Muppets at the Library

muppetsAre you a fan of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear?  Then come to "Muppet Movie Madness" at the Main Library. We will be showing a different movie featuring the Muppets on alternating Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. from now until the end of the year. Here is the complete schedule:

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN  (Rated G - 94 minutes) Tuesday, September 28 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND  (Rated G - 73 minutes) Tuesday, October 12 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

MUPPETS FROM SPACE  (Rated G - 88 minutes) Tuesday, October 26 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

FOLLOW THAT BIRD  ((Rated G - 89 minutes) Tuesday, November 9 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND  (Rated G - 100 minutes) Tuesday, November 23 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

KERMIT'S SWAMP YEARS  (Rated G - 82 minutes) Tuesday, December 7 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL  (Rated G - 89 minutes) Tuesday, December 21 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  All seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket.


Read to a Dog - Fall 2010

ABC News did a recent story about kids reading to dogs and the benefits of this experience for beginning and reluctant readers.  Watch the clip below.

The Olathe Public Libraries offer children the opportunity to read to a cuddly canine twice a month in our Read to a Dog program.  The complete schedule of dates, times, and locations are listed below.  Just come to the Children's Desk upon your arrival and check in for a reading time.  The time slots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  No advance registration.   The dogs are trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  So come read to a dog on the following dates: Saturday, September 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, September 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, October 2 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, October 16 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, November 6 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, November 20 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, December 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, December 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library

Butterflies at the Library

swallowtailcaterpillar1"Caterpillars" by Aileen Fisher

What do caterpillars do? Nothing much but chew and chew. What do caterpillars know? Nothing much but how to grow. They just eat what by and by will make them be a butterfly, But that is more than I can do however much I chew and chew.

From the poetry book Cricket in a Thicket

Stop by either Olathe library and check out our displays of caterpillars in the Children's Department. We are anxiously watching and waiting for our caterpillars to transform into beautiful butterflies. Our displays include monarchs and black swallowtails. Each time you visit the library this fall, be sure to see if the caterpillars have grown, if they have formed chrysalises, or if they have emerged as butterflies.

One Million Checkouts

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According to David M. Schwartz's book How Much Is a Million?, if one million kids stood on top of each other's shoulders, they would form a tower over  757 miles tall!   (Mt. Everest is only 5 ½ miles tall.)   How long do you think it would take to count to one million?   Would you believe 23 days?   That's right, 23 days of non-stop counting. Now imagine checking out one million items at the library!   That's how many items have been checked out  from the Olathe Public Libraries so far  this year.   Today we checked out our millionth item.   That is a lot of books, movies, CDs and games!   No wonder the library is always such a busy place.

Fall Storytimes

Registration for our fall Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two sessions begins on Tuesday, August 24.   Visit the Programs page of our website for more information and the complete schedule.   You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.   PLEASE NOTE: The libraries do not open until 10:00 a.m. so phones will not be answered until after 10:00.

Summer Reading Finale

pirateSchool is starting this week, but we still have one  special event left before we say goodbye to summer.   Our Summer Reading Finale will be on Saturday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary School.   Ventriloquist/illusionist Kevin Horner will be presenting "Walk the Plank with Pirate Frank!"   It is sure to be a fun-filled time.   Bring the whole family and celebrate all the reading you did this summer.   And don't forget, the last day  to return your summer reading folder to the library is Sunday, August 22.   Thanks to everybody who "made a splash" at the library this summer.   Have a great school year!

Return Your Summer Reading Folder!

foldercover-smThe summer is coming to an end, and it's time to return your Summer Reading Folder to the library.   Bring back your folder to either Olathe library between now and August 22 and chose your free paperback book!   Be sure to fill out the perforated tab on your folder.   We will tear that off when you receive  your book and will then send it on to your school so they know you participated in the Summer Reading Program. Congratulations on all the great reading you did over the summer.   We hope you'll continue to visit the library throughout the school year and  find more great books to  read.

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!

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