Aaron Fowler Rocks!

Aaron Fowler and his trusty sidekick Bella the dog kept the audience entertained at our last off-site program of the summer on Wednesday, July 12.  Aaron played guitar, sang original songs, and told funny stories from his childhood.  He had everyone movin' and a groovin'!  And Bella made herself right at home.  Afterwards, everyone had the chance to give Bella some tummy-rubbing love.  Thanks, Aaron, for a great program on a hot summer day!




LEGO Lock-In 2017

It was LEGO mania at the Downtown Library on Friday evening at our LEGO Lock-In.  Kids and their grownups had a blast building bridges and skyscrapers and all kinds of cool things with the library’s collection of LEGO bricks.  Many of their amazing creations are currently on display in the Children’s Department at the Downtown Library.  Next time you are at the library, take time to check them out!  Click the photos below for a closer look.

And don’t forget that our monthly LEGO Clubs for kids in K – 5th grade will be starting up again in September.  Stay tuned for details.






Aaron Fowler

Our final “big” children’s program of the summer will feature musician Aaron Fowler.  A native Kansan, Aaron has been performing since he was 16 years old.  He will be playing his guitar and singing his songs on Wednesday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Rd.  This program is for kids going into 1st - 5th grade, but parents and siblings are also welcome.  Come experience the power of building a better world through music and stories with Aaron Fowler.  We hope you’ll join us!

For a taste of Aaron's music, check out the vdeo below.


LEGO Lock-In

Attention LEGO fans!  Our summer LEGO Lock-In for 1st - 5th graders and their parents will be this Friday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  This is a time for kids and their grown-ups to build together using the library's large LEGO collection. Registration is required, and we still have openings available.  To register, call (913) 971-6874 or register in person at either Olathe library.  CLICK HERE for more information.



Meet the Author

Our second big off-site program of the summer will be on Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Road).  Our featured presenter will be author and illustrator Daniel Miyares whose books include Float, Pardon Me!, Bring Me a Rock, and That Neighbor Kid.  Come learn about his wonderful picture books and hear about the creative process behind making a book.  He may even draw some pictures for us!  This program is for 1st – 5th graders, but parents and siblings are also welcome.


Games Galore!

Yahtzee!  Clue!  Monopoly!  Scrabble!  Battleship!  Chutes and Ladders!  These are just a few of the games you can play at the library during Games Galore!  This is a drop-in program where you can drop by the library and play some games.  We'll provide the games; you provide the playing skills. Bring a friend to play with or maybe make some new friends over a good game.  We are offering Games Galore! at both libraries once a week during June and July.  Here is the schedule of times and locations:

          Downtown Library
          Every Saturday, June 3 - July 29
          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Indian Creek Library
Every Wednesday, June 7 - July 26
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


Awesome Birds

Our summer reading program was "for the birds" on Wednesday with an awesome program featuring the amazing birds of Wings of Love.  Parrots, cocatoos, owls, and more!  Rachael and Tierra introduced us to a variety of winged creatures who displayed their beauty and talent.  From riding a bicycle and playing basketball to saying such things as "hello" and "I love you," these birds kept us laughing all the way.  Informative and entertaining, it was a great first "big" program for the summer.  Click the pictures below for a closer look at the "Awesome Birds."

Our next big program at Indian Creek Community Church will be on Wednesday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m. It will feature acclaimed author/illustrator Daniel Miyares.  Don't miss this great opportunity to meet Mr. Miyares in person and learn about the creative process behind his wonderful picture books!





Summer Reading Kick-Off 2017

Summer at the library has officially begun!  Yesterday was our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park.  It was a beautiful day (other than one brief burst of raindrops).  About 650 people came out to join in the fun.  Kids picked up their summer reading bags, played a variety of games, created their own special summer hats, got temporary tattoos, drew with sidewalk chalk, enjoyed a story walk, got up close and personal with a real construction digger, and even enjoyed a free lunch of hot dogs and snacks. Click the pics below for a closer look at the fun.  It was a great way to start out our summer reading program and Build a Better World!





Free Comic Book Day

This coming Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day! Children in grades K - 5th can stop by the Downtown Library and pick out a free comic book to keep!  We'll start giving out comic books starting at 10:00 a.m. until we run out.  Come early for best selection.  Comics will also be available for teens in grades 6th - 12th.  Thanks to Elite Comics in Overland Park for helping procure our comics.


Children's Book Week Activities

Children's Book Week is May 1 - 7.  Join us through the week at Indian Creek Library as we celebrate some of our favorite book characters.  Special programs will include stories and activities and will last about 45 minutes.  All ages are welcome.  No registration.  Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before each program begins.  Below is the schedule of events.

Buzz on in for some fun with Fly Guy!
Monday, May 1
4:30 p.m.
Indian Creek

Get groovy with Pete the Cat and learn that all is good!
Wednesday, May 3
10:30 a.m.
Indian Creek

Join us for the Olathe Public LIbrary Book Ball!
Come dressed as your favorite book character, or wearing your library best, for games, snacks, and more!
Friday, May 5
4:30 p.m.
Indian Creek


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