LEGO Design Contest 2012

The library's second annual LEGO Design Contest was held on April 14 at the Indian Creek Branch.  Twenty-six kids in grades
K - 5th brought their orignal LEGO creations to be displayed and judged. There were some very creative designs including castles, zombies, hedgehogs, planes, houses, bats, vampires, abstract objects, and more. It was great fun to see what these skillful and imaginative young LEGO builders came up with.

Our judge had a tough job awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in two age groups:  K - 2nd grade and 3rd - 5th grade.  Then the public got to cast their votes for the Best in Show award.  There was some tough competition.  Here are the winning entries.

1st place in K - 2nd

Ashley S. with Penguin Building a Snowman

2nd place in K - 2nd

Panchal P. with Sweet House & Hovercraft

  

3rd place in K -2nd

Carter G. with The Play

    

1st place in 3rd - 5th & Best of Show

Ian G. with Wall-E

      

2nd place in 3rd - 5th

Chinmay P. with LEGO Castle

        

3rd place in 3rd - 5th

Preston R. with Off Road Safari Vehicle

          

There were also three Honorable Mentions awarded.

Elisabeth S. with Rainbow with Experiments

              

Savindu B. with Advanced Military Base

              

Nathan T. with Zombie Attack

                  

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are currently on display at the Main Library.  If you missed the contest on Saturday, it's not too late to check out these cool LEGO creations.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.  It was great fun!


LEGO Club - March 2012

This month's LEGO Club featured a theme of ships and boats.  K - 5th graders built a variety of imaginative creations.  It was a lot of fun as always.  Click on the pictures below to get a closer look.

Our next LEGO Club meeting will be on Tuesday, April 24.  Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 16.  This program always fills up quickly.  Call early to register!

    

    

    

    


LEGO Design Contest 2012

The library's second annual LEGO Design Contest will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the Indian Creek Branch.  This contest is for kids in K - 5th grade.  Kids build their own original LEGO creations at home and then bring them to the library the day of the contest to be judged.  Registration is required and begins on Monday, March 26Click here to see the complete contest rules and information.  You may also pick up a rules sheet at either Olathe library.

Here is a brief rundown of the LEGO Design Contest shedule:

Contest Day Schedule ‐ Saturday, April 14th:

12:00 noon to 1:00 PM       
          Entrants drop off creations and fill out entry forms

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
         
Judging ‐ Meeting Room will be closed to entrants and to the public

2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
         
Public Viewing and voting for Best of Show ‐ Entrants are welcome at the  Public Viewing, but are not required to be
          there

4:00 PM
         
Awards Ceremony ‐ Entrants need not be present at the Awards Ceremony to win, but all non‐winning creations must
          be taken home after the ceremony

5:00 PM
         
Library closes ‐ All non‐winning creations must be picked up by 5:00 PM

If you have any further questions, you may call (913) 971-6874.  Remember, registration begins on Monday, March 26.  This contest is sure to fill up quickly!


Happy Birthday, Bill Martin, Jr.

Today is Bill Martin, Jr.'s birthday.  The late Mr. Martin is probably best known as the author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  He wrote or co-wrote more than 300 books.

                                        

Did you know Bill Martin, Jr. was a native Kansan?  He was born in Hiawatha, Kansas on March 20, 1916.  He grew up in Hiawatha, attended college in Emporia, and taught high school in Newton and St. John.  As a child the author had difficulty reading.  Books first came alive for him when his 5th grade teacher read aloud to the class twice every day.  Enthusiastic about helping other children learn to read, he went on to earn a doctorate degree in early childhood education from Northwestern University.

The Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award was established in his honor in 1966 by the Kansas Reading Association.  This distinguished book award is awarded annually to an outstanding picture book.  The 2012 winning book is Snow Dog's Journey by Loretta Krupinski.  Click here to see winners from previous years. 

Why not celebrate this beloved Kansas author's birthday by reading a good book?  Stop by one of the Olathe libraries, and we'll help you find one!


LEGO Club - February 28, 2012

At the February meeting of LEGO Club at the Indian Creek Branch, a Kansas City Star photographer came to take pictures of the event for the Community Faces section of their website.  The photos were just posted online today.  Here is the link where you can view the pictures of the program:  http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2012/lego-club-meeting-2-28-12/ 

As you can see, there is always a lot of creative fun going on at these monthly LEGO Club meetings.  The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  Registration is required and begins on Monday, March 19.  This program always fills up quickly, sometimes within an hour.  If you're interested, call as early as possible.  Registration begins when the library opens at 10 a.m.

