Drawing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2012 Summer Drawing Contest!

First Grade

1st Place - Tyler Kuhn
2nd Place - Tanmay Patel
3rd Place - Maximus Adams

Second Grade

1st Place - Will Siuda
2nd Place - Isobel Li
3rd Place - Alison Fisher

Third Grade

1st Place - Nikki Lau
2nd Place - Aaron Hare
3rd Place - Addison Conrad

Fourth Grade

1st Place - Sarindu Buluwana
2nd Place - Kaitlyn Savoy
3rd Place - Lavanya Maruthapandian

Fifth Grade

1st Place - Jonathan Barton
2nd Place - Valerie Bolton
3rd Place - Julia Fitzpatrick

 

Click here to see the winning artworks along with all the entries.  The winning drawings will be on display at the libraries on the dates below:

  • August 4 - 17 at the Main Library
  • August 20 - September 1 at the Indian Creek Branch

Thanks to everyone who entered our contest this summer!


Return Summer Reading Folders

Don't forget that starting Monday, July 30,  you may return your summer reading folder to either Olathe library and pick out your free paperback book.  Fill out the flap on your folder (but don't tear it off) and then bring in the folder to show us all the reading you did this summer.  There will be a variety of books to choose from for all reading levels.  We will also let your school know that you completed the library's summer reading program.  You may return your folder anytime between July 30 - August 15.


London Summer Olympics

Today is the official beginning of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.  The summer Olympics happen only once every four years.  This summer's Olympics will run from July 27 through August 12 in London, England.  Coverage of the opening ceremonies begins tonight (Friday) at 6:30 p.m.  For complete information on all the different Olympic events and schedules, visit http://www.london2012.com/.  It's sure to be an exciting couple of weeks of Olympic competition.  As some of the world's greatest athletes compete for Olympic gold, the whole world will be watching.  Will you?


Staff Pick of the Month

At the beginning of each month one of the Children's staff members at the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch pick one of their favorite books as our Staff Pick of the Month.  The Staff Pick is featured on our Good Books web page.  It may be a picture book or a chapter book, an easy reader or a nonfiction book, a new book or an old favorite.  We just like sharing some of the best kids' books in our library.

This month's pick is the 2012 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award-winning picture book I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.  Watch the delightful book trailer below.


Priscilla Howe

Our second big program of the summer was held on Tuesday at the Bell Cultural Events Center.  Storyteller Priscilla Howe kept the crowd entertained with her wonderful stories and visits from a few special friends. 

A special thank you goes out to the folks at MidAmerica Nazarene University who generously hosted our big programs again this summer.  We greatly appreciate the use of this wonderful space.


Drawing Contest Deadline

Hey kids, if you are planning to enter our Summer Drawing Contest, don't forget that your original drawings must be turned in by the end of the day on Monday, July 16.  You may deliver your drawings to either Olathe library.  To see some of the drawings that have been submitted so far, click here.  If you need to download an entry form with all the rules and info, click here.

The winners of the contest will be posted here on our website on Monday, July 30.  The winning drawings will be displayed at the libraries on the following dates:

  • August 4 - 17 at the Main Library
  • August 20 - September 1 at the Indian Creek Branch

We hope you'll stop by the library in August and enjoy the artwork by some of Olathe's creative kids!


LEGO Lock-In

The Main Library looked like a LEGO factory on Friday night!  There were LEGO bricks everywhere as kids and their parents came to build together at our first ever LEGO Lock-In.  Below are some pictures from this fun event.  As you can see Kids + LEGOs = Creativity!

You can check out some of the LEGO creations from the Lock-In at the Main Library during the month of July.  Just look on the top of the E DVD shelves.

     

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    


Hamster Ball Races

Fifteen furry hamsters competed in the library's first ever Hamster Ball Races on Tuesday.  There was Digger, Gizmo, Goldie, Honey, Joselyn, Mr. Curious, Rookie, Rosie, Sally, Scabbers, Squeeky, Streak, Stripey, Wishing Star, and Zeke.  What a great event!  Everyone had fun—competitors and spectators alike.  Congratulations to our three top winners!

 

1st Place  -  Rookie  (Alexi's hamster)
2nd Place  -  Zeke  (Garrett's hamster)    
3rd Place  -  Rosie  (Halee's hamster)

 

 

 

 

 

We want to extend a special note of thanks to Petco who generously loaned us the racing tracks and other supplies to make this event a success.  We appreciate the support of local businesses who help support the library.

Watch the video below to see the hamsters (and their owners) in action.  On your mark, get set, GO!


LEGO® DUPLO® Read! Build! Play! Project

Visit the LEGO® DUPLO® Read! Build! Play! Project website and vote for Indian Creek!  The library with the most nominations will win $5,000 for books and supplies.  Since both the Main library and Indian Creek are listed, we are trying to avoid splitting the vote, and would love it if you would take a second to go vote for Indian Creek.  Come on all you library and LEGO® fans, cast your votes today...and every day!


What's Happening This Week?

If you would like to see a quick list of activities happening this week for kids at the library, just go to www.olathelibrary.org/kids.  The schedule will be updated every Monday with all the events for kids happening that week.  To find out more detailed information about kids' programs throughout the entire summer, go to www.olathelibrary.org/kids/summerreading-home or pick up a blue summer flyer at the Children's Services Desk at either library.


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