The Votes Are In!

wimpypigeon.JPGThe library's Vote for Books campaign is over for 2008, and the winners are...President Wimpy Kid and Vice-President Pigeon!  Here is the breakdown of the final vote count at the Olathe libraries.
Wimpy Kid & Pigeon  46% Clementine & Fancy Nancy  27% Percy Jackson & Skippyjon Jones  18% David Mortimer Baxter & Olivia  9%
And here is the breakdown of votes from libraries throughout greater Kansas City.
Wimpy Kid & Pigeon  43% Clementine & Fancy Nancy  24% Percy Jackson & Skippyjon Jones  23% David Mortimer Baxter & Olivia  10%
The local votes pretty much reflect those throughout the metro area.  The young voters have spoken.  Thanks to everyone who voted.  It was an exciting race!

Cool Sites

kids_boy_smllr1.gifHave you explored the Cool Sites page on our website?  This is a great place to find some good kid-friendly web links.  Sites are listed by categories such as Books & Magazines, Homework Help, Local Links, Nature & Science, Fun & Games, and more.  Below are a few websites most recently added to the list: Harry Potter Lexicon - Here you can find information about all things Harry Potter. Professor Garfield - Garfield the Cat will guide you through a variety of fun educational activities related to science, math, reading, art, and more. International Children's Digital Library - On this site you can read children's books online in many different languages---from Hebrew to Farsi to Chinese to Russian.  Some languages you may not have even heard of, like Tagalog or Shona. ZOOM - This is the official website for the popular PBS series for elementary-aged kids. FCC Kids Zone - This government site provides interesting information on different kinds of communication and technology like cell phones, television, computers, etc. Ziggity Zoom - Play games, color pictures, read stories, and more on this fun site for preschoolers. Do you have a favorite website you think would be a good addition to our list of cool sites?  Tell us about it by clicking on "Comments" below.  We may want to add it to our list.

Vote for Books 2008

The Kansas City metro area libraries (including Olathe) are having an election for favorite book characters.  There are four pairs of running mates.  You are encouraged to stop by either Olathe library and cast your vote.  You may vote anytime between October 14 - November 4.  Below is a sample ballot listing the candidates.  May the best team win!

Vote for Books - Round 2

voteforbooks.jpgWith all the growing excitement about the upcoming presidential election, here's a chance for you to cast a vote for your favorite books.  On the Vote for Books website, kids have been voting since January 1 for their all-time favorites.  They are down to eight finalists in four categories:  favorite picture book, favorite chapter book, favorite series for young readers, and favorite series for older readers.  You have until October 13 to cast your "Round 2" vote.  After that the top two titles in each category will face off with each other for the ultimate winner.  You may cast your final "Round 3" votes beginning October 13.  The winners will be announced on Election Day, November 4.  So click here to vote now! You may also vote for your favorite book characters right here at the library between October 14 - November 4.  Stay tuned for details.

Banned Books Week 2008


Libraries across America are celebrating Banned Books Week September 27-October 4.  This is an annual celebration of our freedom to read and a reminder not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.  Librarians work diligently to provide access to all ideas, information, and viewpoints. Among the ten most challenged books of 2007 are the children's titles And Tango Makes Three, Olive's Ocean, The Golden Compass, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and It's Perfectly Normal.  The most challenged books between the years 2000-2005 include the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the Scary Stories books by Alvin Schwartz and the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey. Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week by reading a book of your choice!

Read to a Dog

Do you love books?  Do you love dogs?  Then come practice your reading by reading aloud to a friendly dog at the library.  Here is our Read to a Dog schedule for the rest of the year:
Saturday, October 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, November 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library Saturday, December 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
000_0167.jpgNo advanced registration is necessary, but reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time.  R.E.A.D. trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  For more information call (913) 971-6874.

Don't Forget Grandparents Day

Did you know September 7 is National Grandparents Day?  It's the perfect time to tell that special grandma or grandpa in your life how much you love them.  Of course, any day is a great day to do that!

grandpabook1.gifThe library has all kinds of books about grandparents.  Maybe on Grandparents Day you and your grandparent could share a good book together.  Here are just a few suggestions:

The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr
The Grandma Book by Todd Parr
Grandparents Are the Greatest Because-- by Adele Aron Greenspun
Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate by Carol Diggory Shields
Hooray for Grandparent's Day by Nancy L. Carlson
My Grandma - Mi Abuelita by Ginger Foglesong Guy
Grandparents Song by Sheila Hamanaka
What Cried Granny! by Kate Lum
Gus and Grandpa books by Claudia Mills 

There are many other great books featuring grandmas and grandpas at the library, including chapter books, nonfiction books, and even poetry.  Stop by the library, and we'll be glad to help you find that perfect book.

A Great End to a Great Summer

Our 2008 Summer Reading Club has officially come to an end.  Nearly 6000 children received summer reading folders this year.  That's more than ever before!  We hope you will all take your reading folders to school and show your teachers all the great books you read over the summer.

Our grand finale was held on Saturday, August 16, at Olathe East High School.  More than 350 kids and adults came to celebrate and join in the fun.  Magician Devin Henderson kept everyone mesmerized with his amazing magic and in stitches with his hilarious humor. finale11.JPGfinale21.JPG






Craig Toungate from Austin, Texas, entertained the crowd with his lively renditions of Disney tunes and other fun songs.  Some kids just couldn't resist getting up to dance!finale31.JPGfinale41.JPG






We hope you all had as much fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" as we did.  It's been a great summer! 


Hooray for Southpaws!

handprint.JPGDid you know August 13th is Left-Handers Day? Are you left-handed?  If so, you are in good company.  According to the Famous Left-Handers website, 4 out of the 5 last U.S. Presidents were left-handed:  Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.  And the next president is also likely to be left-handed, as both Barack Obama and John McCain are southpaws.  Other famous left-handers include Alexander the Great, Michelangelo, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few.  Let's hear it for lefties!

Summer Reading Finale

It's been a great summer of buggy fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" and the library has been one happening place.  June was a record-breaking month with more items checked out in a single month than ever before.  But guess what!  June's record didn't last long because July was an even bigger month!  That means this summer we had our two busiest months in the library's history!  277,611 items were checked out from the two Olathe libraries during June and July.  Apparently, a lot of Olatheans caught the reading bug this summer. devinhenderson.jpgWell, the fun isn't over quite yet.  We have one big final event left.  Our Summer Reading Finale will be held on Saturday, August 16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, at craigtoungate.jpgOlathe East High School.  Magician Devin Henderson will be performing his amazing feats of magic, and Craig Toungate, a featured singer on recordings released by Disney, will be performing music for the whole family.  Everyone is invited to this fun, free program.  It will be a great way to celebrate all the reading you did this summer!
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