Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Dr. Seuss-Alike" Contest Inspires Local Writers

The many imaginative entries we received for our Dr. Seuss-Alike contest in March made choosing just a few winners quite a challenge. We thank everyone for their terrific submissions and we hope that you will keep on writing and rhyming...because it is FUN!

Here are those entrants whom we thought best captured the master wordsmith's style:

Children:  Theodore Haris, Nathan Lee, and K.L. Plano-Faber.
Adults:  Joy Demas, Susan Plano-Faber, C. Thomas, and Scott Watson.

Winners received a coupon for the Friends of the Olney Library book sale. 

In the weeks to come, we will publish some of these Seuss-sational stories right here. 

Dr Seuss and Me by Theodore Haris (age 8)

I like to read, I like to write.
Dr. Seuss's books are dynamite.
I like to read them in the car. 
I like to read them near and far.

His name is Theo, just like me,
and that is great, as you can see.
I love the Lorax, Horton, and The Cat in the Hat.
They make me laugh, did you know that?

I've been reading them since I was one,
and trust me it's so much fun!

As you can see, Dr. Seuss is so much fun.
You can read in the rain, you can read in the sun!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blast Off to Science with Colors!

Olney preschoolers had a fantastic time mixing colors and creating their own unique and colorful works of art, in the "Blast Off to Science" Workshop held April 9.  Instructors from Funfit Organically Grown Gym showed the children how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors, and even made some bubbling test tube colors that elicited many "oohs" and "aahs".

Friday, March 27, 2015

Teens with a Taste for Nostalgia

Sophia and Gabriella aced the "Retro Technology" quiz!
Sebastian may have to share his prize with his proud parents.

Teens demonstrated their knowledge of technology during Teen Tech Week at our Retro Technology display. Items in the display dated from the 1920s to the 1990s. Teens had a fun time identifying the items and were rewarded with free books. Here are snapshots of some of the winners! 

Alana and Siobhan fill out their quiz......
....then cheerfully display their new books!
Tommy chose a book to match his shirt.

See more photos on our Flickr album!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dragon Invades Olney Library: Happy Chinese New Year!

We had a nice turnout for our Chinese New Year Family Celebration on March 7. MCPL staff member Rueyfen Harmon led a storytime on the Chinese Zodiac and how it was created.

In this telling (based on the book Cat and Rat by Ed Young), the Emperor asks the animals to race through the forest and across the river.  Each of the horoscope’s 12 years would be named in the order that the animals returned.  

Rueyfen also led the children in a traditional New Year’s Lion Dance, which is believed to bring good luck and fortune…everyone enjoyed their performance through the library!

In honor of the Year of the Ram, children created paper lanterns decorated with rams and colorful ribbons, and practiced the art of paper cutting by making cards of Chinese characters.  Once finished, they left with fortune cookies and oranges, a “good luck” food for the new year.  Look out for more photos-- and a short video of the Lion Dance--on our Flickr pages!

Above, Marcela and her daughter Luz of Rockville show off their paper lantern.  Said Marcela, "We loved the Chinese New Year crafts!  We have our lantern hanging up in Luz's bedroom."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Olney Reads

We like knowing what our Olney friends are reading (or listening to or watching).  Several times each month we will post our readers' favorite books, movies, or sound recordings.
Reader: Jackson 
Favorite Books: Anything from lower shelves of the Olney Book Sale rack
Jackson and his grandparents love to visit the Olney library. Jackson was a willing subject for our roving photographer, but keeping up with him was a challenge! By the pace at which he darted between the shelves, one would never guess he learned to walk just recently. Jackson seemed to be drawn to our Book Sale shelf--he knows a good bargain when he sees it. He also likes books about animals and is shown here with a catalog of bird paintings.