LANSING, Ill. (August 4, 2023) – Ending the summer with its annual block party, the Lansing Public Library hosted fun events for Lansing residents and children of all ages. From a live band to a large petting zoo, there was no shortage of laughter and excitement as residents enjoyed the summer sun. The event was held from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 on the front lawn of the Library.
A tradition for nearly 20 years, the Lansing Public Library Block Party featured the usual games and organizations; but this year, there were some changes. The library added new food trucks, and lines wrapped around the entire block.
“Me and Beth [Bozzo, director of Youth and Teen Services] worked together, along with other department heads and the Director,” Andrew Harootunian, Community Outreach Coordinator, said. “It was definitely a team effort as everyone had a part in it.”
Lansing Library staff and teen volunteers floated around the block, continuously checking in on any needs. Several Lansing Library staff members pointed to Andrew Harootunian and Beth Bozzo for playing a large role in games for youth services. Having begun planning back in January, the two helped put together the dunk tank, petting zoo, large basketball hoops, and foam cannon.
“I had many favorite parts which include the band,” Harootunian said. “Also, the food trucks and the foam cannon were great additions this year. But the best part was just seeing everyone that came this year, and all the happy patrons. It means a lot to us that people come, and that helps us push bigger and better events year to year.”
Aside from the games, various organizations such as the Lansing Historical Society and the Lansing Human Relations Commission made an appearance.
The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue.
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