Happy Kansas Day

Happy Kansas Day!  Today the Sunflower State turns 157 years old.  On January 29, 1861, Kansas became the 34th state.  Here are a few trivia facts about the state.
  • Did you know the first woman mayor in the United States was a Kansan?  Susanna Madora Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas on April 4, 1887, just weeks after Kansas women had gained the right to vote in city elections.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, lived in Kansas from age 2 through his graduation from high school.  His Presidential library is located in Abilene, Kansas.
  • There was also a Vice-President from Kansas.  Charles Curtis, born in Topeka on January 25, 1860, served as Vice-President under Herbert Hoover from 1929-1933.
  • Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to ever win an Oscar, was born in Wichita, Kansas on June 10, 1895.  She was awarded best supporting actress for her role in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind.”
  • The very first Pizza Hut restaurant opened in Wichita, Kansas on June 15, 1958.  The international franchise was started by two Wichita State University students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney.
  • Amelia Earhart, renowned aviator and first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897.
  • The state motto of Kansas is “Ad Astra per Aspera,” Latin for “to the stars through difficulties.”

If you would like to learn more about our state or just want to read a good story set in Kansas, you can find many Kansas books at the Olathe Public Library.


It's a Pinkalicious Party!

The Indian Creek Library will be hosting a Pinkalicious Party on Friday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.  This program is for 3 - 5 year olds with a caregiver.  You can make your own Pinkalicious crown, test your skill at stacking candy hearts, and hear the story that began the beloved book series by Victoria Kann.  Be among the first to view the new PBS Kids® show based on the book before it premieres on February 19.  Program will last about an hour.

Registration is required and begins on Monday, February 5.  Click here to register online or call the library.  This program is supported by KCPT and PBS Kids®.


Winter/Spring Storytimes

Our winter/spring storytime sessions will begin next week on Monday, January 22.  The Olathe Public Library offers storytime programs for all ages, newborns through 5 years.  Visit our PROGRAMS page for more information and specific times and locations.  We encourage parents to determine which storytime is most appropriate for their children.

To highlight a couple of changes this season, our Evening Family Storytime on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. will only be offered at the Indian Creek Library.  However, we are adding a daytime option for families.  On Thursday mornings at 9:30 at the Downtown Library we will be offering a Family & Daycare Storytime.  The stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but all families are welcome.  Daycare groups are also invited to this storytime, however we do ask that daycares call in advance to reserve a space.  Daycares should call (913) 971-6874 to let us know how many children you are bringing.  This is just to insure that we enough space for everyone.  This is kind of an experiment, so help us make it a success.  If you have any questions, give us a call.


Model Railroad Display

All aboard for the Olathe Public Library!  Model railroads will once again be on display at the Downtown Library’s Storytime Room from January 10 -14.  You can come see an operating model railroad.  Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display and model railroading.  Come and go as you please during the times below.

Wednesday, January 10
2:00 - 8:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Thursday, January 11
2:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Friday, January 12
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Saturday, January 13
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Sunday, January 14
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. @ Downtown


National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Every two years the Library of Congress names a U.S. author or illustrator to be National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  This person raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.  On January 4, 2018 author Jacqueline Woodson was named the newest ambassador.  

Jacqueline Woodson is a National Book Award winner, two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, and four-time Newbery Honor winner among other honors.  She also recently completed a two-year stint as the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate 2015-2017.  The author/poet will spend her two-year term encouraging young people to “think about – and beyond – the moment they’re living in, the power they possess, and the impact reading can have on showing them ways in which they can create the hope and the change they want to see in the world.”  CLICK HERE to see some of Woodson’s books for young people.

Past ambassadors include Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers, Kate DiCamillo, and Gene Luen Yang.  The ambassadorship is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader.  Congratulations to Ms. Woodson on this well-deserved honor!


Holiday Closings

Both Olathe libraries will be closed on December 24 and 25.  We will reopen on Tuesday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m.  We will also be closed on December 31 and January 1.  Please keep this in mind when planning your library visits during the holidays. 

Don't forget, you call always return library materials at any of our dropbox locations around town.  And you can also download eBookseAudiobooks, and magazines or stream music via the library's website 24/7, even when we're closed.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!  Even the Grinch.


Free Movies for Kids

If you’re looking for something fun to do while school is out during the winter break, come watch a free movie at the library.  All movies will be shown at 1:00 p.m. at both Olathe libraries on the dates below.  All are welcome; kindergarten and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow from home. 

Kids 18 and younger are also invited to join us for Meet & Eat on these dates between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and enjoy a free lunch before the movie.

December 20
1:00 p.m.
Cars 3
rated G - 109 minutes
December 21
​1:00 p.m.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
rated PG - 91 minutes
December 22
​1:00 p.m.
Despicable Me 3
rate PG - 90 minutes
December 26
​1:00 p.m.
The Lego Ninjago Movie
rated PG - 90 minutes
December 27
​1:00 p.m.
rated PG - 105 minutes
December 28
​1:00 p.m.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
rated PG - 89 minutes
December 29
​1:00 p.m.
The Emoji Movie
rated PG - 86 minutes
January 2
​1:00 p.m.
rated PG - 108 minutes
January 3
​1:00 p.m.
rated PG - 95 minutes


Season's Readings!

As the holiday season is upon us, how about making a special family tradition of reading a favorite holiday book together?  Turn off the TV and video games, log off the computer, put down your cell phones, and spend some quality time reading together as a family.  Experience the joy of sharing a great holiday story!

Staff members of the Olathe Public Library’s Children’s Department have chosen some of their favorite books of the season.  If you need some suggestions for a good read aloud, CLICK HERE to see the complete list.  Happy reading!


Staff Picks 2017

Every year around this time the Children’s staff of the Downtown Library and Indian Creek Library pick some of our favorite children’s books from the past year, along with some old favorites, and compile a list of Staff Picks.  Copies of these books will be on display at the Downtown Library through the end of the year.  The books on display may not be checked out, but we are happy to place any requests for you on items not currently available.  If you are looking for some holiday gift ideas for the kids on your shopping list, perhaps our list will give you some ideas.  CLICK HERE to see the list.  Printed lists may also be picked up at both Olathe libraries.  Give the gift of reading this holiday season!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a reminder that the Downtown Library and Indian Creek Library will both be closing early at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.  We will remain closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.  We will resume our regular hours on Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are thankful for you, our customers.


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