Return Your Reading Folder

folder1It's time to return your summer reading folders to the library.  We can't wait to see that list of good books you've been reading!  Bring your folder in to either Olathe library between August 3 - 16 and receive your free paperback book.  There will be a wide variety of titles to choose from.  Come early for the best selection.

We will let you keep your reading folder. That way you can take your folder back to school this fall and show your teachers all the great reading you did this summer.

Be Creative---Dance!

What do you like to do at the library?  Read books?  Play computer games?  dancersCheck out movies?  How about dance?  That's right, DANCE!  On Saturday, July 25, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. we will be having an after-hours Sock Hop at the Main Library.  This dance will be for 1st - 6th graders and their families.  Refreshments will be served, and there will be a live DJ!  Registration is required and will begin on July 17.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  So put on your socks and your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down at the library!

Bill Nye DVDs

billnyeAre you a fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy?  If so, you'll be happy to learn that the Olathe Public Library has added a hefty number of Bill Nye DVDs to its collection.  We now have over fifty DVDs featuring the "Science Guy" covering a wide variety of fascinating topics---from spiders to comets to the human brain.  You're sure to find something that sparks your interest.  You will find them in the J Nonfiction DVD section.  Come in and browse the shelves to see what's available or check the library's web catalog.

Didgeridoo-da-day!

At our Making Music at Your Library programs on June 16 & 18, children learned all about the didgeridoo.  Ryan Ross demonstrated this musical instrument from Australia, and then everybody got to make their own version of a didgeridoo.  Playing their didgeridoos was harder than it looked.

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To Be Continued...

reading-togetherDo you enjoy listening to a good story?  Who doesn't, right?  If you are going into 1st - 6th grade, you should come to the library's "To Be Continued" program to hear a great book read aloud by a librarian.  Each week a few chapters of a book will be read, and then the following week the book will be continued until it is finished.  A snack will be served at each session.

"To Be Continued" happens every Monday at 4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch and every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library throughout June and July.  Different books are read at each location.  No registration is necessary.  Just drop by the library during these times and listen to a good story.  You could even write these books in your reading folder!

Be Creative---Draw!

As you probably know, our reading program theme this summer is Be Creative @ Your Library.  So why not get those creative juices flowing and enter our Summer Drawing Contest!  This contest is open to any child going into
1st - 6th grade.  You can pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or click here to download a copy.  The entry form explains all the rules and details.

The deadline to enter the drawing contest is Sunday, July 19.  All entries will be judged by grade, and winners will be announced on July 27.  The winners will be posted on our website.  Winning drawings will also be displayed at the libraries during the following dates:

    August 1 - 14 at the Main Library
    August 17 - 31 at the Indian Creek Library

 So get out your paper and pencils and start drawing!  Click here to see drawings that have already been submitted.

Live Music at the Library

bass-smAs part of our Be Creative @ Your Library summer theme, the Indian Creek Branch Library will be hosting a series of free family concerts this summer on four different Saturday afternoons.  The concerts will each feature a different style of music.  No registration is necessary, and the entire family is welcome. 

Here is the schedule of concerts:

 CALYPSO BLUZ - Featuring the tropical rhythms of steel drum music
      Saturday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch

SCOTT KLAMM - Featuring American folk and original children's music played on a variety of instruments
     Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch

YACKETY SAX QUARTET - Featuring four saxophonists playing pop tunes and cool jazz
     Saturday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch

CHINESE MUSIC - Featuring the music of China played on traditional instruments
     Saturday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch

The concerts will last approximately an hour.  Come enjoy some great music at a great price---FREE!  Call (913) 971-5235 for more information.

Meet Rebecca

meetrebeccaRebecca Rubin is the newest American Girl.  Growing up in New York City in 1914, Rebecca celebrates treasured traditions passed down through her Russian-Jewish family.  With a little creativity, she learns how to stay true to her heart as she follows her dreams in the big city.  Read all about Rebecca in this new American Girl series written by Jacqueline Dembar Greene.

Read Any Good Books?

folder1Read any good books lately?  Hopefully, you are reading lots of great books this summer.  If you haven't already, be sure to stop by either Olathe library and pick up a Summer Reading Club folder to keep track of all those books.  Just write down the titles of everything you read and then return your folder to library between August 3-16 and get a free book!

Would you like to tell us about one of your favorite books?  We'd love to hear about it.  Click here to send us an online book review.  Tell us what you liked about the book, and we will post it on our website.  Visit our Kid Picks page to see book reviews other kids have written.  Maybe you'll discover another good book to read this summer.

School's Out!

School's out for the summer!  Do I hear a "Hip, hip, hooray!"?  If you are looking for some fun things to do this summer, be sure to add the Olathe Public Library to your list.  Our summer theme is Be Creative @ Your Library.  There will be puppet shows, music concerts, chess and bunco games, book discussions groups, arts and crafts programs, a drawing contest, Spanish classes, free movies, a dance at the library...and, of course, tons of great books to read!  Click here to read more about the exciting activities happeningfido-sm for kids or download our summer programs flyer.

Find Fido, one of our most popular summer activities, starts this Friday at both Olathe libraries.  Stop by the library any Friday during the summer and look for Fido. Have a great summer!

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