Do You Know About J Picture Books?

Want a great story, but don't feel like reading a longer book?  Check out the Olathe Public Library's J Picture section!  In just thirty to sixty pages you can enjoy an amazing story on a 3rd - 6th grade reading level with lots of fantastic pictures.

Here are two great books you can enjoy:



With Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, you can feed your pirate mania as young sailor Jake tells the story of how he became a buccaneer.  While you're reading, you'll discover lots of fun ship and history facts!


Join Katya in The Magic Nesting Doll as she uses a gift from her grandmother to wake a prince sleeping under an icy spell.



Look for these and other fun J Picture books near the chapter books, or ask your librarian to show you where they are!

Posted by Candace @ Indian Creek Branch Library

Read Any Good Movies Lately?

charlottesweb.gifHave you seen the new movie version of Charlotte's Web?  Have you read the original book by E.B. White?  Which did you like better?

Charlotte's Web is just the lastest of many great children's books that have been made into movies.  And just because you've seen the movie, don't think you know the whole story.  Many movies leave things out or make changes from the original book.  Why not read the book then watch the movie and compare the two?

Here are some other good books that have inspired movies:

•  Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
•  How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
•  Curious George by H.A. Rey
•  A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
•  The Ant Bully by John Nickle
•  Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
•  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
•  Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
•  Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg
•  Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
•  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
•  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
•  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
•  Holes by Louis Sachar
•  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
•  Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
•  Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
•  Stuart Little by E.B. White
•  Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
•  Matilda by Roald Dahl
•  Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
•  Babe, the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
•  The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
•  The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
•  The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
•  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
•  Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
•  The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The library owns both the book and movie versions of most of these titles.  If something is checked out, we can always request it for you.  And remember, don't judge a book by its movie!

New Reading Area at Main

booknooksm.jpgHave you seen the new red sofa and big blue chair in the Children's Department at the Main Library?  They are as comfy as they look.  We hope this will provide a cozy area for kids to read.  It's also a great place to curl up with a friend, sibling, or parent and share a good book together.  saucerlightssm.jpgSo try out our new furniture the next time you're in the library.  And don't miss the new flying saucer lights!  Just look up.

We express a hearty "thank you" to the Olathe Public Library Foundation for helping fund the purchase of this new furniture.

Attention Chess Enthusiasts!

Do you love playing chess?  Are you looking for a worthy opponent to challenge your game?  Or are you just learning to play and want to gain more experience?  The Olathe Public Library has some exciting chess opportunities coming in the near future.

chess-boy.jpg"Mini" Chess Tournament
Tuesday, January 2 - 9:45 a.m. to Noon
Main Library
This is a tournament for children in grades 1st-6th.  It is for children who already understand the basic rules and moves of the game.  Registration is required.

Live Family Chess Game
Thursday, January 4 - 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch Library
Join us for a live chess game that the whole family will enjoy.  Kindergartners through adult may participate as chess pieces.  Costumes will be provided.  No experience necessary.  Registration is required.

Family Chess Nights
Thursday, January 18 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Main Library
Monday, February 19 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Branch Library
Thursday, March 15 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Main Library
Monday, April 16 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Branch Library
Our monthly Family Chess Nights will start up again in January.  Play chess with a worthy opponent.  The whole family is invited.  All playing levels welcome.  No registration required.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Boards and equipment will be provided at all programs.  You may register for any program at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Your move!

Holiday Staff Picks 2006

Are you looking for a good book to read or perhaps the perfect gift for that young reader on your holiday shopping list?  The Children's Department staffs of the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch Library have once again selected some of our favorite books from the past year, as well as some old favorites, for our Holiday Staff Picks 2006.  Stop by either library to check out a display of our staff picks.  The display will be up through the end of the year.  You may also pick up a printed list of our picks at the library or print your own copy from here.  Happy reading!

Children's Book Week Follow-up

The library's participation in "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers" was a big success.  Library staff and volunteers read the book Bunny Cakes to 1,340 preschoolers at various child care centers throughout the city and at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library throughout the week.  Many children recognized Max and Ruby and enjoyed hearing about their attempts to make a birthday cake.

