The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the ballots have been counted. Here are the winners of the William Allen White Award for 2016.
3rd - 5th Grade Winner
The Boy on the Porch
by Sharon Creech
One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?
6th - 8th Grade Winner
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
Happy National Library Week! This year's theme is "Libraries Transform." Whether it's learning something new in a program, discovering a new favorite author (or a new book by an old favorite), enjoying a library storytime, listening to some live music, or just getting together with friends at the library, we hope you find your hometown library to be a transformative place!
It's been an interesting time for us as the Indian Creek Library remains closed indefinitely. We appreciate everyone's patience as we've tried to make the best out of an unfortunate situation. Some of the events happening at the Downtown Library during National Library Week include our Afterschool LEGO Club, Pizza & Pages, a Free Family Movie---Finding Nemo, a Poetry Picnic program, along with our regular storytimes. To see complete details, check out our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
Our 6th annual LEGO Design Contest was a lot of fun! Thanks to all the creative builders who entered the contest, and thanks to all the family and friends who came out to support them.
Our judges from the KC Brick Lab organization were very impressed with all the entries. It was a tough task, but after careful deliberation they selected three winners from each age category along with a few honorable mentions. The public also voted on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes. Congratulations to all the winners!.
|K - 2nd Grade|
1st Place: Keith Hutsell
2nd Place: Owen Trecek
3rd Place: Om Kothari
Honorable Mentions: Ema Bernard, Anika Chitale, Benjamin Cobb, Owen Sime
|3rd - 5th Grade|
1st Place: Arjun Chitale
2nd Place: Jesse Loper
3rd Place: Krishiv Kothari
Honorable Mentions: Ava Bernard, Levi Cobb, Braden Reighard, Jordan Serna
|6th - 12th Grade|
1st Place: Michael Wilson
2nd Place: Katie Mulloy
3rd Place: Palak Panchal
|Best of Show|
K - 5th Winner: Jesse Loper
6th - 12th Winner: Katie Mulloy
We hope to hold another LEGO Design Contest next year. We're considering moving it to a fall date, but stay tuned for details. Until then, we hope to see you at one of the library's LEGO Club programs or other LEGO-related activities. Keep building!
We still have openings in the Olathe Public LIbrary's 6th Annual LEGO Design Contest this Saturday, April 2. Children in grades K - 5th build an original creation with their LEGO bricks at home and bring it to the contest to be judged. There will be prizes! The contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road. CLICK HERE for the complete rules and details. You MUST be registered to enter the contest. CLICK HERE to register. There are also still openings in the Teen categories for 6th - 12th graders. If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.
As the Indian Creek Library will be closed indefinitely, we've made some more program changes through the end of
April May. Here is a list of Children's programs that were originially scheduled at Indian Creek that have now been MOVED to the Downtown Library.
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25 @ 10:15 a.m.
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25 @ 10:45 a.m.
Family Chess Night
Monday, March 21, April 18 & May 16 @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Preschool Dance Party
Friday, April 1 @ 9:30 a.m.
Homeschool LEGO Club
Tuesday, April 5 @ 1:30 p.m.
Afterschool LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 13 @ 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 @ 4:30 p.m.
Here is a list of Children's programs that have been ADDED to help accommodate our patrons. All of these programs will be held at the Downtown Library.
Free Family Movie - Inside Out
Wednesday, March 16 @ 10:00 a.m.
Spring Break Cookie Decorating
(This drop-in program has been extended to two hours.)
Thursday, March 17 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
On My Own Storytime
Thursday, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21 & Apri @ 11:00 a.m.
(This drop-in program has been extended to 90 minutes.)
Friday, May 5 @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
To see a complete list of Children's program, including all cancellations, moves, and additions, please view our EVENTS CALENDAR. If you have questions, you can always give us a call at (913) 971-6874.
The Indian Creek Library will be closed indefinitely due to a water line break and flooding. People came to work this morning to find over 6 inches of water throughout the building. : ( The situation is currently being assessed. At this point we don't know how long it will take until re-opening. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the latest updates.
At this time the following Children's programs at Indian Creek have been CANCELLED:
R.E.A.D. to a Dog
Saturday, March 5 @ 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Monday, March 7 @ 10:15 a.m.
Monday, March 7 @ 10:45 a.m.
On My Own Storytime
Tuesday, March 8 @ 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
Raising a Reader
Wednesday, March 9 @ 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 10 @ 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, March 10 @ 10:45 a.m.
The Afterschool LEGO Club on Wednesday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. has been MOVED to the Downtown Library. Same day, same time, different location.
For now these are the only changes we are aware of. We are taking things one step at a time as we deal with this unfortunate event. If you have questions, you can always call us at (913) 971-6874.
The annual exhibit of art by elementary students from the Olathe School District is now on display at the Olathe Downtown Library. Stop by the Children's Department to see the creative efforts of these young artists. including drawings, prints, collages, ceramics, and more. But don't wait too long! The exhibit will be gone after March 24.
We had a packed house at the "Who Is Frode?" program on Friday at the Downtown Library. Writer Carie Beth Russell and artist Emily Stout introduced children and parents to Frode, the imaginary friend created by Carie Beth's daughter. Carie Beth read a story about Frode while Emily shared illustrations and did some live drawing. Children helped color some illustrations and shared stories of their own imaginary companions. What a fun and entertaining program!
Happy Kansas Day! Today is the 155th birthday of the Sunflower State. Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1961.
Here are a few famous people who were born in Kansas:
Amelia Earhart - pilot
Vivian Vance - actress, Ethel on I Love Lucy
Buster Keaton - silent film star
Charlie Parker - jazz musician
Gayle Sayers - football player
Bob Dole - U.S. Senator, Presidential candidate
Gwendolyn Brooks - poet
Martina McBride - country singer
Melissa Etheridge - rock singer
William Inge - playwright
Gordon Parks - author, photographer, filmmaker
Jonelle Monáe - R & B singer