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!




Kansas Day

Happy Kansas Day!  Today is the 155th birthday of the Sunflower State.  Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1961.

Here are a few famous people who were born in Kansas:

Amelia Earhart - pilot

Vivian Vance - actress, Ethel on I Love Lucy

Buster Keaton - silent film star

Charlie Parker - jazz musician

Gayle Sayers - football player

Bob Dole - U.S. Senator, Presidential candidate

Gwendolyn Brooks - poet

Martina McBride - country singer

Melissa Etheridge - rock singer

William Inge - playwright

Gordon Parks - author, photographer, filmmaker

Jonelle Monáe - R & B singer


Book Love


2016 Book Awards

Today was a big day in the world of children's literature.  The winners of the 2016 Newbery and Caldecott Medals, along with other awards, were announced.  Below is a list of winners and honor books.  One interesting thing about this year's announcements was that the winner of the Newbery Medal was also a Caldecott honor book as well as a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award honor book.  I'd say that would make it the most awarded book of this year.  Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators whose wonderful books were recognized!



Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña

Honor Books

The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson

by Pam Muñoz Ryan



Finding Winnie
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
written by Lindsay Mattick


Honor Books

Trombone Shorty
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy Andrews

illustrated & written by Kevin Henkes

Voice of Freedom
illustrated by Ekua Holmes
written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Last Stop on Market Street
illustrated by Christian Robinson
written by Matt de la Peña



Gone Crazy in Alabama
by Rita Williams-Garcia


Honor Books

All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz
with Kekla Magoon



Trombone Shorty
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy Andrews


Honor Books

The Book Itch
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Last Stop on Market Street
illustrated by Christian Robinson
written by Matt de la Peña


For a more complete list of other award winners, CLICK HERE.


All Aboard!

Do you or someone you know love trains?  Then you should come see the model railroad display at the Downtown Library beginning on Thursday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon.  Model railroads will be chugging along their tracks in the Storytime Room.  Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about model railroading and the trains on display. Everyone is welcome!  Just stop by the library during any of the times listed below.

Thursday, January 7 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, January 8 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 10 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Happy New Year

All of us here at the Olathe Public Library would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  We hope 2016 will be a great year filled with good books and many visits to the library.  We have lots of exciting things planned and look forward to serving you in the year ahead.

Don't forget, both Olathe libraries will be closing early at 3:00 p.m. on December 31 and will be closed all day on January 1.  Both libraries will re-open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 2.  Also, starting on Monday, January 4 the Indian Creek Library will be opening an hour earlier at 9:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday.  This means both the Downtown Library and Indian Creek Library will have the same operating hours.  Here are our hours beginning in 2016:

Monday - Thursday  9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday  9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday   1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.


Some Sad News

If you are a fan of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, you'll be sad to learn that the next book in the series—to be released in May 2016—will be the very last one.  Let's all pause for a moment of silence...

OK, enough silence.  In an October interview with Time for Kids magazine, Mo Willems stated:  

"Next summer the very final Elephant and PIggie book will be published. It's called The Thank You Book and I wrote it for you to thank you for reading my stories."  

That sounds like a fitting way to say goodbye to best friends Gerald and Piggie.  Fortunately for us, all the Elephant and Piggie books will be around for a long time to come.

In the meantime you can enjoy the latest Elephant and Piggie installment, I Really Like Slop!  You can also watch Mo Willems cook up a big pot of slop in the video below.  Mmm mmm good!


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