Vote for Books! 2016

Election Day is quickly approaching, and at the Olathe Public LIbrary we're holding a special election of our own.  Kids in 5th grade and younger can come to the Downtown Library or Indian Creek Library anytime through November 8 and vote for their favorite book characters.  There are five President & Vice President pairs to choose from.  Here are the candidates:

  • Nancy Drew & Fly Guy
  • The Cat in the Hat & Thea Stilton
  • Big Nate & El Deafo
  • Princess in Black & Dyamonde Daniel
  • Zita the Spacegirl & Captain Underpants

There are six Kansas City area library systems, including Olathe Public Library, participating in this Vote for Books election.  The votes will be tallied metro-wide, and the winners will be announced on November 15.  So stop by the library and cast your vote!  You may also vote online at  One vote per child please.


Grand Opening of Indian Creek Library Temporary Location

After being closed for nearly half a year due to flooding the Indian Creek Library will soon re-open at a temporary location at the Santa Fe Square Shopping Center at 13511 S. Mur-Len, Suite 129.  The grand opening will be on Friday, September 2. Drop by anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. to check out the new space.  There will be festivities throughout the day.  Below is the schedule of events:

9:30am:  Family Storytime (Tickets handed out 15 mins before)
10:15am:  Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Michael Copeland
10:30am:  Preschool Dance Party (Tickets handed out 30 mins before)
11:30am - 1:00pm:  Preschool Craft 
1:30pm - 3:00pm:  Family Photo Op Fun
4:00pm - 7:00pm:  Teen Green Screen Selfies, Teen Gaming & Children’s Collaborative Coloring Project
6:30pm - 7:30pm:  Rock and Read: Irish Music & Writings with Larry Kirwan
All Day Fun!  Prize Drawings, Self-Guided Tours & Refreshments

We are excited to once again be able to offer services on the east side of Olathe while the old HyVee building at Santa Fe & Brougham is being renovated as the new permanent location for the Indian Creek Library.  This could take a couple of years, but in the meantime we're pleased to serve you at the new temporary location.  And as always, the Downtown Library will continue to serve patrons as usual.  We have appreciated your patience and support during this time of transition.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Return Summer Reading Logs

The Children's Department has started giving out free paperback books when kids return their summer reading logs.  The book giveaway will continue through Friday, August 19.  Just bring your summer reading log into the library, show us what you read this summer, and pick out your free book!  If you attend an Olathe District school, we will also notify your school that you participated in our summer reading program.  So don't delay!  Bring back your reading log by August 19 and get your free book.  We hope you read some great books this summer!




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


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