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Homeschool Art Show Deadline

Attention homeschoolers!  Don't forget that Sunday, October 26 is the final day to submit artwork for our Homeschool Art Show.  Homeschoolers ages 6 to 18 (grades 1st - 12th) are invited to submit one piece of 2-D art to display.  All pieces must be delivered to the Olathe Downtown Library by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26.  Be sure to bring your completed Artist Information Form along with your artwork.  We plan to put the artwork on display November 1 - 30 at the Olathe Downtown Library.  Click the links below for more information.  If you have further questions, call the library at (913) 971-6874,

Click here to download the Homeschool Art Show Guidelines.
Click here to download the Artist Information Form.


Pizza & Pages Book Lovers Club

Are you in grades 3rd - 5th?  Do you LOVE books and reading?  Help us start a brand-new club for kids who love reading, sharing, and learning more about books!  Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  We'll eat a quick pizza dinner together and talk about books we've enjoyed recently.  What else will we do?  That's up to you!  We could create tools to help other kids find great books, write to favorite authors, watch book trailers—the possibilities are endless.  Please bring a copy of a book you've enjoyed recently to the program.(preferably a book that OPL owns, but it doesn't have to be) and be prepared to tell us a little bit about it—without giving away too much of the story!  This program will last about 90 minutes.  Registration is required.  You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program designed to encourage adults to read 1,000 books to their children before they enter kindergarten.  Reading aloud to children, beginning in infancy, gives them the building blocks they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Not only that, but reading together is fun!

To learn more about this exciting new early literacy program at the Olathe Public Library, we invite you to attend one of our kick-off sessions:

Monday, August 25 - 10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Wednesday, August 27 - 9:15 a.m. at the Main Library

No registration required.  We'll share some stories, get creative, and hand out reading packets for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  This is not a competition.  The only end date is when your child begins kindergarten, so take your time and enjoy the experience.  If you can't attend one of the kick-off sessions, you can still pick up a reading packet anytime at the Chidlren's Services desk at either Oalthe library beginning August 25.


LEGO Lock-In 2014

It was a fun evening of LEGO building at the Main Library for the families who attended our after-hours LEGO Lock-In on August 1.  This year we decided to do a collaborative build and worked together to create a LEGO neighborhood.  Each family built different components of our imaginary neighborhood which then came together at the end.  Click the pictures below to get a closer look.  We also invite you to stop by the Main Library to see these creations on display above the Easy DVD shelves.

If you missed out on our LEGO Lock-In, don't despair.  Our montly LEGO Club meetings for kids will resume in September.  Stay tuned for details.  The schedule of our fall programs and storytimes will be out soon!

          

          

          

          

          

          


Hamster Ball Races

On July 30 the Olathe Public Library hosted our 3rd Annual Hamster Ball Races.  Kids brought their hamsters to the library to race and see who had the fastest hamster.  It was an exciting competition!  

And these were the lucky winners:

1st Place - Hugs  (Emma & Lucy's hamster)

2nd Place - Mr. Fuzz  (Samantha's hamster)

3rd Place - Hamiette  (Gabriel's hamster)

4th Place - Diamond  (Madi's hamster)

Thanks to all the hamsters (and hamster owners) who made this such a fun event!

          

          

          


Child & Parent Book Discussion

This summer the Olathe Public Library will be hosting a couple of book discussions for 3rd - 5th graders and their parents.  The first book discussion of the summer will be on Wednesday,
June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  The book we will be discussing is Ben and Me by Robert Lawson.  In this book the remarkable life of Benjamin Franklin is related with wit, warmth and wisdom by a mouse named Amos.  A free copy of the book will be provided to each child who registers.  Both the child and adult should read the book and come prepared to discuss it.  Our book discussions are designed to encourage children and adults to read and discuss books together.

Registration is required.  You may register by calling (913) 971-6874, in person at either Olathe library, or online via our website at www.olathelibrary.org/events.  PLEASE NOTE:  Your copy of the book must be picked up at the Indian Creek Branch.

The second book discussion of the summer will be on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  Registration for that begins on Monday, June 30.  The book that will be discussed is Phineas L. MacGuire...Gets Slimed! 
If you have any questions just give us a call.


We're Off to See the Wizard!

Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!  Are you a fan of the Wizard of Oz books or movie?  Then stop by the Children's Department at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 14 between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for our special "We're Off to See the Wizard!" program.  We will be celebrating the birthday of L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz books, and all things Oz!  There will be crafts, games, snacks, and all kind of fun!  Children of all ages are welcome.  No registration, just drop in.  Come and go as you please.  Just follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Olathe Main Library!

You are also invited to come to the Indian Creek Branch on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. to watch "The Wizard of Oz" movie with Judy Garland.  The G-rated movie will be shown in the Meeting Room and lasts 102 minutes.  Come watch one of the best loved classic movies of all time!


4th Annual LEGO Design Contest Winners


The Olathe Public LIbrary's 4th Annual LEGO Design Contest was held on Saturday, April 26 at the Indian Creek Community Church.  It was another great event with kids from kindergarten through 10th grade competing for prizes with their original LEGO creations.  Judges from the KC Bricklab LEGO Users Group had their work cut out for them as they selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in four age cateogries:  K - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 7th grade, and 8th - 10th grade.  The public also got to vote on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes.  You can check out the winners below, and stop by the Main Library in downtown Olathe to see some of the 1st place winners on display.

