Children's author Claudia Mills visited both Olathe libraries a couple of weekends ago. The turnout was overwhelming! On Saturday 119 people came to the Indian Creek Branch Library to hear Ms. Mills speak and sign books. The following day 270 people came to the Main Library to meet the author and get their books signed. The children of Olathe obviously enjoy reading books by Claudia Mills and were excited for the opportunity to meet her in person. These events were a great partnership with the Olathe Public Library, the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, and the Olathe School District's F.R.E.D. Program. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make Ms.Mills' visit such a wonderful success.
Next time you are at the Main Library, be sure to check out the special LEGO display in the display case in the Chldren's area. Thanks to the KC Bricklab LEGO Users Group for sharing these fun LEGO creations with the library. But don't wait too long! This display will only be around until February 12.
It's one of the biggest days of the year for fans of books for young people. This morning the 2013 winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals were announced along with a slew of other awards. So without further delay, here are the winners (and honor books).
NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Time Lucky by Sheila Turnage
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER
This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen
CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS
Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenksi, written by Mary Logue
Click here to see a complete listing of other award winners for 2013, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (for most distinguished easy reader book), the Coretta Scott King Award (honoring African American authors and illustrators), the Pura Belpré Award (honoring Latino authors and illustrators), and other distinguished book awards for children and young adults.
Congratulations to all the winners! I think we, the readers, are the real winners for having all these wonderful books to read.
Acclaimed author Claudia Mills will be visiting both Olathe libraries this weekend! Ms. Mills is the author of many books for young people, including the Gus and Grandpa and Mason Dixon series. Her book Pet Disasters is the current selected title in the Olathe School District's F.R.E.D. program.
Here are the full details on Claudia Mills' visits at the Olathe Public Library:
Saturday, January 26
The author will be talk about her writing, answer questions about her books, and autograph books afterwards. This program is for 3rd - 8th graders and parents. Refreshments will be served. No registration required, but space is limited.
Sunday, January 27
Drop in to meet Ms. Mills, ask her about writing, have your books autographed, and enjoy refreshments.
These events are in partnership with the Olathe School District's Families Read Every Day program and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.
School is out on Monday, January 21. Are you looking for something fun to do on your day off? The Kansas City Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo will be visiting the Indian Creek Branch Library that afternoon. Kids will have the opportunity to see and hear different instruments of the orchestra as well as try the instruments themselves. This program is for kids in 1st - 5th grade, but parents and sbilings will be allowed to attend if space permits. Registration is required. Register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874. Program will last about an hour.
Here's the info:
Instrument Petting Zoo
Monday, January 21
Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062)
The Olathe Public Library is thrilled to once again be hosting a visit by Irish musician and storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin. Máirtín will be doing a special program for elementary aged kids while he is here. He will present an hour of stories and music for kids in K - 5th grade plus parents. We're sorry, but no children younger than kindergarten for this program. Here's the info:
Music and Stories from Ireland with Máirtín de Cógáin
Thursday, January 17
Main Library (201 E. Park, Olathe, KS 66061)
Registratioin is required. You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.
Máirtín will also be doing an after hours program for adults and teens at the Main Library on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. This program is entitled "Books and Bodhrans." Click here for more information. Registration is also required for the Friday evening program.
If you missed Máirtín's performance when he was here in Olathe last year, you won't want to miss him this time! And if you did catch him last time, you know you're in for a treat.
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.