At our Summer Reading Kick Off at Frontier Park kids got to help create a large "spray painting." The children each picked their favorite color and added their marks to the painting. It was a fun—and just a little messy—project.
As you can see below, the final result was pretty awesome! It will be on display all summer at the Downtown Library above the J Feature Film DVDs. Come check it out!
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.
Mondays, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 & April 25 @ 10:15 a.m.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Monday, March 7 @ 10:15 a.m.
Monday, March 7 @ 10:45 a.m.
On My Own Storytime
Tuesday, March 8 @ 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
Raising a Reader
Wednesday, March 9 @ 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 10 @ 10:15 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!