School's Out! Summer's Here!

It's already feeling like summer at the Olathe Public Library!  You can now pick up a summer reading folder at either the Olathe Downtown or Olathe Indian Creek Library.  Start keeping track of all those good books you will be reading this summer and earn a free paperback book at the end.  We have all kinds of fun activities planned for kids going into 5th grade and younger.  Click here to read more about it.

Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.).  You can pick up a reading folder at the Kick-Off and enjoy a variety of fun activities at the park.  Lenexa Sertoma Club will be selling food as a library fundraiser.  Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water.  In case of rain, Kick-Off will be canceled.  Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather.

The Friends of the Library will be having a book sale at the Indian Creek Library on May 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  The sale continues on May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with a Six-Bucks-a-Sack sale from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you often at the library!


 

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on May 16 at the Olathe Downtown Library has been cancelled due to lack of dog volunteers.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


 

William Allen White Award 2015 Winners

The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the winner of the 2015 William Allen White Award for 3rd - 5th graders is Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck.

When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention.  He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe.  There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation!  So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys.  Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him. 

The award winner for 6th - 8th graders is Buddy by M. H. Herlong.

Congratulations to these award winning authors, and kudos to all the children who read the books and voted for their favorite nominee.  This is truly your award.

To see a list of nominees for next year, click here.


 

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on May 2 at the Indian Creek Library has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you're looking for an alternative activity, stop by the Downtown Library for Free Comic Book Day.


 

Free Comic Book Day 2015

It's back!!  This Saturday, May 2 the Olathe Public Library will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day!  Kids in K - 5th grade can stop by the Children's Desk at the Olathe Downtown Library to pick up a FREE kid-friendly comic book to keep from 10:00 a.m. until we run out.  Comics will also be available for teens and adults.  Comics will be given away while supplies last; supply is limited.  Come early for the best selection.  OPL thanks our partner, Elite Comics in Overland Park for procuring our free comics.

While you are at the library, be sure to check out our awesome collection of comics and graphic novels which are free to borrow every day!  There's something for everyone.

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

 


National Library Week

It's National Library Week!  Can you think of a better time to visit your local Olathe library?  This year's theme is "Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library."  Read a book.  Watch a movie.  Play a video game.  Listen to an audiobook.  Use a computer. Check out some music.  Download an ebook.  Look at some magazines.  Attend a storytime.  The library makes all these things—and more—possible.  And it's all for free!  You can't beat that.

Along with our regularly scheduled storytimes, the library also has some special programs going on this week for kids, including on Friday when schools are out.

DISCOVER POETRY - for K  -5th graders  (It's also National Poetry Month!)
Wednesday, April 15
4:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Library

YOGA FOR KIDS - for K - 5th graders  Registration required
Friday, April 15
10:30 a.m.
Downtown Library

FREE MOVIE The Book of Life - for all ages
Friday, April 15
1:30 p.m.
Downtown Library

For more information about these and other upcoming programs, visit the Programs page of our website.  Happy National Library Week!


LEGO Design Contest Winners

The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest was a great success!  Thanks to everyone who entered and built some wonderful original creations.  Without you, there would be no contest.  The judges from KC Brick Lab had a difficult task in choosing just three winners from each age category.  After much deliberation, these were the lucky winners.

K - 2nd Grade

1st Place - Mahi Banchal

"My Best Friends"

2nd Place - David Miller

"Roller Coaster"

3rd Place - Jesse Loper

"My Living Room"

Honoorable Mention - Krishiv Kothari

 

3rd - 5th Grade

1st Place - Elijah Cobb

"Crystal Crusher"

2nd Place - Jackson Ham

"Grumpy Cat Face"

3rd Place - Hayden Krapes

"Air Destroyer"

Honoorable Mention - Balak Banchal, Ayden Woolcott, Katie Mulloy, Levi Cobb, Shawn Major
 

 

6th - 8th Grade

1st Place - Philip Kolb

"Town House"

2nd Place - Lukas Guensche

"Castle"

3rd Place - Tony Faulkner

"Pickaxe"

 

9th - 12th Grade

1st Place - Nathan Kolb

"Vector 7 Space Station"

2nd Place - Gabriel Reid

"Animal Cell"

3rd Place - Ben Whitney

"Springtime in the Park"

Honoorable Mention - Alex DeHaan

 

Adult

1st Place - Cheryl DeHaan

"Lenticular Peace"

2nd Place - Rob Wonnell

"Kansas Seal"

3rd Place - Newlyn Walkup

"Next Gen X-Wing"

The public also got to cast their votes for Best of Show favorites from among the Chldren's, Teen, and Adult entries.  Here are the winners of those awards.

Best of Show

Chidren's category

David Miller  "Roller Coaster"

Teen category

Philip Kolb  "Town House"

Adult category

Cheryl DeHaan  "Lenticular Peace"

Thanks again to our judges from KC Brick Lab LEGO User Group.  Thanks to Powell Gardens for providing prizes and coupons to their Sean Kenney LEGO Exhibit this summer.  Thanks to Indian Creek Community Church for providing us with a great space to hold our contest.  And a big thanks to everyone who came out to support these creative LEGO enthusiasts.  We hope to see everyone again next year!


LEGO Design Contest

The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest is quickly approaching!  If you haven't yet registered, we still have a few spots left,  But don't delay!  You build your own original design at home with your own bricks and bring it to the contest.

The contest will be on Saturday, April 11 at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Rd.).  The contest is held off-site so we have more space for more contestants.  There are categories for kids in K - 5th grade and for teens in 6th - 12th grades, and this year for the first time, we also have a category for adults.  You can download all the rules and the full schedule HERE.  You may register online through our Events page; call the library at (913) 971-6874; or register in person at either Olathe library.  And even if you don't enter the contest, it's always fun to come and see what these creative LEGO enthusiasts come up with.  Everyone is welcome.

 


Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on March 21 at the Downtown Library has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Spring Break Fun

 
What wonderful weather we have been having!  And just in time for Spring Break.  If you are looking for some fun things to do during Spring Break, we hope you'll visit the Olathe Public Library.  We have a number of special programs and activities going on.
 
SATURDAY STORYTIME - Families welcome, stories geared to 3 - 5 year olds
Saturday, March 14
1:30 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
 
DUPLO® DROP-IN - Families welcome
Saturday, March 14
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
 
FREE MOVIE:  THE BOXTROLLS - All ages
Monday, March 16
1:30 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
and
1:30 p.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek Library
 
FAMILY CHESS NIGHT - All ages
Monday, March 16
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. @ Olathe Inidan Creek Library
 
SPRING BREAK COOKIE DECORATING - All ages
Tuesday, March 17
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek Library
 
EVENING LEGO® CLUB - K - 5th graders   *Registration required
Tuesday, March 17
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
 
SPRING BREAK COOKIE DECORATING - All ages
Wednesday, March 18
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
 
And, of course, there are lots of great books, movies, and video games to check out at the library!  Be sure to make the Olathe Public Library one of your Spring Break destinations.
 
Don't forget, there will be NO Rhyme Time, Toddler Time, or On My Own Storytime sessions during Spring Break.  We will resume our regular schedule the week of March 23.

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