School is out! Yippee! But now what are you going to do with all your free time? We hope you'll spend part of your summer at the library. We have lots of fun programs planned, and we encourage every child going into 1st - 5th grade to get a summer reading folder to keep track of all the reading you do this summer.
All the fun begins on Tuesday, May 29. Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be held on May 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at Frontier Park, located at Black Bob Rd. & Inidan Creek Pkwy. You may pick up your reading folder, play some games, get a temporary tattoo, watch the worm races, and more fun. We will also be selling Dream Big—READ! t-shirts for $5 each. Be sure to bring along some money if you're interested in purchasing one. In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled.
You may also pick up a reading folder at either Olathe library starting Tuesday or anytime during the summer. If you bring your folder back between July 30 - August 15 and show us all the reading you did over the summer, you'll get to choose a free paperback book. You get to have fun reading some good books all summer, and then you get a freebie to keep! It's a win-win situation.
To learn more about all the activities going on for kids this summer, pick up a blue program flyer at either Olathe library or click here to explore our summer web pages. We're looking forward to a great summer and hope to see you at the library!
On Tuesday a group of homeschoolers participated in a fun program at the Indian Creek Branch called "The Science of Paper Airplanes." The kids learned about the different forces that work together to make a great paper airplane design. After making their own paper airplanes, everyone had a chance to take them outside and test them out. It was a beautiful day for flying paper airplanes! Click the photos below for a closer look.
This was our final homeschool program for the spring. Watch for more homsechool programs in the fall. And of course, we hope all children will participate in our Summer Reading Program and all the activities that will be happening at the library this summer.
The library's second annual LEGO Design Contest was held on April 14 at the Indian Creek Branch. Twenty-six kids in grades
K - 5th brought their orignal LEGO creations to be displayed and judged. There were some very creative designs including castles, zombies, hedgehogs, planes, houses, bats, vampires, abstract objects, and more. It was great fun to see what these skillful and imaginative young LEGO builders came up with.
Our judge had a tough job awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in two age groups: K - 2nd grade and 3rd - 5th grade. Then the public got to cast their votes for the Best in Show award. There was some tough competition. Here are the winning entries.
1st place in K - 2nd
Ashley S. with Penguin Building a Snowman
2nd place in K - 2nd
Panchal P. with Sweet House & Hovercraft
3rd place in K -2nd
Carter G. with The Play
1st place in 3rd - 5th & Best of Show
Ian G. with Wall-E
2nd place in 3rd - 5th
Chinmay P. with LEGO Castle
3rd place in 3rd - 5th
Preston R. with Off Road Safari Vehicle
There were also three Honorable Mentions awarded.
Elisabeth S. with Rainbow with Experiments
Savindu B. with Advanced Military Base
Nathan T. with Zombie Attack
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are currently on display at the Main Library. If you missed the contest on Saturday, it's not too late to check out these cool LEGO creations. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. It was great fun!
This month's LEGO Club featured a theme of ships and boats. K - 5th graders built a variety of imaginative creations. It was a lot of fun as always. Click on the pictures below to get a closer look.
Our next LEGO Club meeting will be on Tuesday, April 24. Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 16. This program always fills up quickly. Call early to register!
At the February meeting of LEGO Club at the Indian Creek Branch, a Kansas City Star photographer came to take pictures of the event for the Community Faces section of their website. The photos were just posted online today. Here is the link where you can view the pictures of the program: http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2012/lego-club-meeting-2-28-12/
As you can see, there is always a lot of creative fun going on at these monthly LEGO Club meetings. The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. Registration is required and begins on Monday, March 19. This program always fills up quickly, sometimes within an hour. If you're interested, call as early as possible. Registration begins when the library opens at 10 a.m.
The library will also be hosting a LEGO Design Contest on Saturday, April 14 at the Indian Creek Branch. This is a contest where kids in grades K - 5th build an original design at home and then bring it to the library to be judged against other kids' creations. More detailed rules and information about the contest will be available at the library starting on Monday, March 19. This program also requires registration which begins on Monday, March 26.
You can always find more information about upcoming LEGO programs and other kids' programs at the library on the Programs page of our website. You may also pick up a blue program flyer at the library listing all upcoming programs through the end of May.
For kids in the Olathe District Schools, there will be no school this Thursday and Friday. If you're looking for something fun to do on your days off, we invite you to come make a valentine at the Valentine Factory! All children in 5th grade and younger can participate. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. There is no regisration. Come and go as you please. All supplies will be provided. Here is the schedule:
Thursday, February 9
Friday, February 10
And while you're at the library be sure to check out a good book to read, a good movie to watch, or a fun video game to play...or all of the above! We've got it all at the library.
The library's LEGO programs have been wildly popular. If you don't get registered on the first day of registration, chances are you won't get in the program. Olathe kids obviously love LEGO bricks! The January LEGO Club program is full, but registration for the February 28 program will start on February 20. Mark you calendar now.
If you are a LEGO fanatic, you probably already know that in May a LEGOLAND Discovery Center will be opening in Kansas City's Crown Center. This past weekend they held a compeition for the position of LEGO Master Builder. The lucky winner of that compeition was Jeremiah Boehr. He will be the official Master Builder of the Discovery Center. Talk about a cool job! How would you like to get paid to build with LEGOs?
Jeremiah beat out more than 170 other builders competing for the coveted title. His creation for the final round of competition was a 3D book with characters flying out of the pages. You gotta love a guy who combines his love of LEGOs with his love of books. Congratuations, Jeremiah!
The trains are coming! The trains are coming! The trains are coming to the Storytime Room at the Main Library. Model railroad trains will be on display at the Main Library this Thursday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. If you are someone who loves trains, you won't want to miss this. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display and about model railroading. Everyone is welcome. All aboard!
Here is the schedule for the train display:
Thursday, December 1 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Halloween morning at the Main Library meant a lot of LEGO fun! Thirty-four kids accepted the "Bag o' LEGO Challenge." Each child was given a brown paper lunch bag filled with a random assortment of LEGO bricks and then challenged to build anything they wanted using just those bricks. They could use as many or as few as they wished, but no swapping or trading with their neighbors allowed! These LEGO builders came up with some very imaginative creations. We even had a few costumed builders!
The next meeting of the LEGO Club will be on Tuesday, November 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. Registration begins on Monday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. Last month's meeting filled up in less than an hour, so call as early as possible.
At the Main Library 3rd - 5th graders had a fun time making Halloween candle holders just in time for the spooky holiday. It was a great activity for a no-school day.