Summer Kick-Off 2010

It was a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday at Frontier Park and a great day for our Summer Reading Kick-Off.  Around 800 people attended the festivities.  Kids, teens and adults got reading folders and learned about our summer programming.  Plus there were frog relays, chess games, temporary tattoos, snacks, a duck pond, and lots of fun.  It was a great beginning to our "Make a Splash--READ!" summer reading program!  Check out the pictures below. And if you couldn't make it to the Kick-Off, it's not too late to get a summer reading folder.  Just stop by either Olathe library anytime and pick up a folder to keep track of your summer reading.  There is still a lot of fun to be had this summer at the library! chess2 frogrelay1 duckpond treats tattoo happylibrarians readingfolders readsidewalk

Make a Splash--READ!

Are you ready for a summer of fun at the Olathe Public Library?  This summer's reading program theme is Make a Splash--READ!   We'll offer programs about things to do in the water, things to do with water, things that live in the water, and more.   There will be puppet shows, fun games, crafts programs, book discussions, storytimes, movies, weblogo2010Spanish classes, science experiments, and more fun than you shake a wet fish at.   Old favorites like Find Fido Friday, Read to a Dog, and our summer drawing contest will be back again.   And of course, we will be distributing summer reading folders all summer long for kids to keep track of all books they read this summer.   Return your folder in August before school starts and receive a free paperback book to keep!  All the fun will begin with our Summer Kick-Off at Frontier Park on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and our activities wrap up with our Summer Finale featuring ventriloquist/illusionist Kevin Horner on Saturday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary.  For more information about all of the events happening in the Children's Department this summer, click here.  You may also pick up a flyer listing all of our summer programs at either Olathe library. We hope you will come "make a splash" at the library this summer!

National Children's Book Week 2010

bookweek2010 May 10 - 16 is National Children's Book Week.  Of course, here in the Children's Department every week is children's book week! If you are always on the lookout for a good book to read, there's a great new resource available online.  Every year the Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education in New York reviews over 6000 children's books and then selects the best 600 titles.  For the first time ever, this excellent resource is available online for free.  You can search for books by age range or interest area.  The list can be found here.  Just scroll down to the clickable age categories. Why not celebrate National Children's Book Week by spending a little quality time with a good book or maybe reading a book together as a family?  Good books are worth celebrating every day of the year!

Who's the Coolest Spud Around?

It's Mr. Potato Head!  Stop by the Children's Department at the Main Library mrpotatoheadanytime during the month of May and check out the cool display of Mr. Potato Head figures.  There are Mr. (and Mrs.) Potato Head pirates, fairy tale characters, bunnies, construction workers, even a Transformers Mr. Potato Head!  You can also check out a selection of potato-related books sure to please your inner Mr. Potato Head.  Thanks to Miss Beth for sharing this fun collection.

What's Happening This Summer?

Get a taste of what will be happening at the Olathe Public Libraries this summer by watching our summer promotional video.  We hope everyone will come "make a splash" at the library beginning on May 22!
For more information click here.

What Should I Read Next?

"What Should I Read Next?" is our third and final homeschool program for this spring.  It will be on Tuesday, May 4, at 1:00 p.m at the Main Library.  At this program we'll tell you about some new books in our collection and book-question-markintroduce you to some of our old favorites, as well.  It's a great way to find something new to read this summer.  This program is for homeschoolers ages 6 - 12, but the titles being discussed will be geared to a 3rd - 6th grade reading level. Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  Program will last about 45-60 minutes.

Wii Games for Kids

Do you have a Wii system at home?  Then here's some good news.  The Olathe Public Library has begun purchasing Wii video games specifically for kids.  These are kid-friendly games appropriate for 5th graders and younger.  This is a new collection but will grow over time.  The Wii games at the library are always kept on a shelf behind the Check Out Desk.  Just ask at the desk to see what games are available for check out.  Of course, these games are very popular so you may want to get on the waiting lists for some of these.  You can place a hold via our web catalog or ask your friendly librarian to help you.


