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!

New Reading Area at Main

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We express a hearty "thank you" to the Olathe Public Library Foundation for helping fund the purchase of this new furniture.

Attention Chess Enthusiasts!

Do you love playing chess?  Are you looking for a worthy opponent to challenge your game?  Or are you just learning to play and want to gain more experience?  The Olathe Public Library has some exciting chess opportunities coming in the near future.

chess-boy.jpg"Mini" Chess Tournament
Tuesday, January 2 - 9:45 a.m. to Noon
Main Library
This is a tournament for children in grades 1st-6th.  It is for children who already understand the basic rules and moves of the game.  Registration is required.

Live Family Chess Game
Thursday, January 4 - 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch Library
Join us for a live chess game that the whole family will enjoy.  Kindergartners through adult may participate as chess pieces.  Costumes will be provided.  No experience necessary.  Registration is required.

Family Chess Nights
Thursday, January 18 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Main Library
Monday, February 19 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Branch Library
Thursday, March 15 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Main Library
Monday, April 16 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Branch Library
Our monthly Family Chess Nights will start up again in January.  Play chess with a worthy opponent.  The whole family is invited.  All playing levels welcome.  No registration required.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Boards and equipment will be provided at all programs.  You may register for any program at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Your move!

Holiday Staff Picks 2006

Are you looking for a good book to read or perhaps the perfect gift for that young reader on your holiday shopping list?  The Children's Department staffs of the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch Library have once again selected some of our favorite books from the past year, as well as some old favorites, for our Holiday Staff Picks 2006.  Stop by either library to check out a display of our staff picks.  The display will be up through the end of the year.  You may also pick up a printed list of our picks at the library or print your own copy from here.  Happy reading!

Children's Book Week Follow-up

The library's participation in "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers" was a big success.  Library staff and volunteers read the book Bunny Cakes to 1,340 preschoolers at various child care centers throughout the city and at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library throughout the week.  Many children recognized Max and Ruby and enjoyed hearing about their attempts to make a birthday cake.

On November 17 thirty-seven 3rd-6th graders invaded the Main Library for an after-hours Lock-In at the Library.  The library closed at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, as usual, but re-opened at 7:00 for a full four hours of fun!  Activities included relays, charades, pizza, singing, reader's theater, stories, riddles, and book exchange.  A good time was had by all.  What a great way to end Children's Book Week!

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