lego Day. The library provides the Legos, and children bring their imaginations. Lego creations will then be put on display in the library until the next Lego Day. Be sure to get here on time. No sign up is required, and this is an all ages event.
• 5 p.m. April 15: Children in fourth through eighth grade are invited to come and play bingo at the library. This bingo has a twist as the theme is Sweet Tooth Bingo. In this fun game of chance, participants will play for sweet treats to satisfy their sweet tooth.
• From 6 to 7 p.m. April 23: We’re having a Glow in the Dark Party. We’re going to play old favorites like bowling, ring toss and tic-tac-toe, but they will all glow in the dark. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The following events are planned for teens in sixth through 12th grade:
• 5 p.m. April 8: Join the library for another Teen Craft Day. Ever get bored and not know what you want to do, but know there is something that you DO want to do? Come and decorate a jar and fill it up with things you want to read, watch, do or whatever you want.
• 5 p.m. April 17: Come and make a fun art piece using only buttons. All you need is your imagination.
• 5 p.m. April 22: Did you ever see a pair of sunglasses that you like, but know that you could have made a better design? Come and design your own custom sunglasses. Start with the blank canvas of a white pair of sunglasses and personalize them with Sharpies.
• 4 p.m. April 24: The library will show “The Amazing Spider-Man” during Teen Movie Night. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library group.