ABC News did a recent story about kids reading to dogs and the benefits of this experience for beginningÂ and reluctant readers.Â Watch the clip below. The Olathe Public Libraries offer children the opportunity to read toÂ a cuddlyÂ canineÂ twice a month in our Read to a Dog program.Â The complete schedule of dates, times, and locations are listed below.Â Just come to the Children's Desk upon your arrival and check in for a reading time.Â The time slots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.Â No advance registration.Â Â The dogs are trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.Â So come read to a dog on the following dates: Saturday, September 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, September 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, October 2 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, October 16 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, November 6 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, November 20 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, December 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, December 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library
Registration for our fall Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two sessions begins on Tuesday, August 24. Visit the Programs page of our website for more information and the complete schedule. You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874. PLEASE NOTE: The libraries do not open until 10:00 a.m. so phones will not be answered until after 10:00.
School is starting this week, but we still have one special event left before we say goodbye to summer. Our Summer Reading Finale will be on Saturday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary School. Ventriloquist/illusionist Kevin Horner will be presenting "Walk the Plank with Pirate Frank!" It is sure to be a fun-filled time. Bring the whole family and celebrate all the reading you did this summer. And don't forget, the last day to return your summer reading folder to the library is Sunday, August 22. Thanks to everybody who "made a splash" at the library this summer. Have a great school year!
The summer is coming to an end, and it's time to return your Summer Reading Folder to the library. Bring back your folder to either Olathe library between now and August 22 and chose your free paperback book! Be sure to fill out the perforated tab on your folder. We will tear that off when you receive your book and will then send it on to your school so they know you participated in the Summer Reading Program. Congratulations on all the great reading you did over the summer. We hope you'll continue to visit the library throughout the school year and find more great books to read.
It's not too late to sign up for our final child & parent book discussions of the summer. The book discussion group for kids going into 3rd & 4th grade will be on Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library. The book being discussed is Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. The book discussion group for kids going into 5th grade will be on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library. The book being discussed is Flush by Carl Hiaasen. To register for either program call (913) 971-6874, but don't wait too long so you have time to read the book!
Do you like to draw? Are you going into 1st - 5th grade next year? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, we hope you'll enter our summer drawing contest. Here are a few simple rules:
1. Artwork must be drawn by hand.
2. Drawing should be no larger than 9 x 12 inches.
3. The entry deadline is Sunday, July 18. The drawings will be judged by grades, and the winning drawings will be displayed at the libraries on the following dates:
August 2 - 13 @ Main Library August 16 - 27 @ Indian Creek
So get our your pencils and paper and start creating that masterpiece!
On Wednesday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. the Piccadilly Puppets will be presenting our first big program of the summer at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the MidAmerica Nazarene University campus. This program is for kids going into 1st - 5th grade, but parents and siblings are also welcome. No registration is required, but space is limited to 250 people. Seating will be on the floor. No food or drink of any kind allowed. The Piccadilly Puppets will be presenting the show "Ottie the Lonely Sea Otter." Come find out what happens when a lonely sea otter stands up to a mean old shark. It will be an underwater party of sea creatures! For directions to the Bell Cultural Events Center, click here. For more information, call (913) 971-6874.
On June 14 at the Indian Creek Branch Library a creative group of 3, 4 and 5 year olds listened to the story of The Rainbow Fish and then made their own colorful fish. If you missed out, this program will be repeated at the Main Library on Monday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin on Friday, July 16. There will be another preschool craft program called "Amazing Butterflies" on Monday, June 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library and again on Monday, July 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. This program is for children 5 years old and younger. No registration is required for the butterfly craft program.
Sometimes we think storytime is just for little kids, but everyone loves a good story. I know I do! This summer the Olathe Public Library is offering a special time for kids, going into 1st - 5th grade, to come and listen to a good story. It's called "To Be Continued." Each week several chapters of a book will be read aloud, and then the book will be continued the following week(s) until it is finished. A snack will be provided. Program will last about an hour. To Be Continued is offered at both Olathe libraries during the following times:
Mondays, June 7-July 26 - 4:00 p.m @ Indian Creek
Wednesdays, June 9-July 28 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library
No registration is required. Come enjoy a good story at the library this summer.
Young readers will have four opportunities to "Read to a Dog" this summer at the Olathe libraries. Just drop by the library during one of the scheduled times, and check in at the Children's Desk upon arrival to be assigned a reading time. There is no advanced registration, but reading time slots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Here is the summer schedule for Read to a Dog:
Saturday, June 5 - 1:3o-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, June 19 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library
Saturday, July 3 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Saturday, July 17 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library
This is a fun way to keep up your reading skills over the summer. Trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc. For more information, call (913) 971-6874.