Spring Break at the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do during spring break?  Here are some activities going on at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library:

      •  March 15 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 15 - Family Chess Night - All ages
            6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 16 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 19 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 20 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 21 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 23 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library

Please note, there will be no preschool storytimes during spring break.  For more information about any of the programs listed above, visit our Programs page or call (913) 971-6874.

Bridge to Terabithia










Another classic children's book has hit the big screen.  Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is now playing at a theater near you.  The Newbery award-winning novel spins a tale of friendship, imagination, and tragedy.  And don't be deceived!  There is much more to this moving story than the movie previews you've seen on TV may suggest.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

Other children's books being made into movies and currently in production include:

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

But no need to wait for the movie.  You can check out these wonderful books at the library right now!

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.
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:

higher-power-of-lucky.jpgNewbery Award Winner
     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

flotsam1.jpgCaldecott Award Winner
     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


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.
















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.






































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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