Return Reading Logs

Believe it or not, our 2017 summer reading program is quickly coming to a close.  Next Monday, July 31, is the first day to return your summer reading logs.  We hope you've been reading lots of great books and remembering to write them all down on your log. Starting Monday bring back your reading log and show us what you read, and then pick out a free paperback book which is yours to keep!  We will have a variety of great books to choose from, ranging from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and nonfiction.  Come early for the best selection.  You can return your reading log at either Olathe library anytime between July 31 and August 18.  And if you don't yet have a reading log, it's not too late to get one.  Pick one up at the library a.s.a.p.!

When kids return their reading logs this summer, we'll be asking them to fill out a very brief survey to give us some feedback about our summer reading program.  We want to know what you think.  And if you attend an Olathe school, we will let your school know you participated in our summer reading program.  Some schools even have special celebrations for those who participated.  We all want to celebrate all the great reading you did this summer!


Summer Bookmark Winners

We had some great entries in our Summer Bookmark Contest.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  After careful consideration the judges selected one winning design from each grade.  Printed bookmarks featuring the winning designs
will be available at both Olathe libraries beginning July 31 while supplies last.

Congratulations to all the winners!

1st Grade Andrew Park
2nd Grade Bonnie Burch
3rd Grade Sara Natanova
4th Grade Elizabeth Park
5th Grade Cameron Cabrera


Fourth of July

Both Olathe libraries will be closed on July 4th.  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


Bookmark Contest Deadline

Don't forget, the deadline to enter our Summer Bookmark Contest is this coming Monday, June 26.  If you haven't turned in your bookmark design yet, be sure to finish your bookmark this weekend and bring it in to either Olathe library by the end of the day on Monday.  We've received some great entries so far!  The judges will have their work cut out for them.  The winning entries will be announced by Monday, July 10, and bookmarks will be available to the public beginning Monday, July 31.  Thanks to everyone who has enterered and good luck!


Indian Creek Mural

The next time you are in the Indian Creek Library's storytime/program room, you will notice something new — a mural on the walls.  Mr. Gregg from the Downtown Library's Children's Department painted this over the weekend.  We hope it will make the space a little more special for the children (and others) attending storytimes and programs in this room.


Olathe School District Art Display

The Olathe Downtown Library is pleased to once again be hosting the annual display of art by elementary students in the Olathe School District.  The walls of the Children's Department are adorned with paintings, drawings, prints, collages, and more by these young artists.  Three dimensional works can be found in our glass display case.  It's always fun to see the work produced by creative students right here in our own community.  Click on the images below to get a closer preview.

Next time you are in the Downtown Library, take some time to admire the display and support the arts in our schools.  But don't wait too long!  The artwork is scheduled to come down on March 23.



Story Stroll

Next time you are at the Downtown Library, take time to check out our Story Stroll!  You can take a leisurely stroll along the sidewalk in front of the library while enjoying the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Even if it's 60 degrees outside, you can still enjoy a classic winter story.


Holiday Closings

Don't forget that both Olathe ilbraries will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25.  We will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1.  You can always return materials at any of the drop-boxes located around the city.  We wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best in the new year!


Happy Thanksgiving

Both Olathe public libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.  We will re-open our regular hours on Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!  We are thankful for you, our faithful library patrons.


Vote for Books! Winners

Thanks to everyone who voted in our Vote for Books! election!  The ballots have been counted and the winners are:  President Cat in the Hat & Vice President Thea Stilton.

Public libraries across the Kansas City metro area participated in the Vote for Books! campaign, including Olathe Public Library, Johnson County Library, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, KS Public Library, and Mid-Continent Public Library systems.  3359 children cast their votes.  The team of Cat in the Hat and Thea Stilton won not only the metro-wide vote, but they also won here locally at the Olathe Public Library.  Apparently, the voters had a clear favorite.  Congratulations to this cat and mouse team who show us that "Together We're Better!" despite our differences.


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