Hollywood continues to look to the world of children's books for upcoming movie projects. Two more popular children's book characters have just joined the roster of soon-to-be movie stars!
Fans of Captain Underpants will be happy to know that the pudgy underwear-clad superhero will soon be flying across the big screen. Dreamworks Animation has acquired the rights to turn the popular book series into an animated feature. They've been pursuing the author Dav Pilkey for the movie rights since 1997, and he finally decided the time was right.
Fans of Hank the Cowdog are also in for a treat. Hank, who has been the star of 58 books by John R. Erickson, will soon be making his big screen debut as well. Odyssey Pictures has acquired the rights to produce an animated movie of the much loved canine Head of Ranch Security. It is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Both of these projects are in the early stages of development, so you have plenty of time to read the books before the movies hit the theaters. We can only hope that the movies will be as good as the books!
At the Main Library 3rd - 5th graders had a fun time making Halloween candle holders just in time for the spooky holiday. It was a great activity for a no-school day.
The library's new LEGO Club has been wildly popular. If all you LEGO fans weren't able to get into this month's program, we have another LEGO building opportunity for you. On Monday, October 31 from 10:30 - 12:30, the Main Library will be hosting a "Bag o' LEGO Challenge." This is a drop-in program for K - 5th graders. You will be given a mixed-up bag of LEGO bricks and then use those pieces, along with your imagination, to build something awesome. No swapping or trading of bricks with other kids! That's part of the challenge and the fun. Your creations may be put on display.
This is a drop-in program for kids in grades K -5th. Come and go as you please. No registration is necessary, but space is limited. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by LEGO®.
The newest series of American Girl books features not one girl but two! Meet Marie-Grace and Cécile. The setting of the books is New Orleans in 1853. Marie-Grace is the daughter of a doctor who recently moved to New Orleans. Cécile comes from a prosperous family of free people of color. The two girls form an unlkely friendship as a yellow fever epidemic sweeps through the city. This new American Girl series is filled with inspiring lessons of compassion, courage, and friendship.
Meet Marie-Grace by Sarah Masters Buckey
Meet Cécile by Denise Lewis Patrick
Marie-Grace and the Orphans by Sarah Masters Buckey
Troubles for Cécile by Denise Lewis Patrick
Marie-Grace Makes a Difference by Sarah Masters Buckey
Cécile's Gift by Denise Lewis Patrick
The first official meeting of the Olathe Public Library LEGO Club was a ton of fun! LEGO enthusiasts in grades K - 5th gathered together to share their common love for LEGO bricks and build some imaginative creations. The theme for the month was "Machines." Kids worked individually and jointly to create their own original machines out of LEGO bricks. The finished products were then displayed for friends and family to see.
The next meeting of the LEGO Club will be on Tuesday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. You must register for this program. Registration begins on Monday, October 10. We encourage you to call as early as possible to register as space is limited. The September program filled up in a matter of hours. You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.
The Olathe Public Library had a special sleepover for stuffed animals this past weekend. There were games, storytime, food, and a little mischief. Take a look at what the animals did while everone was gone!
Each year during the last week of September libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. This year Banned Books Week runs from September 24 - October 1.
The American Library Association compiles a list of the top ten most challeneged or banned books each year. Over the past ten years here are some of the children's books that have made that notorious list.
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
- Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
- Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
- Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Did any of your favorite books make the list? Aren't you glad we have the freedom to read what we want? Here at the library we think it is worth celebrating. Celebrate Banned Books Week!
Once again the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library have caterpillars on display in the Children's Services areas. We have monarchs and black swallowtails. Come see these hungry caterpillars munching away as they prepare for the process of metamorphosis. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to check to see if they've transformed into chysalises yet. And if you're really lucky, maybe you'll catch them emerging as butterflies.
The library's summer hours will be ending this week. Starting Monday, August 22 both Olathe libraries will be open the following hours:
|Sunday||1:00 - 5:00|
|Monday - Thursday||10:00 - 9:00|
|Friday||10:00 - 5:00|
|Saturday||12:00 - 5:00|
These hours will be in effect throughout the school year. And don't forget that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Sunday, September 4 and Monday September 5 for the Labor Day weekend.
If you like to check out picture books, easy readers, or easy nonfiction books that come with a CD, you will notice a change taking place in the way these items are packaged. Our easy CD audiobooks used to be packaged in hanging plastic bags that contained the book along with the CD in a jewel case. We have just started getting rid of those plastic bags. The books will now have the CD contained in an envelope in the back of the book, and the books will be shelved on bookshelves like regular books. This is an on-going process so right now some audiobooks are still in hanging bags and some are on shelves.
The newly packaged books will say "CDAUDIO" on the spine. Whenever you return these items to the library, don't forget to return the CD with the book! Always be sure to check that the CD is securely in the evelope in the back of the book before returning. If you have any questions, just ask at the Children's Services Desk.