childrens-dept-news

New Reading Area at Main

booknooksm.jpgHave you seen the new red sofa and big blue chair in the Children's Department at the Main Library?  They are as comfy as they look.  We hope this will provide a cozy area for kids to read.  It's also a great place to curl up with a friend, sibling, or parent and share a good book together.  saucerlightssm.jpgSo try out our new furniture the next time you're in the library.  And don't miss the new flying saucer lights!  Just look up.

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

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!

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

bunnycakes2.jpgDuring National Children's Book Week, November 13-19, the library will be participating in a state-wide project called "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers."  The goal of this project is to read the same book to every child 5 years old and younger throughout the state.  This year's book is Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.  Schools, libraries, daycares, and other agencies will be reading this book to children all over Kansas during the week.

Both Olathe libraries will be offering "Story on the Spot" featuring the book Bunny Cakes throughout the week of November 13-19.  Hear about Max's hilarious efforts to make an earthworm cake for his grandma's birthday.  Just stop by the Indian Creek Branch Library anytime that week and catch an impromptu reading of this charming book by Rosemary Wells.  You may also stop by the Main Library to hear a reading during the following times:
          Monday, Nov. 13 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
          Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Thursday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
          Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
This book will also be read at all of our regularly scheduled library storytimes throughout the week.

Welcome to Around the Corner!

Around the Corner is the Children's Department's new blog.  This is a place to find out the latest library news for kids.  We'll blog about upcoming programs, new books and movies, info about children's authors, and cool library stuff of all kinds.  It's also a place to let us hear from you.  Just comment back and let us know what's on your mind.  So stop "around the corner" often and see what's going on!

Family Read Aloud Club

mother daughter readingDo you know about our Family Read Aloud Club?  This is a program to encourage parents to read aloud to their elementary-aged children.  Sign up at the library and then keep track of the books your family reads together.  For every six books your family reads, you get to choose a free paperback book to keep!  Qualifying books must be at least 80 pages long and checked out from the Olathe Public Library or Indian Creek Branch.  Don't stop reading to your children just because they can now read on their own.  Spend some quality family time with a good book!

Children's Spanish Collection

In order to make things easier to find, the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch have both consolidated their Spanish children's materials into one area.  All children's books and videos in Spanish are now located together.  At Main the Children's Spanish Collection can be found at the far right end of the shelves housing our Easy DVDs and videos.  At Indian Creek the Children's Spanish Collection can be found on the shelves that used to hold the holiday books.  Indian Creek has also done some rearranging in the J Fiction area.  If you need any help finding what you're looking for, just ask at the Children's Desk.

Around the Corner Policy

Section: Administrative
 
Subject: Library Blog Policy
 
Summary: This policy states the rules for using the library blog.
 
Policy: The Olathe Public Library makes use of various blogs to disperse information and solicit comments. All staff and public contributing either posts or comments to the Olathe Public Library blog are expected to conform to the Olathe Public Library Administrative Policy Manual, “Library Security Policy”, #10-004-00. Posts or comments containing profanity will not be posted.

Around the Corner Policy

Section: Administrative
 
Subject: Library Blog Policy
 
Summary: This policy states the rules for using the library blog.
 
Policy: The Olathe Public Library makes use of various blogs to disperse information and solicit comments. All staff and public contributing either posts or comments to the Olathe Public Library blog are expected to conform to the Olathe Public Library Administrative Policy Manual, “Library Security Policy”, #10-004-00. Posts or comments containing profanity will not be posted.
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