September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.Â Why not celebrate by coming to the library and checking out a book about a famous Hispanic person?Â You can find a display of books at the Main Library on top of the Children's reference books shelf.Â
To test your knowledge of Hispanic Americans click here and take a quiz.
The next time you are at the library be sure to check out our display of caterpillars in the Children's Department.Â This is a chance to observe the wonder of nature up close and personal.Â Over the weeks watch the progression as they munch away, build their chrysalises, and eventuallyÂ transform intoÂ beautiful butterflies.Â There are monarch butterfliesÂ and black swallowtails.Â Thanks to Joyce Goetz, Johnson County Master Gardener, for her assistance with this wonderful display.
The Children's Department has a new section of books called "Hot Picks" for kids.Â Â In this section you can find some of our most popular titles.Â Hot Picks booksÂ cannot be requested, check out for only 2 weeks, and cannot be renewed.Â This way even if a book has a long waiting list (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), you might get lucky and still findÂ a copy availableÂ on the Hot Picks shelf.Â Many of the current William Allen White awardÂ nominees may be found in the Hot Picks section, as well as some of the newer, popular children's DVDs.Â Just ask the librarian where the Hot Picks are!
Friday, August 10, will be the lastÂ day to look for Fido at the library this year.Â And because it's the last time, there will be an extra special prize for everyone who finds Fido that day.Â Don't miss out!Â Come hunt for Fido one last time and getÂ your exciting reward!Â It will be the best Find Fido Friday ever!
Â August 1 is the first day to return your Summer Reading Club folder to the library and receive your free paperback book.Â Just bring your folder to the Children's Department, show us what you read this summer, and then pick out your very own book fromÂ the wide selection of titles.Â There will be plenty to choose from.Â And if youÂ are missingÂ any stickersÂ on the backÂ 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.Â And don't forget aboutÂ our Summer Reading Finale on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.
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!
1st Place - Bella Serrano
2nd Place - Taryn Alexander
3rd Place - Sam Rinke
1st Place - Ella Johnson
2nd Place - Maria Caputo
3rd Place - Quinn Siuda
1st Place - Drake Minter
2nd Place - Natalie Casquino-Wolff
3rd Place - Kelly Brinckman
1st Place - Rachel Li
2nd Place - Mairen Morrow
3rd Place - Kalyn Denton
1st Place - Katelynn Chambers
2nd Place - Callie VanWinkle
3rd Place - Rebekah Hernandez
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.
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 Pirates
Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures
Gary Gadget: Building Cars
Miss Spider Scavenger Hunt
Veggie Tales: Minnesota Cuke
Backyard Baseball 2007
AGON, the Mysterious Codex
Joe Rock & Friends
Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07
During the summer it can sometimes be hard to find the book you want when you come to visit the library. Kids all over Olathe are coming to check out books (which we love!),Â 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.Â If the book you were looking for is checked out we can request it for you from another library.Â It might take a few days for the book to get here, but we'll let you know when it arrivesÂ 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 started off with a bang at the Olathe Public Library.Â More than 1000 children received Summer Reading Club folders at our SummerÂ Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday!Â 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.Â It was a great crowd, aÂ beautiful day and a lot of fun!
Hundreds more summer reading folders have also been given out at both libraries.Â If you don't have a folder yet, it's not too late.Â Stop by either library anytimeÂ and pick up a folder to keep track of all the reading you do this summer.Â Return your folder in August to receive a free paperback book!Â You may also pick up a flyer which lists all of the exciting programs happening this summer, or find out moreÂ on our website . Don't miss out on the fun!
"Get a Clue" t-shirts were also sold at our Kick-Off.Â If you didn't get a t-shirt, they are stillÂ available at both library locations.Â Children's sizes are $5 and adult sizes are $6.Â Just stop by the Circulation Desk at either library and get yours today.Â They are the latest in library fashion!Â A special thanks to our PALS group for providing these t-shirts for sale.
The 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 ClubÂ folder!Â 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.