Do you like to draw, color, paint, etc.? Would you like to see your original artwork on a bookmark at the library? Then you should consider entering our Summer Bookmark Contest. The contest is open to all children entering grades 1st - 5th. The deadline to deliver your entry to the library is Sunday, June 30. The entries will be judged by grade, and prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 15, and winning entries will be printed and distributed at both Olathe libraries beginning Monday, July 29. For more information pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or download it here. Have fun and good luck!
The summer of 2013 is off to a great start! Our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park was a flurry of fun activity on Tuesday morning. Children could pick up a reading folder and Dig Into Reading bag. Some kids played chess. Others participated in relay games. There were temporary tattoos and a banner coloring table. Mahaffie Farmstead provided some old-timey activities. DJ the Balloonman made some pretty spectacular balloon creations for kids. Macaroni Kid provided information and handouts. Foresters was there making IDs for kids. The city of Olathe brought a real life digging machine to promote Hope Walk & Touch-a-Truck on June 8. Kids could get creative with sidewalk chalk or get their picture taken in our special cutout. Olathe Public Library/F.R.E.D. yard signs and window clings were distributed. The Olathe Noon Optimists provided water for the thirsty crowd. Teens and adults also had the opportunity to find out about their respective summer reading programs. There was just more fun than you could shake a stick at.
If you missed the Kick-Off, you can still pick up a summer reading folder anytime at either Olathe library. The summer is just beginning, and we have many other fun activities planned. Stop by the library, and we'll give you the lowdown. Click the pictures below to get a closer look at our Kick-Off celebration.
School is ending, and a summer of fun is about to begin! "Dig Into Reading" is the theme for this year's summer reading program at the Olathe Public Library. Kids going into 5th grade and younger can pick up a summer reading folder at either Olathe library to keep track of all the reading they do this summer. Return your folder between July 29 - August 11 to receive a free paperback book! We started handing out reading folders today and will continue giving out folders throughout the summer. Stop by the Children's Department anytime to get your folder and start reading!
Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be happening on Tuesday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Frontier Park (located at Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway). Reading folders will also be distributed at our Kick-Off along with a variety of fun activities: games, crafts, chess, temporary tattoos, balloon animals, and more. Information will also be available about our summer reading programs for teens and adults. This year at the Kick-Off we will be giving out yard signs and window clings promoting the Olathe Public LIbrary and F.R.E.D. (Families Read Every Day). You can help us promote the library and family reading in our community. In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled, but we are hoping for beautiful weather.
After you visit the Kick-Off, be sure to stop by the Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library at the Indian Creek Branch between 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The sale will continue on Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
So there are a lot of fun things happening at the library on Tuesday, May 28, and that's just the beginning of our summer activities! Pick up a green flyer at the library which tells about all the activities happening for children this summer at both Oalthe libraries. You may also click here to get information about what's happening throughout the summer. We hope to be seeing you often at the library this summer! Don't forget to "Dig Into Reading"!
May 13 - 19 is Children's Book Week! We'll be celebrating at the Olathe Public Library with a contest to guess how many bookworms (gummy worms) are in the special container. Stop by the Children's Department at either the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch Library anytime during the week and make your best estimate. Whoever comes closest to guessing the right number of worms will win the whole bunch!
By the way, what do you call a group of worms? I guess it depends on whom you ask. I found they can be called a bed of worms, a clew of worms, a groveling of worms, a bunch of worms, or my personal favorite, a squirm of worms. And I think some people would just call them GROSS! Whatever you call them, come to library during Children's Book Week, enter our contest, and maybe you'll win some delicious gummy bookworms of your very own.
Happy Children's Book Week!
This Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day! This year the Olathe Public Library is participating in this event for the first time. Stop by the Main Library between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and get a free comic book (while supplies last). It's as simple as that!
We extend a big thank you to Elite Comics in Overland Park for generously donating all of our free giveaway comics this year. So come get your free comic book, and check out the library's collection of graphic novels for kids while you're here.
The young readers of Kansas have cast their votes, and the ballots have been counted. The winner of the 2013 William Allen White Award for 3rd - 5th graders is Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings. This book tells the story of a boy who wanted a dog but got a guinea pig instead.
The winner of the 2013 William Allen White Award for 6th - 8th graders is Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret. This book recounts what happens when a boy starts caring for a dog left chained in frigid weather with no food, water or shelter.
Congratulations to this year's winners!
Acclaimed children's author E. L. Konigsburg passed away on April 19, 2013. Konigsburg was the author of such beloved books as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday. Ms. Konigsburg is one of only five authors to win the Newbery Medal twice, and she is the only author to ever win a Newbery Medal (for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) and a Newbery Honor (for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth) both in the same year. She seemed to be fond of long titles, huh?
She wrote twenty books, almost half of which she also illustrated. Her smart and funny books often dealt with outsiders and young people searching for independence and adventure. She once said: ''I think most of us are outsiders. And I think that's good because it makes you question things.''
For the curious among us, the E in her name stood for Elaine, and the L stood for Lobl which was her maiden name. The author is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren. She will be missed in the world in the children's literature.
Click the image below to see a list of E. L. Konigsburg books available through the library.
Our 2013 LEGO Design Contest was a great success! Thanks to all the young LEGO enthusiasts who built and entered their original creations in the contest. Thanks to all the friends and family who came to support them and see what they had built. Thanks to our wonderful judges from the KC Brick Lab LEGO Users Group. Thanks to Powell Gardens for coming and providing prize discount passes to their upcoming summer display of LEGO sculptures by New York artist Sean Kenney. Thanks to the Indian Creek Community Church for providing a wonderful space for this year's contest. Thanks to everyone who helped make our contest such a fun event!
This year's contest was held off-site at the Indian Creek Community Church in order to allow more contestants to participate. This was also the first year we included a category for teens. Our six judges had a tough job awarding winners in three different age categories: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd - 5th Grade, and 6th - 8th Grade. The public also had the opportunity to cast their votes for our Best of Show awards.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
Grades K -2nd
Grades 3rd - 5th
1st Place: Ian, 4th grade
2nd Place: Quinton, 5th grade
3rd Place: Johnny, 4th grade
Honorable Mention: Chinmay, 5th grade
Grades 6th - 8th
1st Place: McKinley, 7th grade
2nd Place: Philip, 6th grade
3rd Place: Nathan, 8th grade
Honorable Mention: Sion, 7th grade
Best of Show
Grades K - 5th: Trey, 2nd grade
Grades 6rh - 8th: Liam, 7th grade
Some of the winning entries are now on display at both Olathe library locations. Next time you are at the library, be sure to check them out. They will be on display through May 13.
We've had a lot of fun with LEGO at the library this school year. Our monthly LEGO Clubs will be taking a summer vacation, but we will be having a LEGO Lock-In for kids and their parents on July 5 at the Main Library. Call or check our summer programming brochure for more information.
Happy National Library Week! Of course, here at the Olathe Public Library every week is library week, but April 14 - 20 is the official week to celebrate libraries nationwide.
You can find all sorts of cool, fun things at the library, and best of all they're FREE! We have compiled a list of 18 Free Things at the Olathe Public Library. Not all of these things may be of interest to kids, but how about books and movies and video games and CDs and game computers and kids' magazines and free internet and downloadable music and ebooks and live online tutoring and storytimes and fun programs and the list goes on and on.
If you don't have a library card, you are missing out on the best deal in town! And if you do have a library card, what better time to use it than National LIbrary Week? We hope to see you soon at the Main Library or Indian Creek Branch.