It's a Pinkalicious Party!

The Indian Creek Library will be hosting a Pinkalicious Party on Friday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.  This program is for 3 - 5 year olds with a caregiver.  You can make your own Pinkalicious crown, test your skill at stacking candy hearts, and hear the story that began the beloved book series by Victoria Kann.  Be among the first to view the new PBS Kids® show based on the book before it premieres on February 19.  Program will last about an hour.

Registration is required and begins on Monday, February 5.  Click here to register online or call the library.  This program is supported by KCPT and PBS Kids®.


Model Railroad Display

All aboard for the Olathe Public Library!  Model railroads will once again be on display at the Downtown Library’s Storytime Room from January 10 -14.  You can come see an operating model railroad.  Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display and model railroading.  Come and go as you please during the times below.

Wednesday, January 10
2:00 - 8:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Thursday, January 11
2:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Friday, January 12
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Saturday, January 13
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Sunday, January 14
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. @ Downtown


Free Movies for Kids

If you’re looking for something fun to do while school is out during the winter break, come watch a free movie at the library.  All movies will be shown at 1:00 p.m. at both Olathe libraries on the dates below.  All are welcome; kindergarten and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow from home. 

Kids 18 and younger are also invited to join us for Meet & Eat on these dates between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and enjoy a free lunch before the movie.

December 20
1:00 p.m.
Cars 3
rated G - 109 minutes
December 21
​1:00 p.m.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
rated PG - 91 minutes
December 22
​1:00 p.m.
Despicable Me 3
rate PG - 90 minutes
December 26
​1:00 p.m.
The Lego Ninjago Movie
rated PG - 90 minutes
December 27
​1:00 p.m.
rated PG - 105 minutes
December 28
​1:00 p.m.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
rated PG - 89 minutes
December 29
​1:00 p.m.
The Emoji Movie
rated PG - 86 minutes
January 2
​1:00 p.m.
rated PG - 108 minutes
January 3
​1:00 p.m.
rated PG - 95 minutes


2017 LEGO Design Contest

The Olathe Public Library held its annual LEGO Design Contest on Saturday, November 11.  This marked our seventh year for the contest.  Thirty-four children and teens brought their original LEGO creations to be judged in three age categories.  Our judges from the KC Brick Lab LEGO Users Group had their work cut out for them.  Aftter the judging was completed, over 100 people came to view the entries and vote on their favorites for our Best in Show awards.  As always, it was a fun day and a great opportunity to see the clever, creative builds from local young LEGO enthusiasts.  Thanks to everyone who entered.

Below are the talented winners of this year's contest.  Congratulations!

Grades K-2
1st place Milo Lockridge
2nd place Anna Lindberg
3rd place Elizabeth Windler
Honorable Mention
Cameron Giesen
Maddux MacDonald
Miles Schwenk
Grades 3-5
1st place Jesse Loper
2nd place Keith Hutsell
3rd place Caleb Calhoun
Honorable Mention
Ramona Lockridge
Caleb Jung
Grades 6-12
1st place Joseph Roth
2nd place Amara Provost
3rd place Chris Nosworthy
Honorable Mention Micah Lindberg
Best of Show
Grades K-5 Caleb Calhoun
Grades 6-12 Amara Provost


Room on the Broom

Get in the Halloween mood at our "Room on the Broom" program on Friday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  We'll be reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and then watching the wonderful Oscar-nominated animated short film based on this fun book.  All ages are welcome.  No registration.  Program will last about 45 minutes.







Star Wars Evening at the Library

Attention all Star Wars fans!  This Thursday, October 19, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library we will be celebrating a galaxy far, far away at our Star Wars Evening at the Library.  This is a family program with crafts, games, activities, and more.  Costumed members of the 501st Legion will be on hand for photos and fun.  All ages are welcome.  Costumes are encouraged!  Come and go as you please.  This program is in conjuction with Star Wars Reads.




Show and (Story)Tell

Come to the Downtown Library on Monday, September 25 between 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for Show and (Story)Tell.  At this program we ask that participants bring a photo, stuffed friend, family heirloom, or a small artifact (no living things please), and we will help turn it into a story using writing, art, and oral storytelling.  Each story collected will be complied into an online magazine to be shared with the Olathe community.  All ages welcome.  Kindergarten and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.  

You may also attend Show and (Story)Tell on Tuesday, October 24 between 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  This program is in conjunction with this year's Big Read (The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien).


We're Having a Party!

Are you a fan of Elephant and Piggie?  Who isn't, right?  You're invited to come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the very first Elephant and Piggie book!  The fun begins this Saturday, September 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  There will be games, activities, snacks, and more!  Everyone is welcome.  Drop in anytime between 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and join the festivities.  Come and go as you please.  


Fall Storytimes

Our fall storytimes start this week.  The library provides storytimes for a variety of ages from newborns through age 5, as well as a family storytime.  We actually offer twelve different sessions each week at different times and locations.  Check out our PROGRAMS page for more information and the complete schedules.  You can also pick up a printed program booklet at either library which lists all of our fall programs for kids including storytime schedules.  Storytimes are a great way to help instill in your child a love of reading and books from an early age...not to mention they are a lot of fun!


KCrew at Storytime in the Park

Our final Storytime in the Park of the summer will be on Thursday, July 27,at 10:00 a.m. at Mill Creek Park.  And it's going to be SPECIAL!  Members of the Royals KCrew will be presenting the storytime, answering questions, and taking photos!  They will also be promoting Library Night at the K.  If you are a fan of Royals baseball, you won't want to miss this special storytime.


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