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


Free Books!

Yes, that's right!  You can get a FREE book when you return your summer reading folder and show us what you read over the summer.  Be sure to return your reading folder to either Olathe library by August 12 to select your free book!  Remember, you must bring your folder with you.  Please fill out the tab with your name, school and grade, but leave it attached until we see your folder.  And be sure you have logged your reading time and/or book titles inside.  You'd be surprised how many people have returned folders with absolutely nothing marked inside.  Please take the time to fill it out so we can see what you've read, and we always love to hear about your favorite books of the summer.  And if you need any of the missing stickers on the back of your folder, we can fix you right up.

Congratulations on all the great reading you did this summer!  Now it's time to get your reward and receive your free book simply by bringing back your reading folder.


Bookmark Contest 2015

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summer Bookmark Contest this year!  There are always so many great entries, it's hard to choose just one winner from each grade.  But the judges faced the challenge and came up with five winning designs. Congratulations to each of these creative young artists!

1st Grade
Hannah Blecher

2nd Grade
Jaidyne Means

3rd Grade
Matthew Perkins

4th Grade
Haley Simpson

5th Grade
Megan Chitwood

Printed copies of the bookmarks are now available at the Children's Desks at both Olathe libraries.  Next time you are in the library, pick up one of these unique bookmarks.


Donations for KidsTLC

Next Wednesday, July 29, is our Be a Hero in Your Community! kids' program at the Indian Creek Library.  As part of that program we are now accepting donations for KidsTLC, a local program that helps kids in crisis.  CLICK HERE to see a list of desired items.  There are donation bins located in the Children's Departments at both Olathe libraries (not to be confused with the Back to School Supplies donation bins). You may also bring donations the day of the program.  Thanks for your help!


Bookmark Contest Deadline

Monday, June 29 is the last day to enter our Summer Bookmark Contest.  If you haven't turned in your entry yet, you have less than a week left.  You may pick up an entry form with all the rules at either Olathe library, or you may click here to download a copy.  Turn in your completed entry at the Children's Desk at either Olathe library.  The winners will be announced on July 13.  The winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed at both Olathe libraries beginning July 27.


School's Out! Summer's Here!

It's already feeling like summer at the Olathe Public Library!  You can now pick up a summer reading folder at either the Olathe Downtown or Olathe Indian Creek Library.  Start keeping track of all those good books you will be reading this summer and earn a free paperback book at the end.  We have all kinds of fun activities planned for kids going into 5th grade and younger.  Click here to read more about it.

Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.).  You can pick up a reading folder at the Kick-Off and enjoy a variety of fun activities at the park.  Lenexa Sertoma Club will be selling food as a library fundraiser.  Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water.  In case of rain, Kick-Off will be canceled.  Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather.

The Friends of the Library will be having a book sale at the Indian Creek Library on May 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  The sale continues on May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with a Six-Bucks-a-Sack sale from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you often at the library!


National Library Week

It's National Library Week!  Can you think of a better time to visit your local Olathe library?  This year's theme is "Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library."  Read a book.  Watch a movie.  Play a video game.  Listen to an audiobook.  Use a computer. Check out some music.  Download an ebook.  Look at some magazines.  Attend a storytime.  The library makes all these things—and more—possible.  And it's all for free!  You can't beat that.

Along with our regularly scheduled storytimes, the library also has some special programs going on this week for kids, including on Friday when schools are out.

DISCOVER POETRY - for K  -5th graders  (It's also National Poetry Month!)
Wednesday, April 15
4:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Library

YOGA FOR KIDS - for K - 5th graders  Registration required
Friday, April 15
10:30 a.m.
Downtown Library

FREE MOVIE The Book of Life - for all ages
Friday, April 15
1:30 p.m.
Downtown Library

For more information about these and other upcoming programs, visit the Programs page of our website.  Happy National Library Week!

Olathe School District Art Display 2015

It's that time of year when the Children's Department at the Olathe Downtown Library is adorned with artwork created by elementary students from the Olathe School District.  There are paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, ceramics, and more.  The art display is scheduled to be up February 17 - March 26.  Next time you are at the library, take some time to enjoy the work of these creative young artists.  Let's support the arts in our schools!





Here's something you should know about.  The Olathe Public Library is excited to now offer access to BookFlix through our website.  BookFlix is a fun literacy resource that pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction ebooks.  The books are geared to K - 3rd graders.  BookFlix features more than 110 book pairs related to nine different themes.  For instance, you can watch an animated video based on the easy reader Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold and then read the easy nonfiction book It's a Good Thing There Are Insects by Allan Fowler all online.  There is no special software or login required.  You will find many classic picture books as well as newer titles.  You can access BookFlix through the Good Books page of our website and on our Cool Sites for Kids web page under "Books & Magazine."  We hope you will take some time to explore this exciting new resource, just another one of the many cool things available through the Olathe Public LIbrary!  

And for more online reading fun, don't forget the library also offers access to TumbleBooks!

Read to a Dog - CANCELLED

Read to a Dog on January 3 at Olathe Indian Creek Library has been cancelled.  Our volunteers are not able to bring their dogs.  We apologize for any incovenience.

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