This month the Friends of the Olathe Public Library are sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Families are invited to decorate a pumpkin as a favorite children's book character. Paint it, dress it, accessorize it, but NO CARVING! Click here for the rules. One entry per family. Registration is required. You may register online for either the Main Library contest or the Indian Creek Branch contest. The deadline to register is October 13. Deliver your pumpkins to the library on October 19 or 20.
The pumpkins will be on display at the libraries from October 20 - 28. The pumpkins will be judged on October 27 by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library. The winners will be announced on October 28. First prize will be a one year family pass to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm (a $50 value). Second prize will be a $25 gift card to AMC Theaters. All entrants will receive a Friends membership and a Friends book bag. The contest is in celebration of National Friends of the Library Week.
So get registered and get decorating! We hope to see a lot of creative pumpkins in our contest. To get inspired stop by the Main Library to see the Olivia and Pete the Cat pumpkins, or visit the Indian Creek Branch and see the Elephant and Piggie pumpkins.
Attention all Star Wars fans! Come to the Main Library in downtown Olathe this Saturday, October 5 and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day! Drop by the library between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and enjoy a variety of Star Wars themed activities. There will be crafts, displays, books, games, and prize drawings! Lucasfilm fan artist Darryl Woods will be here in person between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. No registration required. Everyone is welcome. Costumes are encouraged!! Celebrate literacy and all things Star Wars this Saturday. Don't miss it, and may the force be with you.
It's that time of year when caterpillars come to the Olathe Public Library! Once again in the Children's Deparmtent at both Olathe libraries you will find live caterpillars on display. There are Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, and Polyphemus Moths. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to see if the caterpillars have transformed into chrysalises or even emerged as butterflies! At Main the Polyphemus Moth has already disappeared into its cocoon. This is a great opportunity to view a little miracle of nature up close and personal.
Don't forget! This weekend is our Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Main LIbrary. Bring one of your favorite stuffed animals for a sleepover at the library. You and your stuffed animal will enjoy bedtime stories on Friday, and then your stuffed animal friend will spend the night at the library listening to stories, playing games, and probably staying up very late. Pick them up on Saturday and see some pictures of how the sleepover went. Here is the schedule:
Friday, September 20 - 5:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Listen to bedtime stories and drop off stuffed animals
Saturday, September 21 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Pick up stuffed animals and see pictures of the sleepover
Don't miss out on this fun event. No registration is required. Remember, only the stuffed animals will spend the night at the library.
Below is a video of last year's Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Check it out!
Our very popular monthly LEGO Club programs have started up for the fall season. We offer an afterschool LEGO Club at the Indian Creek Branch on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. We offer an evening LEGO Club at the Main Library on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. We offer a Homeschool LEGO Club at the Indian Creek Branch on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. LEGO Club is for kids in K - 5th grade only. Registration is required for all sessions. In order to allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, we ask that you only sign up for one LEGO Club session per calendar month.
Here is the full schedule:
AFTERSCHOOL LEGO CLUB @ INDIAN CREEK BRANCH
Wednesday, October 9 - 4:30 p.m. *Registration begins, Monday, September 30
Wednesday, November 13 - 4:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, November 4
Wednesday, December 11 - 4:30 p.m. *Registration begins, Monday, December 2
EVENING LEGO CLUB @ MAIN LIBRARY
Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, September 30
Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, November 4
Tuesday, December 17 - 7:00 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, December 2
HOMESCHOOL LEGO CLUB @ INDIAN CREEK BRANCH
Tuesday, October 1 - 1:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, September 23
Tuesday, November 5 - 1:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, October 28
Tuesday, December 3 - 1:30 p.m. *Registration begins Monday, November 25
As you can see, there are lots of fun brick-building opportunities at the library this fall. Don't miss out on the fun!
Do you love teddy bears? Who doesn't? Did you know September 9 is Teddy Bear Day? It's the perfect day to give your favorite teddy bear a great big hug! Or maybe you would like to read a story about teddy bears. Click here to find a good book about teddy bears.
Also, mark your calendar for our upcoming Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Main Library. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the Main Library on Friday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. You and your stuffed animal can listen to some bedtime stories before you leave your stuffed animal friend to spend the night at the library with the other stuffed animals. You can pick up your stuffed animal on Saturday between noon and 1:00 p.m. and see some pictures of the sleepover. There is no registration. (Remember, only the stuffed animals will be spending the night at the library.) This is always a fun event.
Fall storytimes for preschoolers will start in mid-September, but registration begins next Monday, August 26. The library offers storytimes for 3, 4 and 5 year olds at various times and locations throughout the week. Click here for more information and the complete schedules for Preschool Storytimes.
If you have a 2 year old at home, the library offers Time for Two for 2 year olds with a caring adult. Registration for the first fall session starts on Monday, September 9. Click here for more information and the complete fall schedules for TIme for Two.
And if you have a 12 - 24 month old child, the library offers a weekly Rhyme Time for this age with an accompanying adult. This is an interactive language-enrichment program featuring rhymes, songs, and finger plays selected to introduce your child to the sound and rhythm of words and simple concepts such as physical features and counting. No registration is required for Rhyme Time, but space is limited. Click here for more information and the complete schedules for Rhyme Time.
The library also offers a Tuesday evening Family Storytime (featuring the same stories as the preschool storytimes), but it is open to the whole family and requires no registration. These sessions are held at the Indian Creek Branch on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 17 through November 19.
PLEASE NOTE: Online registration is not available for storytimes. You may register in person at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.
Storytime is a great way to help instill a love of books and reading in your young child, as well as making the library a favorite fun place to visit. We hope to see you this fall!
Celebrate the end of summer at the Dog Days of Summer at the Indian Creek Branch on Saturday, August 10 from 12 - 2 p.m. This is a fun drop-by event for the entire family...especially dog lovers! Here are some of the fun things that will be going on:
- Olathe Police Department Canine Unit Demo @ 12:30 p.m.
- Live music by Rock School KC
- Meet & Greet with dogs from Pets for Life, Inc.
- SPCA Collection Drive - Bring canned cat/dog food, peanut butter, paper towels
- Olathe Animal Control - Learn about dog and cat licensing and other info
- The Funnel Cake Truck will have goodies for sale
- Friends of the Library Beat the Heat Book Sale - 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
It's been a great summer at the Olathe Public Library, and this will be our final bash for the season. Drop by and eat a funnel cake, pet a dog, browse the book sale, or just hang out at the library. It's sure to be a dog-gone good time!
Monday, July 29 is the first day to return your summer reading folder and receive a free paperback book! There will be variety of books to choose from. You may return your folder to either Olathe library anytime between July 29 and August 11. So be sure to mark the reading you've been doing this summer in your folder and bring it in to show us. Fill out the perforated tab with your name, school, and grade, but leave it attached until you bring it in to the library.
Kudos on all the great reading you have done this summer! You deserve a prize...like a free paperback!
Congratulations to all the winners of our Summer Bookmark Contest! We had a lot of creative entries. The judges had their work cut out for them.
Bookmarks featuring the winning designs will be available at both Olathe libraries beginning Monday, July 29. Click the pictures below to get a closer look at the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!
Corrine Cole - 1st grade
Colin Xie - 2nd grade
Hannah Chen - 3rd grade
Nikki Lau - 4th grade
Joyce Yu - 5th grade