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Blogs about what’s happening, where & when at your local library.

Share Laughs During National Humor Month

April is National Humor Month, so go ahead and laugh at the library. It’s good for you! Studies show that laughter reduces stress, relaxes the whole body and helps you recharge.

CADL has lots of books to choose from that can tickle your funny bone and enhance your quality of life. Here are some of my favorite hilarious titles:

  • Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong by Jen Yates. The photos and captions submitted by fearless bakers      are a recipe for the benefits of belly laughing.
  • Disquiet, Please! More Humor Writing from The New Yorker edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder. If you think laughter is the best medicine, read two of these essays and call me in the morning.
  • The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood is the first of four titles in the clever Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.  Listen to these books on CD in order. Katherine Kellgren’s take on the voices of the prim Victorian governess and her charges—three children raised by wolves—will  have the whole family ‘howling’ for more.
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith is the fifth entry in the 44 Scotland Street series. Robert Ian Mackenzie’s understated narration of this witty book on CD evokes uncontrollable laughter. Yep, that’s me at the stoplight. Maybe we      shouldn’t listen to this one while driving.






Check out these titles and many more at your CADL branch or visit our catalog. Happy Humor Month!

- Ann C., Head Librarian at CADL Haslett

It’s Coming…A New Look for South Lansing

The painters are done, the electricians are working, and our staff is vigorously putting things in place. The South Lansing Library is only a few weeks away from reopening its doors. We think you’ll be pleasantly pleased to find the following enhancements when we reopen.

A Welcoming Space: One of our highlights is the new large print section located conveniently near the front entrance.

Front & Center: Our coffee table books and CD box collections now have a prominent location near the lounge area for your browsing convenience.

Our brand new teen area We now have plenty of room for our large graphic novel collection.

A Streamlined Fiction Section. Our new adult fiction area makes it easier than ever to find that novel you have been dying to read!

Can you guess what this is?

- Jeff A., Public Services Librarian at CADL South Lansing

“Movers for Moms” is Back!

Mother’s Day should be a happy time…but too many moms spend it abused, homeless or living in community shelters.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is collecting donations for local women’s and family shelters for delivery on Mother’s Day.  The purpose of the program is to recognize all moms this Mother’s Day by arranging delivery of small gifts for women who will be in area shelters.


Join us at our kick off event today, March 27, 4-6 p.m. at CADL Holt-Delhi with a live broadcast from WITL 100.7! We’re accepting donations and hope to see you there.


“Movers for Moms is a donation drive collecting items for women and children staying at local women’s and family shelters”, says Lansing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Marketing Coordinator, Sherry Campbell.  “We encourage creature comfort items such as nice soaps, hair styling products, dental products, pillows, blankets, baby diapers & formula, etc.

Items may be dropped in the special collection boxes at every branch of Capital Area District Libraries, Doctor’s Approach, First Baptist Church of Okemos or at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® store by Friday, May 3.  Other community collection partners include

  • People’s Church Pre-school,
  • Tutor Time Child Care Centers,
  • Lockwood Elementary School,
  • Rainbow Child Care Centers,
  • Educational Child Care Center,
  • Emanuel Lutheran School,
  • Capitol Area Quilt Guild.

The items will then be collected by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® movers for distribution to The City Rescue Mission, C.A.R.E., SIREN/Eaton Shelter and The SafeCenter in time for Mother’s Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company in North America. It includes more than 200 locations and more than 1,400 trucks on the road. Each location is independently owned and operated, and sells boxes and packing supplies. Locations complete both home and business moves as well as packing and unpacking services.  For tips on packing, call your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.


instagramNot only do we like to read here at CADL, but we love encouraging others to do the same. We’re inviting you to celebrate March is Reading Month by sharing your reading Instagrams with the hashtag #GetCaughtReading.

Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures, apply filters and share them on a variety of social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter. This app is available for free on the Android and iPhone.

To get you started, we’ve already posted a variety of photos with our staff on our own account. Check out CADL’s Instagram page and scroll through our photos. Let us know which ones are your favorites!

