Every January the Newbery Medal is awarded toÂ the author of the most distinguished children's book of the year.Â It is sort of like the Oscar award of children's literature.Â It has become a kind of tradition for people across the country to gatherÂ and hold "mock" Newbery discussions before the winner is announced.Â Â They discuss some of their favoriteÂ books of the year and try to guess which one might be the year's award winner.
Earlier this week I attended one of these mock Newbery gatherings with a group of librarians to discuss which book we would like to see win this prestigous award in 2009.Â We discussed about a dozen different titles and ended up with one winner and two honor books.Â Here are the results:
The winner:Â Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Do you have a favorite book you hope will win this year's Newbery medal?Â The actual winner will be announced on Monday, January 26.Â Stay tuned to find out which outstanding book is this year'sÂ winner.
Do you know what you will find in the 800s in the library? I'll give you a hint.
"Twas the night before Christmas,Â when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."
The 800s are where you will find literature and poetry, including The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.
Did you know that if all of the books in the library were put in order using the Dewey Decimal System, the fiction books would actually be in the 800s? That's right, The Adventures of Captain Underpants would be right there under the number 813! We have so many fiction books though, that we make it easier for you to find what you're looking for by pulling them out of the Dewey Decimal section and giving them their own section.
Usually when people come into the library looking for the 800sÂ they'reÂ wanting a book of poetry. Do you like Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein? It's right there under 811.54, along with many other wonderful books of poetry.
You will also find plays in the 800s, so if you're wanting to read some Shakespeare, look under 822. Or perhaps you're interested in auditioning for a play yourself. The 800s are also where you will books of monologues, perfect for auditions!
There are many great books in the 800s section. Take a look the next time you come visit us!
Have you read the Newbery medal-winning novel The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo?Â This delightful book tells the story of a small mouse with big ears, the princess that he loves, a servant girl who longs to be a princess, andÂ the devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.Â And now thisÂ wonderful story has been made into a movie featuring the talents of such actors as Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson and Kevin Kline.Â It opens December 19 at a theater near you.
This would be a great book to read together as a family either before or after seeing the movie.Â It's always fun to compare the book with the movie.Â Stop by the libraryÂ and check out a copy, or get on the waiting list if all copies are checked out.Â This is a great book worth waiting for!
It's that time of year again when the Children's staff at the Olathe Main Library and the Indian Creek Branch Library pick some of our favorite books of the year.Â We compileÂ our list of Holiday Staff Picks and put these books on display atÂ both libraries.Â The books will be on display starting Friday, November 28, and will be up through the end of the year.Â So if you are looking for some gift ideas for the young book lovers on your holiday shopping list, stop by the library and check out our display.Â You can also view our list of picks by clicking this link:Â Â Holiday Staff Picks.Â Happy holidays and happy reading!
What doÂ skyscrapers and skateboarding have in common? They can both be found in the 700s! Books aboutÂ skyscrapers are in the 720s withÂ architecture, and skateboarding booksÂ areÂ in the 790s with recreational and performing arts. Here's a list of what subjects you will find in the 700s section at the library.
700 - Arts
710 - Landscaping & Area Planning
720 - Architecture
730 - Sculpture, Ceramics & Metalwork
740 - Drawing
750 - Painting
760 - Graphic Arts
770 - Photography & Computer Art
780 - Music
790 - Sports, Games & Entertainment
The drawing and sports books are particularly popular in the 700s, but did you know this is also where you will find Where's Waldo books? They're right there in the 790s!
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.
We're moving on to the 600s section this month. Last month I mentioned that books about pets aren't in the 500s. Did you figure out why that is? Wild animals are in the 500s, which is where you find science books. The 600s, however, are about how people use science, so this is where you will find farm animals and pets. Here's what you will find in the 600s.
600 - People Using Science and Technology
610 - Human Body
620 - Transportation (trucks, cars, etc.)
630 - Farming, Gardening, Pets
640 - Cook Books, Sewing
650 - Secret Codes
660 - How Food is Made
670 - Paper Making
680 - Woodworking
690 - Building
If you like toÂ learn about how things work, this is the section for you. You can also find books about training your dog, taking care of your pet snake, cooking your favorite dessert or making a Halloween costume!
What's your favorite book in the 600s?
To Be Continued will be starting a new book on Monday, October 20th. There's never been a better time to start coming! We meet every Monday from 4pm-5pm at the Indian Creek Library. Each weekÂ we read aloud several chapters of a book.Â We continue the book the following weeks until it is finished, then start a new one. Puzzles and coloring pages will be provided (in case you want something to work on while you listen), and we always have popcorn!
Our next book will be The Lemonade Trick by Scott Corbett.
A mysterious potion mixed by Kerby with his chemistry set has a beneficial effect on the neighborhood bully, but also wreaks havoc at the Sunday School pageant.
I hope you'll join us next week as we start this great book!
Questions? Call (913) 971-5235.
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.
The 500s section in the library has all sorts of cool books about math and science. Here's a breakdown of what you'll find:
500 - Natural Sciences
510 - Mathematics
520 - Astronomy
530 - Physics
540 - Chemistry
550 - Earth Sciences & Geology
560 - Fossils & Prehistoric Life
570 - Life Sciences; Biology
580 - Plants (Botany)
590 - Animals (Zoology)
So the next time you're wondering where all of the dinosaur books are,Â take a look in the 560 section (Fossils & Prehistoric Life). Or, if you really likeÂ monkeys you might want to look in the 590s. You won't find pets in the 500s section though. Wondering why? Check back next month to find out the answer! Meanwhile, you'll find me in the 510s, checking out the math books!