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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Made in Olney, USA: A National Week of Making at the Library

Life-sized Jenga!
Our Olney branch hosted several activities to kick off the 2016 National Week of Making.

Kids participated in hands-on STEM activities, such as creating "thaumatropes" -- a 19th century toy that merges 2 separate images into one, using string and 2 small disks. They also constructed paper airplanes-- fulfilling one MCPL Summer Read & Learn activity -- and played large-scale Jenga, built from 12-can soda boxes!

A marvelous mandala
Adults had the chance to relax in a spa-like environment and create elaborate drawings from beautiful templates. Librarian Marilyn Smith added a calming fragrance in the air, placed dishes of peppermint candies and flowers around the room, and played soothing jazz music to create a peaceful environment that engaged the senses. Customers focused on their colorful designs and had a moment to de-stress from their busy lives. Many are already asking about the next Adult Coloring session!
These customers worked until closing time

Customers of all ages have been enjoying the 'jigsaw puzzle table' in Olney's main gallery. Some stop by for just a few minutes, others stay an hour or longer to contribute to the growing puzzle. This was a challenging one with 1,000 pieces, but by working together, Olney customers quickly completed the puzzle of New York's Times Square...  join the fun the next time you stop by Olney!  Check out all of our photos here.



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

Sassy


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




Fred



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


Chrissie
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

Sunny
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


Brownie
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.

video


Saturday, March 19, 2016

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

Question:
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?

Answer: 
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!