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Modern Pop Art Experience

The Indian Creek Library was abuzz with creativity on Wednesday evening at the Modern Pop Art Experience program with New York artist Michael Albert.  Children and their parents listened attentively as Michael talked about his collage art and inspirations and showed many examples of his work.  This got the creative juices flowing.  Then it was time for everybody to makes some original collage art of their own using recycled materials.  Michael also presented personally autographed posters, postcards and bookmarks to everyone in attendance.  What a fun night!  Thanks to everyone who attended and to Michael Albert for a great program.  Click the photos below for a closer look.

          

          

          

          


 

New York Artist Coming to Olathe Public Library

New York artist and author Michael Albert is coming to the Olathe Indian Creek Library on Wednesday, June 24.  Albert is an artist who makes his collage art using recycled materials, like cereal boxes and other cardboard packaging.  He creates large-scale collages based on various themes, including historical, literary, mathematical, biblical, etc.  His book An Artist's America features different examples of his work.  This summer he will be visiting libraries, museums, and other venues on a 10 state tour.  The Olathe Library Public is very excited to be one of his destinations!

On Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. Michael Albert will be doing an evening program for 1st - 5th graders and their parents (no younger or older siblings please) at the Indian Creek Library.  He will talk about his art and his book and then guide everyone in a collage-making activity.  The program will last about two hours.  Each child attending the program will receive a free autographed poster of one of the artist's collages.  Registration is required for this program and begins this Friday, June 19.  You may register online or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Please register only children; parents can just tag along.

Below is a short video featuring Michael Albert from the Smithsonian Institution.  


 

Drum Safari

About 250 people attended our first big program of the summer held off-site at Indian Creek Community Church.  Drum Safari had everybody caught up in the rhythm.  Josh Conner and his crew played a variety of drums and introduced some basic rhythms.  Then percussion instruments were distributed and everyone got in on the fun.  It was an unBEATable good time!

     

     

     

If you missed out, don’t fret.  There are still two more big programs this summer:

Flying Debris (with juggler Richard Holmgren)
Wednesday, July 1
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church

The Science Behind Superheroes (with Mad Science)
Wednesday, July 22
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church

Tickets for these programs will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.  If you have any questions, call (913) 971-6874 or visit our website.


 

Monday Movies at the Library

This summer we are showing free family movies at both Olathe libraries every Monday at 1:30 p.m.  This week we had a great turnout for Big Hero 6.  Here is the schedule of movies for the rest of the summer:

June 8 Valiant  (Rated G - 90 minutes)
June 15 Annie  2014 version  (Rated PG - 118 minutes)
June 22 Penguins of Madagascar  (Rated PG - 92 minutes)
June 29 Hercules  (Rated G - 93 minutes)
July 6 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  (Rated PG - 81 minutes)
July 13 The Incredibles  (Rated PG - 115 minutes)
July 20 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb  (Rated PG - 98 minutes)

 

 

 

 

 

Each movie will be shown at both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before each showing.  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  All seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.


 

Summer Reading Kick-Off 2015

Despite the ground being a bit soggy, our Summer Reading Kick-Off was a lot of fun.  Over 800 people came out to Frontier Park to pick up a summer reading folder and enjoy a variety of activities, including kryptonite races, chess, banner decorating, temporary tattoos, old-fashioned games with Mahaffie Farmstead, sidewalk chalk drawing, yummy food sold by Lenexa Sertoma Club, and more.  It was a super start to our "Every Hero Has a Story" summer reading program.  If you didn't make it to the Kick-Off, be sure to pick up your summer reading folder the next time you visit the library.

          

          

          

          


     

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on May 16 at the Olathe Downtown Library has been cancelled due to lack of dog volunteers.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


 

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on May 2 at the Indian Creek Library has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you're looking for an alternative activity, stop by the Downtown Library for Free Comic Book Day.


 

Free Comic Book Day 2015

It's back!!  This Saturday, May 2 the Olathe Public Library will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day!  Kids in K - 5th grade can stop by the Children's Desk at the Olathe Downtown Library to pick up a FREE kid-friendly comic book to keep from 10:00 a.m. until we run out.  Comics will also be available for teens and adults.  Comics will be given away while supplies last; supply is limited.  Come early for the best selection.  OPL thanks our partner, Elite Comics in Overland Park for procuring our free comics.

While you are at the library, be sure to check out our awesome collection of comics and graphic novels which are free to borrow every day!  There's something for everyone.

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

 


LEGO Design Contest Winners

The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest was a great success!  Thanks to everyone who entered and built some wonderful original creations.  Without you, there would be no contest.  The judges from KC Brick Lab had a difficult task in choosing just three winners from each age category.  After much deliberation, these were the lucky winners.

K - 2nd Grade

1st Place - Mahi Banchal

"My Best Friends"

2nd Place - David Miller

"Roller Coaster"

3rd Place - Jesse Loper

"My Living Room"

Honoorable Mention - Krishiv Kothari

 

3rd - 5th Grade

1st Place - Elijah Cobb

"Crystal Crusher"

2nd Place - Jackson Ham

"Grumpy Cat Face"

3rd Place - Hayden Krapes

"Air Destroyer"

Honoorable Mention - Balak Banchal, Ayden Woolcott, Katie Mulloy, Levi Cobb, Shawn Major
 

 

6th - 8th Grade

1st Place - Philip Kolb

"Town House"

2nd Place - Lukas Guensche

"Castle"

3rd Place - Tony Faulkner

"Pickaxe"

 

9th - 12th Grade

1st Place - Nathan Kolb

"Vector 7 Space Station"

2nd Place - Gabriel Reid

"Animal Cell"

3rd Place - Ben Whitney

"Springtime in the Park"

Honoorable Mention - Alex DeHaan

 

Adult

1st Place - Cheryl DeHaan

"Lenticular Peace"

2nd Place - Rob Wonnell

"Kansas Seal"

3rd Place - Newlyn Walkup

"Next Gen X-Wing"

The public also got to cast their votes for Best of Show favorites from among the Chldren's, Teen, and Adult entries.  Here are the winners of those awards.

Best of Show

Chidren's category

David Miller  "Roller Coaster"

Teen category

Philip Kolb  "Town House"

Adult category

Cheryl DeHaan  "Lenticular Peace"

Thanks again to our judges from KC Brick Lab LEGO User Group.  Thanks to Powell Gardens for providing prizes and coupons to their Sean Kenney LEGO Exhibit this summer.  Thanks to Indian Creek Community Church for providing us with a great space to hold our contest.  And a big thanks to everyone who came out to support these creative LEGO enthusiasts.  We hope to see everyone again next year!


LEGO Design Contest

The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest is quickly approaching!  If you haven't yet registered, we still have a few spots left,  But don't delay!  You build your own original design at home with your own bricks and bring it to the contest.

The contest will be on Saturday, April 11 at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Rd.).  The contest is held off-site so we have more space for more contestants.  There are categories for kids in K - 5th grade and for teens in 6th - 12th grades, and this year for the first time, we also have a category for adults.  You can download all the rules and the full schedule HERE.  You may register online through our Events page; call the library at (913) 971-6874; or register in person at either Olathe library.  And even if you don't enter the contest, it's always fun to come and see what these creative LEGO enthusiasts come up with.  Everyone is welcome.

 


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