For Parents

While trying to tidy up my work area recently, I stumbled across an interesting poster buried under the piles on my desk.  The poster was entitled "Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader."  This rather tongue-in-cheek list first appeared in The Horn Book Magazine, the acclaimed publication about literature for children and young adults.  I thought it was worth sharing.


  1. NEVER READ where your children can see you.
  2. PUT A TV OR COMPUTER in every room.  Don't neglect the bedrooms and kitchen.
  3. CORRECT YOUR CHILD every time he mispronounces a word.
  4. SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES every day after school so your child will never be bored.
  5. Once your child can read independently, THROW OUT THE PICTURE BOOKS.  They're for babies.
  6. DON'T PLAY board games together.  Too dull.
  7. Give little REWARDS for reading. Stickers and plastic toys are nice.  Money is even better.
  8. Don't expect your chldren to enjoy reading.  Kids' books are for TEACHING vocabulary,
    proper study habits, and good MORALS.
  9. Buy only 40-WATT BULBS for your lamps.
  10. Under NO circumstances read your child the same book OVER AND OVER.  She heard it once, she should remember it.
  11. Never allow your child to listen to BOOKS ON TAPE; that's CHEATING.
  12. Make sure your kids only read books that are "challenging."  EASY books are a complete WASTE OF TIME.  That goes double for comic books and Mad magazine.
  13. Absolutely, positively NO READING IN BED.

   Text © 2001 by Dean Schneider and Robin Smith from The Horn Book Magazine.

Winter-Spring Storytimes

Our winter-spring storytimes will be starting up next week!  The winter-spring session runs from January 26 through April 30. We offer Rhyme Time for 0 - 2 year olds with an accompanying adult, Toddler Time for 2 - 3 year olds with an accompanying adult, On My Own Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds who attend independently, and Family Storytime for the whole family.  We also offer a Saturday Storytime once a month.  None of our storytimes require registration, but for some storytimes tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the program begins on a first come, first served basis.  Click here for more information on the different storytimes and exact times and locations.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.

We also offer a special weekly storytime for daycare groups on Thursday mornings at 9:30 at the Olathe Downtown Library.  We do require preregistration for the daycare storytimes.  You may register your group by calling (913) 971-6874.

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on January 17 at Olathe Downtown has been cancelled.  Our volunteers are not able to bring their dogs. Hopefully, our reading dogs will be back in February.  We apologize for any incovenience.



Here's something you should know about.  The Olathe Public Library is excited to now offer access to BookFlix through our website.  BookFlix is a fun literacy resource that pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction ebooks.  The books are geared to K - 3rd graders.  BookFlix features more than 110 book pairs related to nine different themes.  For instance, you can watch an animated video based on the easy reader Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold and then read the easy nonfiction book It's a Good Thing There Are Insects by Allan Fowler all online.  There is no special software or login required.  You will find many classic picture books as well as newer titles.  You can access BookFlix through the Good Books page of our website and on our Cool Sites for Kids web page under "Books & Magazine."  We hope you will take some time to explore this exciting new resource, just another one of the many cool things available through the Olathe Public LIbrary!  

And for more online reading fun, don't forget the library also offers access to TumbleBooks!

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on January 3 at Olathe Indian Creek Library has been cancelled.  Our volunteers are not able to bring their dogs.  We apologize for any incovenience.

Pajama Storytime - CANCELLED

The Pajama Storytime on December 30 has been cancelled.  The Olathe Indian Creek Library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m. due to techincal problems.  We apologize for any inconvience.

Gingerbread House Fun

Everyone knows that the Three Little Pigs built their houses out of 1) straw, 2) sticks and 3) bricks, right?  Well, if you come
see the gingerbread houses on display at the Olathe Downtown Library, you may discover they built their houses out of
1) shredded wheat, 2) pretzels and 3) Hot Tamales candy!  Children's librarian Rosemary Kasten and her sister have created a wonderful gingerbread house scene featuring the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.  (Although the fate of the that first little pig is open to debate.)  Be sure to check it out in the display case next time you are in the library.  Maybe you'll get inspired to check out a book and build a gingerbread house of your own.

Pajama Storytime

Our fall storytime session has ended, but your family still has one more opportunity to attend a library storytime before the end of the year.  We will be offering a special Pajama Storytime at both Olathe libraries in December.  Put on your jammies, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to some special bedtime stories!  Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but the whole family is welcome.  Program will last about 30 minutes.  No registration.

Here are the times and locations:

Monday, December 15
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Downtown

Tuesday, December 30
7:00 p.m. @ Olathe Indian Creek

For information about our winter-spring storytimes starting in late January, visit our Programs web page.

Holiday Staff Picks 2014

Once again the Children's Services staff at the Olathe Downtown and Olathe Indian Creek libraries have selected some of their favorite children's books from the past year, as well as some old favorites.  Our Staff Picks list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles.  As you are doing your holiday shopping, we hope you might consider the gift of books for those special children on your shopping list.  Perhaps our list will give you some possible ideas.  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.

Homeschool Art Reception

Thanks to everyone who attended the Homeschool Art Reception on November 11.  It was an enjoyable evening of viewing some original art and visiting with friends.  The Homeschool Art Show display will remain up at the Olathe Downtown Llibrary through the end of November.  Check it out the next time you are in the library.

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