Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Teens’ Top Ten in ’10 – Try saying that three times fast!

cadl-teenThere are countless  suggested reading lists out there, and I’m not talking abou those given to you for class assignments.  This one just came out and is compiled of books that other teens consider the cream of the crop.  The Teens’ Top Ten list was voted on by over 8,000 teens and is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (BTW, YALSA puts out many great reading lists that are regularly updated).  Keep in mind that even though these books have been selected for 2010, they were all published in 2009.

On a related note, I think that the artwork featured on these covers is pretty good, and books are judged by their covers.  If the cover is boring or unattractive it’s much less likely that someone will be motivated to try reading it, right?  It’s interesting that Beautiful Darkness, If I Stay and Shiver all feature silhouettes of trees – I particularly like the cover of Shiver.

What do you think?  Are there other titles that should have made it on the list?  Is there a book cover that you like?

10.  Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

“Lea lives the life of a Wintergirl, stuck between the world of the living and the dead.” Read the staff recommendation.

9.  Fire by Kristin Cashore

“In order to save the kingdom her father destroyed, Fire will have to become what she has fought against her entire life.” Read the staff recommendation.

8.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman

“Would you say yes to living if everything you loved was gone?” Read the staff recommendation.

7.  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

“Auden’s finds out that more than book smarts are needed to put her family back on track.” Read the staff recommendation.

6.  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

5.  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

4.  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

“Team Jacob… and Team Edward should check out Sam!” Read the staff recommendation.

3.  Heist Society by Ally Larter

“Katarina Bishop never wants to participate in another heist again. Too bad she may not have a choice.” Read the staff recommendation.

2.  City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

1.  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

Reader Roundup


Jessica T. recommends:

The Gates by John Connolly

Check out The Gates in our catalog.

My Problem with Doors by Scott D. Southard

Check out My Problem with Doors in our catalog.

Lynn H. recommends:

Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Check out Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life in our catalog.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Check out Along for the Ride in our catalog.

Ingrid D. recommends:

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

Check out Dog On It in our catalog.

Burn Out by Marcia Muller

Check out Burn Out in our catalog.

Want to find more good reads? Check out our Books, Movies + More page or watch Book Bytes, our video book reviews, at YouTube.

Books are Dead?


There was a great video interview Nicholas Negroponte on what could happen to print books within five years. Nicholas thinks that the printed book will be dead due to technology change from tablet computing and eReaders. Watch it: “Will physical books be gone in five years?” What do you think?

– Matt P., Technology Librarian @ CADL Downtown Lansing



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As you probably know, Election Day is Tuesday November 2. No need to say how important voting is! The library can help you with information before you vote. Our Voter Information page has links that you may find useful. For example, you can view a sample of your ballot at the Secretary of State site.  You can read the Voting Guide provided by the League of Women Voters of Lansing.

If you interested in election statistics, you can view the results of past Ingham county elections at the Ingham County Clerk website.  Older Michigan results are on the Secretary of State site. Historical Federal election statistics are on the U.S. House of Representatives site.
Election trivia:

Halloween Safety Tips


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The FDA Consumer Health Information Division has issued a list of “lucky 13” tips for ensuring that Halloween costumes and treats don’t haunt you long after the holiday celebration is over.  Click here to read the complete article.  Compiled by the FDA, Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, they are: 

  1. wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials
  2. wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape
  3. wear makeup & hats instead of masks
  4. test the makeup before applying it (for skin sensitivity)
  5. check FDA’s list of makeup additives to check for safety
  6. don’t wear decorative contact lenses without first seeing an eye care professional
  7. don’t eat candy until it has been inspected
  8. eat a snack before going out so you’re not tempted to sample treats before they’re inspected
  9. do not accept or eat anything that is not commercially wrapped
  10. remove chocking hazards such as gum, peanuts, small toys
  11. inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering
  12. avoid juice that hasn’t been pasturized or processed
  13. before bobbing for apples, rinse & clean them

-Eunice B., Reference Librarian

A Note from CADL Holt-Delhi

branching-out-bannerCheryl Lyons, Holt-Delhi Library HeadWhen I make presentations about the Holt-Delhi Library, I find myself repeating the phrase “we offer programs and materials for all ages.” I state this fact proudly because I want to let people in on the fact that the library has something for everyone.

One of the goals of the library is to help promote literacy. In our Movers and Readers Playgroup, the youngest members of our community gather at the library with their parent(s) or caregiver(s) to flip through, listen to and “read” sturdy board books, plus sing songs and engage in group music activities. If you have been to the library on Tuesday mornings at 10:30, you have may have been treated to the sight of parents and children joyously reading and singing together. The love of books and reading starts at this age!