Here are some of the titles currently in our collection:

Backyard Baseball '10 Backyard NFL Football '09 Baseball Blast! Cars Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Cradle of Rome Divagirls, Divas on Ice Dora Save the Crystal Kingdom Dora Save the Snow Princess Freddi Fish, Kelp Seed Mystery Guinness World Records Harvest Moon, Animal Parade Hasbro Family Game Night JumpStart, Escape from Adventure Island JumpStart, Pet Rescue Let's Tap Littlest Pet Shop, Friends Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games MySims Racing Nancy Drew, The White Wolf of Icicle Creek Pajama Sam, Don't Fear the Dark Pony Friends 2 The Princess and the Frog Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity Ratatouille Safari Rescue SimAnimals SimAnimals, Africa Ultimate I Spy Up Walk It Out We Wish You a Merry Christmas Where's Waldo? World of Zoo So check out some of our new games and have a "Wii-lly" good time!

2010 William Allen White Award Winners

The votes have been counted and the winners have been announced!  howtostealadog2The winning title for 3rd - 5th graders is How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor.  Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina feels desperate to improve their situation.  Unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.cracker    The winning title for 6th - 8th graders is Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.  This is a stirring, realistic story of America's war in Vietnam, using the alternating viewpoints of an army "bomb sniffing" dog named Cracker and her 17-year-old handler, Rick.  

Top 100 Children's Novels

I recently ran across a list of "Top 100 Children's Novels" on a blog on the School Library Journal website.  The blogger invited readers to submit top100their ten favorite chapter books in order.  She received 366 lists from teachers, students, and librarians and then compiled the Top 100 list based upon these responses.  The results are listed below.  #1          Charlotte's Web by E.B. White #2          A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle #3          Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling #4          The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis #5          From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L.                Konigsburg #6          Holes by Louis Sachar #7          The Giver by Lois Lowry #8          The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett #9          Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery #10       The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster #11       The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin #12       The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien #13       Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson #14       Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling #15       Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo #16       Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh #17       Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli #18       Matilda by Roald Dahl #19       Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl #20       Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt #21       Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan #22       The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo #23       Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder #24       Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling #25       Little Women by Louisa May Alcott #26       Hatchet by Gary Paulsen #27       A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett #28       Winnie-the Pooh by A.A. Milne #29       Alice's Adventures in Wonderland /Alice Through the Looking Glass                by Lewis Carroll #30       The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper #31       Half Magic by Edward Eager #32       Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien #33       James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl #34       Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis #35       Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling #36       Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume #37       Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor #38       Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling #39       When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead #40       The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum #41       The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare #42       Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder #43       Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary #44       Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume #45       The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman #46       Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls #47       Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis #48       The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a               Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall #49       Frindle by Andrew Clements #50       Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell #51       The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright #52       The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick #53       Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame #54       The BFG by Roald Dahl #55       The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson #56       Number the Stars by Lois Lowry #57       Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary #58       The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken #59       Inkheart by Cornelia Funke #60       The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi #61       Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli #62       The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene #63       Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright #64       A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck #65       Ballet Shoes by Noah Streatfeild #66       Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary #67       Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville #68       Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech #69       The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart #70       Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace #71       A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket #72       My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett #73       My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George #74       The Borrowers by Mary Norton #75       Love That Dog by Sharon Creech #76       Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse #77       City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau #78       Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes #79       All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor #80       The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman #81       Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin #82       The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander #83       The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner #84       Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge #85       On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder #86       Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling #87       The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg #88       The High King by Lloyd Alexander #89       Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary #90       Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan #91       Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar #92       Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine #93       Caddie Woodlawn by C. R. Brink #94       Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome #95       Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren #96       The Witches by Roald Dahl #97       The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo #98       Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston #99       The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks #100     The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder How many of these books have you read?  Did your favorite chapter book make the list?  If you're looking for a good book to read, I'm sure you couldn't miss with any of these notable titles.

National Poetry Month

"WHY POETRY?" by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Why poetry? Why?

Why sunsets? Why trees?

Why birds? Why seas?bookstack2

Why you? Why me?

Why friends? Why families?

Why laugh? Why cry?

Why hello? Why good-bye?

Why poetry? That's why! April is National Poetry Month.  What better time to read a few poems?  The library has a great collection of poetry books.  Most can be found in the nonfiction section in the 811's.  Some fun children's poets worth checking out include Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Douglas Florian, Janet Wong and Bruce Lansky, just to name a few.  And if you'd like to try your hand at writing some poems of your own, you might enjoy Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem, Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out, and How to Write Poetry.  National Poety Month is the perfect time to visit the library!

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