This summer's reading program theme for children is "Dream Big—READ!" To help get everyone in the spirit, the library will be selling cool blue t-shirts featuring the theme beginning Wednesday, May 23. T-shirts will be available in both kid and adult sizes. All t-shirts will sell for $5 each. T-shirts will be sold at both Olathe libraries. We will also have t-shirts for sale at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, at Frontier Park, just southwest of the Indian Creek Branch Library. The supply of summer t-shirts will be limited, so come early to get yours before they sell out!
DId you know you can ask a reference question via our website? Under "Services" on the menu bar, just click "Ask a Librarian." This will take you to a page where you can click to fill out an e-mail form to ask your question.
You may anticipate an answer within 2 days, excluding weekends and holidays. If you need an immediate answer to a question, your best bet is to call the Main Library at (913) 971-6874 or the Indian Creek Branch at (913) 971-5235, or better yet, come to the library to get some personal assistance in finding the answer to your question.
“6 by 6: Ready to Read” is a statewide library program that emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop by the age of six so they are ready to learn to read. We will periodically be posting about these six different skills here on our blog.
The first skill is Have Fun with Books. Kids just want to have FUN, and if we want them to learn to read, we need to make books and reading fun. Children who enjoy books and are interested in them will naturally want to learn to read! Educators and researchers use the term print motivation to describe this area of early literacy. The fact is, if children associate reading with negative feelings, their motivation to read is diminished. So find the right time when you and your children are in the mood and enjoy reading together.
Here are some suggestions for developing this skill in your child:
- Get a free library card and visit the library regularly. Let children help you select books. Find out where the library keeps easy information books, including alphabet and number books.
- Have pretend reading sessions. Get picture books with little or no text and ask children to read to you.
- Take books wherever you go. Take them to the doctor’s office, in the car, at the grocery store, in the park, etc.
- Watch children as they play and let them see you writing about them and what they’re doing. Create a book they can read about themselves and include a photograph of them.
- Check out books which encourage searching for objects in the illustrations.
- Involve children in reading as much as possible. Have them say a repeated phrase with you throughout a book as you read aloud. Being an active participant makes it more fun!
Help your children “have fun with books” and get them started on the path to reading.
It's time for the annual display of artwork by elementary students from the Olathe School District at the Main Library. The walls of the Children's Department are covered with colorful creations, including drawings, paintings, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and more. Stop by the Main Library anytime the library is open and check out the creative efforts of some of Olathe's talented young artists. The artwork will be on display through March 29.
Our web catalog is constantly evolving and improving. One of the newest features connects our web catalog with NoveList, a library product that helps people find good books to read. Here is how it works.
In the web catalog look up a particular book you are interested in reading or perhaps a favorite book you've already read. In the example below I searched for the book Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. On the right hand side of the display screen you'll see "Similar titles and recommendations." Just click on that link.
This will open up a NoveList window where you can find all sorts of information and recommendations. In this example it shows us the rest of the titles in the "Shadow Children" series and the order.
It recommends some similar titles that fans of Among the Hidden might find interesting.
It also shows similar authors whose books might appeal to readers who like Margaret Peterson Haddix.
You can also find ratings and reviews from readers, other recommended lists, and more. We hope you will explore this new feature of our catalog and discover some great new books to read. Our web catalog is a wealth of information for avid readers.
We would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! Remember that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25. We will re-open for business on Monday, December 26.
The Olathe libraries will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1. Materials can always be returned in any of our numerous drop boxes around town anytime.
The Children's Services staff at the Olathe Public Library would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Don't forget that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Thursday and Friday. We will reopen on Saturday at noon. Enjoy the holiday, and take some time to enjoy a good book too!
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes the importance of reading to very young children in our state. During the week of November 13 - 19 preschoolers throughout the city of Olathe and across the entire state of Kansas are being read the same book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Kansas native Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. This week Olathe Public Library staff and volunteers have been reading this book to children in our library storytimes and at many daycares throughout the Olathe area. If your child missed out, we encourage you to read to your child at home during this special week. Of course, we encourage you to read to your children anytime! There are many great books just waiting to be read at your local library.
If you love baseball and you love to read, you need to pick up a "READ Your Way to Sizzle!" scoresheet at the library. You can earn 2 free tickets to a Kansas City T-Bones game just by reading. Here's how it works. For every 20 minutes of reading you do, mark it on your scoresheet. After you have read 2000 minutes, mail the completed form to the
T-Bones for your free tickets. Simple as that. Scoresheets must be returned by March 31, 2012.
This is not a library sponsored program. We are just providing the sheets for all you baseball fans out there. Forms may be picked up at the Children's Services desk at either Olathe library, but the completed scoresheets must be mailed to the address on the form---not returned to the library. The sooner you start reading, the sooner you'll reach your goal of 2000 minutes. What a great way to win free tickets to see the T-Bones play ball. Go
Once again the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library have caterpillars on display in the Children's Services areas. We have monarchs and black swallowtails. Come see these hungry caterpillars munching away as they prepare for the process of metamorphosis. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to check to see if they've transformed into chysalises yet. And if you're really lucky, maybe you'll catch them emerging as butterflies.