Rebecca Rubin is the newest American Girl.Â Growing up in New York City in 1914, Rebecca celebrates treasured traditions passed down through her Russian-Jewish family.Â With a little creativity,Â she learns how to stay true to her heart as she follows her dreams in the big city.Â Read all about Rebecca in this new American Girl series written by Jacqueline Dembar Greene.
Read any good books lately?Â Hopefully, you are reading lots of great books this summer.Â If you haven't already, be sure to stop by either Olathe library and pick up a Summer Reading Club folder to keep track of all those books.Â Just write down the titles of everything you read and then return your folder to library between August 3-16 and get a free book!
Would you like to tell us about one of your favorite books?Â We'd love to hear about it.Â Click here to send us an online book review.Â Tell us what you liked about the book, and we will post it on our website.Â VisitÂ our Kid Picks page to see book reviews other kids have written.Â Maybe you'llÂ discover another good book to read this summer.
School's out for the summer!Â Do I hear a "Hip, hip, hooray!"?Â If you are looking for some fun things to do this summer, be sure to add the Olathe Public Library to your list.Â Our summer theme is Be Creative @ Your Library.Â There will be puppet shows, music concerts, chess and bunco games, book discussions groups, arts and crafts programs, a drawing contest, Spanish classes, free movies, a dance at the library...and, of course, tons of great books to read!Â Click here to read more about the exciting activities happening for kids or download our summer programs flyer.
Find Fido, one of our most popular summer activities, starts this Friday at both Olathe libraries.Â Stop by the library any Friday during the summer and look for Fido. Have a great summer!
After being closed for a week, the Main Library (201 E. Park) is open again for business. Come check out our new look. We have new carpeting throughout the building and some slightly different furniture arrangements at our Circulation and Adult Reference desks. Thank you for your patience during our renovation. We hope you'll enjoy your new updated library.
TheÂ Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob will remain open during this time.Â Please visit our branch location during this week for your library needs, and plan to visit the Main Library after May 17 to see our new, improved look!
This year approximately 50,000 3rd-8th graders across the state of Kansas voted for their favorite book from the William Allen White Award nominees lists.Â AndÂ the 2009Â winners are:
3rd-5th grader winner---
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
6th-8th grade winner---
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Congratulations to the authors of this year's award-winning books!Â If you'd like to get a head start on next year's reading, click here to find the list of 2009-2010 William Allen White nominees on our website.
Acclaimed children's author Janet Wong will be doing a storytime program for 3 - 6 year olds and their accompanying adults on Friday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.Â Janet has written numerous children's books, including Buzz, Apple Pie 4th of July and The Dumpster Diver.Â She also writes children's poetry books, like Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams and The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children.Â Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear a well-known author read and talk about her books.Â Registration is required!Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.
Summer is quickly approaching (though you might not know it by the weather we've been having), and exciting plans are underway at the Olathe Public Library.Â Our summer reading theme will be "Be Creative @ Your Library."Â We will be exploring creativity in all its many forms:Â art, music, dance, theater, poetry, movies, literature, and more.Â And of course, we hope everyone will read lots of great books over the summer.
You can find complete details aboutÂ our summer activities by clicking here.Â You can also download our summer flyer.Â It all beginsÂ on Tuesday, May 26.Â Make plans to attend our Summer Reading Kick-Off on that day or stop by the library anytime during the summerÂ to get aÂ summer readingÂ folder to keep track of all the books you read.Â Fido will be visiting the library every Friday again this summer.Â And if you don't know about Fido, you'll have to make a Friday visit to the library and find out.Â It's sure to be a fun and creative summer at the library.
The very first Superman comic everÂ came outÂ in June 1938.Â It sold for the whopping price of 10 cents.Â On March 14, 2009, over 70 years later, an original copy of this very same comic sold at auctionÂ for $317,200!Â Don't you wish you owned an original copy of that first Superman comic book?
The original Superman story was written by Jerry Siegel, and the artwork was done by Joe Schuster.Â If you would like to read more about Siegel and Schuster and how they came to create one of the most popular superheroes of all time, check out the book Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman.Â It's a bird!Â It's a plane!Â No, it's Superman!
Below is a "special guest" book review by Chris in the Circulation Department.
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins is a five book series marketed for children, but don't let that shape your expectations.Â The intense and continually expanding plot combined with impressive emotional depth and superb characterizations can easily draw in readers of any age.
Eleven-year-old Gregor and his thoroughly likeable family find themselves caught up in the brutal struggles of a secret world miles beneath New York City. A civilized yet militaristic community of humans share the Underland with large and intelligent creatures, including loyal bats, ferocious rats, and surprisingly noble cockroaches. Time and again, Gregor takes part in increasingly deadly missions in hopes of maintaining a fragile peace. But to do so he must go against his own gentle nature by gradually taking on the role of a warrior.
While this series boldly and admirably addresses such profound issues as racism, loss, the lasting costs of war, and even genocide, what most impressed me was Gregor himself.Â Portrayed in a refreshingly realistic manner, Gregor is simply a great kid.Â Thoughtful, considerate, self-sacrificing, and determined, he carries the story squarely on his shoulders.Â Especially in the epic final installment, Gregor the Overlander shows how much an exceptional child may be willing to suffer, and to lose, for what he knows is right.