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
It was a Fizz Boom Read! summer at the Olathe Public Library. More than 4,500 children received summer reading folders this year. That is a lot of kids and a lot of reading! All of our programs were well-attended. Kids learned a bit about science and had some great fun along the way. Watch the video below to relive some of the good times. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
After working at the Olathe Public Library for more than 33 years, Miss Carlotta will be retiring at the end of this week. She will be greatly missed! Her wonderful storytimes have instilled a love of books and reading in young children down through the years. Her lively piano playing, too, has always been a favorite of the kids. Besides working at the Children's Desk, Carlotta also did a lot of work behind the scenes. She has been the main repairer of children's books, helping keep them clean and in good shape for our readers. She has spent many an hour taping torn pages, gluing loose binding, erasing unwanted marks and scribbles, and sometimes cleaning off unidentifiable stains and spills. (Eww!) She has also served for years as an active member of the Friends of the Library board. But most of all it is her good nature and jovial spirit that will be missed by our patrons and our staff. Carlotta has contributed to the life of the Olathe Public Library in so many ways and helped make it such a great place.
Carlotta is planning to continue volunteering around the library and helping with our book repair work, so you may still see her around. Like they say, you can't keep a good woman down! Enjoy your retirement, Miss Carlotta, and thanks for all you've done.
Thanks to everyone who entered our 2014 Summer Bookmark Contest. We had some great entries. The judges had the difficult task of choosing just one winner from each grade. Below are the talented winners and their bookmark designs.
Printed bookmarks featuring these winning designs will be distributed at both libraries beginning Monday, July 28. Stop by Children's Services and pick up a bookmark with your favorite design. And don't forget that July 28 is also the first day to return your summer reading folder and pick out your free paperback.
School is out for the summer, but things are just heating up at the Olathe Public Library! Our summer reading program theme is Fizz Boom Read! We will be celebrating science and reading all summer long.
We have started handing out summer reading folders to keep track of your summer reading. You may pick up a folder at the Children's Services Desk at either the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch anytime all summer. Just keep track of all the reading you do over the summer and return your folder between July 28 - August 13 to receive a free paperback book. We will be giving out stickers of the week for your folder beginning on June 2. And Find Fido Fridays begin on May 30!
Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be on Tuesday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.). This is another place where you can pick up a summer reading folder. There will be a variety of fun activities going on. The Lenexa Sertoma Club will also be selling hot dogs and drinks as a fundraiser for a hearing loop to be installed for the hearing impaired in the Indian Creek Branch meeting room. Bring some money if you'd like to buy a snack and support this good cause. The Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water again this year too. You can also learn about the library's summer reading programs for teens and adults at the Kick-Off. It will be a fun time for all ages. NOTE: In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!
To learn more about all the exciting things going on this summer for kids going into 5th grade and younger, CLICK HERE. We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you at the library often this summer!
National Library Week is April 13 - 19! We will celebrate here on the Around the Corner blog with a quote each day from a different children's book about the joys of reading and books. To get us started, here is Sunday's quote:
“There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book."
from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald
The Children's Department at the Main Library is pleased to once again be hosting the annual display of artwork by elementary students of the Olathe School District. The art will be on display from February 18 - March 27. There is a variety of work including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, and more. You may view the art anytime the library is open.
A motley crew of kids celebrated New Year's Eve a few hours early at our Happy Noon Year party! They learned about New Year's traditions, made party hats and noisemakers, and celebrated the beginning of a new year.
Don't forget the library closes early at 3:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and will remain closed on New Year's Day. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2. And don't forget that the Main Library will start opening at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday in the new year. Also, both the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch will be opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Click here to see the complete list of our new library hours.
We hope one of your New Year's resolutions will be to visit the Olathe Public Libraries more often in 2014. Happy New Year!
In the Children’s Department at the Main Library we’ve rearranged our collection of nonfiction materials a bit. Many people don’t realize that fairy tales and folk tales are part of our nonfiction collection, and for this reason they often get overlooked. In order to make folk and fairy tales easier to find, we’ve pulled them out and shelved them in their own special section. Look for them where the biographies for kids used to be.
Another part of our nonfiction collection which is sometimes missed is the poetry section. Again, to make these easier to find, we’ve separated out the poetry books into their own section. They are now shelved right next to the fairy tales.
If you wonder what happened to the biographies, they are now shelved at the very beginning of the nonfiction section, just across from nonfiction DVDs. And biography DVDs are now shelved right by the biography books.
If none of this makes sense, just ask for help at the Children’s Services Desk. It is much easier for us to show you rather than try to explain it here. Plus, we're still working on updating our signage. Our ultimate goal is to make things easier to find and make the library a user-friendly place to browse. Just remember that the fairy tales, folk tales, and poetry books are now all shelved together. Hopefully, this will help you discover a whole new area of our collection that you may have overlooked.
Beginning Monday, December 9, the Indian Creek Branch Library will have a new phone number. The new number is 913-971-6835. The old number will temporarily re-direct you to the new number, but be sure to update your phone lists with this new number. Our phone system at the lIbrary is being updated and required this change. The phone numbers at the Main Library will remain unchanged. Bear with us as we learn a new phone system, but hopefully, all will go smoothly.