Tuesday, June 21, 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

Signing up for Summer Read & Learn is easy

It's that time of year again, time to join MCPL's 2016 Summer Read & Learn Program!
Participating is easy. Children and parents can stop by Olney Library to sign up, or sign up from home.

Even little ones can join
Everyone can take part:

  • Babies to Preschool (Birth - age 5)
  • Elementary School Aged Children (ages 6 - 12)
  • Teens (ages 13 - 17)
  • Adults (18+)

This year's expanded program for children and teens features 4 tracks:
  • Move:  learn about sports and sports figures, and participate in physical activities
  • Explore:  investigate new subjects such as science and nature
  • Create:  discover your inner artist through fun and creative projects
  • Connect:  find new ways to connect with friends and family, and volunteer to help others

This new program allows children and teens to combine reading and learning, and gives those with different learning styles the chance to read, learn, and share!

Here's how to get started:
Picking up a badge book
  • Sign up at MCPL's online Summer Read & Learn webpage.  Parents first enter their contact information, and then sign up each child.  Teens (13 and up) can sign up themselves.
  • Stop by Olney to pick up a Badge Booklet and free baseball ticket voucher.
  • Start reading and learning!  Children and teens need only complete 4 activities under each track to earn a badge.  Record all activities at MCPL's Summer Read & Learn webpage.
  • For each completed track, children and teens can collect a badge (for the Create track, they also receive a free book voucher). When all 4 tracks are finished, they earn a prize!  For more details, go to the Summer Read & Learn webpage or ask at the Information Desk.

Olney will be hosting special summer programs featuring science, music, animals, and much more. Check out our Calendar of Events, or stop by to pick up a flyer.

Olney Chapter of the Friends of the Library will be selling t-shirts before and after select programs. Supplies are limited.

See you this summer!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Absolutely, Unequivocally, Embarrassingly, True Confessions of Olney Staff’s Pets


1. I stole Mom’s barbeque chicken wings from the bed when she went to the bathroom.  So yeah, I had the chicken wings for dinner and Mom had celery with ranch dressing.  –Sassy the dog


2. I love gardening with Mom.  In particular, I like to dig holes in various spots in the garden.  Seems to stress Mom out, but I think it adds interest.  –Fred the Dachshund

3. I am a collector.  I maintain my collection under the bed in the guest bedroom.  I like to keep it secret.  Through circumstances I still cannot determine, a viewing of my collection was held by my family.  My socks, pencils, chapsticks, flipflops, and rocks were ooohed and aaahed over.  I was proud.  They were perplexed.  And for reasons I still cannot determine, my collection was confiscated.  I have every intention of starting a new one.  –Chrissie the Basset Hound

4. I love pizza night!  I know when it’s pizza night.  I know the hum of the delivery man’s car, I know the aroma, I know how Mom exchanges green paper for the cardboard box.  I know the pizza man isn’t too bright.  Who exchanges a pizza for green paper?!  Anyhoo, I appreciate Mom ordering extra large to make sure I have my fill of that yummy crust!  –Sunny the Australian Shepherd

5. I’m always hearing about some so-called “Napoleon Complex.”  Something about those of us of short stature being overly aggressive and domineering to compensate.  What brouhaha.  I’m KING and I know it.  Sometimes I have to give a little warning snap, so people don’t get confused about who is in charge (me).  It’s all good. Just don’t cross me.  –Brownie the Chihuahua

6. We hate it when Dad has the nerve to wash his barn coat.  Smells so strange and un-goat like.  Smells something like “mountain breeze.”  EEECCHHH!   What’s a goat to do, but knock Dad down and rub on him until that awful smell has been replaced by good old traditional, classic goat smell.  –Jake and Buster the Goats

Jake and Buster

Despite all of the confessions and indiscretions, the Olney Library Staff members love their pets.  May is National Pet Month.  Olney Library wants to encourage you to come and attend our wonderfully informative and fun pet-centered programs.  A Montgomery County Humane Society volunteer will be with us on May 14 at 1:00 pm to answer all pet questions during “What Owning a Pet Is All About.”  Every Thursday, elementary age children benefit from our “Read To a Dog” program.  And on August 11, 2016, we’ll be welcoming Mario and Bella – two amazing Jack Russell Terriers – who will be performing “Amazing Dog Tricks,” a great family program.

