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.
Judo is a form of Japanese martial arts.Â Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt was one of the first judo students in the United States?Â He eventually earned a brown belt.
If you would like to learn more about judo, the Olathe Public Library will be having two free judo demonstrations for K-6th gradersÂ during spring break.Â Instructors from the After School Judo Academy will be doing demonstrations during the following times:
Monday, March 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
at the Indian Creek Branch Library
Tuesday, March 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
at the Main Olathe Library
Registration is required.Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.Â Be there or be square.
Stop by the Main Olathe Library and check out the colorful display of artwork by children from the Olathe District Schools.Â There are drawings, paintings, prints, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and more.Â Could there be a future Picasso in the bunch?Â Come see for yourself, and support the arts in our schools.Â The work of these talented students will be on display until April 3.
Are you a fan of Captain Underpants?Â Do you like Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot books?Â Is Dav Pilkey one of your favorite authors?Â ThenÂ I've got a website for you.Â You need to check out Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website o'Â Fun.Â YouÂ can find out all about Dav'sÂ books, read a cartoon biography of the author, play groovy games, and all kinds of fun stuff.
This is just one of the cool websites for kids on our Cool Sites web page.Â Check it out.
Do you have a favorite website that you think other kids would like?Â Send us a comment and let us know about it.Â We're always looking forÂ fun and excellentÂ websites.
Do you have any good princess books?Â Do you have any easy books about horses?Â Do you have any picture books about trains?Â Where are your counting books?Â Got any dragon stories with pictures?Â Here at the library we get questions like this all the time.
In order to help you find picture books on some of the more popular topics,Â we haveÂ posted a Picture Book Finder on our website.Â Here you will find a list of popularÂ topics along withÂ various concepts like numbers, letters, colors, etc.Â The titles are linked to our catalog so you can see if a book is available at your nearest library, and you can also place a hold on any title.
So the next time you are looking for a picture book about fairies or books about a new baby in the family, check out our Picture Book Finder.Â We hope you will find this to be a useful resource.
President Barack Obama promised his daughters they could get a puppy after the Presidential campaign was over.Â Many people have weighed in on what kind of dog they think would be best forÂ the first family.Â If it were up to you, what kind of dog would youÂ choose for Sasha and Malia?
There is a long history of pets in the White House.Â The Bushes had two Scottish terriers named Barney and Miss Beazley and a cat nicknamed Willie.Â Chelsea Clinton had a cat named Socks when her dad was President.Â But not all Presidential pets have been so conventional.Â Did you knowÂ Thomas Jefferson kept two grizzily bear cubs on theÂ White House grounds?Â Â John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the East Room.Â Abraham Lincoln's son had a pet turkey,Â and Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca.
You can read all about theÂ differentÂ pets thatÂ haveÂ resided in the White House in the book Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis.Â Yes, even Presidents love their pets.