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Something New in the Catalog

Our web catalog is constantly evolving and improving.  One of the newest features connects our web catalog with NoveList, a library product that helps people find good books to read.  Here is how it works.

In the web catalog look up a particular book you are interested in reading or perhaps a favorite book you've already read.  In the example below I searched for the book Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  On the right hand side of the display screen you'll see "Similar titles and recommendations."  Just click on that link.

This will open up a NoveList window where you can find all sorts of information and recommendations.  In this example it shows us the rest of the titles in the "Shadow Children" series and the order.

It recommends some similar titles that fans of Among the Hidden might find interesting.

It also shows similar authors whose books might appeal to readers who like Margaret Peterson Haddix.

You can also find ratings and reviews from readers, other recommended lists, and more.  We hope you will explore this new feature of our catalog and discover some great new books to read.  Our web catalog is a wealth of information for avid readers.


Happy Holidays

We would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays!  Remember that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25.  We will re-open for business on Monday, December 26. 

The Olathe libraries will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1.  Materials can always be returned in any of our numerous drop boxes around town anytime.


Happy Thanksgiving

The Children's Services staff at the Olathe Public Library would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  Don't forget that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Thursday and Friday.  We will reopen on Saturday at noon.  Enjoy the holiday, and take some time to enjoy a good book too!


Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2011

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes the importance of reading to very young children in our state.  During the week of November 13 - 19 preschoolers throughout the city of Olathe and across the entire state of Kansas are being read the same book:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Kansas native Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.  This week Olathe Public Library staff and volunteers have been reading this book to children in our library storytimes and at many daycares throughout the Olathe area.  If your child missed out, we encourage you to read to your child at home during this special week.  Of course, we encourage you to read to your children anytime!  There are many great books just waiting to be read at your local library.
 


READ Your Way to Sizzle!

If you love baseball and you love to read, you need to pick up a "READ Your Way to Sizzle!" scoresheet at the library.  You can earn 2 free tickets to a Kansas City T-Bones game just by reading.  Here's how it works.  For every 20 minutes of reading you do, mark it on your scoresheet.  After you have read 2000 minutes, mail the completed form to the
T-Bones for your free tickets.  Simple as that.  Scoresheets must be returned by March 31, 2012.

This is not a library sponsored program.  We are just providing the sheets for all you baseball fans out there.  Forms may be picked up at the Children's Services desk at either Olathe library, but the completed scoresheets must be mailed to the address on the form---not returned to the library.  The sooner you start reading, the sooner you'll reach your goal of 2000 minutes.  What a great way to win free tickets to see the T-Bones play ball.  Go
T-Bones!


Very Hungry Caterpillars

Once again the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library have caterpillars on display in the Children's Services areas.   We have monarchs and black swallowtails.  Come see these hungry caterpillars munching away as they prepare for the process of metamorphosis. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to check to see if they've transformed into chysalises yet.  And if you're really lucky, maybe you'll catch them emerging as butterflies.

 


Summer Hours End

The library's summer hours will be ending this week.  Starting Monday, August 22 both Olathe libraries will be open the following hours:

Sunday   1:00 - 5:00
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 9:00
Friday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday 12:00 - 5:00

These hours will be in effect throughout the school year.  And don't forget that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Sunday, September 4 and Monday September 5 for the Labor Day weekend.


Easy CD Audiobooks

If you like to check out picture books, easy readers, or easy nonfiction books that come with a CD, you will notice a change taking place in the way these items are packaged.  Our easy CD audiobooks used to be packaged in hanging plastic bags that contained the book along with the CD in a jewel case.  We have just started getting rid of those plastic bags.  The books will now have the CD contained in an envelope in the back of the book, and the books will be shelved on bookshelves like regular books.  This is an on-going process so right now some audiobooks are still in hanging bags and some are on shelves.

The newly packaged books will say "CDAUDIO" on the spine.  Whenever you return these items to the library, don't forget to return the CD with the book!  Always be sure to check that the CD is securely in the evelope in the back of the book before returning.  If you have any questions, just ask at the Children's Services Desk.


Drawing Contest Winners

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Summer Drawing Contest!

 

First Grade

1st Place - Addy Bell

2nd Place - Will Siuda

3rd Place - Sam Funk

 

Second Grade

1st Place - Nikki Lau

2nd Place - Allyson Adams

3rd Place - Kaitlyn Thompson

 

Third Grade

1st Place - Sophia Caputo

2nd Place - DaNae Estabine

3rd Place - Emily Burnett

 

Fourth Grade

1st Place - Valerie Bolton

2nd Place - LyLena Estabine

3rd Place - Anna Stovall

 

Fifth Grade

1st Place - Christine David

2nd Place - Riley Delancy

3rd Place - Simmi Rana

 

Click here to view all of the drawing contest entries.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

updownandaroundKansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual statewide, preschool reading initiative. This year during the week of November 15-19, children all across the state of Kansas will be hearing the book Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres. This fun picture book is a rollicking celebration of planting a garden and watching it grow. Library staff from the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch will be reading this book to preschoolers at daycares and preschools throughout the city of Olathe. Miss Carlotta will also be reading the book at our library storytimes that week. It's a great way to promote the importance of reading to the preschool-aged children of our state.

 

 


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