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!

Drawing Contest Winners

First Grade

1st Place - Valerie Bolton 2nd Place - Elizabeth Gritton 3rd Place - Rachel Dengsam-r2.jpg Second Grade 1st Place - Sam Rinke 2nd Place - Olivia Markey 3rd Place - Anna Flucke Third Grade 1st Place - Ellie Miller 2nd Place - Evelyn Change 3rd Place - Kavian Kalantari erica-c2.jpgFourth Grade 1st Place - Katherine McCormack 2nd Place - Nathan Lucas 3rd Place - Naomi Mendoza Fifth Grade 1st Place - Isabella Jaen-Maisonet 2nd Place - Rachel Li 3rd Place - Shae Delancy Sixth Grade 1st Place - Taber Fisher 2nd Place - Erica Change 3rd Place - Zoey Sweeny Congratulations to our winners!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Robin

robin.jpgHi, my name is Robin and I am the newest face in the Children’s Department at the Main Library.  I have been working here just over two months.  I worked in an elementary school library before and taught preschool for many years so this job includes all the things I enjoy:  books and working with children.  I have always loved reading and books since I can remember and always have a book I am reading. 

I have 3 sons, all grown and on their own now, and I loved to read to and with them as they were growing up.  We read together every day.  We enjoyed books together so much they even named some of their pets after book characters.  We had a dog named Ribsy just like in the Beverly Cleary books and a rat named Templeton like in Charlotte’s Web.  We traveled through history and on many adventures through the Little House books, the Narnia series, and many more. 

I still love reading and it is my favorite pastime outside the library.  I also love being outside, quilting and embroidery.  The most exciting thing now is that my oldest son and his wife are expecting our first grandchild this fall and we are anxiously waiting for her to be born.  Can you guess what I am buying for her?  If you guessed books you are right.  She already has a library of her own and she won’t be born until October.  Come by the desk and share with me your favorite book so I might include it in my granddaughter's library.

T-shirts for Sale

tshirt1.jpgWhat's the hottest trend in the world of library fashion?  It would have to be these snazzy green "Catch the Reading Bug!" t-shirts.  This year's t-shirt features the summer slogan on the front and has been customized with "Olathe Public Library" on the back.  And you can have your very own!  tshirt2.jpg             Our special summer t-shirts are available to buy at both Olathe libraries.  They cost $7.00 and are available in child and adult sizes.  So get your groovy shirt today while supplies last. A special thanks to the Friends of the Olathe Public Library for providing these t-shirts for purchase.  It's a great way to support your local library while making a stunning fashion statement!

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Rosemary

blog-pic.jpgGreetings! My name is Rosemary, and I work at the Indian Creek Branch. I've worked at the library for almost 11 years now.

I've always loved books! I homeschooled, and my parents made sure we had plenty of time for reading. Pretty much all they had to do to get me to read was hand me a book. I was introduced to a lot of classics by being given copies of them for birthdays and Christmas. All I have to do now is look at the inscription inside to know what year I read books like The Secret Garden, Little Women or The Hobbit.

One of my most treasured books is a signed copy of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Inside she wrote, "For Rosemary, tesser well." I've read it too half-magic.gifmany times to count and it is still one of my favorites.

Some of my fondest memories are of my mom reading aloud books like Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Half Magic to my brothers and me. That's part of the reason why       I started To Be Continued at the Indian Creek Library.    I love to read aloud chapter books, and this allows me to share some of my favorites. To Be Continued will be meeting every Monday at 4pm this summer. Come join us!

When I'm not working or reading I like to play board games with my friends, crochet and travel!

Need to Memorize the States and their Capitals?

411pmnebnql_sl160_aa115_1.jpgIf you're trying to memorize the 50 states and their capitals, here are a couple of tips. You can check out the music CD, Songs of America, which has the ABC states song on it. The song is to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw." The CD also has an instrumental version of "Turkey in the Straw," so you can practice the song!  

