Chris Van Allsburg is probably best known as the author/illustrator of the Caldecott award-winning books Jumanji and The Polar Express, both of which have been made into blockbuster movies. Another of Van Allsburg's lesser known books, but one of his most intriguing, is The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. This picture book consists of a series of unusual drawings featuring only a title and a caption to give clues to their meaning. The stories behind these puzzling images are left to the imagination of the reader.
Through the years since the book's first publication in 1984, many children and adults have created their own stories behind the pictures in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The author has created a website where fans of the book can submit their own stories. New stories are posted monthly. There are tips for aspiring young writers, plus you can read some of the best stories submitted by other kids. Click here to visit the website.
In October of this year a new book entitled The Chronicles of Harris Burdick is scheduled to be released. This book will feature stories inspired by the original Harris Burdick drawings by fourteen well-known authors, including such children's favorites as Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Louis Sachar, Lemony Snicket, and more. I know I am looking forward to reading these stories from the imaginations of some of my favorite authors.
So why not check out The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and see how this book sparks your own imagination? Write a story, create a drawing, or just share this mysterious book together with a friend or loved one.
This year 3rd - 5th graders across the state of Kansas voted for their favorite nominated book for the 2011 William Allen White Book Award. The votes have been counted, and the results are in. The winner is:
Swindle by Gordon Korman
Next year's nominees for the 2012 William Allen White Book Award can now be found on our website.
The winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards for 2011 were announced on May 2. Here they are:
Author of the Year
Illustrator of the Year
Book of the Year for K - 2nd
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
Book of the Year for 3rd - 4th
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Book of the Year for 5th - 6th
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Congratulations to all the winners. And remember May 2 - 8 is National Children's Book Week!
Kids, here is your chance to cast a vote for the Children's Choice Book Awards for 2011. Just click here, choose your grade, and then vote for your favorite book, author and/or illustrator from the lists on the ballot. The last day to vote is Friday, April 29. The winners will be announced on May 2, which just happens to be the first day of Children's Book Week..
This is your chance to voice your opinion about the kind of books you like to read. And if you haven't read all the finalists on the ballot, why not stop by the library and pick up a copy? Maybe you'll discover a new favorite book!
Are you a fan of the "39 Clues" books? Then you'll be happy to know that the latest title, Vespers Rising (Book 11) by
Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson, is now available at the Olathe libraries. You can get yourself on the waiting list or check to see if one of our Hot Pick copies is on the shelf the next time you visit the library.
Hard-core fans may also be interested in another new book, The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buired Secrets by Mallory Kass. This book lays bare each hidden fact, concealed strategy, top agent, lost founder, secret base and hushed-up scandal of the Clue hunt. This complete guide to the Cahills contains information on all five branches, including the notoriously elusive Madrigals. There is currently a waiting list for this title, but we also have Hot Pick copies at both Olathe libraries.
Hey kids, you have three opportunities see a free movie this week at the library! Below is the schedule of movies, times, and locations. Everyone is welcome. No registration necessary. Bring a friend and enjoy the show!
HOLES (Rated PG - 117 minutes)
Thursday, April 14
7:00 p.m. at the Main Library
CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (Rated PG - 82 minutes)
Friday, April 15
2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library
NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS (Rated PG - 109 minutes)
Friday, April 15
2:00 p.m. at the Main Library
The library's first ever LEGO Contest was a great success. Twenty-two kids in grades K-5th brought their orignal LEGO creations to the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday. There were some very creative designs including futuristic vehicles, spaceships, a covered wagon, an egg basket, animals, even Mickey Mouse. It was great fun to see what these skillful and imaginative LEGO lovers came up with.
Our judges had their work cut out for them in awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in two grade categories: K - 2nd and
3rd - 5th. The public also got to vote on their favorites. There was some stiff competition. Below are the winners.
1st place in K - 2nd category: Savindu B.
1st place in 3rd - 5th category: Riley D.
2nd place in K - 2nd category: Jonathan O.
2nd place in 3rd - 5th category: Matthew T.
3rd place in K - 2nd category: Nathan T.
3rd place in 3rd - 5th category: Alex G.
There were also four Honorable Mention ribbons awarded: Eli K., Garrett S. and Aidan D. in the K - 2nd category and Liam D. in the 3rd - 5th category.
Congratulations to our winners! And thanks to our enthusiastic judges: Andrea Siemsen, Shelly Souders, and Kathy Ledbetter.
Here are a few of the wonderful designs our contestants created.
There was so much interest in this program that we hope to do it again in future. If you didn't get a chance to come to our LEGO Contest on Saturday, you can still stop by the Main Library and see the winning designs on display during the month of April. Thanks to everyone who participated and made this such a fun event!
The Children's Department at the Main Library will be closed on March 28 & 29 for re-carpeting. The rest of the library will be open and operating as usual, and the Children's Department at the Indian Creek Branch will also be open. We plan to be back up and running as normal on Wednesday, March 30. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Spring Break is just around the corner. The library will be offering a variety of fun activities for kids during the week. Here is a list of what's going on.
Free Movie - A Wrinkle in Time
Monday, March 14 @ 2:00 p.m.
This movie is rated PG with a running time of 128 minutes. No registration necessary. All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and young must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor.
Sudoku for Beginners
Tuesday, March 15 @ 2:00 p.m.
This program is for 3rd - 5th graders. Come learn the basics of the popular number puzzle Sudoku. Registration is required. Register at either library or call (913) 971-6874. Program will last about an hour.
Spring Break Cookie Decorating for Kids
Tuesday, March 15 @ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch
Wednesday, March 15 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Come decorate a cookie in celebration of spring! The program is open to all kids 5th grade and younger. No registration necessary. Come and go as you please. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Free Movie - Darby O'Gill & the LIttle People
Thursday, March 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this movie classic about leprechauns set in Ireland. This movie is rated G with a running time of 91 minutes. No registration necessary. All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and young must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor.
Free Movie - Despicable Me
Friday, March 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch
This movie is rated PG with a running time of 95 minutes. No registration necessary. All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and young must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor.
R.E.A.D. to a Dog
Saturday, March 19 @ 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Children of all ages may drop by the library and read to a cuddly canine during the times listed above. Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time. Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. No advanced registration necessary. For more information, call (913) 971-6874. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets of Life, Inc.
Family Chess Night
Monday, March 21 @ 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch
Come play chess with a worthy opponent at Family Chess Night. Boards and equipment will be provided. All ages and playing levels welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration.
Don't forget---there will no storytimes, Rhyme Time, or To Be Continued programs during the week of Spring Break, but there are lots of other fun things going on. And as always, we have shelves of great books and movies for you to check out and enjoy at home. So make the library one of your Spring Break destinations!
The next time you are at the Main Library check out the wonderful display of children's art by elementary students from the Olathe School District. There is a variety of 2-D and 3-D work on the walls and in the display cases in the Children's area. The fun, colorful artworks will be sure to brighten your day.
The exhibit is scheduled to be up from February 17 through March 31. You may view the art anytime the library is open. Help support the arts in our schools, and don't miss your chance to see these special creations from some of the talented young artists in our community.