Monday Is for Mummies

This week children attended the "Monday Is for Mummies" programs at the Indian Creek Branch and Main Library.  They heard some (not too) scary stories and then created their own mummy candleholders to take home, just in time for Halloween.

    


Vote for Books!

Election season is upon us, and kids, you don't need to be left out!  Between October 8 - November 6 you can vote for your favorite book characters at both Olathe libraries.  Kids in 6th grade and younger can come cast their votes anytime the library is open.  Only one vote per child! 

Here are the President and Vice-President teams who will be on the ballot:

  • Pete the Cat, President
    Big Nate, Vice-President
     
  • Origami Yoda, President
    Scaredy Squirrel, Vice-President
     
  • Fly Guy, President
    Lady Bug Girl, Vice-President
     
  • Bad Kitty, President
    Babymouse, Vice-President

You may also write in your own candidates.  This is a metro-wide activity.  Kids will be voting at libraries throughout the Kansas City metro area. The overall winners will be announced after November 6. We will also announce the local Olathe winners.

So stop by the Olathe Main Library or Indian Creek Branch between October 8 - November 6 and cast your vote.  Just ask for a ballot at the Children's Services Desk.  May the best man/woman/animal win!


 

Kansas WIldLifer Challenge

On September 15 families came to the Indian Creek Branch to learn about the Kansas WildLifer Challenge.  Kids and adults got to have some outdoor fun doing things like pitching tents, catching bugs, and making birdfeeders.  All these activities got kids started on the Kansas WildLifer Challenge and on their way to earning a cool outdoor prize pack.  Visit the Kansas WildLifer Challenge website to learn more about this cool program.

    

    

    


Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7

Attention Wimpy Kid fans!  Love is in the air--but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?  A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school is about to turn his world upside down.

The seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series won't be released until November 13, 2012, but it's not too early to get your name on the library's waiting list!  Click here to go the on-order record, and place your hold on The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney.


READ to a Dog for September 15 - CANCELLED

We have just learned that our the dogs for our READ to a Dog program will not be able to come on Saturday.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Our next scheduled READ to a Dog program will be on Saturday, October 6 at the Indian Creek Branch from1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  You might want to call ahead to confirm we have dogs that day.


Return of the Caterpillars

Next time you are in the library, check out the display of live caterpillars in the Children's Department.  We currently have Monarch caterpillars and Black Swallowtail caterpillars munching away on their favorite plants at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch.  Over the next period of weeks the caterpillars will transform into chrysalises and eventually emerge as butterflies.  It's always fascinating to see this little miracle of nature up close and personal.  So when you next come to the library to find a good book, check out a movie, or use a computer, take a minute to stop by our display and check out the status of our caterpillars.

A special thank you goes out to Jackie Goetz from KC Master Gardeners and Monarch Watch for providing these displays to the libraries.


Fall Storytime Is Coming!

Monday, August 27, will be the first day to register for our fall Preschool Storytimes.  The library offers Preschool Storytime for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.  We offer Time for Two storytimes for 2 years olds with a caring adult.  For the even younger set, we offer Rhyme Time sessions for 12 - 24 month olds with a caring adult.  There is also a Tuesday evening storytime for the entire family.

The Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two all require registration.  Registration for Preschool Storytimes begins on August 27.  Registration for Time for Two begins on September 10.  Rhyme Time and the evening family storytime do not.  You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Click the links below for more information and the complete schedules of dates, times, and locations.

Preschool Storytimes - for 3, 4 and 5 year olds

Time for Two - for 2 year olds + caregiver

Rhyme Time - for 12 - 24 month olds + caregiver

Evening Storytime - for the entire family  (Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds.)

    


Happy Birthday, LEGO!

On August 10, 2012, LEGO celebrated its 80th birthday!  In honor of this special occasion Miss Beth (along with a little help from her son Jonathan) has put together a cool display in one of our glass cases at the Main Library.  There is a birthday cake made of LEGO bricks, as well as birthday presents, a gift bag, and a party hat.  Next time you are in the library, be sure to check it out.  It's pretty awesome.

    

    

Starting in September the library will be resuming our monthly LEGO Club meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  This fall we will also be offering an evening LEGO Club on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  We are also starting a Homeschool LEGO Club specifically for homeschoolers on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  All of these programs require registration.  For more information and fall schedules, visit the Programs page of our website or pick up a fall programs flyer at the library.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of LEGO, watch the short video below released in honor of LEGO's 80th birthday.  Happy Birthday, LEGO!


Don't Forget!

Don't forget to return your Summer Reading Folder and pick out your free paperback book!  A week from tomorrow—August 15—is the final day to return your reading folder.  You can return it to either Olathe library anytime during library hours. 

More than 1100 children have returned their folders so far!  Woohoo!!  There has been a lot of great reading going on this summer.  So don't delay.  Return your reading folder by August 15.


Amphibians

What do frogs, newts, toads and salamanders all have in common?  They are all amphibians!  How many kinds of amphibians do you think there are in the world?  On Monday, July 31, the 7000th known species of amphibian was discovered in South America.  Centrolene sabini is a type of glass frog living in the high elevations of Manu National Park in Peru.

The Wiggly Tendrils have written a song to celebrate the 7000th amphibian.  Click below to listen to this fun song.  And if you'd like to read more about these interesting creatures, you can find many books about amphibians at the library.

 


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