William Allen White Award Nominees for 2009-10

wawcoinWould you like to get a head start on reading some of the books nominated for the 2010 William Allen White Award? The lists of nominees can now be found on our website. Click here to see the titles. Because these books are sometimes in high demand, you may have to place a hold and get on the waiting list. And don't forget to check out our Hot Picks section at the library. We may have additional "non-holdable" copies of these books available in that section even when there is a waiting list.

Do You Speak Mango?

mangoJust kidding.  Mango is not a language, but Mango is a new online language-learning resource available through the Olathe Public Library's website.  You can use Mango to study a number of languages, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and more all from the convenience of your home computer or here at the library.  All you need to get started is your library card and PIN. 

Each lesson features an easy-to-follow interface with clear, simple instructions along with audio from native speakers.  Mango is not geared strictly to kids, but all ages can learn from this resource.  You can access Mango from our Electronic Databases page (under the Online Resources drop-down menu on our website).  Mango offers a free, fun and convenient way to learn a new language.  Give it a try!

Finale Fun!

A fun time was had by all at our summer finale on August 15 at the Scarborough Elementary gymnasium.  Over 275 people enjoyed the amazing antics of juggler Richard Holmgren and his Flying Debris Show!  He kept the crowd enthralled by juggling balls and pins, spinning plates, balancing baskeballs, even catching a bowling ball on his head, and he kept us laughing the whole time.  It was a great show and a terrific way to end the summer.  The Olathe North High School drum line also made a special appearance.

If you missed this exciting event or would like to see more of the Flying Debris Show, you'll have another chance.  Richard will be the featured performer at Old Settlers on Thursday night, September 10, at 6:00 p.m.  Word has it he will be juggling machetes and fire that night!  Below are some photos of our finale fun.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading Finale

We have one more fun event up our sleeves before we call it quits for the summer.  Our Summer Reading Finale will be held on Saturday, August 15, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary School, 2000 Lindenwood Drive.  The featured entertainment will be the Flying Debris Show featuring juggler extraordinaire Richard Holmgren.  You won't want to miss this amazing and hilarious juggling act.  He might even attempt to catch a 10 pound bowling ball on his face!

No registration is required.  The entire family is welcome.  This is a great way to celebrate the end of summer and all the great reading you did!  This program is generously sponsored by Olathe Reads.  We hope to see you there.

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.

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