It's that time of year when caterpillars come to the Olathe Public Library! Once again in the Children's Deparmtent at both Olathe libraries you will find live caterpillars on display. There are Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, and Polyphemus Moths. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to see if the caterpillars have transformed into chrysalises or even emerged as butterflies! At Main the Polyphemus Moth has already disappeared into its cocoon. This is a great opportunity to view a little miracle of nature up close and personal.
Monday, July 29 is the first day to return your summer reading folder and receive a free paperback book! There will be variety of books to choose from. You may return your folder to either Olathe library anytime between July 29 and August 11. So be sure to mark the reading you've been doing this summer in your folder and bring it in to show us. Fill out the perforated tab with your name, school, and grade, but leave it attached until you bring it in to the library.
Kudos on all the great reading you have done this summer! You deserve a prize...like a free paperback!
The Olathe Public Library is excited to provide access to TumbleBooks through the State Library of Kansas. TumbleBooks offer an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. The Story Books category includes books that are read aloud to the child with animated illustrations, while the Read-Alongs category includes chapter books and early readers that can be read alone or with accompanying audio. You may also access Spanish and French versions of TumbleBooks, along with a version for mobile devices. There is no special software or login required.
Hey kids, if you were thinking about entering our Summer Bookmark Contest, don't delay! The entry deadline is this Sunday, June 30. Children going into grades 1st - 5th can turn in their entries at either Olathe library by closing on Sunday. If you need an entry form, you may pick one up at the library or download it here. The entry form provides more information about the contest rules. The winners of the contest will be announced on Monday, July 15. So get busy and get creative!
Kids who attend one of the Olathe district elementary schools will know that F.R.E.D. stands for Families Read Every Day! During the school year F.R.E.D. families read together the book Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills, and hundreds of people came to the Olathe Public Libraries to meet the author Claudia Mills in person. It was a great event!
But F.R.E.D. isn't just during the school year. Summer is a perfect time to read together as a family. The library wants to encourage families to spend quality time reading together throughout the year. We have a list of recommended read aloud books at the library if you need some suggestions. Or how about listening to an audiobook together on your next road trip?
Another way we are promoting F.R.E.D. this summer is with free yard signs. Perhaps you've seen these orange signs in yards around the city that state: "An Olathe Public LIbrary F.R.E.D. Family Lives Here!" If you would like a sign to display in front of your house, just stop by either Olathe library and ask for a free yard sign (while supplies last). If you don't have space for a yard sign, we also have window clings available that can displayed on a car window or at home. We hope you will help us support the Olathe Public Library and promote families reading together.
Do you like to draw, color, paint, etc.? Would you like to see your original artwork on a bookmark at the library? Then you should consider entering our Summer Bookmark Contest. The contest is open to all children entering grades 1st - 5th. The deadline to deliver your entry to the library is Sunday, June 30. The entries will be judged by grade, and prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 15, and winning entries will be printed and distributed at both Olathe libraries beginning Monday, July 29. For more information pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or download it here. Have fun and good luck!
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.
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!
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.