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I Spy at the Library

i-spy-logo.jpgAre you a fan of the I Spy books by Walter Wick?  Then you should check out the display in the Children's Department at the Main Library.  In our glass display case Miss Diane has assembled a three dimensional version of an I Spy puzzle.  One of the rhyming clues reads:

I spy a Santa and four stacking dolls, a glittery red heart and two wooden balls...

There are snowmen, a soup can, a tiara, a tea cup, a golf tee, a tiny book, necklaces, crayons, candy and more.  Do you think you can find all the items in the clues?  Stop by the Main Library anytime during the month of January and test out your spying skills.

Happy New Year!

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We may not celebrate the new year until January 1st, but last Saturday at both libraries kids learned about how and when other cultures celebrate the new year. They then got to make their own Shofar for the Jewish New Year and mask for the Celtic New Year!   100_0610.JPG100_0613.JPG100_0614.JPG100_0617.JPG100_0618.JPG100_0619.JPG100_0621.JPG Thanks to Cultural Crossroads for presenting this wonderful program!

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.  Why not celebrate by coming to the library and checking out a book about a famous Hispanic person?  You can find a display of books at the Main Library on top of the Children's reference books shelf.  To test your knowledge of Hispanic Americans click here and take a quiz.

Caterpillars to Butterflies

butterfly-stages.JPGThe next time you are at the library be sure to check out our display of caterpillars in the Children's Department.  This is a chance to observe the wonder of nature up close and personal.  Over the weeks watch the progression as they munch away, build their chrysalises, and eventually transform into beautiful butterflies.  There are monarch butterflies and black swallowtails.  Thanks to Joyce Goetz, Johnson County Master Gardener, for her assistance with this wonderful display.

Hot Picks

hot-picks.jpgThe Children's Department has a new section of books called "Hot Picks" for kids.  In this section you can find some of our most popular titles.  Hot Picks books cannot be requested, check out for only 2 weeks, and cannot be renewed.  This way even if a book has a long waiting list (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), you might get lucky and still find a copy available on the Hot Picks shelf.  Many of the current William Allen White award nominees may be found in the Hot Picks section, as well as some of the newer, popular children's DVDs.  Just ask the librarian where the Hot Picks are!

Find Fido for the Last Time

kids_fido.jpg Friday, August 10, will be the last day to look for Fido at the library this year.  And because it's the last time, there will be an extra special prize for everyone who finds Fido that day.  Don't miss out!  Come hunt for Fido one last time and get your exciting reward!  It will be the best Find Fido Friday ever! .

Time to Return Your Folders

folder.jpg August 1 is the first day to return your Summer Reading Club folder to the library and receive your free paperback book.  Just bring your folder to the Children's Department, show us what you read this summer, and then pick out your very own book from the wide selection of titles.  There will be plenty to choose from.  And if you are missing any stickers on the back of your folder, stop by the Children's desk to get the ones you need. You may return your folder anytime during the month of August, but come early for the best selection of books.  And don't forget about our Summer Reading Finale on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

And the Winners Are...

We had over 100 entries in our drawing contest this summer! It must have been hard to decide, but our judges have deliberated, and the winners have been chosen! First Grade 1st Place - Bella Serrano 2nd Place - Taryn Alexander 3rd Place - Sam Rinke Second Grade 1st Place - Ella Johnson 2nd Place - Maria Caputo 3rd Place - Quinn Siuda Third Grade 1st Place - Drake Minter 2nd Place - Natalie Casquino-Wolff 3rd Place - Kelly Brinckman Fourth Grade 1st Place - Rachel Li 2nd Place - Mairen Morrow 3rd Place - Kalyn Denton Fifth Grade 1st Place - Katelynn Chambers 2nd Place - Callie VanWinkle 3rd Place - Rebekah Hernandez Sixth Grade 1st Place - Rachael Quast 2nd Place - Hanna Melton 3rd Place - Jordan Ewy Thank you all for participating, and congratulations to our winners! If you would like to view all of the entries, just click here.

New at Your Library!

gary-gadget.jpg   Just in time for summer fun, the library has a bunch of new computer games! Look for them in their brand new smaller cases with the rest of the CDROM collection. New games include:   Nancy Drew: Creature of Kapu Cave (I've been looking forward to this one!) Madagascar Aymun and the Pirateskapu-cave.jpg Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures Open Season Strawberry Shortcake Gary Gadget: Building Cars Miss Spider Scavenger Hunt Veggie Tales: Minnesota Cuke Charlotte's Web Backyard Baseball 2007 AGON, the Mysterious Codex Joe Rock & Friends 2Type Kaleidopix Playing Music Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07 Music Toolkit

The Mystery of the Missing Book

During the summer it can sometimes be hard to find the book you want when you come flashlightcolor.jpgto visit the library. Kids all over Olathe are coming to check out books (which we love!), and that means that sometimes when you come in looking for Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys, there might not be any on the shelves. If this happens to you, don't worry, because we're here to help! Stop by the children's desk. If the book you were looking for is checked out we can request it for you from another library. It might take a few days for the book to get here, but we'll let you know when it arrives so you can come and get it. Or if you just want a really good book to read today we'll help you find the perfect one. So don't despair if you can't find that book you really wanted. Just ask a librarian - we're here to help you!
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