National Poetry Month

"WHY POETRY?"
by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Why poetry?
Why?

Why sunsets?
Why trees?

Why birds?
Why seas?bookstack2

Why you?
Why me?

Why friends?
Why families?

Why laugh?
Why cry?

Why hello?
Why good-bye?

Why poetry?
That's why!

April is National Poetry Month.  What better time to read a few poems?  The library has a great collection of poetry books.  Most can be found in the nonfiction section in the 811's. 

Some fun children's poets worth checking out include Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Douglas Florian, Janet Wong and Bruce Lansky, just to name a few.  And if you'd like to try your hand at writing some poems of your own, you might enjoy Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem, Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out, and How to Write Poetry.  National Poety Month is the perfect time to visit the library!

Fantastic Fossils @ the Library

dinoskeletonDid you ever think it would be fun to dig for dinosaur bones?  Come to the library and meet Science City paleontologist "Dino Matt" Christopher on Friday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  (There is no school that day!)  He'll talk about where fossils are found and show the tools used to dig them up.  You'll even have the chance to see some real fossils up close!

This program is for K - 6th graders.   Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The program will last about an hour.  Don't miss the Fantastic Fossils @ the Library!

Here Come the Trains!

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Do you like trains?  Then be sure to stop by the Indian Creek Branch Library on March 27 or 28, and check out the awesome model railroad display in the large meeting room.  Model trains will be running during the following times:

Saturday, March 27 between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 28 between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about model railroading and the display.  Participating train groups include Operation Lifesaver, Turkey Creek Division of the National Model Railroad Association, Mo-Kan RailJoiners Model Railroading Club, and more.  This train display was very popular at the Main Library last December.  Now you have another chance to see it.  Don't miss these model railroad trains in action!

Got Spring Break Plans?

kids_cat_not_stars_150Looking for something fun to do during your spring break?  Why not make a visit (or two) to the Olathe Public Libraries?  Of course you can always find a ton of great of books to read, but the library will also be offering a variety of special programs and activities during the week.  Here's the rundown:

March 15 - Free Movie - Ponyo - For all ages
            4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
March 16 - Build a Tune at the Libray! - For 3 year olds - 2nd grade
            10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch  (NOTE:  Program is full.)
March 17 - Build a Tune at the Libray! - For 3 year olds - 2nd grade
            10:15 a.m. at the Main Library  (NOTE:  Program is full.)
March 17 - Free Movie - Ponyo - For all ages
            2:00 p.m. at the Main Library
March 17 - Cookie Decorating Program - For kids of all ages
            2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
March 18 - Cookie Decorating Program - For kids of all ages
           11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Main Library
March 20 - R.E.A.D. to a Dog - For young readers of all ages
            1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
March 22 - Family Chess Night - For all ages
            6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Indain Creek Branch

For more information about these and other library programs for kids, visit the Programs page on our website or pick up a programming booklet in Children's Services at either Olathe library.  Have a great spring break!

Madame Ambassador

kpatersonDid you know there is a National Ambassador
for Young People's Literature?  The Library of Congress recently named children's author Katherine Paterson as the new ambassador.
Ms. Paterson is the two-time Newbery award-winning author of such books as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved.  She has also won the National Book Award twice.  

Paterson will serve a two year term as ambassador working to raise national awareness of the importance of young people's literature.  She has chosen "Read for Your Life" as the platform during her ambassadorship.  She is succeeding the first children's ambassador, Jon Scieszka, author of such classics as The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  Congratulations Ambassador Paterson!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie

You've read the books. Now you can see the movie!  The film version of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular book Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits theaters on Friday,
March 19.  Watch the trailer here:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie.

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Read Any Good Books Lately?

kids_dog_no_starsWhat was the last good book you read?  We'd love to hear about it.  Click here to tell us a little bit about the book, and we'll post your review on our Kid Picks page.  (We will only use your first name and grade when posting your review.)  Our Kid Picks page is a great place to find out what other kids are reading and to share with others what you are reading.

Attention Homeschoolers

This spring the Olathe Public Library is offering a series of programs geared specifically to homeschool students, ages 6 -12.  Each of these programs will compassfocus on a different topic.  The first program is entitled "You Are Here: Learning About Maps" and will be on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  You will learn about maps, gain some basic map reading skills, and then go on a library scavenger hunt using a compass.  Registration is required and begins on Monday, February 15.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The program will last 45-60 minutes.

Here is the complete list of homeschool programs being offered:

You Are Here: Learning About Maps
Tuesday, March 2  - 1:00 p.m @ Main Library
Registration begins on February 15

Cool Collage
Tuesday, April 6 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Registration begins on March 22

What Should I Read Next?
Tuesday, May 4 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Registration begins on April 19

For more information call (913) 971-6874.

Checkmate!

chessboardDo you like to play chess?  Would you like a chance to develop your chess-playing skills?  Then we invite you to our Family Chess Nights at the library.  All playing levels are welcome. Boards and equipment will be provided by the library.  During the school year Family Chess Nights occur on the first Monday of the month at the Main Library and on the fourth Monday of the month at the Indian Creek Branch.  No registration is required.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Here is a list of upcoming dates and times:

Monday, February 22 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch
Monday, March 1 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Monday, March 22 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch
Monday, April 5 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Monday, April 26 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch
Monday, May 3 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Monday, May 24 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch

So mark your calendars, and come play with a worthy opponent.  Checkmate!

And the Winner Is...

whenyoureachmeThe winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  In this book twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future.  These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot.

Four books were chosen as Newbery Honor books:  Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.

lionandmouseThe winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal is
The Lion and the Mouse written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.  In glowing colors, Pinkney's textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends in this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop's classic fable.

Two titles were named Caldecott Honor books:  All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman.

Other 2010 award winners include:

Geisel Award:  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes
Coretta Scott King Author Award:  Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:   My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr. and written by Langston Hughes
Belpre Author Award:  Return to Sender by Julie Alvarez
Belpre Illustrator Award:  Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Pat Mora
Sibert Medal:  Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

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