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School's Out!

School's out for the summer!  Do I hear a "Hip, hip, hooray!"?  If you are looking for some fun things to do this summer, be sure to add the Olathe Public Library to your list.  Our summer theme is Be Creative @ Your Library.  There will be puppet shows, music concerts, chess and bunco games, book discussions groups, arts and crafts programs, a drawing contest, Spanish classes, free movies, a dance at the library...and, of course, tons of great books to read!  Click here to read more about the exciting activities happeningfido-sm for kids or download our summer programs flyer.

Find Fido, one of our most popular summer activities, starts this Friday at both Olathe libraries.  Stop by the library any Friday during the summer and look for Fido. Have a great summer!

Janet Wong Is Coming to Town

janetwong.gifAcclaimed children's author Janet Wong will be doing a storytime program for 3 - 6 year olds and their accompanying adults on Friday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Janet has written numerous children's books, including Buzz, Apple Pie 4th of July and The Dumpster Diver.  She also writes children's poetry books, like Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams and The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children.  Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear a well-known author read and talk about her books.  Registration is required!  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.

Summer Is Just Around the Corner

web-logo-09.jpgSummer is quickly approaching (though you might not know it by the weather we've been having), and exciting plans are underway at the Olathe Public Library.  Our summer reading theme will be "Be Creative @ Your Library."  We will be exploring creativity in all its many forms:  art, music, dance, theater, poetry, movies, literature, and more.  And of course, we hope everyone will read lots of great books over the summer.

You can find complete details about our summer activities by clicking here.  You can also download our summer flyer.  It all begins on Tuesday, May 26.  Make plans to attend our Summer Reading Kick-Off on that day or stop by the library anytime during the summer to get a summer reading folder to keep track of all the books you read.  Fido will be visiting the library every Friday again this summer.  And if you don't know about Fido, you'll have to make a Friday visit to the library and find out.  It's sure to be a fun and creative summer at the library.

Judo Demonstration for Kids

Judo is a form of Japanese martial arts.  Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt was one of the first judo students in the United States?  He eventually earned a brown belt.

If you would like to learn more about judo, the Olathe Public Library will be having two free judo demonstrations for K-6th graders during spring break.  Instructors from the After School Judo Academy will be doing demonstrations during the following times:

judo3.JPGMonday, March 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
at the Indian Creek Branch Library

Tuesday, March 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
at the Main Olathe Library

Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  Be there or be square.

Calling Everyone in Grades 1-6!

To Be Continued will be starting a new book on Monday, October 20th. There's never been a better time to start coming! We meet every Monday from 4pm-5pm at the Indian Creek Library. Each week we read aloud several chapters of a book. We continue the book the following weeks until it is finished, then start a new one. Puzzles and coloring pages will be provided (in case you want something to work on while you listen), and we always have popcorn!

Our next book will be The Lemonade Trick by Scott Corbett.lemonade.jpg
A mysterious potion mixed by Kerby with his chemistry set has a beneficial effect on the neighborhood bully, but also wreaks havoc at the Sunday School pageant.

I hope you'll join us next week as we start this great book!

Questions? Call (913) 971-5235.

Read to a Dog

Do you love books?  Do you love dogs?  Then come practice your reading by reading aloud to a friendly dog at the library.  Here is our Read to a Dog schedule for the rest of the year:

Saturday, October 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, November 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, December 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

000_0167.jpgNo advanced registration is necessary, but reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time.  R.E.A.D. trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  For more information call (913) 971-6874.

A Great End to a Great Summer

Our 2008 Summer Reading Club has officially come to an end.  Nearly 6000 children received summer reading folders this year.  That's more than ever before!  We hope you will all take your reading folders to school and show your teachers all the great books you read over the summer.

Our grand finale was held on Saturday, August 16, at Olathe East High School.  More than 350 kids and adults came to celebrate and join in the fun.  Magician Devin Henderson kept everyone mesmerized with his amazing magic and in stitches with his hilarious humor. finale11.JPGfinale21.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Toungate from Austin, Texas, entertained the crowd with his lively renditions of Disney tunes and other fun songs.  Some kids just couldn't resist getting up to dance!finale31.JPGfinale41.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you all had as much fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" as we did.  It's been a great summer! 

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Summer Reading Finale

It's been a great summer of buggy fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" and the library has been one happening place.  June was a record-breaking month with more items checked out in a single month than ever before.  But guess what!  June's record didn't last long because July was an even bigger month!  That means this summer we had our two busiest months in the library's history!  277,611 items were checked out from the two Olathe libraries during June and July.  Apparently, a lot of Olatheans caught the reading bug this summer.

devinhenderson.jpgWell, the fun isn't over quite yet.  We have one big final event left.  Our Summer Reading Finale will be held on Saturday, August 16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, at craigtoungate.jpgOlathe East High School.  Magician Devin Henderson will be performing his amazing feats of magic, and Craig Toungate, a featured singer on recordings released by Disney, will be performing music for the whole family.  Everyone is invited to this fun, free program.  It will be a great way to celebrate all the reading you did this summer!

Summer Drawing Contest 2008

artist.jpgCalling all artists going into grades 1st-6th!  Get out your paper, pencils, markers, and crayons, and get busy working on that beautiful masterpiece.  The deadline for entering our Summer Drawing Contest is Sunday, July 20.  Drawings can be no larger than 9" x 12".  The artwork must be done on your own (no help from parents or siblings!) and drawn by hand.  Your drawing must include the theme of libraries, books, reading or insects.  One entry per person.  You may pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or download it here.  You may also click here to see some of the drawings already submitted to the contest.

Entries will be judged by grade, and the winners will be announced on July 28.  Winning drawings will be displayed at the Main Library August 1-15 and at the Indian Creek Branch August 18-31.  If you have any questions, call (913) 971-6874.

Summer Reading Kick-Off

web-logo.jpgOur 2008 Summer Reading Club starts off with a bang at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.).  This will be the beginning of our summer programming and the first day to pick up a summer reading folder.  Our theme for the summer is "Catch the Reading Bug!"

Kick-Off activities will include games, bookworm photos, worm races, buggy relays, live music, snacks, temporary tattoos, chess, t-shirt sales, and more.  All ages are welcome.  So come get your summer reading folder and join in the fun!  Summer reading folders will also be available at both Olathe libraries beginning the same day and throughout the summer.  In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be held on Thursday, May 29, at the same time and location.

For complete information about all of the many children's programs and activities going on at the library throughout the summer, click here.  It is sure to be a summer of buggy fun!

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