Libraries across America are celebrating Banned Books Week September 27-October 4.Â This is an annualÂ celebration of our freedom to read and a reminder not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.Â LibrariansÂ work diligently to provideÂ 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.Â 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 readingÂ a book of your choice!
Hello!Â My name is Stacey and I am a Childrenâ€™s Librarian at the Main Library.Â I have worked for the Olathe Public Library for over 10 years!Â I started as a clerk in the Circulation Department.Â I enjoyed checking books out to customers and seeing all the books when they got returned.Â However, I really wanted to work with kids.Â So, when there was a job open in the Childrenâ€™s Department, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity.Â 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.Â I choose the books for the J200s, J300s, J600s, J800s, and the Scouts and Comics sections.
I wasnâ€™t a huge reader when I was younger. Â Â When I did read, it was usually a Babysitters Club book or a Choose Your Own Adventure.Â Â I loved it when my 4th grade teacher would read to my class.Â I remember her reading The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott Oâ€™Dell and The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls. Â I really started reading after I graduated from high school.Â I enjoy reading things that I want to read, instead of reading things that my teachers told me I had to.Â Some of my favorite childrenâ€™s books are:Â The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Â by Judi Barrett, Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child, Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylantâ€¦I could go on and on.
I live in Shawnee with my husband and our four cats; Sade, Egypt, Gus and Milo.Â My husband and I actually met in the cat food section of a grocery store.Â In my spare time I like to watch movies, listen to music, play computer games and spend time with my family.Â I love it when my mother-in-law invites us over for dinner.Â 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).Â We end every meal with a very strong Arabic coffee.Â I love it!
So, thatâ€™s a little bit about me.Â Next time you are in the library, stop by and say â€œMarhaba.â€ Â Thatâ€™s Arabic for hello!
First Grade1st Place - Valerie Bolton 2nd Place - Elizabeth Gritton 3rd Place - Rachel Deng 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 Fourth 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!