National Library Week - Monday

“To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions.”

from The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood


National Library Week 2014

National Library Week is April 13 - 19!  We will celebrate here on the Around the Corner blog with a quote each day from a different children's book about the joys of reading and books.  To get us started, here is Sunday's quote:

“There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book."

from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald


LEGO Design Contest 2014

Attention all LEGO builders!  The Olathe Public Library is excited to be holding our fourth annual LEGO Design Contest on Saturday, April 26 at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Rd.)  This contest is for children in grades
K - 5th and teens in grades 6th - 12th.  There will be four age categories for the judging:  K - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade,
6th - 8th grade, and 9th - 12th grade.  Prizes of Barnes & Noble gift cards will be awarded to the winners.  Our judges will be from the local KC Bricklab LEGO Users Group.  They will be looking for creativity, originality and inventiveness.  CLICK HERE for the complete Contest Rules & FAQs.

Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 7.  You may register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.  There will be a limited number of contest slots available so register early!

The public is invited to come see all the entries during our Public Viewing between 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. and vote for the Best in Show award.  Everyone is also welcome to stay for the Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.  Here is a quick rundown of the day's schedule:

DROP OFF CREATION  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
JUDGING  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
PUBLIC VIEWING & VOTING  2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
AWARDS CEREMONY  4:00 p.m.
PICK UP CREATIONS by 5:00 p.m.

For complete details please refer to the  Contest Rules & FAQs.  If you still have questions, call (913) 971-6874.   (This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by LEGO or Barnes & Noble.)


Spring Break 2014

Spring break is next week!  Are you looking for something fun to do?  The Olathe Public Library has a variety of fun things going on for kids during the break.

  READ TO A DOG - For young readers of all ages

Saturday, March 15
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Children of all ages may drop by the library and read to a cuddly canine between 1:30 and 2:30 on the dates listed above. Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time. Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. No advanced registration necessary. For more information, call (913) 971-6874. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.

  SPRING BREAK COOKIE DECORATING - For children of all ages

Monday, March 17
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesday, March 19
10:30 - 11:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Cookies, frosting, sprinkles—it's time to decorate cookies! No registration. Come and go as you please.

  FAMILY CHESS NIGHTS - For all ages

Monday, March 17
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Nights. Boards and equipment will be provided. All ages and playing levels welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration.

  SING ALONG WITH MR. GREGG & MISS LISA - For ages 3 - 5
     *Registration required

Tuesday, March 18   *Registration begins Monday, March 10
10:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

There's no storytime during spring break, but we can still have some fun! Get ready to sing and make some music with Mr. Gregg and his guitar along with Miss Lisa. Program will last 30 minutes.

  LEGO CLUB - For K - 5th graders
     *Registration required

Tuesday, March 18   *Registration begins Monday, March 3
7:00 p.m. at the Main Library

Are you a kid in kindergarten through 5th grade who loves building with LEGO bricks? Be a part of our monthly LEGO Club! Each month we'll introduce a different theme, turn you loose on the library's LEGO collection to build something awesome, then let you show off your creation before you leave. (The Wednesday afternoon LEGO Club will offer a small snack; the Tuesday evening LEGO Club will not.)
PARENTS: To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, please sign your child up for
ONLY one LEGO Club meeting per calendar month.

  FREE FAMILY MOVIE - For all ages

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2  (Rated PG - 95 minutes)
Thursday, March 20
1:30 p.m. at the Main Library

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2  (Rated PG - 95 minutes)
Monday, March 21
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Join us for a free family movie at the library. All ages welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. No registration but space is limited.

  SPRING AT YOUR LIBRARY DAY! - For ages 4 - 8

Monday, March 24 
1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Come spend an hour of fun in the afternoon with Olathe Teen Council members at Spring at Your Library Day!  Come enjoy spring related stories, activities, games, and snack.  Program will last one hour.  Parents are welcome.  No registration.

And as always, the library had tons of good books, movies, video games, music, and more to check out.  So be sure to include a visit to the library in your spring break plans.


School District Art Display

The Children's Department at the Main Library is pleased to once again be hosting the annual display of artwork by elementary students of the Olathe School District.  The art will be on display from February 18 - March 27.  There is a variety of work including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, and more.  You may view the art anytime the library is open.

