Video: Sneak peek at the Idea Lab, Chief Al plays ball, resident reporter captures fire, and Common Ground goes public

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Weekly round-up for July 16, 2021

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 16, 2021) – The Lansing Public Library is in the process of outfitting an “Idea Lab” in the lower level. Once officially open, the Lab will provide space and equipment for audio and video recording and production. The Lansing Journal was given permission to record this week’s video in the lab and give viewers a sneak peek at the set-up.

At 1:48

The Idea Lab in the lower level of the library is not officially open yet, but Josh provides a “teaser trailer” of the features.

To learn more about other amenities offered in the remodeled Youth and Teen area of the library, read Jennifer Yos’s article:

To learn more about the microchip shortage that is preventing the Idea Lab from opening, read Josh Bootsma’s article:

At 2:56

The Lansing Journal team discusses their sadness about the cancellation of the July 10 Cruise Night. For more information about the cancelled event, read Josh’s article below:

At 3:46

Josh Bootsma gives his firsthand insights on the action at Tuesday’s charity softball game organized by Lansing’s new Police Chief, Al Phillips. For more details and photos, read his story below:

At 5:04

Josh and Melanie thank Lansing resident Clem Lessner, who contacted The Lansing Journal about a house fire in his neighborhood, and sent some professional-looking photos for our use in the article:

At 6:10

Josh talks about his personal experience with the Common Ground race relations program during the past year. The program is opening to the broader public this year:

The form below allows people to join the Common Ground mailing list even if not ready to commit to the program, and RSVP for the July 26 information meeting:

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