This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Caldecott honors (runners-up) are also often awarded. The first medal was given out in 1938 to Dorothy Lathrop for the book Animals of the Bible. Last year's Caldecott winner was Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. The winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal will be announced on January 28. Who do you think should win this year?
We invite you to join in celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott Medal by participating in the Caldecott Reading Challenge! See how many Caldecott winners and honor books you can read between January 1 - February 28, 2013. You can keep track of all the books you read on a piece of paper or pick up a form at the Olathe Public Library. After every ten books read, bring your list in to either Olathe library, and we will add your name to our Caldecott Wall of Honor. Keep reading until the Challenge ends.
- All ages are welcome to participate.
- No registration is required.
- All Caldecott Medal winners and honor books count.
- Books may be read together as a family or read individually.
Click here to find a complete listing of all Caldecott Medal winners and honor books from the past 75 years. How many Caldecott books will you read?
Looking for a good book to get you in the holiday spirit? The Children's Department has recently received some brand new books just in time for the holiday season.
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas
by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel's quirky safety guide combines practical tips with step-by-step instructions for preparing for the worst during the holiday season of decorating, entertaining, and confronting fruitcake.
by David Biedrzycki
Santa Claus is tired of delivering toys and decides to retire to somewhere warm, but things do not work out as expected.
The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids
by Brendan Powell Smith
Here's a great book for the LEGO fan in your household. Revisit Bethlehem with Joseph, Mary, the three wise men, the angels and shepherds, and the baby Jesus—all illustrated in scenes created with LEGO bricks and figures.
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
by Ree Drummond
Charlie, a bassett hound who considers himself to be "King of the Ranch," finds an unexpected Christmas gift under the tree.
Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama
by Selina Alko
A young girl relates how her family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, enjoying the rich traditions of both religions.
The Christmas Quiet Book
by Deborah Underwood
Illustrations and simple text explore the quiet moments of Christmas, such as searching for hidden presents, forgetting a line during a Christmas pageant, and listening for Santa's sleigh bells.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
by Jane Yolen
Here are a couple of holiday titles from the very popular
"How Do Dinosaurs..." series. Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways a well-behaved dinosaur can celebrate Christmas and the eight days and nights of Chanukah.
These are just a few of the many holiday books available at the Olathe Public Library. Of course, during this time of year these books are in high demand, so you may have to get on a waiting list. If you need any help placing a hold on a title, just give us a call at the library, or come to the library and browse the shelves to see what's available.
Model railroads are headed once again to the Olathe Public Library. This weekend we will feature a display of working model trains in our Storytime Room at the Main Library. Here is the schedule the display will open:
Thursday, November 29
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
So if you are a fan of model railroads or know someone who is, head on down to the Main Library and see this wonderful display. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display or about model railroading. And a big thank you goes out to Louis Seibel who always generously shares his wonderful collection of trains with the library. Come check them out!
Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us! That means it's time for the Chldren's staff at the Olathe Main Library and the Indian Creek Branch Library to compile our annual list of holiday staff picks. This is a list of some of our favortie children's books from the past year, along with a few of our old favorites. The list includes picture books, easy readers, chapter books, comics, and nonfiction titles for a variety of ages. Our hope is that this list might give you some gift ideas for the children on your holiday shopping list.
Cick here to see our Holiday Staff Picks for 2012. Beginning Monday, November 26, both Olathe libraries will have all the books on our picks list on display for your perusal. The books on display will not be available for check out, but we may have additional copies on the shelf or we will be happy to help you place holds to try to get the books from another library. We will also have printed lists of our staff picks available at the libraries.
So enjoy this holiday season. If things get a little too hectic and crazy, as they sometimes do, may I suggest you just drop everything and spend some time reading together as a family. The library has a great selection of Christmas and holiday books. Be sure to include a trip to the library on your list of seasonal errands. There's no better way to celebrate the season than with a good story.
Thanks to everyone who cast their ballots in our Vote for Books! election. The votes have been counted and the results are in. It was a competitive race.
The winners among the two Olathe libraries were President Pete the Cat and Vice-President Big Nate.
The overall winners among all the Kansas City metro-wide area libraries were President Bad Kitty and Vice-President Babymouse.
The library systems that participated in Vote for Books! included Olathe Public Library, Johnson County Public Library, Kansas City, MO Public Library, Kansas City, KS Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, and Leavenworth Public Library. Here is the breakdown of total votes:
- Bad Kitty and Babymouse won with 1325 votes
- Pete the Cat & Big Nate, received 1233 votes
- Fly Guy & Lady Bug Girl received 1074 votes
- Origami Yoda & Scaredy Squirrel received 900 votes
Also, congratulations to Carolina and Bailey who were the winners in our drawing for a free book. We hope you all had fun voting! I wonder who will be running in 2016??
Do you love animals? Have you ever asked your parents for a pet or are you hoping to get one this holiday season? Come explore the world of pets at the Indian Creek Branch on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. Join our guest presenter from PetWorld in Lawrence, Kansas, for a chance to see, touch, and learn about a variety of slimy, scaly, furry, and feathered animals. Find out what kind of pet might be a great fit for your family.
This program is for kids in K through 5th grade. Parents and older siblings may also attend. Sorry, but children younger than kindergarten will not be allowed into this program. Program will last about an hour. Registration is required. Click here to register, or call (913) 971-6874.
Are you a fan of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems? Who isn't, right? I think they're the best things to happen to beginning easy reader books since Dr. Seuss! For even more Elephant and Piggie fun, click here to play the Elephant and Piggie Dance Game. Choose three dances for each character, such as the Twist and Snout, the Shakin' Bacon, the Funky Trunky, or the Elephant Slide. Then sit back and watch Elephant and Piggie get down and get funky!
Election season is upon us, and kids, you don't need to be left out! Between October 8 - November 6 you can vote for your favorite book characters at both Olathe libraries. Kids in 6th grade and younger can come cast their votes anytime the library is open. Only one vote per child!
Here are the President and Vice-President teams who will be on the ballot:
You may also write in your own candidates. This is a metro-wide activity. Kids will be voting at libraries throughout the Kansas City metro area. The overall winners will be announced after November 6. We will also announce the local Olathe winners.
So stop by the Olathe Main Library or Indian Creek Branch between October 8 - November 6 and cast your vote. Just ask for a ballot at the Children's Services Desk. May the best man/woman/animal win!
On September 15 families came to the Indian Creek Branch to learn about the Kansas WildLifer Challenge. Kids and adults got to have some outdoor fun doing things like pitching tents, catching bugs, and making birdfeeders. All these activities got kids started on the Kansas WildLifer Challenge and on their way to earning a cool outdoor prize pack. Visit the Kansas WildLifer Challenge website to learn more about this cool program.