Vote for Books 2008

The Kansas City metro area libraries (including Olathe) are having an election for favorite book characters.  There are four pairs of running mates.  You are encouraged to stop by either Olathe library and cast your vote.  You may vote anytime between October 14 - November 4.  Below is a sample ballot listing the candidates.  May the best team win!

A Spooktacular Selection

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex   frankenstein.jpgJust in time for Halloween, this hilarious book is filled with ghoulish poems about all of your favorite creatures and spooky fiends.  Each poem tells the story of the monster-sized problems of beasts such as Dracula, Wolfman, and Bigfoot.  Dracula’s got spinach stuck in his teeth, the Phantom of the Opera has a song stuck in his head, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon doesn’t wait the required hour before going swimming.   With just the right amount of gory detail and gasp-worthy entries, this book of poetry is perfect for any little monster.  And, coming soon, the sequel:  Frankenstein Takes the Cake.  J 811.6 Rex

Banned Books Week 2008


Libraries across America are celebrating Banned Books Week September 27-October 4.  This is an annual celebration of our freedom to read and a reminder not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.  Librarians work diligently to provide access to all ideas, information, and viewpoints. Among the ten most challenged books of 2007 are the children's titles And Tango Makes Three, Olive's Ocean, The Golden Compass, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and It's Perfectly Normal.  The most challenged books between the years 2000-2005 include the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the Scary Stories books by Alvin Schwartz and the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey. Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week by reading a book of your choice!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Carlotta

carlotta.jpgHi – My name is Ms Carlotta (really it’s Carlotta Belcher but I have been known at story times and schools as Ms Carlotta for so long that I’m used to that name!!). I’ve worked in the Children’s Department of the Olathe Library for over 27 years…yes, I know that’s a really long time but I just love being around children and books so here I still am!! When I’m not working at the library, I read lots of books, play bridge, bunco, tennis and check up on our nine grandchildren and one great grandchild!! Most of our grandchildren are all “grown up” but there are still two younger grandsons that I bring to the library all of the time to get lots and lots of books. My favorite books are fairy tales, tall tales, and especially folk tales (these books are all found in the J300’s at the library). I also love riddles and when I’m at schools reading stories, I always tell a few riddles also. Children love riddles! I always encourage school children to drop by the Children’s Department and say hi. So adults and children both, please stop by and wave, smile and say hi!!

Hooray for Southpaws!

handprint.JPGDid you know August 13th is Left-Handers Day? Are you left-handed?  If so, you are in good company.  According to the Famous Left-Handers website, 4 out of the 5 last U.S. Presidents were left-handed:  Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.  And the next president is also likely to be left-handed, as both Barack Obama and John McCain are southpaws.  Other famous left-handers include Alexander the Great, Michelangelo, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few.  Let's hear it for lefties!

Get a Free Book!!

Would you like a FREE book?  All you have to do is return your summer reading folder to the library between August 1-17.  Just bring your folder in to either Olathe library, show folderfront.JPGus what you read this summer, and pick out a free paperback book.  Come early for the best selection.  You will also be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Borders Books!  And if you don't have a reading club folder, it's not too late.  You can still pick one up at the library and write down the books you've been reading.  If you still need some stickers for the back of your folder, we can fix you up with those, too, while supplies last. Congratulations on all of the reading you've been doing.  We suggest you take your folder with you when you return to school this fall.  Your teacher is sure to be impressed with all the books you read over the summer.  Great job!!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Stacey

stacey.jpgHello!  My name is Stacey and I am a Children’s Librarian at the Main Library.  I have worked for the Olathe Public Library for over 10 years!  I started as a clerk in the Circulation Department.  I enjoyed checking books out to customers and seeing all the books when they got returned.  However, I really wanted to work with kids.  So, when there was a job open in the Children’s Department, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity.  Some of my favorite duties as a librarian are planning and presenting programs for kids of all ages and choosing books to buy for the library.  I choose the books for the J200s, J300s, J600s, J800s, and the Scouts and Comics sections.

stacey2.jpgI wasn’t a huge reader when I was younger.   When I did read, it was usually a Babysitters Club book or a Choose Your Own Adventure.   I loved it when my 4th grade teacher would read to my class.  I remember her reading The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.  I really started reading after I graduated from high school.  I enjoy reading things that I want to read, instead of reading things that my teachers told me I had to.  Some of my favorite children’s books are:  The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs  by Judi Barrett, Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child, Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant…I could go on and on.

