Homeschool Art Show Deadline

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,

Click here to download the Homeschool Art Show Guidelines.
Click here to download the Artist Information Form.

Reduced Hours at Olathe Downtown Library on October 31

The Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park) will not open on Friday, October 31 until 1:00 p.m.  We will be moving furniture in the library that morning and will remain closed until 1:00 p.m..  Please plan accordingly.  The Olathe Indian Creek Library will not be affected and will be open its regular hours.

New Names - Same Great Libraries

You may begin to notice some new terminology on our website and around the library regarding our library locations.  When there was only one Olathe library located at 201 E. Park, the building was simply known as the Olathe Public Library.  Then when the Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob Road was built in 2000, things became a little more complicated. Some referred to the downtown library as the Main Library; others still called it the Olathe Public Library.  It's always been a little bit confusing.

As both libraries have grown and flourished, it seemed some new terminology was needed.  The downtown location at 201 E. Park will now be called the Olathe Downtown Library, and the library at 12990 S. Black Bob Road will be called the Olathe Indian Creek Library.  Hopefully, these new designations will clear up any confusion and better represent both libraries.

The new names also emphasize that our two libraries are city libraries and not part of the Johnson County Library system.  Many of our regular patrons don't even realize this.  We certainly collaborate with the Johnson County Library system in many ways.  We share our online catalog.  Olathe cardholders can place holds on Johnson County Library items and vice versa.  You can return Olathe library books at either Olathe library or at any of the Johnson County Library locations.  Your Olathe library card can be used at any Johnson County library and vice versa.  These are just a few examples of the close relationship shared between our two library systems.  But the Olathe Public Library has always been proud to be a city library with a long, rich history.  (The Olathe Public Library was established in 1909 while the first Johnson County Library location opened in 1953.)

Please keep in mind this name transition will be an on-going process as we update library materials, online resources, signage, etc.  If you ever have any questions, please ask.  Remember, even though our location names have changed a bit, we will still strive to be the best library we can be.  We are here to help you.  As Shakespeare once wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

Olathe Downtown

201 E. Park
Olathe, KS  66061

Switchboard  (913) 971-6850
Chidlren's  (913) 971-6874

Olathe Indian Creek

12990 S. Black Bob Rd.
Olathe, KS  66062

Switchboard  (9130 971-6835

E-books & Toddlers

Parents, did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 2 years of age, and less than two hours a day for older children?  But what about reading e-books on an electronic device to your young child? The New York Times featured an interesting article this week entitled Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?  Read it to see what some child development experts are saying.  My favorite part is the closing quote:
“Lilly definitely has an iPad, and there are education apps she uses,” Amy Reid, a publicist at CNBC, said of her 4-year-old. “But for her, there is nothing like the excitement of choosing her own book and bringing it home from the library.”

Star Wars Reads Day 2014

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...  Well actually, this Saturday at a library very close to you the Olathe Public Library will be celebrating Star Wars Reads Day!  Drop by the Main Library on Saturday, October 11 anytime between 10 a.m. and noon for a little Star Wars related fun.  There will be actvities, book displays, giveaways, prize drawings, and Jedi training.  The 70th Explorers Garrison: The 501st Legion and The Rebel Legion: Dantooine Base will be making special appearances.  Costumes are encouraged! 

Below are a few shots from last year's celebration.  It is sure to be a fun day.  So make plans to visit the Main Library this Saturday for Star Wars Reads Day, and may the Force be with you.



Fall Storytimes

Our fall storytimes have started!  Our storytime schedule looks a little different this season as we've made a few changes.  One of the biggest changes is registration is no longer required for any of our storytimes, but space may be limited.  For some storytimes tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the program begins.  We have also reorganized the various age groups a bit.  We encourage you to determine which storytime session is most appropriate for your child and family.  And we will be offering a Saturday storytime at the Main Library once a month during the fall session.  Click the links below for more information about the different sessions.  

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

Mondays, September 15 - November 1710:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesdays, September 17 - November 19
9:15 a.m. at the Main Library

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

Mondays, September 15 - November 17
10:45 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesdays, September 17 - November 19
9:45 a.m. at the Main LIbrary

ON MY OWN STORYTIME - For 3 - 5 year olds
*Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program begins

Tuesdays, September 16 - November 18
10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Thursdays, September 18 - November 20
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

FAMILY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, September 16 - November 18
7:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

Wednesdays, September 17 - November 19
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch

SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Saturday, September 27
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

Saturday, October 25
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

Saturday, November 22
10:15 a.m. at the Main Library

Thanks for a Fun Summer!

It was a Fizz Boom Read! summer at the Olathe Public Library.  More than 4,500 children received summer reading folders this year.  That is a lot of kids and a lot of reading!  All of our programs were well-attended.  Kids learned a bit about science and had some great fun along the way.  Watch the video below to relive some of the good times.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  

Pizza & Pages Book Lovers Club

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.

Thank You, Miss Carlotta!

After working at the Olathe Public Library for more than 33 years, Miss Carlotta will be retiring at the end of this week.  She will be greatly missed!  Her wonderful storytimes have instilled a love of books and reading in young children down through the years.  Her lively piano playing, too, has always been a favorite of the kids.  Besides working at the Children's Desk, Carlotta also did a lot of work behind the scenes.  She has been the main repairer of children's books, helping keep them clean and in good shape for our readers.  She has spent many an hour taping torn pages, gluing loose binding, erasing unwanted marks and scribbles, and sometimes cleaning off unidentifiable stains and spills.  (Eww!)  She has also served for years as an active member of the Friends of the Library board.  But most of all it is her good nature and jovial spirit that will be missed by our patrons and our staff. Carlotta has contributed to the life of the Olathe Public Library in so many ways and helped make it such a great place.

Carlotta is planning to continue volunteering around the library and helping with our book repair work, so you may still see her around.  Like they say, you can't keep a good woman down!  Enjoy your retirement, Miss Carlotta, and thanks for all you've done.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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.

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