Vote for Books! Winners

Thanks to everyone who voted in our Vote for Books! election!  The ballots have been counted and the winners are:  President Cat in the Hat & Vice President Thea Stilton.

Public libraries across the Kansas City metro area participated in the Vote for Books! campaign, including Olathe Public Library, Johnson County Library, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, KS Public Library, and Mid-Continent Public Library systems.  3359 children cast their votes.  The team of Cat in the Hat and Thea Stilton won not only the metro-wide vote, but they also won here locally at the Olathe Public Library.  Apparently, the voters had a clear favorite.  Congratulations to this cat and mouse team who show us that "Together We're Better!" despite our differences.


Knock Knock

Everybody knows today is Halloween, but did you know it's also National Knock Knock Joke Day?  

Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Rita who?
Rita lot of good books!
Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Winnie who?
Winnie you going to bring back those overdue books?

Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Dishes who?
Dishes your favorite librarian.

Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Canoe who?
Canoe help me find a good book to read?
Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Noah who?
Noah good place to hang out?
Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Snow who?
Snow better place to hang out than the library!


Star Wars Evening at the Library

Attention all Star Wars fans!  You are invited to A Star Wars Evening at the Library on Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Just drop by anytime during that time and play some Star Wars games, make a craft, collect some Star Wars swag, enter our prize drawing, and have some fun!  We hope to have some costumed visitors from the 501st Legion!  And you are encouraged to come in costume too!  We hope to see you in the Children's Department on Thursday night.  May the force be with you.


Let's Celebrate the Day of the Dead - CANCELLED

The Let's Celebrate the Day of the Dead program on Thursday, October 20 has been CANCELLED.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Vote for Books! 2016

Election Day is quickly approaching, and at the Olathe Public LIbrary we're holding a special election of our own.  Kids in 5th grade and younger can come to the Downtown Library or Indian Creek Library anytime through November 8 and vote for their favorite book characters.  There are five President & Vice President pairs to choose from.  Here are the candidates:

  • Nancy Drew & Fly Guy
  • The Cat in the Hat & Thea Stilton
  • Big Nate & El Deafo
  • Princess in Black & Dyamonde Daniel
  • Zita the Spacegirl & Captain Underpants

There are six Kansas City area library systems, including Olathe Public Library, participating in this Vote for Books election.  The votes will be tallied metro-wide, and the winners will be announced on November 15.  So stop by the library and cast your vote!  You may also vote online at  One vote per child please.


Fairy Tale Fun

Friday, September 30 is a no-school day for Olathe schools.  Yippee!  Why not drop by the Downtown Library between 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. for some "Fairy Tale Fun"?  Kids of all ages are welcome to join us for some fun and games in a fairy tale land.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.  Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Costumes are encouraged!


R.E.A.D. to a Dog - CANCELLED

R.E.A.D. to a Dog scheduled for Saturday, October 1 at Indian Creek Library has been cancelled due to a lack of dog volunteers.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Roald Dahl Day!

Today is the 100th birthday of one of our favorite children's authors—Roald Dahl!  Roald Dahl is the author of such children's classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, just to name a few.  Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Wales and died on November 23, 1990 in Oxford, England.  Today would have been his 100th birthday, and his books are as popular as ever. Why not celebrate by reading one of his wonderful books or watching one of the many movies inspired by his books?  Roald Dahl is truly one of children's literature's most beloved authors, and we celebrate his life and work.


Fall Storytime

Fall storytimes at the Olathe Public Library start up on September 12 and run through November 17.  The library offers storytime sessions for a variety of ages at both library locations.  Below is the breakdown of sessions for different age groups.  Click the links to find the complete schedule of times and locations.

Rhyme Time - For newborn to 24 month olds with adult

Toddler Time - For 2 to 3 year olds with adult

On My Own Storytime - For 3 to 5 year olds (children expected to attend by themselves)

Family Storytime - For ages 5 and younger and their families

No registration is required, but space may be limited.  Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before all storytimes (except the Family Storytime) on a first come, first served basis.  For more information, visit our Programs page or call (913) 971-6874.


Grand Opening of Indian Creek Library Temporary Location

After being closed for nearly half a year due to flooding the Indian Creek Library will soon re-open at a temporary location at the Santa Fe Square Shopping Center at 13511 S. Mur-Len, Suite 129.  The grand opening will be on Friday, September 2. Drop by anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. to check out the new space.  There will be festivities throughout the day.  Below is the schedule of events:

9:30am:  Family Storytime (Tickets handed out 15 mins before)
10:15am:  Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Michael Copeland
10:30am:  Preschool Dance Party (Tickets handed out 30 mins before)
11:30am - 1:00pm:  Preschool Craft 
1:30pm - 3:00pm:  Family Photo Op Fun
4:00pm - 7:00pm:  Teen Green Screen Selfies, Teen Gaming & Children’s Collaborative Coloring Project
6:30pm - 7:30pm:  Rock and Read: Irish Music & Writings with Larry Kirwan
All Day Fun!  Prize Drawings, Self-Guided Tours & Refreshments

We are excited to once again be able to offer services on the east side of Olathe while the old HyVee building at Santa Fe & Brougham is being renovated as the new permanent location for the Indian Creek Library.  This could take a couple of years, but in the meantime we're pleased to serve you at the new temporary location.  And as always, the Downtown Library will continue to serve patrons as usual.  We have appreciated your patience and support during this time of transition.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


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