Kathy Johnson looks back on nearly 40 years in libraries
March 29 2017
Kathy Johnson, head librarian at Capitol Area District Libraries’ downtown branch, is delaying her retirement one day so she can go out with a bang at the library’s Family Celebration Saturday....
Retiring director Maureen Hirten embraced change as director of CADL
March 8 2017
The Capital Area District Libraries system has gone through some changes since Maureen Hirten became executive director in 2011, but the heart of the job hasn’t changed
Downtown Lansing library makeover balances books and people
March 8 2017
Simplification and de-cluttering are key goals of the project. Circulation and information services will both be found at the big new front desk, instead of separate stations. The old glass partition between...
Librarian, storyteller Lezlee Worthington retires from East Lansing Public Library
Jan. 25 2017
On a recent Sunday at the East Lansing Public Library, a seemingly endless stream of patrons poured through the doors to say goodbye to retiring librarian Lezlee Worthington who, in her 25 years at the...
CADL downtown branch to close for interior renovations
Dec. 7 2016
Capital Area District Library’s downtown branch, a prime example of Modernist architecture, is looking to modernize its interior
Four new projects at LCC balance branding and blending
Sept. 14 2016
Four projects on the downtown campus of Lansing Community College smack of mystery, but collectively they tell the latest chapter of a familiar story
Kate DiCamillo talks success, libraries and her lifelong love of books
July 6 2016
Kate DiCamillo’s first visit to the library in her hometown of Clermont, Fla., left a lifelong impression on her
StoryWalk brings reading activity to Orlando Park
June 15 2016
StoryWalk, which was unveiled earlier this month, is a non-traditional way to get families outdoors, exercising and learning all at the same time. The installation comprises a series of signs set up along...
Little libraries pop up all over Lansing
Nov. 25 2015
All over Greater Lansing — and all around the country — little take-one-or-leave-one book boxes are popping up
The digital age puts the ‘e’ in ‘library’
July 23 2014
With apologies to Mark Twain, reports of the death of libraries are greatly exaggerated, and two prominent Lansing-area librarians couldn’t agree more
Musician Dave Menzo goes electric with ‘Shhh…’
May 20 2015
Ann Arbor-based musician Dave Menzo found inspiration for his latest album, the synthesizer and drum machineheavy “Shhh… ,” in an unlikely place: his local library. In addition to traditional...
A guide to free and low-cost reading options
Aug. 13 2014
If you’re not too picky and you can wait to read recent bestsellers, books are easy to snag for a couple bucks or even free
Library of Michigan Foundation honors 20 authors at Night for Notables
April 22 2015
Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel was not the only one surprised when her post-apocalyptic novel, “Station Eleven,” was named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. What surprised...
The William L. Clements Library offers a window into the nation’s past
March 11 2015
Thanks to the internet, vast holdings from archives across the world have been digitally opened to the public, but it’s not quite the same as putting on the white cotton gloves and experiencing the...
Feb. 12 2014
Apart from the awkwardly heavy parapet that encircles the roof, this building exhibits elegant details rendered in brick and stone. Deeply set double hung windows rest on bracketed limestone sills. The...
Oct. 16 2013
The majestic Ingham County Courthouse generally dominates the subject of architecture in Mason. If one follows the south edge of Courthouse Square to the west, a short walk along Ash Street will lead to...
Jan. 2 2014
FRIDAY, JAN. 3 >> FOLK-A-PUNK-O-LYPSE Rock louder, dirtier and faster at The Loft. Four Michigan bands will cover a variety of rock genres, including Celtic, Americana, punk and folk. Headlining...
June 11 2014
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11-SATURDAY, JUNE 14>> ‘WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER’ AT MSU SUMMER CIRCLE THEATRE The MSU Theatre Department starts its Summer Circle Theatre season this week with “What...
March 19 2014
THURSDAY, MARCH 20 >> “ Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” at Williamston Theatre Love has knocked Frankie on her butt too many times to count, leaving her reluctant to fall for...
A roundup of literary happenings in Lansing this week
Nov. 20 2013
There’s a room on the fourth floor of the Library of Michigan where about 17,000 books are kept in the dark — for a good reason. It’s the Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room,...

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