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Summer Reading Kick-Off 2013

The summer of 2013 is off to a great start!  Our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park was a flurry of fun activity on Tuesday morning.  Children could pick up a reading folder and Dig Into Reading bag.  Some kids played chess.  Others participated in relay games.  There were temporary tattoos and a banner coloring table.  Mahaffie Farmstead provided some old-timey activities.  DJ the Balloonman made some pretty spectacular balloon creations for kids.  Macaroni Kid provided information and handouts.  Foresters was there making IDs for kids.  The city of Olathe brought a real life digging machine to promote Hope Walk & Touch-a-Truck on June 8.  Kids could get creative with sidewalk chalk or get their picture taken in our special cutout.  Olathe Public Library/F.R.E.D. yard signs and window clings were distributed.  The Olathe Noon Optimists provided water for the thirsty crowd.  Teens and adults also had the opportunity to find out about their respective summer reading programs.  There was just more fun than you could shake a stick at.

If you missed the Kick-Off, you can still pick up a summer reading folder anytime at either Olathe library.  The summer is just beginning, and we have many other fun activities planned.  Stop by the library, and we'll give you the lowdown.  Click the pictures below to get a closer look at our Kick-Off celebration.

         

         

         

         

         

         


Dig Into Reading

School is ending, and a summer of fun is about to begin!  "Dig Into Reading" is the theme for this year's summer reading program at the Olathe Public Library.  Kids going into 5th grade and younger can pick up a summer reading folder at either Olathe library to keep track of all the reading they do this summer.  Return your folder between July 29 - August 11 to receive a free paperback book!  We started handing out reading folders today and will continue giving out folders throughout the summer.  Stop by the Children's Department anytime to get your folder and start reading!

Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be happening on Tuesday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Frontier Park (located at Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway).  Reading folders will also be distributed at our Kick-Off along with a variety of fun activities:  games, crafts, chess, temporary tattoos, balloon animals, and more.  Information will also be available about our summer reading programs for teens and adults.  This year at the Kick-Off we will be giving out yard signs and window clings promoting the Olathe Public LIbrary and F.R.E.D. (Families Read Every Day).  You can help us promote the library and family reading in our community.  In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled, but we are hoping for beautiful weather.

After you visit the Kick-Off, be sure to stop by the Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library at the Indian Creek Branch between 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.  The sale will continue on Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

So there are a lot of fun things happening at the library on Tuesday, May 28, and that's just the beginning of our summer activities!  Pick up a green flyer at the library which tells about all the activities happening for children this summer at both Oalthe libraries.  You may also click here to get information about what's happening throughout the summer.  We hope to be seeing you often at the library this summer!  Don't forget to "Dig Into Reading"!


How Many Bookworms Are in the Library?

May 13 - 19 is Children's Book Week!  We'll be celebrating at the Olathe Public Library with a contest to guess how many bookworms (gummy worms) are in the special container.  Stop by the Children's Department at either the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch Library anytime during the week and make your best estimate.  Whoever comes closest to guessing the right number of worms will win the whole bunch!

By the way, what do you call a group of worms?  I guess it depends on whom you ask.  I found they can be called a bed of worms, a clew of worms, a groveling of worms, a bunch of worms, or my personal favorite, a squirm of worms.  And I think some people would just call them GROSS!  Whatever you call them, come to library during Children's Book Week, enter our contest, and maybe you'll win some delicious gummy bookworms of your very own.

Happy Children's Book Week!


Free Comic Book Day

This Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day!  This year the Olathe Public Library is participating in this event for the first time.  Stop by the Main Library between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and get a free comic book (while supplies last).  It's as simple as that! 

We extend a big thank you to Elite Comics in Overland Park for generously donating all of our free giveaway comics this year.  So come get your free comic book, and check out the library's collection of graphic novels for kids while you're here.


LEGO Design Contest Winners

Our 2013 LEGO Design Contest was a great success!  Thanks to all the young LEGO enthusiasts who built and entered their original creations in the contest.  Thanks to all the friends and family who came to support them and see what they had built.  Thanks to our wonderful judges from the KC Brick Lab LEGO Users Group.  Thanks to Powell Gardens for coming and providing prize discount passes to their upcoming summer display of LEGO sculptures by New York artist Sean Kenney.  Thanks to the Indian Creek Community Church for providing a wonderful space for this year's contest.  Thanks to everyone who helped make our contest such a fun event!

