This Saturday the state of Kansas will turn 150 years old. Happy Birthday, Kansas! How timely that this month marked the first time ever that a Kansas author has won the Newbery Medal for most distinguished children's book of the year. Clare Vanderpool of Wichita was awarded the Newbery on January 10 for her debut novel Moon Over Manifest.
How about celebrating the birthday of Kansas by reading a book by a Kansas author? You may have to get on the waiting list for Vanderpool's in-demand award-winning book, but there are other talented Kansas authors out there writing books for children. Here are a few to choose from: Brad Sneed, Jane Kurtz, Lisa Harkrader, Dian Curtis Regan, and Richard W. Jennings.
Happy Kansas Day and happy reading!
Did you know you can easily find lists of award-winning books in our new web catalog? Under the "Explore" tab, just click "Awards." This will take you to a list of book awards for children, teens and adults. The children's awards listed include Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, Pura Belpré Award, Robert F. Siebel Informational Book Award, and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Just click the award you are interested in and you'll be taken to a list of those books in our catalog. The results will include honor books as well as winners listed by year. This is one of the great tools in our new web catalog. See image below.
Today is a big day in the world of children's literature. It's the day the winners of the 2011 Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal are announced. Below are the winners and the honor books, along with some other award winners.
NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (a Kansas author!)
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER
A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing an African American author)
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing an African American illustrator)
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier
PURA BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing a Latino author)
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
PURA BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing a Latino illustrator)
Grandma’s Gift illustrated by Eric Velasquez
ROBERT F. SIBERT MEDAL (for distinguished informational book)
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD (for distinguished beginning reader)
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
For more information on these and other 2011 children's book awards, click here.
Storytime registration for the winter/spring sessions has begun. The library offers preschool storytimes for 3, 4 and 5 year olds and Time for Two storytimes for 2 year olds with an adult. You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.
We also offer a Family Storytime on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch and Rhyme Time programs for 12 - 24 month olds with an adult at both libraries. These programs do not require registration. Visit our Programs web page for times, locations, and more information about storytimes and other programs. You may also pick up a printed booklet of all our winter/spring programming at the library. If you have questions, give us a call.
The Children's staff at both libraries would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Stay warm and enjoy your time with friends and family. If you are looking for something fun to do while school is out, here are a few free opportunities at the library.
Bedtime Stories for a Winter's Night
Tuesday, December 28 - 7:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Bundle up in your jammies and bring the family to the library to listen to some bedtime stories. Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but everyone is welcome. Stuffed animal friends are welcome too!
Free Family Movie - How to Train Your Dragon
Monday, January 3 - 2:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Enjoy a free movie at the library! The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Seating will be on the floor so feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. How to Train Your Dragon is rated PG with a running time of 98 minutes.
Family Chess Night
Monday, January 3 - 6:30—8:00 p.m. @ the Main Library
Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Night. Boards and equipment will be provided. All ages and playing levels are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Free Family Movie - Despicable Me
Tuesday, January 4 - 2:00 p.m. @ the Main Library
Enjoy a free movie at the library! The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Seating will be on the floor so feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. Despicable Me is rated PG with a running time of 95 minutes.
Of course, there are always tons of great books and movies waiting to be checked out. It may be cold outside, but you can always curl up with a good book or movie. So come see us during your winter break.
PLEASE NOTE: Both libraries will be closed December 24, 25 and 26 and January 1.
The Children's staff at the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch have once again compiled a list of some of our favorite books from the past year---with maybe a few old favorites thrown in for good measure. If you are looking for a special book to give that special child on your holiday shopping list, we suggest you consider some of our staff picks. We've tried to select a wide variety of books for all different age levels: picture books, chapter books, easy readers, nonfiction, comics, and more. You're sure to find just the right book for your holiday giving.
All of the books on our Holiday Staff Picks list will be on display at both Olathe libraries through the end of the year. The books on display cannot be checked out, but we're always happy to request any titles for you. Click here to see the list. Copies of the list may also be picked up at the Children's Deparment.
More than 180 people enjoyed the train display at the Main Library this past weekend. Thanks to Louis Seibel for sharing his love of model railroads with us. It's always fun when the trains come to the library.
Attention train lovers! Model railroads are coming to the library! This weekend the Storytime Room at the Main Library will be filled with operating model trains. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about the display and model railroading. Everyone is welcome. Free!
Come see the trains during the times listed below:
Thursday, December 2 • 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 4 • 12::00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual statewide, preschool reading initiative. This year during the week of November 15-19, children all across the state of Kansas will be hearing the book Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres. This fun picture book is a rollicking celebration of planting a garden and watching it grow. Library staff from the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch will be reading this book to preschoolers at daycares and preschools throughout the city of Olathe. Miss Carlotta will also be reading the book at our library storytimes that week. It's a great way to promote the importance of reading to the preschool-aged children of our state.
If you are a fan of the "Wimpy Kid" books and have been anxiously anticipating the next title in this series, your wait is almost over. The fifth book entitled The Ugly Truth will be released next week. (It's purple!) In this new book the hilarious pressures of life inÂ middle school test Greg Hefflly's friendship with his best pal Rowley. There is already a waiting list for this book, but you can get your name on the list by placing a hold in our web catalog or by calling the library.