LEGO Contest Winners on Display

If you are in either Olathe library between now and May 13, be sure to stop by the displays of LEGO Design Contest winners in our display cases.  These original LEGO creations were built by kids in grades K -8th grade.  They are worth checking out.

    

    

    

    

   


E. L. Konigsburg 1930 - 2013

Acclaimed children's author E. L. Konigsburg passed away on April 19, 2013.  Konigsburg was the author of such beloved books as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday.  Ms. Konigsburg is one of only five authors to win the Newbery Medal twice, and she is the only author to ever win a Newbery Medal (for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) and a Newbery Honor (for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth) both in the same year.  She seemed to be fond of long titles, huh? 

She wrote twenty books, almost half of which she also illustrated.  Her smart and funny books often dealt with outsiders and young people searching for independence and adventure.  She once said: ''I think most of us are outsiders. And I think that's good because it makes you question things.''

For the curious among us, the E in her name stood for Elaine, and the L stood for Lobl which was her maiden name.  The author is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.  She will be missed in the world in the children's literature.

Click the image below to see a list of E. L. Konigsburg books available through the library.


LEGO Design Contest Winners

Our 2013 LEGO Design Contest was a great success!  Thanks to all the young LEGO enthusiasts who built and entered their original creations in the contest.  Thanks to all the friends and family who came to support them and see what they had built.  Thanks to our wonderful judges from the KC Brick Lab LEGO Users Group.  Thanks to Powell Gardens for coming and providing prize discount passes to their upcoming summer display of LEGO sculptures by New York artist Sean Kenney.  Thanks to the Indian Creek Community Church for providing a wonderful space for this year's contest.  Thanks to everyone who helped make our contest such a fun event!

This year's contest was held off-site at the Indian Creek Community Church in order to allow more contestants to participate.  This was also the first year we included a category for teens.  Our six judges had a tough job awarding winners in three different age categories:  Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd - 5th Grade, and 6th - 8th Grade.  The public also had the opportunity to cast their votes for our Best of Show awards.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Grades K -2nd

1st Place:  Tanmay, 1st grade
2nd Place:  David, Kindergarten
3rd Place:  Trey, 2nd grade
Honorable Mention:  Riley, 2nd grade

Grades 3rd - 5th

1st Place:  Ian, 4th grade
2nd Place:  Quinton, 5th grade
3rd Place:  Johnny, 4th grade
Honorable Mention:  Chinmay, 5th grade

Grades 6th - 8th

1st Place:  McKinley, 7th grade
2nd Place:  Philip, 6th grade
3rd Place:  Nathan, 8th grade
Honorable Mention:  Sion, 7th grade

Best of Show

Grades K - 5th:  Trey, 2nd grade
Grades 6rh - 8th:  Liam, 7th grade

Some of the winning entries are now on display at both Olathe library locations.  Next time you are at the library, be sure to check them out.  They will be on display through May 13. 

We've had a lot of fun with LEGO at the library this school year.  Our monthly LEGO Clubs will be taking a summer vacation, but we will be having a LEGO Lock-In for kids and their parents on July 5 at the Main Library.  Call or check our summer programming brochure for more information.


National Library Week 2013

Happy National Library Week!  Of course, here at the Olathe Public Library every week is library week, but April 14 - 20 is the official week to celebrate libraries nationwide. 

You can find all sorts of cool, fun things at the library, and best of all they're FREE!  We have compiled a list of 18 Free Things at the Olathe Public Library.  Not all of these things may be of interest to kids, but how about books and movies and video games and CDs and game computers and kids' magazines and free internet and downloadable music and ebooks and live online tutoring and storytimes and fun programs and the list goes on and on.

If you don't have a library card, you are missing out on the best deal in town!  And if you do have a library card, what better time to use it than National LIbrary Week?  We hope to see you soon at the Main Library or Indian Creek Branch.


LEGO Design Contest 2013

The Olathe Public Library's 3rd Annual LEGO Design Contest will be this Saturday, April 13.  This year, in order to accommodate more contestants, our contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road, just north of the Indian Creek Branch Library.

