E-books & Toddlers

Parents, did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 2 years of age, and less than two hours a day for older children?  But what about reading e-books on an electronic device to your young child? The New York Times featured an interesting article this week entitled Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?  Read it to see what some child development experts are saying.  My favorite part is the closing quote:
“Lilly definitely has an iPad, and there are education apps she uses,” Amy Reid, a publicist at CNBC, said of her 4-year-old. “But for her, there is nothing like the excitement of choosing her own book and bringing it home from the library.”

Star Wars Reads Day 2014

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...  Well actually, this Saturday at a library very close to you the Olathe Public Library will be celebrating Star Wars Reads Day!  Drop by the Main Library on Saturday, October 11 anytime between 10 a.m. and noon for a little Star Wars related fun.  There will be actvities, book displays, giveaways, prize drawings, and Jedi training.  The 70th Explorers Garrison: The 501st Legion and The Rebel Legion: Dantooine Base will be making special appearances.  Costumes are encouraged! 

Below are a few shots from last year's celebration.  It is sure to be a fun day.  So make plans to visit the Main Library this Saturday for Star Wars Reads Day, and may the Force be with you.



Fall Storytimes

Our fall storytimes have started!  Our storytime schedule looks a little different this season as we've made a few changes.  One of the biggest changes is registration is no longer required for any of our storytimes, but space may be limited.  For some storytimes tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the program begins.  We have also reorganized the various age groups a bit.  We encourage you to determine which storytime session is most appropriate for your child and family.  And we will be offering a Saturday storytime at the Main Library once a month during the fall session.  Click the links below for more information about the different sessions.  

RHYME TIME - For 0 -2 year olds + adult
*Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program begins

Mondays, September 15 - November 1710:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesdays, September 17 - November 19
9:15 a.m. at the Main Library

TODDLER TIME - For 2 - 3 year olds + adult
*Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program begins

Mondays, September 15 - November 17
10:45 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesdays, September 17 - November 19
9:45 a.m. at the Main LIbrary

ON MY OWN STORYTIME - For 3 - 5 year olds
*Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program begins

Tuesdays, September 16 - November 18
10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Thursdays, September 18 - November 20
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

FAMILY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, September 16 - November 18
7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesdays, September 17 - November 19
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Saturday, September 27
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

Saturday, October 25
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

Saturday, November 22
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

Thanks for a Fun Summer!

It was a Fizz Boom Read! summer at the Olathe Public Library.  More than 4,500 children received summer reading folders this year.  That is a lot of kids and a lot of reading!  All of our programs were well-attended.  Kids learned a bit about science and had some great fun along the way.  Watch the video below to relive some of the good times.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  

Pizza & Pages Book Lovers Club

Are you in grades 3rd - 5th?  Do you LOVE books and reading?  Help us start a brand-new club for kids who love reading, sharing, and learning more about books!  Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  We'll eat a quick pizza dinner together and talk about books we've enjoyed recently.  What else will we do?  That's up to you!  We could create tools to help other kids find great books, write to favorite authors, watch book trailers—the possibilities are endless.  Please bring a copy of a book you've enjoyed recently to the program.(preferably a book that OPL owns, but it doesn't have to be) and be prepared to tell us a little bit about it—without giving away too much of the story!  This program will last about 90 minutes.  Registration is required.  You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.

Thank You, Miss Carlotta!

After working at the Olathe Public Library for more than 33 years, Miss Carlotta will be retiring at the end of this week.  She will be greatly missed!  Her wonderful storytimes have instilled a love of books and reading in young children down through the years.  Her lively piano playing, too, has always been a favorite of the kids.  Besides working at the Children's Desk, Carlotta also did a lot of work behind the scenes.  She has been the main repairer of children's books, helping keep them clean and in good shape for our readers.  She has spent many an hour taping torn pages, gluing loose binding, erasing unwanted marks and scribbles, and sometimes cleaning off unidentifiable stains and spills.  (Eww!)  She has also served for years as an active member of the Friends of the Library board.  But most of all it is her good nature and jovial spirit that will be missed by our patrons and our staff. Carlotta has contributed to the life of the Olathe Public Library in so many ways and helped make it such a great place.

Carlotta is planning to continue volunteering around the library and helping with our book repair work, so you may still see her around.  Like they say, you can't keep a good woman down!  Enjoy your retirement, Miss Carlotta, and thanks for all you've done.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program designed to encourage adults to read 1,000 books to their children before they enter kindergarten.  Reading aloud to children, beginning in infancy, gives them the building blocks they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Not only that, but reading together is fun!

To learn more about this exciting new early literacy program at the Olathe Public Library, we invite you to attend one of our kick-off sessions:

Monday, August 25 - 10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Wednesday, August 27 - 9:15 a.m. at the Main Library

No registration required.  We'll share some stories, get creative, and hand out reading packets for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  This is not a competition.  The only end date is when your child begins kindergarten, so take your time and enjoy the experience.  If you can't attend one of the kick-off sessions, you can still pick up a reading packet anytime at the Chidlren's Services desk at either Oalthe library beginning August 25.

LEGO Lock-In 2014

It was a fun evening of LEGO building at the Main Library for the families who attended our after-hours LEGO Lock-In on August 1.  This year we decided to do a collaborative build and worked together to create a LEGO neighborhood.  Each family built different components of our imaginary neighborhood which then came together at the end.  Click the pictures below to get a closer look.  We also invite you to stop by the Main Library to see these creations on display above the Easy DVD shelves.

If you missed out on our LEGO Lock-In, don't despair.  Our montly LEGO Club meetings for kids will resume in September.  Stay tuned for details.  The schedule of our fall programs and storytimes will be out soon!







Hamster Ball Races

On July 30 the Olathe Public Library hosted our 3rd Annual Hamster Ball Races.  Kids brought their hamsters to the library to race and see who had the fastest hamster.  It was an exciting competition!  

And these were the lucky winners:

1st Place - Hugs  (Emma & Lucy's hamster)

2nd Place - Mr. Fuzz  (Samantha's hamster)

3rd Place - Hamiette  (Gabriel's hamster)

4th Place - Diamond  (Madi's hamster)

Thanks to all the hamsters (and hamster owners) who made this such a fun event!




Bookmark Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2014 Summer Bookmark Contest.  We had some great entries.  The judges had the difficult task of choosing just one winner from each grade.  Below are the talented winners and their bookmark designs.

1st Grade

Collin White

2nd Grade

Abigail Dement

3rd Grade

Jacob Campbell

4th Grade

Allie Hartzog

5th Grade

Nikki Lau

Printed bookmarks featuring these winning designs will be distributed at both libraries beginning Monday, July 28.  Stop by Children's Services and pick up a bookmark with your favorite design.  And don't forget that July 28 is also the first day to return your summer reading folder and pick out your free paperback.

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