Children's Department @ Main Will Be CLOSED

The Children's Department at the Main Library will be closed on March 28 & 29 for re-carpeting.  The rest of the library will be open and operating as usual, and the Children's Department at the Indian Creek Branch will also be open.  We plan to be back up and running as normal on Wednesday, March 30.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Spring Break Fun

Spring Break is just around the corner.  The library will be offering a variety of fun activities for kids during the week.  Here is a list of what's going on.

  • Free Movie - A Wrinkle in Time
    Monday, March 14 @ 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library

    This movie is rated PG with a running time of 128 minutes.  No registration necessary.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and young must be accompanied by an adult.  All seating will be on the floor. 
  • Sudoku for Beginners
    Tuesday, March 15 @ 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library

    This program is for 3rd - 5th graders.  Come learn the basics of the popular number puzzle Sudoku.  Registration is required.  Register at either library or call (913) 971-6874.  Program will last about an hour. 
  • Spring Break Cookie Decorating for Kids
    Tuesday, March 15 @ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch
    Wednesday, March 15 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Main Library

    Come decorate a cookie in celebration of spring!  The program is open to all kids 5th grade and younger.  No registration necessary.  Come and go as you please.  Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Free Movie - Darby O'Gill & the LIttle People
    Thursday, March 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this movie classic about leprechauns set in Ireland.  This movie is rated G with a running time of 91 minutes.  No registration necessary.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and young must be accompanied by an adult.  All seating will be on the floor. 
  • Free Movie - Despicable Me
    Friday, March 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    This movie is rated PG with a running time of 95 minutes.  No registration necessary.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and young must be accompanied by an adult.  All seating will be on the floor. 
  • R.E.A.D. to a Dog
    Saturday, March 19 @ 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Main Library

    Children of all ages may drop by the library and read to a cuddly canine during the times listed above.  Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time.  Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  No advanced registration necessary.  For more information, call (913) 971-6874.  Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets of Life, Inc. 
  • Family Chess Night
    Monday, March 21 @ 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Indian Creek Branch

    Come play chess with a worthy opponent at Family Chess Night.  Boards and equipment will be provided.  All ages and playing levels welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration. 

Don't forget---there will no storytimes, Rhyme Time, or To Be Continued programs during the week of Spring Break, but there are lots of other fun things going on.  And as always, we have shelves of great books and movies for you to check out and enjoy at home.  So make the library one of your Spring Break destinations!

School Art Exhibit at the Main Library

The next time you are at the Main Library check out the wonderful display of children's art by elementary students from the Olathe School District.  There is a variety of 2-D and 3-D work on the walls and in the display cases in the Children's area.  The fun, colorful artworks will be sure to brighten your day.

The exhibit is scheduled to be up from February 17 through March 31.  You may view the art anytime the library is open.  Help support the arts in our schools, and don't miss your chance to see these special creations from some of the talented young artists in our community.

Harp Music at the Library

Do you like harp music?  Have you ever seen a harp in person?  Come to the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday, February 26, at 1:00 p.m. and listen to harpist/music teacher Phaedra Miller play some harp music and talk about the instrument and how it is played.  You may even have the chance to touch and try playing a harp.

This program is for the whole family.  No registration is required, but space is limited.  We hope you'll come to the library this Saturday afternoon and enjoy some beautiful harp music.

Batty for Vampires

Vampires seem to be all the rage these days.  The library just got a new series called My Sister the Vampire.  Upon moving to Franklin Grove, eighth-grader Olivia Abbott, a pink-loving cheerleader, learns that she has a twin sister, Ivy Vega, whose "goth" appearance hides a secret.  It's weird enough to discover she has an identical twin she didn't know about, but it's even weirder to find out her twin is a vampire!

If you are a fan of vampires, below are some other chapter books you might enjoy.  You might
want to keep some garlic handy!

That Totally Bites by Ruth Ames
Vampire Island by Adele Griffin
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage
The Vampire in My Bathtub by Brenda Seabrooke
Vampire Breath by R.L. Stine
The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin
Help! I'm Trapped in a Vampire's Body by Todd Strasser

Perfect Pairs

The next time you are at the Main Library, check out our display of "Perfect Pairs."   Each pair consists of one fiction book and one nonfiction book on a popular topic, like dinosaurs, baseball, trains, soccer, or dogs.  We encourage you to check out both books to take home and enjoy.  Just leave the hearts bookmark and elastic band to be recycled.  As the books get checked out, the display is constantly changing.  Thanks to Miss Beth for this fun way to find some great books about your favorite things.

So have a Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!  Celebrate with a "perfect pair' of books.

Lights! Camera! Action! at the Library

This morning the Children's Department at the Main Library was buzzing with activity like the set of a Hollywood movie.  Some students from Ravenwood Elementary came to the library to be filmed by students from Olathe Northwest High School's
e-Communications department.  These students are helping us create a promotional video for our summer reading program.  When finished, this video will be shown at elementary schools throughout Olathe to let kids know about all the fun activities happening at both Olathe libraries this summer.


You are probably not thinking about summertime with snow covering the ground and temperatures hovering in the single digits, but here at the Olathe Public Library we are busy making preparations for our 2011 Summer Reading Program.  Stayed tuned for more exciting details!

Homeschool Programs

The library is again offering special programs for homeschoolers ages 6 - 11.  The programs will all be held at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  All the programs require advance registration.  Below is the schedule.

GAME DAY - We'll provide the games.  All you have to do is come and have fun!
Tuesday, February 22 - 1:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Registration begins February 7

WHAT DO I READ NEXT? - Looking for something new to read this summer?  We'll tell you about some new books in our collection and introduce you to some of our old favorites as well.  The titles discussed will be geared toward a 3rd - 5th grade readling level.
Tuesday, May 17 - 1:00 p.m. @ the Indian Creek Branch
Reigstration begins May 2

To register or get more information, call (913) 971-6874.

CD-ROMs for Sale

Due to advancing technologies, the library is getting rid of its CD-ROM collection.  Beginning Tuesday, February 1, all CD-ROMs will be on sale for $2 each.  This includes all children's and adult CD-ROMs.  Simply take the title you want off the shelf and pay for it at the check out desk.  No limit.  All sales final.

The final day to check out CD-ROMs is January 31.  After that they will be available for purchase only.  This is your chance to own your favorite CD-ROMs at an unbeatable price.  Come early for the best selection.

The money made from the sale of the CD-ROMs will be used to buy more new Wii, Xbox, and PS2 titles for the library's collection.  You get to buy those favorite CD-ROMs so we can buy more popular video games for the library.  It's a win-win situation!

Kansas Children's Authors

This Saturday the state of Kansas will turn 150 years old.  Happy Birthday, Kansas!  How timely that this month marked the first time ever that a Kansas author has won the Newbery Medal for most distinguished children's book of the year.  Clare Vanderpool of Wichita was awarded the Newbery on January 10 for her debut novel Moon Over Manifest.

How about celebrating the birthday of Kansas by reading a book by a Kansas author?  You may have to get on the waiting list for Vanderpool's in-demand award-winning book, but there are other talented Kansas authors out there writing books for children.  Here are a few to choose from:  Brad Sneed, Jane Kurtz, Lisa Harkrader, Dian Curtis Regan, and Richard W. Jennings.

Happy Kansas Day and happy reading!

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