Royals Rule!

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?


Star Wars Reads Day Fun

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!






Star Wars Reads Day 2015

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.


Libraries Closed 1/2 Day

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.


Memory Box Program

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?




Butterflies at the Library

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.  

Black Swallowtail Monarch


Fall Storytimes

It's almost time for our fall storytimes to begin.  Storytimes will begin the week September 14 and run through the week of November 16.  We offer a variety of storytimes for newborns through 5-year-olds.  None of our storytimes require registration, but tickets will be handed out at some sessions on a first come, first served basis.  See the different age groups, times and locations below.  We encourage you to determine which storytime session is most appropriate for your child and family.

RHYME TIME - For 0 - 2 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:15 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

TODDLER TIME - For 2 - 3 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:45 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

ON MY OWN STORYTIME - For 3 - 5 year olds  (children attend by themselves)
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Downtown

EVENING STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
7:00 p.m. at Indian Creek

If you can't make it to storytime during the week, there will be a few Saturday storytime sessions offered once a month at the Indian Creek Library during the fall.

SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Saturday, October 3
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, November 7
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, December 5
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

If you have any questions, please call us at (913) 971-6874.  We hope to see your child at storytime this fall!


The Marvels

If you are a fan of The Invention of Hugo Cabret or Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, you'll be excited to know that the Caldecott award-winning author/illustrator has a new book coming out soon.  The Marvels is another lengthy book (640 pages) that tells dual stories.  The first 400 wondrously illustrated pages tell the wordless story of Billy Marvel set in 1766.  The second part of the book, set in 1990, tells the prose story of Joseph Jervis, a boy on the run in the streets of London.  If you've been a fan of Selznick's previous books, you won't want to miss this one.  And if you haven't yet discovered the pleasure of his beautiful books, you should definitely check one out as soon as possible!  They are truly unique works of art.  It's also not too early to get on the waiting list for The Marvels which will be released on September 15.

For a further peek into this sure-to-be captivating book, watch the wonderful book trailer below made by Brian Selznick himself.


LEGO Club - Back in Session

The Olathe Public LIbrary will be starting up our monthly LEGO Club meetings for kids beginning in September.  LEGO Club
is for kids in K - 5th grade.  Registration is required. You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling
(913) 971-6874.  

Here is the schedule for the September meetings:

Homeschool LEGO Club - for homeschoolers ages 5 - 11
Tuesday, September 1  -  Registration begins Monday, August 24
1:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Afterschool LEGO Club - for K - 5th graders
Wednesday, September 9  -  Registration begins Monday, August 31
4:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Evening LEGO Club - for K - 5th graders
Tuesday, September 25  -  Registration begins Monday, August 31
7:00 p.m. @ Downtown

The LEGO Club meetings last about one hour.  The library provides all the LEGO bricks for building.  The different LEGO Club sessions will meet once a month from September through December.  Refer to our fall program booklet for further details.  To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, we ask that you sign up your child for only one LEGO Club session per calendar month.


Preschool Craft - Fall Is in the Air!

Summer is ending, and school is back in session.  The library is ready to move into fall with a whole season of programs and activities for children.  Next week you may bring your preschooler to the library and make a fun seasonal craft!  Children may need some assistance from their adult to complete the craft.  All materials will be provided.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.

The preschool craft program will be offered at both Olathe libraries:

Tuesday, August 18
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Library

Thursday, August 20
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Library

To learn more about our fall programs and storytimes, pick up our fall programs booklet the next time you are in the library.  You may also click here to download a copy.



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