America's Test Kitchen visits The Lane

posted Oct 28, 2018, 10:49 AM by Stephanie Stieglitz

On Thursday, October 25th, Julia Collin Davidson, Co-host of America's Test Kitchen visited The Lane. She was talking about the first in a new series of books designed for young people. 4th and 5th grade students were treated to an inside look at how America's Test Kitchen works.

Stories from Space

posted Jun 11, 2018, 7:24 AM by Stephanie Stieglitz

Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!

Trombone Shorty at Ravinia

posted Jun 3, 2018, 3:30 AM by Stephanie Stieglitz

Trombone Shorty was one of the Monarch nominated books this year. Most students in grades K-3 will have read it. Trombone Shorty will be appearing at Ravinia on August 26th. Details may be found at https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/Index?id=1406.


posted May 9, 2018, 12:17 PM by Stephanie Stieglitz

Thursday, May 17th
Anderson's Bookshop Downers Grove

Topic: Summer of Self Care/screen-free time. Includes a book talk of relevant books, advice from a professional, and Idea exchange/discussion.

This event is targeted towards parents. Please RSVP by calling our Downers Grove location at (630)963-2665 if you would like to attend.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Anderson's Bookshop Downers Grove
5112 Main Street
Downers GroveIL 60515

Lisl Detlefsen to visit The Lane on Friday, May 4th

posted Apr 22, 2018, 5:44 AM by Stephanie Stieglitz

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students will be treated to an author visit on the morning of Friday, May 4th. Lisl Detlefsen will talk about the writing process and her new book, 
If You Had a Jetpack

Ms. Detlefsen will autograph books that are purchased through the school and will personalize any that are purchased before the visit. Orders for personalized books are due by May 4th.

Illinois Reads

posted Mar 29, 2018, 10:29 AM by Stephanie Stieglitz


ILLINOIS READS is a yearly statewide project to promote reading for all Illinois citizens.  Beginning with read aloud books for babies, 6 books will be selected for each additional age band through adult readers. What a great source for ideas of what to read next.

Imaginormous Challenge

posted Mar 27, 2018, 8:32 AM by Stephanie Stieglitz   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 8:33 AM ]

Roald Dahl’s stories all started as a few short lines scribbled in his precious ideas books – and from tiny ideas come enormous possibilities. The Imaginormous Challenge is all about coming up with the most imaginative story ideas you can think of in 100 words or fewer.

So to celebrate that even the smallest of ideas can become the most amazing creations we decided to launch Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge.

We’re looking for the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary story ideas – summarized in just 100 words or fewer.

To give your child and pupils the chance to win one of five incredible prizes, simply submit their story idea of 100 words or less on their behalf.

There is only one judging criterium: Pure Imagination.

Contestants may also submit as many story ideas as they wish —though each must be no more than 100 words—between 29 January and May 1, 2018.

Letters About Literature

posted Sep 28, 2017, 2:44 PM by Stephanie Stieglitz

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest for students sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Illinois Center for the Book and other participating state centers for the book. More than one million students have participated in the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest since it began 25 years ago.

The program invites 4th–12th grade students to read a book of their choice, reflect on it and write a letter to the author explaining how the book changed their life of view of the world. Students can enter Letters About Literature on their own or through their schools, libraries or youth organizations.

More information

Say ‘Happy birthday, Illinois!’ with art

posted Sep 28, 2017, 2:41 PM by Stephanie Stieglitz

Illinois children can help kick off the state’s bicentennial celebration by using their imaginations and artistic skills in a contest sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The theme of this year’s art contest is “Happy Birthday, Illinois.” Kids from kindergarten through high school get to design posters celebrating the state’s 200th birthday by drawing anything they want – for instance, famous Illinoisans at a party or landmarks decorated as birthday cakes.


The winning artwork will be displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum throughout the bicentennial year of 2018. 


Artwork may be submitted from Sept. 1 until Dec. 15. Winning entries will go on display in February 2018, around the time of Lincoln’s birthday.

More details are available at bit.ly/ALPLMartcontest.

Fermilab Community Open House

posted Aug 7, 2017, 5:43 PM by Stephanie Stieglitz   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 5:45 PM ]

You are invited to Fermilab’s biggest Open House in decades! The free Community Open House takes place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. This will be a rare opportunity to see the laboratory up close and tour areas not typically open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join in celebrating 50 years of science.

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