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.
Here is a list of libraryÂ events happening for kidsÂ 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
Evening Storytime at the Library - For preschoolers & families
Tuesday, June 1 - 7:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch
Storytime in the Park - For preschoolers & families
Thursday, June 3 - 10:00 a.m. @ Mill Creek Park
Bunco - For 3rd - 5th graders
Thursday, June 3 - 1:30 p.m. @ Main Library
Find Fido Friday - For 5th grade & younger
Friday, June 4 - All day @ Main LibraryÂ & 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.Â You may register for programs by calling (913) 971-6874.Â And if you haven't yet received a summer reading log, stop by either Olathe library and get yours today!
It wasÂ a beautiful sunnyÂ morning on Saturday at Frontier Park and a great day for our Summer Reading Kick-Off.Â Around 800 people attended the festivities.Â Kids, teens and adults got reading folders and learned about our summer programming.Â Plus there were frog relays, chess games, temporary tattoos, snacks, a duck pond, and lots of fun.Â It was a great beginning to our "Make a Splash--READ!" summer reading program!Â Â 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.Â Just stop by either Olathe library anytime and pick up a folder to keep track of your summer reading.Â There is still a lot of fun to be had this summer at the library!
Are you ready for a summer of fun at the Olathe Public Library?Â This summer's reading program theme is Make a Splash--READ!Â Â We'll offer programs about things to do in the water, things to do with water, things that live in the water, and more.Â Â There will be puppet shows, fun games, crafts programs, book discussions, storytimes, movies, Spanish classes, science experiments, and more fun than you shake a wet fish at.Â Â Old favorites like Find Fido Friday, Read to a Dog, andÂ our summer drawing contest will be back again.Â Â 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.Â Â Return your folder in August before school starts and receive a free paperback book to keep!Â
All the funÂ will begin with ourÂ 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 HornerÂ on Saturday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary.Â For more information about all of the events happening in the Children's Department this summer, click here.Â 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!
May 10 - 16 is National Children's Book Week.Â Of course, here in the Children's Department every week is children's book week!
If you are always on the lookout for a good book to read, there's a great new resource available online.Â Every year the Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education in New York reviews over 6000 children's books and then selects the best 600 titles.Â For the first time ever, this excellent resource is available online for free.Â You can search for books by age range or interest area.Â The list can be found here.Â Just scroll down to the clickable age categories.
Why not celebrate National Children's Book Week by spendingÂ a little quality time with a good book or maybe reading a book together as a family?Â Good books are worth celebrating every day of the year!
It's Mr. Potato Head!Â Stop by the Children's Department at the Main Library anytime during the month of May and check outÂ the cool display of Mr. Potato Head figures.Â There are Mr. (and Mrs.) Potato Head pirates, fairy tale characters, bunnies, construction workers, even a Transformers Mr. Potato Head!Â You can also check outÂ a selection of potato-related books sure to please your inner Mr. Potato Head.Â Thanks to Miss Beth for sharing this fun collection.
Get a taste of what will be happening at theÂ Olathe Public LibrariesÂ this summer by watching our summer promotional video.Â We hope everyone will come "make a splash" at the library beginning on May 22!
For more information click here.
"What Should I Read Next?" is our third and final homeschool program for this spring.Â ItÂ will be on Tuesday, May 4, at 1:00 p.m at the Main Library.Â At this program we'll tell you about some new books in our collection and introduce you to some of our old favorites, as well.Â It's a great way to find something new to read this summer.Â This program is for homeschoolersÂ ages 6 - 12, but the titles being discussed will be geared to a 3rd - 6th grade reading level. Registration is required.Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.Â Program will last about 45-60 minutes.
Do you have a Wii system at home?Â Then here's some good news.Â The Olathe Public Library has begun purchasing Wii video games specifically for kids.Â These are kid-friendly games appropriate for 5th graders and younger.Â This is a new collection but will growÂ over time.Â
The Wii games at the libraryÂ are always kept on a shelf behind the Check Out Desk.Â Just ask at the desk to see what games are available for check out.Â Of course, these games are very popular so you may want to get on the waiting lists for some of these.Â You can place a holdÂ via our web catalog or ask your friendly librarian to help you.
Here are some of the titles currently in our collection:
Backyard Baseball '10
Backyard NFL Football '09
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cradle of Rome
Divagirls, Divas on Ice
Dora Save the Crystal Kingdom
Dora Save the Snow Princess
Freddi Fish, Kelp Seed Mystery
Guinness World Records
Harvest Moon, Animal Parade
Hasbro Family Game Night
JumpStart, Escape from Adventure Island
JumpStart, Pet Rescue
Littlest Pet Shop, Friends
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Nancy Drew, The White Wolf of Icicle Creek
Pajama Sam, Don't Fear the Dark
Pony Friends 2
The Princess and the Frog
Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity
Ultimate I Spy
Walk It Out
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
World of Zoo
So check out some of our new games and have a "Wii-lly" good time!
The votes have been counted and the winners have been announced!Â
The winning title for 3rd - 5th graders is How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor.Â Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, GeorginaÂ feelsÂ desperate to improve their situation.Â Unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
Â The winning title for 6th - 8th graders is Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.Â This is a stirring, realistic story of America's war in Vietnam, using the alternating viewpoints of an army "bomb sniffing"Â dog named CrackerÂ and her 17-year-old handler, Rick.