The library will also be hosting a LEGO Design Contest on Saturday, April 14 at the Indian Creek Branch.  This is a contest where kids in grades K - 5th build an original design at home and then bring it to the library to be judged against other kids' creations.  More detailed rules and information about the contest will be available at the library starting on Monday, March 19.  This program also requires registration which begins on Monday, March 26.

You can always find more information about upcoming LEGO programs and other kids' programs at the library on the Programs page of our website.  You may also pick up a blue program flyer at the library listing all upcoming programs through the end of May.

 


6 by 6: Ready to Read - Skill #1

“6 by 6: Ready to Read” is a statewide library program that emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop by the age of six so they are ready to learn to read.  We will periodically be posting about these six different skills here on our blog.

The first skill is Have Fun with Books.  Kids just want to have FUN, and if we want them to learn to read, we need to make books and reading fun.  Children who enjoy books and are interested in them will naturally want to learn to read!  Educators and researchers use the term print motivation to describe this area of early literacy.  The fact is, if children associate reading with negative feelings, their motivation to read is diminished.  So find the right time when you and your children are in the mood and enjoy reading together.

Here are some suggestions for developing this skill in your child:

  • Get a free library card and visit the library regularly.  Let children help you select books.  Find out where the library keeps easy information books, including alphabet and number books.
  • Have pretend reading sessions.  Get picture books with little or no text and ask children to read to you.
  • Take books wherever you go.  Take them to the doctor’s office, in the car, at the grocery store, in the park, etc.
  • Watch children as they play and let them see you writing about them and what they’re doing.  Create a book they can read about themselves and include a photograph of them.
  • Check out books which encourage searching for objects in the illustrations.
  • Involve children in reading as much as possible.  Have them say a repeated phrase with you throughout a book as you read aloud.  Being an active participant makes it more fun!

Help your children “have fun with books” and get them started on the path to reading.


Student Art Display

It's time for the annual display of artwork by elementary students from the Olathe School District at the Main Library.  The walls of the Children's Department are covered with colorful creations, including drawings, paintings, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and more.  Stop by the Main Library anytime the library is open and check out the creative efforts of some of Olathe's talented young artists.  The artwork will be on display through March 29.

  


World Records and More

Who is the world's tallest man?  That would be Sultan Kösen of Turkey who stands at 8 feet 3 inches tall.  Wow!  How about the oldest person?  Jeanne Louise Calment of France died in 1997 at the ripe old age of 122 years 164 days.  That would be a lot of birthday candles!  Who is the first author to ever become a billionaire?  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.  Which athlete has won the most Olympic gold medals?  Swimmer Michael Phelps has won a whopping total of 14 gold medals!  How big is the world's largest whoopee cushion?  Would you believe 10 feet in diameter?  These are just a few of the fun facts that can be found in the Guinness World Records 2012 edition.

If you're a fan of Guinness World Records, here are a few other books you might enjoy:

Ripley's Believe It or Not: Enter If You Dare! by Geoff Tibballs

Ultimate Weird But True (a National Geographic Kids book)

The Top 10 of Everything

The Factastic Book of 1001 Lists by Russell Ash

Pick Me Up: Stuff You Need to Know

So if Guinness World Records is checked out the next time you look for it at the library, give one of these other books a try.  You won't regret it!


Something New in the Catalog

Our web catalog is constantly evolving and improving.  One of the newest features connects our web catalog with NoveList, a library product that helps people find good books to read.  Here is how it works.

In the web catalog look up a particular book you are interested in reading or perhaps a favorite book you've already read.  In the example below I searched for the book Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  On the right hand side of the display screen you'll see "Similar titles and recommendations."  Just click on that link.

This will open up a NoveList window where you can find all sorts of information and recommendations.  In this example it shows us the rest of the titles in the "Shadow Children" series and the order.

It recommends some similar titles that fans of Among the Hidden might find interesting.

It also shows similar authors whose books might appeal to readers who like Margaret Peterson Haddix.

You can also find ratings and reviews from readers, other recommended lists, and more.  We hope you will explore this new feature of our catalog and discover some great new books to read.  Our web catalog is a wealth of information for avid readers.


Valentine Factory

For kids in the Olathe District Schools, there will be no school this Thursday and Friday.  If you're looking for something fun to do on your days off, we invite you to come make a valentine at the Valentine Factory!  All children in 5th grade and younger can participate.  Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  There is no regisration. Come and go as you please.  All supplies will be provided.  Here is the schedule:

Thursday, February 9
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Indian Creek Branch

Friday, February 10
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 Main Library

And while you're at the library be sure to check out a good book to read, a good movie to watch, or a fun video game to play...or all of the above!  We've got it all at the library. 


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