Find Fido for the Last Time


Friday, August 10, will be the last day to look for Fido at the library this year.  And because it's the last time, there will be an extra special prize for everyone who finds Fido that day.  Don't miss out!  Come hunt for Fido one last time and get your exciting reward!  It will be the best Find Fido Friday ever!


Time to Return Your Folders

folder.jpg August 1 is the first day to return your Summer Reading Club folder to the library and receive your free paperback book.  Just bring your folder to the Children's Department, show us what you read this summer, and then pick out your very own book from the wide selection of titles.  There will be plenty to choose from.  And if you are missing any stickers on the back of your folder, stop by the Children's desk to get the ones you need.

You may return your folder anytime during the month of August, but come early for the best selection of books.  And don't forget about our Summer Reading Finale on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

And the Winners Are...

We had over 100 entries in our drawing contest this summer! It must have been hard to decide, but our judges have deliberated, and the winners have been chosen!

First Grade
1st Place - Bella Serrano
2nd Place - Taryn Alexander
3rd Place - Sam Rinke

Second Grade
1st Place - Ella Johnson
2nd Place - Maria Caputo
3rd Place - Quinn Siuda

Third Grade
1st Place - Drake Minter
2nd Place - Natalie Casquino-Wolff
3rd Place - Kelly Brinckman

Fourth Grade
1st Place - Rachel Li
2nd Place - Mairen Morrow
3rd Place - Kalyn Denton

Fifth Grade
1st Place - Katelynn Chambers
2nd Place - Callie VanWinkle
3rd Place - Rebekah Hernandez

Sixth Grade
1st Place - Rachael Quast
2nd Place - Hanna Melton
3rd Place - Jordan Ewy

Thank you all for participating, and congratulations to our winners! If you would like to view all of the entries, just click here.

New at Your Library!



Just in time for summer fun, the library has a bunch of new computer games! Look for them in their brand new smaller cases with the rest of the CDROM collection. New games include:


Nancy Drew: Creature of Kapu Cave (I've been looking forward to this one!)
Aymun and the Pirateskapu-cave.jpg
Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures
Open Season
Strawberry Shortcake
Gary Gadget: Building Cars
Miss Spider Scavenger Hunt
Veggie Tales: Minnesota Cuke
Charlotte's Web
Backyard Baseball 2007
AGON, the Mysterious Codex
Joe Rock & Friends
Playing Music
Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07
Music Toolkit

The Mystery of the Missing Book

During the summer it can sometimes be hard to find the book you want when you come flashlightcolor.jpgto visit the library. Kids all over Olathe are coming to check out books (which we love!), and that means that sometimes when you come in looking for Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys, there might not be any on the shelves.

If this happens to you, don't worry, because we're here to help! Stop by the children's desk. If the book you were looking for is checked out we can request it for you from another library. It might take a few days for the book to get here, but we'll let you know when it arrives so you can come and get it. Or if you just want a really good book to read today we'll help you find the perfect one. So don't despair if you can't find that book you really wanted. Just ask a librarian - we're here to help you!

Summer Has Kicked Off!

Summer has started off with a bang at the Olathe Public Library.  More than 1000 children received Summer Reading Club folders at our Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday!  There were snacks, chess games, relays, temporary tattoos, mystery book photos, bubbles, fingerprinting by the Olathe Police Dept., and an ambulance and police car to explore.  It was a great crowd, a beautiful day and a lot of fun!

Hundreds more summer reading folders have also been given out at both libraries.  If you don't have a folder yet, it's not too late.  Stop by either library anytime and pick up a folder to keep track of all the reading you do this summer.  Return your folder in August to receive a free paperback book!  You may also pick up a flyer which lists all of the exciting programs happening this summer, or find out more on our website . Don't miss out on the fun!

tshirt.jpg"Get a Clue" t-shirts were also sold at our Kick-Off.  If you didn't get a t-shirt, they are still available at both library locations.  Children's sizes are $5 and adult sizes are $6.  Just stop by the Circulation Desk at either library and get yours today.  They are the latest in library fashion!  A special thanks to our PALS group for providing these t-shirts for sale.

Are You Ready For Summer?

get-a-clue-web.jpgThe library sure is! We're kicking off our Summer Reading Club this coming Tuesday, May 29th. The party's going to be down at Frontier Park, near the Indian Creek Library, from 10am-12pm. We'll have games, snacks, temporary tattoos, live music featuring Dino O'Dell, and most importantly, this is your first chance to get your Summer Reading Club folder! If you can't make it to the park, don't worry, you can still sign up. Just stop by either of the Olathe libraries anytime this summer. I hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about summer programs at the library, give us a call at (913) 971-6874, or ask your question in the comment box and we'll answer it that way.

Where Do You Like to Read?

     When I was a kid we had an old blue chair that rocked and turned in circles that had been banished to the attic. It was perfect for reading because I could sit sideways on it, with my head resting on one arm of the chair and my legs draped over the other arm. We put it in front of one of the windows and that section of the attic became my reading nook. I put a box on its side and turned it into a bookshelf and spent hours up there reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and anything else I could get my hands on. 

     It got pretty hot up there in the summer because the attic wasn't air conditioned, but that didn't keep me away. Occasionally a wasp would get in and chase me downstairs, but I always came back. Unfortunately, I lost my special reading place because we turned the attic into bedrooms for my brothers, but I will never forget the time I spent up there lost in one good book after another.

May is Get Caught Reading month. Where is your favorite place to read?

Homework Help

Muddled by math?  Stumped by science?  Feeling overwhelmed with homework and just wish you could get some one-on-one help?  Well, have I got news for you!  Live homework help with a real, live online tutor is available through the library's website.  Students in grades 4th - 12th can receive live help from an online tutor in math, science, social studies, or English.  Live tutors are available online everyday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Spanish speaking tutors are also available during certain hours.  Just click the image below to be taken to our Live Homework Help page where you can read more about it and get connected.

Happy Birthday, Dear Olathe!

What do cowboy boots, George Washington Carver, and stagecoaches
have in common?


Give up?  Each of these played a part in Olathe's amazing history. 

In 2007, Olathe celebrates its 150th birthday!  Here's a fun fact: "sesquicentennial" means 150th, and you may see that word all around Olathe this year. 

Lots of fun sesquicentennial activities will be happening this year, such as:

Mahaffie's Civil War Days on April 22-23, 2007

Americana Jubilee on June 2, 2007

Chautauqua West: Wagons, Wit, and Wisdom on August 3-4, 2007

To learn about Olathe, sesquicentennial events, and more, check out the official Olathe Sequicentennial website:

To find out what cowboy boots, George Washington Carver, and stagecoaches have to do with Olathe, visit the Olathe Public Library for the story!

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