On February 7 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, artist Rob Hatem kept a roomful of children captivated as he talked about his life as an artist and shared a variety of his artwork. After getting the kids inspired, he led them in an art activity. The kids were each given a piece of paper with a few random shapes on it which they then turned into a unique picture. It was fascinating to see how each child interpreted the shapes and brought his/her own creative vision to the exercise. Click on the pictures below to see some of the results.
Last week when the Olathe district schools were closed for the third snow day in a row, the Olathe Public Library decided to give kids an opportunity to get out of the house with an impromptu LEGO program. The Storytime Room at the Main Library was opened for kids (and parents) to come and do some free building with the library's collection of LEGO bricks. As always, when you let kids loose with a stash of LEGO bricks, the fun and creativity flowed!
The Grammy Awards show was last night, but the real excitement was this morning with the announcement of the Youth Media Award Winners, including the Newbery medal and Caldecott medal! And here are the winners and honor books:
NEWBERY MEDAL for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children
Winner: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
CALDECOTT MEDAL for the most distinguished American picture book for children
Winner: Locomotive written and illustrated by Brian Floca
Other award winners included:
CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD for African American author of outstanding book for children and young adults
Winner: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita WIlliams-Garcia
CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD for African American illustrator of outstanding book for children and young adults
Winner: Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD for the most distinguished book for beginning readers
Winner: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
SIBERT BOOK AWARD for most distinguished informational book for children
Winner: Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth
PURA BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
Winner: Niño Wrestles the World written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Congratulations to all of this year's winners and honorees! Thank you for making the world of children's literature such a wonderful, creative place. For a complete list of winners and honor books, click here.
Hey kids, have you read any good books lately? We'd love to hear about them. Go to the Kid Picks page of our website and click the Submit your own review link. (The Kid Picks link can always be found near the bottom of our Good Books page.) You can then tell us about that terrific book you read, and it's a great way to let other kids know about really good books. Be sure you don't give away any spoilers in your review! We look forward to hearing about some of your favorite books.
Tired of being cooped up at home? Looking for something fun to do? Come to the library and watch a free family movie! Despicable Me 2 is being shown at both libraries. This movie is rated PG and runs 98 minutes. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. No registration necessary. All are welcome, but children in kindergarten or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Here are the times and locations:
DESPICABLE ME 2
Friday, January 3
1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
DESPICABLE ME 2
Monday, January 6
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
A motley crew of kids celebrated New Year's Eve a few hours early at our Happy Noon Year party! They learned about New Year's traditions, made party hats and noisemakers, and celebrated the beginning of a new year.
Don't forget the library closes early at 3:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and will remain closed on New Year's Day. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2. And don't forget that the Main Library will start opening at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday in the new year. Also, both the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch will be opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Click here to see the complete list of our new library hours.
We hope one of your New Year's resolutions will be to visit the Olathe Public Libraries more often in 2014. Happy New Year!
In the Children’s Department at the Main Library we’ve rearranged our collection of nonfiction materials a bit. Many people don’t realize that fairy tales and folk tales are part of our nonfiction collection, and for this reason they often get overlooked. In order to make folk and fairy tales easier to find, we’ve pulled them out and shelved them in their own special section. Look for them where the biographies for kids used to be.
Another part of our nonfiction collection which is sometimes missed is the poetry section. Again, to make these easier to find, we’ve separated out the poetry books into their own section. They are now shelved right next to the fairy tales.
If you wonder what happened to the biographies, they are now shelved at the very beginning of the nonfiction section, just across from nonfiction DVDs. And biography DVDs are now shelved right by the biography books.
If none of this makes sense, just ask for help at the Children’s Services Desk. It is much easier for us to show you rather than try to explain it here. Plus, we're still working on updating our signage. Our ultimate goal is to make things easier to find and make the library a user-friendly place to browse. Just remember that the fairy tales, folk tales, and poetry books are now all shelved together. Hopefully, this will help you discover a whole new area of our collection that you may have overlooked.
Beginning Monday, December 9, the Indian Creek Branch Library will have a new phone number. The new number is 913-971-6835. The old number will temporarily re-direct you to the new number, but be sure to update your phone lists with this new number. Our phone system at the lIbrary is being updated and required this change. The phone numbers at the Main Library will remain unchanged. Bear with us as we learn a new phone system, but hopefully, all will go smoothly.
Attention all train enthusiasts! Model railroads are coming to the Main Library. It's time once again for our annual model railroad display. Come see an operating model railroad in the Storytime Room. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the display and model railroading.
Thursday, December 5
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, December 7
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Sunday, December 8
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
All ages are invited to stop by and enjoy the display. No registration. Come and go as you please.
As the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers disappear, the holiday season is in full swing. If you are looking for a special gift for a young person on your shopping list, we'd like to recommend some good books for you to consider. Each year the Children's Services staff at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch compile a list of some of our favorite books from the past year along with some old favorites. Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles. Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library. Both libraries also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse. However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year. We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you. We hope you'll take time during the busy holiday season to read together as a family. Give the gift of reading.