This year's contest was held off-site at the Indian Creek Community Church in order to allow more contestants to participate.  This was also the first year we included a category for teens.  Our six judges had a tough job awarding winners in three different age categories:  Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd - 5th Grade, and 6th - 8th Grade.  The public also had the opportunity to cast their votes for our Best of Show awards.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Grades K -2nd

1st Place:  Tanmay, 1st grade
2nd Place:  David, Kindergarten
3rd Place:  Trey, 2nd grade
Honorable Mention:  Riley, 2nd grade

Grades 3rd - 5th

1st Place:  Ian, 4th grade
2nd Place:  Quinton, 5th grade
3rd Place:  Johnny, 4th grade
Honorable Mention:  Chinmay, 5th grade

Grades 6th - 8th

1st Place:  McKinley, 7th grade
2nd Place:  Philip, 6th grade
3rd Place:  Nathan, 8th grade
Honorable Mention:  Sion, 7th grade

Best of Show

Grades K - 5th:  Trey, 2nd grade
Grades 6rh - 8th:  Liam, 7th grade

Some of the winning entries are now on display at both Olathe library locations.  Next time you are at the library, be sure to check them out.  They will be on display through May 13. 

We've had a lot of fun with LEGO at the library this school year.  Our monthly LEGO Clubs will be taking a summer vacation, but we will be having a LEGO Lock-In for kids and their parents on July 5 at the Main Library.  Call or check our summer programming brochure for more information.


National Library Week 2013

Happy National Library Week!  Of course, here at the Olathe Public Library every week is library week, but April 14 - 20 is the official week to celebrate libraries nationwide. 

You can find all sorts of cool, fun things at the library, and best of all they're FREE!  We have compiled a list of 18 Free Things at the Olathe Public Library.  Not all of these things may be of interest to kids, but how about books and movies and video games and CDs and game computers and kids' magazines and free internet and downloadable music and ebooks and live online tutoring and storytimes and fun programs and the list goes on and on.

If you don't have a library card, you are missing out on the best deal in town!  And if you do have a library card, what better time to use it than National LIbrary Week?  We hope to see you soon at the Main Library or Indian Creek Branch.


LEGO Design Contest 2013

The Olathe Public Library's 3rd Annual LEGO Design Contest will be this Saturday, April 13.  This year, in order to accommodate more contestants, our contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road, just north of the Indian Creek Branch Library.

All contest slots for K - 5th graders are filled, but there are still slots available in the Teen Category for 6th - 12th graders.  For more information about the teens, call (913) 971-6888.  You may also register online.

Even if you aren't in the contest, everyone is invited to come see what these young LEGO builders have created.  Here is the schedule for the public:

  •  2:30 - 3:45 p.m.    Public Viewing & Voting for Best of Show
  • 4:00 p.m.               Awards Ceremony
  • 5:00 p.m.               End of Contest   (All entries must be picked up by 5:00 p.m.)

So come check out this year's contest and support these creative young LEGO enthusiasts!  It's sure to be a fun event.

  


Time for Two Session Added

Due to high demand, we have added a second Time for Two spring session.  The new session will be at 10:45 a.m. on Friday mornings at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  The five week session begins on March 29 and runs through April 26.  Registration is required.  You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  For more information about Time for Two click here.


Spring Break Activities at the Library

Spring break is almost here!  If you are looking for something fun to do on your week off, the Olathe Public Library has some great activities planned.  Here's a rundown of events during spring break.

  • R.E.A.D. to a Dog
    Saturday, March 16
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Main Library

    Young readers may drop by and read to a cuddly canine at the Main Library between 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival check in at Children's Serivces for a reading time. Reading sessions are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  No registration.

  • Free Family Movie:  Wreck-It Ralph
    Monday, March 18
    1:30 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    Join us for a free movie at the library!  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Wreck-It Ralph is rated PG with a running time of 108 minutes.  No registration but space is limited.

  • Family Chess Night
    Monday, March 18
    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Night.  Boards and equipment will be provided.  All ages and playing levels are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration.

  • Spring Break Cookie Decorating Program for Kids
    Tuesday, March 19
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    If it's spring break, it must be time to decorate a cookie!  For kids of all ages, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Come and go as you please.  No registration.

  • LEGO Club
    Tuesday, March 19
    7:00 p.m.
    Main Library

    If you are in K - 5th grade and love building with LEGO bricks, come to our monthly LEGO Club at the Main Library.  Registration is required.

  • Spring Break Cookie Decorating Program for Kids
    Wednesday, March 20
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library

    If it's spring break, it must be time to decorate a cookie! For kids of all ages, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Come and go as you please. No registration.

  • Free Family Movie:  Wreck-It Ralph
    Thursday, March 21
    1:30 p.m.
    Main Library

    Join us for a free movie at the library! The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Wreck-It Ralph is rated PG with a running time of 108 minutes. No registration but space is limited.

We hope to see you at some of these fun activities!  And don't forget to check out a great book, movie, and/or video game while you're here.  The library is a great destination during spring break.


Valentine Factory

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day!  Last Friday kids came to the library to get a jump-start on the holiday at our Valentine Factory.  At both the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library kids made valentines for their special someones.  Hallmark has got nothing on these creative young folks. 

We want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! 

    

    

    


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