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

New Comics at the Library

Check out a few of the new titles the Children's Department has to offer in our Comics section: 519r1nj1rfl__aa240_.jpg Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm  An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.  Join Babymouse on more adventures in Babymouse: Our Hero and Babymouse: Beach Babe!51pmefdlaol__aa240_.jpg Tiny Tyrant by Lewis Trondheim Twelve adventures of Ethelbert, the six-year-old spoiled-rotten king of Porto Cristo, whose childish demands keep his subjects jumping.   51m7gqtmtbl__aa240_.jpg   Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O'Malley When something lands on one of the moons of the planet Jurassica, Captain Raptor and his spaceship crew go to investigate.  There's a sequel: Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates!

Young Artists on Display

The annual exhibit of artwork by elementary students of the Olathe District Schools is now on display in the Children's Department of the Main Library.  The artwork will be up from February 22 through March 28.  Come check out this cool display and get inspired to make a little art of your own! 100_1205.JPG                 �

Get To Know Your Library Staff - Gregg

Have you ever wondered about those people you see sitting behind the desk when you visit the library?  This is a new feature on our blog to help you get to know them just a little bit.  Each month we will profile a different Children's Department staff member at the Main Library or Indian Creek Branch.  They will tell you a little about themselves, what they like to do, what they like to read, and maybe some interesting trivia.  This month we are featuring Mr. Gregg.


seusspic2.jpgHi! My name is Gregg (I'm the one on the right), and I work at the Main Library. I've worked at the Olathe Public Library for over 15 years. Boy, does that make me feel old!

As a child the first book I remember reading all by myself was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss, and I'm still a big fan of his books.  They are true classics.  The Sneetches and Other Stories is one of my favorites.

homeofthebrave.JPGOne of the best books I've read recently is Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate.  It's a chapter book told in free verse about Kek, a young Sudanese refugee, who immigrates to Minnesota.  It tells of his struggles to adjust to the unfamiliar American culture while trying to come to grips with the horrors of his past.

Some of my favorite children's authors include Kate DiCamillo, Ruth White, Cynthia Rylant, Kevin Henkes, Madeleine L'Engle, Maira Kalman, Jon Agee, Petra Mathers, Eve Bunting, Jon Scieszka, James Marshall, Patricia Polacco...  I could keep going, but I'd better stop there.

I studied art in college and love to visit art museums and galleries and occasionally even create some art of my own.  I do a lot of the artwork in the children's area at the Main Library.  I like all kinds of music and play the guitar, recorder, and mountain dulcimer.  (If you're looking for some good children's music, let me recommend Bill Harley or John McCutcheon.)  I share my home with a sweet, black cat named Lorelei.  So if you ever notice strange clumps of black fur clinging to my clothes, that would be why!  One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Schweitzer:  "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

Well, that's just a little bit about me.  People often tell me I'm lucky to work at a library, and I have to agree!

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