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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.

A Question of Order

What is the order of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series?  This may seem like a simple question, but it's actually a bit complicated.  There are two different answers that could both be correct.

The books were published in the following order:lionwtichwardrobe.jpg

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician's Nephew
  7. The Last Battle

Originally the books were numbered in the order of publication, but when C.S. Lewis wrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he didn't know there were going to be any more books in the series.  Next he wrote the sequel, Prince Caspian, and then later on he wrote a prequel, The Magician's Nephew.  The entire series wasn't planned out ahead of time.

In 1994 the publisher began numbering the books in the order of the story, not the order of publication.  The chronological order of the story is as follows:

  1. The Magician's Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle

So depending on which edition of the books you look at, you may find the titles listed in different order.  C.S. Lewis himself said, "The series was not planned beforehand . . . so perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone reads them."  The new Narnia movies seem to be following the order in which Lewis originally wrote them.  Have you read the entire series?  Send us a comment and tell us which order you recommend.

Do You Know Dewey?

words-hurting.gifLast month we talked about the 000s, and this month it's time to learn about the 100s! You may not find a lot of books in the 100s section in the children's department, but there are still some great books in there! This area is where you will find books on Philosophy and Psychology.

Some fun books from the 100s section include Real Ghosts by Daniel Cohen and Walter Wick's Optical Tricks.

Other books you might find include:

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What great books will you find in the 100s? Check it out the next time you're at the library!

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2008 W.A.W. Award Winners

The students of Kansas have voted, and the winners of the 2008 William Allen White Awards have been announced.

dogslife.gif3rd - 5th Grade Winner:

A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray
by Ann M. Martin

 

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Airball: My Life in Briefs
by L.D. Harkrader

 

 

 

If you'd like to get a jumpstart on reading next year's nominated titles, you can find the complete list of 2008-09 William Allen White Award nominees on our website.

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