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.


LEGO Lock-In

On your mark, get set, LEGO!  It was a rip-roarin' good time at this summer's LEGO Lock-In at the Downtown Library.  Kids and parents had lots of fun building all kinds of vehicles out of LEGO bricks and then testing them out for speed and durability on our race ramps.  I think we might have some future automotive engineers among us!

Click the pics below for a closer look at the fun.  And many of the vehicles are currently on display in the Children's Department at the Downtown Library.  But hurry, they won't be around for long!







Return Summer Reading Logs

The Children's Department has started giving out free paperback books when kids return their summer reading logs.  The book giveaway will continue through Friday, August 19.  Just bring your summer reading log into the library, show us what you read this summer, and pick out your free book!  If you attend an Olathe District school, we will also notify your school that you participated in our summer reading program.  So don't delay!  Bring back your reading log by August 19 and get your free book.  We hope you read some great books this summer!




Life-Size Games

It was an afternoon of "Life-Size Games" for 4th & 5th graders at today's library program at Indian Creek Elementary School. Kids played extra large versions of such favorites as Jenga, Chutes and Ladders, and Angry Birds.  It looks like everyone had a lot of fun!  Click the pics below for a closer look.





Yoga for Kids

Yoga instructor Jessica Sexton led children in some basic yoga practice on Thursday afternoon at the Downtown Library. Children learned sun salutation, down dog, tree pose, bridge, and other yoga poses.  By the end everyone was stretched and calm and ready to relax.  Thanks, Miss Jessica, for a great summer program!  And if you'd like to learn more about yoga, check out a book or dvd next time you are at the library.




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