Grand Opening of Indian Creek Library Temporary Location

After being closed for nearly half a year due to flooding the Indian Creek Library will soon re-open at a temporary location at the Santa Fe Square Shopping Center at 13511 S. Mur-Len, Suite 129.  The grand opening will be on Friday, September 2. Drop by anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. to check out the new space.  There will be festivities throughout the day.  Below is the schedule of events:

9:30am:  Family Storytime (Tickets handed out 15 mins before)
10:15am:  Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Michael Copeland
10:30am:  Preschool Dance Party (Tickets handed out 30 mins before)
11:30am - 1:00pm:  Preschool Craft 
1:30pm - 3:00pm:  Family Photo Op Fun
4:00pm - 7:00pm:  Teen Green Screen Selfies, Teen Gaming & Children’s Collaborative Coloring Project
6:30pm - 7:30pm:  Rock and Read: Irish Music & Writings with Larry Kirwan
All Day Fun!  Prize Drawings, Self-Guided Tours & Refreshments

We are excited to once again be able to offer services on the east side of Olathe while the old HyVee building at Santa Fe & Brougham is being renovated as the new permanent location for the Indian Creek Library.  This could take a couple of years, but in the meantime we're pleased to serve you at the new temporary location.  And as always, the Downtown Library will continue to serve patrons as usual.  We have appreciated your patience and support during this time of transition.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


LEGO Lock-In

On your mark, get set, LEGO!  It was a rip-roarin' good time at this summer's LEGO Lock-In at the Downtown Library.  Kids and parents had lots of fun building all kinds of vehicles out of LEGO bricks and then testing them out for speed and durability on our race ramps.  I think we might have some future automotive engineers among us!

Click the pics below for a closer look at the fun.  And many of the vehicles are currently on display in the Children's Department at the Downtown Library.  But hurry, they won't be around for long!







Return Summer Reading Logs

The Children's Department has started giving out free paperback books when kids return their summer reading logs.  The book giveaway will continue through Friday, August 19.  Just bring your summer reading log into the library, show us what you read this summer, and pick out your free book!  If you attend an Olathe District school, we will also notify your school that you participated in our summer reading program.  So don't delay!  Bring back your reading log by August 19 and get your free book.  We hope you read some great books this summer!




Life-Size Games

It was an afternoon of "Life-Size Games" for 4th & 5th graders at today's library program at Indian Creek Elementary School. Kids played extra large versions of such favorites as Jenga, Chutes and Ladders, and Angry Birds.  It looks like everyone had a lot of fun!  Click the pics below for a closer look.





Yoga for Kids

Yoga instructor Jessica Sexton led children in some basic yoga practice on Thursday afternoon at the Downtown Library. Children learned sun salutation, down dog, tree pose, bridge, and other yoga poses.  By the end everyone was stretched and calm and ready to relax.  Thanks, Miss Jessica, for a great summer program!  And if you'd like to learn more about yoga, check out a book or dvd next time you are at the library.




2016 Summer Bookmark Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Bookmark Contest!  The judges had a hard job, but after viewing all the entries, they chose one winner from each grade level.  The winning bookmarks will be distributed at the library beginning Monday,
July 25.

Here are the winning bookmark designers:

           1st Grade Kensley Vardijan
  2nd Grade Tinuviel Harshbarger
  3rd Grade Elizabeth Park
  4th Grade Jameson Mangold
  5th Grade Joshua Stewart

Congratulations to all of the winners!  Great job.


So You Think You Can Yo-Yo

Our second big program of the summer will be on Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Rd.  We will be featuring the amazing talents of the Team Go Big Yo-Yo Prospinners.  This yo-yo team features performing kids of all ages.  There may even be a little juggling.  Come prepared to see some amazing yo-yo skills!  This program is for kids going into grades 1st - 5th.  Parents and siblings are also welcome.  There is no registration, but tickets will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m.

Team Go Big Yo-Yo Prospinners is sponsored by Go Big Skills Toys store in Shawnee and owner Cesar Conde.  Below is a video of Cesar's son Ben Conde doing some incredible yo-yo work at last year's World Yo-Yo Contest in Tokyo, Japan.  Amazing!


Summer Bookmark Contest

Have you been thinking about entering our summer bookmark contest?  Well, don't delay!  The deadline is quickly approaching. Monday, June 27 is the last day to turn in your bookmark design.  All children going into 1st - 5th grade are invited to create an original bookmark and bring it to the Downtown Library by June 27. Here is the official entry form with all the rules and information:  ENTRY FORM.

Again, the deadline to enter is by the end of the day on Monday, June 27.  A winning bookmark will be chosen from each grade, and prizes will be awarded.  The winners will announced on Monday, July 11.  The winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed at the library beginning Monday, July 25.  So get out those pencils, crayons, markers, etc. and create something fabulous! 



Free Family Movies

This summer we are showing free movies for the whole family at the Downtown Library.  During June and July movies will be shown every Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., except there will no movies shown during the week of the Fourth of July.  Tickets will be handed out for the movies starting 30 minutes before showtime on a first come, first served basis.

Here is the complete schedule of summer movies:

Surf's Up
Rated PG - 85 minutes
Monday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Peanuts Movie
Rated G - 88 minutes
Monday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Angels in the Outfield
Rated PG - 102 minutes
Monday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m 
Wedhesday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Rated G - 117 minutes
Monday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m.
The Good Dinosaur
Rated PG - 93 minutes
Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m.
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Rated G - 76 minutes
Monday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Rated PG - 96 minutes
Monday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m.

All movies will be shown at the Downtown Library.  All seating is on the floor, but you are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  See you at the movies!


Summer Reading Kick Off 2016

We had a great day for our Summer Reading Kick Off this year.  We were just a bit worried about the possibility of rain, but it stayed dry and by the end the sun was making an appearance.  Hundreds of people picked up their summer reading packets. There were a variety of fun games to play, temporary tattoos, a "spray painting" activity, chess playing, and more.  The Olathe Noon Optimists provided free water which was much appreciated.  Parents as Teachers provided information and activities.  Mahaffie Farmstead brought some fun old-fashioned toys and games.  And with the Indian Creek Library currently closed, the library actually provided books to check out at the Kick Off this year.  All in all, it was a great start to our summer!  Watch the video below to see some images from the Summer Reading Kick Off.


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