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The rain didn’t stop the fun and games at the Lansing Public Library annual Block Party

LANSING, Ill. (June 5, 2024) – The rain didn’t stop the fun at The Lansing Public Library’s annual block party. The event is usually outside the library but this year’s event was held inside on June 1 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Last year’s event took place toward the end of the summer but organizers decided to bring it back to its original date of June 1.

Organizers also say the block party has been a tradition at the library for over 20 years.

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The library was filled with music, laughter, and conversation — somewhat different from a normal day inside the building. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Rain or sunshine

Despite the rainy weather, library officials decided not to reschedule the event.

“It was easier for us to bring the event indoors, especially since we have a set for music already,” said Andrew Harootunian, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Lansing Public Library. Harootunian also said the decision was made by a committee of library staff.

Fun and games

Lansing residents enjoyed games, activities, food, and music during the three-hour event.

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Many people gathered in the library’s upper level to enjoy food and listen to live music. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Harootunian says this year’s event was extended an hour to give attendees more time to explore and enjoy the festivities. Saturday’s event featured a few of the library’s traditional games and some new games for younger children such as fort building.

The event was divided among the upper and lower levels of the library. A library staffer was located at each activity station to assist guests.

The upper level featured a 360 photo booth, games such as giant Jenga and Twister, and live music. A balloon show, a bubble show, arts and crafts, face painting, and a VR experience were available on the lower level.

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Families gathered in the lower level to enjoy activities including Connect 4, fort building, and a VR experience.

All activities were happening simultaneously except for the bubble and balloon shows. Each show was scheduled for a specific time to ensure guests could attend both.

The Rainbow Cone ice cream truck returned for the second year. Many people didn’t let the rain stop them from heading outside to grab a frozen treat from the truck.

The food truck from sandwich shop Unbeatable Eatables and a video game truck were the newest additions to the block party this year.

Community organizations Friends of the Library, Lansing Human Relations Commission, and the Lansing Historical Society were also present at the event.

Photos from the block party

Many kids joined the craft station to make royal crowns. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
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A few girls had fun while playing Twister. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
Kids lined up to play giant Jenga on the library’s upper level. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
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Attendees lined up to get ice cream from the Rainbow Cone ice cream truck. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
The event featured a live band playing cover songs while Lansing residents enjoyed their time at the block party. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
Scott from the Chicago Bubble Show entertained kids and their parents with his bubble show in the library’s Community Room. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
A 360 Photo Booth was among the newest activities at this year’s Block Party. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
The rainy weather didn’t stop kids from going outside to play games in the video game truck. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
New preschooler-level games such as fort building attracted younger kids to the lower level. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)
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A few younger kids played walk the line on the lower level. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue.


Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan brings local experience and a long list of journalism skills to her work with The Lansing Journal. She understands the need for reliable, factual information in equipping people to build community. An Audio News internship with WBEZ honed her interviewing skills and her sense of timing and deadlines. A native of Calumet City, Kinise is familiar with the interplay of local government, local schools, and local businesses.


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