Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes the importance of reading to very young children in our state. During the week of November 13 - 19 preschoolers throughout the city of Olathe and across the entire state of Kansas are being read the same book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Kansas native Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. This week Olathe Public Library staff and volunteers have been reading this book to children in our library storytimes and at many daycares throughout the Olathe area. If your child missed out, we encourage you to read to your child at home during this special week. Of course, we encourage you to read to your children anytime! There are many great books just waiting to be read at your local library.
If you love baseball and you love to read, you need to pick up a "READ Your Way to Sizzle!" scoresheet at the library. You can earn 2 free tickets to a Kansas City T-Bones game just by reading. Here's how it works. For every 20 minutes of reading you do, mark it on your scoresheet. After you have read 2000 minutes, mail the completed form to the
T-Bones for your free tickets. Simple as that. Scoresheets must be returned by March 31, 2012.
This is not a library sponsored program. We are just providing the sheets for all you baseball fans out there. Forms may be picked up at the Children's Services desk at either Olathe library, but the completed scoresheets must be mailed to the address on the form---not returned to the library. The sooner you start reading, the sooner you'll reach your goal of 2000 minutes. What a great way to win free tickets to see the T-Bones play ball. Go
Halloween morning at the Main Library meant a lot of LEGO fun! Thirty-four kids accepted the "Bag o' LEGO Challenge." Each child was given a brown paper lunch bag filled with a random assortment of LEGO bricks and then challenged to build anything they wanted using just those bricks. They could use as many or as few as they wished, but no swapping or trading with their neighbors allowed! These LEGO builders came up with some very imaginative creations. We even had a few costumed builders!
The next meeting of the LEGO Club will be on Tuesday, November 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. Registration begins on Monday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. Last month's meeting filled up in less than an hour, so call as early as possible.
Hollywood continues to look to the world of children's books for upcoming movie projects. Two more popular children's book characters have just joined the roster of soon-to-be movie stars!
Fans of Captain Underpants will be happy to know that the pudgy underwear-clad superhero will soon be flying across the big screen. Dreamworks Animation has acquired the rights to turn the popular book series into an animated feature. They've been pursuing the author Dav Pilkey for the movie rights since 1997, and he finally decided the time was right.
Fans of Hank the Cowdog are also in for a treat. Hank, who has been the star of 58 books by John R. Erickson, will soon be making his big screen debut as well. Odyssey Pictures has acquired the rights to produce an animated movie of the much loved canine Head of Ranch Security. It is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Both of these projects are in the early stages of development, so you have plenty of time to read the books before the movies hit the theaters. We can only hope that the movies will be as good as the books!
At the Main Library 3rd - 5th graders had a fun time making Halloween candle holders just in time for the spooky holiday. It was a great activity for a no-school day.
The library's new LEGO Club has been wildly popular. If all you LEGO fans weren't able to get into this month's program, we have another LEGO building opportunity for you. On Monday, October 31 from 10:30 - 12:30, the Main Library will be hosting a "Bag o' LEGO Challenge." This is a drop-in program for K - 5th graders. You will be given a mixed-up bag of LEGO bricks and then use those pieces, along with your imagination, to build something awesome. No swapping or trading of bricks with other kids! That's part of the challenge and the fun. Your creations may be put on display.
This is a drop-in program for kids in grades K -5th. Come and go as you please. No registration is necessary, but space is limited. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by LEGO®.
The newest series of American Girl books features not one girl but two! Meet Marie-Grace and Cécile. The setting of the books is New Orleans in 1853. Marie-Grace is the daughter of a doctor who recently moved to New Orleans. Cécile comes from a prosperous family of free people of color. The two girls form an unlkely friendship as a yellow fever epidemic sweeps through the city. This new American Girl series is filled with inspiring lessons of compassion, courage, and friendship.
Meet Marie-Grace by Sarah Masters Buckey
Meet Cécile by Denise Lewis Patrick
Marie-Grace and the Orphans by Sarah Masters Buckey
Troubles for Cécile by Denise Lewis Patrick
Marie-Grace Makes a Difference by Sarah Masters Buckey
Cécile's Gift by Denise Lewis Patrick
The first official meeting of the Olathe Public Library LEGO Club was a ton of fun! LEGO enthusiasts in grades K - 5th gathered together to share their common love for LEGO bricks and build some imaginative creations. The theme for the month was "Machines." Kids worked individually and jointly to create their own original machines out of LEGO bricks. The finished products were then displayed for friends and family to see.
The next meeting of the LEGO Club will be on Tuesday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. You must register for this program. Registration begins on Monday, October 10. We encourage you to call as early as possible to register as space is limited. The September program filled up in a matter of hours. You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.
The Olathe Public Library had a special sleepover for stuffed animals this past weekend. There were games, storytime, food, and a little mischief. Take a look at what the animals did while everone was gone!
Each year during the last week of September libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. This year Banned Books Week runs from September 24 - October 1.
The American Library Association compiles a list of the top ten most challeneged or banned books each year. Over the past ten years here are some of the children's books that have made that notorious list.
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
- Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
- Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
- Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Did any of your favorite books make the list? Aren't you glad we have the freedom to read what we want? Here at the library we think it is worth celebrating. Celebrate Banned Books Week!