From playgroups for our youngest patrons, we move into Preschool Storytimes, Pajama Night Storytimes and book character themed parties. Early Literacy Playtime is also offered on select Fridays during the year, allowing parents the opportunity to engage in literacy games and activities with their children in a group setting. A new program, “Kids Read,” gathers children ages 7-12 to engage in a book discussion, play a book themed video game, and hear books read aloud.

Programs don’t stop when kids reach their teen years—we understand the importance of reaching out to teens throughout the year. Adults can enjoy bi-monthly Book Discussions (one dedicated to Fiction and one to Non-Fiction books), a Knitters’ Circle and featured adult programs on topics of general interest. Many of our adult programs are based on feedback gained from our book checkouts– popular book topics frequently lead to successful programs.

Learning is for a lifetime and the library is committed to this value. On any given day you will see children reading in the Kid’s Room, students studying on laptops at study tables, and adults reading newspapers and magazines in our seating areas.

The library has no age limit and all are welcome. Come check us out today!

-Cheryl L., CADL Holt-Delhi Head Librarian

A History of Local Breweries & Brew Pubs

lost-lansing-bannerLocal breweries and brew pubs have a long tradition in Lansing. The Lansing Brewing Company on the corner of Turner and Clinton (see picture below) operated between 1898 and 1914. Yeiter & Co. opened the Grand River Brewery on Madison overlooking the river in 1865. Their water came from an artesian well. Additional smaller breweries came and went during the late 19th century.

Much of the description of the first brewery derives from two sources An Account of Ingham County from its Organization by Frank N. Turner and a Pioneer History of Ingham County by Mrs. Franc L. Adams. The accounts are nearly duplicates. Adams includes more editorial comment. She was the secretary of the Ingham County Pioneer and Historical Society and in addition to compiling others’ accounts adding her own comments and thoughts.

Imbibing in the story of Lansing’s first brewery one travels to the NE corner of Pine and Maple Streets circa 1856. There is a spring fed creek crossing Maple and providing fresh water for brewing. Its source was deep in the “impenetrable” Bogus Swamp, a haven for miscreants, now the Westside Neighborhood. There are two buildings. A long porch faces east off a one and a half story residence. This porch is for the public house addition to the home and overlooking the beer garden in a stand of maples. Adjacent to the north is the brew house, east of that a “young forest of hop poles”.

A cabbage patch thrives in the fertile soil of the creek flats. Pen’s house pigs fattened on waste malt. There is the smell of sauerkraut, “steaming malt” and pipe tobacco billowing from “large porcelain pipes.” To the south cows grazed in an unfenced pasture. The sound of their bells “tinkling” during the day was drowned by drinking songs, sometimes late into the night, sung “by a score of lusty Germans.”

Lansing Brewing Company circa 1905

The proprietors were Frederick and Anna Weinmann. He was born circa 1822 and described as tall, “full of energy and hard work”. Anna was about 7 years his junior, “short and sturdy”. They had several children and emigrated from Württemberg, Germany.

With a large German population in town business thrived. The problem was the new neighbors. In 1858 across Pine from the brau haus a school opened. Sisters Abigail and Delia Rogers moved into the new location of their Lansing Female Seminary, later the Michigan Female College, the Odd Fellows Institute and eventually the Michigan School for the Blind. The Rogers sisters, Abigail especially, are nationally recognized as part of the First Wave of the Women’s Movement.

Pioneers in women’s education and the Temperance Movement the sisters catered to the most affluent families in the state. Select boys were admitted if the family was sufficiently wealthy. Apparently they did not celebrate the only entrance to their institution serenaded by lusty Germans in “harsh guttural tones” or smelling of pigs, tobacco and beer.  The Rogers were equally well funded and connected.

In our next installment the story of this pioneer brewery takes an unexpected turn that challenges historical accounts.

-Dave V., CADL Local History Librarian

An Account of Ingham County from its Organization by Frank N. Turner
Pioneer History of Ingham County by Mrs. Franc L. Adams
History of Ingham and Eaton Counties by Samuel Durant
Michigan State Gazateer and Business Directory 1863
Report of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan Volume 6
Lansing Journal Newspaper 9/2/1924
State Republican Newspaper 1/13/1880
Lansing Republican Newspaper 3/4/1898
Birds eye view of the city of Lansing, Michigan 1866 Drawn & published by A. Ruger
History and Manual of Odd Fellowship by Theodore A. Ross
Lansing City Directory 1873
Lansing City Directory 1878
1860 U.S. Federal Census
1870 U.S. Federal Census