Kansas Day

Happy Kansas Day!  Today is the 155th birthday of the Sunflower State.  Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1961.

Here are a few famous people who were born in Kansas:

Amelia Earhart - pilot

Vivian Vance - actress, Ethel on I Love Lucy

Buster Keaton - silent film star

Charlie Parker - jazz musician

Gayle Sayers - football player

Bob Dole - U.S. Senator, Presidential candidate

Gwendolyn Brooks - poet

Martina McBride - country singer

Melissa Etheridge - rock singer

William Inge - playwright

Gordon Parks - author, photographer, filmmaker

Jonelle Monáe - R & B singer


Book Love


2016 Book Awards

Today was a big day in the world of children's literature.  The winners of the 2016 Newbery and Caldecott Medals, along with other awards, were announced.  Below is a list of winners and honor books.  One interesting thing about this year's announcements was that the winner of the Newbery Medal was also a Caldecott honor book as well as a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award honor book.  I'd say that would make it the most awarded book of this year.  Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators whose wonderful books were recognized!



Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña

Honor Books

The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson

by Pam Muñoz Ryan



Finding Winnie
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
written by Lindsay Mattick


Honor Books

Trombone Shorty
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy Andrews

illustrated & written by Kevin Henkes

Voice of Freedom
illustrated by Ekua Holmes
written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Last Stop on Market Street
illustrated by Christian Robinson
written by Matt de la Peña



Gone Crazy in Alabama
by Rita Williams-Garcia


Honor Books

All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz
with Kekla Magoon



Trombone Shorty
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy Andrews


Honor Books

The Book Itch
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Last Stop on Market Street
illustrated by Christian Robinson
written by Matt de la Peña


For a more complete list of other award winners, CLICK HERE.


All Aboard!

Do you or someone you know love trains?  Then you should come see the model railroad display at the Downtown Library beginning on Thursday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon.  Model railroads will be chugging along their tracks in the Storytime Room.  Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about model railroading and the trains on display. Everyone is welcome!  Just stop by the library during any of the times listed below.

Thursday, January 7 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, January 8 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 10 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Happy New Year

All of us here at the Olathe Public Library would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  We hope 2016 will be a great year filled with good books and many visits to the library.  We have lots of exciting things planned and look forward to serving you in the year ahead.

Don't forget, both Olathe libraries will be closing early at 3:00 p.m. on December 31 and will be closed all day on January 1.  Both libraries will re-open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 2.  Also, starting on Monday, January 4 the Indian Creek Library will be opening an hour earlier at 9:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday.  This means both the Downtown Library and Indian Creek Library will have the same operating hours.  Here are our hours beginning in 2016:

Monday - Thursday  9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday  9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday   1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.


Some Sad News

If you are a fan of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, you'll be sad to learn that the next book in the series—to be released in May 2016—will be the very last one.  Let's all pause for a moment of silence...

OK, enough silence.  In an October interview with Time for Kids magazine, Mo Willems stated:  

"Next summer the very final Elephant and PIggie book will be published. It's called The Thank You Book and I wrote it for you to thank you for reading my stories."  

That sounds like a fitting way to say goodbye to best friends Gerald and Piggie.  Fortunately for us, all the Elephant and Piggie books will be around for a long time to come.

In the meantime you can enjoy the latest Elephant and Piggie installment, I Really Like Slop!  You can also watch Mo Willems cook up a big pot of slop in the video below.  Mmm mmm good!


Story Time from Space

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!





Staff Picks 2015

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!


Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2015

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!


Tape Town

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.





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