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National TV Turnoff Week

Read a book.  Plant a garden.  Go for a walk.  Draw a picture.  Play a game.  Fly a kite.  Do a jigsaw puzzle.  Ride a bike.  Bake some cookies.  Shoot some hoops.  Write a story.  Climb a tree.  Visit a museum.  Play hide and seek.  Exercise.  Have a picnic.  Go fishing.  Clean your room.  Sing songs.  Do a craft project.  Play cards.

What do all these things have in common?  These are things you can do instead of watching TV!  Did you know the average American watches morepulltheplug.jpg than 4½ hours of TV each day.  That is more than 2 months of non-stop TV watching every year!

Do you think you could live without TV for one whole week?  That's the challenge during National TV Turnoff Week, April 21-27.  Families all across America will be turning off their televisions for the entire week.  Is your family up to the challenge?  You might be surprised at how many other fun things there are to do instead of zoning out in front of the tube.

So pull the plug during National TV Turnoff Week.  We dare you!  Then send us a comment and tell us what you did during your no-TV week.

Pots for Petals

A group of children came to the library during Spring Break to paint some colorful flower pots in our Pots for Petals program on March 20.  Their bright, cheery creations made it feel like winter may actually be over!

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Froggy Fun

Leap Day was celebrated at the Main Library with some froggy fun.  Kids who attended a special program learned why February has 29 days every fourth year.  They heard some frog stories and riddles, made origami frogs, and participated in a frog-jumping contest and a "kiss the frog" game.

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Celebrate Leap Day!

February 29, 2008, is Leap Day!  Observe this unique day, which only comes around every four years, with a little frog fun.  Hop on down to the library for some froggy stories, games and crafts. 

Who:     Children in K-6th grade
When:   Friday, February 29 @ 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Olathe Public Library
                                       201 E. Park, Olathe, KS 66061

Registration is required and begins on Friday, February 15.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The program will last about an hour.

It's sure to be a leapin' good time!

Family Chess Nights at the Library

000_0670.jpgAre you a chess enthusiast?  Are you looking for a worthy opponent to challenge your chess-playing skills?  Then you're invited to come to our monthly Family Chess Nights at the library.  Family Chess Nights take place the first Monday of every month through May from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  We alternate library locations each month.  Here's the schedule:

Monday, February 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Monday, March 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Monday, April 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library

All playing levels are welcome.  The whole family is invited.  Boards and equipment will be provided.  No registration required.

Loco at the Lock-In

Things got a little bit crazy at the library last Friday night at our Lock-In at the Library.  Kids enjoyed painting bookshelves, playing bingo, singing, dancing, telling jokes, competing in relay games, listening to reader's theater, eating pizza, and even putting on an impromptu talent show.  Everyone had a fun time.  What a great group of kids!

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Chemistry for Kids

Here are a few picture from our Chemistry program last Tuesday.

The St. James students did a wonderful job presenting the experiments, and everyone had a great time!

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Did you enjoy this program? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought!

Author Jane Kurtz Visits Library

janekurtz.jpgChildren's author Jane Kurtz will be visiting the Indian Creek Branch Library on Thursday, November 15, at 1:30 p.m.  Jane is the author of more than twenty books for children.  In conjunction with National Children's Book Week and the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers initiative on safety, she will be reading her book Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts?  kangaroos-seat-belts.jpg

 

Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to come see this gifted Kansas author in person.  No registration necessary.  For further information call (913) 971-5235.

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Lock-In at the Library

Here's a chance for you to come to a program at the library AFTER the library closes.  Kids in grades 3-6 are invited to come to a fun-filled program on Friday, November 16th from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  We will be enjoying games, pizza, a sing-along, an optional paperback book exchange, and other fun activities.  This program will be held at the main library and registration is required.  For more information or to pick up the required registration forms, stop in at either of the Olathe Public Library locations.  Registration forms are available to pick up now; however, the first day you can hand in your registration forms is Saturday, November 10th.  Come join us for an evening of fun!

Chemistry for Kids

100_0543.jpgLast year it was exploding eggs and dry ice races. What will it be this year? Students from the Honors Chemistry class at St. James Academy will be coming to the Indian Creek library on November 6th to present our Chemistry for Kids program. Kids in grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to participate in several science experiments! 

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Register at either library,
or call (913) 971-5235.

It's going to be a blast!

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