On September 15 families came to the Indian Creek Branch to learn about the Kansas WildLifer Challenge. Kids and adults got to have some outdoor fun doing things like pitching tents, catching bugs, and making birdfeeders. All these activities got kids started on the Kansas WildLifer Challenge and on their way to earning a cool outdoor prize pack. Visit the Kansas WildLifer Challenge website to learn more about this cool program.
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.
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.)
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.