All contest slots for K - 5th graders are filled, but there are still slots available in the Teen Category for 6th - 12th graders.  For more information about the teens, call (913) 971-6888.  You may also register online.

Even if you aren't in the contest, everyone is invited to come see what these young LEGO builders have created.  Here is the schedule for the public:

  •  2:30 - 3:45 p.m.    Public Viewing & Voting for Best of Show
  • 4:00 p.m.               Awards Ceremony
  • 5:00 p.m.               End of Contest   (All entries must be picked up by 5:00 p.m.)

So come check out this year's contest and support these creative young LEGO enthusiasts!  It's sure to be a fun event.

  


Time for Two Session Added

Due to high demand, we have added a second Time for Two spring session.  The new session will be at 10:45 a.m. on Friday mornings at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  The five week session begins on March 29 and runs through April 26.  Registration is required.  You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  For more information about Time for Two click here.


Spring Break Activities at the Library

Spring break is almost here!  If you are looking for something fun to do on your week off, the Olathe Public Library has some great activities planned.  Here's a rundown of events during spring break.

  • R.E.A.D. to a Dog
    Saturday, March 16
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    Main Library

    Young readers may drop by and read to a cuddly canine at the Main Library between 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival check in at Children's Serivces for a reading time. Reading sessions are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  No registration.

  • Free Family Movie:  Wreck-It Ralph
    Monday, March 18
    1:30 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    Join us for a free movie at the library!  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Wreck-It Ralph is rated PG with a running time of 108 minutes.  No registration but space is limited.

  • Family Chess Night
    Monday, March 18
    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Night.  Boards and equipment will be provided.  All ages and playing levels are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration.

  • Spring Break Cookie Decorating Program for Kids
    Tuesday, March 19
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    If it's spring break, it must be time to decorate a cookie!  For kids of all ages, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Come and go as you please.  No registration.

  • LEGO Club
    Tuesday, March 19
    7:00 p.m.
    Main Library

    If you are in K - 5th grade and love building with LEGO bricks, come to our monthly LEGO Club at the Main Library.  Registration is required.

  • Spring Break Cookie Decorating Program for Kids
    Wednesday, March 20
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library

    If it's spring break, it must be time to decorate a cookie! For kids of all ages, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Come and go as you please. No registration.

  • Free Family Movie:  Wreck-It Ralph
    Thursday, March 21
    1:30 p.m.
    Main Library

    Join us for a free movie at the library! The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Wreck-It Ralph is rated PG with a running time of 108 minutes. No registration but space is limited.

We hope to see you at some of these fun activities!  And don't forget to check out a great book, movie, and/or video game while you're here.  The library is a great destination during spring break.


Olathe School District Art Display 2013

The Olathe Public Library is pleased to once again be hosting the annual exhibit of artwork by elementary students in the Olathe School District.  The display includes drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, and more.  The art will be on display at the Main Library from February 12 - March 28.  You may view the artwork anytime the library is open.  Don't miss this creative display of work by talented young artists of our community.  Click the images below for a closer view.

    

    


Perfect Pairs

There is a fun book display up this month in the Children's Department at the Main Library.  "Perfect Pairs" matches up a fiction book with a nonfiction book on the same topic.  Each pair of books is bundled together with a heart label identifying the subject of the books.  Maybe you'd like learn about real butterflies and then read a fun butterfly story.  Or maybe find out some information about real pirates and then read an exciting chapter book about adventurous buccaneers.  This is a great way to discover a book you might not normally pick up.  All books on display are available for check out.  Valentine's Day may be over, but it's not too late to check out a couple of "Perfect Pairs" books!


Valentine Factory

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day!  Last Friday kids came to the library to get a jump-start on the holiday at our Valentine Factory.  At both the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library kids made valentines for their special someones.  Hallmark has got nothing on these creative young folks. 

We want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! 

    

    

    


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