Spooky Poems & Songs

Halloween is just around the corner.  What better time to read a spooky poem or two?

"Mary Had a Vampire Bat"
by Judy Sierra (from the book Monster Goose)

vampireMary had a vampire bat.
His fur was black as night.
He followed her to school one day
And promised not to bite.
She brought him out for show-and-tell;
The teacher screamed and ran.
And school was canceled for a week,
Just as Mary planned.

"The Goblin"
by Jack Prelutsky (from the book It's Halloween)

goblinThere's a goblin as green
As a goblin can be
Who is sitting outside
And is waiting for me.
When he knocked on my door
And said softly, "Come play!"
I answered, "No thank you,
Now please, go away!"
But the goblin as green
As a goblin can be
Is still sitting outside
And is waiting for me.

Or how about a creepy song?

"Home of the Strange"
( to the tune of "Home on the Range")
words by Kelly DiPucchio (from the book Sipping Spiders Through a Straw)

ghostOh, give a me a home
where the Boogie Men roam,
where the ghosts and the green goblins play.
Where there aren't any phones,
only grunts, shrieks, and moans
and the flies are all welcome to stay.
Home, home of the strange,
where the feared and the freaks come to play.
Where the stench in the air,
comes from goon underwear
and the kids are all pasty and gray.

For more spooky, creepy fun try Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich or Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex, Monster Motel by Douglas Florian, Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam, and The Scary Book by Joanna Cole.

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Did you know September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month?  A library card is the smartest card in your wallet.  Why?  Because with a library card you can:

-- Check out books, books, and more books
-- Check out movies on DVD and VHS tapes
-- Check out magazines just for kids
-- Check out games for computers, Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation
-- Check out music CDs
-- Use internet computers at the library
-- Search the library catalog from your home computer
-- Place holds on books, movies, and more from your home computer or at the library
-- Renew library materials from your home computer or over the phone
-- Use eletronic resources, like World Book Online and Searchasaurus, from your home computer or at the library
-- Download audiobooks, music and videos from our website

And the best thing of all is a library card is absolutely free!  Anyone can get a library card, but children under 16 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign their application form.  If you would like to get a library card, stop by the library with your parent and we can help you.

Always guard your library card with care because you are responsible for anything checked out on your card.  If you ever lose your card, let the library know immediately so we can make sure no one else tries to use your card.  There is a $2.00 charge to replace a lost card.  So keep track of your card!

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, but we hope you'll use your library card all year long!  It's the smartest, best deal around.

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Homework Help

writerOne thing you can always count on with the arrival of a new school year is homework!  And another thing you can count on is the library being here to help you.  No, we won't do your homework for you, but we will try to help you find the information and resources you need to get your homework done.

Did you know you can get live Homework Help through the library's website?  You can talk with a live tutor via the internet everyday between 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Trained tutors are available to help 4th - 12th grade students with math, science, social studies, and English.  All you need to get started is your library card and PIN.  Click here to learn more and get connected.

The library also offers a number of free electronic resources that can be accessed both at home and at the library.  Again, all you need is your library card and PIN.  These resources include:

EBSCO Animals - This encyclopedia of animals offers in-depth information on a variety of topics relating to animals.

Biography Resource Center - Search for biographies of individuals in a wide range of subjects, including government, history, science, sports, the arts, and entertainment.

Primary Search - This resource provides full text articles from more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines.

World Book Online - This is an electronic version of the classic encyclopedia.

Searchasaurus - This dinosaur-themed research tool provides access to several student-oriented databases.

You can find other electronic databases by clicking Online Resources on the menu at the top of this page.

As you can see, your library card is a free ticket to a wealth of information.  If you don't know your PIN number, call or come into the library with your library card number and we can look it up for you.  Have a great school year, and don't forget that your library card is one of your most valuable school supplies!

William Allen White Award Nominees for 2009-10

wawcoinWould you like to get a head start on reading some of the books nominated for the 2010 William Allen White Award? The lists of nominees can now be found on our website. Click here to see the titles. Because these books are sometimes in high demand, you may have to place a hold and get on the waiting list. And don't forget to check out our Hot Picks section at the library. We may have additional "non-holdable" copies of these books available in that section even when there is a waiting list.

Do You Speak Mango?

mangoJust kidding.  Mango is not a language, but Mango is a new online language-learning resource available through the Olathe Public Library's website.  You can use Mango to study a number of languages, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and more all from the convenience of your home computer or here at the library.  All you need to get started is your library card and PIN. 

Each lesson features an easy-to-follow interface with clear, simple instructions along with audio from native speakers.  Mango is not geared strictly to kids, but all ages can learn from this resource.  You can access Mango from our Electronic Databases page (under the Online Resources drop-down menu on our website).  Mango offers a free, fun and convenient way to learn a new language.  Give it a try!

Finale Fun!

A fun time was had by all at our summer finale on August 15 at the Scarborough Elementary gymnasium.  Over 275 people enjoyed the amazing antics of juggler Richard Holmgren and his Flying Debris Show!  He kept the crowd enthralled by juggling balls and pins, spinning plates, balancing baskeballs, even catching a bowling ball on his head, and he kept us laughing the whole time.  It was a great show and a terrific way to end the summer.  The Olathe North High School drum line also made a special appearance.

If you missed this exciting event or would like to see more of the Flying Debris Show, you'll have another chance.  Richard will be the featured performer at Old Settlers on Thursday night, September 10, at 6:00 p.m.  Word has it he will be juggling machetes and fire that night!  Below are some photos of our finale fun.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading Finale

We have one more fun event up our sleeves before we call it quits for the summer.  Our Summer Reading Finale will be held on Saturday, August 15, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary School, 2000 Lindenwood Drive.  The featured entertainment will be the Flying Debris Show featuring juggler extraordinaire Richard Holmgren.  You won't want to miss this amazing and hilarious juggling act.  He might even attempt to catch a 10 pound bowling ball on his face!

No registration is required.  The entire family is welcome.  This is a great way to celebrate the end of summer and all the great reading you did!  This program is generously sponsored by Olathe Reads.  We hope to see you there.

Return Your Reading Folder

folder1It's time to return your summer reading folders to the library.  We can't wait to see that list of good books you've been reading!  Bring your folder in to either Olathe library between August 3 - 16 and receive your free paperback book.  There will be a wide variety of titles to choose from.  Come early for the best selection.

We will let you keep your reading folder. That way you can take your folder back to school this fall and show your teachers all the great reading you did this summer.

Be Creative---Dance!

What do you like to do at the library?  Read books?  Play computer games?  dancersCheck out movies?  How about dance?  That's right, DANCE!  On Saturday, July 25, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. we will be having an after-hours Sock Hop at the Main Library.  This dance will be for 1st - 6th graders and their families.  Refreshments will be served, and there will be a live DJ!  Registration is required and will begin on July 17.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  So put on your socks and your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down at the library!

Bill Nye DVDs

billnyeAre you a fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy?  If so, you'll be happy to learn that the Olathe Public Library has added a hefty number of Bill Nye DVDs to its collection.  We now have over fifty DVDs featuring the "Science Guy" covering a wide variety of fascinating topics---from spiders to comets to the human brain.  You're sure to find something that sparks your interest.  You will find them in the J Nonfiction DVD section.  Come in and browse the shelves to see what's available or check the library's web catalog.

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