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2017 LEGO Design Contest

The Olathe Public Library held its annual LEGO Design Contest on Saturday, November 11.  This marked our seventh year for the contest.  Thirty-four children and teens brought their original LEGO creations to be judged in three age categories.  Our judges from the KC Brick Lab LEGO Users Group had their work cut out for them.  Aftter the judging was completed, over 100 people came to view the entries and vote on their favorites for our Best in Show awards.  As always, it was a fun day and a great opportunity to see the clever, creative builds from local young LEGO enthusiasts.  Thanks to everyone who entered.

Below are the talented winners of this year's contest.  Congratulations!

Grades K-2
1st place Milo Lockridge
2nd place Anna Lindberg
3rd place Elizabeth Windler
Honorable Mention
Cameron Giesen
Maddux MacDonald
Miles Schwenk
Grades 3-5
1st place Jesse Loper
2nd place Keith Hutsell
3rd place Caleb Calhoun
Honorable Mention
Ramona Lockridge
Caleb Jung
Grades 6-12
1st place Joseph Roth
2nd place Amara Provost
3rd place Chris Nosworthy
Honorable Mention Micah Lindberg
Best of Show
Grades K-5 Caleb Calhoun
Grades 6-12 Amara Provost

 

Room on the Broom

Get in the Halloween mood at our "Room on the Broom" program on Friday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  We'll be reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and then watching the wonderful Oscar-nominated animated short film based on this fun book.  All ages are welcome.  No registration.  Program will last about 45 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Star Wars Evening at the Library

Attention all Star Wars fans!  This Thursday, October 19, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library we will be celebrating a galaxy far, far away at our Star Wars Evening at the Library.  This is a family program with crafts, games, activities, and more.  Costumed members of the 501st Legion will be on hand for photos and fun.  All ages are welcome.  Costumes are encouraged!  Come and go as you please.  This program is in conjuction with Star Wars Reads.

        

     


 

Show and (Story)Tell

Come to the Downtown Library on Monday, September 25 between 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for Show and (Story)Tell.  At this program we ask that participants bring a photo, stuffed friend, family heirloom, or a small artifact (no living things please), and we will help turn it into a story using writing, art, and oral storytelling.  Each story collected will be complied into an online magazine to be shared with the Olathe community.  All ages welcome.  Kindergarten and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.  

You may also attend Show and (Story)Tell on Tuesday, October 24 between 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  This program is in conjunction with this year's Big Read (The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien).


 

We're Having a Party!

Are you a fan of Elephant and Piggie?  Who isn't, right?  You're invited to come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the very first Elephant and Piggie book!  The fun begins this Saturday, September 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  There will be games, activities, snacks, and more!  Everyone is welcome.  Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and join the festivities.  Come and go as you please.  


 

Fall Storytimes

Our fall storytimes start this week.  The library provides storytimes for a variety of ages from newborns through age 5, as well as a family storytime.  We actually offer twelve different sessions each week at different times and locations.  Check out our PROGRAMS page for more information and the complete schedules.  You can also pick up a printed program booklet at either library which lists all of our fall programs for kids including storytime schedules.  Storytimes are a great way to help instill in your child a love of reading and books from an early age...not to mention they are a lot of fun!


 

KCrew at Storytime in the Park

Our final Storytime in the Park of the summer will be on Thursday, July 27,at 10:00 a.m. at Mill Creek Park.  And it's going to be SPECIAL!  Members of the Royals KCrew will be presenting the storytime, answering questions, and taking photos!  They will also be promoting Library Night at the K.  If you are a fan of Royals baseball, you won't want to miss this special storytime.


 

Aaron Fowler Rocks!

Aaron Fowler and his trusty sidekick Bella the dog kept the audience entertained at our last off-site program of the summer on Wednesday, July 12.  Aaron played guitar, sang original songs, and told funny stories from his childhood.  He had everyone movin' and a groovin'!  And Bella made herself right at home.  Afterwards, everyone had the chance to give Bella some tummy-rubbing love.  Thanks, Aaron, for a great program on a hot summer day!

     

     


 

LEGO Lock-In 2017

It was LEGO mania at the Downtown Library on Friday evening at our LEGO Lock-In.  Kids and their grownups had a blast building bridges and skyscrapers and all kinds of cool things with the library’s collection of LEGO bricks.  Many of their amazing creations are currently on display in the Children’s Department at the Downtown Library.  Next time you are at the library, take time to check them out!  Click the photos below for a closer look.

And don’t forget that our monthly LEGO Clubs for kids in K – 5th grade will be starting up again in September.  Stay tuned for details.

     

     

     

     


 

Aaron Fowler

Our final “big” children’s program of the summer will feature musician Aaron Fowler.  A native Kansan, Aaron has been performing since he was 16 years old.  He will be playing his guitar and singing his songs on Wednesday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Rd.  This program is for kids going into 1st - 5th grade, but parents and siblings are also welcome.  Come experience the power of building a better world through music and stories with Aaron Fowler.  We hope you’ll join us!

For a taste of Aaron's music, check out the vdeo below.


 

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