The Votes Are In!

wimpypigeon.JPGThe library's Vote for Books campaign is over for 2008, and the winners are...President Wimpy Kid and Vice-President Pigeon!  Here is the breakdown of the final vote count at the Olathe libraries.
Wimpy Kid & Pigeon  46% Clementine & Fancy Nancy  27% Percy Jackson & Skippyjon Jones  18% David Mortimer Baxter & Olivia  9%
And here is the breakdown of votes from libraries throughout greater Kansas City.
Wimpy Kid & Pigeon  43% Clementine & Fancy Nancy  24% Percy Jackson & Skippyjon Jones  23% David Mortimer Baxter & Olivia  10%
The local votes pretty much reflect those throughout the metro area.  The young voters have spoken.  Thanks to everyone who voted.  It was an exciting race!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Lisa

lisaobermeier.jpgHello!  My name is Miss Lisa and I love working in the Children's Department at the Indian Creek Public Library.  The public library is an important institution in my life.  For as long as I can remember, I have worked in and around libraries.  I was a library aide at my junior high and high school.  I worked in an academic library during and after college.  After a few years at another job, I returned to my very favorite place---you guessed it---the library!  I believe that librarians should make people feel comfortable and connect them with resources they need. lisa.jpgI was born in Kansas City, but because my father was in the military, we moved overseas when I was five.  (I'm the one in front.)  I attended Ludwigsburg Elementary, in Stuttgart, Germany.  One of my earliest memories was getting the book, The Cat in the Hat, from the German Father Christmas!  While I was in Europe, I had the opportunity to visit many different countries.  When I came back to the United States, I still had the travel bug.  When I was a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to visit Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Italy and Greece. strawberrygirl.gifThe books I really enjoyed as a child were historical novels by Lois Lenski.  I was fascinated by her characters and their childhood experiences that were so different from my own.  Strawberry Girl, Prairie School, Houseboat, and Shoo-Fly Girl were probably my favorites.  I also loved Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and all of Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew Mysteries. Two of my three children attend the University of Kansas, so when I'm not working at the library, I like to follow the Kansas Jayhawks Football and Basketball seasons.  I also cheer for my youngest son, who plays football for the Saint James Thunder.  In my spare time, I like to do volunteer work and sing at my church. I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with some very nice people.  It also gives me the opportunity to promote an institution that I think is very important to our community---our public library.

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Miss Ruth

ruth2.jpgHi...My name is Miss Ruth (really, it's Ruth Suddreth, but I like Miss Ruth better) and I am a children's librarian.  Even though I spend most of my time at the Main Olathe Public Library, you might also see me at the Indian Creek Branch Library when it's my turn to read stories or help with special programs.  I also help choose picture books and non-fiction books for the Children's Department.  That's one of my favorite things about my job because I get to see all the new books when they arrive at the library. I haven't always worked in the Children's Department, though, because when I was just a new librarian, I had the opportunity to work in almost every other department throughout the whole library.  What a great way to understand how all the parts of the Olathe Public Library fit together. Before I became a librarian, I was a kindergarten teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School right here in Olathe.  It's really fun to see some of my former students bring their children to the library, because I know as moms and dads, they understand how important it is to read, read, read! Speaking of reading, some of my favorite books are Watch Out! Big Bro's Coming by Jez Alborough, What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum, any Hank the Cowdog books by John Erickson, and any of the Eye Witness books.  Maybe those books are some of your favorites, too. fancyshoe.jpgWhen I'm not busy being a librarian, I like spending time outside in my flower garden, reading, and shopping for shoes.  Mostly shopping for shoes! So if you have any questions about what it's like to be a children's librarian or to work in a library, stop by the Children's Department and I'll be happy to visit with you.

Vote for Books 2008

The Kansas City metro area libraries (including Olathe) are having an election for favorite book characters.  There are four pairs of running mates.  You are encouraged to stop by either Olathe library and cast your vote.  You may vote anytime between October 14 - November 4.  Below is a sample ballot listing the candidates.  May the best team win!