On November 17 thirty-seven 3rd-6th graders invaded the Main Library for an after-hours Lock-In at the Library.  The library closed at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, as usual, but re-opened at 7:00 for a full four hours of fun!  Activities included relays, charades, pizza, singing, reader's theater, stories, riddles, and book exchange.  A good time was had by all.  What a great way to end Children's Book Week!

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

bunnycakes2.jpgDuring National Children's Book Week, November 13-19, the library will be participating in a state-wide project called "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers."  The goal of this project is to read the same book to every child 5 years old and younger throughout the state.  This year's book is Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.  Schools, libraries, daycares, and other agencies will be reading this book to children all over Kansas during the week.

Both Olathe libraries will be offering "Story on the Spot" featuring the book Bunny Cakes throughout the week of November 13-19.  Hear about Max's hilarious efforts to make an earthworm cake for his grandma's birthday.  Just stop by the Indian Creek Branch Library anytime that week and catch an impromptu reading of this charming book by Rosemary Wells.  You may also stop by the Main Library to hear a reading during the following times:
          Monday, Nov. 13 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
          Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Thursday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
          Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
This book will also be read at all of our regularly scheduled library storytimes throughout the week.

National Children's Book Week


Did you know November 13-19 is National Children's Book Week?  This year's theme is "More Books, Please!"  Why not celebrate by visiting the library? 

We have a number of activities planned throughout the week:

          Preschool Craft Time
          Tuesday, Nov. 14
          10:00 a.m - Noon at the Main Libary
          For all preschoolers - No registration

          Crossword Craziness
          Tuesday, Nov. 14
          4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
          For K-2nd graders - Registration required

          Preschool Craft Time
          Thursday, Nov. 16
          1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
          For all preschoolers - No registration

          Crossword Craziness
          Thursday, Nov. 16
          4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
          For K-2nd graders - Registration required

          Lock-In at the Library
          Friday, Nov. 17
          7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the Main Library
          For 3rd-6th graders - Registration required
          Registration begins on Nov. 8.
          You must register in person at either library.
          Permission forms and information sheets will be available
          beginning Nov. 1.

          Story on the Spot
Nov. 13-19
          Stop by to hear a reading of Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.
          This is in conjunction with the "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers" project.
          Drop by the Indian Creek Branch anytime during that week to hear
            "on the spot" readings.
          At the Main Library you can hear readings at the following times:
                    Monday, Nov. 13 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
                    Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
                    Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
                    Thursday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
                    Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
                    Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
          For all preschoolers - No registration

          Gummy Worm Guessing Game
Nov. 13-19
          Drop by the library and guess how many gummy worms Max put
          into his cake for Grandma in Bunny Cakes.  The one who has the
          closest guess will win all of the gummy worms!
          The last day to submit a guess is Nov. 19.
          Kids of all ages

If you would like to register for a program or get more information,
call (913) 971-6874.  You may also find additional information on our Programs page.

The End Is Here

theend1.jpgThe final book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket was released on Friday, October 13.  The End: Book the Thirteenth concludes the miserable saga of the Baudelaire orphans.  Be prepared for such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.  Call the library or visit our website's online catalog to get on the waiting list for this bothersome book...if you dare!

School's Out

There will be no classes at Olathe public schools on October 13, 19 and 20.  Are you looking for something fun to do while out of school?  The library has a couple of special programs for kids planned on these dates.

On October 13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., 3rd-6th graders are invited to come play Bunco at the Indian Creek Branch.  If you don't know how to play, we'll teach you.  Prizes will be awarded!  Register at either library or call (913) 971-6874.

000_1343.jpgOn October 19 and 20, 1st-2nd graders will have the opportunity to Read to a Dog.  This is a fun way to improve your reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog.  The dogs will be at the Indian Creek Branch Library on October 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and at the Main Library on October 20 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Call (913) 971-6874 to schedule a 15 minute appointment to read to one of the dogs.  You may also register at either library.

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