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Do You Know Dewey?

dewey.jpgMeet Melvil Dewey! Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) was the librarian who came up with the system we use to organize books in the library. The Dewey Decimal Classification System goes from 000 to 999, and if you've ever wondered what all of those numbers mean, we're here to help you out! Each month we'll talk about a section of the Dewey Decimal System, starting this month with the 000s.

These are just a few of the book that can be found in the 000s on the library shelves. The 000s go from 000 to 099. This is where you will find general reference books like encyclopedias and almanacs, as well as information about computers, libraries and the unexplained (such as Bigfoot and UFOs). 

I used to love to look through the Guinness World Records books. You can find out about all kinds of fascinating records, from the largest collection of bookmarks (71,235 by Frank Divendal) to the oldest roller coaster in continuous operation (The Scenic Railway at Luna Park in Australia).

What is your favorite thing to read about in the 000s?

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By the Numbers

Do you find numbers fascinating?  I do.  I guess I'm just a math nerd at heart.  I've recently run across a "number" of books that have sparked my fascination with all things mathematical.

checkerboard.jpgConsider this:  Take a regular checkerboard (64 squares) and place a penny on the first square.  Then put double that amount (two pennies) on the second square and then double that amount (four pennies) on the third square and then double that amount (eight pennies) on the next square.  Continue doubling the amount of pennies on each square until you get to the very last square.  How much money would be on that last square?  Would you believe 90,000 trillion dollars?  That's more money than is in the entire world!  Incredible, huh?  This is just one of the amazing facts I learned from the book Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book of Numbers by Johnny Ball.

catinnumberland.gifAnother interesting numbers book is The Cat in Numberland by Ivar Ekeland.  This book tells the story of the Infinity Hotel where the rooms are always full yet there is always room for more.  How is that possible?  Then Zero shows up and things get even more interesting.  And when the fractions arrive, all chaos breaks loose.  This book will have you looking at numbers in a whole new way.

How long do you think it would take to count to a million?  About 23 days.  And how long do you think it would take to count to a billion?  Would you believe 95 years?  Wow!  This is one of the interesting tidbits found in David M. Schwartz's book How Much Is a Million?  And if you're curious about even larger numbers, he has written another book called On Beyond a Million.  You can always "count" on finding a good book at your local library.

What's a Palindrome?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards.  It could be as simple as a word like "mom" or "dad" or "radar."  It could be a name like "Hannah" or "Bob."  It could be a phrase or sentence like "race car" or "Step on no pets" or "Rise to vote, sir."

potatopan.gifThe library has a number of books about palindromes, including several by author Jon Agee.  His palindrome books include
So Many Dynamos; Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!; Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis!; and Jon Agee's Palindromania.  Mr. Agee illustrates the palindromes with humorous black and white cartoon sketches.  They can be very funny!

Can you think of some palindromes?  If you need a little inspiration, come to the library and check out one of these great little books.

Happy Kansas Day!

kansasflag.jpgToday is our state's 147th birthday.  Happy birthday, Kansas!  Why not celebrate by reading a book by a Kansas author or illustrator?  You might be surprised at the number of books the library owns by writers and artists who live right here in our home state.  Here are a few of the Kansans who have children's books in our collection:  Jane Kurtz, Brad Sneed, Andrea Warren, Richard W. Jennings, Stephen T. Johnson, Roderick Townley, LouAnn Gaeddert, Thomas B. Allen, just to name a few. Check one out today!

And the Winner Is...

It's award season again in the world of children's literature.  The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Award winners have been announced, and here they are:

goodmasters.jpgNewbery Award Winner
     Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
     Voices from a Medieval Village

     by Laura Amy Schlitz

 

 

 

 

 

Newbery Honor Books
     Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
     The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
     Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

inventionofhugocabret.jpgCaldecott Award Winner
     The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    
by Brian Selznick

 

 

 

 

 

 


Caldecott Honor Books
     Henry's Freedom Box illustrated by Kadir Nelson & written by Ellen Levine
     First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
     The Wall by Peter Sis
     Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

And here are the winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards:

Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Author
     Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Coretta Scott King Honor Books for Author
     November Blues by Sharon Draper
     Twelve Rounds to Glory by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Illustrator
     Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan

Coretta Scott King Honor Books for Illustrator
     The Secret Olivia Told Me illustrated by Nancy Devard & written by N. Joy
     Jazz on a Saturday Night illustrated by Diane Dillon & written by Leo Dillon

Vote for Books

If you've watched the news on TV at all recently, you've probably been hearing a lot of talk about presidential primaries, caucuses and debates.  Or maybe you've heard your parents discussing which candidates they support or would never support in a million years.

voteforbooks.jpgWell, here's your chance to vote for something.  What is your all-time favorite book?  Beginning on January 1 kids across the nation will be voting on their all-time favorite picture books and chapter books.  On May 1 the top eight "candidates" in each category will announced.  On September 1 the first round of voting begins among the eight finalists.  Beginning September 22 vote again from among the top four finalists.  Finally, on October 13 the two most popular titles will face off for the final round of voting.  Votes will be tallied after midnight on Election Day, November 4, and the winners will be announced on November 5.  To cast your vote, go to www.voteforbooks.com.  You can also find a link to this website on our Good Books page.  May the best book win!

The Night Before Christmas

Christmas Eve is almost here, and so what better time to read that famous poem by Clemente Clark Moore, "The Night Before Christmas."  The library has many different books based on this poem which was first published in a newspaper in 1823.  There is 'Twas the Night B'fore Christmas, an African-American version of the poem.  There is Gullah Night Before Christmas, told in the Gullah dialect of South Carolina and Georgia.  If you're in the mood for something a little scary, perhaps you should try The Night Before Christmas: A Goblin Tale.  There is The Night Before Christmas: Told in Signed English and even a version by the creator of the I Spy books called Can You See What I See? The Night Before Christmas.  The Grandma Moses Night Before Christmas illustrates the familiar narrative with stnick.jpgpaintings by the famous folk artist.  There are also many other traditional versions by various illustrators, including Tomie dePaola, Tasha Tudor, James Marshall, Mary Engelbreit, Lisbeth Zwerger, and others.

Why not create a new family tradition by gathering the family together on the "night before Christmas" and reading aloud this well-loved poem?  As you can see, there are many versions to choose from at the Olathe libraries.  Happy holidays to all!

New Girl in Town

meet-julie.gifHave you met the newest "American Girl"?  Her name is Julie Albright.  She lives in San Francisco, California in the 1970's.  Her parents' recent divorce means many changes for Julie, including moving away from her best friend, Ivy Ling, a Chinese-American girl.  In the "Julie" books you'll learn about the women's movement, the U.S. bicentennial, presidential elections, divorce, environmentalists, and other issues from the turbulent 70's.

Fans of the Judy Moody books may be interested to know that all of the "Julie" books are written by Megan McDonald.  So call the library to get on the waiting list for the books in this new series or place your hold through our online catalog.

Read Any Good Books Lately?

waydowndeep.gifOne summer day in 1944 a red-headed, curly-haired toddler mysteriously appears on the courthouse steps in Way Down Deep, Vest Virginia.  Who is she?  How did she get there?  You'll have to read Way Down Deep by Ruth White to find out.  It's one of the best books I've read recently. 

Have you read any good books lately?  Click on the "Comments" link below and tell us about the last good book you've read.

Finding Award Winners

Have you ever wished you could see a list of all the Newbery or Caldecott award winning books?  This is something we get asked for quite often at the library.  Well, there is a nifty way to get this information in our library catalog.  Here's what you do:

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