As you probably know, our readingÂ program theme this summer is Be Creative @ Your Library.Â So why not get those creative juices flowing and enter our Summer Drawing Contest!Â This contest is open to any child going into
1st - 6th grade.Â You can pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or click here to download a copy.Â The entry form explains all the rules and details.
The deadline to enter the drawing contest is Sunday, July 19.Â All entries will be judged by grade, and winners will be announced on July 27.Â The winners will be posted on our website.Â Winning drawings will also be displayed at the librariesÂ during the following dates:
- August 1 - 14 at the Main Library
August 17 -Â 31 at the Indian Creek Library
Â So get out your paper and pencils and start drawing!Â Click here to see drawings that have already been submitted.
As part of our Be Creative @ Your Library summer theme, the Indian Creek Branch Library will be hosting a series of free family concerts this summer on four different Saturday afternoons.Â The concerts will each feature a different style of music.Â No registration is necessary, and the entire family is welcome.Â
Here is the schedule of concerts:
Â CALYPSO BLUZ -Â Featuring the tropical rhythms of steel drum music
Â Â Â Â Â Saturday, June 20Â atÂ 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch
SCOTT KLAMM - Featuring American folk and original children's music played on a variety of instruments
Â Â Â Â Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch
YACKETY SAX QUARTET - Featuring four saxophonists playing pop tunes and cool jazz
Â Â Â Â Saturday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch
CHINESE MUSIC - FeaturingÂ the music of China played on traditional instruments
Â Â Â Â Saturday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. - Indian Creek Branch
The concerts will last approximately an hour.Â Come enjoy some great music at a great price---FREE!Â Call (913) 971-5235 for more information.
School's out for the summer!Â Do I hear a "Hip, hip, hooray!"?Â If you are looking for some fun things to do this summer, be sure to add the Olathe Public Library to your list.Â Our summer theme is Be Creative @ Your Library.Â 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!Â Click here to read more about the exciting activities happening for kids or download our summer programs flyer.
Find Fido, one of our most popular summer activities, starts this Friday at both Olathe libraries.Â Stop by the library any Friday during the summer and look for Fido. Have a great summer!
Acclaimed 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.Â Janet has written numerous children's books, including Buzz, Apple Pie 4th of July and The Dumpster Diver.Â 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.Â Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear a well-known author read and talk about her books.Â Registration is required!Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.
Summer 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.Â Our summer reading theme will be "Be Creative @ Your Library."Â We will be exploring creativity in all its many forms:Â art, music, dance, theater, poetry, movies, literature, and more.Â And of course, we hope everyone will read lots of great books over the summer.
You can find complete details aboutÂ our summer activities by clicking here.Â You can also download our summer flyer.Â It all beginsÂ on Tuesday, May 26.Â Make plans to attend our Summer Reading Kick-Off on that day or stop by the library anytime during the summerÂ to get aÂ summer readingÂ folder to keep track of all the books you read.Â Fido will be visiting the library every Friday again this summer.Â And if you don't know about Fido, you'll have to make a Friday visit to the library and find out.Â It's sure to be a fun and creative summer at the library.
Judo is a form of Japanese martial arts.Â Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt was one of the first judo students in the United States?Â 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 gradersÂ during spring break.Â Instructors from the After School Judo Academy will be doing demonstrations during the following times:
Monday, 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.Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.Â Be there or be square.
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 weekÂ we read aloud several chapters of a book.Â 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.
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.
Do you love books?Â Do you love dogs?Â Then come practice your reading by reading aloud to a friendly dog at the library.Â 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
No advanced registration is necessary, but reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.Â Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time.Â R.E.A.D. trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.Â For more information call (913) 971-6874.
Our 2008 Summer Reading Club has officially come to an end.Â Nearly 6000 children received summer reading folders this year.Â That's more than ever before!Â 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.Â More than 350Â kids and adults came to celebrate and join in the fun.Â Magician Devin Henderson kept everyone mesmerized with his amazing magic and in stitches with his hilarious humor.Â
Craig Toungate from Austin, Texas, entertained the crowd with his lively renditions of Disney tunes and other fun songs.Â Some kids just couldn't resist getting up to dance!
We hope you all had as much fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" as we did.Â It's been a great summer!Â
It's been a great summer of buggy fun with "Catch the Reading Bug!" andÂ the library has been one happening place.Â June was a record-breaking month with more items checked outÂ in a singleÂ month than ever before.Â But guess what!Â June's record didn't last long because July was an even bigger month!Â That means this summer we hadÂ our two busiest months in the library's history!Â 277,611 items were checked out from the two Olathe libraries during June and July.Â Apparently, a lot of OlatheansÂ caught the reading bug this summer.
Well, the fun isn't over quite yet.Â We have one big final event left.Â Our Summer Reading Finale will be held on Saturday, August 16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, at Olathe East High School.Â 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.Â Everyone is invited to this fun, free program.Â It will be a great way to celebrate all the reading you did this summer!