I live in Shawnee with my husband and our four cats; Sade, Egypt, Gus and Milo.  My husband and I actually met in the cat food section of a grocery store.  In my spare time I like to watch movies, listen to music, play computer games and spend time with my family.  I love it when my mother-in-law invites us over arabiccoffee1.JPGfor dinner.  My husband and his family are from Syria (which is near Jordan and Iraq), and she makes wonderful Arabic foods like kibbeh (a dumpling stuffed with meat and spices), yerbak (stuffed grape leaves), and, my favorite, kousa mehshi (stuffed zucchini).  We end every meal with a very strong Arabic coffee.  I love it!

So, that’s a little bit about me.  Next time you are in the library, stop by and say “Marhaba.”  That’s Arabic for hello!

Drawing Contest Winners

First Grade

1st Place - Valerie Bolton 2nd Place - Elizabeth Gritton 3rd Place - Rachel Dengsam-r2.jpg Second Grade 1st Place - Sam Rinke 2nd Place - Olivia Markey 3rd Place - Anna Flucke Third Grade 1st Place - Ellie Miller 2nd Place - Evelyn Change 3rd Place - Kavian Kalantari erica-c2.jpgFourth Grade 1st Place - Katherine McCormack 2nd Place - Nathan Lucas 3rd Place - Naomi Mendoza Fifth Grade 1st Place - Isabella Jaen-Maisonet 2nd Place - Rachel Li 3rd Place - Shae Delancy Sixth Grade 1st Place - Taber Fisher 2nd Place - Erica Change 3rd Place - Zoey Sweeny Congratulations to our winners!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Robin

robin.jpgHi, my name is Robin and I am the newest face in the Children’s Department at the Main Library.  I have been working here just over two months.  I worked in an elementary school library before and taught preschool for many years so this job includes all the things I enjoy:  books and working with children.  I have always loved reading and books since I can remember and always have a book I am reading. 

I have 3 sons, all grown and on their own now, and I loved to read to and with them as they were growing up.  We read together every day.  We enjoyed books together so much they even named some of their pets after book characters.  We had a dog named Ribsy just like in the Beverly Cleary books and a rat named Templeton like in Charlotte’s Web.  We traveled through history and on many adventures through the Little House books, the Narnia series, and many more. 

I still love reading and it is my favorite pastime outside the library.  I also love being outside, quilting and embroidery.  The most exciting thing now is that my oldest son and his wife are expecting our first grandchild this fall and we are anxiously waiting for her to be born.  Can you guess what I am buying for her?  If you guessed books you are right.  She already has a library of her own and she won’t be born until October.  Come by the desk and share with me your favorite book so I might include it in my granddaughter's library.

T-shirts for Sale

tshirt1.jpgWhat's the hottest trend in the world of library fashion?  It would have to be these snazzy green "Catch the Reading Bug!" t-shirts.  This year's t-shirt features the summer slogan on the front and has been customized with "Olathe Public Library" on the back.  And you can have your very own!  tshirt2.jpg             Our special summer t-shirts are available to buy at both Olathe libraries.  They cost $7.00 and are available in child and adult sizes.  So get your groovy shirt today while supplies last. A special thanks to the Friends of the Olathe Public Library for providing these t-shirts for purchase.  It's a great way to support your local library while making a stunning fashion statement!
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