A Spooktacular Selection

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex   frankenstein.jpgJust in time for Halloween, this hilarious book is filled with ghoulish poems about all of your favorite creatures and spooky fiends.  Each poem tells the story of the monster-sized problems of beasts such as Dracula, Wolfman, and Bigfoot.  Dracula’s got spinach stuck in his teeth, the Phantom of the Opera has a song stuck in his head, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon doesn’t wait the required hour before going swimming.   With just the right amount of gory detail and gasp-worthy entries, this book of poetry is perfect for any little monster.  And, coming soon, the sequel:  Frankenstein Takes the Cake.  J 811.6 Rex

Banned Books Week 2008


Libraries across America are celebrating Banned Books Week September 27-October 4.  This is an annual celebration of our freedom to read and a reminder not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.  Librarians work diligently to provide access to all ideas, information, and viewpoints. Among the ten most challenged books of 2007 are the children's titles And Tango Makes Three, Olive's Ocean, The Golden Compass, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and It's Perfectly Normal.  The most challenged books between the years 2000-2005 include the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the Scary Stories books by Alvin Schwartz and the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey. Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week by reading a book of your choice!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Carlotta

carlotta.jpgHi – My name is Ms Carlotta (really it’s Carlotta Belcher but I have been known at story times and schools as Ms Carlotta for so long that I’m used to that name!!). I’ve worked in the Children’s Department of the Olathe Library for over 27 years…yes, I know that’s a really long time but I just love being around children and books so here I still am!! When I’m not working at the library, I read lots of books, play bridge, bunco, tennis and check up on our nine grandchildren and one great grandchild!! Most of our grandchildren are all “grown up” but there are still two younger grandsons that I bring to the library all of the time to get lots and lots of books. My favorite books are fairy tales, tall tales, and especially folk tales (these books are all found in the J300’s at the library). I also love riddles and when I’m at schools reading stories, I always tell a few riddles also. Children love riddles! I always encourage school children to drop by the Children’s Department and say hi. So adults and children both, please stop by and wave, smile and say hi!!

Hooray for Southpaws!

handprint.JPGDid you know August 13th is Left-Handers Day? Are you left-handed?  If so, you are in good company.  According to the Famous Left-Handers website, 4 out of the 5 last U.S. Presidents were left-handed:  Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.  And the next president is also likely to be left-handed, as both Barack Obama and John McCain are southpaws.  Other famous left-handers include Alexander the Great, Michelangelo, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, Mark Twain, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few.  Let's hear it for lefties!

Get a Free Book!!

Would you like a FREE book?  All you have to do is return your summer reading folder to the library between August 1-17.  Just bring your folder in to either Olathe library, show folderfront.JPGus what you read this summer, and pick out a free paperback book.  Come early for the best selection.  You will also be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Borders Books!  And if you don't have a reading club folder, it's not too late.  You can still pick one up at the library and write down the books you've been reading.  If you still need some stickers for the back of your folder, we can fix you up with those, too, while supplies last. Congratulations on all of the reading you've been doing.  We suggest you take your folder with you when you return to school this fall.  Your teacher is sure to be impressed with all the books you read over the summer.  Great job!!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Stacey

stacey.jpgHello!  My name is Stacey and I am a Children’s Librarian at the Main Library.  I have worked for the Olathe Public Library for over 10 years!  I started as a clerk in the Circulation Department.  I enjoyed checking books out to customers and seeing all the books when they got returned.  However, I really wanted to work with kids.  So, when there was a job open in the Children’s Department, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity.  Some of my favorite duties as a librarian are planning and presenting programs for kids of all ages and choosing books to buy for the library.  I choose the books for the J200s, J300s, J600s, J800s, and the Scouts and Comics sections.

stacey2.jpgI wasn’t a huge reader when I was younger.   When I did read, it was usually a Babysitters Club book or a Choose Your Own Adventure.   I loved it when my 4th grade teacher would read to my class.  I remember her reading The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.  I really started reading after I graduated from high school.  I enjoy reading things that I want to read, instead of reading things that my teachers told me I had to.  Some of my favorite children’s books are:  The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs  by Judi Barrett, Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child, Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant…I could go on and on.

I live in Shawnee with my husband and our four cats; Sade, Egypt, Gus and Milo.  My husband and I actually met in the cat food section of a grocery store.  In my spare time I like to watch movies, listen to music, play computer games and spend time with my family.  I love it when my mother-in-law invites us over arabiccoffee1.JPGfor dinner.  My husband and his family are from Syria (which is near Jordan and Iraq), and she makes wonderful Arabic foods like kibbeh (a dumpling stuffed with meat and spices), yerbak (stuffed grape leaves), and, my favorite, kousa mehshi (stuffed zucchini).  We end every meal with a very strong Arabic coffee.  I love it!

So, that’s a little bit about me.  Next time you are in the library, stop by and say “Marhaba.”  That’s Arabic for hello!

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