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! 

    

    

    


Claudia Mills

Children's author Claudia Mills visited both Olathe libraries a couple of weekends ago.  The turnout was overwhelming!  On Saturday 119 people came to the Indian Creek Branch Library to hear Ms. Mills speak and sign books. The following day 270 people came to the Main Library to meet the author and get their books signed.  The children of Olathe obviously enjoy reading books by Claudia Mills and were excited for the opportunity to meet her in person.  These events were a great partnership with the Olathe Public Library, the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, and the Olathe School District's F.R.E.D. Program.  Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make Ms.Mills' visit such a wonderful success.

    

    


KC Bricklab LEGO Display

Next time you are at the Main Library, be sure to check out the special LEGO display in the display case in the Chldren's area.  Thanks to the KC Bricklab LEGO Users Group for sharing these fun LEGO creations with the library.  But don't wait too long!  This display will only be around until February 12.

    

    


And the Winner Is...

It's one of the biggest days of the year for fans of books for young people.  This morning the 2013 winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals were announced along with a slew of other awards.  So without further delay, here are the winners (and honor books).
 

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Three Time Lucky by Sheila Turnage
 

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER

This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS

Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenksi, written by Mary Logue
 

Click here to see a complete listing of other award winners for 2013, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (for most distinguished easy reader book), the Coretta Scott King Award (honoring African American authors and illustrators), the Pura Belpré Award (honoring Latino authors and illustrators), and other distinguished book awards for children and young adults.

Congratulations to all the winners!  I think we, the readers, are the real winners for having all these wonderful books to read.


Meet the Author: Claudia Mills

Acclaimed author Claudia Mills will be visiting both Olathe libraries this weekend!  Ms. Mills is the author of many books for young people, including the Gus and Grandpa and Mason Dixon series.  Her book Pet Disasters is the current selected title in the Olathe School District's F.R.E.D. program.

Here are the full details on Claudia Mills' visits at the Olathe Public Library: 

Saturday, January 26
2:00 p.m.
 Indian Creek Branch Library
(12990 S. Black Bob Rd.)

The author will be talk about her writing, answer questions about her books, and autograph books afterwards. This program is for 3rd - 8th graders and parents. Refreshments will be served. No registration required, but space is limited.

Sunday, January 27
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 Main Library
(201 E. Park)

Drop in to meet Ms. Mills, ask her about writing, have your books autographed, and enjoy refreshments.

    

These events are in partnership with the Olathe School District's Families Read Every Day program and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.


Instrument Petting Zoo

School is out on Monday, January 21.  Are you looking for something fun to do on your day off?  The Kansas City Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo will be visiting the Indian Creek Branch Library that afternoon.  Kids will have the opportunity to see and hear different instruments of the orchestra as well as try the instruments themselves.  This program is for kids in 1st - 5th grade, but parents and sbilings will be allowed to attend if space permits.  Registration is required.  Register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Program will last about an hour.

Here's the info:

Instrument Petting Zoo
Monday, January 21
1:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch Library
  (12990 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS  66062)
 

    


Máirtín de Cógáin

The Olathe Public Library is thrilled to once again be hosting a visit by Irish musician and storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin.  Máirtín will be doing a special program for elementary aged kids while he is here.  He will present an hour of stories and music for kids in K - 5th grade plus parents.  We're sorry, but no children younger than kindergarten for this program.  Here's the info:

Music and Stories from Ireland with Máirtín de Cógáin
Thursday, January 17
4:30 p.m.
Main Library
  (201 E. Park, Olathe, KS  66061)

Registratioin is required.  You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874. 

Máirtín will also be doing an after hours program for adults and teens at the Main Library on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m.  This program is entitled "Books and Bodhrans."  Click here for more information.  Registration is also required for the Friday evening program.

If you missed Máirtín's performance when he was here in Olathe last year, you won't want to miss him this time!  And if you did catch him last time, you know you're in for a treat.



 

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