Free Comic Book Day 2016

Don't forget!  This coming Saturday, May 7, the Olathe Downtown Library will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day.  Children in grades K - 5th can come to the Children's Department and pick out a free comic book to keep!  There will be a selection of titles to choose from on a first come, first served basis.  We'll start giving away comics at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until our supply runs out.  Only one comic per child please.  There will also be free comics available for teens and adults.  We thank Elite Comics in Overland Park for their help in procuring our give-away comics.  And while you are at the library, we hope you'll check out our J Graphic section of comics and graphics novels which are free to check out every day of the year!


William Allen White Award Winners 2016

The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the ballots have been counted.  Here are the winners of the William Allen White Award for 2016.

3rd - 5th Grade Winner

The Boy on the Porch
by Sharon Creech

One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?




6th - 8th Grade Winner

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.






Children's Book Week 2016

Happy Children's Book Week!  May 2 - 8 is Children's Book Week.  Why not celebrate with a visit to the Olathe Pulbic Library? You can always find something good to read here at the library.  CLICK HERE and HERE to see some of our most recently acquired children's books.  Happy reading!


National Library Week 2016

Happy National Library Week!  This year's theme is "Libraries Transform."  Whether it's learning something new in a program, discovering a new favorite author (or a new book by an old favorite), enjoying a library storytime, listening to some live music, or just getting together with friends at the library, we hope you find your hometown library to be a transformative place!

It's been an interesting time for us as the Indian Creek Library remains closed indefinitely.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we've tried to make the best out of an unfortunate situation.  Some of the events happening at the Downtown Library during National Library Week include our Afterschool LEGO Club, Pizza & Pages, a Free Family Movie---Finding Nemo, a Poetry Picnic program, along with our regular storytimes.  To see complete details, check out our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.


LEGO Contest Winnters

Our 6th annual LEGO Design Contest was a lot of fun!  Thanks to all the creative builders who entered the contest, and thanks to all the family and friends who came out to support them.

Our judges from the KC Brick Lab organization were very impressed with all the entries.  It was a tough task, but after careful deliberation they selected three winners from each age category along with a few honorable mentions.  The public also voted on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes.  Congratulations to all the winners!.

K - 2nd Grade

1st Place:  Keith Hutsell

2nd Place:  Owen Trecek

3rd Place:  Om Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ema Bernard, Anika Chitale, Benjamin Cobb, Owen Sime

3rd - 5th Grade

1st Place:  Arjun Chitale

2nd Place:  Jesse Loper

3rd Place:  Krishiv Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ava Bernard, Levi Cobb, Braden Reighard, Jordan Serna

6th - 12th Grade

1st Place:  Michael Wilson

2nd Place:  Katie Mulloy

3rd Place:  Palak Panchal

Best of Show

K - 5th Winner:  Jesse Loper

6th - 12th Winner:  Katie Mulloy

We hope to hold another LEGO Design Contest next year.  We're considering moving it to a fall date, but stay tuned for details.  Until then, we hope to see you at one of the library's LEGO Club programs or other LEGO-related activities.  Keep building!



LEGO Design Contest 2016

We still have openings in the Olathe Public LIbrary's 6th Annual LEGO Design Contest this Saturday, April 2.  Children in grades K - 5th build an original creation with their LEGO bricks at home and bring it to the contest to be judged.  There will be prizes!  The contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road.  CLICK HERE for the complete rules and details.  You MUST be registered to enter the contest.  CLICK HERE to register.  There are also still openings in the Teen categories for 6th - 12th graders.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Program Changes - Updated 3/26/16

As the Indian Creek Library will be closed indefinitely, we've made some more program changes through the end of April May.  Here is a list of Children's programs that were originially scheduled at Indian Creek that have now been MOVED to the Downtown Library.

Rhyme Time
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25 @ 10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25  @ 10:45 a.m.

Family Chess Night
Monday, March 21, April 18 & May 16 @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Preschool Dance Party
Friday, April 1 @ 9:30 a.m.

Homeschool LEGO Club
Tuesday, April 5 @ 1:30 p.m.

Afterschool LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 13  @ 4:30 p.m.

Junior Makers
Wednesday, April 27 @ 4:30 p.m.

Here is a list of Children's programs that have been ADDED to help accommodate our patrons.  All of these programs will be held at the Downtown Library.

Free Family Movie - Inside Out
Wednesday, March 16 @ 10:00 a.m.

Spring Break Cookie Decorating  
(This drop-in program has been extended to two hours.)
Thursday, March 17 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

On My Own Storytime
Thursday, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21 & Apri @ 11:00 a.m.

Preschool Craft  
(This drop-in program has been extended to 90 minutes.)
Friday, May 5 @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

To see a complete list of Children's program, including all cancellations, moves, and additions, please view our EVENTS CALENDAR.  If you have questions, you can always give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Indian Creek Library Closed - Programs Cancelled

The Indian Creek Library will be closed indefinitely due to a water line break and flooding.  People came to work this morning to find over 6 inches of water throughout the building.  : (  The situation is currently being assessed.  At this point we don't know how long it will take until re-opening.  Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the latest updates.

At this time the following Children's programs at Indian Creek have been CANCELLED:

R.E.A.D. to a Dog
Saturday, March 5 @ 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Rhyme Time
Monday, March 7 @ 10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time
Monday, March 7 @ 10:45 a.m.

On My Own Storytime
Tuesday, March 8 @ 10:15 a.m.

Evening Storytime
Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Raising a Reader
Wednesday, March 9 @ 9:30 a.m.

Rhyme Time
Thursday, March 10 @ 10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time
Thursday, March 10 @ 10:45 a.m.

The Afterschool LEGO Club on Wednesday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. has been MOVED to the Downtown Library.  Same day, same time, different location.

For now these are the only changes we are aware of.  We are taking things one step at a time as we deal with this unfortunate event.  If you have questions, you can always call us at (913) 971-6874.


Olathe School District Art Display

The annual exhibit of art by elementary students from the Olathe School District is now on display at the Olathe Downtown Library.  Stop by the Children's Department to see the creative efforts of these young artists. including drawings, prints, collages, ceramics, and more.  But don't wait too long!  The exhibit will be gone after March 24.







Frode at the Library

We had a packed house at the "Who Is Frode?" program on Friday at the Downtown Library.  Writer Carie Beth Russell and artist Emily Stout introduced children and parents to Frode, the imaginary friend created by Carie Beth's daughter.  Carie Beth read a story about Frode while Emily shared illustrations and did some live drawing.  Children helped color some illustrations and shared stories of their own imaginary companions.  What a fun and entertaining program!




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