Sesquicentennial Musical

Celebrate a little Olathe history with the Seniors Serving Schools' Sesquicentennial Event.  Members of the group will perform a musical adaptation of Olathe's historical events.  Here's a chance to learn what there is to sing about in Olathe's past.  Fun for all kids and adults.  This program will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Program will last about 45 minutes.  Event is free and registration not required.

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Find Fido Fridays

kids_fido.jpgHave you seen Fido?  Every Friday throughout the summer (June 1 - August 10) Fido the dog will be hiding somewhere in the Children's area at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library.  Stop by anytime on Friday and use your best detective skills to track him down.  If you find him and tell us where he is, you'll get a small prize!  On June 1 more than 325 kids found this crafty canine!  Do you think you can find Fido???

Summer Has Kicked Off!

Summer has started off with a bang at the Olathe Public Library.  More than 1000 children received Summer Reading Club folders at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday!  There were snacks, chess games, relays, temporary tattoos, mystery book photos, bubbles, fingerprinting by the Olathe Police Dept., and an ambulance and police car to explore.  It was a great crowd, a beautiful day and a lot of fun!

Hundreds more summer reading folders have also been given out at both libraries.  If you don't have a folder yet, it's not too late.  Stop by either library anytime and pick up a folder to keep track of all the reading you do this summer.  Return your folder in August to receive a free paperback book!  You may also pick up a flyer which lists all of the exciting programs happening this summer, or find out more on our website . Don't miss out on the fun!

tshirt.jpg"Get a Clue" t-shirts were also sold at our Kick-Off.  If you didn't get a t-shirt, they are still available at both library locations.  Children's sizes are $5 and adult sizes are $6.  Just stop by the Circulation Desk at either library and get yours today.  They are the latest in library fashion!  A special thanks to our PALS group for providing these t-shirts for sale.

May Flowers

You know the old joke:  If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  Pilgrims!  Well, last week May flowers brought preschoolers to the library for our Preschool Craft Time program.  Even though not all of our lights were working that day at the Main Library, May flowers were sprouting up all over the place.

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William Allen White Award Winners

The 2007 William Allen White Award winners have been announced!

book-cover-report-card.gifIn the 3rd-5th grade level, the winner is The Report Card by Andrew Clements.  In this book a young genius named Nora tries to hide her intelligence so she won't be singled out.  This is Mr. Clements' third W.A.W. Award.  He won in 1999 for Frindle and again in 2002 for The Landry News.

book-cover-so-b-it.gifIn the 6th-8th grade level, the winner is So B. It by Sarah Weeks.  This book tells the story of Heidi whose mentally handicapped mother possesses a vocabulary of only 23 words.  Most of her mother's life is a mystery, including even her real name.  With the help of a neighbor, Heidi attempts to track down the truth of her mother's past.

To view the list of new nominees for the 2007-08 William Allen White Award, click here.

National Library Week - April 15-21

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Come Together @ Your Library is this year's theme for National Library Week.  The Main Library and Indian Creek Branch have a number of special programs planned for kids.  Below is a list of events going during the week:

Family Chess Night - All ages
Monday, April 16 - 6:30-8:00 p.m
Indian Creek Branch

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Tuesday, April 17 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Senior Barn Players - K-2nd graders
(Registration required)
Wednesday, April 18 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Friday, April 20 - 4:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch

Get Hooked on Crochet - 4th-6th graders
(Registration required)
Saturday, April 21 - 9:00-1:00 p.m.
Main Library

For more information, visit our Programs page.

Homework Help

Muddled by math?  Stumped by science?  Feeling overwhelmed with homework and just wish you could get some one-on-one help?  Well, have I got news for you!  Live homework help with a real, live online tutor is available through the library's website.  Students in grades 4th - 12th can receive live help from an online tutor in math, science, social studies, or English.  Live tutors are available online everyday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Spanish speaking tutors are also available during certain hours.  Just click the image below to be taken to our Live Homework Help page where you can read more about it and get connected.
                          

Spring Break at the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do during spring break?  Here are some activities going on at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library:

      •  March 15 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 15 - Family Chess Night - All ages
            6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 16 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 19 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 20 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 21 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 23 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library

Please note, there will be no preschool storytimes during spring break.  For more information about any of the programs listed above, visit our Programs page or call (913) 971-6874.

Bridge to Terabithia

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Another classic children's book has hit the big screen.  Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is now playing at a theater near you.  The Newbery award-winning novel spins a tale of friendship, imagination, and tragedy.  And don't be deceived!  There is much more to this moving story than the movie previews you've seen on TV may suggest.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

Other children's books being made into movies and currently in production include:

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

But no need to wait for the movie.  You can check out these wonderful books at the library right now!

Kid Picks

Have you read any good books lately?  Would you like to see what books other kids are reading?  Visit our Kid Picks page.  You will find short reviews written by kids about books they've read.

You can also submit your own review.  Go to the Kid Picks page and click the blue link that says "Submit your own review."  Just fill out the electronic form and send it to us, and we may post it on our website.  You can also pick up a paper version at either library.  This is a great way to let others know about that great book you just finished and to get some ideas for other good books to read.  Check it out!

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