Return Summer Reading Folders

It's time to return your Summer Reading Folder and pick out your free paperback book!  You may return your folder to either Olathe library anytime between August 1 - 15.  Be sure to fill out the tab on your folder with your full name, school, and grade.  We'll tear off the tab when you receive your free book.

After school begins, we'll let your school know that you participated in the library's Summer Reading Program.  You can also take your folder to school and show your teacher all the great reading you did over the summer.

We've had a lot of fun this summer and hope you did too.  And most of all, we hope you read a lot of terrific books!  Bring back your folder and show us!

Groovin' with Dino O'Dell

Wednesday was our final big program of the summer at the Bell Cultural Events Center.  Musician Dino O'Dell kept everyone entertained and grooving to the music.  What a great way to end our summer programming!

Library Needs LEGOS

Do you have any genlty used LEGOS at home which you'd be willing to donate to the library?  This fall the library will be starting a LEGOS Club for children in grades K - 5th.  The club will meet once at month at the Indian Creek Branch for a fun time of creative building with LEGOS.  Stay tuned for more details.

For now, we are seeking donations of LEGOS to be used in this new program.  Any kind and any quantity of LEGOS are most welcome, but no Duplos (larger bricks) at this time.  These donations would be permanent, so be sure these are things you no longer want or need.  Just bring your donated LEGOS to the Children's Services desk at either Olathe library.  We are excited about this new library program and hope you will help us get enough LEGOS for the club.  If you have any questions, please call (913) 971-6874.

Child & Parent Book Discussions

We still have openings in our book discussion groups for July.  The group for kids going into 3rd and 4th grade along with their adults will be on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  They will be reading The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill.  You may register at either Olathe library, but the provided copy of the book must be picked up at the Indian Creek Branch.

The group for kids going ino 5th grade along with their adults will be on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  They will be reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.  This book is a WIlliam Allen White Award nominee for
2011-12.  You may register at either Olathe library, but the provided copy of the book must be picked up at the Main Library.

If you have any questions or would like to register, call (913) 971-6874.  These will be the last book discussions of the summer.  Sign up soon so you have time to read the book.


Cracking the Whip

At last week's "Hit the Trail" program, children learned about the life of a pioneer and what it was like to travel on the Santa Fe Trail.  They learned how to make butter, and Alexis from Mahaffie House even gave the kids a lesson in cracking a bull whip!

Olivia Goes to Venice

Who doesn't love Olivia the pig?  In the video below author/illustrator Ian Falconer talks about his inspiration for Olivia and her latest adventure in Olivia Goes to Venice.

Paul Mesner Puppets Present Anansi

Our first big summer program at the Bell Center on the MidAmerica Nazarene campus was a great success.  The Paul Mesner Puppets presented a show based upon Anansi the Spider stories to a full capacity audience.  Anansi worked his wily ways on Snake, Turtle, Elephant, Miss Chicken, and other amusing animal characters. It was a very entertaining performance. If you would like to read more tales of the trickster spider, we have lots of Anansi books at the library.

Our next big program at the Bell Center will be on Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m.  The wonderful storyteller Priscilla Howe will be sharing folktales from around the world.  She'll probably be bringing along some puppets of her own too.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our large programs, we recommend getting there early.  We will once again start distributing tickets at the door beginning at 1:15 p.m.  Space is limited, and tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Summer Kick-Off a Big Success!

Despite some early morning showers, it turned out to be a beautiful day for our Summer Reading Kick-Off.  We estimate over a thousand people attended our Kick-Off at Frontier Park which marked the beginning our summer activities at the Olathe Public LIbraries.  Over 670 children picked up their reading folders, along with teens and adults.  The Olathe taiko drum group Ki Daiko perforned for an enthusiastic audience.  Alexis from Mahaffie House showed kids how to play some traditional games.  Children made tissue flowers, played chess, did 3-legged races, got temporary tattoos, created sidewalk chalk art, played a variety of versions of hopscotch, and more.  The Olathe Noon Optimist Club provided refreshing bottles of water.  It was a fun way to start the summer.  And if you didn't make it to the Kick-Off, you can still pick up a summer reading folder at either Olathe library anytime.  Just stop by the Children's Department and ask for a folder.


Book Discussion Groups

Do you enjoy reading and then talking about the books you've read?  Then you should consider signing up for one of our Child & Parent Book Discussions.  These groups are designed to encourage children and adults to read chapter books together and then come prepared to discuss them with other families.  We have one group for kids going into 3rd and 4th grade plus an adult and a second group for kids going into 5th grade plus an adult.  The library will provide each participating child with a free copy of the book being discussed. 

The first book discussion for 3rd and 4th graders will be on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  The book being discussed is The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney.  Learn about the students and staff at Longfellow School through the eyes of Room 26's pet hamster, Humphrey.

The first discussion for 5th graders will be on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  The book being discussed is Extra Credit by Andrew Clements.  This book tells the story of Abby, a girl in Illinois, and Sadeed, a boy in Afghanistan, who become pen pals through a school project.  This title is on the list of nominees for the 2011-12 WIlliam Allen White Book Award.

There are still spaces avaiable in both book discussions.  You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  3rd and 4th graders must pick up their discussion books at the Indian Creek Branch.  5th graders must pick up their books at the Main Library.  There will also be book discussions in July.  Call the library or visit our website for more information.

Olathe's Friendship City

When you visit the Children's Department at the Main Library this summer, be sure to look up and notice the big red fish hanging from the ceiling.  This colorful windsock was a gift from Maebashi, Japan, which is Olathe's Friendship City.

Olathe also has two sister cities:  Chur, Switzerland and Ocotlán, Mexico.  As we celebrate One World, Many Stories at the library the summer, it's fun to learn about our own city's connections around the world.

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