New Carpet

After being closed for a week, the Main Library (201 E. Park) is open again for business. Come check out our new look. We have new carpeting throughout the building and some slightly different furniture arrangements at our Circulation and Adult Reference desks. Thank you for your patience during our renovation. We hope you'll enjoy your new updated library.

Main Library Closed May 11-17

zmy-documentsgreggimagesclosedThe Main Olathe Library located at 201 E. Park is having new carpet installed in May.  This means that the library will be closed May 11-17.  We are sorry for any inconvenience. 

The Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob will remain open during this time.  Please visit our branch location during this week for your library needs, and plan to visit the Main Library after May 17 to see our new, improved look!

2009 William Allen White Award Winners

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.  And the 2009 winners are:

clementine3rd-5th grader winner---
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

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Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

Congratulations to the authors of this year's award-winning books!  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.

Janet Wong Is Coming to Town

janetwong.gifAcclaimed 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.  Janet has written numerous children's books, including Buzz, Apple Pie 4th of July and The Dumpster Diver.  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.  Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear a well-known author read and talk about her books.  Registration is required!  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.

Summer Is Just Around the Corner

web-logo-09.jpgSummer 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.  Our summer reading theme will be "Be Creative @ Your Library."  We will be exploring creativity in all its many forms:  art, music, dance, theater, poetry, movies, literature, and more.  And of course, we hope everyone will read lots of great books over the summer.

You can find complete details about our summer activities by clicking here.  You can also download our summer flyer.  It all begins on Tuesday, May 26.  Make plans to attend our Summer Reading Kick-Off on that day or stop by the library anytime during the summer to get a summer reading folder to keep track of all the books you read.  Fido will be visiting the library every Friday again this summer.  And if you don't know about Fido, you'll have to make a Friday visit to the library and find out.  It's sure to be a fun and creative summer at the library.

Superman #1

superman1The very first Superman comic ever came out in June 1938.  It sold for the whopping price of 10 cents.  On March 14, 2009, over 70 years later, an original copy of this very same comic sold at auction for $317,200!  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.  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.  It's a bird!  It's a plane!  No, it's Superman!

The Underland Chronicles

Below is a "special guest" book review by Chris in the Circulation Department.

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The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins is a five book series marketed for children, but don't let that shape your expectations.  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.  Portrayed in a refreshingly realistic manner, Gregor is simply a great kid.  Thoughtful, considerate, self-sacrificing, and determined, he carries the story squarely on his shoulders.  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 Demonstration for Kids

Judo is a form of Japanese martial arts.  Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt was one of the first judo students in the United States?  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 graders during spring break.  Instructors from the After School Judo Academy will be doing demonstrations during the following times:

judo3.JPGMonday, 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.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  Be there or be square.

School Art Display

Stop by the Main Olathe Library and check out the colorful display of artwork by children from the Olathe District Schools.  There are drawings, paintings, prints, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and more.  Could there be a future Picasso in the bunch?  Come see for yourself, and support the arts in our schools.  The work of these talented students will be on display until April 3.

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Captain Underpants Rules

captunderpants.gifAre you a fan of Captain Underpants?  Do you like Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot books?  Is Dav Pilkey one of your favorite authors?  Then I've got a website for you.  You need to check out Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website o' Fun.  You can find out all about Dav's 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.  Check it out.

Do you have a favorite website that you think other kids would like?  Send us a comment and let us know about it.  We're always looking for fun and excellent websites.

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