Hamster Ball Races

On July 30 the Olathe Public Library hosted our 3rd Annual Hamster Ball Races.  Kids brought their hamsters to the library to race and see who had the fastest hamster.  It was an exciting competition!  

And these were the lucky winners:

1st Place - Hugs  (Emma & Lucy's hamster)

2nd Place - Mr. Fuzz  (Samantha's hamster)

3rd Place - Hamiette  (Gabriel's hamster)

4th Place - Diamond  (Madi's hamster)

Thanks to all the hamsters (and hamster owners) who made this such a fun event!

          

          

          


Bookmark Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2014 Summer Bookmark Contest.  We had some great entries.  The judges had the difficult task of choosing just one winner from each grade.  Below are the talented winners and their bookmark designs.

1st Grade

Collin White

2nd Grade

Abigail Dement

3rd Grade

Jacob Campbell

4th Grade

Allie Hartzog

5th Grade

Nikki Lau

Printed bookmarks featuring these winning designs will be distributed at both libraries beginning Monday, July 28.  Stop by Children's Services and pick up a bookmark with your favorite design.  And don't forget that July 28 is also the first day to return your summer reading folder and pick out your free paperback.


Child & Parent Book Discussion

This summer the Olathe Public Library will be hosting a couple of book discussions for 3rd - 5th graders and their parents.  The first book discussion of the summer will be on Wednesday,
June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  The book we will be discussing is Ben and Me by Robert Lawson.  In this book the remarkable life of Benjamin Franklin is related with wit, warmth and wisdom by a mouse named Amos.  A free copy of the book will be provided to each child who registers.  Both the child and adult should read the book and come prepared to discuss it.  Our book discussions are designed to encourage children and adults to read and discuss books together.

Registration is required.  You may register by calling (913) 971-6874, in person at either Olathe library, or online via our website at www.olathelibrary.org/events.  PLEASE NOTE:  Your copy of the book must be picked up at the Indian Creek Branch.

The second book discussion of the summer will be on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch.  Registration for that begins on Monday, June 30.  The book that will be discussed is Phineas L. MacGuire...Gets Slimed! 
If you have any questions just give us a call.


Summer Reading Kick-Off 2014

It was a beautiful day on Tuesday for our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park.  Over 900 people came out to the park to participate in all the fun activities and learn more about the library's summer reading reading programs for chidlren, teens and adults.  The Faraday Society from Olathe North High School kept the crowd enthralled with a variety of fun and exciting science demonstrations.  There were also chess games, relay races, temporary tattoos, old-fashioned games provided by Mahaffie Farmstead, summer reading folders, and more.  The Lenexa Sertoma Club sold food and drinks to help raise money to install a hearing loop for the hearing impaired in the meeting room at the Indian Creek Branch, and Olathe Noon Optimists provided free water to the thirsty throng.  A fun time was had by all.  A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up and run all the activities.  It was a great way to kick off our summer!  And we're only getting started.

     

     

     

     

     


Fizz Boom Read!

School is out for the summer, but things are just heating up at the Olathe Public Library!  Our summer reading program theme is Fizz Boom Read!  We will be celebrating science and reading all summer long.

We have started handing out summer reading folders to keep track of your summer reading.  You may pick up a folder at the Children's Services Desk at either the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch anytime all summer.  Just keep track of all the reading you do over the summer and return your folder between July 28 - August 13 to receive a free paperback book.  We will be giving out stickers of the week for your folder beginning on June 2.  And Find Fido Fridays begin on May 30!

Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be on Tuesday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.).  This is another place where you can pick up a summer reading folder.  There will be a variety of fun activities going on.  The Lenexa Sertoma Club will also be selling hot dogs and drinks as a fundraiser for a hearing loop to be installed for the hearing impaired in the Indian Creek Branch meeting room.  Bring some money if you'd like to buy a snack and support this good cause.  The Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water again this year too.  You can also learn about the library's summer reading programs for teens and adults at the Kick-Off.  It will be a fun time for all ages.  NOTE:  In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled.  Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

To learn more about all the exciting things going on this summer for kids going into 5th grade and younger, CLICK HERE.  We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you at the library often this summer!


We're Off to See the Wizard!

Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!  Are you a fan of the Wizard of Oz books or movie?  Then stop by the Children's Department at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 14 between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for our special "We're Off to See the Wizard!" program.  We will be celebrating the birthday of L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz books, and all things Oz!  There will be crafts, games, snacks, and all kind of fun!  Children of all ages are welcome.  No registration, just drop in.  Come and go as you please.  Just follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Olathe Main Library!

You are also invited to come to the Indian Creek Branch on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. to watch "The Wizard of Oz" movie with Judy Garland.  The G-rated movie will be shown in the Meeting Room and lasts 102 minutes.  Come watch one of the best loved classic movies of all time!


4th Annual LEGO Design Contest Winners


The Olathe Public LIbrary's 4th Annual LEGO Design Contest was held on Saturday, April 26 at the Indian Creek Community Church.  It was another great event with kids from kindergarten through 10th grade competing for prizes with their original LEGO creations.  Judges from the KC Bricklab LEGO Users Group had their work cut out for them as they selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in four age cateogries:  K - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 7th grade, and 8th - 10th grade.  The public also got to vote on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes.  You can check out the winners below, and stop by the Main Library in downtown Olathe to see some of the 1st place winners on display.

Grades K - 2nd

1st Place

Mahi - Kindergarten

"My Handy Maze"

2nd Place

Shripragya - 1st grade

"Spring in Holland"

3rd Place

Redding - 1st grade

"Portal Distar"

Honorable Mention

Evan - 1st grade

"Camping Trip"

Grades 3rd - 5th

1st Place

Avery - 4th grade

"The Egyptian Queen's Palace"

2nd Place

Ian - 5th grade

"Beeker and Bunsen"

3rd Place

Jackson - 3rd grade

"Emmet's House"

Honorable Mention

Elijah - 3rd grade

"The Hidden Temple"

Grades 6th - 7th

1st Place

Philip - 7th grade

"Haunted Mansion"

2nd Place

Alec - 6th grade

"Battle Bots"

3rd Place

Larson - 6th grade

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Grades 8th - 10th

1st Place

McKinley - 8th grade

"TThe Blue Anchor"

2nd Place

Ben - 8th grade

"The LEGO Store"

3rd Place

Yasha - 8th grade

"Custom Build LEGO House"

Honorable Mention

Nathan - 9th grade

"Convertible Ferrari"

Best of Show

K - 5th Category

Ian - 5th grade

"Beeker and Bunsen"

6th - 10th Category

Ben - 8th grade

"The LEGO Store"


National Library Week - Saturday

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. 
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

from I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss


National Library Week - Friday

“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.”

from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


National Library Week - Thursday

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

from Coraline by Neil Gaiman


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