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!

New Carpet

After being closed for a week, the Main Library (201 E. Park) is open again for business. Come check out our new look. We have new carpeting throughout the building and some slightly different furniture arrangements at our Circulation and Adult Reference desks. Thank you for your patience during our renovation. We hope you'll enjoy your new updated library.

Main Library Closed May 11-17

zmy-documentsgreggimagesclosedThe Main Olathe Library located at 201 E. Park is having new carpet installed in May.  This means that the library will be closed May 11-17.  We are sorry for any inconvenience. 

The Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob will remain open during this time.  Please visit our branch location during this week for your library needs, and plan to visit the Main Library after May 17 to see our new, improved look!

2009 William Allen White Award Winners

This year approximately 50,000 3rd-8th graders across the state of Kansas voted for their favorite book from the William Allen White Award nominees lists.  And the 2009 winners are:

clementine3rd-5th grader winner---
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

yellowstar6th-8th grade winner---
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

Congratulations to the authors of this year's award-winning books!  If you'd like to get a head start on next year's reading, click here to find the list of 2009-2010 William Allen White nominees on our website.

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