Kid Picks

Have you read any good books lately?  Would you like to see what books other kids are reading?  Visit our Kid Picks page.  You will find short reviews written by kids about books they've read.

You can also submit your own review.  Go to the Kid Picks page and click the blue link that says "Submit your own review."  Just fill out the electronic form and send it to us, and we may post it on our website.  You can also pick up a paper version at either library.  This is a great way to let others know about that great book you just finished and to get some ideas for other good books to read.  Check it out!

Happy Valentine's Day

"Short Love Poem"
by Judith Viorst

It's hard to love
The tallest girl
When you're the shortest guy.
For everytime
You try to look
Your true love in the eye
You see
Her bellybutton.
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Text copyright © 1981 by Judith Viorst
from If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries

Last week a number of kids visited the "Valentine Factory" at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch.  They made a special Valentine's craft called a "Pocketful of Kisses."  

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Have a very happy Valentine's Day!

What Is Your Favorite Book?

Someone recently asked me, "What is your favorite children's book?"  That was a tough question.  There are so many great children's books, it's hard to narrow it down to just one. 

How about you?  How would you answer that question?  What is YOUR favorite children's book?  Send us a comment (click the word "Comments" below) and let us know about your very most favorite...or at least one of your favorites.

By the way, when pressed I finally came up with my answer:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  But ask me tomorrow and I'll probably give a different answer.  How can you pick just one?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

deathlyhallows.gifAttention all muggles!  Author J.K. Rowling has announced that the seventh and final book of the much loved Harry Potter series will be released on Saturday, July 21.  Mark your calendars!  Check out the BBC article and J.K. Rowling's website to read more about it.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this book, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.  You can also place your own request through the OPL Catalog on our website.  There is sure to be a huge demand for this title.

And don't forget that the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens in theaters on July 13.  It looks like a big summer for Harry Potter fans!

Read to a Dog

If you want to practice your reading and you are a dog lover, how about reading to a dog?  Yes, a dog!  Three specially trained dogs named Archie, Joey and Moritz will be at the Main Library on Saturday, February 3, and Saturday, March 3, waiting for someone to read to them.  Come to the Children's Department between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. and check in for a 15 minute reading time.  Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Young readers of all ages are invited to drop by and read to one of these cuddly canines.  For more information, call (913) 971-6874.

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And the Winner Is...

The 2007 Newbery and Caldecott Award winners have been announced, and here they are:

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     The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

 

 

 

 

Newbery Honor Books
     Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
     Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
     Rules by Cynthia Lord

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     Flotsam by David Wiesner

 

 

 

 

Caldecott Honor Books
     Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
     Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by
     Kadir Nelson & written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Author
     Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Author
     The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Illustrator
     Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by
     Kadir Nelson & written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Coretta Scott King Honor Books for Illustrator
     Jazz illustrated by Christopher Myers & written by Walter Dean Myers
     Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes illustrated by Benny Andrews
     & edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad

Martin Luther King Day Program

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Are you looking for something special to do on Martin Luther King Day?  How about watching a free movie at the library?  Both Olathe libraries will be showing the film "Ruby Bridges" on Monday, January 15.  This is the inspiring true story of one little girl whose strength and dignity during the racially charged 1960's changed history.

The film will be shown at the following times:

          • Monday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library
          • Monday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library

The running time is about 90 minutes.  No registration is necessary.  Because of strong subject matter, some scary situations and the use of racial slurs, we are recommending this movie for 3rd grade and above.  Parents are welcome.

Library + Chess = Fun!

Eleven kids started out the new year by playing in the Mini Chess Tournament at the Main Library on January 2.

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Congratulations to the winners,
Joe (2nd place) and Matt (1st place)!

 

 

More chess fun was had on January 4 at the Live Chess Game program at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Nearly 50 kids and adults came to watch and participate.

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Thanks to everyone who participated!  There will be more oppotunities to play chess in upcoming months at our Family Chess Nights.  See our Programs page for more information.

 

 

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Do You Know About J Picture Books?

Want a great story, but don't feel like reading a longer book?  Check out the Olathe Public Library's J Picture section!  In just thirty to sixty pages you can enjoy an amazing story on a 3rd - 6th grade reading level with lots of fantastic pictures.

Here are two great books you can enjoy:

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With Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, you can feed your pirate mania as young sailor Jake tells the story of how he became a buccaneer.  While you're reading, you'll discover lots of fun ship and history facts!

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Join Katya in The Magic Nesting Doll as she uses a gift from her grandmother to wake a prince sleeping under an icy spell.

 

 

Look for these and other fun J Picture books near the chapter books, or ask your librarian to show you where they are!

Posted by Candace @ Indian Creek Branch Library

Read Any Good Movies Lately?

charlottesweb.gifHave you seen the new movie version of Charlotte's Web?  Have you read the original book by E.B. White?  Which did you like better?

Charlotte's Web is just the lastest of many great children's books that have been made into movies.  And just because you've seen the movie, don't think you know the whole story.  Many movies leave things out or make changes from the original book.  Why not read the book then watch the movie and compare the two?

Here are some other good books that have inspired movies:

•  Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
•  How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
•  Curious George by H.A. Rey
•  A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
•  The Ant Bully by John Nickle
•  Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
•  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
•  Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
•  Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg
•  Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
•  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
•  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
•  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
•  Holes by Louis Sachar
•  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
•  Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
•  Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
•  Stuart Little by E.B. White
•  Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
•  Matilda by Roald Dahl
•  Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
•  Babe, the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
•  The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
•  The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
•  The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
•  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
•  Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
•  The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The library owns both the book and movie versions of most of these titles.  If something is checked out, we can always request it for you.  And remember, don't judge a book by its movie!

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