If you love dogs and you love books, then you're in luck! Children's books are full of dogs. There's Kipper and Spot and Angus and Carl. There's Clifford the Big Red Dog and Harry the Dirty Dog. There's Biscuit and Mudge. There's Skippyjon Jones (oh wait, that's a cat who thinks he's a dog). There's Ribsy and Old Yeller. There's even Walter the Farting Dog. The list goes on and on. Two of my favorites are Martha the talking dog from the picture books by Susan Meddaugh and Winn-Dixie from Because of Winn-Dixie. Do you have a favorite literary canine? Leave us a comment and tell us who your favorite "book dog" is.
Anyone who has ever read Charlotte's Web will be very familiar with Garth Williams's wonderful illustrations in that book. Who can think of Wilbur or Charlotte or Fern without picturing the artist's pen and ink drawings? The late Mr. Williams also illustrated such children's classics as Stuart Little, The Cricket in Times Square, and all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books. This month the family of Mr. Williams put 42 of his original drawings up for sale at an art auction. The original illustration for the cover of Charlotte's Web sold for $155,530! That's sure a lot of money, but for fans of E.B. White's classic story, the illustrations will always be priceless.
Do you have a presechooler between the ages of 3 - 5 who loves Max & Ruby? Then bring them to the library for a Max & Ruby party. There will be stories and lots of fun activities. Registration is required and begins on Monday, October 18. Parents should plan to attend with their children. The program will last 30 - 45 minutes. Here are the dates and times for "Let's Party with Max & Ruby!"
Monday, November 1 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Tuesday, November 2 - 1:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch
Did you know Live Homework Help is available through the library's website? Students in grades 4th through 12th can receiveÂ help in math, science, social studies or English from a live online tutor. Tutors are available every day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available for help with math and science 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. This is a free service offered through the library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Click here to learn more and get connected now.
On Thursday, October 7, 2010, you can help set a new world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. Last year more than 2.1 million people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This year people all across the country will try to break the record again by reading The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats. We will be reading The Snowy Day to children at the Indian Creek Branch on October 7 at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30 p.m. Drop by the libary and listen as we read for the record. The book will also be read that day at our Thursday morning storytimes at the Main Library. If you read The Snowy Day online at www.wegivebooks.org/readfortherecord before October 7, the Pearson Foundation will donate a free copy of the book to a child in need so that he or she can take part in this year's Read for the Record event. You can create a priceless memory for a young child. So read the book online before October 7, and then come join us on that date at the Indian Creek Branch as we read for the record.
Beginning Thursday, September 23, all children's VHS videotapes at the Main Library will be on sale for 25¢ each or 5 for $1. This will be our rock bottom price, so if you've been waiting to stock up, now is the time. Get 'em while they last! All sales are final. DVDs are not included in this sale. All the money made from this sale will be used to buy new children's DVDs for the library collection.
Are you a fan of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear? Then come to "Muppet Movie Madness" at the Main Library. We will be showing a different movie featuring the Muppets on alternating Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. from now until the end of the year. Here is the complete schedule:
THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (Rated G - 94 minutes) Tuesday, September 28 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND (Rated G - 73 minutes) Tuesday, October 12 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
MUPPETS FROM SPACE (Rated G - 88 minutes) Tuesday, October 26 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
FOLLOW THAT BIRD ((Rated G - 89 minutes) Tuesday, November 9 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND (Rated G - 100 minutes) Tuesday, November 23 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
KERMIT'S SWAMP YEARS (Rated G - 82 minutes) Tuesday, December 7 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (Rated G - 89 minutes) Tuesday, December 21 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket.
ABC News did a recent story about kids reading to dogs and the benefits of this experience for beginningÂ and reluctant readers.Â Watch the clip below. The Olathe Public Libraries offer children the opportunity to read toÂ a cuddlyÂ canineÂ twice a month in our Read to a Dog program.Â The complete schedule of dates, times, and locations are listed below.Â Just come to the Children's Desk upon your arrival and check in for a reading time.Â The time slots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.Â No advance registration.Â Â The dogs are trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.Â So come read to a dog on the following dates: Saturday, September 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, September 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, October 2 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, October 16 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, November 6 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, November 20 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, December 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, December 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library
"Caterpillars" by Aileen Fisher
What do caterpillars do? Nothing much but chew and chew. What do caterpillars know? Nothing much but how to grow. They just eat what by and by will make them be a butterfly, But that is more than I can do however much I chew and chew.
From the poetry book Cricket in a Thicket
Stop by either Olathe library and check out our displays of caterpillars in the Children's Department. We are anxiously watching and waiting for our caterpillars to transform into beautiful butterflies. Our displays include monarchs andÂ black swallowtails. Each time you visit the library this fall, be sure to see if the caterpillars have grown, if they have formed chrysalises, or if they have emerged as butterflies.
According to David M. Schwartz's book How Much Is a Million?, if one million kids stood on top of each other's shoulders, they would form a tower over 757 miles tall! (Mt. Everest is only 5 ½ miles tall.) How long do you think it would take to count to one million? Would you believe 23 days? That's right, 23 days of non-stop counting. Now imagine checking out one million items at the library! That's how many items have been checked out from the Olathe Public Libraries so far this year. Today we checked out our millionth item. That is a lot of books, movies, CDs and games! No wonder the library is always such a busy place.