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Lansing Public Library hosts 2019 Block Party

by Jennifer Yos

LANSING, Ill. (June 8, 2019) – On Friday, June 7, the Lansing Public Library kicked off summer with its popular annual Block Party, hosted on its own beautiful and sprawling front lawn and extending onto Indiana Avenue. The evening event enjoyed perfect June temperatures and drew a steady flow of Lansing residents from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

With eleven years’ experience organizing the Block Party, Library Director Debbie Albrecht knows what will gather neighbors from all parts of Lansing together—

The Unstoppables, an Americana rock band, provided musical favorites just outside the library doors, where seating was provided for older Lansing residents to sit and relax. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
A wide variety of both original and old-timey lawn games dotted the library lawn. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Khaylee McGee (right) reaches for her duck as her Aunt Kim Wordlaw helps her keep balance. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Face-painting by friendly volunteers entertained children and parents alike. Facepainter Chloe Hill (right) creates a yellow butterfly for Kendall Williams (center) as Mom Keishon Williams looks on. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Kendall is pleased with the results. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)

Tables set up by Lansing community businesses, social services, Village government, and sports and special interest groups provided information about what Lansing has to offers its residents.

Village Communications Director Ken Reynolds and Trustee Saad Abbasy greet residents at the Village of Lansing table. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich explains Honor Flight to Lansing families. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Aneisha Titsworth, Director of the Patti Leach Youth Center (18123 Burnham Ave.), speaks with Lansing residents. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Lansing Police Lt. Scott Bailey lets Lansing children explore the Police Polaris. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Mancino’s Pizza and Bakers Square’s frosted brownies provided tasty and affordable Block Party fare. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)
Sofia Jabonski (right) signed up for the library’s Wizard of Oz Scavenger Hunt that will run from June 10 to August 10. Visit the Lansing Public Library for details.) Mom Nicole and brother Spencer will join her in following Lansing’s Yellow Brick Road. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)

The Lansing Public Library will host another big outdoor summer event on Friday–Saturday, August 9–10, at Lansing’s Fox Pointe venue—a 50th Anniversary Woodstock Celebration. The throwback event will feature 60s music and vendors reminiscent of the iconic 1969 Woodstock outdoor concert.

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.

Jennifer Yos
Jennifer Yos
Jennifer Yos grew up on Walter Street in Lansing with nine siblings. She attended St. Ann’s School and T.F. South, and she earned a BA in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. For 34 years she taught English, as well as Creative Writing and Drama, at Lincoln-Way High School. She dabbled in freelance journalism for the Joliet Herald News Living section. Now retired, Jennifer appreciates the opportunity to write for The Lansing Journal and is uplifted by the variety of positive people she has already met who are making a difference in Lansing.