Model railroads are headed once again to the Olathe Public Library. This weekend we will feature a display of working model trains in our Storytime Room at the Main Library. Here is the schedule the display will open:
Thursday, November 29
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
So if you are a fan of model railroads or know someone who is, head on down to the Main Library and see this wonderful display. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display or about model railroading. And a big thank you goes out to Louis Seibel who always generously shares his wonderful collection of trains with the library. Come check them out!
Do you love animals? Have you ever asked your parents for a pet or are you hoping to get one this holiday season? Come explore the world of pets at the Indian Creek Branch on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. Join our guest presenter from PetWorld in Lawrence, Kansas, for a chance to see, touch, and learn about a variety of slimy, scaly, furry, and feathered animals. Find out what kind of pet might be a great fit for your family.
This program is for kids in K through 5th grade. Parents and older siblings may also attend. Sorry, but children younger than kindergarten will not be allowed into this program. Program will last about an hour. Registration is required. Click here to register, or call (913) 971-6874.
On September 15 families came to the Indian Creek Branch to learn about the Kansas WildLifer Challenge. Kids and adults got to have some outdoor fun doing things like pitching tents, catching bugs, and making birdfeeders. All these activities got kids started on the Kansas WildLifer Challenge and on their way to earning a cool outdoor prize pack. Visit the Kansas WildLifer Challenge website to learn more about this cool program.
We have just learned that our the dogs for our READ to a Dog program will not be able to come on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Our next scheduled READ to a Dog program will be on Saturday, October 6 at the Indian Creek Branch from1:30 - 2:30 p.m. You might want to call ahead to confirm we have dogs that day.
Monday, August 27, will be the first day to register for our fall Preschool Storytimes. The library offers Preschool Storytime for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. We offer Time for Two storytimes for 2 years olds with a caring adult. For the even younger set, we offer Rhyme Time sessions for 12 - 24 month olds with a caring adult. There is also a Tuesday evening storytime for the entire family.
The Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two all require registration. Registration for Preschool Storytimes begins on August 27. Registration for Time for Two begins on September 10. Rhyme Time and the evening family storytime do not. You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874. Click the links below for more information and the complete schedules of dates, times, and locations.
Preschool Storytimes - for 3, 4 and 5 year olds
Time for Two - for 2 year olds + caregiver
Rhyme Time - for 12 - 24 month olds + caregiver
Evening Storytime - for the entire family (Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds.)
Today is the official beginning of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The summer Olympics happen only once every four years. This summer's Olympics will run from July 27 through August 12 in London, England. Coverage of the opening ceremonies begins tonight (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. For complete information on all the different Olympic events and schedules, visit http://www.london2012.com/. It's sure to be an exciting couple of weeks of Olympic competition. As some of the world's greatest athletes compete for Olympic gold, the whole world will be watching. Will you?
Our second big program of the summer was held on Tuesday at the Bell Cultural Events Center. Storyteller Priscilla Howe kept the crowd entertained with her wonderful stories and visits from a few special friends.
A special thank you goes out to the folks at MidAmerica Nazarene University who generously hosted our big programs again this summer. We greatly appreciate the use of this wonderful space.
The Main Library looked like a LEGO factory on Friday night! There were LEGO bricks everywhere as kids and their parents came to build together at our first ever LEGO Lock-In. Below are some pictures from this fun event. As you can see Kids + LEGOs = Creativity!
You can check out some of the LEGO creations from the Lock-In at the Main Library during the month of July. Just look on the top of the E DVD shelves.
Fifteen furry hamsters competed in the library's first ever Hamster Ball Races on Tuesday. There was Digger, Gizmo, Goldie, Honey, Joselyn, Mr. Curious, Rookie, Rosie, Sally, Scabbers, Squeeky, Streak, Stripey, Wishing Star, and Zeke. What a great event! Everyone had fun—competitors and spectators alike. Congratulations to our three top winners!
1st Place - Rookie (Alexi's hamster)
2nd Place - Zeke (Garrett's hamster)
3rd Place - Rosie (Halee's hamster)
We want to extend a special note of thanks to Petco who generously loaned us the racing tracks and other supplies to make this event a success. We appreciate the support of local businesses who help support the library.
Watch the video below to see the hamsters (and their owners) in action. On your mark, get set, GO!