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.
Attention all chess aficionados! If you like to play the game of chess, how would you like to BE the game of chess? On Wednesday, August 24, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch, you will have to chance to participate in a live chess game for the whole family. Kindergartners through adult may participate as chess pieces. No experience is necessary. Costumes will be provided. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and begins on Monday, August 15. You may register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874. Come experience chess from a whole new perspective!
It's time to return your Summer Reading Folder and pick out your free paperback book! You may return your folder to either Olathe library anytime between August 1 - 15. Be sure to fill out the tab on your folder with your full name, school, and grade. We'll tear off the tab when you receive your free book.
After school begins, we'll let your school know that you participated in the library's Summer Reading Program. You can also take your folder to school and show your teacher all the great reading you did over the summer.
We've had a lot of fun this summer and hope you did too. And most of all, we hope you read a lot of terrific books! Bring back your folder and show us!
Wednesday was our final big program of the summer at the Bell Cultural Events Center. Musician Dino O'Dell kept everyone entertained and grooving to the music. What a great way to end our summer programming!
Do you have any genlty used LEGOS at home which you'd be willing to donate to the library? This fall the library will be starting a LEGOS Club for children in grades K - 5th. The club will meet once at month at the Indian Creek Branch for a fun time of creative building with LEGOS. Stay tuned for more details.
For now, we are seeking donations of LEGOS to be used in this new program. Any kind and any quantity of LEGOS are most welcome, but no Duplos (larger bricks) at this time. These donations would be permanent, so be sure these are things you no longer want or need. Just bring your donated LEGOS to the Children's Services desk at either Olathe library. We are excited about this new library program and hope you will help us get enough LEGOS for the club. If you have any questions, please call (913) 971-6874.
We still have openings in our book discussion groups for July. The group for kids going into 3rd and 4th grade along with their adults will be on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. They will be reading The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill. You may register at either Olathe library, but the provided copy of the book must be picked up at the Indian Creek Branch.
The group for kids going ino 5th grade along with their adults will be on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library. They will be reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. This book is a WIlliam Allen White Award nominee for
2011-12. You may register at either Olathe library, but the provided copy of the book must be picked up at the Main Library.
If you have any questions or would like to register, call (913) 971-6874. These will be the last book discussions of the summer. Sign up soon so you have time to read the book.
At last week's "Hit the Trail" program, children learned about the life of a pioneer and what it was like to travel on the Santa Fe Trail. They learned how to make butter, and Alexis from Mahaffie House even gave the kids a lesson in cracking a bull whip!