childrens-dept-news

Return of the Caterpillars

Next time you are in the library, check out the display of live caterpillars in the Children's Department.  We currently have Monarch caterpillars and Black Swallowtail caterpillars munching away on their favorite plants at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch.  Over the next period of weeks the caterpillars will transform into chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies.  It's always fascinating to see this little miracle of nature up close and personal.  So when you next come to the library to find a good book, check out a movie, or use a computer, take a minute to stop by our display and check out the status of our caterpillars.

A special thank you goes out to Jackie Goetz from KC Master Gardeners and Monarch Watch for providing these displays to the libraries.


Happy Birthday, LEGO!

On August 10, 2012, LEGO celebrated its 80th birthday!  In honor of this special occasion Miss Beth (along with a little help from her son Jonathan) has put together a cool display in one of our glass cases at the Main Library.  There is a birthday cake made of LEGO bricks, as well as birthday presents, a gift bag, and a party hat.  Next time you are in the library, be sure to check it out.  It's pretty awesome.

    

    

Starting in September the library will be resuming our monthly LEGO Club meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  This fall we will also be offering an evening LEGO Club on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  We are also starting a Homeschool LEGO Club specifically for homeschoolers on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  All of these programs require registration.  For more information and fall schedules, visit the Programs page of our website or pick up a fall programs flyer at the library.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of LEGO, watch the short video below released in honor of LEGO's 80th birthday.  Happy Birthday, LEGO!


Don't Forget!

Don't forget to return your Summer Reading Folder and pick out your free paperback book!  A week from tomorrow—August 15—is the final day to return your reading folder.  You can return it to either Olathe library anytime during library hours. 

More than 1100 children have returned their folders so far!  Woohoo!!  There has been a lot of great reading going on this summer.  So don't delay.  Return your reading folder by August 15.


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.


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® 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.


T-shirts For Sale

This summer's reading program theme for children is "Dream Big—READ!"  To help get everyone in the spirit, the library will be selling cool blue t-shirts featuring the theme beginning Wednesday, May 23.  T-shirts will be available in both kid and adult sizes.  All t-shirts will sell for $5 each.  T-shirts will be sold at both Olathe libraries.  We will also have t-shirts for sale at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, at Frontier Park, just southwest of the Indian Creek Branch Library.  The supply of summer t-shirts will be limited, so come early to get yours before they sell out!


Ask a Librarian

DId you know you can ask a reference question via our website?  Under "Services" on the menu bar, just click "Ask a Librarian."  This will take you to a page where you can click to fill out an e-mail form to ask your question. 

You may anticipate an answer within 2 days, excluding weekends and holidays.  If you need an immediate answer to a question, your best bet is to call the Main Library at (913) 971-6874 or the Indian Creek Branch at (913) 971-5235, or better yet, come to the library to get some personal assistance in finding the answer to your question.


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