Drawing Contest Winners - 2010

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Drawing Contest!   There  was a lot of fun and creative artwork this summer.   After much deliberation, our judges have chosen the winners.   There was some stiff competition. Winning drawings will be on display at the Main Library August 2-13 and at the  Indian Creek Branch August 16-27.      The drawings on display  may be picked up in September.  All other entries may be picked up at any time.   To see the winning drawings and all the entries, click here.

And the winners are:goodjobblueribbon

FIRST GRADE

1st place - Joel Moore 2nd place - Rowan Farha 3rd place - Isabel Robb

SECOND GRADE

1st place - Emily Burnett 2nd place - Irina Honc 3rd place - Jenna Lindsey

THIRD GRADE

1st Place - Aaron Chen 2nd place - LyLena Estabine 3rd grade - Dorina Cao

FOURTH GRADE

1st place - Mark Schermerhorn 2nd place - Olivia Laxton 3rd place - Christine David

FIFTH GRADE

1st place - Maria Caputo 2nd place - Alexandria Brandt 3rd place - Parker Erickson Congratulations everybody!

Child & Parent Book Discussions

It's not too late to sign up for our final child & parent book discussions of the summer.   The  book discussion group for kids going into  3rd & 4th grade will be on Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.   The book being discussed is Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry.   The book discussion group for kids going into 5th grade will be on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library.   The book being discussed is Flush by Carl Hiaasen.     To register for either program call (913) 971-6874, but don't wait too long so you have time to read the book!

Summer Drawing Contest

Do you like to draw?   Are you going into 1st - 5th grade next year?    If you  answered  "yes" to both of these questions,  we hope you'll enter our summer drawing contest.   Here are  a few  simple rules:

1.     Artwork must be drawn by hand.
2.     Drawing  should be no larger than 9 x 12 inches.
3.     The entry deadline is Sunday, July 18. The drawings will be judged by grades, and the winning drawings will be displayed at the libraries on the following dates:

August 2 - 13 @ Main Library August 16 - 27 @ Indian Creek

For more information, pick up an entry form at either library or download it here.   To see some of the drawings already submitted, click here.

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So get our your pencils and paper and start creating that masterpiece!

The Puppets Are Coming!

piccadillypuppetsOn Wednesday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. the Piccadilly Puppets will be presenting our first big program of the summer at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the MidAmerica Nazarene University campus.   This program is for kids going into 1st - 5th grade, but parents and siblings are also welcome.   No registration is required, but space is limited to 250 people.   Seating will be on the floor.   No food or drink of any kind allowed. The Piccadilly Puppets will be presenting the show "Ottie the Lonely Sea Otter."   Come find out what happens when a lonely sea otter stands up to a mean old shark.   It will be an underwater party of sea creatures!   For directions to the Bell Cultural  Events Center, click here.   For more information, call (913) 971-6874.

Hooray for Rainbow Fish!

On June 14 at the Indian Creek Branch Library a creative group of 3, 4 and 5 year olds listened to the story of The Rainbow Fish and then made their own colorful fish.   If you missed out, this program will be repeated at the Main Library on Monday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m.   Registration will begin on Friday, July 16. There will be another preschool craft program called "Amazing Butterflies" on Monday, June 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library and again on Monday, July 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.   This program is for children 5 years old and younger.   No registration is required for the butterfly craft program. rainbowfish1 rainbowfish2 rainbowfish3 rainbowfish4

To Be Continued

reading-togetherSometimes we think storytime is just for little kids, but everyone loves a good story.   I know I do!   This summer the Olathe Public Library is offering a special time for kids, going into 1st - 5th grade, to come and listen to a good story.   It's called "To Be Continued."   Each week several chapters of a book will be read aloud, and then the book will be continued the following week(s) until it is finished.   A snack will be provided.   Program will last about an hour. To Be Continued is offered at both Olathe libraries during the following times:

Mondays, June 7-July 26 - 4:00 p.m @ Indian Creek
Wednesdays, June 9-July 28 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

No registration is required.   Come enjoy a good story at the library this summer.

Read to a Dog - Summer 2010

Young readers will have four opportunities to "Read to a Dog" this summer at the Olathe libraries.   Just drop by the library during one of the scheduled times, and check in at the Children's Desk upon arrival to be assigned a reading time.   There is no advanced registration, but reading time slots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.   Here is the summer schedule for Read to a Dog:

Saturday, June 5 - 1:3o-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, June 19 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library
Saturday, July 3 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, July 17 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library

This is a fun way to keep up your reading skills over the summer.  Trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.   For more information, call (913) 971-6874.

What's Happening This Week?

Here is a list of library events happening for kids on June 1 - 5:

Storytime in the Park - For preschoolers & families
Tuesday, June 1 - 10:00 a.m. @ Frontier Park

Bunco - For 3rd - 5th graders
Tuesday, June 1 - 1:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch
*Registration required

Evening Storytime at the Library - For preschoolers & families
Tuesday, June 1 - 7:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch

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Thursday, June 3 - 10:00 a.m. @ Mill Creek Park

Bunco - For 3rd - 5th graders
Thursday, June 3 - 1:30 p.m. @ Main Library
*Registration required

Find Fido Friday - For 5th grade & younger
Friday, June 4 - All day @ Main Library & Indian Creek Branch

Read to a Dog - For young readers of all ages
Saturday, June 5 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch

For more information about all of our summer programs, click here.  You may register for programs by calling (913) 971-6874.  And if you haven't yet received a summer reading log, stop by either Olathe library and get yours today!

Summer Kick-Off 2010

It was a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday at Frontier Park and a great day for our Summer Reading Kick-Off.  Around 800 people attended the festivities.  Kids, teens and adults got reading folders and learned about our summer programming.  Plus there were frog relays, chess games, temporary tattoos, snacks, a duck pond, and lots of fun.  It was a great beginning to our "Make a Splash--READ!" summer reading program!  Check out the pictures below.

And if you couldn't make it to the Kick-Off, it's not too late to get a summer reading folder.  Just stop by either Olathe library anytime and pick up a folder to keep track of your summer reading.  There is still a lot of fun to be had this summer at the library!

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Make a Splash--READ!

Are you ready for a summer of fun at the Olathe Public Library?  This summer's reading program theme is Make a Splash--READ!   We'll offer programs about things to do in the water, things to do with water, things that live in the water, and more.   There will be puppet shows, fun games, crafts programs, book discussions, storytimes, movies, weblogo2010Spanish classes, science experiments, and more fun than you shake a wet fish at.   Old favorites like Find Fido Friday, Read to a Dog, and our summer drawing contest will be back again.   And of course, we will be distributing summer reading folders all summer long for kids to keep track of all books they read this summer.   Return your folder in August before school starts and receive a free paperback book to keep! 

All the fun will begin with our Summer Kick-Off at Frontier Park on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and our activities wrap up with our Summer Finale featuring ventriloquist/illusionist Kevin Horner on Saturday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary.  For more information about all of the events happening in the Children's Department this summer, click here.  You may also pick up a flyer listing all of our summer programs at either Olathe library.

We hope you will come "make a splash" at the library this summer!

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