Despicable Me 2

Tired of being cooped up at home?  Looking for something fun to do?  Come to the library and watch a free family movie!  Despicable Me 2 is being shown at both libraries.  This movie is rated PG and runs 98 minutes.  All seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket.  No registration necessary.  All are welcome, but children in kindergarten or younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

Here are the times and locations:

DESPICABLE ME 2
Friday, January 3
1:30 p.m. at the Main Library

DESPICABLE ME 2
Monday, January 6
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch


Happy 2014!

A motley crew of kids celebrated New Year's Eve a few hours early at our Happy Noon Year party!  They learned about New Year's traditions, made party hats and noisemakers, and celebrated the beginning of a new year.

Don't forget the library closes early at 3:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and will remain closed on New Year's Day.  We will reopen on Thursday, January 2.  And don't forget that the Main Library will start opening at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday in the new year.  Also, both the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch will be opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays.  Click here to see the complete list of our new library hours. 

We hope one of your New Year's resolutions will be to visit the Olathe Public Libraries more often in 2014.  Happy New Year!


Changes at Main Library

In the Children’s Department at the Main Library we’ve rearranged our collection of nonfiction materials a bit.  Many people don’t realize that fairy tales and folk tales are part of our nonfiction collection, and for this reason they often get overlooked.  In order to make folk and fairy tales easier to find, we’ve pulled them out and shelved them in their own special section.  Look for them where the biographies for kids used to be.

Another part of our nonfiction collection which is sometimes missed is the poetry section.  Again, to make these easier to find, we’ve separated out the poetry books into their own section.  They are now shelved right next to the fairy tales. 

If you wonder what happened to the biographies, they are now shelved at the very beginning of the nonfiction section, just across from nonfiction DVDs.  And biography DVDs are now shelved right by the biography books.

If none of this makes sense, just ask for help at the Children’s Services Desk.  It is much easier for us to show you rather than try to explain it here.  Plus, we're still working on updating our signage.  Our ultimate goal is to make things easier to find and make the library a user-friendly place to browse.  Just remember that the fairy tales, folk tales, and poetry books are now all shelved together.  Hopefully, this will help you discover a whole new area of our collection that you may have overlooked.


New Phone Number

Beginning Monday, December 9, the Indian Creek Branch Library will have a new phone number.  The new number is 913-971-6835.  The old number will temporarily re-direct you to the new number, but be sure to update your phone lists with this new number.  Our phone system at the lIbrary is being updated and required this change.  The phone numbers at the Main Library will remain unchanged.  Bear with us as we learn a new phone system, but hopefully, all will go smoothly.


All Board!

Attention all train enthusiasts!  Model railroads are coming to the Main Library.  It's time once again for our annual model railroad display.  Come see an operating model railroad in the Storytime Room.  Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the display and model railroading.

Here is the schedule for when the trains will be on display:

Thursday, December 5
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library

Saturday, December 7
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library

Sunday, December 8
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library

All ages are invited to stop by and enjoy the display.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.


Holiday Staff Picks 2013

As the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers disappear, the holiday season is in full swing.  If you are looking for a special gift for a young person on your shopping list, we'd like to recommend some good books for you to consider.  Each year the Children's Services staff at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch compile a list of some of our favorite books from the past year along with some old favorites.  Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles.   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.


Pictionary & Pizza!

Do you like to draw?  Do you like to play Charades?  Then you'll love playing Pictionary!  3rd - 5th graders are invited to come play Pictionary at the Main Library on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:30 a.m.  Afterwards we'll have some pizza!  What more could you ask for?  Registration is required.  Call (913) 971-6874 or register online.  Program will last about an hour.


Wimpy Kid #8

Hey Wimpy Kid fans!  The eighth book in Jeff Kinney's popular series comes out today!  The title is Hard Luck, and the cover is chartreuse (yellowish green).  Greg Heffley is on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

We currently have two Hot Pick copies on our shelves, but those are sure to be snatched up quickly.  If you'd like to get on the waiting list, you can place a hold through our web catalog or you can give the library a call.  All we'll need is your library card number.


Time for Two

The fall session of TIme for Two at the Indian Creek Branch begins on Friday, October 25.  This is a special storytime for two-year-olds and their caring adults.  We still have openings in our 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. sessions.  The fall session runs for five weeks.  Click here for more information and the complete schedule.  Registration is required.  You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest

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.

Happy decorating!


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