Harp Music at the Library

Do you like harp music?  Have you ever seen a harp in person?  Come to the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday, February 26, at 1:00 p.m. and listen to harpist/music teacher Phaedra Miller play some harp music and talk about the instrument and how it is played.  You may even have the chance to touch and try playing a harp.

This program is for the whole family.  No registration is required, but space is limited.  We hope you'll come to the library this Saturday afternoon and enjoy some beautiful harp music.

Batty for Vampires

Vampires seem to be all the rage these days.  The library just got a new series called My Sister the Vampire.  Upon moving to Franklin Grove, eighth-grader Olivia Abbott, a pink-loving cheerleader, learns that she has a twin sister, Ivy Vega, whose "goth" appearance hides a secret.  It's weird enough to discover she has an identical twin she didn't know about, but it's even weirder to find out her twin is a vampire!

If you are a fan of vampires, below are some other chapter books you might enjoy.  You might
want to keep some garlic handy!

That Totally Bites by Ruth Ames
Vampire Island by Adele Griffin
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage
The Vampire in My Bathtub by Brenda Seabrooke
Vampire Breath by R.L. Stine
The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin
Help! I'm Trapped in a Vampire's Body by Todd Strasser

Perfect Pairs

The next time you are at the Main Library, check out our display of "Perfect Pairs."   Each pair consists of one fiction book and one nonfiction book on a popular topic, like dinosaurs, baseball, trains, soccer, or dogs.  We encourage you to check out both books to take home and enjoy.  Just leave the hearts bookmark and elastic band to be recycled.  As the books get checked out, the display is constantly changing.  Thanks to Miss Beth for this fun way to find some great books about your favorite things.

So have a Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!  Celebrate with a "perfect pair' of books.

Lights! Camera! Action! at the Library

This morning the Children's Department at the Main Library was buzzing with activity like the set of a Hollywood movie.  Some students from Ravenwood Elementary came to the library to be filmed by students from Olathe Northwest High School's
e-Communications department.  These students are helping us create a promotional video for our summer reading program.  When finished, this video will be shown at elementary schools throughout Olathe to let kids know about all the fun activities happening at both Olathe libraries this summer.


You are probably not thinking about summertime with snow covering the ground and temperatures hovering in the single digits, but here at the Olathe Public Library we are busy making preparations for our 2011 Summer Reading Program.  Stayed tuned for more exciting details!

Homeschool Programs

The library is again offering special programs for homeschoolers ages 6 - 11.  The programs will all be held at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  All the programs require advance registration.  Below is the schedule.

GAME DAY - We'll provide the games.  All you have to do is come and have fun!
Tuesday, February 22 - 1:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Registration begins February 7

WHAT DO I READ NEXT? - Looking for something new to read this summer?  We'll tell you about some new books in our collection and introduce you to some of our old favorites as well.  The titles discussed will be geared toward a 3rd - 5th grade readling level.
Tuesday, May 17 - 1:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Reigstration begins May 2

To register or get more information, call (913) 971-6874.

CD-ROMs for Sale

Due to advancing technologies, the library is getting rid of its CD-ROM collection.  Beginning Tuesday, February 1, all CD-ROMs will be on sale for $2 each.  This includes all children's and adult CD-ROMs.  Simply take the title you want off the shelf and pay for it at the check out desk.  No limit.  All sales final.

The final day to check out CD-ROMs is January 31.  After that they will be available for purchase only.  This is your chance to own your favorite CD-ROMs at an unbeatable price.  Come early for the best selection.

The money made from the sale of the CD-ROMs will be used to buy more new Wii, Xbox, and PS2 titles for the library's collection.  You get to buy those favorite CD-ROMs so we can buy more popular video games for the library.  It's a win-win situation!

Kansas Children's Authors

This Saturday the state of Kansas will turn 150 years old.  Happy Birthday, Kansas!  How timely that this month marked the first time ever that a Kansas author has won the Newbery Medal for most distinguished children's book of the year.  Clare Vanderpool of Wichita was awarded the Newbery on January 10 for her debut novel Moon Over Manifest.

How about celebrating the birthday of Kansas by reading a book by a Kansas author?  You may have to get on the waiting list for Vanderpool's in-demand award-winning book, but there are other talented Kansas authors out there writing books for children.  Here are a few to choose from:  Brad Sneed, Jane Kurtz, Lisa Harkrader, Dian Curtis Regan, and Richard W. Jennings.

Happy Kansas Day and happy reading!

Speaking of Book Awards...

Did you know you can easily find lists of award-winning books in our new web catalog?  Under the "Explore" tab, just click "Awards."  This will take you to a list of book awards for children, teens and adults.  The children's awards listed include Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, Pura Belpré Award, Robert F. Siebel Informational Book Award, and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.  Just click the award you are interested in and you'll be taken to a list of those books in our catalog.  The results will include honor books as well as winners listed by year.  This is one of the great tools in our new web catalog.  See image below.

Children's Book Awards for 2011

Today is a big day in the world of children's literature.  It's the day the winners of the 2011 Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal are announced.  Below are the winners and the honor books, along with some other award winners.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (a Kansas author!)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier
     Interrupting Chicken illustrated by David Ezra Stein

CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing an African American author)
     One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing an African American illustrator)
     Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier

PURA BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing a Latino author)
     The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan

PURA BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD WINNER (recognizing a Latino illustrator)
     Grandma’s Gift illustrated by Eric Velasquez

ROBERT F. SIBERT MEDAL (for distinguished informational book)
     Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD (for distinguished beginning reader)
     Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

For more information on these and other 2011 children's book awards, click here.


Storytime Registration

Storytime registration for the winter/spring sessions has begun.  The library offers preschool storytimes for 3, 4 and 5 year olds and Time for Two storytimes for 2 year olds with an adult.  You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.

We also offer a Family Storytime on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch and Rhyme Time programs for 12 - 24 month olds with an adult at both libraries.  These programs do not require registration.  Visit our Programs web page for times, locations, and more information about storytimes and other programs.  You may also pick up a printed booklet of all our winter/spring programming at the library.  If you have questions, give us a call.

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