Homework Help

homeworkhelpDid you know Live Homework Help is available through the library's website?  Students in grades 4th through 12th can receive help in math, science, social studies or English from a live online tutor. Tutors are available every day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available for help with math and science 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. This is a free service offered through the library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Click here to learn more and get connected now.


Read for the Record

On Thursday, October 7, 2010, you can help set a new world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. Last year more than 2.1 million people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This year people all snowydayacross the country will try to break the record again by reading The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats. We will be reading The Snowy Day to children at the Indian Creek Branch on October 7 at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30 p.m. Drop by the libary and listen as we read for the record. The book will also be read that day at our Thursday morning storytimes at the Main Library. If you read The Snowy Day online at www.wegivebooks.org/readfortherecord before October 7, the Pearson Foundation will donate a free copy of the book to a child in need so that he or she can take part in this year's Read for the Record event. You can create a priceless memory for a young child. So read the book online before October 7, and then come join us on that date at the Indian Creek Branch as we read for the record.


VHS Blowout

Beginning Thursday, September 23, all children's VHS videotapes at the Main Library will be on sale for 25¢ each or 5 for $1. This will be our rock bottom price, so if you've been waiting to stock up, now is the time. Get 'em while they last! All sales are final. DVDs are not included in this sale. All the money made from this sale will be used to buy new children's DVDs for the library collection.

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Muppets at the Library

muppetsAre you a fan of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear?  Then come to "Muppet Movie Madness" at the Main Library. We will be showing a different movie featuring the Muppets on alternating Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. from now until the end of the year. Here is the complete schedule:

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN  (Rated G - 94 minutes) Tuesday, September 28 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND  (Rated G - 73 minutes) Tuesday, October 12 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

MUPPETS FROM SPACE  (Rated G - 88 minutes) Tuesday, October 26 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

FOLLOW THAT BIRD  ((Rated G - 89 minutes) Tuesday, November 9 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND  (Rated G - 100 minutes) Tuesday, November 23 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

KERMIT'S SWAMP YEARS  (Rated G - 82 minutes) Tuesday, December 7 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL  (Rated G - 89 minutes) Tuesday, December 21 - 4:00 p.m. @ Main Library The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  All seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket.


Read to a Dog - Fall 2010

ABC News did a recent story about kids reading to dogs and the benefits of this experience for beginning and reluctant readers.  Watch the clip below.

The Olathe Public Libraries offer children the opportunity to read to a cuddly canine twice a month in our Read to a Dog program.  The complete schedule of dates, times, and locations are listed below.  Just come to the Children's Desk upon your arrival and check in for a reading time.  The time slots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  No advance registration.   The dogs are trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  So come read to a dog on the following dates: Saturday, September 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, September 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, October 2 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, October 16 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, November 6 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, November 20 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library Saturday, December 4 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch Saturday, December 18 - 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ the Main Library

Butterflies at the Library

swallowtailcaterpillar1"Caterpillars" by Aileen Fisher

What do caterpillars do? Nothing much but chew and chew. What do caterpillars know? Nothing much but how to grow. They just eat what by and by will make them be a butterfly, But that is more than I can do however much I chew and chew.

From the poetry book Cricket in a Thicket

Stop by either Olathe library and check out our displays of caterpillars in the Children's Department. We are anxiously watching and waiting for our caterpillars to transform into beautiful butterflies. Our displays include monarchs and black swallowtails. Each time you visit the library this fall, be sure to see if the caterpillars have grown, if they have formed chrysalises, or if they have emerged as butterflies.

One Million Checkouts

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According to David M. Schwartz's book How Much Is a Million?, if one million kids stood on top of each other's shoulders, they would form a tower over  757 miles tall!   (Mt. Everest is only 5 ½ miles tall.)   How long do you think it would take to count to one million?   Would you believe 23 days?   That's right, 23 days of non-stop counting. Now imagine checking out one million items at the library!   That's how many items have been checked out  from the Olathe Public Libraries so far  this year.   Today we checked out our millionth item.   That is a lot of books, movies, CDs and games!   No wonder the library is always such a busy place.

Fall Storytimes

Registration for our fall Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two sessions begins on Tuesday, August 24.   Visit the Programs page of our website for more information and the complete schedule.   You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.   PLEASE NOTE: The libraries do not open until 10:00 a.m. so phones will not be answered until after 10:00.

Summer Reading Finale

pirateSchool is starting this week, but we still have one  special event left before we say goodbye to summer.   Our Summer Reading Finale will be on Saturday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary School.   Ventriloquist/illusionist Kevin Horner will be presenting "Walk the Plank with Pirate Frank!"   It is sure to be a fun-filled time.   Bring the whole family and celebrate all the reading you did this summer.   And don't forget, the last day  to return your summer reading folder to the library is Sunday, August 22.   Thanks to everybody who "made a splash" at the library this summer.   Have a great school year!

Return Your Summer Reading Folder!

foldercover-smThe summer is coming to an end, and it's time to return your Summer Reading Folder to the library.   Bring back your folder to either Olathe library between now and August 22 and chose your free paperback book!   Be sure to fill out the perforated tab on your folder.   We will tear that off when you receive  your book and will then send it on to your school so they know you participated in the Summer Reading Program. Congratulations on all the great reading you did over the summer.   We hope you'll continue to visit the library throughout the school year and  find more great books to  read.

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