Memory Box Program

We had a great turnout for our Make a Memory Box program at the Olathe Downtown Library on Thursday.  This program was inspired by the American Girl character Josefina in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Alexis Woodall from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop shared about life on the Santa Fe Trail, and kids made their own personalized memory boxes to store special treasures and mementos.  Fun and educational!  What more could you ask for?




Butterflies at the Library

It's butterfly season at the Olathe Public Library.  Both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library currently have displays of live caterpillars in the Children's Department.  Many of the caterpillars have built their chrysalises, and several have already emerged as beautiful butterflies.  There are monarch butterflies and black swallowtail butterflies.  Once the butterflies come out, we soon release them into the wild, but if you're lucky, you might get the chance to see them before they fly away.  Next time you are in the library, check out the display and see one of nature's little miracles up close.  

Black Swallowtail Monarch


Fall Storytimes

It's almost time for our fall storytimes to begin.  Storytimes will begin the week September 14 and run through the week of November 16.  We offer a variety of storytimes for newborns through 5-year-olds.  None of our storytimes require registration, but tickets will be handed out at some sessions on a first come, first served basis.  See the different age groups, times and locations below.  We encourage you to determine which storytime session is most appropriate for your child and family.

RHYME TIME - For 0 - 2 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:15 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

TODDLER TIME - For 2 - 3 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:45 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

ON MY OWN STORYTIME - For 3 - 5 year olds  (children attend by themselves)
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Downtown

EVENING STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
7:00 p.m. at Indian Creek

If you can't make it to storytime during the week, there will be a few Saturday storytime sessions offered once a month at the Indian Creek Library during the fall.

SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Saturday, October 3
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, November 7
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, December 5
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

If you have any questions, please call us at (913) 971-6874.  We hope to see your child at storytime this fall!


The Marvels

If you are a fan of The Invention of Hugo Cabret or Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, you'll be excited to know that the Caldecott award-winning author/illustrator has a new book coming out soon.  The Marvels is another lengthy book (640 pages) that tells dual stories.  The first 400 wondrously illustrated pages tell the wordless story of Billy Marvel set in 1766.  The second part of the book, set in 1990, tells the prose story of Joseph Jervis, a boy on the run in the streets of London.  If you've been a fan of Selznick's previous books, you won't want to miss this one.  And if you haven't yet discovered the pleasure of his beautiful books, you should definitely check one out as soon as possible!  They are truly unique works of art.  It's also not too early to get on the waiting list for The Marvels which will be released on September 15.

For a further peek into this sure-to-be captivating book, watch the wonderful book trailer below made by Brian Selznick himself.


LEGO Club - Back in Session

The Olathe Public LIbrary will be starting up our monthly LEGO Club meetings for kids beginning in September.  LEGO Club
is for kids in K - 5th grade.  Registration is required. You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling
(913) 971-6874.  

Here is the schedule for the September meetings:

Homeschool LEGO Club - for homeschoolers ages 5 - 11
Tuesday, September 1  -  Registration begins Monday, August 24
1:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Afterschool LEGO Club - for K - 5th graders
Wednesday, September 9  -  Registration begins Monday, August 31
4:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Evening LEGO Club - for K - 5th graders
Tuesday, September 25  -  Registration begins Monday, August 31
7:00 p.m. @ Downtown

The LEGO Club meetings last about one hour.  The library provides all the LEGO bricks for building.  The different LEGO Club sessions will meet once a month from September through December.  Refer to our fall program booklet for further details.  To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, we ask that you sign up your child for only one LEGO Club session per calendar month.


Preschool Craft - Fall Is in the Air!

Summer is ending, and school is back in session.  The library is ready to move into fall with a whole season of programs and activities for children.  Next week you may bring your preschooler to the library and make a fun seasonal craft!  Children may need some assistance from their adult to complete the craft.  All materials will be provided.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.

The preschool craft program will be offered at both Olathe libraries:

Tuesday, August 18
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Library

Thursday, August 20
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Library

To learn more about our fall programs and storytimes, pick up our fall programs booklet the next time you are in the library.  You may also click here to download a copy.



Free Books!

Yes, that's right!  You can get a FREE book when you return your summer reading folder and show us what you read over the summer.  Be sure to return your reading folder to either Olathe library by August 12 to select your free book!  Remember, you must bring your folder with you.  Please fill out the tab with your name, school and grade, but leave it attached until we see your folder.  And be sure you have logged your reading time and/or book titles inside.  You'd be surprised how many people have returned folders with absolutely nothing marked inside.  Please take the time to fill it out so we can see what you've read, and we always love to hear about your favorite books of the summer.  And if you need any of the missing stickers on the back of your folder, we can fix you right up.

Congratulations on all the great reading you did this summer!  Now it's time to get your reward and receive your free book simply by bringing back your reading folder.


Test Your Superhero IQ

This summer we have been celebrating heroes of all kinds.  Of course, some of our favorite heroes are superheroes!  Do you know the superhero identities of the persons listed below?  If you've been checking out our superhero wall display at the library throughout the summer, you should know most of these.  Test your superhero knowledge.
Clark Kent
Bruce Wayne
Reed Richards
Tony Stark
Benjamin Grimm
Peter Parker
Barry Allen
Bruce Banner
Oliver Queen
Hal Jordan
Steve Rogers
Diana Prince


Bookmark Contest 2015

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Bookmark Contest this year!  There are always so many great entries, it's hard to choose just one winner from each grade.  But the judges faced the challenge and came up with five winning designs. Congratulations to each of these creative young artists!

1st Grade
Hannah Blecher

2nd Grade
Jaidyne Means

3rd Grade
Matthew Perkins

4th Grade
Haley Simpson

5th Grade
Megan Chitwood

Printed copies of the bookmarks are now available at the Children's Desks at both Olathe libraries.  Next time you are in the library, pick up one of these unique bookmarks.


Donations for KidsTLC

Next Wednesday, July 29, is our Be a Hero in Your Community! kids' program at the Indian Creek Library.  As part of that program we are now accepting donations for KidsTLC, a local program that helps kids in crisis.  CLICK HERE to see a list of desired items.  There are donation bins located in the Children's Departments at both Olathe libraries (not to be confused with the Back to School Supplies donation bins). You may also bring donations the day of the program.  Thanks for your help!


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