Aaron Fowler Rocks!

Aaron Fowler and his trusty sidekick Bella the dog kept the audience entertained at our last off-site program of the summer on Wednesday, July 12.  Aaron played guitar, sang original songs, and told funny stories from his childhood.  He had everyone movin' and a groovin'!  And Bella made herself right at home.  Afterwards, everyone had the chance to give Bella some tummy-rubbing love.  Thanks, Aaron, for a great program on a hot summer day!




LEGO Lock-In 2017

It was LEGO mania at the Downtown Library on Friday evening at our LEGO Lock-In.  Kids and their grownups had a blast building bridges and skyscrapers and all kinds of cool things with the library’s collection of LEGO bricks.  Many of their amazing creations are currently on display in the Children’s Department at the Downtown Library.  Next time you are at the library, take time to check them out!  Click the photos below for a closer look.

And don’t forget that our monthly LEGO Clubs for kids in K – 5th grade will be starting up again in September.  Stay tuned for details.






Summer Bookmark Winners

We had some great entries in our Summer Bookmark Contest.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  After careful consideration the judges selected one winning design from each grade.  Printed bookmarks featuring the winning designs
will be available at both Olathe libraries beginning July 31 while supplies last.

Congratulations to all the winners!

1st Grade Andrew Park
2nd Grade Bonnie Burch
3rd Grade Sara Natanova
4th Grade Elizabeth Park
5th Grade Cameron Cabrera


Aaron Fowler

Our final “big” children’s program of the summer will feature musician Aaron Fowler.  A native Kansan, Aaron has been performing since he was 16 years old.  He will be playing his guitar and singing his songs on Wednesday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Rd.  This program is for kids going into 1st - 5th grade, but parents and siblings are also welcome.  Come experience the power of building a better world through music and stories with Aaron Fowler.  We hope you’ll join us!

For a taste of Aaron's music, check out the vdeo below.


LEGO Lock-In

Attention LEGO fans!  Our summer LEGO Lock-In for 1st - 5th graders and their parents will be this Friday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  This is a time for kids and their grown-ups to build together using the library's large LEGO collection. Registration is required, and we still have openings available.  To register, call (913) 971-6874 or register in person at either Olathe library.  CLICK HERE for more information.



Fourth of July

Both Olathe libraries will be closed on July 4th.  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


What to Read?

Looking for a good book to read this summer?  Each year the Children's staff at the Olathe Public Library create suggested book lists by grade level related to our summer reading program theme.  If you’re looking for a suggestion for what to read next, click one of the links below and browse the list.  You can also find printed copies of these book lists in a bookmark format at the Children’s Department of either Olathe library.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade



Meet the Author

Our second big off-site program of the summer will be on Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Road).  Our featured presenter will be author and illustrator Daniel Miyares whose books include Float, Pardon Me!, Bring Me a Rock, and That Neighbor Kid.  Come learn about his wonderful picture books and hear about the creative process behind making a book.  He may even draw some pictures for us!  This program is for 1st – 5th graders, but parents and siblings are also welcome.


Bookmark Contest Deadline

Don't forget, the deadline to enter our Summer Bookmark Contest is this coming Monday, June 26.  If you haven't turned in your bookmark design yet, be sure to finish your bookmark this weekend and bring it in to either Olathe library by the end of the day on Monday.  We've received some great entries so far!  The judges will have their work cut out for them.  The winning entries will be announced by Monday, July 10, and bookmarks will be available to the public beginning Monday, July 31.  Thanks to everyone who has enterered and good luck!


Games Galore!

Yahtzee!  Clue!  Monopoly!  Scrabble!  Battleship!  Chutes and Ladders!  These are just a few of the games you can play at the library during Games Galore!  This is a drop-in program where you can drop by the library and play some games.  We'll provide the games; you provide the playing skills. Bring a friend to play with or maybe make some new friends over a good game.  We are offering Games Galore! at both libraries once a week during June and July.  Here is the schedule of times and locations:

          Downtown Library
          Every Saturday, June 3 - July 29
          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Indian Creek Library
Every Wednesday, June 7 - July 26
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


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