T-shirts for Sale

tshirt1.jpgWhat's the hottest trend in the world of library fashion?  It would have to be these snazzy green "Catch the Reading Bug!"
t-shirts.  This year's t-shirt features the summer slogan on the front and has been customized with "Olathe Public Library" on the back.  And you can have your very own! 

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Our special summer t-shirts are available to buy at both Olathe libraries.  They cost $7.00 and are available in child and adult sizes.  So get your groovy shirt today while supplies last.

A special thanks to the Friends of the Olathe Public Library for providing these t-shirts for purchase.  It's a great way to support your local library while making a stunning fashion statement!

Summer Reading Kick-Off

web-logo.jpgOur 2008 Summer Reading Club starts off with a bang at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.).  This will be the beginning of our summer programming and the first day to pick up a summer reading folder.  Our theme for the summer is "Catch the Reading Bug!"

Kick-Off activities will include games, bookworm photos, worm races, buggy relays, live music, snacks, temporary tattoos, chess, t-shirt sales, and more.  All ages are welcome.  So come get your summer reading folder and join in the fun!  Summer reading folders will also be available at both Olathe libraries beginning the same day and throughout the summer.  In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be held on Thursday, May 29, at the same time and location.

For complete information about all of the many children's programs and activities going on at the library throughout the summer, click here.  It is sure to be a summer of buggy fun!

2008 W.A.W. Award Winners

The students of Kansas have voted, and the winners of the 2008 William Allen White Awards have been announced.

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A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray
by Ann M. Martin

 

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Airball: My Life in Briefs
by L.D. Harkrader

 

 

 

If you'd like to get a jumpstart on reading next year's nominated titles, you can find the complete list of 2008-09 William Allen White Award nominees on our website.

National TV Turnoff Week

Read a book.  Plant a garden.  Go for a walk.  Draw a picture.  Play a game.  Fly a kite.  Do a jigsaw puzzle.  Ride a bike.  Bake some cookies.  Shoot some hoops.  Write a story.  Climb a tree.  Visit a museum.  Play hide and seek.  Exercise.  Have a picnic.  Go fishing.  Clean your room.  Sing songs.  Do a craft project.  Play cards.

What do all these things have in common?  These are things you can do instead of watching TV!  Did you know the average American watches morepulltheplug.jpg than 4½ hours of TV each day.  That is more than 2 months of non-stop TV watching every year!

Do you think you could live without TV for one whole week?  That's the challenge during National TV Turnoff Week, April 21-27.  Families all across America will be turning off their televisions for the entire week.  Is your family up to the challenge?  You might be surprised at how many other fun things there are to do instead of zoning out in front of the tube.

So pull the plug during National TV Turnoff Week.  We dare you!  Then send us a comment and tell us what you did during your no-TV week.

By the Numbers

Do you find numbers fascinating?  I do.  I guess I'm just a math nerd at heart.  I've recently run across a "number" of books that have sparked my fascination with all things mathematical.

checkerboard.jpgConsider this:  Take a regular checkerboard (64 squares) and place a penny on the first square.  Then put double that amount (two pennies) on the second square and then double that amount (four pennies) on the third square and then double that amount (eight pennies) on the next square.  Continue doubling the amount of pennies on each square until you get to the very last square.  How much money would be on that last square?  Would you believe 90,000 trillion dollars?  That's more money than is in the entire world!  Incredible, huh?  This is just one of the amazing facts I learned from the book Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book of Numbers by Johnny Ball.

catinnumberland.gifAnother interesting numbers book is The Cat in Numberland by Ivar Ekeland.  This book tells the story of the Infinity Hotel where the rooms are always full yet there is always room for more.  How is that possible?  Then Zero shows up and things get even more interesting.  And when the fractions arrive, all chaos breaks loose.  This book will have you looking at numbers in a whole new way.

How long do you think it would take to count to a million?  About 23 days.  And how long do you think it would take to count to a billion?  Would you believe 95 years?  Wow!  This is one of the interesting tidbits found in David M. Schwartz's book How Much Is a Million?  And if you're curious about even larger numbers, he has written another book called On Beyond a Million.  You can always "count" on finding a good book at your local library.

Pots for Petals

A group of children came to the library during Spring Break to paint some colorful flower pots in our Pots for Petals program on March 20.  Their bright, cheery creations made it feel like winter may actually be over!

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What's a Palindrome?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards.  It could be as simple as a word like "mom" or "dad" or "radar."  It could be a name like "Hannah" or "Bob."  It could be a phrase or sentence like "race car" or "Step on no pets" or "Rise to vote, sir."

potatopan.gifThe library has a number of books about palindromes, including several by author Jon Agee.  His palindrome books include
So Many Dynamos; Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!; Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis!; and Jon Agee's Palindromania.  Mr. Agee illustrates the palindromes with humorous black and white cartoon sketches.  They can be very funny!

Can you think of some palindromes?  If you need a little inspiration, come to the library and check out one of these great little books.

Froggy Fun

Leap Day was celebrated at the Main Library with some froggy fun.  Kids who attended a special program learned why February has 29 days every fourth year.  They heard some frog stories and riddles, made origami frogs, and participated in a frog-jumping contest and a "kiss the frog" game.

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Young Artists on Display

The annual exhibit of artwork by elementary students of the Olathe District Schools is now on display in the Children's Department of the Main Library.  The artwork will be up from February 22 through March 28.  Come check out this cool display and get inspired to make a little art of your own! 100_1205.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get To Know Your Library Staff - Gregg

Have you ever wondered about those people you see sitting behind the desk when you visit the library?  This is a new feature on our blog to help you get to know them just a little bit.  Each month we will profile a different Children's Department staff member at the Main Library or Indian Creek Branch.  They will tell you a little about themselves, what they like to do, what they like to read, and maybe some interesting trivia.  This month we are featuring Mr. Gregg.


               

seusspic2.jpgHi! My name is Gregg (I'm the one on the right), and I work at the Main Library. I've worked at the Olathe Public Library for over 15 years. Boy, does that make me feel old!

As a child the first book I remember reading all by myself was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss, and I'm still a big fan of his books.  They are true classics.  The Sneetches and Other Stories is one of my favorites.

homeofthebrave.JPGOne of the best books I've read recently is Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate.  It's a chapter book told in free verse about Kek, a young Sudanese refugee, who immigrates to Minnesota.  It tells of his struggles to adjust to the unfamiliar American culture while trying to come to grips with the horrors of his past.

Some of my favorite children's authors include Kate DiCamillo, Ruth White, Cynthia Rylant, Kevin Henkes, Madeleine L'Engle, Maira Kalman, Jon Agee, Petra Mathers, Eve Bunting, Jon Scieszka, James Marshall, Patricia Polacco...  I could keep going, but I'd better stop there.

I studied art in college and love to visit art museums and galleries and occasionally even create some art of my own.  I do a lot of the artwork in the children's area at the Main Library.  I like all kinds of music and play the guitar, recorder, and mountain dulcimer.  (If you're looking for some good children's music, let me recommend Bill Harley or John McCutcheon.)  I share my home with a sweet, black cat named Lorelei.  So if you ever notice strange clumps of black fur clinging to my clothes, that would be why!  One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Schweitzer:  "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

Well, that's just a little bit about me.  People often tell me I'm lucky to work at a library, and I have to agree!

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