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National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Did you know September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month?  A library card is the smartest card in your wallet.  Why?  Because with a library card you can:

-- Check out books, books, and more books
-- Check out movies on DVD and VHS tapes
-- Check out magazines just for kids
-- Check out games for computers, Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation
-- Check out music CDs
-- Use internet computers at the library
-- Search the library catalog from your home computer
-- Place holds on books, movies, and more from your home computer or at the library
-- Renew library materials from your home computer or over the phone
-- Use eletronic resources, like World Book Online and Searchasaurus, from your home computer or at the library
-- Download audiobooks, music and videos from our website

And the best thing of all is a library card is absolutely free!  Anyone can get a library card, but children under 16 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign their application form.  If you would like to get a library card, stop by the library with your parent and we can help you.

Always guard your library card with care because you are responsible for anything checked out on your card.  If you ever lose your card, let the library know immediately so we can make sure no one else tries to use your card.  There is a $2.00 charge to replace a lost card.  So keep track of your card!

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, but we hope you'll use your library card all year long!  It's the smartest, best deal around.

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Homework Help

writerOne thing you can always count on with the arrival of a new school year is homework!  And another thing you can count on is the library being here to help you.  No, we won't do your homework for you, but we will try to help you find the information and resources you need to get your homework done.

Did you know you can get live Homework Help through the library's website?  You can talk with a live tutor via the internet everyday between 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Trained tutors are available to help 4th - 12th grade students with math, science, social studies, and English.  All you need to get started is your library card and PIN.  Click here to learn more and get connected.

The library also offers a number of free electronic resources that can be accessed both at home and at the library.  Again, all you need is your library card and PIN.  These resources include:

EBSCO Animals - This encyclopedia of animals offers in-depth information on a variety of topics relating to animals.

Biography Resource Center - Search for biographies of individuals in a wide range of subjects, including government, history, science, sports, the arts, and entertainment.

Primary Search - This resource provides full text articles from more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines.

World Book Online - This is an electronic version of the classic encyclopedia.

Searchasaurus - This dinosaur-themed research tool provides access to several student-oriented databases.

You can find other electronic databases by clicking Online Resources on the menu at the top of this page.

As you can see, your library card is a free ticket to a wealth of information.  If you don't know your PIN number, call or come into the library with your library card number and we can look it up for you.  Have a great school year, and don't forget that your library card is one of your most valuable school supplies!

Do You Speak Mango?

mangoJust kidding.  Mango is not a language, but Mango is a new online language-learning resource available through the Olathe Public Library's website.  You can use Mango to study a number of languages, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and more all from the convenience of your home computer or here at the library.  All you need to get started is your library card and PIN. 

Each lesson features an easy-to-follow interface with clear, simple instructions along with audio from native speakers.  Mango is not geared strictly to kids, but all ages can learn from this resource.  You can access Mango from our Electronic Databases page (under the Online Resources drop-down menu on our website).  Mango offers a free, fun and convenient way to learn a new language.  Give it a try!

Return Your Reading Folder

folder1It's time to return your summer reading folders to the library.  We can't wait to see that list of good books you've been reading!  Bring your folder in to either Olathe library between August 3 - 16 and receive your free paperback book.  There will be a wide variety of titles to choose from.  Come early for the best selection.

We will let you keep your reading folder. That way you can take your folder back to school this fall and show your teachers all the great reading you did this summer.

Congratulations!

3david2We 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:

First Grade

1st place - Savindu Buluwana
2nd place -
Sarah Lee
3rd place -
Jenna Lindsey6ahnav

Second Grade

1st place - Valerie Bolton
2nd place -
Brianna Thompson
3rd place - Jennifer Chasteen
Third Grade

1st Place - Christine David
2nd place - David Qi
3rd grade - Vladimir Honc

Fourth Grade

1st place - Christopher Tian
2nd place - Maria Caputo
3rd place - Joe Robson

Fifth Grade3vladimir21

1st place - Katherine McCormack
2nd place - Christian Lee
3rd place - Alexandria Tomski

Sixth Grade

1st place - Ahna Valdez
2nd place - Brice Boehmer
3rd place - Rachel Li

Click here to see all the fabulous drawings that were entered in our contest.

Bill Nye DVDs

billnyeAre you a fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy?  If so, you'll be happy to learn that the Olathe Public Library has added a hefty number of Bill Nye DVDs to its collection.  We now have over fifty DVDs featuring the "Science Guy" covering a wide variety of fascinating topics---from spiders to comets to the human brain.  You're sure to find something that sparks your interest.  You will find them in the J Nonfiction DVD section.  Come in and browse the shelves to see what's available or check the library's web catalog.

Cool Collage!

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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New Carpet

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.

Main Library Closed May 11-17

zmy-documentsgreggimagesclosedThe Main Olathe Library located at 201 E. Park is having new carpet installed in May.  This means that the library will be closed May 11-17.  We are sorry for any inconvenience. 

The Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob will remain open during this time.  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!

Hey Kids!

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.

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