Holiday Staff Picks 2009

bookbowOnce again the Children's staff at the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch have compiled a list of some of our favorite books from the last year---with maybe a few old favorites thrown in for good measure.  If you are looking for a special book to give that special child on your holiday shopping list, we hope you might consider some of our staff picks.  We've tried to select a wide variety of books for all different age levels:  picture books, chapter books, easy readers, nonfiction, poetry, and more.  You're sure to find just the right book for your holiday giving.

All of the books on our Holiday Staff Picks list will be on display at both Olathe libraries through the end of the year.  The books on display cannot be checked out, but we're always happy to request any titles for you.  Click here to see the list.  Copies of the list may also be picked up at the Children's Deparment.

Watch the Movie & Meet the Author

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This coming Sunday night, November 29, the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie A Dog Named Christmas will be shown on CBS stations at 8:00 p.m.  This movie is based on the novel by local Olathe author Greg Kincaid.  This is a movie for the whole family to enjoy.

Then on December 7 you will have the opportunity to hear the author himself speak.  Greg Kincaid will be at the Indian Creek Branch Library on Monday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. He will be discussing his book and the movie as well as the holiday foster home for pets program.  This is a family program for all ages, but registration is required.  Register for this program at the Adult Reference Desk at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6888.

Monarchs in Space

spaceshuttleUniversity of Kansas professor Chip Taylor has spent much of his career tracking monarch butterflies, but next week he will be tracking some monarchs to a place they've never been before. On Monday, November 16, three of Taylor's monarch caterpillars will be traveling to outer space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis and will eventually end up on the International Space Station. This project is designed to study the effects of gravity. Researchers hope the caterpillars will turn into butterflies sometime after Thanksgiving.  You can read more about this project at Monarchs in Space.

Storytime for Expecting Families

babystorkIs your family expecting a new baby? Join us for a special family storytime on Saturday, November 7, at 10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. We will read stories, sing songs, and talk about being a new big brother or big sister! No registration required. Stories will be geared to 3, 4 & 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome.

Day of the Dead Activity

More than 40 people came to make sugar skulls at our Day of the Dead program. Unfortunately, we had so many attend the program we ran out of skulls. Still everyone seemed to have a good time.
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Let's Learn French!

Bonjour! For the first time the Olathe Public Library is offering a Let's Learn French program for 4 & 5 year olds.  Children will listen to stories and learn some French.  frenchboy2Topics will include greetings, numbers, colors, animals, food, and clothing.  The four week session runs every Monday at 10:00 a.m. from November 2 - 23 at the Main Library.  Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The sessions will last 30 - 45 minutes. This program is for kids only.

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.

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