LANSING | The Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department at the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., announces the planned events for the month of May. 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.
The following events are planned for children:
• All Month Long — I Spy!: Anytime during May, stop by and check out the Infants, Teens & In-Betweens display case. Grab a checklist and see if you can find all of the games in the library's real-life I SPY game. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
• 5 p.m. May 5: Nothing is sweeter than a rose, except when it’s a rose made by hand. Make a duct tape rose just in time for Mother’s Day or simply keep it for yourself. For children in fourth grade and up.
• 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 10: Come and enjoy 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 be on time. This is an all ages event.
• 2 p.m. May 17: Children in fifth grade and up are invited to join the library for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) craft. Participants will create a car in “The Edible Car Challenge.” The car will be made with edible objects. Participants will be exploring creativity, durability and distance. This is a fun way to learn about engineering.
The following events are planned for teens in sixth through 12th grade:
• All Month Long: The library is having a photo contest. The theme of the photo contest will be “Spring to Life.” Teens are invited to submit a photograph of anything they think fits the theme. Teens can email a jpeg file of their entry along with a description of their picture, or an explanation of why they think their picture should be considered to firstname.lastname@example.org. Finalists will have their pictures posted on the library’s Flickr account for people to vote on. Pictures that are inappropriate, violent, crude or are other people’s pictures will not be allowed to enter. The winner will win a prize. All entries must be received by May 31.
• May 1-7 “Choose Privacy Week”: The American Library Association has deemed May 1-7 “Choose Privacy Week.” During this week, the library will celebrate people's rights to keep information and creative works private in the digital age.
• 4 p.m. May 1: Teens are invited to join the library for a thought-provoking video and discussion to increase awareness of current privacy issues affecting the general public. Think about privacy in new ways and make well-informed actions and choices about your private information.
• 4 p.m. May 1: (following privacy week video): Teens are invited to read and participate in a book discussion about the book “Pirate Cinema” by Cory Doctrow. In this book, 16-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless Internet creativity. While this takes place in a future Britain, the topic is still timely in regards to “Choose Privacy Week.” Stop by and get vocal about privacy rights or learn what rights you had, but weren’t even aware.
• 4 p.m. May 22: The May Teen Movie will be “Antitrust.” In the movie, a young computer whiz gets caught up in a web of deceit and conspiracy after his best friend is murdered. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.