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Kate

grown-kate002.jpgHello, hello, hello, hello! I’m Kate, and I work at the Indian Creek Branch. I’ve been a librarian for just 8 years, but I’ve been a book lover my whole life. My dad read to my brother and me just about every night. When I was 6, I was given a book of poetry, and I’ve loved poetry ever sinceyoung-kate001.jpg. That’s me at 6 in the photo on the right. One of my favorite books is “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” by Joan Aiken. Our school librarian read it to us, and we eagerly awaited the “next episode” because the story was a little like Lemony Snicket’s books.

I enjoy traveling and have lived in Lebanon and Ethiopia. Now the library enables me to travel the world without every leaving home. I can learn about different countries—their myths and folktales, special holidays they celebrate, their history, religion, and customs. I enjoy reading chapter books that are set in other countries and times as well. There are also wonderful DVDs to take me to other countries.

When I’m not at the library, I’m rather like you. I like to play outside (well, work in my yard), listen to music, read books and magazines, watch movies, play computer games, and visit with my family and friends. When I was a kid, I spent the summer swimming and riding my bicycle. My friends and I would pretend we were secret agents, solving mysteries. Being a librarian allows me to be a detective every day, helping you find books you’ll like and locating information for your homework projects.

I still love reading all sorts of books, as well as listening to books on CD. I just index2.giflistened to “Princess hugo-cabret.jpgAcademy” by Shannon Hale, and I think Megan McDonald’s Stink books are hilarious! Some other new favorites are “Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree” and “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”

Here are a couple of secrets: when I was 8, we had an English bulldog named Mack the Knife who looked just like Fido, the dog you can find on Fridays in the library during the summer. I was also in Girl Scouts from Brownies through Cadets, and I learned to play the piano. Perhaps you’ll share a secret with me the next time you come to the library. Hey, that rhymes! Could it be poetry?


Get To Know Your Library Staff - Jennifer

adamson-jennifer.JPGHello.  My name is Jennifer.  I work at the main library.  I've worked at the Olathe Public Library for over 12 years.  Before coming to Kansas, I worked in libraries in Kentucky and California.  I seem to like states that start with the "k" sound (Kansas, Kentucky, California!).

I've always been a bit of a reluctant reader.  When I was in elementary wrinkle-in-time.gifschool you would very seldom have found me curled up with a good book.  Instead you would have found me outside shooting hoops, playing 3 Flies Up with the neighborhood kids, or building tree houses.  I associated reading with school work - it wasn't something I thought of as fun.  My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Salidivar, changed that.  After recess she would read aloud to the class.  The first book she read to us was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  It was magic, and I was hooked!  A Wrinkle in Time will probably always be my favorite book.  I've read it several times since then, and I always seem to get something new out of it each time I read it. 

Some of the books that I've read recently and really enjoyed are Clementine diary-of-a-wimpy-kid.gifby Sara Pennypacker, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and the Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone) series by Jenny Nimmo.  Clementine and Diary of a Wimpy Kid were both very funny and made me laugh out loud.  If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, try the Children of the Red King series.  You might like Charlie Bone, too.  The Harry Potter series may have come to an end, but there are still more Charlie Bone books to come.  I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment!

Some days I'm still a bit of a reluctant reader.  It's something that's been hard for me to overcome.  But I've had enough experience by now to know how easy it is to get lost in a good story and how rewarding a good book can be.  One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is connecting kids with good books and helping them to discover the joy of reading.  Sometimes all it takes is finding that one special book.

When I'm not at the library (or reading) I like to spend time in my backyard watching the wildlife (mostly birds and squirrels) and trying to make things grow.  I'm not a very good gardener.  I plant flowers, fruit, and vegetables in my yard, but they don't always survive.  Trying to figure out what goes wrong is a bit like doing a science fair project.  Did I water too much?  Or maybe not enough?  Still, when my plants thrive and they actually produce flowers, fruit, or vegetables, I find it very exciting.  It still amazes me how such a big pumpkin can grow from just a seed!

I'm looking foward to the warmer weather and seeing what my garden will grow this year.

Happy Spring! flowers.gif

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