Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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!

LEGO @ the Library

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:


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


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


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!

Teddy Bear Day

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.

Storytimes - Fall 2013

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 9Click 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!

Dog Days of Summer

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!

Free Paperback!

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 a free paperback!

Bookmark Contest Winners

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



The Olathe Public Library is excited to provide access to TumbleBooks through the State Library of Kansas.  TumbleBooks offer an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.  The Story Books category includes books that are read aloud to the child with animated illustrations, while the Read-Alongs category includes chapter books and early readers that can be read alone or with accompanying audio.  You may also access Spanish and French versions of TumbleBooks, along with a version for mobile devices.  There is no special software or login required.

Click here to give TumbleBooks a try.  You can also access TumbleBooks through our Good Books and Cool Sites for Kids (under "Books & Magazines") web pages.  Happy Tumbling!

Summer Bookmark Contest Deadline

Hey kids, if you were thinking about entering our Summer Bookmark Contest, don't delay!  The entry deadline is this Sunday, June 30.  Children going into grades 1st - 5th can turn in their entries at either Olathe library by closing on Sunday.  If you need an entry form, you may pick one up at the library or download it here.  The entry form provides more information about the contest rules.  The winners of the contest will be announced on Monday, July 15.  So get busy and get creative!

Are You a F.R.E.D. Family?

Kids who attend one of the Olathe district elementary schools will know that F.R.E.D. stands for Families Read Every Day!  During the school year F.R.E.D. families read together the book Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills, and hundreds of people came to the Olathe Public Libraries to meet the author Claudia Mills in person.  It was a great event!

But F.R.E.D. isn't just during the school year.  Summer is a perfect time to read together as a family.  The library wants to encourage families to spend quality time reading together throughout the year.  We have a list of recommended read aloud books at the library if you need some suggestions.  Or how about listening to an audiobook together on your next road trip?

Another way we are promoting F.R.E.D. this summer is with free yard signs.  Perhaps you've seen these orange signs in yards around the city that state:  "An Olathe Public LIbrary F.R.E.D. Family Lives Here!"  If you would like a sign to display in front of your house, just stop by either Olathe library and ask for a free yard sign (while supplies last).  If you don't have space for a yard sign, we also have window clings available that can displayed on a car window or at home.  We hope you will help us support the Olathe Public Library and promote families reading together.

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