The Kansas City metro area libraries (including Olathe) are having an election for favorite book characters.Â There are four pairs of running mates.Â You are encouraged to stop by either Olathe library and cast your vote.Â You may vote anytime between October 14 - November 4.Â Below isÂ a sampleÂ ballot listing the candidates.Â May the best team win!
With all the growing excitement about the upcoming presidential election, here's a chance for you to cast a vote for your favorite books.Â On the Vote for Books website, kids have been voting since January 1 for their all-time favorites.Â They are down to eight finalists in four categories:Â favorite picture book, favorite chapter book, favorite series for young readers, and favorite series for older readers.Â You have until October 13 to cast your "Round 2" vote.Â AfterÂ that the top two titles in each category will face off with each other for the ultimate winner.Â You may cast your final "Round 3" votes beginning October 13.Â The winners will be announced on Election Day, November 4.Â So click here to vote now!
You may also voteÂ for your favorite book characters right here at the library between October 14 - November 4.Â Stay tuned for details.
Libraries across America are celebrating Banned Books Week September 27-October 4.Â This is an annualÂ celebration of our freedom to read and a reminder not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.Â LibrariansÂ work diligently to provideÂ access to all ideas, information, and viewpoints.
Among the ten most challenged books of 2007 are the children's titles And Tango Makes Three, Olive's Ocean, The Golden Compass, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and It's Perfectly Normal.Â The most challenged books between the years 2000-2005 include the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the Scary Stories books by Alvin Schwartz and the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey.
Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week by readingÂ a book of your choice!
Do you love books?Â Do you love dogs?Â Then come practice your reading by reading aloud to a friendly dog at the library.Â Here is our Read to a Dog schedule for the rest of the year:
Saturday, October 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, November 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, December 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
No advanced registration is necessary, but reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.Â Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time.Â R.E.A.D. trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.Â For more information call (913) 971-6874.
Did you know September 7 is National Grandparents Day?Â Â It's the perfect time to tell that special grandma or grandpa in your life how much you love them.Â Of course, any day is a great day to do that!
The library hasÂ all kinds ofÂ books about grandparents.Â Maybe on Grandparents Day you and your grandparent could share a good book together.Â Here are just a few suggestions:
The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr
The Grandma Book by Todd Parr
Grandparents Are the Greatest Because-- by Adele Aron Greenspun
Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate by Carol Diggory Shields
Hooray for Grandparent's Day by Nancy L. Carlson
My Grandma - Mi Abuelita by Ginger Foglesong Guy
Grandparents Song by Sheila Hamanaka
What Cried Granny! by Kate Lum
Gus and Grandpa books by Claudia MillsÂ
There are many other great books featuring grandmas and grandpas at the library, including chapter books, nonfiction books, and even poetry.Â Stop by the library, and we'll be glad to help you find that perfect book.
Our 2008 Summer Reading Club has officially come to an end.Â Nearly 6000 children received summer reading folders this year.Â That's more than ever before!Â We hope you will all take your reading folders to school and show your teachers all the great books you read over the summer.
Our grand finale was held on Saturday, August 16, at Olathe East High School.Â More than 350Â kids and adults came to celebrate and join in the fun.Â Magician Devin Henderson kept everyone mesmerized with his amazing magic and in stitches with his hilarious humor.Â
Craig Toungate from Austin, Texas, entertained the crowd with his lively renditions of Disney tunes and other fun songs.Â Some kids just couldn't resist getting up to dance!
We hope you all had as much fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" as we did.Â It's been a great summer!Â
Did you know August 13th is Left-Handers Day?
Are you left-handed?Â If so, you are in good company.Â Â According to the Famous Left-Handers website, 4 out of the 5 last U.S.Â Presidents were left-handed: Â Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.Â And the next president is also likely to be left-handed, as both Barack Obama and John McCain are southpaws.Â Other famous left-handers include Alexander the Great, Michelangelo, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few.Â Let's hear it for lefties!
It's been a great summer of buggy fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" andÂ the library has been one happening place.Â June was a record-breaking month with more items checked outÂ in a singleÂ month than ever before.Â But guess what!Â June's record didn't last long because July was an even bigger month!Â That means this summer we hadÂ our two busiest months in the library's history!Â 277,611 items were checked out from the two Olathe libraries during June and July.Â Apparently, a lot of OlatheansÂ caught the reading bug this summer.
Well, the fun isn't over quite yet.Â We have one big final event left.Â Our Summer Reading Finale will be held on Saturday, August 16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, at Olathe East High School.Â Magician Devin Henderson will be performing his amazing feats of magic, and Craig Toungate, a featured singer on recordings released by Disney, will be performing music for the whole family.Â Everyone is invited to this fun, free program.Â It will be a great way to celebrate all the reading you did this summer!
Would you like aÂ FREE book?Â All you have to do is return your summer reading folder to the library between August 1-17.Â Just bring your folder in to either Olathe library, show us what you read this summer, and pick out a free paperback book.Â Come early for the best selection.Â You will also be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $50 gift certificateÂ for Borders Books!Â And if you don't have a reading club folder, it's not too late.Â You can still pick one up at the library and write down the books you've been reading.Â If you still need some stickers for the back of your folder, we can fix you up with those, too, while supplies last.
Congratulations on all of the reading you've been doing.Â We suggest you take your folder with you when you return to school this fall.Â Your teacher is sure to be impressed with all the books you read over the summer.Â Great job!!
Calling all artists going into grades 1st-6th!Â Get out your paper, pencils, markers, and crayons, and get busy working on that beautiful masterpiece.Â The deadline for entering our Summer Drawing Contest is Sunday, July 20.Â Drawings can be no larger than 9" x 12".Â The artwork must be done on your own (no help from parents or siblings!) and drawn by hand.Â Your drawing must include the theme of libraries, books, reading or insects.Â One entry per person.Â You may pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or download it here.Â You may also click here to see some of the drawings alreadyÂ submitted to the contest.
Entries will be judged by grade, and the winners will be announced on July 28.Â Winning drawings will be displayed at the Main Library August 1-15 and at the Indian Creek Branch August 18-31.Â If you have any questions, call (913) 971-6874.