Storytime Registration

Storytime registration for the winter/spring sessions has begun.  The library offers preschool storytimes for 3, 4 and 5 year olds and Time for Two storytimes for 2 year olds with an adult.  You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.

We also offer a Family Storytime on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch and Rhyme Time programs for 12 - 24 month olds with an adult at both libraries.  These programs do not require registration.  Visit our Programs web page for times, locations, and more information about storytimes and other programs.  You may also pick up a printed booklet of all our winter/spring programming at the library.  If you have questions, give us a call.

Happy Holidays

The Children's staff at both libraries would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season.  Stay warm and enjoy your time with friends and family.  If you are looking for something fun to do while school is out, here are a few free opportunities at the library.

Bedtime Stories for a Winter's Night
     Tuesday, December 28 - 7:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch

Bundle up in your jammies and bring the family to the library to listen to some bedtime stories.  Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but everyone is welcome.  Stuffed animal friends are welcome too!

Free Family Movie - How to Train Your Dragon
     Monday, January 3 - 2:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Enjoy a free movie at the library!  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Seating will be on the floor so feel free to bring a pillow or blanket.  How to Train Your Dragon is rated PG with a running time of 98 minutes.

Family Chess Night
     Monday, January 3 - 6:30—8:00 p.m. @ the Main Library

Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Night.  Boards and equipment will be provided.  All ages and playing levels are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Family Movie - Despicable Me
     Tuesday, January 4 - 2:00 p.m. @ the Main Library

Enjoy a free movie at the library!  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Seating will be on the floor so feel free to bring a pillow or blanket.  Despicable Me is rated PG with a running time of 95 minutes.

Of course, there are always tons of great books and movies waiting to be checked out.  It may be cold outside, but you can always curl up with a good book or movie.  So come see us during your winter break.

PLEASE NOTE:  Both libraries will be closed December 24, 25 and 26 and January 1.

Holiday Staff Picks 2010

The Children's staff at the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch have once again compiled a list of some of our favorite books from the past year---with maybe a few old favorites thrown in for good measure.  If you are looking for a special book to give that special child on your holiday shopping list, we suggest you consider some of our staff picks.  We've tried to select a wide variety of books for all different age levels:  picture books, chapter books, easy readers, nonfiction, comics, and more.  You're sure to find just the right book for your holiday giving.

All of the books on our Holiday Staff Picks list will be on display at both Olathe libraries through the end of the year.  The books on display cannot be checked out, but we're always happy to request any titles for you.  Click here to see the list.  Copies of the list may also be picked up at the Children's Deparment. 

Trains at the Library

More than 180 people enjoyed the train display at the Main Library this past weekend.  Thanks to Louis Seibel for sharing his love of model railroads with us.  It's always fun when the trains come to the library.

All Aboard!

Attention train lovers!  Model railroads are coming to the library!  This weekend the Storytime Room at the Main Library will be filled with operating model trains.  Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about the display and model railroading.  Everyone is welcome.  Free!

Come see the trains during the times listed below:

Thursday, December 2    •    6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 4    •    12::00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5    •    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

updownandaroundKansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual statewide, preschool reading initiative. This year during the week of November 15-19, children all across the state of Kansas will be hearing the book Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres. This fun picture book is a rollicking celebration of planting a garden and watching it grow. Library staff from the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch will be reading this book to preschoolers at daycares and preschools throughout the city of Olathe. Miss Carlotta will also be reading the book at our library storytimes that week. It's a great way to promote the importance of reading to the preschool-aged children of our state.



Wimpy Kid #5

uglytruthIf you are a fan of the "Wimpy Kid" books and have been anxiously anticipating the next title in this series, your wait is almost over. The fifth book entitled The Ugly Truth will be released next week.  (It's purple!)  In this new book the hilarious pressures of life in middle school test Greg Hefflly's friendship with his best pal Rowley.  There is already a waiting list for this book, but you can get your name on the list by placing a hold in our web catalog or by calling the library.





Dogs, Dogs & More Dogs

mathafriendIf you love dogs and you love books, then you're in luck!  Children's books are full of dogs. There's Kipper and Spot and Angus and Carl.  There's Clifford the Big Red Dog and Harry the Dirty Dog. There's Biscuit and Mudge. There's Skippyjon Jones (oh wait, that's a cat who thinks he's a dog). There's Ribsy and Old Yeller. There's even Walter the Farting Dog. The list goes on and on. Two of my favorites are Martha the talking dog from the picture books by Susan Meddaugh and Winn-Dixie from Because of Winn-Dixie. Do you have a favorite literary canine?  Leave us a comment and tell us who your favorite "book dog" is. 

Charlotte's Web Original Artwork

charlotteswebcoverAnyone who has ever read Charlotte's Web will be very familiar with Garth Williams's wonderful illustrations in that book. Who can think of Wilbur or Charlotte or Fern without picturing the artist's pen and ink drawings?  The late Mr. Williams also illustrated such children's classics as Stuart Little, The Cricket in Times Square, and all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books.  This month the family of Mr. Williams put 42 of his original drawings up for sale at an art auction. The original illustration for the cover of Charlotte's Web sold for $155,530!  That's sure a lot of money, but for fans of E.B. White's classic story, the illustrations will always be priceless. charlotteswebcoveroriginal

Calling All Max & Ruby Fans!

maxrubyDo you have a presechooler between the ages of 3 - 5 who loves Max & Ruby? Then bring them to the library for a Max & Ruby party. There will be stories and lots of fun activities. Registration is required and begins on Monday, October 18. Parents should plan to attend with their children.  The program will last 30 - 45 minutes. Here are the dates and times for "Let's Party with Max & Ruby!"

Monday, November 1 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Tuesday, November 2 - 1:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch

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