Â Â Â Â When I was a kid we had an old blue chair that rocked and turned in circles that hadÂ been banished to the attic. It was perfect for reading because I could sit sideways on it, with my head resting on one arm of the chairÂ and my legs draped over the other arm. We put it in front of one of the windows and that section of the atticÂ became my reading nook. I put a box on its side and turned it into a bookshelf and spent hours up there reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and anything else I could get my hands on.Â
Â Â Â Â It got pretty hot up there in the summer because the attic wasn't air conditioned, but that didn't keep me away. Occasionally a wasp would get in and chase me downstairs, but I always came back.Â Unfortunately, I lost my special reading place because weÂ turned the attic into bedrooms for my brothers, but I will never forget the time I spent up there lost in one good book after another.
May is Get Caught Reading month. Where is your favorite place to read?
"In a old house in Paris
that was covered in vines,
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines...
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â the smallest one was Madeline."Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
April 27th is the 109th birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madeline books!Â Ludwig BemelmansÂ was born in 1898 in the Austrian Tyrol and came to the United States in 1914. He wroteÂ six books about Madeline, all of which are available through the Olathe Public Library.
In honor of National High Five Day, and in continuedÂ celebrationÂ of Young People's Poetry Week, I offer two haikus about high fives.
I have five fingers.
Two hands together make ten.
It should be high ten.
"High five!" I call out -
Our hands collide in mid-air.
Ouch! That was painful!
Celebrate National High Five Day by giving your local librarian a high five! Or submitÂ a haiku of your ownÂ in the comment box. They're easy to write. The first line should have 5 syllables, the second line should have 7 syllables, and the last line should have 5 syllables.
Okay, so I made that up. This weekÂ is actuallyÂ both National Library Week and Young People's Poetry Week. To celebrate, here's a poem about libraries!
On the library shelf
Is when you suddenly
Inside a book -
(The hidden you)
You wonder how
The author knew.
by Beverly McLoughland
Jumping Raisins! Exploding Eggs!Â Speedboat Matchsticks!
What do all of these things have in common? They are science experiments you can help do at the upcomingÂ chemistry program at the library! High school students from St. James Academy will be coming to both libraries to present the science experiments they have been working on this semester.Â
The programs will be onÂ March 8th at 4:00 pmÂ at the Main library, and on March 13th at 4:00 pmÂ at the Indian Creek Branch. You must be in grades 3-6 to attend and registration is required. If you would like to register call (913) 971-6874 or come in to either of the Olathe libraries.