May Flowers

You know the old joke:  If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  Pilgrims!  Well, last week May flowers brought preschoolers to the library for our Preschool Craft Time program.  Even though not all of our lights were working that day at the Main Library, May flowers were sprouting up all over the place.

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William Allen White Award Winners

The 2007 William Allen White Award winners have been announced!

book-cover-report-card.gifIn the 3rd-5th grade level, the winner is The Report Card by Andrew Clements.  In this book a young genius named Nora tries to hide her intelligence so she won't be singled out.  This is Mr. Clements' third W.A.W. Award.  He won in 1999 for Frindle and again in 2002 for The Landry News.

book-cover-so-b-it.gifIn the 6th-8th grade level, the winner is So B. It by Sarah Weeks.  This book tells the story of Heidi whose mentally handicapped mother possesses a vocabulary of only 23 words.  Most of her mother's life is a mystery, including even her real name.  With the help of a neighbor, Heidi attempts to track down the truth of her mother's past.

To view the list of new nominees for the 2007-08 William Allen White Award, click here.

National Library Week - April 15-21

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Come Together @ Your Library is this year's theme for National Library Week.  The Main Library and Indian Creek Branch have a number of special programs planned for kids.  Below is a list of events going during the week:

Family Chess Night - All ages
Monday, April 16 - 6:30-8:00 p.m
Indian Creek Branch

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Tuesday, April 17 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Senior Barn Players - K-2nd graders
(Registration required)
Wednesday, April 18 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Friday, April 20 - 4:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch

Get Hooked on Crochet - 4th-6th graders
(Registration required)
Saturday, April 21 - 9:00-1:00 p.m.
Main Library

For more information, visit our Programs page.

Homework Help

Muddled by math?  Stumped by science?  Feeling overwhelmed with homework and just wish you could get some one-on-one help?  Well, have I got news for you!  Live homework help with a real, live online tutor is available through the library's website.  Students in grades 4th - 12th can receive live help from an online tutor in math, science, social studies, or English.  Live tutors are available online everyday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Spanish speaking tutors are also available during certain hours.  Just click the image below to be taken to our Live Homework Help page where you can read more about it and get connected.
                          

Spring Break at the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do during spring break?  Here are some activities going on at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library:

      •  March 15 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 15 - Family Chess Night - All ages
            6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 16 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 19 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 20 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 21 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 23 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library

Please note, there will be no preschool storytimes during spring break.  For more information about any of the programs listed above, visit our Programs page or call (913) 971-6874.

Bridge to Terabithia

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Another classic children's book has hit the big screen.  Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is now playing at a theater near you.  The Newbery award-winning novel spins a tale of friendship, imagination, and tragedy.  And don't be deceived!  There is much more to this moving story than the movie previews you've seen on TV may suggest.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

Other children's books being made into movies and currently in production include:

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

But no need to wait for the movie.  You can check out these wonderful books at the library right now!

Kid Picks

Have you read any good books lately?  Would you like to see what books other kids are reading?  Visit our Kid Picks page.  You will find short reviews written by kids about books they've read.

You can also submit your own review.  Go to the Kid Picks page and click the blue link that says "Submit your own review."  Just fill out the electronic form and send it to us, and we may post it on our website.  You can also pick up a paper version at either library.  This is a great way to let others know about that great book you just finished and to get some ideas for other good books to read.  Check it out!

Happy Valentine's Day

"Short Love Poem"
by Judith Viorst

It's hard to love
The tallest girl
When you're the shortest guy.
For everytime
You try to look
Your true love in the eye
You see
Her bellybutton.
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Text copyright © 1981 by Judith Viorst
from If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries

Last week a number of kids visited the "Valentine Factory" at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch.  They made a special Valentine's craft called a "Pocketful of Kisses."  

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Have a very happy Valentine's Day!

What Is Your Favorite Book?

Someone recently asked me, "What is your favorite children's book?"  That was a tough question.  There are so many great children's books, it's hard to narrow it down to just one. 

How about you?  How would you answer that question?  What is YOUR favorite children's book?  Send us a comment (click the word "Comments" below) and let us know about your very most favorite...or at least one of your favorites.

By the way, when pressed I finally came up with my answer:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  But ask me tomorrow and I'll probably give a different answer.  How can you pick just one?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

deathlyhallows.gifAttention all muggles!  Author J.K. Rowling has announced that the seventh and final book of the much loved Harry Potter series will be released on Saturday, July 21.  Mark your calendars!  Check out the BBC article and J.K. Rowling's website to read more about it.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this book, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.  You can also place your own request through the OPL Catalog on our website.  There is sure to be a huge demand for this title.

And don't forget that the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens in theaters on July 13.  It looks like a big summer for Harry Potter fans!

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