programs-events

READ to a Dog for September 15 - CANCELLED

We have just learned that our the dogs for our READ to a Dog program will not be able to come on Saturday.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Our next scheduled READ to a Dog program will be on Saturday, October 6 at the Indian Creek Branch from1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  You might want to call ahead to confirm we have dogs that day.


Fall Storytime Is Coming!

Monday, August 27, will be the first day to register for our fall Preschool Storytimes.  The library offers Preschool Storytime for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.  We offer Time for Two storytimes for 2 years olds with a caring adult.  For the even younger set, we offer Rhyme Time sessions for 12 - 24 month olds with a caring adult.  There is also a Tuesday evening storytime for the entire family.

The Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two all require registration.  Registration for Preschool Storytimes begins on August 27.  Registration for Time for Two begins on September 10.  Rhyme Time and the evening family storytime do not.  You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Click the links below for more information and the complete schedules of dates, times, and locations.

Preschool Storytimes - for 3, 4 and 5 year olds

Time for Two - for 2 year olds + caregiver

Rhyme Time - for 12 - 24 month olds + caregiver

Evening Storytime - for the entire family  (Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds.)

    


London Summer Olympics

Today is the official beginning of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.  The summer Olympics happen only once every four years.  This summer's Olympics will run from July 27 through August 12 in London, England.  Coverage of the opening ceremonies begins tonight (Friday) at 6:30 p.m.  For complete information on all the different Olympic events and schedules, visit http://www.london2012.com/.  It's sure to be an exciting couple of weeks of Olympic competition.  As some of the world's greatest athletes compete for Olympic gold, the whole world will be watching.  Will you?


Priscilla Howe

Our second big program of the summer was held on Tuesday at the Bell Cultural Events Center.  Storyteller Priscilla Howe kept the crowd entertained with her wonderful stories and visits from a few special friends. 

A special thank you goes out to the folks at MidAmerica Nazarene University who generously hosted our big programs again this summer.  We greatly appreciate the use of this wonderful space.


LEGO Lock-In

The Main Library looked like a LEGO factory on Friday night!  There were LEGO bricks everywhere as kids and their parents came to build together at our first ever LEGO Lock-In.  Below are some pictures from this fun event.  As you can see Kids + LEGOs = Creativity!

You can check out some of the LEGO creations from the Lock-In at the Main Library during the month of July.  Just look on the top of the E DVD shelves.

     

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    


Hamster Ball Races

Fifteen furry hamsters competed in the library's first ever Hamster Ball Races on Tuesday.  There was Digger, Gizmo, Goldie, Honey, Joselyn, Mr. Curious, Rookie, Rosie, Sally, Scabbers, Squeeky, Streak, Stripey, Wishing Star, and Zeke.  What a great event!  Everyone had fun—competitors and spectators alike.  Congratulations to our three top winners!

 

1st Place  -  Rookie  (Alexi's hamster)
2nd Place  -  Zeke  (Garrett's hamster)    
3rd Place  -  Rosie  (Halee's hamster)

 

 

 

 

 

We want to extend a special note of thanks to Petco who generously loaned us the racing tracks and other supplies to make this event a success.  We appreciate the support of local businesses who help support the library.

Watch the video below to see the hamsters (and their owners) in action.  On your mark, get set, GO!


Batty at the Library

Things have been a little bit batty at the library lately.  Our "Dream Big—READ!" theme has been exploring things related to the night, and that includes BATS!   (That's the flying kind—not the baseball kind.)  There have been bat puppets, bat stickers, bat stories, and even a couple of real bats!

On June 11 and 18 preschoolers participated in our "Go Batty at the Library!" program.  Children made their own special bat puppets and then hung around (no pun intended) with their big persons and read together books about bats.

    

    

On June 13 a capacity crowd of 275 children and parents enjoyed the StoneLion Puppet Theatre's production of Stellaluna at the library's first big program of the summer at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the MNU Campus.  This well-loved story of a bat trying to fit in with a family of birds kept everyone entertained with music and laughter.

    

    

On June 19 children at the Indian Creek Branch got up close and personal with a couple of Egyptian fruit bats from the Kansas City Zoo.  They also got to see mossy frogs, a blonde desert tarantula, and a rainbow boa constrictor.

    

    

As you can see, it's been a fun summer so far, and there's still more to come.  If you don't have a flyer of our summer programs for kids, pick one up the next time you are in the library, or click here to learn more about our summer activities.  Remember, some programs require registration and may fill up quickly.  Don't miss out on the fun!


Be a "Block" Head

In this week's "Be a 'Block' Head" programs kids learned about the art of quilting.  Miss Sharon talked a little bit about quiltmaking and showed some special quilts from her own family, including one made by her father when he was in 2nd grade.  The kids were impressed.  Mr. Gregg shared a book that told about how quilts were used as a secret way of communicating between slaves who were preparing to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.  Then the kids got to create their own paper quilt blocks.  These blocks will be assembled into special quilts which will be on display at both libraries.  Keep your eyes open for this!

    

    

    


Fun at the Kick-Off!

What a great turnout we had for our Summer Reading Kick-Off!  More than 1200 people came to Frontier Park to find out about our summer reading program and participate in a variety of fun activities.  Almost 800 kids picked up a summer reading folder to track their summer reading.  Information was also distributed about our Tween & Teen summer reading program and Adult summer reading program.  If you didn't make it to the Kick-Off, you can still pick up your reading folder anytime this summer at either Olathe Library.  Click on the photos below to get a closer look at the fun.

There were worm races.

    

And relays.

    

A lot of kids displayed their chess skills.

    

Others showed off their bowling skills.

    

Mahaffie Farmstead provided some old-fashioned games.

    

There were Dream Big—READ! temporary tattoos.

    

Some kids climbed aboard the Olathe Public Library spaceship.

    

Foresters provided photo IDs for kids, and Macaroni Kid offered a fun craft activitiy.

    

The Olathe Noon Optimist Club provided free bottles of water which were most appreciated on this hot summer day.  Thanks also to our many volunteers who helped make the day a great success.  Thanks to everyone who came to the Kick-Off.  What a great way to start off our summer!  We hope to see you all at the library this summer.


Child & Parent Book DIscussions

This summer the Olathe libraries are again doing book discussion groups for children with their parents.  There is one group for kids going into 3rd & 4th grade plus a parent at the Indian Creek Branch and another group for kids going into 5th grade plus a parent at the Main Library.  The goal of the program is to have children and parents read and discuss books together.  The library will provide one copy of the discussion book for each child that registers.  Parents, you'll have to share your child's copy.  Both child and parent should read the book and come prepared to discuss it.  Registration is required.  You may register online through our website or call (913) 971-6874 or register at either library.  Books for the 3rd & 4th grade book discussion must be picked up at the Indian Creek Branch, and books for the 5th grade discussion must be picked up at the Main Library.

Here is the June schedule:

3rd & 4th Grade Child/Parent Book Discussion    
Wednesday, June 13 - 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Book - The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman
Registration now in progress

5th Grade Child/Parent Book Discussion
Tuesday, June 12 - 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Book - Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm  (This title is on next year's William Allen White award nominee list.)
Registration now in progress

 Here is the July schedule:

3rd & 4th Grade Child/Parent Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 11 - 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Book - Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look
Registration begins Wednesday, June 20

5th Grade Child/Parent Book Discussion
Tuesday, July 10 - 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Book - Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Registration begins Tuesday, June 12

There are still spaces available in the June sessions.  Register now so you have time to read the book!  Feel free to bring a pillow and relax.  A snack will be served.  Book discussions will last about an hour.  It's always fun to read a good book and then hear what others think about it.


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