Are you a kid who loves books and loves space? Then you should check out the Story Time From Space website. You can listen to a book being read by a real astronaut from the International Space Station! Talk about a storytime that is out of this world. Wow! There are currently three storytimes available with more to come. Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy a storytime from outer space!
Each year the Olathe Public Library's Children's Services staff compiles a list of some of our favorite children's books from the past year, along with some old favorites. Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles—something for everyone. In this seaon of gift-giving, we hope you might find some ideas for gifts for the children on your holiday shopping list. Or perhaps you'll find a good book to read together as a family. The holidays are a great time to share a book together.
If you would like to browse the titles on our Staff Picks list, click here to download a copy. Printed copies are also available at both libraries. The books on our Staff Picks list will be on display throughout the month of December at both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library. The books on display may not be checked out, but we are always happy to request titles for you if none are available.
We hope you will give the gift of reading this holiday season, and be sure to make time in your busy schedule to visit the library. Happy holidays!
Some wild and crazy stuffed animals had a great time at the Olathe Public Library's Stuffed Animal Sleepover on
November 20. Check out the video to see all the fun!
Kids were zoom-zoom-zooming around the Storytime Room with their toy trucks and cars on Friday at the Downtown Library. As they followed the roads of Tape Town, they could make stops at the post office, the bank, the animal hospital and more. What a fun time! If you missed out, you can still visit Tape Town at the Indian Creek Library on Monday, November 23 between 10 a.m and noon. Be sure to bring along your favorite toy vehicle from home.
Congratulations to the World Series winning Kansas City Royals! What a season! Now that the games are over, why not celebrate with a baseball book?
Our third annual Star Wars Reads Day celebration was a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated all things Star Wars! We had some fun visitors, including Boba Fett and a pint-sized Wookie! Kids played Stormtrooper Bowling and Destroy the Death Star games. Some young fans displayed their knowledge of Star Wars with our Character ID matching game. Others enjoyed craft activities such as decorating their own tiny droid to take home and cutting out Yoda ears to wear. Of course, there were Star Wars books and movies to check out. It was a fun day at the library!
Attention all Star Wars fans! The Downtown Library will be celebrating Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. In the Children's Department there will be crafts, games, giveaways, and more. Costumes are welcome!! Come celebrate all things Star Wars! Everyone is welcome. Come and go as you please. This is a great way to get ready for the new Star Wars movie—The Force Awakens—which opens on December 18.
Please be aware that on Monday, October 12 the Olathe Public Library will be closed in the morning for staff training. The libraries will open at 1:00 p.m. that day. This includes both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library. There will be no Rhyme Time or Toddler Time that day. So make note that the libraries will be closed in the morning but will be open 1:00 - 8:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly.
We had a great turnout for our Make a Memory Box program at the Olathe Downtown Library on Thursday. This program was inspired by the American Girl character Josefina in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Alexis Woodall from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop shared about life on the Santa Fe Trail, and kids made their own personalized memory boxes to store special treasures and mementos. Fun and educational! What more could you ask for?
It's butterfly season at the Olathe Public Library. Both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library currently have displays of live caterpillars in the Children's Department. Many of the caterpillars have built their chrysalises, and several have already emerged as beautiful butterflies. There are monarch butterflies and black swallowtail butterflies. Once the butterflies come out, we soon release them into the wild, but if you're lucky, you might get the chance to see them before they fly away. Next time you are in the library, check out the display and see one of nature's little miracles up close.