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LEGO Design Contest 2014

Attention all LEGO builders!  The Olathe Public Library is excited to be holding our fourth annual LEGO Design Contest on Saturday, April 26 at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Rd.)  This contest is for children in grades
K - 5th and teens in grades 6th - 12th.  There will be four age categories for the judging:  K - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade,
6th - 8th grade, and 9th - 12th grade.  Prizes of Barnes & Noble gift cards will be awarded to the winners.  Our judges will be from the local KC Bricklab LEGO Users Group.  They will be looking for creativity, originality and inventiveness.  CLICK HERE for the complete Contest Rules & FAQs.

Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 7.  You may register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.  There will be a limited number of contest slots available so register early!

The public is invited to come see all the entries during our Public Viewing between 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. and vote for the Best in Show award.  Everyone is also welcome to stay for the Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.  Here is a quick rundown of the day's schedule:

DROP OFF CREATION  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
JUDGING  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
PUBLIC VIEWING & VOTING  2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
AWARDS CEREMONY  4:00 p.m.
PICK UP CREATIONS by 5:00 p.m.

For complete details please refer to the  Contest Rules & FAQs.  If you still have questions, call (913) 971-6874.   (This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by LEGO or Barnes & Noble.)


Spring Break 2014

Spring break is next week!  Are you looking for something fun to do?  The Olathe Public Library has a variety of fun things going on for kids during the break.

  READ TO A DOG - For young readers of all ages

Saturday, March 15
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Children of all ages may drop by the library and read to a cuddly canine between 1:30 and 2:30 on the dates listed above. Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time. Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. No advanced registration necessary. For more information, call (913) 971-6874. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.

  SPRING BREAK COOKIE DECORATING - For children of all ages

Monday, March 17
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesday, March 19
10:30 - 11:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Cookies, frosting, sprinkles—it's time to decorate cookies! No registration. Come and go as you please.

  FAMILY CHESS NIGHTS - For all ages

Monday, March 17
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Nights. Boards and equipment will be provided. All ages and playing levels welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration.

  SING ALONG WITH MR. GREGG & MISS LISA - For ages 3 - 5
     *Registration required

Tuesday, March 18   *Registration begins Monday, March 10
10:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

There's no storytime during spring break, but we can still have some fun! Get ready to sing and make some music with Mr. Gregg and his guitar along with Miss Lisa. Program will last 30 minutes.

  LEGO CLUB - For K - 5th graders
     *Registration required

Tuesday, March 18   *Registration begins Monday, March 3
7:00 p.m. at the Main Library

Are you a kid in kindergarten through 5th grade who loves building with LEGO bricks? Be a part of our monthly LEGO Club! Each month we'll introduce a different theme, turn you loose on the library's LEGO collection to build something awesome, then let you show off your creation before you leave. (The Wednesday afternoon LEGO Club will offer a small snack; the Tuesday evening LEGO Club will not.)
PARENTS: To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, please sign your child up for
ONLY one LEGO Club meeting per calendar month.

  FREE FAMILY MOVIE - For all ages

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2  (Rated PG - 95 minutes)
Thursday, March 20
1:30 p.m. at the Main Library

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2  (Rated PG - 95 minutes)
Monday, March 21
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Join us for a free family movie at the library. All ages welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. No registration but space is limited.

  SPRING AT YOUR LIBRARY DAY! - For ages 4 - 8

Monday, March 24 
1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Come spend an hour of fun in the afternoon with Olathe Teen Council members at Spring at Your Library Day!  Come enjoy spring related stories, activities, games, and snack.  Program will last one hour.  Parents are welcome.  No registration.

And as always, the library had tons of good books, movies, video games, music, and more to check out.  So be sure to include a visit to the library in your spring break plans.


Visiting Author - Kate Klise

The Olathe Public Library is very excited to bring acclaimed children's author Kate Klise to Olathe!  She will be doing a variety of programs at the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday, February 22.  Kate has written picture books, chapter books, as well as books for teens.  Titles include books from the 43 Cemetery Road series, The Regarding series, The Three Rascals series, and a number of picture books illustrated by her sister Sarah.  If you've read any of her witty and inventive books, you know meeting her in person will be a real treat.

Here is the schedule of events during Kate Klise's visit:

Young Writer's Workshop - for 3rd - 5th graders  * Registration required
Saturday, February 22 @ 10:30 a.m.
Indian Creek Branch

     Young writers in grades 3 - 5 are invited to join children's author Kate Klise for a writing workshop. Learn what makes a good story, how to send your characters on a journey, and get started writing your own bestselling book!  Program will last one hour.  This program requires registration.  You may register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling
(913) 971-6874.

