Winter Is Coming So Help Build a Snowman

The Lansing Community Library kicks off its first ever Winter Reading Program Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. There will be games and refreshments for the kick-off.  The theme for the Winter Reading Program is DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?

The program provides challenges for all ages (two through adult), with a chance to qualify for prize drawings.  You’ll have until January 7, 2017 to complete all nine challenges in your age group. Patrons may sign up online (see detailed how-to instructions below) or at the library during the kickoff party.

Fun & Games

The kickoff party will feature several hands on games for children, including pin the nose on the snowman, building a snowman, magic color scratch snowmen and a story time.  Healthy snacks as well as a hot chocolate bar will round out the fun.


The Tic-Tac-Toe challenge sheets may be picked up at the library.  Each age group – 2-7 years, 8-12 years, 13-19 years and adults – may complete up to nine (9) challenges. Patrons who complete 1-2 challenges are entered into the drawing for a Freddy’s gift card. Complete 3-5 challenges to be entered into the drawing for a $25 AMC gift card. Complete 6-8 challenges to be entered into the drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Complete all nine (9) challenges to be eligible for the grand prize drawing for a Kindle e-Reader. There are additional drawings in two age groups (8-12 and 13-19 years) for LEGO kits.


Building a Snowman

When patrons come to the library to pick up prizes from the treasure box they will also have the opportunity to get a snowball and “build the snowman”.  The snowman’s name is Gene in honor of one of the Lansing Community Library’s founders.

Meet Your Librarian

20161112_130110Kim Cupp, one of our Youth Services Librarians, designed and coordinated this our first Winter Reading Program.  She originally hails from Williamsburg, Virginia, where she studied Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Management at Virginia Tech.  Kim migrated south to Georgia briefly, pursuing a secondary education teaching certification and studied social sciences.  While employed at Honeywell, she continued her education by studying materials engineering, quality assurance/quality control and lean manufacturing.  Kim achieved the rank of Six Sigma Green Belt.

Kim’s love for libraries began at a young age.  She was an energetic child who learned quickly.  Her educators gave her books to read when she finished assignments early or, better yet, allowed her to help the school librarian during school and even over the summers.  The earliest book Kim fondly remembers falling in love with was All Things Great and Small by James Herriott.  As she approached young adulthood, she couldn’t read enough biographies fast enough.

Kim’s favorite biography is about an English painter named Thomas Gainsborough. Thomas reminded Kim not only of herself, but probably of another Tom from right here in the Midwest.  Thomas got in trouble in school, forging notes telling the teacher to give him a holiday just so he could be outside and paint (more than just whitewash on a picket fence).  In 2009, Kim visited the Louvre in Paris and viewed one of Gainsborough’s landscape paintings, which thrilled her more than the Mona Lisa.

The Market Cart (1786) by Gainsborough

Kim landed at the Lansing Community Library quite by accident. Director Terri found out Kim knew something about technology . . . and the rest is history.

Online Sign-up How-To

Find the Calendar from the Lansing Community Library web page:


Find the Winter Reading Kick Off event and click on it:


Click on your age group to sign-up for the appropriate challenges:


If you have participated in one of our previous reading program, then enter your username and password to login and complete sign-up.


If you are new to our Reading Programs, click the “Join here” link to register: