One of my very favorite authors passed away last week.Â Madeleine L'Engle died on September 6 at the age of 88.Â L'Engle isÂ probably best know for her Newbery award-winning book,Â A Wrinkle in Time.Â She wrote more than 60 books for children and adults, including fiction, science fiction, poetry, plays, autobiographical works, and meditations on faith and art.
The world has lost a gifted writer, but the books she left behind will be cherished by many for years and yearsÂ to come.Â If you haven't read any of Madeleine's books, I recommend you check out A Wrinkle in Time the next time you are in the library.
The next time you are at the library be sure to check out our display of caterpillars in the Children's Department.Â This is a chance to observe the wonder of nature up close and personal.Â Over the weeks watch the progression as they munch away, build their chrysalises, and eventuallyÂ transform intoÂ beautiful butterflies.Â There are monarch butterfliesÂ and black swallowtails.Â Thanks to Joyce Goetz, Johnson County Master Gardener, for her assistance with this wonderful display.
The Children's Department has a new section of books called "Hot Picks" for kids.Â Â In this section you can find some of our most popular titles.Â Hot Picks booksÂ cannot be requested, check out for only 2 weeks, and cannot be renewed.Â This way even if a book has a long waiting list (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), you might get lucky and still findÂ a copy availableÂ on the Hot Picks shelf.Â Many of the current William Allen White awardÂ nominees may be found in the Hot Picks section, as well as some of the newer, popular children's DVDs.Â Just ask the librarian where the Hot Picks are!
Are you looking for a fun way to practice your reading skills?Â Then come to the Olathe Public Library and read to a book-loving dog!Â Below is a list of dates and times when trained therapy dogs will be at the Olathe librariesÂ waiting to hear a good story.Â Just come to the Children's Desk when you arrive and check in for a reading time.Â There are a limited number of slots which will be available on a first come, first served basis.Â You may bring a book from home or the library will have a selection of good books for youÂ to choose from.Â Here are the dates for the fall:
Saturday, September 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, October 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, November 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, December 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
No advanced registration is necessary.Â Dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.Â For more information call (913) 971-6874.
Summer is over, schoolÂ has begun,Â and that means it will soon be time to register for our Fall Storytime sessions.Â Registration for this fall's preschool storytimes and Time for Two sessions begins on Tuesday, August 28.Â We will also be offering Rhyme Time for 12-24 month olds at the Indian Creek Branch.Â Rhyme Time does not require registration.Â For more information and complete schedules, visit the Programs page on our website.
Come celebrate all the reading you did this summer atÂ our End of Summer ReadingÂ Celebration on Saturday, August 18, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.Â Â The celebration will include a free concert by the music group Funk Syndicate.Â Funk Syndicate's music spans the decades from the 60's to the 90's, including funk, R&B, soul, disco, jazz, swing, and classic rock.Â This is music the whole family will enjoy.Â
The event will take place at the food court area of the mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Â Funk Syndicate will perform two sets beginningÂ at 10:15 and 11:45Â a.m.Â There will also be a number of Wacky Banana inflatables to play on.Â TheÂ End of Summer Reading CelebrationÂ is being sponsored by the OLATHE READS organization.Â We hope you will all join us for this free, fun family event!
Friday, August 10, will be the lastÂ day to look for Fido at the library this year.Â And because it's the last time, there will be an extra special prize for everyone who finds Fido that day.Â Don't miss out!Â Come hunt for Fido one last time and getÂ your exciting reward!Â It will be the best Find Fido Friday ever!
Parents, we invite you to give us some feedback by filling out a brief survey about our summer reading program.Â Click here to complete the survey.Â Thank you.Â We appreciate your input.
Â August 1 is the first day to return your Summer Reading Club folder to the library and receive your free paperback book.Â Just bring your folder to the Children's Department, show us what you read this summer, and then pick out your very own book fromÂ the wide selection of titles.Â There will be plenty to choose from.Â And if youÂ are missingÂ any stickersÂ on the backÂ of your folder, stop by the Children's desk to get the ones you need.
You may return your folder anytime during the month of August, but come early for the best selection of books.Â And don't forget aboutÂ our Summer Reading Finale on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.
The summer of 2007 is an exciting one for fans of Harry Potter.Â Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts will soonÂ be seen onÂ the silver screen.Â Harry Potter and the Order of theÂ Phoenix willÂ be opening at a movie theater near you on Wednesday, July 11.Â
Then on July 21, the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter saga will be released.Â Everyone is speculatingÂ aboutÂ how it will all endÂ in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.Â Advance sales of this book have broken all records.Â The library currently hasÂ over 600Â people on the waiting list for this hot new title.Â If you want to get on the list, just call the library or place a hold through our library catalog.Â The library will also acquire some limited loan/non-request copies.Â If you're lucky, you may catch one of these on the shelf.
Do you have any theories on how the final book will end?Â What do you think is going to happen?Â Just click "Comments" below and tell us what you think.