Each summer libraries across the nation encourage kids to practice the literacy skills they’ve learned in school by reading for enjoyment. This year, the Olathe Public Library invites readers of all ages to explore ocean life and dive into storied depths during the “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program. Kids, teens, and adults can track their reading online May 23 through August 6. Participants who read at least one book during the program will get to select a free book at the end of summer.
The program officially kicks off with a celebration at the Indian Creek Park on May 31. Children’s musician Aaron Fowler will perform a family-friendly concert filled with singing, playing, moving, and stories.
New this year, the summer reading is making a splash outside of the library’s walls with joint programs at the City of Olathe Pools and Lake Olathe. The pools will host sunken treasure scavenger hunts and an interactive costumed murder mystery party for adults. Teens can start their summer with a beach party at Lake Olathe and adults will have the lake to themselves with exclusive after-hours paddleboarding and kayaking. Library card holders can even show their library card at select Olathe pools for a discount on admission.
For those who prefer to stay on the shore, the library will offer a variety of programs and events, from sushi rolling, to Lego contests, and goat yoga. Mini makers can practice their STEAM skills in a weekly series of maker projects in Indian Creek’s Lab and shark lovers can learn all about the sea monsters that once lived in the oceans of Kansas with guest speakers from the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Of course, the library will also offer traditional storytimes, book discussions, author visits, movie showings, and teen hangouts as well. There’s no limit to the possibilities at the library this summer.
Dive right into the fun! Learn more or sign up for OPL’s summer reading program at www.olathelibrary.org/summerreading.