–Carol R.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Towering Achievement

Greg and Luke's winning tower! (with brother Nathan)

Olney's first annual Cup Tower Challenge was an overwhelming success! More than 30 kids and adults took up the challenge to build the tallest tower within 30 minutes—using only plastic cups. They worked in teams and used their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to build soaring creations. Check out all the photos at this link.

A young boy and two girls stand beside a tower made of red plastic cups. The youngest girl wears a cup on her head as a pretend hat.
Forbes, Adaora and Goldie's pyramid structure. Nice hat!

There were rectangular, circular, and pyramid-shaped constructions that reached more than 7 feet high!  The winning tower was a creative combination of pyramid and spire, built by Greg (age 14) and Luke (age 9). For the 10-minute "speed round," Melanie and dad George's circular tower edged out other designs to take home the winning prize!

A great time was had by all. Look out for our next Cup Tower Challenge this summer!

Melandie and dad George stand proudly beside a cyndrical tower made of red plastic cups.
Melanie and dad George conquered the speed round with a cylindrical tower.

Youngsters Hina and Farah add the last few red plastic cups to their tower.
Hina and Farah work on their towering creation.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Always Something New at the Library (on our shelves....)

Where can I find a copy of a current best seller, when ALL catalog copies are checked out and there’s a long “holds” list for the book?

By visiting Olney Library’s “New Books” section! Among the new books are books with red labels. These are special copies of popular titles that are not listed in the catalog. If you see a red label book on the shelf, it’s yours to check out. To make them available for as many customers as possible, these red label books are limited to a 3-week checkout period (with no renewals), and holds may not be placed on them.

Example of a red label book

You will also find blue dot books in the New Books section. Holds may be placed on these books. These may be checked out for three weeks, and renewed up to three times, as long as there are no holds on the title.

Blue dot books, along with red label books

There’s a New Books area in every MCPL branch. At Olney Library, the New Books are shelved just past the Checkout Desk. Like other sections, New Books are organized by Fiction (shelved by author’s last name); Non-Fiction (Dewey decimal call number); and Biographies/Memoirs (subject’s last name).

Volunteer Stefani in front of the New Books section

Please stop by regularly to check out recently-returned best sellers, such as

·       John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer

·       Sue Grafton’s X

·       Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train

·       Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale

·       Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

·       Daniel James Brown’s Boys in the Boat

·       and many more

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 240-773-9545 or stop by the Information Desk. Happy Reading!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Best Gift Ever Writing Contest ... Levi Shares His Story

Thank you to all the young writers and artists who contributed to the Olney Library Holiday Writing Contest. Congratulations to Levi Leder, age 9, who contributed the winning story, below. Levi is a student at St. John's Episcopal School in Olney.

The Best Present I Ever Received Was...
by Levi Leder
The best present I ever received was something I had been asking my parents for, praying to God for, and even wishing every birthday for for at least five years.  Finally, I got it.  It came just in time for Christmas, and it arrived wrapped in a soft, pink blanket. 
          "A baby sister just for me!" I happily squealed when my parents brought her home for the first time.  "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Levi holds his baby sister
          My sister was very tiny.  Her head was about the size of a grapefruit, her eyes were blue (unlike mine), her fingers were smaller than French fries, and her feet felt like squishy marshmallows.  She had very little hair on her head, and her eyebrows seemed practically invisible on her face.  I wasn't sure if that's how all new babies generally looked, but it didn't really matter to me. She was pretty darn cute (like me) and definitely more interesting and entertaining to watch than any show on television! 
          True, I did receive a very cool Star Wars robot and an awesome remote control laser tank, as well, for Christmas.  While I still really enjoy playing with these new toys, I know I'll eventually grow tired of them.  I'll never get bored of my baby sister, though.  In fact, every day since she came home, I've noticed something new and different about her.  She never fails to amaze me at how fast she's growing and changing.  I'm sure one of these days when I'm looking at her to see what's different, she'll surprise me by blurting out her very first words, "Hello Levi!"
          Before my baby sister arrived, I was the youngest.  I've always looked up to my older brother and sister, and I still ask them for help with my homework.  Now, finally, I'm not the youngest, and I'll have someone looking up to me for a change and asking me for help with her homework.

          This Christmas was the best one yet, and I must say, I'm a pretty lucky and happy older brother!