We had a great day for our Summer Reading Kick Off this year. We were just a bit worried about the possibility of rain, but it stayed dry and by the end the sun was making an appearance. Hundreds of people picked up their summer reading packets. There were a variety of fun games to play, temporary tattoos, a "spray painting" activity, chess playing, and more. The Olathe Noon Optimists provided free water which was much appreciated. Parents as Teachers provided information and activities. Mahaffie Farmstead brought some fun old-fashioned toys and games. And with the Indian Creek Library currently closed, the library actually provided books to check out at the Kick Off this year. All in all, it was a great start to our summer! Watch the video below to see some images from the Summer Reading Kick Off.
At our Summer Reading Kick Off at Frontier Park kids got to help create a large "spray painting." The children each picked their favorite color and added their marks to the painting. It was a fun—and just a little messy—project.
As you can see below, the final result was pretty awesome! It will be on display all summer at the Downtown Library above the J Feature Film DVDs. Come check it out!
Believe it or not, the end of the school year is just around the corner, but the Olathe Public Library is ready for an exciting summer. Our summer reading program theme is On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! We have tons of fun activities planned. Every child going into 5th grade or younger is invited to pick up a summer reading log to keep track of all their summer reading. Return your reading log at the end of the summer, between August 1 - 19, and receive a free paperback book! We have started handing out logs at the Olathe Downtown Library and will continue to do so throughout the summer. Stop by the library anytime to pick one up, and start logging those great books you are reading.
Because the Indian Creek Library is still closed, most of our summer programming will be happening at the Downtown Library, but there will be some programs offered on the east side of town at the Indian Creek Elementary School (15800 Indian Creek Pkwy.). They have graciously provided us space to hold some programs there. We will also be offering two big programs at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S, Black Bob Rd.). There will also be some fun online activities this summer. CLICK HERE to go to READsquared to get registered and start playing and earning badges. And old favorites like FInd Fido Fridays and Storytime in the Park will be back again! CLICK HERE to find out all the detials about what is going on for kids this summer.
If you are just completing 5th grade, you have outgrown the Kids' summer reading program. You can now be a part of the Tween & Teen reading program. CLICK HERE to learn about the Tween & Teen summer reading program. And adults, don't be left out of the fun! There is a reading program for you too. CLICK HERE to learn all about the Adult summer reading program.
As you can see, there is something for everyone happening at the library this summer. We look forward to seeing you. So On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!
Don't forget! This coming Saturday, May 7, the Olathe Downtown Library will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day. Children in grades K - 5th can come to the Children's Department and pick out a free comic book to keep! There will be a selection of titles to choose from on a first come, first served basis. We'll start giving away comics at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until our supply runs out. Only one comic per child please. There will also be free comics available for teens and adults. We thank Elite Comics in Overland Park for their help in procuring our give-away comics. And while you are at the library, we hope you'll check out our J Graphic section of comics and graphics novels which are free to check out every day of the year!
The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the ballots have been counted. Here are the winners of the William Allen White Award for 2016.
3rd - 5th Grade Winner
The Boy on the Porch
by Sharon Creech
One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?
6th - 8th Grade Winner
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
Happy National Library Week! This year's theme is "Libraries Transform." Whether it's learning something new in a program, discovering a new favorite author (or a new book by an old favorite), enjoying a library storytime, listening to some live music, or just getting together with friends at the library, we hope you find your hometown library to be a transformative place!
It's been an interesting time for us as the Indian Creek Library remains closed indefinitely. We appreciate everyone's patience as we've tried to make the best out of an unfortunate situation. Some of the events happening at the Downtown Library during National Library Week include our Afterschool LEGO Club, Pizza & Pages, a Free Family Movie---Finding Nemo, a Poetry Picnic program, along with our regular storytimes. To see complete details, check out our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
Our 6th annual LEGO Design Contest was a lot of fun! Thanks to all the creative builders who entered the contest, and thanks to all the family and friends who came out to support them.
Our judges from the KC Brick Lab organization were very impressed with all the entries. It was a tough task, but after careful deliberation they selected three winners from each age category along with a few honorable mentions. The public also voted on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes. Congratulations to all the winners!.
|K - 2nd Grade|
1st Place: Keith Hutsell
2nd Place: Owen Trecek
3rd Place: Om Kothari
Honorable Mentions: Ema Bernard, Anika Chitale, Benjamin Cobb, Owen Sime
|3rd - 5th Grade|
1st Place: Arjun Chitale
2nd Place: Jesse Loper
3rd Place: Krishiv Kothari
Honorable Mentions: Ava Bernard, Levi Cobb, Braden Reighard, Jordan Serna
|6th - 12th Grade|
1st Place: Michael Wilson
2nd Place: Katie Mulloy
3rd Place: Palak Panchal
|Best of Show|
K - 5th Winner: Jesse Loper
6th - 12th Winner: Katie Mulloy
We hope to hold another LEGO Design Contest next year. We're considering moving it to a fall date, but stay tuned for details. Until then, we hope to see you at one of the library's LEGO Club programs or other LEGO-related activities. Keep building!
We still have openings in the Olathe Public LIbrary's 6th Annual LEGO Design Contest this Saturday, April 2. Children in grades K - 5th build an original creation with their LEGO bricks at home and bring it to the contest to be judged. There will be prizes! The contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road. CLICK HERE for the complete rules and details. You MUST be registered to enter the contest. CLICK HERE to register. There are also still openings in the Teen categories for 6th - 12th graders. If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.
As the Indian Creek Library will be closed indefinitely, we've made some more program changes through the end of
April May. Here is a list of Children's programs that were originially scheduled at Indian Creek that have now been MOVED to the Downtown Library.
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25 @ 10:15 a.m.
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25 @ 10:45 a.m.
Family Chess Night
Monday, March 21, April 18 & May 16 @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Preschool Dance Party
Friday, April 1 @ 9:30 a.m.
Homeschool LEGO Club
Tuesday, April 5 @ 1:30 p.m.
Afterschool LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 13 @ 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 @ 4:30 p.m.
Here is a list of Children's programs that have been ADDED to help accommodate our patrons. All of these programs will be held at the Downtown Library.
Free Family Movie - Inside Out
Wednesday, March 16 @ 10:00 a.m.
Spring Break Cookie Decorating
(This drop-in program has been extended to two hours.)
Thursday, March 17 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
On My Own Storytime
Thursday, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21 & Apri @ 11:00 a.m.
(This drop-in program has been extended to 90 minutes.)
Friday, May 5 @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
To see a complete list of Children's program, including all cancellations, moves, and additions, please view our EVENTS CALENDAR. If you have questions, you can always give us a call at (913) 971-6874.