Grades K - 2nd

1st Place

Mahi - Kindergarten

"My Handy Maze"

2nd Place

Shripragya - 1st grade

"Spring in Holland"

3rd Place

Redding - 1st grade

"Portal Distar"

Honorable Mention

Evan - 1st grade

"Camping Trip"

Grades 3rd - 5th

1st Place

Avery - 4th grade

"The Egyptian Queen's Palace"

2nd Place

Ian - 5th grade

"Beeker and Bunsen"

3rd Place

Jackson - 3rd grade

"Emmet's House"

Honorable Mention

Elijah - 3rd grade

"The Hidden Temple"

Grades 6th - 7th

1st Place

Philip - 7th grade

"Haunted Mansion"

2nd Place

Alec - 6th grade

"Battle Bots"

3rd Place

Larson - 6th grade

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Grades 8th - 10th

1st Place

McKinley - 8th grade

"TThe Blue Anchor"

2nd Place

Ben - 8th grade

"The LEGO Store"

3rd Place

Yasha - 8th grade

"Custom Build LEGO House"

Honorable Mention

Nathan - 9th grade

"Convertible Ferrari"

Best of Show

K - 5th Category

Ian - 5th grade

"Beeker and Bunsen"

6th - 10th Category

Ben - 8th grade

"The LEGO Store"


LEGO Design Contest 2014

Attention all LEGO builders!  The Olathe Public Library is excited to be holding our fourth annual LEGO Design Contest on Saturday, April 26 at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Rd.)  This contest is for children in grades
K - 5th and teens in grades 6th - 12th.  There will be four age categories for the judging:  K - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade,
6th - 8th grade, and 9th - 12th grade.  Prizes of Barnes & Noble gift cards will be awarded to the winners.  Our judges will be from the local KC Bricklab LEGO Users Group.  They will be looking for creativity, originality and inventiveness.  CLICK HERE for the complete Contest Rules & FAQs.

Registration is required and begins on Monday, April 7.  You may register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.  There will be a limited number of contest slots available so register early!

The public is invited to come see all the entries during our Public Viewing between 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. and vote for the Best in Show award.  Everyone is also welcome to stay for the Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.  Here is a quick rundown of the day's schedule:

DROP OFF CREATION  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
JUDGING  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
PUBLIC VIEWING & VOTING  2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
AWARDS CEREMONY  4:00 p.m.
PICK UP CREATIONS by 5:00 p.m.

For complete details please refer to the  Contest Rules & FAQs.  If you still have questions, call (913) 971-6874.   (This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by LEGO or Barnes & Noble.)


Spring Break 2014

Spring break is next week!  Are you looking for something fun to do?  The Olathe Public Library has a variety of fun things going on for kids during the break.

  READ TO A DOG - For young readers of all ages

Saturday, March 15
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Children of all ages may drop by the library and read to a cuddly canine between 1:30 and 2:30 on the dates listed above. Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time. Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. No advanced registration necessary. For more information, call (913) 971-6874. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.

  SPRING BREAK COOKIE DECORATING - For children of all ages

Monday, March 17
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesday, March 19
10:30 - 11:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Cookies, frosting, sprinkles—it's time to decorate cookies! No registration. Come and go as you please.

  FAMILY CHESS NIGHTS - For all ages

Monday, March 17
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Nights. Boards and equipment will be provided. All ages and playing levels welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration.

  SING ALONG WITH MR. GREGG & MISS LISA - For ages 3 - 5
     *Registration required

Tuesday, March 18   *Registration begins Monday, March 10
10:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

There's no storytime during spring break, but we can still have some fun! Get ready to sing and make some music with Mr. Gregg and his guitar along with Miss Lisa. Program will last 30 minutes.

  LEGO CLUB - For K - 5th graders
     *Registration required

Tuesday, March 18   *Registration begins Monday, March 3
7:00 p.m. at the Main Library

Are you a kid in kindergarten through 5th grade who loves building with LEGO bricks? Be a part of our monthly LEGO Club! Each month we'll introduce a different theme, turn you loose on the library's LEGO collection to build something awesome, then let you show off your creation before you leave. (The Wednesday afternoon LEGO Club will offer a small snack; the Tuesday evening LEGO Club will not.)
PARENTS: To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, please sign your child up for
ONLY one LEGO Club meeting per calendar month.

  FREE FAMILY MOVIE - For all ages

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2  (Rated PG - 95 minutes)
Thursday, March 20
1:30 p.m. at the Main Library

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2  (Rated PG - 95 minutes)
Monday, March 21
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Join us for a free family movie at the library. All ages welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. No registration but space is limited.

  SPRING AT YOUR LIBRARY DAY! - For ages 4 - 8

Monday, March 24 
1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Come spend an hour of fun in the afternoon with Olathe Teen Council members at Spring at Your Library Day!  Come enjoy spring related stories, activities, games, and snack.  Program will last one hour.  Parents are welcome.  No registration.

And as always, the library had tons of good books, movies, video games, music, and more to check out.  So be sure to include a visit to the library in your spring break plans.


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