As the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers disappear, the holiday season is in full swing. If you are looking for a special gift for a young person on your shopping list, we'd like to recommend some good books for you to consider. Each year the Children's Services staff at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch compile a list of some of our favorite books from the past year along with some old favorites. Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles. Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library. Both libraries also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse. However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year. We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you. We hope you'll take time during the busy holiday season to read together as a family. Give the gift of reading.
Do you like to draw? Do you like to play Charades? Then you'll love playing Pictionary! 3rd - 5th graders are invited to come play Pictionary at the Main Library on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:30 a.m. Afterwards we'll have some pizza! What more could you ask for? Registration is required. Call (913) 971-6874 or register online. Program will last about an hour.
Hey Wimpy Kid fans! The eighth book in Jeff Kinney's popular series comes out today! The title is Hard Luck, and the cover is chartreuse (yellowish green). Greg Heffley is on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
We currently have two Hot Pick copies on our shelves, but those are sure to be snatched up quickly. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, you can place a hold through our web catalog or you can give the library a call. All we'll need is your library card number.
The fall session of TIme for Two at the Indian Creek Branch begins on Friday, October 25. This is a special storytime for two-year-olds and their caring adults. We still have openings in our 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. sessions. The fall session runs for five weeks. Click here for more information and the complete schedule. Registration is required. You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.
This month the Friends of the Olathe Public Library are sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Families are invited to decorate a pumpkin as a favorite children's book character. Paint it, dress it, accessorize it, but NO CARVING! Click here for the rules. One entry per family. Registration is required. You may register online for either the Main Library contest or the Indian Creek Branch contest. The deadline to register is October 13. Deliver your pumpkins to the library on October 19 or 20.
The pumpkins will be on display at the libraries from October 20 - 28. The pumpkins will be judged on October 27 by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library. The winners will be announced on October 28. First prize will be a one year family pass to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm (a $50 value). Second prize will be a $25 gift card to AMC Theaters. All entrants will receive a Friends membership and a Friends book bag. The contest is in celebration of National Friends of the Library Week.
So get registered and get decorating! We hope to see a lot of creative pumpkins in our contest. To get inspired stop by the Main Library to see the Olivia and Pete the Cat pumpkins, or visit the Indian Creek Branch and see the Elephant and Piggie pumpkins.
Attention all Star Wars fans! Come to the Main Library in downtown Olathe this Saturday, October 5 and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day! Drop by the library between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and enjoy a variety of Star Wars themed activities. There will be crafts, displays, books, games, and prize drawings! Lucasfilm fan artist Darryl Woods will be here in person between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. No registration required. Everyone is welcome. Costumes are encouraged!! Celebrate literacy and all things Star Wars this Saturday. Don't miss it, and may the force be with you.
It's that time of year when caterpillars come to the Olathe Public Library! Once again in the Children's Deparmtent at both Olathe libraries you will find live caterpillars on display. There are Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, and Polyphemus Moths. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to see if the caterpillars have transformed into chrysalises or even emerged as butterflies! At Main the Polyphemus Moth has already disappeared into its cocoon. This is a great opportunity to view a little miracle of nature up close and personal.
Don't forget! This weekend is our Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Main LIbrary. Bring one of your favorite stuffed animals for a sleepover at the library. You and your stuffed animal will enjoy bedtime stories on Friday, and then your stuffed animal friend will spend the night at the library listening to stories, playing games, and probably staying up very late. Pick them up on Saturday and see some pictures of how the sleepover went. Here is the schedule:
Friday, September 20 - 5:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Listen to bedtime stories and drop off stuffed animals
Saturday, September 21 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Pick up stuffed animals and see pictures of the sleepover
Don't miss out on this fun event. No registration is required. Remember, only the stuffed animals will spend the night at the library.
Below is a video of last year's Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Check it out!
Our very popular monthly LEGO Club programs have started up for the fall season. We offer an afterschool LEGO Club at the Indian Creek Branch on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. We offer an evening LEGO Club at the Main Library on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. We offer a Homeschool LEGO Club at the Indian Creek Branch on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. LEGO Club is for kids in K - 5th grade only. Registration is required for all sessions. In order to allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, we ask that you only sign up for one LEGO Club session per calendar month.
Here is the full schedule:
AFTERSCHOOL LEGO CLUB @ INDIAN CREEK BRANCH
Wednesday, October 9 - 4:30 p.m. *Registration begins, Monday, September 30
Wednesday, November 13 - 4:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, November 4
Wednesday, December 11 - 4:30 p.m. *Registration begins, Monday, December 2
EVENING LEGO CLUB @ MAIN LIBRARY
Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, September 30
Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, November 4
Tuesday, December 17 - 7:00 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, December 2
HOMESCHOOL LEGO CLUB @ INDIAN CREEK BRANCH
Tuesday, October 1 - 1:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, September 23
Tuesday, November 5 - 1:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, October 28
Tuesday, December 3 - 1:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, November 25
As you can see, there are lots of fun brick-building opportunities at the library this fall. Don't miss out on the fun!
Do you love teddy bears? Who doesn't? Did you know September 9 is Teddy Bear Day? It's the perfect day to give your favorite teddy bear a great big hug! Or maybe you would like to read a story about teddy bears. Click here to find a good book about teddy bears.
Also, mark your calendar for our upcoming Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Main Library. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the Main Library on Friday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. You and your stuffed animal can listen to some bedtime stories before you leave your stuffed animal friend to spend the night at the library with the other stuffed animals. You can pick up your stuffed animal on Saturday between noon and 1:00 p.m. and see some pictures of the sleepover. There is no registration. (Remember, only the stuffed animals will be spending the night at the library.) This is always a fun event.