Lansing library offers concert series

2014-01-12T00:00:00Z Lansing library offers concert seriesCarrie Steinweg Times Columnist
January 12, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Over the past couple of years, the Lansing Library has offered a nice service in their Friday night free concerts. The Friends of the Lansing Library’s fundraising efforts make the concerts possible.

My dad and I have enjoyed attending the concerts together and there has been great variety in the genres included. In the past we’ve been to shows that have included big band, Word War II-era music, bluegrass, Celtic music and more. The series started last week and here is the rest of the lineup:

Feb. 7 Teflons: The Teflons perform country, doo-wop, swing, Hawaiian and rare originals from three powerful-voiced females and one male.

March 7 The Limitations: Classic Rockabilly hits mainly from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Stray Cats, Carl Perkins and more from a memorable era in music.

April 4 Chicago Cossacks: Russian Music & More: The group performs Ukranian, Cossack, Jewish, Russian Roma (Gypsy), American oldies, classical music, Italian, French, German, Latina and other world music and songs.

All concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 6.

If you haven’t utilized the library recently, you may be surprised at all that you can do there, from story times to book discussions to programming for kids and teens. Technology workshops are also offered if you need help learning Word or Excel or other programs. There are classes to help you understand Cloud storage. You can even make an appointment with a librarian for a one-on-one session to learn how to use library resources or get individual technology instruction. You can make an appointment by phone or online at

Available topics for one-on-one appointments are:

Accelerated Reader (AR) Book Help

Adult Readers’ Advisory and NoveList Antiques: Trash or Treasure?

Bilingual Assistance for Spanish Speakers

Computer Assistance by Appointment

eReader Help by Appointment

Email accounts on

Excel 2007 Introduction

Facebook Introduction

Genealogy and Family History

Magazine Articles: Find them with EbscoHost

PowerPoint 2007 Introduction

Publisher 2007 Introduction

Reference USA

Research Help

Résumé Assistance

Teen Readers’ Advisory

Travel Information at Your Fingertips

Word 2007 Introduction

Youth Readers’ Advisory

Recent cold weather could have been worse

When we get extreme weather in Chicago, I always like to research weather in year’s past to compare the highs and lows and snowfall and rainfall. This year started off with snow and extreme cold, which don’t always go hand in hand. Although the past week's temperatures along with the snowfall were brutal, imagine dealing with them a century ago. We’re fortunate that in these modern times we have well insulated, well-heated homes and vehicles and mechanical equipment for snow removal.

Here’s a few things I learned from scanning the stats on the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

- The longest continuous period below freezing in Chicago was 43 days from December 1976 to Feb. 8, 1977.

- Although the two longest periods below freezing were in the '70s and '80s, the next three happened more than 100 years ago: 29 days in 1878; 79 days in 1895 and 28 days in 1905.

- Since the Chicago temperatures have been recorded by the NOAA, there have been six winters with no days below zero and the most recent year was 2012.

- Monday was one of the eight days that the low temperature in Chicago was minus 16 degrees. All eight of those days have occurred in January.

We are also lucky that our cold snap was fairly short. In 1912, Chicago saw 10 consecutive days with minimum temperatures below zero, the longest recorded stretch.

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