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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!

National TV Turnoff Week

Read a book.  Plant a garden.  Go for a walk.  Draw a picture.  Play a game.  Fly a kite.  Do a jigsaw puzzle.  Ride a bike.  Bake some cookies.  Shoot some hoops.  Write a story.  Climb a tree.  Visit a museum.  Play hide and seek.  Exercise.  Have a picnic.  Go fishing.  Clean your room.  Sing songs.  Do a craft project.  Play cards.

What do all these things have in common?  These are things you can do instead of watching TV!  Did you know the average American watches morepulltheplug.jpg than 4½ hours of TV each day.  That is more than 2 months of non-stop TV watching every year!

Do you think you could live without TV for one whole week?  That's the challenge during National TV Turnoff Week, April 21-27.  Families all across America will be turning off their televisions for the entire week.  Is your family up to the challenge?  You might be surprised at how many other fun things there are to do instead of zoning out in front of the tube.

So pull the plug during National TV Turnoff Week.  We dare you!  Then send us a comment and tell us what you did during your no-TV week.

Pots for Petals

A group of children came to the library during Spring Break to paint some colorful flower pots in our Pots for Petals program on March 20.  Their bright, cheery creations made it feel like winter may actually be over!

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Froggy Fun

Leap Day was celebrated at the Main Library with some froggy fun.  Kids who attended a special program learned why February has 29 days every fourth year.  They heard some frog stories and riddles, made origami frogs, and participated in a frog-jumping contest and a "kiss the frog" game.

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Celebrate Leap Day!

February 29, 2008, is Leap Day!  Observe this unique day, which only comes around every four years, with a little frog fun.  Hop on down to the library for some froggy stories, games and crafts. 

Who:     Children in K-6th grade
When:   Friday, February 29 @ 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Olathe Public Library
                                       201 E. Park, Olathe, KS 66061

Registration is required and begins on Friday, February 15.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The program will last about an hour.

It's sure to be a leapin' good time!

Family Chess Nights at the Library

000_0670.jpgAre you a chess enthusiast?  Are you looking for a worthy opponent to challenge your chess-playing skills?  Then you're invited to come to our monthly Family Chess Nights at the library.  Family Chess Nights take place the first Monday of every month through May from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  We alternate library locations each month.  Here's the schedule:

Monday, February 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Monday, March 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Monday, April 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library

All playing levels are welcome.  The whole family is invited.  Boards and equipment will be provided.  No registration required.

Loco at the Lock-In

Things got a little bit crazy at the library last Friday night at our Lock-In at the Library.  Kids enjoyed painting bookshelves, playing bingo, singing, dancing, telling jokes, competing in relay games, listening to reader's theater, eating pizza, and even putting on an impromptu talent show.  Everyone had a fun time.  What a great group of kids!

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Chemistry for Kids

Here are a few picture from our Chemistry program last Tuesday.

The St. James students did a wonderful job presenting the experiments, and everyone had a great time!

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