Story Stroll

Next time you are at the Downtown Library, take time to check out our Story Stroll!  You can take a leisurely stroll along the sidewalk in front of the library while enjoying the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Even if it's 60 degrees outside, you can still enjoy a classic winter story.


Holiday Closings

Don't forget that both Olathe ilbraries will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25.  We will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1.  You can always return materials at any of the drop-boxes located around the city.  We wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best in the new year!


Happy Thanksgiving

Both Olathe public libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.  We will re-open our regular hours on Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!  We are thankful for you, our faithful library patrons.


Vote for Books! Winners

Thanks to everyone who voted in our Vote for Books! election!  The ballots have been counted and the winners are:  President Cat in the Hat & Vice President Thea Stilton.

Public libraries across the Kansas City metro area participated in the Vote for Books! campaign, including Olathe Public Library, Johnson County Library, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, KS Public Library, and Mid-Continent Public Library systems.  3359 children cast their votes.  The team of Cat in the Hat and Thea Stilton won not only the metro-wide vote, but they also won here locally at the Olathe Public Library.  Apparently, the voters had a clear favorite.  Congratulations to this cat and mouse team who show us that "Together We're Better!" despite our differences.


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!


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