Holiday Closings

Both Olathe libraries will be closed on December 24 and 25.  We will reopen on Tuesday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m.  We will also be closed on December 31 and January 1.  Please keep this in mind when planning your library visits during the holidays. 

Don't forget, you call always return library materials at any of our dropbox locations around town.  And you can also download eBookseAudiobooks, and magazines or stream music via the library's website 24/7, even when we're closed.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!  Even the Grinch.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a reminder that the Downtown Library and Indian Creek Library will both be closing early at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.  We will remain closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.  We will resume our regular hours on Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are thankful for you, our customers.


Labor Day & Old Settlers

Just a reminder that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.  Have a nice holiday weekend!

And don’t forget that the following weekend is Johnson County Old Settlers.  This means the Downtown Library’s parking lot will be closed, as well as the drive thru book drop, during the festivities Thursday, September, 7 through Saturday, September 9. Things should be back to normal by Sunday.  During this time parking may be scarce around the library.  Plan accordingly.  You can always return library materials at any of the book drops around town, and of course, the Indian Creek Library will be open with plenty of parking.


A Great Summer!

Well, another summer has come and gone.  We hope you all had a great one!  It was a great summer here at the Olathe Public LIbrary.  We had some terrific programs and a lot of fun.  And you may recall that last summer we only had one library open due to the flooding at Indian Creek Library, so we were especially happy to have two functioning libraries again this summer.  Yay!

We gave away 1,490 free books to kids who returned their reading logs at the end of the summer reading program.  It's always exciting to look at their logs and see all of the great books kids read this summer.  Awesome job!

Even though summer is our busiest season, don't forget that the Olathe Public Library is open all year round.  We have some great programs planned for kids this fall, and storytimes will resume in a couple of weeks.  Visit our Programs page to see all the events we have scheduled through the end of the year.  You can also pick up a program booklet at either Olathe library with the complete listings.  We hope to see you at the library throughout the school year!


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.



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