1st Place - Valerie Bolton
2nd Place - Elizabeth Gritton
3rd Place - Rachel Deng
1st Place - Sam Rinke
2nd Place - Olivia Markey
3rd Place - Anna Flucke
1st Place - Ellie Miller
2nd Place - Evelyn Change
3rd Place - Kavian Kalantari
1st Place - Katherine McCormack
2nd Place - Nathan Lucas
3rd Place - Naomi Mendoza
1st Place - Isabella Jaen-Maisonet
2nd Place - Rachel Li
3rd Place - Shae Delancy
1st Place - Taber Fisher
2nd Place - Erica Change
3rd Place - Zoey Sweeny
Congratulations to our winners!
Hi, my name is Robin and I am the newest face in the Childrenâ€™s Department at the Main Library.Â I have been working here just over two months.Â I worked in an elementary school library before and taught preschool for many years so this job includes all the things I enjoy: Â books and working with children.Â I have always loved reading and books since I can remember and always have a book I am reading.Â
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.Â We read together every day.Â We enjoyed books together so much they even named some of their pets after book characters.Â We had a dog named Ribsy just like in the Beverly Cleary books and a rat named Templeton like in Charlotteâ€™s Web.Â We traveled through history and on many adventures through the Little House books, the Narnia series, and many more.Â
I still love reading and it is my favorite pastime outside the library.Â I also love being outside, quilting and embroidery.Â 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.Â Can you guess what I am buying for her?Â If you guessed books you are right.Â She already has a library of her own and she wonâ€™t be born until October.Â Come by the desk and share with me your favorite book so I might include it in my granddaughter's library.
What's the hottest trend in the world of library fashion?Â It would have to be these snazzyÂ green "Catch the Reading Bug!"
t-shirts.Â This year's t-shirt features the summer slogan on the front and has been customized with "Olathe Public Library" on the back.Â And you can have your very own!Â
Our special summer t-shirts are available to buy at both Olathe libraries.Â They cost $7.00 and are available in child and adult sizes.Â So get your groovy shirt today while supplies last.
A special thanks to the Friends of the Olathe Public Library forÂ providing these t-shirts for purchase.Â It's a great way to support your local library while making a stunning fashion statement!
Greetings! 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 inscriptionÂ 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 many 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 whyÂ Â Â Â Â Â I started To Be Continued at the Indian Creek Library.Â Â Â 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!
If 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 instrumentalÂ version of "Turkey in the Straw," so you can practice the song!
Hello, hello, hello, hello! Iâ€™m Kate, and I work at the Indian Creek Branch. Iâ€™ve been a librarian for just 8 years, but Iâ€™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 Iâ€™ve loved poetry ever since. Thatâ€™s me at 6 in the photo on the right. One of my favorite books is â€œThe Wolves of Willoughby Chaseâ€ by Joan Aiken. Our school librarian read it to us, and we eagerly awaited the â€œnext episodeâ€ because the story was a little like Lemony Snicketâ€™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 countriesâ€”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 Iâ€™m not at the library, Iâ€™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 youâ€™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 listened to â€œPrincess Academyâ€ by Shannon Hale, and I think Megan McDonaldâ€™s Stink books are hilarious! Some other new favorites are â€œEmma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Treeâ€ and â€œThe Invention of Hugo Cabret.â€
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 youâ€™ll share a secret with me the next time you come to the library. Hey, that rhymes! Could it be poetry?
Hello.Â My name is Jennifer.Â I work at the main library.Â I've worked at the Olathe Public Library for over 12 years.Â Before coming to Kansas, I worked in libraries in Kentucky and California.Â I seem to like states that start with the "k" sound (Kansas, Kentucky, California!).
I've always been a bit of a reluctant reader.Â When I was in elementary school you would very seldom have found me curled up with a good book.Â Instead you would have found me outside shooting hoops, playing 3 Flies Up with the neighborhood kids, or building tree houses.Â I associated reading with school work - it wasn't something I thought of as fun.Â My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Salidivar, changed that.Â After recess she would read aloud to the class.Â Â The first book she read to us was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.Â It was magic, and I was hooked!Â Â A Wrinkle in TimeÂ will probably always be my favorite book.Â I've read it several times since then, and I always seem to get something new out of it each time I read it.Â
Some of the books that I've read recently and really enjoyed are Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and the Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone) series by Jenny Nimmo.Â Clementine and Diary of a Wimpy Kid were both very funny andÂ made me laugh out loud.Â If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, try the Children of the Red King series.Â You might like Charlie Bone, too.Â The Harry Potter series may have come to an end, but there are still more Charlie Bone books to come.Â I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment!
Some days I'm still a bit of a reluctant reader.Â Â It's something that's been hard for me to overcome.Â 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.Â Â One ofÂ my favorite parts ofÂ being a librarianÂ is connecting kids with good books andÂ helping them to discover the joyÂ of reading.Â 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.Â I'm not a very good gardener.Â Â I plant flowers, fruit,Â and vegetables in my yard, but they don't always survive.Â Â Trying to figure out what goes wrong isÂ a bit like doing a science fair project.Â Did I water too much?Â Or maybe not enough?Â Still, when my plantsÂ thrive andÂ theyÂ actually produceÂ flowers, fruit,Â or vegetables, IÂ find itÂ very exciting.Â It still amazes me how such a big pumpkinÂ can grow from just a seed!
I'm looking foward to the warmer weather and seeing whatÂ my garden willÂ grow this year.
Check outÂ a few of the new titles the Children's Department has to offer in our Comics section:
Babymouse: Queen of the World
by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew HolmÂ
An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.Â Join Babymouse on more adventures in Babymouse: Our Hero and Babymouse: Beach Babe!
by Lewis Trondheim
Twelve adventures of Ethelbert, the six-year-old spoiled-rotten king of Porto Cristo, whose childish demands keep his subjects jumping.
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.Â There'sÂ a sequel: Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates!
The annual exhibit of artwork by elementary students of the Olathe District Schools is now on display in the Children's DepartmentÂ of the Main Library.Â The artwork will be up from February 22 through March 28.Â Come check out this cool display and get inspired to make a little art of your own!Â
Have you ever wondered aboutÂ those peopleÂ you see sitting behind the deskÂ when you visitÂ the library?Â This isÂ a new feature on our blog to help you get to know them just a little bit.Â Each month we will profile a different Children's Department staff member atÂ the Main LibraryÂ or Indian Creek Branch.Â They will tell you a little about themselves, what they like to do, what they like to read, and maybe some interesting trivia.Â This month we are featuring Mr. Gregg.
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Hi! 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 overÂ 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.Â They are true classics.Â The Sneetches and Other Stories is one of my favorites.
One of the best books I've read recently is Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate.Â It's a chapter book told in free verse about Kek, a young Sudanese refugee, who immigrates to Minnesota.Â It tells ofÂ his struggles to adjust toÂ 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...Â 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.Â I do a lot of the artwork in the children's area at the Main Library.Â I like all kinds of music and play the guitar, recorder,Â and mountain dulcimer.Â (If you're looking for some good children's music, let me recommend Bill Harley or John McCutcheon.)Â IÂ share my home with aÂ sweet, black cat named Lorelei.Â So if you ever notice strange clumps of black fur clinging to my clothes, that would beÂ why!Â One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Schweitzer:Â "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:Â music and cats."
Well, that's just a little bit about me.Â People often tell me I'm lucky to work at a library, and I have to agree!