The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest is quickly approaching! If you haven't yet registered, we still have a few spots left, But don't delay! You build your own original design at home with your own bricks and bring it to the contest.
The contest will be on Saturday, April 11 at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Rd.). The contest is held off-site so we have more space for more contestants. There are categories for kids in K - 5th grade and for teens in 6th - 12th grades, and this year for the first time, we also have a category for adults. You can download all the rules and the full schedule HERE. You may register online through our Events page; call the library at (913) 971-6874; or register in person at either Olathe library. And even if you don't enter the contest, it's always fun to come and see what these creative LEGO enthusiasts come up with. Everyone is welcome.
Read to a Dog on March 21 at the Downtown Library has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you've been waiting to Read to a Dog, come to the Olathe Indian Creek Library this Saturday, March 7 between 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. We've had some difficulties in recent months arranging for volunteers and their dogs to come to our Read to a Dog programs, but this Saturday we are good to go! Yea! We have two dogs lined up to come listen to some good books. Check in at the Children's Services Desk when you arrive. Our trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc. Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate this program!
Read to a Dog on February 21 at Olathe Downtown Library has been cancelled. Pets for Life, Inc., the organization that provides our trained therapy dogs, has been having difficulty supplying us with volunteers. They are working to resolve this issue. In the meantime, we recommend calling the library before coming to any Read to a Dog programs this spring to confirm that we actually have dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.
It's that time of year when the Children's Department at the Olathe Downtown Library is adorned with artwork created by elementary students from the Olathe School District. There are paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, ceramics, and more. The art display is scheduled to be up February 17 - March 26. Next time you are at the library, take some time to enjoy the work of these creative young artists. Let's support the arts in our schools!
Do you know about our Cool Sites for Kids web page? There you can find a list of suggested websites just for kids. We have selected and arranged these websites by category to help you find what you're looking for.
Here are a couple of the latest additions:
Code.org - This is a website for kids to find out more about computer science and learn some basic coding. If you are interested in computers and programming, check out this site.
DK (Eyewitness) Find Out! - If you are a fan of the popular Eyewitness books, you will like this website developed by DK Publishing. It is a fun place to see, learn, and explore almost everything.
Read to a Dog on February 7 at Olathe Indian Creek has been cancelled. Our volunteers are unable to bring their dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.
This time of year seems to be awards season—Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards, etc. In the world of children's literature it's all about the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal, two of the highest honors for authors and illustrators of children's book. The Newbery is awarded to the author of the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. The Caldecott is awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the previous year.
On Feburary 2 the winners of these two distinguished awards were announced for 2015.
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Nana in the City
The Noisy Paint Box
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
This One Summer
Congratulations to all the winners who create such wonderful books for us to read! It's hard not to feel like we, the readers, are the real winners.
While trying to tidy up my work area recently, I stumbled across an interesting poster buried under the piles on my desk. The poster was entitled "Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader." This rather tongue-in-cheek list first appeared in The Horn Book Magazine, the acclaimed publication about literature for children and young adults. I thought it was worth sharing.
THIRTEEN WAYS TO RAISE A NONREADER
Text © 2001 by Dean Schneider and Robin Smith from The Horn Book Magazine.