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.


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!

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.


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.


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