How to Enter

  1. Read anything, anytime, anywhereLinc reading CP at DL
  2. Capture yourself reading on Instagram
  3. Share your photo using the hashtag #GetCaughtReading
    Every Monday, throughout the month of March, we’ll choose our favorite photos to feature in an ad appearing in the community!

For more information about the #GetCaughtReading contest, visit

Linc the Library Lynx was our first featured reader. Check out his ad that appeared in the City Pulse:


CADL Celebrates 15 Years in Ingham County

CADL’s Executive Director Maureen Hirten celebrates the library’s fifteenth birthday with several members from different branches throughout Ingham County, including Linc the Library Lynx!

CADL’s Executive Director Maureen Hirten celebrates the library’s 15th birthday with several members from different branches throughout Ingham County, including Linc the Library Lynx!

Fifteen years ago, Ingham County residents welcomed a new arrival—the birth of a regional library system now known as Capital Area District Libraries. In 1997, faced with a critical need to overhaul and fund the library services being offered through Ingham County and the Lansing Public Schools, voters in more than 20 different municipalities overwhelmingly approved a millage that paved the way for coordination of library services.The 13 branches of the new system opened their doors on Jan. 2, 1998. Today, CADL is not only a vital member of the communities we serve, but also a great example of regional cooperation. By sharing a single collection and other resources, CADL provides significant cost-savings for taxpayers. Shared resources also ensure that everyone in our district has access to the same services, no matter how big or small their community.

In addition to a top-quality collection of books, magazines, movies and music, CADL also offers services like job seeker tools, early literacy support, readers advisory, eBooks, Internet access, Wi-Fi, computer instruction and more. Our online presence includes an extensive catalog, daily blog posts and active social media sites. Hundreds of free events take place at our branches each month, ranging from storytimes for toddlers to health information for seniors.

CADL’s Board, administration and staff will celebrate our birthday all year long, with special activities planned for the 15th of every month. The festivities kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 15, when the public is invited to drop in during the afternoon for free birthday cake and a chance to win movie passes, courtesy of NCG Cinemas in Lansing.

- Carol Grund, Marketing and Communications Assistant at CADL

Introducing Bookster, A New Online Service from CADL

bookster_logoCapital Area District Libraries hosts all sorts of book discussion groups. Readers enjoy coming together to chat about fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, mystery and more. Some groups meet at our branches, others at area restaurants.

Now for the first time, we’re offering a book discussion group that’s completely online. Several CADL librarians have created an online space called Bookster, a conversational hub to foster the sharing of ideas and insights. It’s open 24/7, so that people can participate whenever it’s convenient.

DryGrassofAugustThis month, Joe McKee from CADL Haslett will serve as our first Bookster leader and is introducing Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. Throughout the month, he’ll share reviews, author information and readalike titles. Jump into the conversation any time to post your own comments and see what other readers are saying.

To participate, follow Bookster on our blog and through our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages. Just watch for posts or tweets that refer to Dry Grass of August, and for the hashtag #Bookster.


Trips to the beach, hanging out with friends, sleeping in…summer is a great time to relax and take a break from your school-year schedule. But one thing you should never take a break from is reading. Experts say that just three months off can result in a loss of skills. That can make it hard to catch up when school starts again.

Besides, all the benefits of reading don’t disappear just because it’s summer. Reading is always a great way to combat boredom, improve your focus and concentration, and give you a glimpse of people and places that are different from those around you.

One of the best things about reading in the summer is that you get to read whatever you like. Fantasy, mystery, manga, graphic novels, magazines, even car repair manuals—it’s all good! You can find these and much more at your local CADL branch. Check out our collection online, or come in and browse the shelves.

While you’re here, take a minute to sign up for Teen Summer Reading. Just by keeping track of how much time you spend reading, you’ll earn fun prizes like passes to the Ingham County Fair and Edru Skatarama, plus be entered in weekly drawing for gift cards from local stores and restaurants. The program runs through Aug. 11.

And there’s more! All summer long we’re offering fun workshops and events just for you and your friends. Come in and get a henna tattoo, meet a graphic novel author, make your own bracelets and more. Everything is free, so bring your friends! Just click on any link for more information.*

*Some events have age or registration requirements

You’re Invited to World Day!

