Monsters vs. Aliens

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Are you still waiting to see Monsters vs. Aliens? Or would you like to see it again? Both of the Olathe Public Libraries will be showing this movie in October. Come see it at Main on Thursday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. or at the Indian Creek branch on Friday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. The movie is FREE and the whole family is welcome. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Jennifer

adamson-jennifer.JPGHello.  My name is Jennifer.  I work at the main library.  I've worked at the Olathe Public Library for over 12 years.  Before coming to Kansas, I worked in libraries in Kentucky and California.  I seem to like states that start with the "k" sound (Kansas, Kentucky, California!).

I've always been a bit of a reluctant reader.  When I was in elementary wrinkle-in-time.gifschool you would very seldom have found me curled up with a good book.  Instead you would have found me outside shooting hoops, playing 3 Flies Up with the neighborhood kids, or building tree houses.  I associated reading with school work - it wasn't something I thought of as fun.  My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Salidivar, changed that.  After recess she would read aloud to the class.  The first book she read to us was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  It was magic, and I was hooked!  A Wrinkle in Time will probably always be my favorite book.  I've read it several times since then, and I always seem to get something new out of it each time I read it. 

Some of the books that I've read recently and really enjoyed are Clementine diary-of-a-wimpy-kid.gifby Sara Pennypacker, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and the Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone) series by Jenny Nimmo.  Clementine and Diary of a Wimpy Kid were both very funny and made me laugh out loud.  If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, try the Children of the Red King series.  You might like Charlie Bone, too.  The Harry Potter series may have come to an end, but there are still more Charlie Bone books to come.  I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment!

Some days I'm still a bit of a reluctant reader.  It's something that's been hard for me to overcome.  But I've had enough experience by now to know how easy it is to get lost in a good story and how rewarding a good book can be.  One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is connecting kids with good books and helping them to discover the joy of reading.  Sometimes all it takes is finding that one special book.

When I'm not at the library (or reading) I like to spend time in my backyard watching the wildlife (mostly birds and squirrels) and trying to make things grow.  I'm not a very good gardener.  I plant flowers, fruit, and vegetables in my yard, but they don't always survive.  Trying to figure out what goes wrong is a bit like doing a science fair project.  Did I water too much?  Or maybe not enough?  Still, when my plants thrive and they actually produce flowers, fruit, or vegetables, I find it very exciting.  It still amazes me how such a big pumpkin can grow from just a seed!

I'm looking foward to the warmer weather and seeing what my garden will grow this year.

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. Come make a Valentine for You-Know-Who!

Is there someone special to whom you'd like to give a Valentine?  Your mom or dad?  Your brother or sister?  Or maybe that boy or girl that sits across the aisle from you at school?

ruffle-heart.jpgThe Olathe Public Libraries will be transformed into Valentine Factories on February 14th.  The Valentine Factory at the Indian Creek branch will be open from 10:00 a.m. - noon.  At the main library, the Valentine Factory will be open from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Come make a Valentine for someone you love.

Lock-In at the Library

Here's a chance for you to come to a program at the library AFTER the library closes.  Kids in grades 3-6 are invited to come to a fun-filled program on Friday, November 16th from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  We will be enjoying games, pizza, a sing-along, an optional paperback book exchange, and other fun activities.  This program will be held at the main library and registration is required.  For more information or to pick up the required registration forms, stop in at either of the Olathe Public Library locations.  Registration forms are available to pick up now; however, the first day you can hand in your registration forms is Saturday, November 10th.  Come join us for an evening of fun!

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