Here's something you should know about. The Olathe Public Library is excited to now offer access to BookFlix through our website. BookFlix is a fun literacy resource that pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction ebooks. The books are geared to K - 3rd graders. BookFlix features more than 110 book pairs related to nine different themes. For instance, you can watch an animated video based on the easy reader Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold and then read the easy nonfiction book It's a Good Thing There Are Insects by Allan Fowler all online. There is no special software or login required. You will find many classic picture books as well as newer titles. You can access BookFlix through the Good Books page of our website and on our Cool Sites for Kids web page under "Books & Magazine." We hope you will take some time to explore this exciting new resource, just another one of the many cool things available through the Olathe Public LIbrary!
And for more online reading fun, don't forget the library also offers access to TumbleBooks!
Read to a Dog on January 3 at Olathe Indian Creek Library has been cancelled. Our volunteers are not able to bring their dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.
The Pajama Storytime on December 30 has been cancelled. The Olathe Indian Creek Library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m. due to techincal problems. We apologize for any inconvience.
Everyone knows that the Three Little Pigs built their houses out of 1) straw, 2) sticks and 3) bricks, right? Well, if you come
see the gingerbread houses on display at the Olathe Downtown Library, you may discover they built their houses out of
1) shredded wheat, 2) pretzels and 3) Hot Tamales candy! Children's librarian Rosemary Kasten and her sister have created a wonderful gingerbread house scene featuring the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. (Although the fate of the that first little pig is open to debate.) Be sure to check it out in the display case next time you are in the library. Maybe you'll get inspired to check out a book and build a gingerbread house of your own.
Our fall storytime session has ended, but your family still has one more opportunity to attend a library storytime before the end of the year. We will be offering a special Pajama Storytime at both Olathe libraries in December. Put on your jammies, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to some special bedtime stories! Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but the whole family is welcome. Program will last about 30 minutes. No registration.
Here are the times and locations:
Monday, December 15
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown
Tuesday, December 30
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek
For information about our winter-spring storytimes starting in late January, visit our Programs web page.
Once again the Children's Services staff at the Olathe Downtown and Olathe Indian Creek libraries have selected some of their favorite children's books from the past year, as well as some old favorites. Our Staff Picks list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles. As you are doing your holiday shopping, we hope you might consider the gift of books for those special children on your shopping list. Perhaps our list will give you some possible ideas. 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.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Homeschool Art Reception on November 11. It was an enjoyable evening of viewing some original art and visiting with friends. The Homeschool Art Show display will remain up at the Olathe Downtown Llibrary through the end of November. Check it out the next time you are in the library.
Attention homeschoolers! Don't forget that Sunday, October 26 is the final day to submit artwork for our Homeschool Art Show. Homeschoolers ages 6 to 18 (grades 1st - 12th) are invited to submit one piece of 2-D art to display. All pieces must be delivered to the Olathe Downtown Library by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26. Be sure to bring your completed Artist Information Form along with your artwork. We plan to put the artwork on display November 1 - 30 at the Olathe Downtown Library. Click the links below for more information. If you have further questions, call the library at (913) 971-6874,
The Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park) will not open on Friday, October 31 until 1:00 p.m. We will be moving furniture in the library that morning and will remain closed until 1:00 p.m.. Please plan accordingly. The Olathe Indian Creek Library will not be affected and will be open its regular hours.
You may begin to notice some new terminology on our website and around the library regarding our library locations. When there was only one Olathe library located at 201 E. Park, the building was simply known as the Olathe Public Library. Then when the Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob Road was built in 2000, things became a little more complicated. Some referred to the downtown library as the Main Library; others still called it the Olathe Public Library. It's always been a little bit confusing.
As both libraries have grown and flourished, it seemed some new terminology was needed. The downtown location at 201 E. Park will now be called the Olathe Downtown Library, and the library at 12990 S. Black Bob Road will be called the Olathe Indian Creek Library. Hopefully, these new designations will clear up any confusion and better represent both libraries.
The new names also emphasize that our two libraries are city libraries and not part of the Johnson County Library system. Many of our regular patrons don't even realize this. We certainly collaborate with the Johnson County Library system in many ways. We share our online catalog. Olathe cardholders can place holds on Johnson County Library items and vice versa. You can return Olathe library books at either Olathe library or at any of the Johnson County Library locations. Your Olathe library card can be used at any Johnson County library and vice versa. These are just a few examples of the close relationship shared between our two library systems. But the Olathe Public Library has always been proud to be a city library with a long, rich history. (The Olathe Public Library was established in 1909 while the first Johnson County Library location opened in 1953.)
Please keep in mind this name transition will be an on-going process as we update library materials, online resources, signage, etc. If you ever have any questions, please ask. Remember, even though our location names have changed a bit, we will still strive to be the best library we can be. We are here to help you. As Shakespeare once wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
201 E. Park
Switchboard (913) 971-6850
Olathe Indian Creek
12990 S. Black Bob Rd.
Switchboard (9130 971-6835