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New Magazines!

iguana.bmpThe library has two cool new magazines for you to read. If you speak Spanish or are learning Spanish, then take a look at Iguana. In it, you'll stories, articles, crafts, poetry, and even recipes. discovery-girls.jpg

If you're a fan of American Girl, try Discovery Girls for girls ages 8 and up. Read about girls like you, check out the advice column, enter a writing contest, learn to decorate fabulous hair barrettes, and more.

School Art Display

Stop by the Main Olathe Library and check out the colorful display of artwork by children from the Olathe District Schools.  There are drawings, paintings, prints, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and more.  Could there be a future Picasso in the bunch?  Come see for yourself, and support the arts in our schools.  The work of these talented students will be on display until April 3.

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Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2008

bearfeelssick.jpgKansas Reads to Preschoolers is a state-wide reading initiative sponsored by the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book.  The goal is to read the same book to every preschooler in the state of Kansas during the week of November 16-22.  This year's book is Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson.  The Olathe Public Library is doing its part by reading this book at our library storytimes throughout the week.  We will also be going out to read this book to children at nearly 40 area daycares and preschools.  You may also stop by either Olathe library and make a get well card for Bear.  This is our fourth year to participate in this fun and rewarding program for the youngest children of our community and state.

The Votes Are In!

wimpypigeon.JPGThe library's Vote for Books campaign is over for 2008, and the winners are...President Wimpy Kid and Vice-President Pigeon!  Here is the breakdown of the final vote count at the Olathe libraries.

Wimpy Kid & Pigeon  46%
Clementine & Fancy Nancy  27%
Percy Jackson & Skippyjon Jones  18%
David Mortimer Baxter & Olivia  9%

And here is the breakdown of votes from libraries throughout greater Kansas City.

Wimpy Kid & Pigeon  43%
Clementine & Fancy Nancy  24%
Percy Jackson & Skippyjon Jones  23%
David Mortimer Baxter & Olivia  10%

The local votes pretty much reflect those throughout the metro area.  The young voters have spoken.  Thanks to everyone who voted.  It was an exciting race!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Lisa

lisaobermeier.jpgHello!  My name is Miss Lisa and I love working in the Children's Department at the Indian Creek Public Library.  The public library is an important institution in my life.  For as long as I can remember, I have worked in and around libraries.  I was a library aide at my junior high and high school.  I worked in an academic library during and after college.  After a few years at another job, I returned to my very favorite place---you guessed it---the library!  I believe that librarians should make people feel comfortable and connect them with resources they need.

lisa.jpgI was born in Kansas City, but because my father was in the military, we moved overseas when I was five.  (I'm the one in front.)  I attended Ludwigsburg Elementary, in Stuttgart, Germany.  One of my earliest memories was getting the book, The Cat in the Hat, from the German Father Christmas!  While I was in Europe, I had the opportunity to visit many different countries.  When I came back to the United States, I still had the travel bug.  When I was a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to visit Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Italy and Greece.

strawberrygirl.gifThe books I really enjoyed as a child were historical novels by Lois Lenski.  I was fascinated by her characters and their childhood experiences that were so different from my own.  Strawberry Girl, Prairie School, Houseboat, and Shoo-Fly Girl were probably my favorites.  I also loved Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and all of Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Two of my three children attend the University of Kansas, so when I'm not working at the library, I like to follow the Kansas Jayhawks Football and Basketball seasons.  I also cheer for my youngest son, who plays football for the Saint James Thunder.  In my spare time, I like to do volunteer work and sing at my church.

I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with some very nice people.  It also gives me the opportunity to promote an institution that I think is very important to our community---our public library.

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Miss Ruth

ruth2.jpgHi...My name is Miss Ruth (really, it's Ruth Suddreth, but I like Miss Ruth better) and I am a children's librarian.  Even though I spend most of my time at the Main Olathe Public Library, you might also see me at the Indian Creek Branch Library when it's my turn to read stories or help with special programs.  I also help choose picture books and non-fiction books for the Children's Department.  That's one of my favorite things about my job because I get to see all the new books when they arrive at the library.

I haven't always worked in the Children's Department, though, because when I was just a new librarian, I had the opportunity to work in almost every other department throughout the whole library.  What a great way to understand how all the parts of the Olathe Public Library fit together.

Before I became a librarian, I was a kindergarten teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School right here in Olathe.  It's really fun to see some of my former students bring their children to the library, because I know as moms and dads, they understand how important it is to read, read, read!

Speaking of reading, some of my favorite books are Watch Out! Big Bro's Coming by Jez Alborough, What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum, any Hank the Cowdog books by John Erickson, and any of the Eye Witness books.  Maybe those books are some of your favorites, too.

fancyshoe.jpgWhen I'm not busy being a librarian, I like spending time outside in my flower garden, reading, and shopping for shoes.  Mostly shopping for shoes!

So if you have any questions about what it's like to be a children's librarian or to work in a library, stop by the Children's Department and I'll be happy to visit with you.

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!

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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

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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!!

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