LANSING | The Infants, Teens and In-Betweens Department announces the following events planned for September. 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. To sign up for a session, call the library at (708) 474-2447 or visit in person at 2750 Indiana Ave. For more information, contact the Infants, Teens & In-Betweens Department by phone or visit the library’s Web site at www.lansingpl.org.
Sign up for story time sessions with Miss Patti will begin on Sept. 3. Story time sessions are available for children ages birth through age 5. Sessions will begin the week of Sept. 16 and will go through Oct. 24.
The following story times are available and sign up is required:
Birth though 12 months with caregiver: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
13 through 24 months with caregiver: Mondays at 11:30 a.m.
24 through 36 months with caregiver: Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
3- to 5-year-olds: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.
In addition, there will be Family Pajama Story times from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24. Children may wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal for this special evening story time.
The following events are also planned for September:
Lego Days will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Children ages birth through fifth grade are invited to drop in and build Lego masterpieces, which will be displayed in the Youth and Teen Services department for a month. No sign up is required.
There will also be a special Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) craft. Children in third through sixth grade are invited to make tissue paper flowers from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Paper flowers are used all over Latin America for decorations during festivals and celebrations. Children will learn to make these flowers to help brighten up their homes or give to loved ones. Sign up is required as there is a maximum of 12 participants.
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in “Arr Mateys!” Talk Like a Pirate Day story time and craft from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 19.
The following events are planned for teens in sixth through 12th grade:
4 p.m. Sept. 19: Arr mateys! Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at the library. Quit talking like a land-lubber and embrace the pirate’s life. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
4 p.m. Sept. 23: “Fantastical” Book Discussion: “Lament” by Maggie Stiefvater. On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deidre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
4 p.m. Sept. 24: “Off the Shelf” Book Discussion: “Manicpixiedreamgirl” by Tom Leveen. Seventeen-year-old Tyler Darcy looks back on his first three years of high school and considers the significant events involving Becky, his elusive "dream girl" who may be more trouble than he is willing to acknowledge. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.
4 p.m. Sept. 26: "Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl" will be shown during Teen Movie Night. Teens sixth grade and up are invited. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Read for a Lifetime Deadline: Sign up for Read for a Lifetime, a state-sponsored high school program, is coming to a close. Teens in ninth through 12th grade have until Oct. 15 to sign up for this wonderful opportunity. If teens read four books of the Read for a Lifetime booklist by March 31, 2014, they will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the state of Illinois and be entered in a drawing to win a gift card. Completion of this program also looks great on college applications.
In celebration of Library Card Sign Up Month, any child or teenager who signs up for a new library card during the month of September can enter a raffle for a Target gift card. After receiving their new library card, children and teens are invited to the lower level of the library for a tour of all the library has to offer.
Children and teens are also invited to participate in Banned Book Week. From Sept. 22 to 28, stop by and check out our Banned Book Display. While you are here, get your mug shot taken with your favorite banned book. With your approval, the pictures will be added to our Facebook page.
There will be a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Parents Open House from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 3. The Infants, Teens and In-Betweens Department will be hosting this back-to-school event for bilingual parents. There will be a discussion about the Accelerated Reader program and the role of the library in aiding successful students. A tour of the library will also take place to help parents better understand the services the library provides.