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!

Fantastic Fossils @ the Library

dinoskeletonDid you ever think it would be fun to dig for dinosaur bones?  Come to the library and meet Science City paleontologist "Dino Matt" Christopher on Friday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  (There is no school that day!)  He'll talk about where fossils are found and show the tools used to dig them up.  You'll even have the chance to see some real fossils up close! This program is for K - 6th graders.   Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The program will last about an hour.  Don't miss the Fantastic Fossils @ the Library!

Here Come the Trains!

train Do you like trains?  Then be sure to stop by the Indian Creek Branch Library on March 27 or 28, and check out the awesome model railroad display in the large meeting room.  Model trains will be running during the following times:

Saturday, March 27 between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28 between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about model railroading and the display.  Participating train groups include Operation Lifesaver, Turkey Creek Division of the National Model Railroad Association, Mo-Kan RailJoiners Model Railroading Club, and more.  This train display was very popular at the Main Library last December.  Now you have another chance to see it.  Don't miss these model railroad trains in action!

Got Spring Break Plans?

kids_cat_not_stars_150Looking for something fun to do during your spring break?  Why not make a visit (or two) to the Olathe Public Libraries?  Of course you can always find a ton of great of books to read, but the library will also be offering a variety of special programs and activities during the week.  Here's the rundown: March 15 - Free Movie - Ponyo - For all ages             4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch March 16 - Build a Tune at the Libray! - For 3 year olds - 2nd grade             10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch  (NOTE:  Program is full.) March 17 - Build a Tune at the Libray! - For 3 year olds - 2nd grade             10:15 a.m. at the Main Library  (NOTE:  Program is full.) March 17 - Free Movie - Ponyo - For all ages             2:00 p.m. at the Main Library March 17 - Cookie Decorating Program - For kids of all ages             2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch March 18 - Cookie Decorating Program - For kids of all ages            11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Main Library March 20 - R.E.A.D. to a Dog - For young readers of all ages             1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library March 22 - Family Chess Night - For all ages             6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Indain Creek Branch For more information about these and other library programs for kids, visit the Programs page on our website or pick up a programming booklet in Children's Services at either Olathe library.  Have a great spring break!

Madame Ambassador

kpatersonDid you know there is a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature?  The Library of Congress recently named children's author Katherine Paterson as the new ambassador. Ms. Paterson is the two-time Newbery award-winning author of such books as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved.  She has also won the National Book Award twice.   Paterson will serve a two year term as ambassador working to raise national awareness of the importance of young people's literature.  She has chosen "Read for Your Life" as the platform during her ambassadorship.  She is succeeding the first children's ambassador, Jon Scieszka, author of such classics as The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  Congratulations Ambassador Paterson!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie

You've read the books. Now you can see the movie!  The film version of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular book Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits theaters on Friday, March 19.  Watch the trailer here:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie.


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