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.
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:
- Bad Kitty and Babymouse won with 1325 votes
- Pete the Cat & Big Nate, received 1233 votes
- Fly Guy & Lady Bug Girl received 1074 votes
- 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??
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:
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!
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.
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!