We had over 100 entries in our drawing contest this summer! It must have been hard to decide, but our judges have deliberated, and the winners have been chosen!
1st Place - Bella Serrano
2nd Place - Taryn Alexander
3rd Place - Sam Rinke
1st Place - Ella Johnson
2nd Place - Maria Caputo
3rd Place - Quinn Siuda
1st Place - Drake Minter
2nd Place - Natalie Casquino-Wolff
3rd Place - Kelly Brinckman
1st Place - Rachel Li
2nd Place - Mairen Morrow
3rd Place - Kalyn Denton
1st Place - Katelynn Chambers
2nd Place - Callie VanWinkle
3rd Place - Rebekah Hernandez
1st Place - Rachael Quast
2nd Place - Hanna Melton
3rd Place - Jordan Ewy
Thank you all for participating, and congratulations to our winners! If you would like to view all of the entries, just click here.
On June 28th, library staff presented a radio mystery theater program, in which we brought to life the mystery The Topaz Flower.
Complete with sound effects...
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and commercial breaks...
the program was enjoyed by more than 300 people. We hadÂ a lotÂ of fun putting on the show, and we hope you enjoyed it too!
Do you like to draw? Are you going into 1st - 6th grade next fall? Then you should enter our Summer Drawing Contest! DrawingsÂ must be done on
8 1/2" x 11" white paper. The artwork must be done by hand (no help from parents or siblings!). Your drawing should include the theme of libraries, books or reading. One drawing per artist please.
Turn in your drawing at either Olathe library. The deadline is July 15 so you still have a couple of weeks left to complete your masterpiece! Entry forms can be picked at both libraries or you can print one off here. You can also click here to see some of the artwork already submitted.
Drawings will be judged by grade, and winners will be announced on July 23. The winning entries will be displayed at the Main Library August 1-15 and at the Indian Creek Branch August 17-31.
If you haveÂ any questions, visit the library or call us at (913) 971-6874.Â Happy drawing!
A record-breaking crowd attended our Mystery of Magic program with Devin Henderson on June 14.Â Devin kept over 500 children and parents mesmerized with hisÂ magic and laughing at his jokes.Â
This was our first program at the American Legion Hall in order to accommodate larger audiences, and boy, did we need the space!Â We appreciate everyone's patience in dealing with the larger-than-expected crowd.
Celebrate a little Olathe history with the Seniors Serving Schools' Sesquicentennial Event.Â Members of the group will perform a musical adaptation of Olathe's historical events.Â Here's a chance to learn what there is to sing about in Olathe's past.Â Fun for all kids and adults.Â This program will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.Â Program will last about 45 minutes.Â Event is free and registration not required.
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Have you seen Fido?Â Every Friday throughout the summer (June 1 - August 10) Fido the dog will be hiding somewhere in the Children'sÂ area at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library.Â Stop by anytime on Friday and use your best detective skills to track him down.Â If you find him andÂ tell us where he is, you'll get a small prize!Â On June 1 more than 325 kids found this crafty canine!Â Do you think you can find Fido???
You know the old joke:Â If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?Â Pilgrims!Â Well, last week May flowers brought preschoolers to the library for our Preschool Craft Time program.Â Even though not all of our lights were working that day at the Main Library, May flowers were sprouting up all over the place.
Families gathered together at each of the libraries during TV Turn-off Week for Jigsaw Puzzle Mania! In one evening we managed to put together one large puzzle and three smaller puzzles!
Can you imagine Eragon, zoned out in front of the TV for hours?Â What if Nancy Drew spent her afternoons eating Doritos and watching Cartoon Network?Â Talk about boring, huh?Â I definitely wouldn't check those books out from the library.Â
All too often, though, my life can look exactly like that!
Just like our favorite characters--Hank the Cowdog, Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones,Â or Laura Ingalls Wilder--we haveÂ great storiesÂ to live out...and ours are real!
TV Turn-Off Week starts on April 23th and finishes up on April 29th.Â Your mission:Â can you go a whole week without watching TV?Â Sure,Â television can beÂ great---but it is also great to take a break from it once in a while, just to remind yourself that there are lots of fabulous things to do, besidesÂ sitting in front of theÂ TV.Â So get busy and make your life worth reading!
Now it's your turn to sound off!Â I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.Â Â Will you take the challenge?Â Â Why or why not?Â If you do, what willÂ you doÂ instead of watching TV?Â Just click on "Comments" under this post, and type away!
Okay, so I made that up. This weekÂ is actuallyÂ both National Library Week and Young People's Poetry Week. To celebrate, here's a poem about libraries!
On the library shelf
Is when you suddenly
Inside a book -
(The hidden you)
You wonder how
The author knew.
by Beverly McLoughland