Teen Writing Workshop - for 6th - 12th graders  * Registration required
Saturday, February 22 @ 1:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch

     Teen writers are invited to join children’s author and former correspondent for People magazine, Kate Klise, for a writing workshop. Learn how to write a classic People magazine-style story that will help you write compelling essays to use in class or for college applications. Program will last about an hour. This program requires registration.  You may register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6888.

Meet the Author Kate Klise - for all ages
Saturday, February 22 @ 3:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch
    
Come meet children's author Kate Klise and learn the secret recipe for writing winning stories! After her presentation, the author will be happy to sign books. Books will also be available for sale. All ages are welcome, but the presentation will be geared toward grades K - 5, and space is limited. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 2:30 p.m. 


Artist Program with Rob Hatem

On February 7 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, artist Rob Hatem kept a roomful of children captivated as he talked about his life as an artist and shared a variety of his artwork.  After getting the kids inspired, he led them in an art activity.  The kids were each given a piece of paper with a few random shapes on it which they then turned into a unique picture.  It was fascinating to see how each child interpreted the shapes and brought his/her own creative vision to the exercise.  Click on the pictures below to see some of the results.

 

 

         

         

         

         

         


Snow Day Brick Build

Last week when the Olathe district schools were closed for the third snow day in a row, the Olathe Public Library decided to give kids an opportunity to get out of the house with an impromptu LEGO program.  The Storytime Room at the Main Library was opened for kids (and parents) to come and do some free building with the library's collection of LEGO bricks.  As always, when you let kids loose with a stash of LEGO bricks, the fun and creativity flowed!

         

         


Despicable Me 2

Tired of being cooped up at home?  Looking for something fun to do?  Come to the library and watch a free family movie!  Despicable Me 2 is being shown at both libraries.  This movie is rated PG and runs 98 minutes.  All seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket.  No registration necessary.  All are welcome, but children in kindergarten or younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

Here are the times and locations:

DESPICABLE ME 2
Friday, January 3
1:30 p.m. at the Main Library

DESPICABLE ME 2
Monday, January 6
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch


Pictionary & Pizza!

Do you like to draw?  Do you like to play Charades?  Then you'll love playing Pictionary!  3rd - 5th graders are invited to come play Pictionary at the Main Library on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:30 a.m.  Afterwards we'll have some pizza!  What more could you ask for?  Registration is required.  Call (913) 971-6874 or register online.  Program will last about an hour.


Time for Two

The fall session of TIme for Two at the Indian Creek Branch begins on Friday, October 25.  This is a special storytime for two-year-olds and their caring adults.  We still have openings in our 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. sessions.  The fall session runs for five weeks.  Click here for more information and the complete schedule.  Registration is required.  You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest

This month the Friends of the Olathe Public Library are sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  Families are invited to decorate a pumpkin as a favorite children's book character.  Paint it, dress it, accessorize it, but NO CARVING!  Click here for the rules.  One entry per family.  Registration is required.  You may register online for either the Main Library contest or the Indian Creek Branch contest.  The deadline to register is October 13.  Deliver your pumpkins to the library on October 19 or 20.

The pumpkins will be on display at the libraries from October 20 - 28.  The pumpkins will be judged on October 27 by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library.  The winners will be announced on October 28.  First prize will be a one year family pass to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm (a $50 value).  Second prize will be a $25 gift card to AMC Theaters.  All entrants will receive a Friends membership and a Friends book bag.  The contest is in celebration of National Friends of the Library Week.

So get registered and get decorating!  We hope to see a lot of creative pumpkins in our contest.  To get inspired stop by the Main Library to see the Olivia and Pete the Cat pumpkins, or visit the Indian Creek Branch and see the Elephant and Piggie pumpkins.

Happy decorating!


Star Wars Reads Day

 

Attention all Star Wars fans!  Come to the Main Library in downtown Olathe this Saturday, October 5 and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day!  Drop by the library between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and enjoy a variety of Star Wars themed activities.  There will be crafts, displays, books, games, and prize drawings!  Lucasfilm fan artist Darryl Woods will be here in person between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  No registration required.  Everyone is welcome.  Costumes are encouraged!!  Celebrate literacy and all things Star Wars this Saturday.  Don't miss it, and may the force be with you.


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