Are You Ready For Summer?

get-a-clue-web.jpgThe library sure is! We're kicking off our Summer Reading Club this coming Tuesday, May 29th. The party's going to be down at Frontier Park, near the Indian Creek Library, from 10am-12pm. We'll have games, snacks, temporary tattoos, live music featuring Dino O'Dell, and most importantly, this is your first chance to get your Summer Reading Club folder! If you can't make it to the park, don't worry, you can still sign up. Just stop by either of the Olathe libraries anytime this summer. I hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about summer programs at the library, give us a call at (913) 971-6874, or ask your question in the comment box and we'll answer it that way.

Where Do You Like to Read?

     When I was a kid we had an old blue chair that rocked and turned in circles that had been banished to the attic. It was perfect for reading because I could sit sideways on it, with my head resting on one arm of the chair and my legs draped over the other arm. We put it in front of one of the windows and that section of the attic became my reading nook. I put a box on its side and turned it into a bookshelf and spent hours up there reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and anything else I could get my hands on. 

     It got pretty hot up there in the summer because the attic wasn't air conditioned, but that didn't keep me away. Occasionally a wasp would get in and chase me downstairs, but I always came back. Unfortunately, I lost my special reading place because we turned the attic into bedrooms for my brothers, but I will never forget the time I spent up there lost in one good book after another.

May is Get Caught Reading month. Where is your favorite place to read?

Homework Help

Muddled by math?  Stumped by science?  Feeling overwhelmed with homework and just wish you could get some one-on-one help?  Well, have I got news for you!  Live homework help with a real, live online tutor is available through the library's website.  Students in grades 4th - 12th can receive live help from an online tutor in math, science, social studies, or English.  Live tutors are available online everyday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Spanish speaking tutors are also available during certain hours.  Just click the image below to be taken to our Live Homework Help page where you can read more about it and get connected.

Happy Birthday, Dear Olathe!

What do cowboy boots, George Washington Carver, and stagecoaches
have in common?


Give up?  Each of these played a part in Olathe's amazing history. 

In 2007, Olathe celebrates its 150th birthday!  Here's a fun fact: "sesquicentennial" means 150th, and you may see that word all around Olathe this year. 

Lots of fun sesquicentennial activities will be happening this year, such as:

Mahaffie's Civil War Days on April 22-23, 2007

Americana Jubilee on June 2, 2007

Chautauqua West: Wagons, Wit, and Wisdom on August 3-4, 2007

To learn about Olathe, sesquicentennial events, and more, check out the official Olathe Sequicentennial website:

To find out what cowboy boots, George Washington Carver, and stagecoaches have to do with Olathe, visit the Olathe Public Library for the story!

New Reading Area at Main

booknooksm.jpgHave you seen the new red sofa and big blue chair in the Children's Department at the Main Library?  They are as comfy as they look.  We hope this will provide a cozy area for kids to read.  It's also a great place to curl up with a friend, sibling, or parent and share a good book together.  saucerlightssm.jpgSo try out our new furniture the next time you're in the library.  And don't miss the new flying saucer lights!  Just look up.

We express a hearty "thank you" to the Olathe Public Library Foundation for helping fund the purchase of this new furniture.

Children's Book Week Follow-up

The library's participation in "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers" was a big success.  Library staff and volunteers read the book Bunny Cakes to 1,340 preschoolers at various child care centers throughout the city and at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library throughout the week.  Many children recognized Max and Ruby and enjoyed hearing about their attempts to make a birthday cake.

On November 17 thirty-seven 3rd-6th graders invaded the Main Library for an after-hours Lock-In at the Library.  The library closed at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, as usual, but re-opened at 7:00 for a full four hours of fun!  Activities included relays, charades, pizza, singing, reader's theater, stories, riddles, and book exchange.  A good time was had by all.  What a great way to end Children's Book Week!

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

bunnycakes2.jpgDuring National Children's Book Week, November 13-19, the library will be participating in a state-wide project called "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers."  The goal of this project is to read the same book to every child 5 years old and younger throughout the state.  This year's book is Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.  Schools, libraries, daycares, and other agencies will be reading this book to children all over Kansas during the week.

Both Olathe libraries will be offering "Story on the Spot" featuring the book Bunny Cakes throughout the week of November 13-19.  Hear about Max's hilarious efforts to make an earthworm cake for his grandma's birthday.  Just stop by the Indian Creek Branch Library anytime that week and catch an impromptu reading of this charming book by Rosemary Wells.  You may also stop by the Main Library to hear a reading during the following times:
          Monday, Nov. 13 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
          Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Thursday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
          Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
          Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
This book will also be read at all of our regularly scheduled library storytimes throughout the week.

Welcome to Around the Corner!

Around the Corner is the Children's Department's new blog.  This is a place to find out the latest library news for kids.  We'll blog about upcoming programs, new books and movies, info about children's authors, and cool library stuff of all kinds.  It's also a place to let us hear from you.  Just comment back and let us know what's on your mind.  So stop "around the corner" often and see what's going on!

Family Read Aloud Club

mother daughter readingDo you know about our Family Read Aloud Club?  This is a program to encourage parents to read aloud to their elementary-aged children.  Sign up at the library and then keep track of the books your family reads together.  For every six books your family reads, you get to choose a free paperback book to keep!  Qualifying books must be at least 80 pages long and checked out from the Olathe Public Library or Indian Creek Branch.  Don't stop reading to your children just because they can now read on their own.  Spend some quality family time with a good book!

Children's Spanish Collection

In order to make things easier to find, the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch have both consolidated their Spanish children's materials into one area.  All children's books and videos in Spanish are now located together.  At Main the Children's Spanish Collection can be found at the far right end of the shelves housing our Easy DVDs and videos.  At Indian Creek the Children's Spanish Collection can be found on the shelves that used to hold the holiday books.  Indian Creek has also done some rearranging in the J Fiction area.  If you need any help finding what you're looking for, just ask at the Children's Desk.

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