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Calling Everyone in Grades 1-6!

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 week we read aloud several chapters of a book. 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.lemonade.jpg 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.

Vote for Books - Round 2

voteforbooks.jpgWith all the growing excitement about the upcoming presidential election, here's a chance for you to cast a vote for your favorite books.  On the Vote for Books website, kids have been voting since January 1 for their all-time favorites.  They are down to eight finalists in four categories:  favorite picture book, favorite chapter book, favorite series for young readers, and favorite series for older readers.  You have until October 13 to cast your "Round 2" vote.  After that the top two titles in each category will face off with each other for the ultimate winner.  You may cast your final "Round 3" votes beginning October 13.  The winners will be announced on Election Day, November 4.  So click here to vote now! You may also vote for your favorite book characters right here at the library between October 14 - November 4.  Stay tuned for details.

Do You Know Dewey?

dogs-were-dinos.gifThe 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)

storms.gifSo the next time you're wondering where all of the dinosaur books are, take a look in the 560 section (Fossils & Prehistoric Life). Or, if you really like 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!

 

 

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Don't Forget Grandparents Day

Did you know September 7 is National Grandparents Day?  It's the perfect time to tell that special grandma or grandpa in your life how much you love them.  Of course, any day is a great day to do that!

grandpabook1.gifThe library has all kinds of books about grandparents.  Maybe on Grandparents Day you and your grandparent could share a good book together.  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 Mills 

There are many other great books featuring grandmas and grandpas at the library, including chapter books, nonfiction books, and even poetry.  Stop by the library, and we'll be glad to help you find that perfect book.

Kennen Sie Dewey? (Do You Know Dewey?)

thesaurus.gifThe 400s are where you will find books about languages. This is where you'll find dictionaries, thesauri and books about parts of speech. If you've forgotten what a noun is you 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 Punctuation Book.hieroglyphs.gif

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 about hieroglyphs!

Explore the world of languages the next time you stop by the library!


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Do You Know Dewey?

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The 300s section 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)crime.gif
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 Immigration (J 304.8) to
 Cinderella's Dress (J 398.2). 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!


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An American Girl on the Big Screen

kitmovie.jpgKit Kittredge: An American Girl opens in movie theaters nationwide on July 2.  This movie is based on the Kit books by Valerie Tripp about a girl growing up during the Depression.  It will star Abigail Breslin as Kit.  This is the first-ever major motion picture based on an American Girl book.  If you're a fan of the American Girl series, this may be a movie you won't want to miss.  And if you haven't read any of the American Girl books, what are you waiting for?  Visit the library and check one out.  Along with Kit, there are books about Addy, Felicity, Josefina, Julie, Kaya, Kirsten, Kit, Molly and Samantha, each from a different time period in U.S. history.  These books are a great way to learn about the past while enjoying a good story.  And it's always fun to read the book before you see the movie!

Tasha Tudor 1915-2008

tasha.jpg"Einstein said that time is like a river, it flows in bends. If we could only step back around the turns, we could travel in either direction. I'm sure it's possible. When I die, I'm going right back to the 1830s. I'm not even afraid of dying. I think it must be quite exciting." - Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor, award winning author and illustrator, died Wednesday, June 18th. Her illustrations have been used in nearly 100 books, including such classics as The Secret Garden, A Little Princess and The Night Before Christmas. Two books that she illustrated were also Caldecott Honor books:   1 is One and Mother Goose. If you would like to learn more about the life of Tasha Tudor, you might enjoy reading Drawn From New England, which was written by her daughter, Bethany Tudor.

Do You Know Dewey?

prayer-for-a-child.gifTime for the 200s! In the Dewey Decimal System, the 200s are where you will find books about religions and mythology. This section of the library includes Bible stories, information about world religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, and dance-sing.gifbooks on Mythology. Great books you will find in this section include the Caldecott Medal winning Prayer for a Child, as well as other titles such as: Cyclops, The Prince Who Ran Away and Dance, Sing, Remember: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays. Find a new book to read in the 200s the next time you stop by the library!


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Harry Bliss, Illustrator

web-logo.jpgThe artwork for this summer's Catch the Reading Bug! reading program is by the terrific illustrator Harry Bliss.  Harry did the artwork on our folders, posters, stickers, bookmarks, bookbags, and t-shirts.  He is perhaps best known as the illustrator of the popular "diary" series of picture books by Doreen Cronin, including Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly.  He seems to have a thing for bugs! harrybliss2.jpgHarry grew up in a family of painters and illustrators in upstate New York. He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and illustration at the University of the Arts and Syracuse University.  Along with illustrating children's books, Harry has done numerous book covers and contributed cartoons and cover art for the New Yorker magazine.  Other children's books he has illustrated include Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, Don't Forget to Come Back!, Countdown to Kindergarten and Which Would You Rather Be? If you don't have a summer reading folder yet, stop by either Olathe library and pick one up.  And while you're there, maybe check out a book illustrated by Harry Bliss.
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