It was a Fizz Boom Read! summer at the Olathe Public Library. More than 4,500 children received summer reading folders this year. That is a lot of kids and a lot of reading! All of our programs were well-attended. Kids learned a bit about science and had some great fun along the way. Watch the video below to relive some of the good times. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
Are you in grades 3rd - 5th? Do you LOVE books and reading? Help us start a brand-new club for kids who love reading, sharing, and learning more about books! Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library. We'll eat a quick pizza dinner together and talk about books we've enjoyed recently. What else will we do? That's up to you! We could create tools to help other kids find great books, write to favorite authors, watch book trailers—the possibilities are endless. Please bring a copy of a book you've enjoyed recently to the program.(preferably a book that OPL owns, but it doesn't have to be) and be prepared to tell us a little bit about it—without giving away too much of the story! This program will last about 90 minutes. Registration is required. You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.
After working at the Olathe Public Library for more than 33 years, Miss Carlotta will be retiring at the end of this week. She will be greatly missed! Her wonderful storytimes have instilled a love of books and reading in young children down through the years. Her lively piano playing, too, has always been a favorite of the kids. Besides working at the Children's Desk, Carlotta also did a lot of work behind the scenes. She has been the main repairer of children's books, helping keep them clean and in good shape for our readers. She has spent many an hour taping torn pages, gluing loose binding, erasing unwanted marks and scribbles, and sometimes cleaning off unidentifiable stains and spills. (Eww!) She has also served for years as an active member of the Friends of the Library board. But most of all it is her good nature and jovial spirit that will be missed by our patrons and our staff. Carlotta has contributed to the life of the Olathe Public Library in so many ways and helped make it such a great place.
Carlotta is planning to continue volunteering around the library and helping with our book repair work, so you may still see her around. Like they say, you can't keep a good woman down! Enjoy your retirement, Miss Carlotta, and thanks for all you've done.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program designed to encourage adults to read 1,000 books to their children before they enter kindergarten. Reading aloud to children, beginning in infancy, gives them the building blocks they need to become lifelong readers and learners. Not only that, but reading together is fun!
To learn more about this exciting new early literacy program at the Olathe Public Library, we invite you to attend one of our kick-off sessions:
Monday, August 25 - 10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Wednesday, August 27 - 9:15 a.m. at the Main Library
No registration required. We'll share some stories, get creative, and hand out reading packets for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is not a competition. The only end date is when your child begins kindergarten, so take your time and enjoy the experience. If you can't attend one of the kick-off sessions, you can still pick up a reading packet anytime at the Chidlren's Services desk at either Oalthe library beginning August 25.
It was a fun evening of LEGO building at the Main Library for the families who attended our after-hours LEGO Lock-In on August 1. This year we decided to do a collaborative build and worked together to create a LEGO neighborhood. Each family built different components of our imaginary neighborhood which then came together at the end. Click the pictures below to get a closer look. We also invite you to stop by the Main Library to see these creations on display above the Easy DVD shelves.
If you missed out on our LEGO Lock-In, don't despair. Our montly LEGO Club meetings for kids will resume in September. Stay tuned for details. The schedule of our fall programs and storytimes will be out soon!
On July 30 the Olathe Public Library hosted our 3rd Annual Hamster Ball Races. Kids brought their hamsters to the library to race and see who had the fastest hamster. It was an exciting competition!
And these were the lucky winners:
1st Place - Hugs (Emma & Lucy's hamster)
2nd Place - Mr. Fuzz (Samantha's hamster)
3rd Place - Hamiette (Gabriel's hamster)
4th Place - Diamond (Madi's hamster)
Thanks to all the hamsters (and hamster owners) who made this such a fun event!
Thanks to everyone who entered our 2014 Summer Bookmark Contest. We had some great entries. The judges had the difficult task of choosing just one winner from each grade. Below are the talented winners and their bookmark designs.
Printed bookmarks featuring these winning designs will be distributed at both libraries beginning Monday, July 28. Stop by Children's Services and pick up a bookmark with your favorite design. And don't forget that July 28 is also the first day to return your summer reading folder and pick out your free paperback.
This summer the Olathe Public Library will be hosting a couple of book discussions for 3rd - 5th graders and their parents. The first book discussion of the summer will be on Wednesday,
June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. The book we will be discussing is Ben and Me by Robert Lawson. In this book the remarkable life of Benjamin Franklin is related with wit, warmth and wisdom by a mouse named Amos. A free copy of the book will be provided to each child who registers. Both the child and adult should read the book and come prepared to discuss it. Our book discussions are designed to encourage children and adults to read and discuss books together.
Registration is required. You may register by calling (913) 971-6874, in person at either Olathe library, or online via our website at www.olathelibrary.org/events. PLEASE NOTE: Your copy of the book must be picked up at the Indian Creek Branch.
The second book discussion of the summer will be on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. Registration for that begins on Monday, June 30. The book that will be discussed is Phineas L. MacGuire...Gets Slimed!
If you have any questions just give us a call.
It was a beautiful day on Tuesday for our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park. Over 900 people came out to the park to participate in all the fun activities and learn more about the library's summer reading reading programs for chidlren, teens and adults. The Faraday Society from Olathe North High School kept the crowd enthralled with a variety of fun and exciting science demonstrations. There were also chess games, relay races, temporary tattoos, old-fashioned games provided by Mahaffie Farmstead, summer reading folders, and more. The Lenexa Sertoma Club sold food and drinks to help raise money to install a hearing loop for the hearing impaired in the meeting room at the Indian Creek Branch, and Olathe Noon Optimists provided free water to the thirsty throng. A fun time was had by all. A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up and run all the activities. It was a great way to kick off our summer! And we're only getting started.
School is out for the summer, but things are just heating up at the Olathe Public Library! Our summer reading program theme is Fizz Boom Read! We will be celebrating science and reading all summer long.
We have started handing out summer reading folders to keep track of your summer reading. You may pick up a folder at the Children's Services Desk at either the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch anytime all summer. Just keep track of all the reading you do over the summer and return your folder between July 28 - August 13 to receive a free paperback book. We will be giving out stickers of the week for your folder beginning on June 2. And Find Fido Fridays begin on May 30!
Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be on Tuesday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.). This is another place where you can pick up a summer reading folder. There will be a variety of fun activities going on. The Lenexa Sertoma Club will also be selling hot dogs and drinks as a fundraiser for a hearing loop to be installed for the hearing impaired in the Indian Creek Branch meeting room. Bring some money if you'd like to buy a snack and support this good cause. The Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water again this year too. You can also learn about the library's summer reading programs for teens and adults at the Kick-Off. It will be a fun time for all ages. NOTE: In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!
To learn more about all the exciting things going on this summer for kids going into 5th grade and younger, CLICK HERE. We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you at the library often this summer!