Madeleine L'Engle 1918-2007

madeleine-lengle.jpgOne of my very favorite authors passed away last week.  Madeleine L'Engle died on September 6 at the age of 88.  L'Engle is probably best know for her Newbery award-winning book, A Wrinkle in Time.  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 years to come.  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.

Caterpillars to Butterflies

butterfly-stages.JPGThe next time you are at the library be sure to check out our display of caterpillars in the Children's Department.  This is a chance to observe the wonder of nature up close and personal.  Over the weeks watch the progression as they munch away, build their chrysalises, and eventually transform into beautiful butterflies.  There are monarch butterflies and black swallowtails.  Thanks to Joyce Goetz, Johnson County Master Gardener, for her assistance with this wonderful display.

Hot Picks

hot-picks.jpgThe Children's Department has a new section of books called "Hot Picks" for kids.  In this section you can find some of our most popular titles.  Hot Picks books cannot be requested, check out for only 2 weeks, and cannot be renewed.  This way even if a book has a long waiting list (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), you might get lucky and still find a copy available on the Hot Picks shelf.  Many of the current William Allen White award nominees may be found in the Hot Picks section, as well as some of the newer, popular children's DVDs.  Just ask the librarian where the Hot Picks are!

The Library Is Going to the Dogs

Are you looking for a fun way to practice your reading skills?  Then come to the Olathe Public Library and read to a book-loving dog!  Below is a list of dates and times when trained therapy dogs will be at the Olathe libraries waiting to hear a good story.  Just come to the Children's Desk when you arrive and check in for a reading time.  There are a limited number of slots which will be available on a first come, first served basis.  You may bring a book from home or the library will have a selection of good books for you to choose from.  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.  Dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  For more information call (913) 971-6874.

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"Fall" into a Good Story

Summer is over, school has begun, and that means it will soon be time to register for our Fall Storytime sessions.  Registration for this fall's preschool storytimes and Time for Two sessions begins on Tuesday, August 28.  We will also be offering Rhyme Time for 12-24 month olds at the Indian Creek Branch.  Rhyme Time does not require registration.  For more information and complete schedules, visit the Programs page on our website.

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End of Summer Reading Celebration

Come celebrate all the reading you did this summer at our End of Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 18, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.  The celebration will include a free concert by the music group Funk Syndicate.  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.  This is music the whole family will enjoy. 

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The event will take place at the food court area of the mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Funk Syndicate will perform two sets beginning at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.  There will also be a number of Wacky Banana inflatables to play on.  The End of Summer Reading Celebration is being sponsored by the OLATHE READS organization.  We hope you will all join us for this free, fun family event!

Find Fido for the Last Time

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Friday, August 10, will be the last day to look for Fido at the library this year.  And because it's the last time, there will be an extra special prize for everyone who finds Fido that day.  Don't miss out!  Come hunt for Fido one last time and get your exciting reward!  It will be the best Find Fido Friday ever!

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Summer Reading Program Evaluation

Parents, we invite you to give us some feedback by filling out a brief survey about our summer reading program.  Click here to complete the survey.  Thank you.  We appreciate your input.

Time to Return Your Folders

folder.jpg August 1 is the first day to return your Summer Reading Club folder to the library and receive your free paperback book.  Just bring your folder to the Children's Department, show us what you read this summer, and then pick out your very own book from the wide selection of titles.  There will be plenty to choose from.  And if you are missing any stickers on the back 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.  And don't forget about our Summer Reading Finale on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

It's a Harry Potter Summer

The summer of 2007 is an exciting one for fans of Harry Potter.  Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts will soon be seen on the silver screen.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be opening at a movie theater near you on Wednesday, July 11. 

hpdeathlyhallows.gifThen on July 21, the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter saga will be released.  Everyone is speculating about how it will all end in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Advance sales of this book have broken all records.  The library currently has over 600 people on the waiting list for this hot new title.  If you want to get on the list, just call the library or place a hold through our library catalog.  The library will also acquire some limited loan/non-request copies.  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?  What do you think is going to happen?  Just click "Comments" below and tell us what you think.

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