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The Tale of Despereaux

despereauxbook.jpgHave you read the Newbery medal-winning novel The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo?  This delightful book tells the story of a small mouse with big ears, the princess that he loves, a servant girl who longs to be a princess, and the devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.  And now this wonderful story has been made into a movie featuring the talents of such actors as Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson and Kevin Kline.  It opens December 19 at a theater near you. despereauxmovie.jpgThis would be a great book to read together as a family either before or after seeing the movie.  It's always fun to compare the book with the movie.  Stop by the library and check out a copy, or get on the waiting list if all copies are checked out.  This is a great book worth waiting for!

Holiday Staff Picks 2008

It's that time of year again when the Children'sstack_of_books.gif staff at the Olathe Main Library and the Indian Creek Branch Library pick some of our favorite books of the year.  We compile our list of Holiday Staff Picks and put these books on display at both libraries.  The books will be on display starting Friday, November 28, and will be up through the end of the year.  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.  You can also view our list of picks by clicking this link:  Holiday Staff Picks.  Happy holidays and happy reading!

Do You Know Dewey?

leonardo.gifWhat do skyscrapers and skateboarding have in common? They can both be found in the 700s! Books about skyscrapers are in the 720s with architecture, and skateboarding books are 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.

 

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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!

If you are interested in either of the books pictured on this post, you will find Leonardo's Horse in the 730s (sculpture) and Boredom Blasters in the 790s (entertainment).


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Cool Sites

kids_boy_smllr1.gifHave you explored the Cool Sites page on our website?  This is a great place to find some good kid-friendly web links.  Sites are listed by categories such as Books & Magazines, Homework Help, Local Links, Nature & Science, Fun & Games, and more.  Below are a few websites most recently added to the list: Harry Potter Lexicon - Here you can find information about all things Harry Potter. Professor Garfield - Garfield the Cat will guide you through a variety of fun educational 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.  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 good addition to our list of cool sites?  Tell us about it by clicking on "Comments" below.  We may want to add it to our list.

Do You Know Dewey?

cookbook.gifWe'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 Technologydog.gif 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 to 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? Other Posts: 000s 100s 200s 300s 400s 500s 600s 700s 800s 900s

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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