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.
Attention Wimpy Kid fans! Love is in the air--but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school is about to turn his world upside down.
The seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series won't be released until November 13, 2012, but it's not too early to get your name on the library's waiting list! Click here to go the on-order record, and place your hold on The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney.
We have just learned that our the dogs for our READ to a Dog program will not be able to come on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Our next scheduled READ to a Dog program will be on Saturday, October 6 at the Indian Creek Branch from1:30 - 2:30 p.m. You might want to call ahead to confirm we have dogs that day.
Next time you are in the library, check out the display of live caterpillars in the Children's Department. We currently have Monarch caterpillars and Black Swallowtail caterpillars munching away on their favorite plants at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch. Over the next period of weeks the caterpillars will transform into chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies. It's always fascinating to see this little miracle of nature up close and personal. So when you next come to the library to find a good book, check out a movie, or use a computer, take a minute to stop by our display and check out the status of our caterpillars.
A special thank you goes out to Jackie Goetz from KC Master Gardeners and Monarch Watch for providing these displays to the libraries.