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!

Get a Free Book!!

Would you like a FREE book?  All you have to do is return your summer reading folder to the library between August 1-17.  Just bring your folder in to either Olathe library, show folderfront.JPGus what you read this summer, and pick out a free paperback book.  Come early for the best selection.  You will also be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Borders Books!  And if you don't have a reading club folder, it's not too late.  You can still pick one up at the library and write down the books you've been reading.  If you still need some stickers for the back of your folder, we can fix you up with those, too, while supplies last. Congratulations on all of the reading you've been doing.  We suggest you take your folder with you when you return to school this fall.  Your teacher is sure to be impressed with all the books you read over the summer.  Great job!!

Summer Drawing Contest 2008

artist.jpgCalling all artists going into grades 1st-6th!  Get out your paper, pencils, markers, and crayons, and get busy working on that beautiful masterpiece.  The deadline for entering our Summer Drawing Contest is Sunday, July 20.  Drawings can be no larger than 9" x 12".  The artwork must be done on your own (no help from parents or siblings!) and drawn by hand.  Your drawing must include the theme of libraries, books, reading or insects.  One entry per person.  You may pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or download it here.  You may also click here to see some of the drawings already submitted to the contest.

Entries will be judged by grade, and the winners will be announced on July 28.  Winning drawings will be displayed at the Main Library August 1-15 and at the Indian Creek Branch August 18-31.  If you have any questions, call (913) 971-6874.

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Robin

robin.jpgHi, my name is Robin and I am the newest face in the Children’s Department at the Main Library.  I have been working here just over two months.  I worked in an elementary school library before and taught preschool for many years so this job includes all the things I enjoy:  books and working with children.  I have always loved reading and books since I can remember and always have a book I am reading. 

I have 3 sons, all grown and on their own now, and I loved to read to and with them as they were growing up.  We read together every day.  We enjoyed books together so much they even named some of their pets after book characters.  We had a dog named Ribsy just like in the Beverly Cleary books and a rat named Templeton like in Charlotte’s Web.  We traveled through history and on many adventures through the Little House books, the Narnia series, and many more. 

I still love reading and it is my favorite pastime outside the library.  I also love being outside, quilting and embroidery.  The most exciting thing now is that my oldest son and his wife are expecting our first grandchild this fall and we are anxiously waiting for her to be born.  Can you guess what I am buying for her?  If you guessed books you are right.  She already has a library of her own and she won’t be born until October.  Come by the desk and share with me your favorite book so I might include it in my granddaughter's library.

An American Girl on the Big Screen

kitmovie.jpgKit Kittredge: An American Girl opens in movie theaters nationwide on July 2.  This movie is based on the Kit books by Valerie Tripp about a girl growing up during the Depression.  It will star Abigail Breslin as Kit.  This is the first-ever major motion picture based on an American Girl book.  If you're a fan of the American Girl series, this may be a movie you won't want to miss.  And if you haven't read any of the American Girl books, what are you waiting for?  Visit the library and check one out.  Along with Kit, there are books about Addy, Felicity, Josefina, Julie, Kaya, Kirsten, Kit, Molly and Samantha, each from a different time period in U.S. history.  These books are a great way to learn about the past while enjoying a good story.  And it's always fun to read the book before you see the movie!

Harry Bliss, Illustrator

web-logo.jpgThe artwork for this summer's Catch the Reading Bug! reading program is by the terrific illustrator Harry Bliss.  Harry did the artwork on our folders, posters, stickers, bookmarks, bookbags, and t-shirts.  He is perhaps best known as the illustrator of the popular "diary" series of picture books by Doreen Cronin, including Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly.  He seems to have a thing for bugs! harrybliss2.jpgHarry grew up in a family of painters and illustrators in upstate New York. He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and illustration at the University of the Arts and Syracuse University.  Along with illustrating children's books, Harry has done numerous book covers and contributed cartoons and cover art for the New Yorker magazine.  Other children's books he has illustrated include Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, Don't Forget to Come Back!, Countdown to Kindergarten and Which Would You Rather Be? If you don't have a summer reading folder yet, stop by either Olathe library and pick one up.  And while you're there, maybe check out a book illustrated by Harry Bliss.

A Question of Order

What is the order of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series?  This may seem like a simple question, but it's actually a bit complicated.  There are two different answers that could both be correct. The books were published in the following order:lionwtichwardrobe.jpg
  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician's Nephew
  7. The Last Battle
Originally the books were numbered in the order of publication, but when C.S. Lewis wrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he didn't know there were going to be any more books in the series.  Next he wrote the sequel, Prince Caspian, and then later on he wrote a prequel, The Magician's Nephew.  The entire series wasn't planned out ahead of time. In 1994 the publisher began numbering the books in the order of the story, not the order of publication.  The chronological order of the story is as follows:
  1. The Magician's Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle
So depending on which edition of the books you look at, you may find the titles listed in different order.  C.S. Lewis himself said, "The series was not planned beforehand . . . so perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone reads them."  The new Narnia movies seem to be following the order in which Lewis originally wrote them.  Have you read the entire series?  Send us a comment and tell us which order you recommend.

T-shirts for Sale

tshirt1.jpgWhat's the hottest trend in the world of library fashion?  It would have to be these snazzy green "Catch the Reading Bug!" t-shirts.  This year's t-shirt features the summer slogan on the front and has been customized with "Olathe Public Library" on the back.  And you can have your very own!  tshirt2.jpg             Our special summer t-shirts are available to buy at both Olathe libraries.  They cost $7.00 and are available in child and adult sizes.  So get your groovy shirt today while supplies last. A special thanks to the Friends of the Olathe Public Library for providing these t-shirts for purchase.  It's a great way to support your local library while making a stunning fashion statement!

Summer Reading Kick-Off

web-logo.jpgOur 2008 Summer Reading Club starts off with a bang at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.).  This will be the beginning of our summer programming and the first day to pick up a summer reading folder.  Our theme for the summer is "Catch the Reading Bug!" Kick-Off activities will include games, bookworm photos, worm races, buggy relays, live music, snacks, temporary tattoos, chess, t-shirt sales, and more.  All ages are welcome.  So come get your summer reading folder and join in the fun!  Summer reading folders will also be available at both Olathe libraries beginning the same day and throughout the summer.  In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be held on Thursday, May 29, at the same time and location. For complete information about all of the many children's programs and activities going on at the library throughout the summer, click here.  It is sure to be a summer of buggy fun!
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