There has been a lot of superhero activity at the Olathe Public Libraries this week. Preschoolers brought their favorite stuffed animals to the Downtown Library and turned them into superheroes at our Super Buddies program. Elementary-aged kids turned themselves into superheroes at our Superhero Academy program.
If you missed out on all the fun, don't fret. Next week 1st - 5th graders can play Superpowered Bingo on July 14 and 16. Registration is required. The Super Buddies program will be repeated for preschoolers at the Indian Creek Library on July 20 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. No registration required.
The Indian Creek Library was abuzz with creativity on Wednesday evening at the Modern Pop Art Experience program with New York artist Michael Albert. Children and their parents listened attentively as Michael talked about his collage art and inspirations and showed many examples of his work. This got the creative juices flowing. Then it was time for everybody to makes some original collage art of their own using recycled materials. Michael also presented personally autographed posters, postcards and bookmarks to everyone in attendance. What a fun night! Thanks to everyone who attended and to Michael Albert for a great program. Click the photos below for a closer look.
Monday, June 29 is the last day to enter our Summer Bookmark Contest. If you haven't turned in your entry yet, you have less than a week left. You may pick up an entry form with all the rules at either Olathe library, or you may click here to download a copy. Turn in your completed entry at the Children's Desk at either Olathe library. The winners will be announced on July 13. The winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed at both Olathe libraries beginning July 27.
New York artist and author Michael Albert is coming to the Olathe Indian Creek Library on Wednesday, June 24. Albert is an artist who makes his collage art using recycled materials, like cereal boxes and other cardboard packaging. He creates large-scale collages based on various themes, including historical, literary, mathematical, biblical, etc. His book An Artist's America features different examples of his work. This summer he will be visiting libraries, museums, and other venues on a 10 state tour. The Olathe Library Public is very excited to be one of his destinations!
On Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. Michael Albert will be doing an evening program for 1st - 5th graders and their parents (no younger or older siblings please) at the Indian Creek Library. He will talk about his art and his book and then guide everyone in a collage-making activity. The program will last about two hours. Each child attending the program will receive a free autographed poster of one of the artist's collages. Registration is required for this program and begins this Friday, June 19. You may register online or by calling (913) 971-6874. Please register only children; parents can just tag along.
Below is a short video featuring Michael Albert from the Smithsonian Institution.
About 250 people attended our first big program of the summer held off-site at Indian Creek Community Church. Drum Safari had everybody caught up in the rhythm. Josh Conner and his crew played a variety of drums and introduced some basic rhythms. Then percussion instruments were distributed and everyone got in on the fun. It was an unBEATable good time!
If you missed out, don’t fret. There are still two more big programs this summer:
Flying Debris (with juggler Richard Holmgren)
Wednesday, July 1
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church
The Science Behind Superheroes (with Mad Science)
Wednesday, July 22
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church
Tickets for these programs will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, call (913) 971-6874 or visit our website.
This summer we are showing free family movies at both Olathe libraries every Monday at 1:30 p.m. This week we had a great turnout for Big Hero 6. Here is the schedule of movies for the rest of the summer:
|June 8||Valiant (Rated G - 90 minutes)|
|June 15||Annie 2014 version (Rated PG - 118 minutes)|
|June 22||Penguins of Madagascar (Rated PG - 92 minutes)|
|June 29||Hercules (Rated G - 93 minutes)|
|July 6||Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Rated PG - 81 minutes)|
|July 13||The Incredibles (Rated PG - 115 minutes)|
|July 20||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Rated PG - 98 minutes)|
Each movie will be shown at both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before each showing. The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.
Despite the ground being a bit soggy, our Summer Reading Kick-Off was a lot of fun. Over 800 people came out to Frontier Park to pick up a summer reading folder and enjoy a variety of activities, including kryptonite races, chess, banner decorating, temporary tattoos, old-fashioned games with Mahaffie Farmstead, sidewalk chalk drawing, yummy food sold by Lenexa Sertoma Club, and more. It was a super start to our "Every Hero Has a Story" summer reading program. If you didn't make it to the Kick-Off, be sure to pick up your summer reading folder the next time you visit the library.
It's already feeling like summer at the Olathe Public Library! You can now pick up a summer reading folder at either the Olathe Downtown or Olathe Indian Creek Library. Start keeping track of all those good books you will be reading this summer and earn a free paperback book at the end. We have all kinds of fun activities planned for kids going into 5th grade and younger. Click here to read more about it.
Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.). You can pick up a reading folder at the Kick-Off and enjoy a variety of fun activities at the park. Lenexa Sertoma Club will be selling food as a library fundraiser. Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water. In case of rain, Kick-Off will be canceled. Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather.
The Friends of the Library will be having a book sale at the Indian Creek Library on May 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The sale continues on May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with a Six-Bucks-a-Sack sale from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you often at the library!
Read to a Dog on May 16 at the Olathe Downtown Library has been cancelled due to lack of dog volunteers. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the winner of the 2015 William Allen White Award for 3rd - 5th graders is Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck.
When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.
The award winner for 6th - 8th graders is Buddy by M. H. Herlong.
Congratulations to these award winning authors, and kudos to all the children who read the books and voted for their favorite nominee. This is truly your award.
To see a list of nominees for next year, click here.