Despite some early morning showers, it turned out to be a beautiful day for our Summer Reading Kick-Off. We estimate over a thousand people attended our Kick-Off at Frontier Park which marked the beginning our summer activities at the Olathe Public LIbraries. Over 670 children picked up their reading folders, along with teens and adults. The Olathe taiko drum group Ki Daiko perforned for an enthusiastic audience. Alexis from Mahaffie House showed kids how to play some traditional games. Children made tissue flowers, played chess, did 3-legged races, got temporary tattoos, created sidewalk chalk art, played a variety of versions of hopscotch, and more. The Olathe Noon Optimist Club provided refreshing bottles of water. It was a fun way to start the summer. And if you didn't make it to the Kick-Off, you can still pick up a summer reading folder at either Olathe library anytime. Just stop by the Children's Department and ask for a folder.