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.

        

     


 

Children's Magazine Month

I bet you didn’t know October is Children’s Magazine Month.  That’s a bit of trivia only a librarian would know, right?  Why not celebrate by checking out a children’s magazine at the library?  Yes, our children’s magazines can be checked out!  They check out for three weeks just like a book.  The magazines we subscribe to include American Girl, Boy’s Life, Cricket, Discovery Girls, Highlights, Ladybug, National Geographic Kids, Practical Homeschooling, Ranger Rick, Ranger Rick Jr., Science World, and Sports Illustrated for Kids.  We do ask that you be extra careful with checked-out magazines, e.g. keep them away from hungry pets, babies, bathtubs, etc.

Did you know the library also offers free downloadable magazines that can viewed on your computer or device?  This includes children’s magazines.  Click here to learn more about downloading magazines with the rbDigital app.  Below are some of the downloadable titles for kids.  Happy Children’s Magazine Month!


 

Banned Books Week 2017

September 24 - 30 is Banned Books Week.  Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and drawing attention to the harms of censorship.  It also celebrates the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, community members, and others who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.  The video below features Dav Pilkey, author of the wildly popular (and frequently challenged) Captain Underpants books, expressing some of his views on that most important freedom—the freedom to read!


 

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!


 

Labor Day & Old Settlers

Just a reminder that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.  Have a nice holiday weekend!

And don’t forget that the following weekend is Johnson County Old Settlers.  This means the Downtown Library’s parking lot will be closed, as well as the drive thru book drop, during the festivities Thursday, September, 7 through Saturday, September 9. Things should be back to normal by Sunday.  During this time parking may be scarce around the library.  Plan accordingly.  You can always return library materials at any of the book drops around town, and of course, the Indian Creek Library will be open with plenty of parking.


 

A Great Summer!

Well, another summer has come and gone.  We hope you all had a great one!  It was a great summer here at the Olathe Public LIbrary.  We had some terrific programs and a lot of fun.  And you may recall that last summer we only had one library open due to the flooding at Indian Creek Library, so we were especially happy to have two functioning libraries again this summer.  Yay!

We gave away 1,490 free books to kids who returned their reading logs at the end of the summer reading program.  It's always exciting to look at their logs and see all of the great books kids read this summer.  Awesome job!

Even though summer is our busiest season, don't forget that the Olathe Public Library is open all year round.  We have some great programs planned for kids this fall, and storytimes will resume in a couple of weeks.  Visit our Programs page to see all the events we have scheduled through the end of the year.  You can also pick up a program booklet at either Olathe library with the complete listings.  We hope to see you at the library throughout the school year!
 


 

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