Perfect Pairs

February is the perfect time for Perfect Pairs!  Perfect Pairs are book bundles matching up one fiction book with one nonfiction book.  For instance, you could read the hilarious picture book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and then read about some real cows on a farm in Cows Moo!  You could read the beginning chapter book Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot and then learn about some real robots in the National Geographic Kids' book Robots.  This is a great way to introduce kids to books and genres they might not discover on their own.  The Perfect Pairs display will be up at the Downtown Library throughout the entire month of February.  Stop by and browse the selection.  We are constantly replenishing the display with new book pairs, so you never know what you might find.

          

Another great way to combine fiction and nonfiction is with Bookflix.  Bookflix is an online resource available through the library that pairs videos of classic picture books with nonfiction ebooks.  Watch the story!  Read the book!  It can all be viewed online anytime, and it's FREE!  You can always find a link to Bookflix on our Good Books page.  Check it out!


  

Valentine Factory

Hey kids, are you looking for something fun to do while school is out on Thursday and Friday?  How about coming to the Olathe Public Library's Valentine Factory?  You can create a unique valentine for a special person (or pet) in your life.  All supplies will be provided.  No registration.  Come and go as you please during the times listed below.  And it's FREE!

There are two options for attending the Valentine Factory:

Thursday, February 9
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Library
13511 S. Mur-Len, Suite 129
Olathe, KS  66062

Friday, February 10
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Downtown Library
201 E. Park
Olathe, KS  66061


 

 

Story Stroll

Next time you are at the Downtown Library, take time to check out our Story Stroll!  You can take a leisurely stroll along the sidewalk in front of the library while enjoying the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Even if it's 60 degrees outside, you can still enjoy a classic winter story.


 

2017 Award Winning Books

This morning the Oscar nominees were announced, but yesterday was the real excitement when the winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and other children's book awards were announced.  And the winner is...

Newbery Medal Winner

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

Newbery Honors
Freedom over Me
by Ashley Bryan
The Inquisitor's Tale
by Adam Gidwitz
Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk
Caldecott Medal Winner
Radiant Child
illustrated & written by Javaka Steptoe
Caldecott Honors
Leave Me Alone!
illustrated & written by Vera Brosgol
Freedom in Congo Square
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Du Iz Tak?
Illustrated & written by Carson Ellis
They All Saw a Cat
illustrated & written by Brendan Wenzel

To learn about more children's book award winners, including the Coretta Scott King awards, the Geisel award, the Pura Belpré awards, the Sibert award, and more, click here.  Congratulations to all the winners!  And thank you for enriching our lives with your wonderful books.


 

Winter-Spring Storytime

Our Winter-Spring Storytimes start next week on January 23!  We have lots of options for you this session, from Rhyme Time for the babies to On My Own Storytime for the preschoolers.  Can't make a daytime storytime?  Try Family Storytime on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Days and times can be found on our website:  olathelibrary.org/kidsprograms
or visit our calendar of events:  olathelibrary.org/events.  No registration required.  Tickets will be handed out starting
15 minutes before each daytime storytime begins.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


 

Model Railroad Display - Extended!

The model railroad display at the Downtown Library has been extended through Tuesday, January 17.  .B  elow is the new schedule.  You can come see an operating model railroad, and experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display and model railroading.  

Come and go as you please during the times below.

Thursday, January 12
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. @ Downtown

Friday, January 13
12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Saturday, January 14
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Sunday, January 15
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Monday, January 16
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Sunday, January 17
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown


Last Stop on Market Street

Author Matt de la Peña brings his Newbery award-winning book Last Stop on Market Street to life with a group of students from Quindaro Elementary School aboard a city bus in Kansas City, KS.  Watch this special experience in the video below.


 

Model Railroad Display

Choo choo!  All aboard for the Olathe Public Library!  Model railroads will be on display in the Downtown Library’s Storytime Room from January 12 -15.  You can come see an operating model railroad, and experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display and model railroading.  

Come and go as you please during the times below.

Thursday, January 12
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. @ Downtown

Friday, January 13
12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Saturday, January 14
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Sunday, January 15
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. @ Downtown

 


 

READ to a Dog

How would you like to read to a cuddly dog?  The Indian Creek Library will be offering READ to a Dog programs this winter and spring on the first Saturday of each month from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Programs will run from January through May.  No registration required.  Just check in at the Children's Desk when you arrive for a reading time.  The trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of our earlier printed program booklets listed these programs on Wednesdays, but that has changed.  All READ to a Dog programs will be on Saturdays.  Below is the complete list of dates.

READ TO A DOG

Saturday, January 7
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Saturday, February 4
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Saturday, March 4
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Saturday, April 1
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Saturday, May 6
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek


 

Holiday Closings

Don't forget that both Olathe ilbraries will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25.  We will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1.  You can always return materials at any of the drop-boxes located around the city.  We wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best in the new year!


 

Syndicate content