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

Tuesday, 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!


 

Staff Picks 2016

Each year the Olathe Public Library's Children's Services staff compiles a list of some of our favorite children's books from the past year, along with some old favorites.  Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, graphic novels, and nonfiction titles — something for everyone.  In this season of gift-giving, we hope you might find some gift ideas for the children on your holiday shopping list.  Or perhaps you'll find a good book to read together as a family.  The holidays are a great time to share a book together.

If you would like to browse the titles on our Staff Picks list, click here to download a copy. Printed copies of the list are also available at both libraries.  Copies of the books on our Staff Picks list will be on display for perusal throughout the month of December at the Downtown Library.  The books on display may not be checked out, but we are always happy to request titles for you if none are available.

We hope you will give the gift of reading this holiday season, and be sure to make time in your busy schedule to visit the library.  Happy holidays!


 

LEGO Minecraft Program

Attention all LEGO and Minecraft fans!  Have we got a program for you!  KC Brick Lab is bringing LEGO Minecraft to the Downtown Library this weekend.  There will be special creations built by KC Brick Lab members on display and bricks for free building.  This is an all ages drop-in program for kids, teens, and adults.  All are welcome.  No registration.  Come and go as you pleae.  Don't miss this FUN event!

KC BRICK LAB FUN BUILD:
A LEGO Minecraft Build-and-Play Event
Saturday, December 3
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Olathe Downtown Library

201 E. Park, Olathe, KS  66061


 

Happy Thanksgiving

Both Olathe public libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.  We will re-open our regular hours on Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!  We are thankful for you, our faithful library patrons.


 

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