During the summer it can sometimes be hard to find the book you want when you come to visit the library. Kids all over Olathe are coming to check out books (which we love!),Â and that means that sometimes when you come in looking for Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys, there might not be any on the shelves.
If this happens to you, don't worry, because we're here to help! Stop by the children's desk.Â If the book you were looking for is checked out we can request it for you from another library.Â It might take a few days for the book to get here, but we'll let you know when it arrivesÂ so you can come and get it. Or if you just want a really good book to read today we'll help you find the perfect one. So don't despair if you can't find that book you really wanted. Just ask a librarian - we're here to help you!
Summer has started off with a bang at the Olathe Public Library.Â More than 1000 children received Summer Reading Club folders at our SummerÂ Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday!Â 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.Â It was a great crowd, aÂ beautiful day and a lot of fun!
Hundreds more summer reading folders have also been given out at both libraries.Â If you don't have a folder yet, it's not too late.Â Stop by either library anytimeÂ and pick up a folder to keep track of all the reading you do this summer.Â Return your folder in August to receive a free paperback book!Â You may also pick up a flyer which lists all of the exciting programs happening this summer, or find out moreÂ on our website . Don't miss out on the fun!
"Get a Clue" t-shirts were also sold at our Kick-Off.Â If you didn't get a t-shirt, they are stillÂ available at both library locations.Â Children's sizes are $5 and adult sizes are $6.Â Just stop by the Circulation Desk at either library and get yours today.Â They are the latest in library fashion!Â A special thanks to our PALS group for providing these t-shirts for sale.
The library sure is! We're kicking off our Summer Reading Club this coming Tuesday, May 29th. The party's going to be down at Frontier Park, near the Indian Creek Library, from 10am-12pm. We'll have games, snacks, temporary tattoos, live music featuring Dino O'Dell, and most importantly, this is your first chance to get your Summer Reading ClubÂ folder!Â If you can't make it to the park, don't worry, you can still sign up. Just stop by either of the Olathe libraries anytime this summer. I hope to see you there!
If you have any questions about summer programs at the library, give us a call at (913) 971-6874, or ask your question in the comment box and we'll answer it that way.
Â Â Â Â When I was a kid we had an old blue chair that rocked and turned in circles that hadÂ been banished to the attic. It was perfect for reading because I could sit sideways on it, with my head resting on one arm of the chairÂ and my legs draped over the other arm. We put it in front of one of the windows and that section of the atticÂ became my reading nook. I put a box on its side and turned it into a bookshelf and spent hours up there reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and anything else I could get my hands on.Â
Â Â Â Â It got pretty hot up there in the summer because the attic wasn't air conditioned, but that didn't keep me away. Occasionally a wasp would get in and chase me downstairs, but I always came back.Â Unfortunately, I lost my special reading place because weÂ turned the attic into bedrooms for my brothers, but I will never forget the time I spent up there lost in one good book after another.
May is Get Caught Reading month. Where is your favorite place to read?
Muddled by math?Â Stumped by science?Â Feeling overwhelmed with homework and just wish you could get some one-on-one help?Â Well, have I got news for you!Â Live homework help with a real, live online tutor is availableÂ through the library's website.Â Students in grades 4th - 12th can receiveÂ live help from an online tutor in math, science, social studies, or English.Â Live tutors are available onlineÂ everyday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.Â Spanish speaking tutors are also available during certain hours.Â Just click the image below to be taken to our Live Homework Help pageÂ where you can read more about it and get connected.
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What do cowboy boots, George Washington Carver, and stagecoaches
have in common?
Give up?Â Each of these played a part in Olathe's amazing history.Â
In 2007, OlatheÂ celebrates its 150th birthday!Â Here's a fun fact: "sesquicentennial" means 150th, and you may see that word all around Olathe this year.Â
Lots of funÂ sesquicentennialÂ activitiesÂ will be happening this year, such as:
Mahaffie's Civil War Days on April 22-23, 2007
Americana Jubilee on June 2, 2007
Chautauqua West: Wagons, Wit, and Wisdom on August 3-4, 2007
ToÂ learn about Olathe, sesquicentennial events, and more, check out the official Olathe Sequicentennial website: http://www.olatheks.org/Residents/News/150/150_intro.htm
To find out what cowboy boots, George Washington Carver, and stagecoaches have to do with Olathe, visit the Olathe Public Library for the story!
Have you seen the newÂ red sofa and big blue chairÂ in the Children's Department at the Main Library?Â They are as comfy as they look.Â We hope this will provide a cozy area forÂ kids to read.Â It's also a great place to curl up with a friend, sibling, or parent and share a good book together.Â Â SoÂ try outÂ our new furniture the next time you're in the library.Â AndÂ don't missÂ the new flying saucer lights!Â Just look up.
We express a hearty "thank you" to the Olathe Public Library Foundation for helping fund the purchase of this new furniture.
The library'sÂ participation in "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers" was a big success.Â Library staff and volunteers read the book Bunny Cakes to 1,340 preschoolers at various child care centers throughout the city and at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library throughout the week.Â Many children recognized Max and Ruby and enjoyed hearing about their attempts to make a birthday cake.
OnÂ November 17 thirty-seven 3rd-6th gradersÂ invaded the Main Library for an after-hoursÂ Lock-In at the Library.Â The library closed at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, as usual, but re-opened at 7:00 for a full four hours of fun!Â Activities included relays, charades, pizza, singing, reader's theater, stories, riddles,Â and book exchange.Â A good time was had by all.Â Â What a great way to end Children's Book Week!
During National Children's Book Week, November 13-19, the library will be participating in a state-wide project called "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers."Â The goal of this project is to read the same book to every child 5 years old and younger throughout the state.Â This year's book is Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.Â Schools, libraries, daycares, and other agencies will be reading this book to children all over Kansas during the week.
Both Olathe libraries will be offering "Story on the Spot" featuring the book Bunny CakesÂ throughout the week of November 13-19.Â Â Hear about Max's hilarious efforts to make an earthworm cake for his grandma's birthday.Â Just stop by theÂ Indian Creek Branch LibraryÂ anytime that week and catch an impromptu reading of this charming book by Rosemary Wells.Â You may also stop by the Main Library to hear a reading during the following times:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Monday, Nov. 13 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Thursday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
This book will also be read at all ofÂ our regularly scheduled library storytimes throughout the week.
Around the Corner is the Children's Department's new blog.Â This is a place to find out the latest library news for kids.Â We'll blog about upcoming programs, new books and movies, info about children's authors, and cool library stuff of all kinds.Â It's also a place to let us hear from you.Â Just comment back and let us know what's on your mind.Â So stop "around the corner" often and see what's going on!