We had more than 100 entries in our art contest this year, and after much discussion, our judges have chosen the winners! Winning entries will be on display at the main library August 1-14 and at Indian Creek August 17-31, and may be picked up in September. All other entries may be picked up at any time.
Our winners are:
1st place - Savindu Buluwana
2nd place - Sarah Lee
3rd place - Jenna Lindsey
1st place - Valerie Bolton
2nd place - Brianna Thompson
3rd place - Jennifer Chasteen
1st Place - Christine David
2nd place - David Qi
3rd grade - Vladimir Honc
1st place - Christopher Tian
2nd place - Maria Caputo
3rd place - Joe Robson
1st place - Katherine McCormack
2nd place - Christian Lee
3rd place - Alexandria Tomski
1st place - Ahna Valdez
2nd place - Brice Boehmer
3rd place - Rachel Li
Click here to see all the fabulous drawings that were entered inÂ our contest.
Are you a fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy?Â If so, you'll be happy to learn that the Olathe Public Library has added a hefty number of Bill Nye DVDsÂ to its collection.Â We now haveÂ overÂ fifty DVDs featuring the "Science Guy"Â covering a wide variety ofÂ fascinating topics---from spiders to comets to the human brain.Â You're sure to find somethingÂ that sparks your interest.Â You will find them in the J Nonfiction DVD section.Â Come in and browse the shelvesÂ to see what's available or check the library's web catalog.
What do you get when you put together paper, glue, magazines, macaroni and pipe cleaner? Some amazing creations! At the end of the hour we had everything from beach scenes to tigers. Check out some of the artwork below.
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After being closed for a week, the Main Library (201 E. Park) is open again for business. Come check out our new look. We have new carpeting throughout the building and some slightly different furniture arrangements at our Circulation and Adult Reference desks. Thank you for your patience during our renovation. We hope you'll enjoy your new updated library.
TheÂ Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob will remain open during this time.Â Please visit our branch location during this week for your library needs, and plan to visit the Main Library after May 17 to see our new, improved look!
Do you have a little sister or brother who is trying to learn English? The library has a new, fun and exciting program for them. Beginning in April of 2009 we will offer an English Language Learner Storytime for 3-6year olds and an adult. The storytimes will be held at the main library at 201 E. Park St. in downtown Olathe. They will be held every Tuesday at 2pm starting April 7th and ending April 28th. Your parents or an adult can call the library at 913-971-6874 to register.
The library has two cool new magazines for you to read. If you speak Spanish or are learning Spanish, then take a look at Iguana. In it, you'll stories, articles, crafts, poetry, and even recipes.Â
If you're a fan of American Girl, try Discovery Girls for girls ages 8 and up. Read about girls like you, check out the advice column, enter a writing contest, learn to decorate fabulous hair barrettes, and more.
Stop by the Main Olathe Library and check out the colorful display of artwork by children from the Olathe District Schools.Â There are drawings, paintings, prints, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and more.Â Could there be a future Picasso in the bunch?Â Come see for yourself, and support the arts in our schools.Â The work of these talented students will be on display until April 3.
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is a state-wide reading initiative sponsored by the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book.Â The goal is to read the same book to every preschooler in the state of Kansas during the week of November 16-22.Â This year's book is Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson.Â The Olathe Public Library is doing its part by reading this book at our library storytimes throughout theÂ week.Â We will also be going out toÂ read this book to children at nearly 40 area daycares and preschools.Â Â You may also stop by either Olathe library and make a get well card for Bear.Â This is our fourth year to participate in this fun and rewarding program for theÂ youngest children of our community and state.
The library's Vote for Books campaign is over for 2008, and the winners are...President Wimpy Kid and Vice-President Pigeon!Â Here is the breakdown of the final vote count at the Olathe libraries.
Wimpy Kid & PigeonÂ 46%
Clementine & Fancy NancyÂ 27%
Percy Jackson & Skippyjon JonesÂ 18%
David Mortimer Baxter & OliviaÂ 9%
And hereÂ is the breakdown of votes from libraries throughout greater Kansas City.
Wimpy Kid & PigeonÂ 43%
Clementine & Fancy NancyÂ 24%
Percy Jackson & Skippyjon JonesÂ 23%
David Mortimer Baxter & OliviaÂ 10%
The local votes pretty much reflectÂ those throughout the metro area.Â The young voters have spoken.Â Thanks to everyone who voted.Â It was an exciting race!