One Million Checkouts


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


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


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


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


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


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

National Children's Book Week 2010

bookweek2010 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.


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!

Wash Your Hands!

During this cold and flu season, everyone is trying to stay healthy.  Here are four ways to keep from getting sick and spreading your germs:     1.  Get vaccinated.     2.  Cover your cough.     3.  Stay home when you're sick.     4.  Wash your hands! Children's musician Bill Harley has written a fun song to remind us all about the importance of washing our hands to stay well and healthy.  Click the graphic below to hear this great little song, "Wash Your Hands (lávate las manos)."  And don't forget to wash your hands!


Holiday Staff Picks 2009

bookbowOnce again the Children's staff at the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch have compiled a list of some of our favorite books from the last year---with maybe a few old favorites thrown in for good measure.  If you are looking for a special book to give that special child on your holiday shopping list, we hope you might consider some of our staff picks.  We've tried to select a wide variety of books for all different age levels:  picture books, chapter books, easy readers, nonfiction, poetry, and more.  You're sure to find just the right book for your holiday giving. All of the books on our Holiday Staff Picks list will be on display at both Olathe libraries through the end of the year.  The books on display cannot be checked out, but we're always happy to request any titles for you.  Click here to see the list.  Copies of the list may also be picked up at the Children's Deparment.

Monarchs in Space

spaceshuttleUniversity of Kansas professor Chip Taylor has spent much of his career tracking monarch butterflies, but next week he will be tracking some monarchs to a place they've never been before. On Monday, November 16, three of Taylor's monarch caterpillars will be traveling to outer space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis and will eventually end up on the International Space Station. This project is designed to study the effects of gravity. Researchers hope the caterpillars will turn into butterflies sometime after Thanksgiving.  You can read more about this project at Monarchs in Space.
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