Have you ever wondered aboutÂ those peopleÂ you see sitting behind the deskÂ when you visitÂ the library?Â This isÂ a new feature on our blog to help you get to know them just a little bit.Â Each month we will profile a different Children's Department staff member atÂ the Main LibraryÂ or Indian Creek Branch.Â They will tell you a little about themselves, what they like to do, what they like to read, and maybe some interesting trivia.Â This month we are featuring Mr. Gregg.
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Hi! My name is Gregg (I'm the one on the right), and I work at the Main Library. I've worked at the Olathe Public Library for overÂ 15 years. Boy, does that make me feel old!
As a child the first book I remember reading all by myself was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss, and I'm still a big fan of his books.Â They are true classics.Â The Sneetches and Other Stories is one of my favorites.
One of the best books I've read recently is Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate.Â It's a chapter book told in free verse about Kek, a young Sudanese refugee, who immigrates to Minnesota.Â It tells ofÂ his struggles to adjust toÂ the unfamiliar American culture while trying to come to grips with the horrors of his past.
Some of my favorite children's authors include Kate DiCamillo, Ruth White, Cynthia Rylant, Kevin Henkes, Madeleine L'Engle, Maira Kalman, Jon Agee, Petra Mathers, Eve Bunting, Jon Scieszka, James Marshall, Patricia Polacco...Â I could keep going, but I'd better stop there.
I studied art in college and love to visit art museums and galleries and occasionally even create some art of my own.Â I do a lot of the artwork in the children's area at the Main Library.Â I like all kinds of music and play the guitar, recorder,Â and mountain dulcimer.Â (If you're looking for some good children's music, let me recommend Bill Harley or John McCutcheon.)Â IÂ share my home with aÂ sweet, black cat named Lorelei.Â So if you ever notice strange clumps of black fur clinging to my clothes, that would beÂ why!Â One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Schweitzer:Â "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:Â music and cats."
Well, that's just a little bit about me.Â People often tell me I'm lucky to work at a library, and I have to agree!
Is there someone special to whom you'd like to give a Valentine?Â Your mom or dad?Â Your brother or sister?Â Or maybe that boy or girlÂ that sits across the aisle from you at school?
The Olathe Public Libraries will be transformed into Valentine Factories on February 14th.Â The Valentine Factory at the Indian Creek branch will be open from 10:00 a.m. - noon.Â At the main library, the Valentine Factory will be open from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Â Come make a Valentine for someone you love.
February is Black History Month, and the Children's Department at the Main Library is celebrating with a display case featuring "Famous Firsts in Black History."Â How well do you know black history?Â See if you know the persons behind the following accomplishments:
- First African American Major League Baseball Player
- First African American Supreme Court Justice
- First African American Nobel Peace Prize Winner
- First African American to Sing at the Metropolitan Opera
- African American Co-discoverer of the North Pole
- First Black Licensed Aviator in the World
- First African American Astronaut in Space
- First African American Secretary of State
- First African American Pulitzer Prize Winner
- First African American President
To find the correct answers, click here.Â How many did you know?Â To learn more, stop byÂ our display in the Children's Department at the Main Library and then browse our biography section for more booksÂ about famous African Americans.
Are you a fan of the I Spy books by Walter Wick?Â Then you should check out the display in the Children's Department at the Main Library.Â In our glass display case Miss Diane has assembledÂ a three dimensional version of an I Spy puzzle.Â 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.Â Â Do you think you canÂ find all the items in the clues?Â Stop by the Main Library anytime during the month of January and test out your spying skills.
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!
Thanks to Cultural Crossroads for presenting this wonderful program!
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.Â Why not celebrate by coming to the library and checking out a book about a famous Hispanic person?Â You can find a display of books at the Main Library on top of the Children's reference books shelf.Â
To test your knowledge of Hispanic Americans click here and take a quiz.
The next time you are at the library be sure to check out our display of caterpillars in the Children's Department.Â This is a chance to observe the wonder of nature up close and personal.Â Over the weeks watch the progression as they munch away, build their chrysalises, and eventuallyÂ transform intoÂ beautiful butterflies.Â There are monarch butterfliesÂ and black swallowtails.Â Thanks to Joyce Goetz, Johnson County Master Gardener, for her assistance with this wonderful display.
The Children's Department has a new section of books called "Hot Picks" for kids.Â Â In this section you can find some of our most popular titles.Â Hot Picks booksÂ cannot be requested, check out for only 2 weeks, and cannot be renewed.Â This way even if a book has a long waiting list (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), you might get lucky and still findÂ a copy availableÂ on the Hot Picks shelf.Â Many of the current William Allen White awardÂ nominees may be found in the Hot Picks section, as well as some of the newer, popular children's DVDs.Â Just ask the librarian where the Hot Picks are!
Friday, August 10, will be the lastÂ day to look for Fido at the library this year.Â And because it's the last time, there will be an extra special prize for everyone who finds Fido that day.Â Don't miss out!Â Come hunt for Fido one last time and getÂ your exciting reward!Â It will be the best Find Fido Friday ever!
Â August 1 is the first day to return your Summer Reading Club folder to the library and receive your free paperback book.Â Just bring your folder to the Children's Department, show us what you read this summer, and then pick out your very own book fromÂ the wide selection of titles.Â There will be plenty to choose from.Â And if youÂ are missingÂ any stickersÂ on the backÂ 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.Â And don't forget aboutÂ our Summer Reading Finale on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.