School 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!
The 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.
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:
1st place - Joel Moore 2nd place - Rowan Farha 3rd place - Isabel Robb
1st place - Emily Burnett 2nd place - Irina Honc 3rd place - Jenna Lindsey
1st Place - Aaron Chen 2nd place - LyLena Estabine 3rd grade - Dorina Cao
1st place - Mark Schermerhorn 2nd place - Olivia Laxton 3rd place - Christine David
1st place - Maria Caputo 2nd place - Alexandria Brandt 3rd place - Parker Erickson Congratulations everybody!
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!
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
So get our your pencils and paper and start creating that masterpiece!
On Wednesday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. the Piccadilly Puppets will be presenting our first big program of the summer at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the MidAmerica Nazarene University campus. This program is for kids going into 1st - 5th grade, but parents and siblings are also welcome. No registration is required, but space is limited to 250 people. Seating will be on the floor. No food or drink of any kind allowed. The Piccadilly Puppets will be presenting the show "Ottie the Lonely Sea Otter." Come find out what happens when a lonely sea otter stands up to a mean old shark. It will be an underwater party of sea creatures! For directions to the Bell Cultural Events Center, click here. For more information, call (913) 971-6874.
On June 14 at the Indian Creek Branch Library a creative group of 3, 4 and 5 year olds listened to the story of The Rainbow Fish and then made their own colorful fish. If you missed out, this program will be repeated at the Main Library on Monday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin on Friday, July 16. There will be another preschool craft program called "Amazing Butterflies" on Monday, June 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library and again on Monday, July 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. This program is for children 5 years old and younger. No registration is required for the butterfly craft program.
Sometimes we think storytime is just for little kids, but everyone loves a good story. I know I do! This summer the Olathe Public Library is offering a special time for kids, going into 1st - 5th grade, to come and listen to a good story. It's called "To Be Continued." Each week several chapters of a book will be read aloud, and then the book will be continued the following week(s) until it is finished. A snack will be provided. Program will last about an hour. To Be Continued is offered at both Olathe libraries during the following times:
Mondays, June 7-July 26 - 4:00 p.m @ Indian Creek
Wednesdays, June 9-July 28 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
No registration is required. Come enjoy a good story at the library this summer.
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.
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 *Registration required
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 *Registration required
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!