It's that time of year again when the Children's staff at the Olathe Main Library and the Indian Creek Branch Library pick some of our favorite books of the year.Â We compileÂ our list of Holiday Staff Picks and put these books on display atÂ both libraries.Â The books will be on display starting Friday, November 28, and will be up through the end of the year.Â So if you are looking for some gift ideas for the young book lovers on your holiday shopping list, stop by the library and check out our display.Â You can also view our list of picks by clicking this link:Â Â Holiday Staff Picks.Â Happy holidays and happy reading!
What doÂ skyscrapers and skateboarding have in common? They can both be found in the 700s! Books aboutÂ skyscrapers are in the 720s withÂ architecture, and skateboarding booksÂ areÂ in the 790s with recreational and performing arts. Here's a list of what subjects you will find in the 700s section at the library.
700 - Arts
710 - Landscaping & Area Planning
720 - Architecture
730 - Sculpture, Ceramics & Metalwork
740 - Drawing
750 - Painting
760 - Graphic Arts
770 - Photography & Computer Art
780 - Music
790 - Sports, Games & Entertainment
The drawing and sports books are particularly popular in the 700s, but did you know this is also where you will find Where's Waldo books? They're right there in the 790s!
Have you explored the Cool Sites page on our website?Â This is a great place to find some good kid-friendly web links.Â Sites are listed by categories such as Books & Magazines, Homework Help, Local Links, Nature & Science, Fun & Games, and more.Â Â Below are a few websitesÂ most recently added to the list:
Harry Potter Lexicon - Here you can find informationÂ about all things Harry Potter.
Professor Garfield - Garfield the Cat will guide you through aÂ variety of fun educationalÂ activities related to science, math, reading, art, and more.
International Children's Digital Library - On this site you can read children's books online in many different languages---from Hebrew to Farsi to Chinese to Russian.Â Some languages you may not have even heard of, like Tagalog or Shona.
ZOOM - This is the official website for the popular PBS series for elementary-aged kids.
FCC Kids Zone - This government site provides interesting information on different kinds of communication and technology like cell phones, television, computers, etc.
Ziggity Zoom - Play games, color pictures, read stories, and more on this fun site for preschoolers.
Do you have a favorite website you think would be a goodÂ addition to our list of cool sites?Â Tell us about it byÂ clicking on "Comments"Â below.Â We may want to add it to our list.
We're moving on to the 600s section this month. Last month I mentioned that books about pets aren't in the 500s. Did you figure out why that is? Wild animals are in the 500s, which is where you find science books. The 600s, however, are about how people use science, so this is where you will find farm animals and pets. Here's what you will find in the 600s.
600 - People Using Science and Technology
610 - Human Body
620 - Transportation (trucks, cars, etc.)
630 - Farming, Gardening, Pets
640 - Cook Books, Sewing
650 - Secret Codes
660 - How Food is Made
670 - Paper Making
680 - Woodworking
690 - Building
If you like toÂ learn about how things work, this is the section for you. You can also find books about training your dog, taking care of your pet snake, cooking your favorite dessert or making a Halloween costume!
What's your favorite book in the 600s?
To Be Continued will be starting a new book on Monday, October 20th. There's never been a better time to start coming! We meet every Monday from 4pm-5pm at the Indian Creek Library. Each weekÂ we read aloud several chapters of a book.Â We continue the book the following weeks until it is finished, then start a new one. Puzzles and coloring pages will be provided (in case you want something to work on while you listen), and we always have popcorn!
Our next book will be The Lemonade Trick by Scott Corbett.
A mysterious potion mixed by Kerby with his chemistry set has a beneficial effect on the neighborhood bully, but also wreaks havoc at the Sunday School pageant.
I hope you'll join us next week as we start this great book!
Questions? Call (913) 971-5235.
With all the growing excitement about the upcoming presidential election, here's a chance for you to cast a vote for your favorite books.Â On the Vote for Books website, kids have been voting since January 1 for their all-time favorites.Â They are down to eight finalists in four categories:Â favorite picture book, favorite chapter book, favorite series for young readers, and favorite series for older readers.Â You have until October 13 to cast your "Round 2" vote.Â AfterÂ that the top two titles in each category will face off with each other for the ultimate winner.Â You may cast your final "Round 3" votes beginning October 13.Â The winners will be announced on Election Day, November 4.Â So click here to vote now!
You may also voteÂ for your favorite book characters right here at the library between October 14 - November 4.Â Stay tuned for details.
The 500s section in the library has all sorts of cool books about math and science. Here's a breakdown of what you'll find:
500 - Natural Sciences
510 - Mathematics
520 - Astronomy
530 - Physics
540 - Chemistry
550 - Earth Sciences & Geology
560 - Fossils & Prehistoric Life
570 - Life Sciences; Biology
580 - Plants (Botany)
590 - Animals (Zoology)
So the next time you're wondering where all of the dinosaur books are,Â take a look in the 560 section (Fossils & Prehistoric Life). Or, if you really likeÂ monkeys you might want to look in the 590s. You won't find pets in the 500s section though. Wondering why? Check back next month to find out the answer! Meanwhile, you'll find me in the 510s, checking out the math books!
Did you know September 7 is National Grandparents Day?Â Â It's the perfect time to tell that special grandma or grandpa in your life how much you love them.Â Of course, any day is a great day to do that!
The library hasÂ all kinds ofÂ books about grandparents.Â Maybe on Grandparents Day you and your grandparent could share a good book together.Â Here are just a few suggestions:
The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr
The Grandma Book by Todd Parr
Grandparents Are the Greatest Because-- by Adele Aron Greenspun
Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate by Carol Diggory Shields
Hooray for Grandparent's Day by Nancy L. Carlson
My Grandma - Mi Abuelita by Ginger Foglesong Guy
Grandparents Song by Sheila Hamanaka
What Cried Granny! by Kate Lum
Gus and Grandpa books by Claudia MillsÂ
There are many other great books featuring grandmas and grandpas at the library, including chapter books, nonfiction books, and even poetry.Â Stop by the library, and we'll be glad to help you find that perfect book.
The 400s are where you willÂ find books about languages. This is where you'll find dictionaries, thesauri andÂ books aboutÂ parts of speech.Â If you've forgotten what a noun is youÂ might pick up A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun. Can't decide whether to use a comma or a semi-colon? Try The Perfect Pop-Up PunctuationÂ Book.
This is also the section for you if you want to learn a foreign language. You'll find books to teach you Sign Language, Spanish, Italian, French and many others. There are even books aboutÂ hieroglyphs!
Explore the world of languages the next time you stop by the library!
The 300s sectionÂ in the Dewey Decimal System includes many different topics, all under the general subject of Social Sciences. Here is a breakdown of what you will find:
300 - Social Issues (Immigration, Bullies, Divorce, Families)
310 - General Statistics
320 - Goverment (Citizenship, Elections, Congress)
330 - Economics (Careers, Money)
340 - Law (Constitution, Famous Trials)
350 - Military Equipment
360 - Social Services (Police, Firefighters, Recycling)
370 - Education (History of Schools, Homework Help)
380 - Commerce, Communications, Transport (Airports, Mail Carriers, Truck Drivers)
390 - Customs, Etiquette, Folklore (Cultures, Holidays, Fairy Tales)
That's a lot of information in one section isn't it! Everything from
Coming to America: The Story of ImmigrationÂ (J 304.8)Â to
Â Cinderella's DressÂ (J 398.2).Â Take a look at the 300s the next time you stop by the library. With this kind of variety you're bound to find something you like!