Time to Return Your Folders

folder.jpg August 1 is the first day to return your Summer Reading Club folder to the library and receive your free paperback book.  Just bring your folder to the Children's Department, show us what you read this summer, and then pick out your very own book from the wide selection of titles.  There will be plenty to choose from.  And if you are missing any stickers on the back of your folder, stop by the Children's desk to get the ones you need.

You may return your folder anytime during the month of August, but come early for the best selection of books.  And don't forget about our Summer Reading Finale on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

It's a Harry Potter Summer

The summer of 2007 is an exciting one for fans of Harry Potter.  Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts will soon be seen on the silver screen.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be opening at a movie theater near you on Wednesday, July 11. 

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Do you have any theories on how the final book will end?  What do you think is going to happen?  Just click "Comments" below and tell us what you think.

Calling All Artists!

kids_girl.gifDo you like to draw? Are you going into 1st - 6th grade next fall? Then you should enter our Summer Drawing Contest! Drawings must be done on
8 1/2" x 11" white paper. The artwork must be done by hand (no help from parents or siblings!). Your drawing should include the theme of libraries, books or reading. One drawing per artist please.

Turn in your drawing at either Olathe library. The deadline is July 15 so you still have a couple of weeks left to complete your masterpiece! Entry forms can be picked at both libraries or you can print one off here. You can also click here to see some of the artwork already submitted.

Drawings will be judged by grade, and winners will be announced on July 23. The winning entries will be displayed at the Main Library August 1-15 and at the Indian Creek Branch August 17-31.

If you have any questions, visit the library or call us at (913) 971-6874.  Happy drawing!

The Mystery of Magic

devin.jpgA record-breaking crowd attended our Mystery of Magic program with Devin Henderson on June 14.  Devin kept over 500 children and parents mesmerized with his magic and laughing at his jokes. 

audience.jpgThis was our first program at the American Legion Hall in order to accommodate larger audiences, and boy, did we need the space!  We appreciate everyone's patience in dealing with the larger-than-expected crowd.

Sesquicentennial Musical

Celebrate a little Olathe history with the Seniors Serving Schools' Sesquicentennial Event.  Members of the group will perform a musical adaptation of Olathe's historical events.  Here's a chance to learn what there is to sing about in Olathe's past.  Fun for all kids and adults.  This program will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Program will last about 45 minutes.  Event is free and registration not required.

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Find Fido Fridays

kids_fido.jpgHave you seen Fido?  Every Friday throughout the summer (June 1 - August 10) Fido the dog will be hiding somewhere in the Children's area at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library.  Stop by anytime on Friday and use your best detective skills to track him down.  If you find him and tell us where he is, you'll get a small prize!  On June 1 more than 325 kids found this crafty canine!  Do you think you can find Fido???

Summer Has Kicked Off!

Summer has started off with a bang at the Olathe Public Library.  More than 1000 children received Summer Reading Club folders at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday!  There were snacks, chess games, relays, temporary tattoos, mystery book photos, bubbles, fingerprinting by the Olathe Police Dept., and an ambulance and police car to explore.  It was a great crowd, a beautiful day and a lot of fun!

Hundreds more summer reading folders have also been given out at both libraries.  If you don't have a folder yet, it's not too late.  Stop by either library anytime and pick up a folder to keep track of all the reading you do this summer.  Return your folder in August to receive a free paperback book!  You may also pick up a flyer which lists all of the exciting programs happening this summer, or find out more on our website . Don't miss out on the fun!

tshirt.jpg"Get a Clue" t-shirts were also sold at our Kick-Off.  If you didn't get a t-shirt, they are still available at both library locations.  Children's sizes are $5 and adult sizes are $6.  Just stop by the Circulation Desk at either library and get yours today.  They are the latest in library fashion!  A special thanks to our PALS group for providing these t-shirts for sale.

May Flowers

You know the old joke:  If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  Pilgrims!  Well, last week May flowers brought preschoolers to the library for our Preschool Craft Time program.  Even though not all of our lights were working that day at the Main Library, May flowers were sprouting up all over the place.

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William Allen White Award Winners

The 2007 William Allen White Award winners have been announced!

book-cover-report-card.gifIn the 3rd-5th grade level, the winner is The Report Card by Andrew Clements.  In this book a young genius named Nora tries to hide her intelligence so she won't be singled out.  This is Mr. Clements' third W.A.W. Award.  He won in 1999 for Frindle and again in 2002 for The Landry News.

book-cover-so-b-it.gifIn the 6th-8th grade level, the winner is So B. It by Sarah Weeks.  This book tells the story of Heidi whose mentally handicapped mother possesses a vocabulary of only 23 words.  Most of her mother's life is a mystery, including even her real name.  With the help of a neighbor, Heidi attempts to track down the truth of her mother's past.

To view the list of new nominees for the 2007-08 William Allen White Award, click here.

National Library Week - April 15-21

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Come Together @ Your Library is this year's theme for National Library Week.  The Main Library and Indian Creek Branch have a number of special programs planned for kids.  Below is a list of events going during the week:

Family Chess Night - All ages
Monday, April 16 - 6:30-8:00 p.m
Indian Creek Branch

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Tuesday, April 17 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Senior Barn Players - K-2nd graders
(Registration required)
Wednesday, April 18 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Friday, April 20 - 4:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch

Get Hooked on Crochet - 4th-6th graders
(Registration required)
Saturday, April 21 - 9:00-1:00 p.m.
Main Library

For more information, visit our Programs page.

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