Archive for Thursday, November 12, 2009

Battle of the decades

November 12, 2009

On Saturday, Nov. 7, there was a great party at our new library called “The Battle of the Decades.”

All persons involved came dressed in costume depicting their favorite decade starting with 1910. I wore a jacket and shirt with a big wide collar that went back to the’60s. I even wore my wing-tipped style shoes that I have worn since the 1950s. That is true — the same type of shoes for almost 60 years. That style was always my favorite.

Girl Scout Troop 1804 created wonderful display boards with local, state and national events of each decade starting with 1910. These boards will be on display at the library for quite some time, so be sure to come and see the great work that they did.

The really fun thing was seeing the children in their costumes and dancing to tunes from the ’40s and ’50s. James Pinick, circulation technician, got some great tunes along with dance lessons from YouTube. These lessons were shown on a big wall and we all were taught how to dance. The dances included special steps to an Elvis Presley tune, the twist, jitterbug and a really neat line dance.

That was so much fun and there was a dance contest at the end with four different dancers picked as winners. They were all excellent and had so much fun.

Refreshments of sandwiches, cookies and lemonade were served. There were about 25 children and a dozen adults taking part. Door prizes were given out during the evening and the board members were introduced.

Later all the children were given a tour of the children’s area of the library, and that was a great learning experience for them.

Our librarian, Kim Turner, introduced Jim Fricke, who is the director of the new program, “Friends of the Library.” All residents are urged to join this organization as they provide funding support and assistance for programming and special needs. In addition to their dues, which are nominal, they will conduct an annual used book sale at the library. The funds raised will be used for exhibits and the reading programs.

The Lansing Community Library is also now a wireless “hot spot” so you can bring your laptop computer and sit comfortably anywhere in the library.

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