At the beginning of each month one of the Children's staff members at the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch pick one of their favorite books as our Staff Pick of the Month. The Staff Pick is featured on our Good Books web page. It may be a picture book or a chapter book, an easy reader or a nonfiction book, a new book or an old favorite. We just like sharing some of the best kids' books in our library.
This month's pick is the 2012 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award-winning picture book I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. Watch the delightful book trailer below.
Our second big program of the summer was held on Tuesday at the Bell Cultural Events Center. Storyteller Priscilla Howe kept the crowd entertained with her wonderful stories and visits from a few special friends.
A special thank you goes out to the folks at MidAmerica Nazarene University who generously hosted our big programs again this summer. We greatly appreciate the use of this wonderful space.
Hey kids, if you are planning to enter our Summer Drawing Contest, don't forget that your original drawings must be turned in by the end of the day on Monday, July 16. You may deliver your drawings to either Olathe library. To see some of the drawings that have been submitted so far, click here. If you need to download an entry form with all the rules and info, click here.
The winners of the contest will be posted here on our website on Monday, July 30. The winning drawings will be displayed at the libraries on the following dates:
- August 4 - 17 at the Main Library
- August 20 - September 1 at the Indian Creek Branch
We hope you'll stop by the library in August and enjoy the artwork by some of Olathe's creative kids!
The Main Library looked like a LEGO factory on Friday night! There were LEGO bricks everywhere as kids and their parents came to build together at our first ever LEGO Lock-In. Below are some pictures from this fun event. As you can see Kids + LEGOs = Creativity!
You can check out some of the LEGO creations from the Lock-In at the Main Library during the month of July. Just look on the top of the E DVD shelves.
Fifteen furry hamsters competed in the library's first ever Hamster Ball Races on Tuesday. There was Digger, Gizmo, Goldie, Honey, Joselyn, Mr. Curious, Rookie, Rosie, Sally, Scabbers, Squeeky, Streak, Stripey, Wishing Star, and Zeke. What a great event! Everyone had fun—competitors and spectators alike. Congratulations to our three top winners!
1st Place - Rookie (Alexi's hamster)
2nd Place - Zeke (Garrett's hamster)
3rd Place - Rosie (Halee's hamster)
We want to extend a special note of thanks to Petco who generously loaned us the racing tracks and other supplies to make this event a success. We appreciate the support of local businesses who help support the library.
Watch the video below to see the hamsters (and their owners) in action. On your mark, get set, GO!
Visit the LEGO® DUPLO® Read! Build! Play! Project website and vote for Indian Creek! The library with the most nominations will win $5,000 for books and supplies. Since both the Main library and Indian Creek are listed, we are trying to avoid splitting the vote, and would love it if you would take a second to go vote for Indian Creek. Come on all you library and LEGO® fans, cast your votes today...and every day!
If you would like to see a quick list of activities happening this week for kids at the library, just go to www.olathelibrary.org/kids. The schedule will be updated every Monday with all the events for kids happening that week. To find out more detailed information about kids' programs throughout the entire summer, go to www.olathelibrary.org/kids/summerreading-home or pick up a blue summer flyer at the Children's Services Desk at either library.
Things have been a little bit batty at the library lately. Our "Dream Big—READ!" theme has been exploring things related to the night, and that includes BATS! (That's the flying kind—not the baseball kind.) There have been bat puppets, bat stickers, bat stories, and even a couple of real bats!
On June 11 and 18 preschoolers participated in our "Go Batty at the Library!" program. Children made their own special bat puppets and then hung around (no pun intended) with their big persons and read together books about bats.
On June 13 a capacity crowd of 275 children and parents enjoyed the StoneLion Puppet Theatre's production of Stellaluna at the library's first big program of the summer at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the MNU Campus. This well-loved story of a bat trying to fit in with a family of birds kept everyone entertained with music and laughter.
On June 19 children at the Indian Creek Branch got up close and personal with a couple of Egyptian fruit bats from the Kansas City Zoo. They also got to see mossy frogs, a blonde desert tarantula, and a rainbow boa constrictor.
As you can see, it's been a fun summer so far, and there's still more to come. If you don't have a flyer of our summer programs for kids, pick one up the next time you are in the library, or click here to learn more about our summer activities. Remember, some programs require registration and may fill up quickly. Don't miss out on the fun!
In this week's "Be a 'Block' Head" programs kids learned about the art of quilting. Miss Sharon talked a little bit about quiltmaking and showed some special quilts from her own family, including one made by her father when he was in 2nd grade. The kids were impressed. Mr. Gregg shared a book that told about how quilts were used as a secret way of communicating between slaves who were preparing to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Then the kids got to create their own paper quilt blocks. These blocks will be assembled into special quilts which will be on display at both libraries. Keep your eyes open for this!
What a great turnout we had for our Summer Reading Kick-Off! More than 1200 people came to Frontier Park to find out about our summer reading program and participate in a variety of fun activities. Almost 800 kids picked up a summer reading folder to track their summer reading. Information was also distributed about our Tween & Teen summer reading program and Adult summer reading program. If you didn't make it to the Kick-Off, you can still pick up your reading folder anytime this summer at either Olathe Library. Click on the photos below to get a closer look at the fun.
There were worm races.
A lot of kids displayed their chess skills.
Others showed off their bowling skills.
Mahaffie Farmstead provided some old-fashioned games.
There were Dream Big—READ! temporary tattoos.
Some kids climbed aboard the Olathe Public Library spaceship.
Foresters provided photo IDs for kids, and Macaroni Kid offered a fun craft activitiy.
The Olathe Noon Optimist Club provided free bottles of water which were most appreciated on this hot summer day. Thanks also to our many volunteers who helped make the day a great success. Thanks to everyone who came to the Kick-Off. What a great way to start off our summer! We hope to see you all at the library this summer.