2016 Summer Bookmark Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Bookmark Contest!  The judges had a hard job, but after viewing all the entries, they chose one winner from each grade level.  The winning bookmarks will be distributed at the library beginning Monday,
July 25.

Here are the winning bookmark designers:

           1st Grade Kensley Vardijan
  2nd Grade Tinuviel Harshbarger
  3rd Grade Elizabeth Park
  4th Grade Jameson Mangold
  5th Grade Joshua Stewart

Congratulations to all of the winners!  Great job.


Summer Bookmark Contest

Have you been thinking about entering our summer bookmark contest?  Well, don't delay!  The deadline is quickly approaching. Monday, June 27 is the last day to turn in your bookmark design.  All children going into 1st - 5th grade are invited to create an original bookmark and bring it to the Downtown Library by June 27. Here is the official entry form with all the rules and information:  ENTRY FORM.

Again, the deadline to enter is by the end of the day on Monday, June 27.  A winning bookmark will be chosen from each grade, and prizes will be awarded.  The winners will announced on Monday, July 11.  The winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed at the library beginning Monday, July 25.  So get out those pencils, crayons, markers, etc. and create something fabulous! 




At our Summer Reading Kick Off at Frontier Park kids got to help create a large "spray painting."  The children each picked their favorite color and added their marks to the painting.  It was a fun—and just a little messy—project.


As you can see below, the final result was pretty awesome!  It will be on display all summer at the Downtown Library above the J Feature Film DVDs.  Come check it out!


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.







Butterflies at the Library

It's butterfly season at the Olathe Public Library.  Both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library currently have displays of live caterpillars in the Children's Department.  Many of the caterpillars have built their chrysalises, and several have already emerged as beautiful butterflies.  There are monarch butterflies and black swallowtail butterflies.  Once the butterflies come out, we soon release them into the wild, but if you're lucky, you might get the chance to see them before they fly away.  Next time you are in the library, check out the display and see one of nature's little miracles up close.  

Black Swallowtail Monarch


Free Books!

Yes, that's right!  You can get a FREE book when you return your summer reading folder and show us what you read over the summer.  Be sure to return your reading folder to either Olathe library by August 12 to select your free book!  Remember, you must bring your folder with you.  Please fill out the tab with your name, school and grade, but leave it attached until we see your folder.  And be sure you have logged your reading time and/or book titles inside.  You'd be surprised how many people have returned folders with absolutely nothing marked inside.  Please take the time to fill it out so we can see what you've read, and we always love to hear about your favorite books of the summer.  And if you need any of the missing stickers on the back of your folder, we can fix you right up.

Congratulations on all the great reading you did this summer!  Now it's time to get your reward and receive your free book simply by bringing back your reading folder.


Bookmark Contest 2015

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Bookmark Contest this year!  There are always so many great entries, it's hard to choose just one winner from each grade.  But the judges faced the challenge and came up with five winning designs. Congratulations to each of these creative young artists!

1st Grade
Hannah Blecher

2nd Grade
Jaidyne Means

3rd Grade
Matthew Perkins

4th Grade
Haley Simpson

5th Grade
Megan Chitwood

Printed copies of the bookmarks are now available at the Children's Desks at both Olathe libraries.  Next time you are in the library, pick up one of these unique bookmarks.


Donations for KidsTLC

Next Wednesday, July 29, is our Be a Hero in Your Community! kids' program at the Indian Creek Library.  As part of that program we are now accepting donations for KidsTLC, a local program that helps kids in crisis.  CLICK HERE to see a list of desired items.  There are donation bins located in the Children's Departments at both Olathe libraries (not to be confused with the Back to School Supplies donation bins). You may also bring donations the day of the program.  Thanks for your help!


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