This time of year seems to be awards season—Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards, etc. In the world of children's literature it's all about the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal, two of the highest honors for authors and illustrators of children's book. The Newbery is awarded to the author of the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. The Caldecott is awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the previous year.
On Feburary 2 the winners of these two distinguished awards were announced for 2015.
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Nana in the City
The Noisy Paint Box
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
This One Summer
Congratulations to all the winners who create such wonderful books for us to read! It's hard not to feel like we, the readers, are the real winners.
While trying to tidy up my work area recently, I stumbled across an interesting poster buried under the piles on my desk. The poster was entitled "Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader." This rather tongue-in-cheek list first appeared in The Horn Book Magazine, the acclaimed publication about literature for children and young adults. I thought it was worth sharing.
THIRTEEN WAYS TO RAISE A NONREADER
Text © 2001 by Dean Schneider and Robin Smith from The Horn Book Magazine.
Our winter-spring storytimes will be starting up next week! The winter-spring session runs from January 26 through April 30. We offer Rhyme Time for 0 - 2 year olds with an accompanying adult, Toddler Time for 2 - 3 year olds with an accompanying adult, On My Own Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds who attend independently, and Family Storytime for the whole family. We also offer a Saturday Storytime once a month. None of our storytimes require registration, but for some storytimes tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the program begins on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more information on the different storytimes and exact times and locations. If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.
We also offer a special weekly storytime for daycare groups on Thursday mornings at 9:30 at the Olathe Downtown Library. We do require preregistration for the daycare storytimes. You may register your group by calling (913) 971-6874.
Read to a Dog on January 17 at Olathe Downtown has been cancelled. Our volunteers are not able to bring their dogs. Hopefully, our reading dogs will be back in February. We apologize for any incovenience.
Here's something you should know about. The Olathe Public Library is excited to now offer access to BookFlix through our website. BookFlix is a fun literacy resource that pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction ebooks. The books are geared to K - 3rd graders. BookFlix features more than 110 book pairs related to nine different themes. For instance, you can watch an animated video based on the easy reader Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold and then read the easy nonfiction book It's a Good Thing There Are Insects by Allan Fowler all online. There is no special software or login required. You will find many classic picture books as well as newer titles. You can access BookFlix through the Good Books page of our website and on our Cool Sites for Kids web page under "Books & Magazine." We hope you will take some time to explore this exciting new resource, just another one of the many cool things available through the Olathe Public LIbrary!
And for more online reading fun, don't forget the library also offers access to TumbleBooks!
Read to a Dog on January 3 at Olathe Indian Creek Library has been cancelled. Our volunteers are not able to bring their dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.
The Pajama Storytime on December 30 has been cancelled. The Olathe Indian Creek Library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m. due to techincal problems. We apologize for any inconvience.
Everyone knows that the Three Little Pigs built their houses out of 1) straw, 2) sticks and 3) bricks, right? Well, if you come
see the gingerbread houses on display at the Olathe Downtown Library, you may discover they built their houses out of
1) shredded wheat, 2) pretzels and 3) Hot Tamales candy! Children's librarian Rosemary Kasten and her sister have created a wonderful gingerbread house scene featuring the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. (Although the fate of the that first little pig is open to debate.) Be sure to check it out in the display case next time you are in the library. Maybe you'll get inspired to check out a book and build a gingerbread house of your own.
Our fall storytime session has ended, but your family still has one more opportunity to attend a library storytime before the end of the year. We will be offering a special Pajama Storytime at both Olathe libraries in December. Put on your jammies, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to some special bedtime stories! Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but the whole family is welcome. Program will last about 30 minutes. No registration.
Here are the times and locations:
Monday, December 15
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown
Tuesday, December 30
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek
For information about our winter-spring storytimes starting in late January, visit our Programs web page.
Once again the Children's Services staff at the Olathe Downtown and Olathe Indian Creek libraries have selected some of their favorite children's books from the past year, as well as some old favorites. Our Staff Picks list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles. As you are doing your holiday shopping, we hope you might consider the gift of books for those special children on your shopping list. Perhaps our list will give you some possible ideas. Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library. Both libraries also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse. However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year. We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you.
We hope you'll take time during the busy holiday season to read together as a family. Give the gift of reading.