Next time you are in the library, check out the display of live caterpillars in the Children's Department. We currently have Monarch caterpillars and Black Swallowtail caterpillars munching away on their favorite plants at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch. Over the next period of weeks the caterpillars will transform into chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies. It's always fascinating to see this little miracle of nature up close and personal. So when you next come to the library to find a good book, check out a movie, or use a computer, take a minute to stop by our display and check out the status of our caterpillars.
A special thank you goes out to Jackie Goetz from KC Master Gardeners and Monarch Watch for providing these displays to the libraries.
Monday, August 27, will be the first day to register for our fall Preschool Storytimes. The library offers Preschool Storytime for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. We offer Time for Two storytimes for 2 years olds with a caring adult. For the even younger set, we offer Rhyme Time sessions for 12 - 24 month olds with a caring adult. There is also a Tuesday evening storytime for the entire family.
The Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two all require registration. Registration for Preschool Storytimes begins on August 27. Registration for Time for Two begins on September 10. Rhyme Time and the evening family storytime do not. You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874. Click the links below for more information and the complete schedules of dates, times, and locations.
Preschool Storytimes - for 3, 4 and 5 year olds
Time for Two - for 2 year olds + caregiver
Rhyme Time - for 12 - 24 month olds + caregiver
Evening Storytime - for the entire family (Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds.)
On August 10, 2012, LEGO celebrated its 80th birthday! In honor of this special occasion Miss Beth (along with a little help from her son Jonathan) has put together a cool display in one of our glass cases at the Main Library. There is a birthday cake made of LEGO bricks, as well as birthday presents, a gift bag, and a party hat. Next time you are in the library, be sure to check it out. It's pretty awesome.
Starting in September the library will be resuming our monthly LEGO Club meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. This fall we will also be offering an evening LEGO Club on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library. We are also starting a Homeschool LEGO Club specifically for homeschoolers on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. All of these programs require registration. For more information and fall schedules, visit the Programs page of our website or pick up a fall programs flyer at the library.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of LEGO, watch the short video below released in honor of LEGO's 80th birthday. Happy Birthday, LEGO!
Don't forget to return your Summer Reading Folder and pick out your free paperback book! A week from tomorrow—August 15—is the final day to return your reading folder. You can return it to either Olathe library anytime during library hours.
More than 1100 children have returned their folders so far! Woohoo!! There has been a lot of great reading going on this summer. So don't delay. Return your reading folder by August 15.
What do frogs, newts, toads and salamanders all have in common? They are all amphibians! How many kinds of amphibians do you think there are in the world? On Monday, July 31, the 7000th known species of amphibian was discovered in South America. Centrolene sabini is a type of glass frog living in the high elevations of Manu National Park in Peru.
The Wiggly Tendrils have written a song to celebrate the 7000th amphibian. Click below to listen to this fun song. And if you'd like to read more about these interesting creatures, you can find many books about amphibians at the library.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2012 Summer Drawing Contest!
1st Place - Tyler Kuhn
1st Place - Will Siuda
1st Place - Nikki Lau
1st Place - Sarindu Buluwana
1st Place - Jonathan Barton
Click here to see the winning artworks along with all the entries. The winning drawings will be on display at the libraries on the dates below:
- August 4 - 17 at the Main Library
- August 20 - September 1 at the Indian Creek Branch
Thanks to everyone who entered our contest this summer!
Don't forget that starting Monday, July 30, you may return your summer reading folder to either Olathe library and pick out your free paperback book. Fill out the flap on your folder (but don't tear it off) and then bring in the folder to show us all the reading you did this summer. There will be a variety of books to choose from for all reading levels. We will also let your school know that you completed the library's summer reading program. You may return your folder anytime between July 30 - August 15.
Today is the official beginning of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The summer Olympics happen only once every four years. This summer's Olympics will run from July 27 through August 12 in London, England. Coverage of the opening ceremonies begins tonight (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. For complete information on all the different Olympic events and schedules, visit http://www.london2012.com/. It's sure to be an exciting couple of weeks of Olympic competition. As some of the world's greatest athletes compete for Olympic gold, the whole world will be watching. Will you?
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.