National Library Week 2016

Happy National Library Week!  This year's theme is "Libraries Transform."  Whether it's learning something new in a program, discovering a new favorite author (or a new book by an old favorite), enjoying a library storytime, listening to some live music, or just getting together with friends at the library, we hope you find your hometown library to be a transformative place!

It's been an interesting time for us as the Indian Creek Library remains closed indefinitely.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we've tried to make the best out of an unfortunate situation.  Some of the events happening at the Downtown Library during National Library Week include our Afterschool LEGO Club, Pizza & Pages, a Free Family Movie---Finding Nemo, a Poetry Picnic program, along with our regular storytimes.  To see complete details, check out our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.


LEGO Contest Winnters

Our 6th annual LEGO Design Contest was a lot of fun!  Thanks to all the creative builders who entered the contest, and thanks to all the family and friends who came out to support them.

Our judges from the KC Brick Lab organization were very impressed with all the entries.  It was a tough task, but after careful deliberation they selected three winners from each age category along with a few honorable mentions.  The public also voted on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes.  Congratulations to all the winners!.

K - 2nd Grade

1st Place:  Keith Hutsell

2nd Place:  Owen Trecek

3rd Place:  Om Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ema Bernard, Anika Chitale, Benjamin Cobb, Owen Sime

3rd - 5th Grade

1st Place:  Arjun Chitale

2nd Place:  Jesse Loper

3rd Place:  Krishiv Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ava Bernard, Levi Cobb, Braden Reighard, Jordan Serna

6th - 12th Grade

1st Place:  Michael Wilson

2nd Place:  Katie Mulloy

3rd Place:  Palak Panchal

Best of Show

K - 5th Winner:  Jesse Loper

6th - 12th Winner:  Katie Mulloy

We hope to hold another LEGO Design Contest next year.  We're considering moving it to a fall date, but stay tuned for details.  Until then, we hope to see you at one of the library's LEGO Club programs or other LEGO-related activities.  Keep building!



LEGO Design Contest 2016

We still have openings in the Olathe Public LIbrary's 6th Annual LEGO Design Contest this Saturday, April 2.  Children in grades K - 5th build an original creation with their LEGO bricks at home and bring it to the contest to be judged.  There will be prizes!  The contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road.  CLICK HERE for the complete rules and details.  You MUST be registered to enter the contest.  CLICK HERE to register.  There are also still openings in the Teen categories for 6th - 12th graders.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Program Changes - Updated 3/26/16

As the Indian Creek Library will be closed indefinitely, we've made some more program changes through the end of April May.  Here is a list of Children's programs that were originially scheduled at Indian Creek that have now been MOVED to the Downtown Library.

Rhyme Time
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25 @ 10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25  @ 10:45 a.m.

Family Chess Night
Monday, March 21, April 18 & May 16 @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Preschool Dance Party
Friday, April 1 @ 9:30 a.m.

Homeschool LEGO Club
Tuesday, April 5 @ 1:30 p.m.

Afterschool LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 13  @ 4:30 p.m.

Junior Makers
Wednesday, April 27 @ 4:30 p.m.

Here is a list of Children's programs that have been ADDED to help accommodate our patrons.  All of these programs will be held at the Downtown Library.

Free Family Movie - Inside Out
Wednesday, March 16 @ 10:00 a.m.

Spring Break Cookie Decorating  
(This drop-in program has been extended to two hours.)
Thursday, March 17 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

On My Own Storytime
Thursday, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21 & Apri @ 11:00 a.m.

Preschool Craft  
(This drop-in program has been extended to 90 minutes.)
Friday, May 5 @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

To see a complete list of Children's program, including all cancellations, moves, and additions, please view our EVENTS CALENDAR.  If you have questions, you can always give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Indian Creek Library Closed - Programs Cancelled

The Indian Creek Library will be closed indefinitely due to a water line break and flooding.  People came to work this morning to find over 6 inches of water throughout the building.  : (  The situation is currently being assessed.  At this point we don't know how long it will take until re-opening.  Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the latest updates.

At this time the following Children's programs at Indian Creek have been CANCELLED:

R.E.A.D. to a Dog
Saturday, March 5 @ 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Rhyme Time
Monday, March 7 @ 10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time
Monday, March 7 @ 10:45 a.m.

On My Own Storytime
Tuesday, March 8 @ 10:15 a.m.

Evening Storytime
Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Raising a Reader
Wednesday, March 9 @ 9:30 a.m.

Rhyme Time
Thursday, March 10 @ 10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time
Thursday, March 10 @ 10:45 a.m.

The Afterschool LEGO Club on Wednesday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. has been MOVED to the Downtown Library.  Same day, same time, different location.

For now these are the only changes we are aware of.  We are taking things one step at a time as we deal with this unfortunate event.  If you have questions, you can always call us at (913) 971-6874.


Olathe School District Art Display

The annual exhibit of art by elementary students from the Olathe School District is now on display at the Olathe Downtown Library.  Stop by the Children's Department to see the creative efforts of these young artists. including drawings, prints, collages, ceramics, and more.  But don't wait too long!  The exhibit will be gone after March 24.







Frode at the Library

We had a packed house at the "Who Is Frode?" program on Friday at the Downtown Library.  Writer Carie Beth Russell and artist Emily Stout introduced children and parents to Frode, the imaginary friend created by Carie Beth's daughter.  Carie Beth read a story about Frode while Emily shared illustrations and did some live drawing.  Children helped color some illustrations and shared stories of their own imaginary companions.  What a fun and entertaining program!




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.


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