Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is a state-wide reading initiative sponsored by the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book.Â The goal is to read the same book to every preschooler in the state of Kansas during the week of November 16-22.Â This year's book is Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson.Â The Olathe Public Library is doing its part by reading this book at our library storytimes throughout theÂ week.Â We will also be going out toÂ read this book to children at nearly 40 area daycares and preschools.Â Â You may also stop by either Olathe library and make a get well card for Bear.Â This is our fourth year to participate in this fun and rewarding program for theÂ youngest children of our community and state.
The library's Vote for Books campaign is over for 2008, and the winners are...President Wimpy Kid and Vice-President Pigeon!Â Here is the breakdown of the final vote count at the Olathe libraries.
Wimpy Kid & PigeonÂ 46%
Clementine & Fancy NancyÂ 27%
Percy Jackson & Skippyjon JonesÂ 18%
David Mortimer Baxter & OliviaÂ 9%
And hereÂ is the breakdown of votes from libraries throughout greater Kansas City.
Wimpy Kid & PigeonÂ 43%
Clementine & Fancy NancyÂ 24%
Percy Jackson & Skippyjon JonesÂ 23%
David Mortimer Baxter & OliviaÂ 10%
The local votes pretty much reflectÂ those throughout the metro area.Â The young voters have spoken.Â Thanks to everyone who voted.Â It was an exciting race!
Have you explored the Cool Sites page on our website?Â This is a great place to find some good kid-friendly web links.Â Sites are listed by categories such as Books & Magazines, Homework Help, Local Links, Nature & Science, Fun & Games, and more.Â Â Below are a few websitesÂ most recently added to the list:
Harry Potter Lexicon - Here you can find informationÂ about all things Harry Potter.
Professor Garfield - Garfield the Cat will guide you through aÂ variety of fun educationalÂ activities related to science, math, reading, art, and more.
International Children's Digital Library - On this site you can read children's books online in many different languages---from Hebrew to Farsi to Chinese to Russian.Â Some languages you may not have even heard of, like Tagalog or Shona.
ZOOM - This is the official website for the popular PBS series for elementary-aged kids.
FCC Kids Zone - This government site provides interesting information on different kinds of communication and technology like cell phones, television, computers, etc.
Ziggity Zoom - Play games, color pictures, read stories, and more on this fun site for preschoolers.
Do you have a favorite website you think would be a goodÂ addition to our list of cool sites?Â Tell us about it byÂ clicking on "Comments"Â below.Â We may want to add it to our list.
The Kansas City metro area libraries (including Olathe) are having an election for favorite book characters.Â There are four pairs of running mates.Â You are encouraged to stop by either Olathe library and cast your vote.Â You may vote anytime between October 14 - November 4.Â Below isÂ a sampleÂ ballot listing the candidates.Â May the best team win!
With all the growing excitement about the upcoming presidential election, here's a chance for you to cast a vote for your favorite books.Â On the Vote for Books website, kids have been voting since January 1 for their all-time favorites.Â They are down to eight finalists in four categories:Â favorite picture book, favorite chapter book, favorite series for young readers, and favorite series for older readers.Â You have until October 13 to cast your "Round 2" vote.Â AfterÂ that the top two titles in each category will face off with each other for the ultimate winner.Â You may cast your final "Round 3" votes beginning October 13.Â The winners will be announced on Election Day, November 4.Â So click here to vote now!
You may also voteÂ for your favorite book characters right here at the library between October 14 - November 4.Â Stay tuned for details.
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!
Do you love books?Â Do you love dogs?Â Then come practice your reading by reading aloud to a friendly dog at the library.Â Here is our Read to a Dog schedule for the rest of the year:
Saturday, October 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, November 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, December 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
No advanced registration is necessary, but reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.Â Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time.Â R.E.A.D. trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.Â For more information call (913) 971-6874.
Did you know September 7 is National Grandparents Day?Â Â It's the perfect time to tell that special grandma or grandpa in your life how much you love them.Â Of course, any day is a great day to do that!
The library hasÂ all kinds ofÂ books about grandparents.Â Maybe on Grandparents Day you and your grandparent could share a good book together.Â Here are just a few suggestions:
The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr
The Grandma Book by Todd Parr
Grandparents Are the Greatest Because-- by Adele Aron Greenspun
Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate by Carol Diggory Shields
Hooray for Grandparent's Day by Nancy L. Carlson
My Grandma - Mi Abuelita by Ginger Foglesong Guy
Grandparents Song by Sheila Hamanaka
What Cried Granny! by Kate Lum
Gus and Grandpa books by Claudia MillsÂ
There are many other great books featuring grandmas and grandpas at the library, including chapter books, nonfiction books, and even poetry.Â Stop by the library, and we'll be glad to help you find that perfect book.
Our 2008 Summer Reading Club has officially come to an end.Â Nearly 6000 children received summer reading folders this year.Â That's more than ever before!Â We hope you will all take your reading folders to school and show your teachers all the great books you read over the summer.
Our grand finale was held on Saturday, August 16, at Olathe East High School.Â More than 350Â kids and adults came to celebrate and join in the fun.Â Magician Devin Henderson kept everyone mesmerized with his amazing magic and in stitches with his hilarious humor.Â
Craig Toungate from Austin, Texas, entertained the crowd with his lively renditions of Disney tunes and other fun songs.Â Some kids just couldn't resist getting up to dance!
We hope you all had as much fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" as we did.Â It's been a great summer!Â
Did you know August 13th is Left-Handers Day?
Are you left-handed?Â If so, you are in good company.Â Â According to the Famous Left-Handers website, 4 out of the 5 last U.S.Â Presidents were left-handed: Â Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.Â And the next president is also likely to be left-handed, as both Barack Obama and John McCain are southpaws.Â Other famous left-handers include Alexander the Great, Michelangelo, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few.Â Let's hear it for lefties!