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Homework Help

homeworkhelpDid you know Live Homework Help is available through the library's website?  Students in grades 4th through 12th can receive help in math, science, social studies or English from a live online tutor. Tutors are available every day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available for help with math and science 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. This is a free service offered through the library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Click here to learn more and get connected now.


VHS Blowout

Beginning Thursday, September 23, all children's VHS videotapes at the Main Library will be on sale for 25¢ each or 5 for $1. This will be our rock bottom price, so if you've been waiting to stock up, now is the time. Get 'em while they last! All sales are final. DVDs are not included in this sale. All the money made from this sale will be used to buy new children's DVDs for the library collection.

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Butterflies at the Library

swallowtailcaterpillar1"Caterpillars" by Aileen Fisher

What do caterpillars do? Nothing much but chew and chew. What do caterpillars know? Nothing much but how to grow. They just eat what by and by will make them be a butterfly, But that is more than I can do however much I chew and chew.

From the poetry book Cricket in a Thicket

Stop by either Olathe library and check out our displays of caterpillars in the Children's Department. We are anxiously watching and waiting for our caterpillars to transform into beautiful butterflies. Our displays include monarchs and black swallowtails. Each time you visit the library this fall, be sure to see if the caterpillars have grown, if they have formed chrysalises, or if they have emerged as butterflies.

One Million Checkouts

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According to David M. Schwartz's book How Much Is a Million?, if one million kids stood on top of each other's shoulders, they would form a tower over  757 miles tall!   (Mt. Everest is only 5 ½ miles tall.)   How long do you think it would take to count to one million?   Would you believe 23 days?   That's right, 23 days of non-stop counting. Now imagine checking out one million items at the library!   That's how many items have been checked out  from the Olathe Public Libraries so far  this year.   Today we checked out our millionth item.   That is a lot of books, movies, CDs and games!   No wonder the library is always such a busy place.

Drawing Contest Winners - 2010

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Drawing Contest!   There  was a lot of fun and creative artwork this summer.   After much deliberation, our judges have chosen the winners.   There was some stiff competition. Winning drawings will be on display at the Main Library August 2-13 and at the  Indian Creek Branch August 16-27.      The drawings on display  may be picked up in September.  All other entries may be picked up at any time.   To see the winning drawings and all the entries, click here.

And the winners are:goodjobblueribbon

FIRST GRADE

1st place - Joel Moore 2nd place - Rowan Farha 3rd place - Isabel Robb

SECOND GRADE

1st place - Emily Burnett 2nd place - Irina Honc 3rd place - Jenna Lindsey

THIRD GRADE

1st Place - Aaron Chen 2nd place - LyLena Estabine 3rd grade - Dorina Cao

FOURTH GRADE

1st place - Mark Schermerhorn 2nd place - Olivia Laxton 3rd place - Christine David

FIFTH GRADE

1st place - Maria Caputo 2nd place - Alexandria Brandt 3rd place - Parker Erickson Congratulations everybody!

National Children's Book Week 2010

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May 10 - 16 is National Children's Book Week.  Of course, here in the Children's Department every week is children's book week!

If you are always on the lookout for a good book to read, there's a great new resource available online.  Every year the Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education in New York reviews over 6000 children's books and then selects the best 600 titles.  For the first time ever, this excellent resource is available online for free.  You can search for books by age range or interest area.  The list can be found here.  Just scroll down to the clickable age categories.

Why not celebrate National Children's Book Week by spending a little quality time with a good book or maybe reading a book together as a family?  Good books are worth celebrating every day of the year!

Who's the Coolest Spud Around?

It's Mr. Potato Head!  Stop by the Children's Department at the Main Library mrpotatoheadanytime during the month of May and check out the cool display of Mr. Potato Head figures.  There are Mr. (and Mrs.) Potato Head pirates, fairy tale characters, bunnies, construction workers, even a Transformers Mr. Potato Head!  You can also check out a selection of potato-related books sure to please your inner Mr. Potato Head.  Thanks to Miss Beth for sharing this fun collection.

Wii Games for Kids

Do you have a Wii system at home?  Then here's some good news.  The Olathe Public Library has begun purchasing Wii video games specifically for kids.  These are kid-friendly games appropriate for 5th graders and younger.  This is a new collection but will grow over time. 

The Wii games at the library are always kept on a shelf behind the Check Out Desk.  Just ask at the desk to see what games are available for check out.  Of course, these games are very popular so you may want to get on the waiting lists for some of these.  You can place a hold via our web catalog or ask your friendly librarian to help you.

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Here are some of the titles currently in our collection:

Backyard Baseball '10
Backyard NFL Football '09
Baseball Blast!
Cars
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cradle of Rome
Divagirls, Divas on Ice
Dora Save the Crystal Kingdom
Dora Save the Snow Princess
Freddi Fish, Kelp Seed Mystery
Guinness World Records
Harvest Moon, Animal Parade
Hasbro Family Game Night
JumpStart, Escape from Adventure Island
JumpStart, Pet Rescue
Let's Tap
Littlest Pet Shop, Friends
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
MySims Racing
Nancy Drew, The White Wolf of Icicle Creek
Pajama Sam, Don't Fear the Dark
Pony Friends 2
The Princess and the Frog
Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity
Ratatouille
Safari Rescue
SimAnimals
SimAnimals, Africa
Ultimate I Spy
Up
Walk It Out
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Where's Waldo?
World of Zoo

So check out some of our new games and have a "Wii-lly" good time!

2010 William Allen White Award Winners

The votes have been counted and the winners have been announced! 

howtostealadog2The winning title for 3rd - 5th graders is How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor.  Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina feels desperate to improve their situation.  Unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.cracker

 

 The winning title for 6th - 8th graders is Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.  This is a stirring, realistic story of America's war in Vietnam, using the alternating viewpoints of an army "bomb sniffing" dog named Cracker and her 17-year-old handler, Rick.

 

National Poetry Month

"WHY POETRY?"
by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Why poetry?
Why?

Why sunsets?
Why trees?

Why birds?
Why seas?bookstack2

Why you?
Why me?

Why friends?
Why families?

Why laugh?
Why cry?

Why hello?
Why good-bye?

Why poetry?
That's why!

April is National Poetry Month.  What better time to read a few poems?  The library has a great collection of poetry books.  Most can be found in the nonfiction section in the 811's. 

Some fun children's poets worth checking out include Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Douglas Florian, Janet Wong and Bruce Lansky, just to name a few.  And if you'd like to try your hand at writing some poems of your own, you might enjoy Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem, Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out, and How to Write Poetry.  National Poety Month is the perfect time to visit the library!

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