The Winter Olympics opening ceremony was on Friday, officially kicking off the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is an exciting time for sports fans, and many young kids and teens become enamored with certain athletes or sports and want to learn all they can about them. Enter the librarian! The Olympics are an excellent way for librarians to connect with young patrons by providing various resources on the Olympics and winter sports in general. Here are some great resources, both electronic and print, to get you started:
- 2010 Vancouver Olympics- official site of the Olympic Games, provides clear bios of the athletes and various teams, as well as a current medal count. It also lists the schedule of the events.
- Olympics Games- The Official Website of the Olympic Movement, provides information about the sports from both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
- NBC Olympics- website of the news network broadcasting most of the action from the Games.
- Olympic Games Crafts- fun crafts for younger patrons
- Winter Olympic Sports series- for ages 9-12, has various titles such as Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Snowboarding, Ice Hockey and Curling, etc., for some quick and fun information on the sports
- Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics, by Sue Macy- for ages 9-12, this title published by National Geographic has excellent photos and information for many to enjoy
- The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics: 2010 Edition, by David Wallechinsky and Jamie Louck- for older students, gives a detailed account of sports in the Olympics.
- Great Olympic Moments, by Hadyn Middleton- ages 9-12, details inspiring Olympic events from the games inception to the present day.
- Taky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger- ages 4-8, this picture book follows Taky the Penguin as he and his friends prepare for the Olympics