And the Winners Are...

We had over 100 entries in our drawing contest this summer! It must have been hard to decide, but our judges have deliberated, and the winners have been chosen!

First Grade
1st Place - Bella Serrano
2nd Place - Taryn Alexander
3rd Place - Sam Rinke

Second Grade
1st Place - Ella Johnson
2nd Place - Maria Caputo
3rd Place - Quinn Siuda

Third Grade
1st Place - Drake Minter
2nd Place - Natalie Casquino-Wolff
3rd Place - Kelly Brinckman

Fourth Grade
1st Place - Rachel Li
2nd Place - Mairen Morrow
3rd Place - Kalyn Denton

Fifth Grade
1st Place - Katelynn Chambers
2nd Place - Callie VanWinkle
3rd Place - Rebekah Hernandez

Sixth Grade
1st Place - Rachael Quast
2nd Place - Hanna Melton
3rd Place - Jordan Ewy

Thank you all for participating, and congratulations to our winners! If you would like to view all of the entries, just click here.

The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

water-horse.gifDid you ever wonder where the Loch Ness Monster came from? The Water Horse tells the story of 8-year-old Kirstie, who finds an egg on the beach one day and brings it home with her. It hatches to reveal a small creature with flippers and a long neck. Kirstie and her family take care of the creature, which their grandfather tells them is a Kelpie, also known as a Water Horse. As the creature grows they move it from the bathtub out to the goldfish pond, then into a small lake nearby, and eventually to his final home. This book is recommended for grades 3 and up.

The Water Horse is being made into a movie, which is currently scheduled to open in December. This is your chance to read it before everyone else hears about it and it becomes hard to find a copy available!

Dick King-Smith has written many other books for children, including Babe, the Gallant Pig, on which the movie Babe was based. So if you like The Water Horse, give some of his other books a try as well!

Radio Mystery Theater



On June 28th, library staff presented a radio mystery theater program, in which we brought to life the mystery The Topaz Flower.



Complete with sound effects...







and commercial breaks...


the program was enjoyed by more than 300 people. We had a lot of fun putting on the show, and we hope you enjoyed it too!


New at Your Library!



Just in time for summer fun, the library has a bunch of new computer games! Look for them in their brand new smaller cases with the rest of the CDROM collection. New games include:


Nancy Drew: Creature of Kapu Cave (I've been looking forward to this one!)
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Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures
Open Season
Strawberry Shortcake
Gary Gadget: Building Cars
Miss Spider Scavenger Hunt
Veggie Tales: Minnesota Cuke
Charlotte's Web
Backyard Baseball 2007
AGON, the Mysterious Codex
Joe Rock & Friends
Playing Music
Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07
Music Toolkit

The Mystery of the Missing Book

During the summer it can sometimes be hard to find the book you want when you come flashlightcolor.jpgto visit the library. Kids all over Olathe are coming to check out books (which we love!), and that means that sometimes when you come in looking for Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys, there might not be any on the shelves.

If this happens to you, don't worry, because we're here to help! Stop by the children's desk. If the book you were looking for is checked out we can request it for you from another library. It might take a few days for the book to get here, but we'll let you know when it arrives so you can come and get it. Or if you just want a really good book to read today we'll help you find the perfect one. So don't despair if you can't find that book you really wanted. Just ask a librarian - we're here to help you!

Are You Ready For Summer?

get-a-clue-web.jpgThe library sure is! We're kicking off our Summer Reading Club this coming Tuesday, May 29th. The party's going to be down at Frontier Park, near the Indian Creek Library, from 10am-12pm. We'll have games, snacks, temporary tattoos, live music featuring Dino O'Dell, and most importantly, this is your first chance to get your Summer Reading Club folder! If you can't make it to the park, don't worry, you can still sign up. Just stop by either of the Olathe libraries anytime this summer. I hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about summer programs at the library, give us a call at (913) 971-6874, or ask your question in the comment box and we'll answer it that way.

Lloyd Alexander: January 30, 1924-May 17, 2007

Lloyd AlexanderLloyd Alexander, award winning author of more than 30 children's books, died last Thursday. His books included many stand-alone fantasy novels as well as three series: The Chronicles of Prydain, the Westmark trilogy and the Vesper Holly series. His final book, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, is scheduled to be published in August.

Book Displays at Indian Creek

I love putting together book displays, but sometimes I get a little carried away, which is why we have four different book displays at Indian Creek right now!



On our seasonal shelf we have books about Fantastic Fathers and Delightful Dads.




Behind the children's desk we have books with red covers - Have you read a good book lately?




  Against our big purple wall are books that ask questions.



And last, but not least, on top of our E Fiction section there are books about summer and winter. I just put up this display on Monday because it was so hot outside. The summer books remind me that it's supposed to be hot, but the winter books help me feel cool.

What a Coincidence!

There are quite a few children's authors who celebrate their birthdays in May. I was planning on doing a post on all of them, but then as I was going through the list I realized that six of them had won the Newbery Medal and four more were Newbery Honor winners! So if you would like to see a complete list of May birthdays, check out the link above, but here, instead, is a list of all of the Newbery Award winning authors who were born in May. Do you share a birthday with a famous author?

Newbery Medal Winners                     Newbery Honor Winners
Patricia MacLachlan (May 3rd)                       Mavis Jukes (May 3rd)
Eleanor Estes (May 9th)                                Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May11th)
William Pene DuBois (May 9th)                       Gary Paulsen (May 17th)
Irene Hunt (May 18th)                                  Arnold Lobel (May22nd)
Susan Cooper (May 23rd)
Scott O'Dell (May 23rd)                                

This is a great time to read a book by a new author, or rediscover one of your favorites! I particularly love Susan Cooper's books and highly recommend her series The Dark is Rising.

We Were Puzzled...

Families gathered together at each of the libraries during TV Turn-off Week for Jigsaw Puzzle Mania! In one evening we managed to put together one large puzzle and three smaller puzzles!























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