Wonderstruck is the latest book from Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of the Caldecott award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (on which the Oscar-nominated film Hugo is based). If you've read Wonderstruck, you know that much of the story takes place within the walls of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In the video below Brian Selznick leads us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this fascinating place. You'll recognize a number of objects and scenes from his wonderful book.
The winners of the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott awards have been announced. The Newbery medal was awarded to author Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt. The Caldecott medal was awarded to illustrator Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. Congratulations to both of these men who have given us many great children's books.
Below is the list of award winners and honor books along with some other award winners. A special note of congratulations goes out to local Kansas City author/illustrator Shane Evans who won the Coretta Scott King illustrator award for his book Underground.
NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER (Author)
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER (Illustrator)
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS
GEISEL AWARD (Easy Reader)
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider
SIBERT MEDAL (Nonfiction)
Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD (African American author)
Heart and Soul by Kadir Neslon
CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD (African American illustrator)
Underground by Shane W. Evans
BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD (Latino author)
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD (Latino illustrator)
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
The library's LEGO programs have been wildly popular. If you don't get registered on the first day of registration, chances are you won't get in the program. Olathe kids obviously love LEGO bricks! The January LEGO Club program is full, but registration for the February 28 program will start on February 20. Mark you calendar now.
If you are a LEGO fanatic, you probably already know that in May a LEGOLAND Discovery Center will be opening in Kansas City's Crown Center. This past weekend they held a compeition for the position of LEGO Master Builder. The lucky winner of that compeition was Jeremiah Boehr. He will be the official Master Builder of the Discovery Center. Talk about a cool job! How would you like to get paid to build with LEGOs?
Jeremiah beat out more than 170 other builders competing for the coveted title. His creation for the final round of competition was a 3D book with characters flying out of the pages. You gotta love a guy who combines his love of LEGOs with his love of books. Congratuations, Jeremiah!
Are you someone who always likes to know the latest and greatest new books and movies the library has acquired? Well, our web catalog makes it as easy as pie. All it takes is a few clicks.
1. From anywhere on our website move your mouse over EXPLORE on the menu bar and then click NEW TITLES on the drop-down menu.
2. At the bottom of the next screen you can click on Children's Fiction, Children's Non-fiction, Children's Movies, or Children's Music to see the latest added materials in these categories.
That's all there is to it. You can then browse titles, place holds, add to your "For Later" shelf, or whatever you want. Like I said, it's as easy as pie.
Attention aspiring young writers! KTWU public television and Payless Shoesource are sponsoring a Youth Writing Contest with the winner to be recognized at the 2012 Kansas Book Festival on Sat., Sept. 15, 2012. Essay entries based on the theme, “My Kansas Shoes Were Made for Walking,” will be accepted January 1 through April 15, 2012. Age divisions include
Third – Fifth grade; Sixth – Eighth grade; and Ninth – Twelfth grade.
For an entry form, go to: www.ktwu.org/educational-resources/.
For more information, go to: http://kansasbookfestival.com/get-involved/writing-contest/.
We would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! Remember that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25. We will re-open for business on Monday, December 26.
The Olathe libraries will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1. Materials can always be returned in any of our numerous drop boxes around town anytime.
Ready or not, Christmas is just around the corner. The holiday season is a great time to snuggle up together and share a good book as a family. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas books.
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
This is the story of a farm boy who gives his father a very special gift from the heart on Christmas morning. The illustrations in this edition of the touching tale capture the feeling of a simpler (but not easier) time.
Night Tree by Eve Bunting
This is a warm story of a family who makes a pilgrimage into the woods each Christmas to decorate a tree for the wild animals.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
A widow and her young son ask Mr. Toomey, a gruff but gifted woodcarver, to carve them the figures for a Christmas creche.
The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
During a scarlet fever epidemic one winter in Michigan, a Jewish family helps make Christmas special for their sick neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle. Based on a memory from the author's childhood.
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser
Okay, this isn't a Christmas book, but it's a great holiday story celebrating the joy of giving and reaching out to our neighbors. As Rachel and her mother are busy with preparations for the Hanukkah celebration, Rachel is determined to find a way to convince their lonely elderly neighbor to share the holiday with them.
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
Based upon true events of World War I, this book tells the extraordinary story of a Christmas Eve on the battlefields of France when British and German soldiers declared an inpromptu Christmas truce and celebrated the holiday together.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
In this hilarious chapter book the Nativity story will never be the same when the six unruly Herdman children decide to take part in the church's annual Christmas pageant. Funny and touching.
Are you a fan of the Caldecott Award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick? Then you won't want to miss the movie based upon this wonderful book. The movie version is simply entitled Hugo and is directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. You can watch the movie trailer below and then go see the film playing at your local theater. Of course, if you haven't yet read the book, you need to get on the waiting list! It's a masterpiece.
The trains are coming! The trains are coming! The trains are coming to the Storytime Room at the Main Library. Model railroad trains will be on display at the Main Library this Thursday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. If you are someone who loves trains, you won't want to miss this. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display and about model railroading. Everyone is welcome. All aboard!
Here is the schedule for the train display:
Thursday, December 1 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The holiday season has officially begun, and for many people that means finding those special gifts for the people on their shopping lists. The Children's Services staff at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch would like to offer you some suggestions. Each year we pick out some of our favorite children's books that have been added to the library's collection in the past year. Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles. There may be a few old favorites thrown in for good measure too. Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library. Both libraries will also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse. However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year. We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you.