A New Branch

1997 - After years of planning, a $1.96 million bond issue finally passed for the building of a new branch on the east side of Olathe. The new branch would be 12,000 square feet, about half the size of the main library. It would have space for 50,000 books, videos, audios and more.

1999 - The year the Olathe Public Library celebrated its 90th anniversary, land was found for the new branch at Indian Creek Parkway and Black Bob Road. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April. Due to a severe storm, the ceremony was held in a building nearby.

The Friends of the Olathe Public Library donated $17,595 for the purchase of a checkout desk and other smaller furnishings. They also began a fund-raising drive to collect $25,000 in order to purchase the rest of the tables, chairs, and other furnishings needed.

 

2000 - As opening day neared, Olatheans generously donated their time to help their library.

The Olathe Gardeners of America planted a small garden area, with help from the Olathe Rotary Club, who built a path from which to view the various flowers and greenery. Olathe East High School's National Honor Society students planted flowers along the edge of the library's patio, while Brownie Troop 2502 from Green Springs Elementary School planted flowers under the front windows.

Staff and volunteers, including Girl Scout Cadet Troop 5629 and General Services Administration employees, spent many hours filling the shelves with 31,000 books, videos, and other items, as well as unpacking and setting up furniture. Boy Scouts Varsity Team 784 spent an entire Saturday unpacking and setting up computers, and finally, the Relief Society of the Olathe First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, put their efforts toward polishing and cleaning the new library before its opening day.

The Indian Creek Branch opened to the public on August 7.