     

     


Visiting Author - Kate Klise

The Olathe Public Library is very excited to bring acclaimed children's author Kate Klise to Olathe!  She will be doing a variety of programs at the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday, February 22.  Kate has written picture books, chapter books, as well as books for teens.  Titles include books from the 43 Cemetery Road series, The Regarding series, The Three Rascals series, and a number of picture books illustrated by her sister Sarah.  If you've read any of her witty and inventive books, you know meeting her in person will be a real treat.

Here is the schedule of events during Kate Klise's visit:

Young Writer's Workshop - for 3rd - 5th graders  * Registration required
Saturday, February 22 @ 10:30 a.m.
Indian Creek Branch

     Young writers in grades 3 - 5 are invited to join children's author Kate Klise for a writing workshop. Learn what makes a good story, how to send your characters on a journey, and get started writing your own bestselling book!  Program will last one hour.  This program requires registration.  You may register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling
(913) 971-6874.

Teen Writing Workshop - for 6th - 12th graders  * Registration required
Saturday, February 22 @ 1:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch

     Teen writers are invited to join children’s author and former correspondent for People magazine, Kate Klise, for a writing workshop. Learn how to write a classic People magazine-style story that will help you write compelling essays to use in class or for college applications. Program will last about an hour. This program requires registration.  You may register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6888.

Meet the Author Kate Klise - for all ages
Saturday, February 22 @ 3:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch
    
Come meet children's author Kate Klise and learn the secret recipe for writing winning stories! After her presentation, the author will be happy to sign books. Books will also be available for sale. All ages are welcome, but the presentation will be geared toward grades K - 5, and space is limited. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 2:30 p.m. 


Artist Program with Rob Hatem

On February 7 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, artist Rob Hatem kept a roomful of children captivated as he talked about his life as an artist and shared a variety of his artwork.  After getting the kids inspired, he led them in an art activity.  The kids were each given a piece of paper with a few random shapes on it which they then turned into a unique picture.  It was fascinating to see how each child interpreted the shapes and brought his/her own creative vision to the exercise.  Click on the pictures below to see some of the results.

 

 

         

         

         

         

         


Snow Day Brick Build

Last week when the Olathe district schools were closed for the third snow day in a row, the Olathe Public Library decided to give kids an opportunity to get out of the house with an impromptu LEGO program.  The Storytime Room at the Main Library was opened for kids (and parents) to come and do some free building with the library's collection of LEGO bricks.  As always, when you let kids loose with a stash of LEGO bricks, the fun and creativity flowed!

         

         


Children's Book Award Winners

The Grammy Awards show was last night, but the real excitement was this morning with the announcement of the Youth Media Award Winners, including the Newbery medal and Caldecott medal!  And here are the winners and honor books:

NEWBERY MEDAL for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children

Winner:  Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Honor Books:  Doll Bones by Holly Black
                          The Year of BIlly Miller by Kevin Henkes
                          One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
                          Paperboy by Vince Vawter

 

 

CALDECOTT MEDAL for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Winner:  Locomotive written and illustrated by Brian Floca

Honor Books:  Journey written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
                           Flora and the Flamingo written and illustrated by Molly Idle
                           Mr. Wuffles written and illustrated by David Wiesner

 

 

Other award winners included:

CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD for African American author of outstanding book for children and young adults

Winner:  P.S. Be Eleven by Rita WIlliams-Garcia

CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD for African American illustrator of outstanding book for children and young adults

Winner:  Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD for the most distinguished book for beginning readers

Winner:  The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

SIBERT BOOK AWARD for most distinguished informational book for children

Winner:  Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth

PURA BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Winner:  Niño Wrestles the World written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Congratulations to all of this year's winners and honorees!  Thank you for making the world of children's literature such a wonderful, creative place.  For a complete list of winners and honor books, click here.


Kid Picks

Hey kids, have you read any good books lately?  We'd love to hear about them.  Go to the Kid Picks page of our website and click the Submit your own review link.  (The Kid Picks link can always be found near the bottom of our Good Books page.)  You can then tell us about that terrific book you read, and it's a great way to let other kids know about really good books.  Be sure you don't give away any spoilers in your review!  We look forward to hearing about some of your favorite books.


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