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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!


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.

    

    


Vote for Books! Winners

Thanks to everyone who cast their ballots in our Vote for Books! election.  The votes have been counted and the results are in.  It was a competitive race.

The winners among the two Olathe libraries were President Pete the Cat and Vice-President Big Nate.

    

The overall winners among all the Kansas City metro-wide area libraries were President Bad Kitty and Vice-President Babymouse.

    

The library systems that participated in Vote for Books! included Olathe Public Library, Johnson County Public Library, Kansas City, MO Public Library, Kansas City, KS Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, and Leavenworth Public Library.  Here is the breakdown of total votes:

  1. Bad Kitty and Babymouse won with 1325 votes
  2. Pete the Cat & Big Nate, received 1233 votes
  3. Fly Guy & Lady Bug Girl received 1074 votes
  4. Origami Yoda & Scaredy Squirrel received 900 votes

Also, congratulations to Carolina and Bailey who were the winners in our drawing for a free book.  We hope you all had fun voting!  I wonder who will be running in 2016??


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!


 

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.


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.


Drawing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2012 Summer Drawing Contest!

First Grade

1st Place - Tyler Kuhn
2nd Place - Tanmay Patel
3rd Place - Maximus Adams

Second Grade

1st Place - Will Siuda
2nd Place - Isobel Li
3rd Place - Alison Fisher

Third Grade

1st Place - Nikki Lau
2nd Place - Aaron Hare
3rd Place - Addison Conrad

Fourth Grade

1st Place - Sarindu Buluwana
2nd Place - Kaitlyn Savoy
3rd Place - Lavanya Maruthapandian

Fifth Grade

1st Place - Jonathan Barton
2nd Place - Valerie Bolton
3rd Place - Julia Fitzpatrick

 

Click here to see the winning artworks along with all the entries.  The winning drawings will be on display at the libraries on the dates below:

  • August 4 - 17 at the Main Library
  • August 20 - September 1 at the Indian Creek Branch

Thanks to everyone who entered our contest this summer!


Return Summer Reading Folders

Don't forget that starting Monday, July 30,  you may return your summer reading folder to either Olathe library and pick out your free paperback book.  Fill out the flap on your folder (but don't tear it off) and then bring in the folder to show us all the reading you did this summer.  There will be a variety of books to choose from for all reading levels.  We will also let your school know that you completed the library's summer reading program.  You may return your folder anytime between July 30 - August 15.


Drawing Contest Deadline

Hey kids, if you are planning to enter our Summer Drawing Contest, don't forget that your original drawings must be turned in by the end of the day on Monday, July 16.  You may deliver your drawings to either Olathe library.  To see some of the drawings that have been submitted so far, click here.  If you need to download an entry form with all the rules and info, click here.

The winners of the contest will be posted here on our website on Monday, July 30.  The winning drawings will be displayed at the libraries on the following dates:

  • August 4 - 17 at the Main Library
  • August 20 - September 1 at the Indian Creek Branch

We hope you'll stop by the library in August and enjoy the artwork by some of Olathe's creative kids!


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