Pajama Storytime - CANCELLED

The Pajama Storytime on December 30 has been cancelled.  The Olathe Indian Creek Library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m. due to techincal problems.  We apologize for any inconvience.

Gingerbread House Fun

Everyone knows that the Three Little Pigs built their houses out of 1) straw, 2) sticks and 3) bricks, right?  Well, if you come
see the gingerbread houses on display at the Olathe Downtown Library, you may discover they built their houses out of
1) shredded wheat, 2) pretzels and 3) Hot Tamales candy!  Children's librarian Rosemary Kasten and her sister have created a wonderful gingerbread house scene featuring the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.  (Although the fate of the that first little pig is open to debate.)  Be sure to check it out in the display case next time you are in the library.  Maybe you'll get inspired to check out a book and build a gingerbread house of your own.

Pajama Storytime

Our fall storytime session has ended, but your family still has one more opportunity to attend a library storytime before the end of the year.  We will be offering a special Pajama Storytime at both Olathe libraries in December.  Put on your jammies, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to some special bedtime stories!  Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but the whole family is welcome.  Program will last about 30 minutes.  No registration.

Here are the times and locations:

Monday, December 15
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown

Tuesday, December 30
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek

For information about our winter-spring storytimes starting in late January, visit our Programs web page.

Holiday Staff Picks 2014

Once again the Children's Services staff at the Olathe Downtown and Olathe Indian Creek libraries have selected some of their favorite children's books from the past year, as well as some old favorites.  Our Staff Picks list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles.  As you are doing your holiday shopping, we hope you might consider the gift of books for those special children on your shopping list.  Perhaps our list will give you some possible ideas.  Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library.  Both libraries also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse.  However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year.  We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you. 

We hope you'll take time during the busy holiday season to read together as a family.  Give the gift of reading.

Homeschool Art Reception

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.

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.



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