Yoga for Kids

Yoga instructor Jessica Sexton led children in some basic yoga practice on Thursday afternoon at the Downtown Library. Children learned sun salutation, down dog, tree pose, bridge, and other yoga poses.  By the end everyone was stretched and calm and ready to relax.  Thanks, Miss Jessica, for a great summer program!  And if you'd like to learn more about yoga, check out a book or dvd next time you are at the library.




2016 Summer Bookmark Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Bookmark Contest!  The judges had a hard job, but after viewing all the entries, they chose one winner from each grade level.  The winning bookmarks will be distributed at the library beginning Monday,
July 25.

Here are the winning bookmark designers:

           1st Grade Kensley Vardijan
  2nd Grade Tinuviel Harshbarger
  3rd Grade Elizabeth Park
  4th Grade Jameson Mangold
  5th Grade Joshua Stewart

Congratulations to all of the winners!  Great job.


So You Think You Can Yo-Yo

Our second big program of the summer will be on Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Rd.  We will be featuring the amazing talents of the Team Go Big Yo-Yo Prospinners.  This yo-yo team features performing kids of all ages.  There may even be a little juggling.  Come prepared to see some amazing yo-yo skills!  This program is for kids going into grades 1st - 5th.  Parents and siblings are also welcome.  There is no registration, but tickets will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m.

Team Go Big Yo-Yo Prospinners is sponsored by Go Big Skills Toys store in Shawnee and owner Cesar Conde.  Below is a video of Cesar's son Ben Conde doing some incredible yo-yo work at last year's World Yo-Yo Contest in Tokyo, Japan.  Amazing!


Summer Bookmark Contest

Have you been thinking about entering our summer bookmark contest?  Well, don't delay!  The deadline is quickly approaching. Monday, June 27 is the last day to turn in your bookmark design.  All children going into 1st - 5th grade are invited to create an original bookmark and bring it to the Downtown Library by June 27. Here is the official entry form with all the rules and information:  ENTRY FORM.

Again, the deadline to enter is by the end of the day on Monday, June 27.  A winning bookmark will be chosen from each grade, and prizes will be awarded.  The winners will announced on Monday, July 11.  The winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed at the library beginning Monday, July 25.  So get out those pencils, crayons, markers, etc. and create something fabulous! 



Free Family Movies

This summer we are showing free movies for the whole family at the Downtown Library.  During June and July movies will be shown every Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., except there will no movies shown during the week of the Fourth of July.  Tickets will be handed out for the movies starting 30 minutes before showtime on a first come, first served basis.

Here is the complete schedule of summer movies:

Surf's Up
Rated PG - 85 minutes
Monday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Peanuts Movie
Rated G - 88 minutes
Monday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Angels in the Outfield
Rated PG - 102 minutes
Monday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m 
Wedhesday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Rated G - 117 minutes
Monday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m.
The Good Dinosaur
Rated PG - 93 minutes
Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m.
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Rated G - 76 minutes
Monday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Rated PG - 96 minutes
Monday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m.

All movies will be shown at the Downtown Library.  All seating is on the floor, but you are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  See you at the movies!


Summer Reading Kick Off 2016

We had a great day for our Summer Reading Kick Off this year.  We were just a bit worried about the possibility of rain, but it stayed dry and by the end the sun was making an appearance.  Hundreds of people picked up their summer reading packets. There were a variety of fun games to play, temporary tattoos, a "spray painting" activity, chess playing, and more.  The Olathe Noon Optimists provided free water which was much appreciated.  Parents as Teachers provided information and activities.  Mahaffie Farmstead brought some fun old-fashioned toys and games.  And with the Indian Creek Library currently closed, the library actually provided books to check out at the Kick Off this year.  All in all, it was a great start to our summer!  Watch the video below to see some images from the Summer Reading Kick Off.



At our Summer Reading Kick Off at Frontier Park kids got to help create a large "spray painting."  The children each picked their favorite color and added their marks to the painting.  It was a fun—and just a little messy—project.


As you can see below, the final result was pretty awesome!  It will be on display all summer at the Downtown Library above the J Feature Film DVDs.  Come check it out!


On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!

Believe it or not, the end of the school year is just around the corner, but the Olathe Public Library is ready for an exciting summer.  Our summer reading program theme is On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!  We have tons of fun activities planned.  Every child going into 5th grade or younger is invited to pick up a summer reading log to keep track of all their summer reading.  Return your reading log at the end of the summer, between August 1 - 19, and receive a free paperback book!  We have started handing out logs at the Olathe Downtown Library and will continue to do so throughout the summer.  Stop by the library anytime to pick one up, and start logging those great books you are reading.

Because the Indian Creek Library is still closed, most of our summer programming will be happening at the Downtown Library, but there will be some programs offered on the east side of town at the Indian Creek Elementary School (15800 Indian Creek Pkwy.).  They have graciously provided us space to hold some programs there.  We will also be offering two big programs at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S, Black Bob Rd.).  There will also be some fun online activities this summer.  CLICK HERE to go to READsquared to get registered and start playing and earning badges.  And old favorites like FInd Fido Fridays and Storytime in the Park will be back again!  CLICK HERE to find out all the detials about what is going on for kids this summer.

If you are just completing 5th grade, you have outgrown the Kids' summer reading program.  You can now be a part of the Tween & Teen reading program.  CLICK HERE to learn about the Tween & Teen summer reading program.  And adults, don't be left out of the fun!  There is a reading program for you too.  CLICK HERE to learn all about the Adult summer reading program.

As you can see, there is something for everyone happening at the library this summer.  We look forward to seeing you.  So On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!


Free Comic Book Day 2016

Don't forget!  This coming Saturday, May 7, the Olathe Downtown Library will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day.  Children in grades K - 5th can come to the Children's Department and pick out a free comic book to keep!  There will be a selection of titles to choose from on a first come, first served basis.  We'll start giving away comics at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until our supply runs out.  Only one comic per child please.  There will also be free comics available for teens and adults.  We thank Elite Comics in Overland Park for their help in procuring our give-away comics.  And while you are at the library, we hope you'll check out our J Graphic section of comics and graphics novels which are free to check out every day of the year!


William Allen White Award Winners 2016

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.






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