The Lansing area has long been a hub for refugees and immigrants to establish their roots and celebrate their lives and families. The World Refugee Day Celebration in Lansing originally started with St. Vincent Catholic Charities as a way to honor the resilience and courage of refugees and as a celebration of diversity and humanity.

You’re invited to celebrate World Day at Hunter Park in Lansing this Saturday, June 9. It’s a free festival that includes music, dancing, arts and crafts, free swim, the Blues’ Family Health Walk and excellent food vendors offering a wide range of delicious flavors and spices (try the cuisine by the Bhutanese community…divine!). GRUPO AYÉ is the headlining act and an award-winning 2012 JAMMIE Award recipient.

Hosted by the Allen Neighborhood Center and St. Vincent Catholic Charities, this event is sponsored by numerous community partners, including Capital Area District Library. Librarians will be there promoting the Summer Reading Program, issuing library cards and getting visitors to read or perform a puppet skit. Stop by and join in the fun!

Volunteer at World Day at Hunter Park
Saturday, June 9, 2012 • 12 – 6 p.m.
Hunter Park
1400 East Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48912

Did you know?

  • Internationally, World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20.
  • In 2011, the United States received 56,384 refugees. The leading countries of nationality for refugee admissions were Burma (30%), Bhutan (27%) and Iraq (17%).
  • St. Vincent Catholic Charities has helped to resettle at least 218 individuals in the Lansing area during the current fiscal year.

Check out these titles for more refugee experiences:

One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War by Charles London

Saved by Her Enemy: An Iraqi Woman’s Journey from the Heart of War to the Heartland of  America by Don Teague

The Color of Home by Mary Hoffman & Karin Littlewood

- Mari G., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Change Your Life — Get a Card!

After reading the headline, you may be thinking, “A library card…what’s the big deal? How is a library card really going to change my life?” Well, this tiny little card that’s small enough to fit in your wallet really is big enough to change your life. I know it sounds cliché, but your library card is the key to unlocking the doorway of knowledge.

Did you know…

  • 87% of children in Michigan whose parents do not have a high school degree live in low-income families. Source: Reading Works Detroit
  • In January 2011, the unemployment rate among individuals without a high school diploma was more than twice the rate of those with a diploma. Source: U.S. Dept of Labor
  • Approximately 32,400 students did not graduate from Michigan’s high schools in 2010; the lost annual earnings in Michigan for that class alone are more than $380 million. Source: Alliance for Excellent Education

Having access to a library not only benefits the community in general but imagine what it could do for kids that find themselves thinking about dropping out of school. Strong, vibrant public libraries are the cornerstone of communities. They are the one place where knowledge and opportunity are available to all, regardless of means.

A 2009 poll conducted for the American Library Association found that 96% of respondents agreed that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed because it provides free access to materials and resources. The library is a place for both parents and kids to access the Internet, re-discover reading, and become more engaged in their community.

Today’s library card does more than it used to!

You don’t have to be at the library to use your card. Several services and books are available from wherever you have access to the Internet – home, work, a coffee shop, etc…  Our collection of digital books is large and continues to grow. You can also sign-in to your account and do a number of other things: put stuff on hold, freeze a hold, keep a list of movies you’d like to watch, update your email address or phone number, or use one of our databases!

Your library card is for more than just books. I’m always surprised to discover this, but not everyone knows you can checkout movies, music, magazines, and audiobooks from the library. Some of my favorite magazines include Real Simple, Threads Magazine, and Knit Simple.  It would cost me nearly $80 every year if I subscribed to all three of these magazines, but I save that money by checking them out from the library.

Your library card expires. Not many folks know this, but library cards – just like your credit or debit cards  — come with expiration dates.  CADL cards are good for three years and then must be renewed.  If it’s been a while since you’ve used your card, and you’re not sure when it expires, call or visit your local CADL branch.  If you have an online account already set-up, you just need to sign-in to find out when your expiration date is. Renewing your card is easy too. Bring your photo ID and proof of current address to any branch and you’ll be issued a new card in a matter of minutes!

If it’s been a while since you’ve used your CADL card, I invite you to re-discover all the great things you can do with it. It truly is big enough to change your life!

- Liz B., CADL Marketing Director