If you've been waiting to Read to a Dog, come to the Olathe Indian Creek Library this Saturday, March 7 between 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. We've had some difficulties in recent months arranging for volunteers and their dogs to come to our Read to a Dog programs, but this Saturday we are good to go! Yea! We have two dogs lined up to come listen to some good books. Check in at the Children's Services Desk when you arrive. Our trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc. Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate this program!
Read to a Dog on February 21 at Olathe Downtown Library has been cancelled. Pets for Life, Inc., the organization that provides our trained therapy dogs, has been having difficulty supplying us with volunteers. They are working to resolve this issue. In the meantime, we recommend calling the library before coming to any Read to a Dog programs this spring to confirm that we actually have dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.
Read to a Dog on February 7 at Olathe Indian Creek has been cancelled. Our volunteers are unable to bring their dogs. We apologize for any incovenience.
Read to a Dog on January 17 at Olathe Downtown has been cancelled. Our volunteers are not able to bring their dogs. Hopefully, our reading dogs will be back in February. We apologize for any incovenience.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Homeschool Art Reception on November 11. It was an enjoyable evening of viewing some original art and visiting with friends. The Homeschool Art Show display will remain up at the Olathe Downtown Llibrary through the end of November. Check it out the next time you are in the library.
Attention homeschoolers! Don't forget that Sunday, October 26 is the final day to submit artwork for our Homeschool Art Show. Homeschoolers ages 6 to 18 (grades 1st - 12th) are invited to submit one piece of 2-D art to display. All pieces must be delivered to the Olathe Downtown Library by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26. Be sure to bring your completed Artist Information Form along with your artwork. We plan to put the artwork on display November 1 - 30 at the Olathe Downtown Library. Click the links below for more information. If you have further questions, call the library at (913) 971-6874,
Are you in grades 3rd - 5th? Do you LOVE books and reading? Help us start a brand-new club for kids who love reading, sharing, and learning more about books! Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library. We'll eat a quick pizza dinner together and talk about books we've enjoyed recently. What else will we do? That's up to you! We could create tools to help other kids find great books, write to favorite authors, watch book trailers—the possibilities are endless. Please bring a copy of a book you've enjoyed recently to the program.(preferably a book that OPL owns, but it doesn't have to be) and be prepared to tell us a little bit about it—without giving away too much of the story! This program will last about 90 minutes. Registration is required. You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program designed to encourage adults to read 1,000 books to their children before they enter kindergarten. Reading aloud to children, beginning in infancy, gives them the building blocks they need to become lifelong readers and learners. Not only that, but reading together is fun!
To learn more about this exciting new early literacy program at the Olathe Public Library, we invite you to attend one of our kick-off sessions:
Monday, August 25 - 10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Wednesday, August 27 - 9:15 a.m. at the Main Library
No registration required. We'll share some stories, get creative, and hand out reading packets for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is not a competition. The only end date is when your child begins kindergarten, so take your time and enjoy the experience. If you can't attend one of the kick-off sessions, you can still pick up a reading packet anytime at the Chidlren's Services desk at either Oalthe library beginning August 25.
It was a fun evening of LEGO building at the Main Library for the families who attended our after-hours LEGO Lock-In on August 1. This year we decided to do a collaborative build and worked together to create a LEGO neighborhood. Each family built different components of our imaginary neighborhood which then came together at the end. Click the pictures below to get a closer look. We also invite you to stop by the Main Library to see these creations on display above the Easy DVD shelves.
If you missed out on our LEGO Lock-In, don't despair. Our montly LEGO Club meetings for kids will resume in September. Stay tuned for details. The schedule of our fall programs and storytimes will be out soon!
On July 30 the Olathe Public Library hosted our 3rd Annual Hamster Ball Races. Kids brought their hamsters to the library to race and see who had the fastest hamster. It was an exciting competition!
And these were the lucky winners:
1st Place - Hugs (Emma & Lucy's hamster)
2nd Place - Mr. Fuzz (Samantha's hamster)
3rd Place - Hamiette (Gabriel's hamster)
4th Place - Diamond (Madi's hamster)
Thanks to all the hamsters (and hamster owners) who made this such a fun event!