On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!

Believe it or not, the end of the school year is just around the corner, but the Olathe Public Library is ready for an exciting summer.  Our summer reading program theme is On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!  We have tons of fun activities planned.  Every child going into 5th grade or younger is invited to pick up a summer reading log to keep track of all their summer reading.  Return your reading log at the end of the summer, between August 1 - 19, and receive a free paperback book!  We have started handing out logs at the Olathe Downtown Library and will continue to do so throughout the summer.  Stop by the library anytime to pick one up, and start logging those great books you are reading.

Because the Indian Creek Library is still closed, most of our summer programming will be happening at the Downtown Library, but there will be some programs offered on the east side of town at the Indian Creek Elementary School (15800 Indian Creek Pkwy.).  They have graciously provided us space to hold some programs there.  We will also be offering two big programs at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S, Black Bob Rd.).  There will also be some fun online activities this summer.  CLICK HERE to go to READsquared to get registered and start playing and earning badges.  And old favorites like FInd Fido Fridays and Storytime in the Park will be back again!  CLICK HERE to find out all the detials about what is going on for kids this summer.

If you are just completing 5th grade, you have outgrown the Kids' summer reading program.  You can now be a part of the Tween & Teen reading program.  CLICK HERE to learn about the Tween & Teen summer reading program.  And adults, don't be left out of the fun!  There is a reading program for you too.  CLICK HERE to learn all about the Adult summer reading program.

As you can see, there is something for everyone happening at the library this summer.  We look forward to seeing you.  So On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!


Free Comic Book Day 2016

Don't forget!  This coming Saturday, May 7, the Olathe Downtown Library will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day.  Children in grades K - 5th can come to the Children's Department and pick out a free comic book to keep!  There will be a selection of titles to choose from on a first come, first served basis.  We'll start giving away comics at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until our supply runs out.  Only one comic per child please.  There will also be free comics available for teens and adults.  We thank Elite Comics in Overland Park for their help in procuring our give-away comics.  And while you are at the library, we hope you'll check out our J Graphic section of comics and graphics novels which are free to check out every day of the year!


Children's Book Week 2016

Happy Children's Book Week!  May 2 - 8 is Children's Book Week.  Why not celebrate with a visit to the Olathe Pulbic Library? You can always find something good to read here at the library.  CLICK HERE and HERE to see some of our most recently acquired children's books.  Happy reading!


National Library Week 2016

Happy National Library Week!  This year's theme is "Libraries Transform."  Whether it's learning something new in a program, discovering a new favorite author (or a new book by an old favorite), enjoying a library storytime, listening to some live music, or just getting together with friends at the library, we hope you find your hometown library to be a transformative place!

It's been an interesting time for us as the Indian Creek Library remains closed indefinitely.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we've tried to make the best out of an unfortunate situation.  Some of the events happening at the Downtown Library during National Library Week include our Afterschool LEGO Club, Pizza & Pages, a Free Family Movie---Finding Nemo, a Poetry Picnic program, along with our regular storytimes.  To see complete details, check out our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.


LEGO Contest Winnters

Our 6th annual LEGO Design Contest was a lot of fun!  Thanks to all the creative builders who entered the contest, and thanks to all the family and friends who came out to support them.

Our judges from the KC Brick Lab organization were very impressed with all the entries.  It was a tough task, but after careful deliberation they selected three winners from each age category along with a few honorable mentions.  The public also voted on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes.  Congratulations to all the winners!.

K - 2nd Grade

1st Place:  Keith Hutsell

2nd Place:  Owen Trecek

3rd Place:  Om Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ema Bernard, Anika Chitale, Benjamin Cobb, Owen Sime

3rd - 5th Grade

1st Place:  Arjun Chitale

2nd Place:  Jesse Loper

3rd Place:  Krishiv Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ava Bernard, Levi Cobb, Braden Reighard, Jordan Serna

6th - 12th Grade

1st Place:  Michael Wilson

2nd Place:  Katie Mulloy

3rd Place:  Palak Panchal

Best of Show

K - 5th Winner:  Jesse Loper

6th - 12th Winner:  Katie Mulloy

We hope to hold another LEGO Design Contest next year.  We're considering moving it to a fall date, but stay tuned for details.  Until then, we hope to see you at one of the library's LEGO Club programs or other LEGO-related activities.  Keep building!



LEGO Design Contest 2016

We still have openings in the Olathe Public LIbrary's 6th Annual LEGO Design Contest this Saturday, April 2.  Children in grades K - 5th build an original creation with their LEGO bricks at home and bring it to the contest to be judged.  There will be prizes!  The contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road.  CLICK HERE for the complete rules and details.  You MUST be registered to enter the contest.  CLICK HERE to register.  There are also still openings in the Teen categories for 6th - 12th graders.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Frode at the Library

We had a packed house at the "Who Is Frode?" program on Friday at the Downtown Library.  Writer Carie Beth Russell and artist Emily Stout introduced children and parents to Frode, the imaginary friend created by Carie Beth's daughter.  Carie Beth read a story about Frode while Emily shared illustrations and did some live drawing.  Children helped color some illustrations and shared stories of their own imaginary companions.  What a fun and entertaining program!




All Aboard!

Do you or someone you know love trains?  Then you should come see the model railroad display at the Downtown Library beginning on Thursday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon.  Model railroads will be chugging along their tracks in the Storytime Room.  Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about model railroading and the trains on display. Everyone is welcome!  Just stop by the library during any of the times listed below.

Thursday, January 7 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, January 8 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 10 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2015

Some wild and crazy stuffed animals had a great time at the Olathe Public Library's Stuffed Animal Sleepover on
November 20.  Check out the video to see all the fun!


Tape Town

Kids were zoom-zoom-zooming around the Storytime Room with their toy trucks and cars on Friday at the Downtown Library.  As they followed the roads of Tape Town, they could make stops at the post office, the bank, the animal hospital and more.  What a fun time!  If you missed out, you can still visit Tape Town at the Indian Creek Library on Monday, November 23 between 10 a.m and noon.  Be sure to bring along your favorite toy vehicle from home.





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