"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 andÂ 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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
"WHY POETRY?" by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Why poetry? Why?
Why sunsets? Why trees?
Why birds? Why seas?
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.Â What better time to read a few poems?Â The library has a great collection of poetry books.Â Most can be found in the nonfiction section in the 811's.Â 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.Â And ifÂ 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.Â National Poety Month is the perfect time to visit the library!