Calling All Artists!

kids_girl.gifDo you like to draw? Are you going into 1st - 6th grade next fall? Then you should enter our Summer Drawing Contest! Drawings must be done on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper. The artwork must be done by hand (no help from parents or siblings!). Your drawing should include the theme of libraries, books or reading. One drawing per artist please. Turn in your drawing at either Olathe library. The deadline is July 15 so you still have a couple of weeks left to complete your masterpiece! Entry forms can be picked at both libraries or you can print one off here. You can also click here to see some of the artwork already submitted. Drawings will be judged by grade, and winners will be announced on July 23. The winning entries will be displayed at the Main Library August 1-15 and at the Indian Creek Branch August 17-31. If you have any questions, visit the library or call us at (913) 971-6874.  Happy drawing!

The Mystery of Magic

devin.jpgA record-breaking crowd attended our Mystery of Magic program with Devin Henderson on June 14.  Devin kept over 500 children and parents mesmerized with his magic and laughing at his jokes.  audience.jpgThis was our first program at the American Legion Hall in order to accommodate larger audiences, and boy, did we need the space!  We appreciate everyone's patience in dealing with the larger-than-expected crowd.

Sesquicentennial Musical

Celebrate a little Olathe history with the Seniors Serving Schools' Sesquicentennial Event.  Members of the group will perform a musical adaptation of Olathe's historical events.  Here's a chance to learn what there is to sing about in Olathe's past.  Fun for all kids and adults.  This program will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Program will last about 45 minutes.  Event is free and registration not required.                          sesquicentennial.gif

Find Fido Fridays

kids_fido.jpgHave you seen Fido?  Every Friday throughout the summer (June 1 - August 10) Fido the dog will be hiding somewhere in the Children's area at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library.  Stop by anytime on Friday and use your best detective skills to track him down.  If you find him and tell us where he is, you'll get a small prize!  On June 1 more than 325 kids found this crafty canine!  Do you think you can find Fido???

May Flowers

You know the old joke:  If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  Pilgrims!  Well, last week May flowers brought preschoolers to the library for our Preschool Craft Time program.  Even though not all of our lights were working that day at the Main Library, May flowers were sprouting up all over the place. 400-100_0589.jpg 400-100_0588.jpg 400-100_0593.jpg 400-100_0591.jpg 400-100_0586.jpg

We Were Puzzled...

Families gathered together at each of the libraries during TV Turn-off Week for Jigsaw Puzzle Mania! In one evening we managed to put together one large puzzle and three smaller puzzles! puzzle1.jpgpuzzle2.jpg         puzzle3.jpgpuzzle4.jpg         puzzle6.jpgpuzzle7.jpg         puzzle8.jpgpuzzle5.jpg           .

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It...

Can you imagine Eragon, zoned out in front of the TV for hours?  What if Nancy Drew spent her afternoons eating Doritos and watching Cartoon Network?  Talk about boring, huh?  I definitely wouldn't check those books out from the library. 

All too often, though, my life can look exactly like that!

Just like our favorite characters--Hank the Cowdog, Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones, or Laura Ingalls Wilder--we have great stories to live out...and ours are real!

TV Turn-Off Week starts on April 23th and finishes up on April 29th.  Your mission: can you go a whole week without watching TV?  Sure, television can be great---but it is also great to take a break from it once in a while, just to remind yourself that there are lots of fabulous things to do, besides sitting in front of the TV.  So get busy and make your life worth reading! Now it's your turn to sound off!  I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Will you take the challenge?  Why or why not?  If you do, what will you do instead of watching TV?  Just click on "Comments" under this post, and type away!

National Young People's Library Poetry Week

Okay, so I made that up. This week is actually both National Library Week and Young People's Poetry Week. To celebrate, here's a poem about libraries!


The biggest Surprise On the library shelf Is when you suddenly Find youself Inside a book - (The hidden you) You wonder how The author knew. by Beverly McLoughland

National Library Week - April 15-21


Come Together @ Your Library is this year's theme for National Library Week.  The Main Library and Indian Creek Branch have a number of special programs planned for kids.  Below is a list of events going during the week:
Family Chess Night - All ages Monday, April 16 - 6:30-8:00 p.m Indian Creek Branch Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders (Registration required) Tuesday, April 17 - 4:00 p.m. Main Library Senior Barn Players - K-2nd graders (Registration required) Wednesday, April 18 - 4:00 p.m. Main Library Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders (Registration required) Friday, April 20 - 4:00 p.m. Indian Creek Branch Get Hooked on Crochet - 4th-6th graders (Registration required) Saturday, April 21 - 9:00-1:00 p.m. Main Library
For more information, visit our Programs page.

Spring Break at the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do during spring break?  Here are some activities going on at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library:       •  March 15 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages             11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch       •  March 15 - Family Chess Night - All ages             6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library       •  March 16 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages             1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Main Library       •  March 19 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages             1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch       •  March 20 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages             1:30 p.m. at the Main Library       •  March 21 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages             1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch       •  March 22 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up             10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch       •  March 22 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages             1:30 p.m. at the Main Library       •  March 23 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up             10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library Please note, there will be no preschool storytimes during spring break.  For more information about any of the programs listed above, visit our Programs page or call (913) 971-6874.
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