LEGO Design Contest Winners

The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest was a great success!  Thanks to everyone who entered and built some wonderful original creations.  Without you, there would be no contest.  The judges from KC Brick Lab had a difficult task in choosing just three winners from each age category.  After much deliberation, these were the lucky winners.

K - 2nd Grade

1st Place - Mahi Banchal

"My Best Friends"

2nd Place - David Miller

"Roller Coaster"

3rd Place - Jesse Loper

"My Living Room"

Honoorable Mention - Krishiv Kothari


3rd - 5th Grade

1st Place - Elijah Cobb

"Crystal Crusher"

2nd Place - Jackson Ham

"Grumpy Cat Face"

3rd Place - Hayden Krapes

"Air Destroyer"

Honoorable Mention - Balak Banchal, Ayden Woolcott, Katie Mulloy, Levi Cobb, Shawn Major


6th - 8th Grade

1st Place - Philip Kolb

"Town House"

2nd Place - Lukas Guensche


3rd Place - Tony Faulkner



9th - 12th Grade

1st Place - Nathan Kolb

"Vector 7 Space Station"

2nd Place - Gabriel Reid

"Animal Cell"

3rd Place - Ben Whitney

"Springtime in the Park"

Honoorable Mention - Alex DeHaan



1st Place - Cheryl DeHaan

"Lenticular Peace"

2nd Place - Rob Wonnell

"Kansas Seal"

3rd Place - Newlyn Walkup

"Next Gen X-Wing"

The public also got to cast their votes for Best of Show favorites from among the Chldren's, Teen, and Adult entries.  Here are the winners of those awards.

Best of Show

Chidren's category

David Miller  "Roller Coaster"

Teen category

Philip Kolb  "Town House"

Adult category

Cheryl DeHaan  "Lenticular Peace"

Thanks again to our judges from KC Brick Lab LEGO User Group.  Thanks to Powell Gardens for providing prizes and coupons to their Sean Kenney LEGO Exhibit this summer.  Thanks to Indian Creek Community Church for providing us with a great space to hold our contest.  And a big thanks to everyone who came out to support these creative LEGO enthusiasts.  We hope to see everyone again next year!

LEGO Design Contest

The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest is quickly approaching!  If you haven't yet registered, we still have a few spots left,  But don't delay!  You build your own original design at home with your own bricks and bring it to the contest.

The contest will be on Saturday, April 11 at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Rd.).  The contest is held off-site so we have more space for more contestants.  There are categories for kids in K - 5th grade and for teens in 6th - 12th grades, and this year for the first time, we also have a category for adults.  You can download all the rules and the full schedule HERE.  You may register online through our Events page; call the library at (913) 971-6874; or register in person at either Olathe library.  And even if you don't enter the contest, it's always fun to come and see what these creative LEGO enthusiasts come up with.  Everyone is welcome.


Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on March 21 at the Downtown Library has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Spring Break Fun

What wonderful weather we have been having!  And just in time for Spring Break.  If you are looking for some fun things to do during Spring Break, we hope you'll visit the Olathe Public Library.  We have a number of special programs and activities going on.
SATURDAY STORYTIME - Families welcome, stories geared to 3 - 5 year olds
Saturday, March 14
1:30 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
DUPLO® DROP-IN - Families welcome
Saturday, March 14
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
Monday, March 16
1:30 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
1:30 p.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek Library
Monday, March 16
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. @ Olathe Inidan Creek Library
Tuesday, March 17
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek Library
EVENING LEGO® CLUB - K - 5th graders   *Registration required
Tuesday, March 17
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
Wednesday, March 18
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown Library
And, of course, there are lots of great books, movies, and video games to check out at the library!  Be sure to make the Olathe Public Library one of your Spring Break destinations.
Don't forget, there will be NO Rhyme Time, Toddler Time, or On My Own Storytime sessions during Spring Break.  We will resume our regular schedule the week of March 23.

Read to a Dog on March 7

If you've been waiting to Read to a Dog, come to the Olathe Indian Creek Library this Saturday, March 7 between 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  We've had some difficulties in recent months arranging for volunteers and their dogs to come to our Read to a Dog programs, but this Saturday we are good to go!  Yea!  We have two dogs lined up to come listen to some good books.  Check in at the Children's Services Desk when you arrive.  Our trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate this program!

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on February 21 at Olathe Downtown Library has been cancelled.  Pets for Life, Inc., the organization that provides our trained therapy dogs, has been having difficulty supplying us with volunteers.  They are working to resolve this issue.  In the meantime, we recommend calling the library before coming to any Read to a Dog programs this spring to confirm that we actually have dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.

Olathe School District Art Display 2015

It's that time of year when the Children's Department at the Olathe Downtown Library is adorned with artwork created by elementary students from the Olathe School District.  There are paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, ceramics, and more.  The art display is scheduled to be up February 17 - March 26.  Next time you are at the library, take some time to enjoy the work of these creative young artists.  Let's support the arts in our schools!




Cool Sites for Kids

Do you know about our Cool Sites for Kids web page?  There you can find a list of suggested websites just for kids.  We have selected and arranged these websites by category to help you find what you're looking for.  

Here are a couple of the latest additions: - This is a website for kids to find out more about computer science and learn some basic coding.  If you are interested in computers and programming, check out this site.

DK (Eyewitness) Find Out! - If you are a fan of the popular Eyewitness books, you will like this website developed by DK Publishing.  It is a fun place to see, learn, and explore almost everything.

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on February 7 at Olathe Indian Creek has been cancelled.  Our volunteers are unable to bring their dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.

2015 Award Winners

This time of year seems to be awards season—Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards, etc.  In the world of children's literature it's all about the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal, two of the highest honors for authors and illustrators of children's book.  The Newbery is awarded to the author of the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.  The Caldecott is awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the previous year.

On Feburary 2 the winners of these two distinguished awards were announced for 2015.  

NEWBERY WINNER                              

The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander


El Deafo
by Cece Bell

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
illustrated & written by Dan Santat


Nana in the City
illustrated & written by Lauren Castillo

The Noisy Paint Box
illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Viva Frida
illustrated & written by Yuyi Morales

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
 by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

This One Summer
illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

Congratulations to all the winners who create such wonderful books for us to read!  It's hard not to feel like we, the readers, are the real winners.

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