Author Jane Kurtz Visits Library

janekurtz.jpgChildren's author Jane Kurtz will be visiting the Indian Creek Branch Library on Thursday, November 15, at 1:30 p.m.  Jane is the author of more than twenty books for children.  In conjunction with National Children's Book Week and the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers initiative on safety, she will be reading her book Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts?  kangaroos-seat-belts.jpg

 

Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to come see this gifted Kansas author in person.  No registration necessary.  For further information call (913) 971-5235.

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What Comes Next?

book-question-mark.jpgHere at the library we often get asked questions like, "What's the name of the fourth book in the Little House on the Prairie series?" or "What book comes after Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix?" or "What's the name of book #28 in the Magic Tree House series?"  Well, if you've ever found yourself asking a question like this, here's a great website for you:  Juvenile Series and Sequels.  On this website you can type in a title and see other books in the same series...in order.  You can also search by author, subject, or series title.  You can always find a link to this website on our Cool Sites for Kids web page under "Books & Magazines." So if you are, for instance, attempting to read all the Boxcar Children books in order, this would be a great resource.

New DVDs

speedracer.gifDid you ever wish you could see a list of the newest DVDs in the Children's Department?  Well, you can!  Just click "Reader's Advisory" at the top of this page and then click the "New DVDs/Videos" link on the lefthand side of the Reader's Advisory page.  This will take you to a list of the newest DVDs the library has purchased.  The Adult titles are listed first followed by Children's titles.  You can just click on any title to see if it is available or checked out, and if it is checked out, you can place a hold to get on the waiting list.  You can also click "New Audios" to see the latest books on CD.  Click here to go directly to the list of DVDs.

The Dark Is Rising

darkisrising.gifThe movie The Seeker is currently playing at a theater near you.  Did you know it is based on Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising book series which can be found at a library near you?  It tells the story of Will Stanton who on his eleventh birthday discovers the important role he must play in the struggle to overcome the powers of the Dark.  This exciting series was written decades before the world had even heard of Harry Potter.  There are five books in the series:

1.  Over Sea, Under Stone
2.  The Dark Is Rising
3.  Greenwitch
4.  The Grey King (a Newbery Award winner!)
5.  Silver on the Tree

If you're looking for an exciting fantasy series, be sure to check these out!

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.  Why not celebrate by coming to the library and checking out a book about a famous Hispanic person?  You can find a display of books at the Main Library on top of the Children's reference books shelf. 

To test your knowledge of Hispanic Americans click here and take a quiz.

Madeleine L'Engle 1918-2007

madeleine-lengle.jpgOne of my very favorite authors passed away last week.  Madeleine L'Engle died on September 6 at the age of 88.  L'Engle is probably best know for her Newbery award-winning book, A Wrinkle in Time.  She wrote more than 60 books for children and adults, including fiction, science fiction, poetry, plays, autobiographical works, and meditations on faith and art.

The world has lost a gifted writer, but the books she left behind will be cherished by many for years and years to come.  If you haven't read any of Madeleine's books, I recommend you check out A Wrinkle in Time the next time you are in the library.

Caterpillars to Butterflies

butterfly-stages.JPGThe next time you are at the library be sure to check out our display of caterpillars in the Children's Department.  This is a chance to observe the wonder of nature up close and personal.  Over the weeks watch the progression as they munch away, build their chrysalises, and eventually transform into beautiful butterflies.  There are monarch butterflies and black swallowtails.  Thanks to Joyce Goetz, Johnson County Master Gardener, for her assistance with this wonderful display.

Hot Picks

hot-picks.jpgThe Children's Department has a new section of books called "Hot Picks" for kids.  In this section you can find some of our most popular titles.  Hot Picks books cannot be requested, check out for only 2 weeks, and cannot be renewed.  This way even if a book has a long waiting list (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), you might get lucky and still find a copy available on the Hot Picks shelf.  Many of the current William Allen White award nominees may be found in the Hot Picks section, as well as some of the newer, popular children's DVDs.  Just ask the librarian where the Hot Picks are!

The Library Is Going to the Dogs

Are you looking for a fun way to practice your reading skills?  Then come to the Olathe Public Library and read to a book-loving dog!  Below is a list of dates and times when trained therapy dogs will be at the Olathe libraries waiting to hear a good story.  Just come to the Children's Desk when you arrive and check in for a reading time.  There are a limited number of slots which will be available on a first come, first served basis.  You may bring a book from home or the library will have a selection of good books for you to choose from.  Here are the dates for the fall:

Saturday, September 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, October 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, November 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, December 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

No advanced registration is necessary.  Dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  For more information call (913) 971-6874.

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"Fall" into a Good Story

Summer is over, school has begun, and that means it will soon be time to register for our Fall Storytime sessions.  Registration for this fall's preschool storytimes and Time for Two sessions begins on Tuesday, August 28.  We will also be offering Rhyme Time for 12-24 month olds at the Indian Creek Branch.  Rhyme Time does not require registration.  For more information and complete schedules, visit the Programs page on our website.

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