New at Your Library!

gary-gadget.jpg   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!) Madagascar 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 2Type Kaleidopix 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!

New Reading Area at Main

booknooksm.jpgHave you seen the new red sofa and big blue chair in the Children's Department at the Main Library?  They are as comfy as they look.  We hope this will provide a cozy area for kids to read.  It's also a great place to curl up with a friend, sibling, or parent and share a good book together.  saucerlightssm.jpgSo try out our new furniture the next time you're in the library.  And don't miss the new flying saucer lights!  Just look up. We express a hearty "thank you" to the Olathe Public Library Foundation for helping fund the purchase of this new furniture.

Children's Book Week Follow-up

The library's participation in "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers" was a big success.  Library staff and volunteers read the book Bunny Cakes to 1,340 preschoolers at various child care centers throughout the city and at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library throughout the week.  Many children recognized Max and Ruby and enjoyed hearing about their attempts to make a birthday cake. On November 17 thirty-seven 3rd-6th graders invaded the Main Library for an after-hours Lock-In at the Library.  The library closed at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, as usual, but re-opened at 7:00 for a full four hours of fun!  Activities included relays, charades, pizza, singing, reader's theater, stories, riddles, and book exchange.  A good time was had by all.  What a great way to end Children's Book Week!

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

bunnycakes2.jpgDuring National Children's Book Week, November 13-19, the library will be participating in a state-wide project called "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers."  The goal of this project is to read the same book to every child 5 years old and younger throughout the state.  This year's book is Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.  Schools, libraries, daycares, and other agencies will be reading this book to children all over Kansas during the week. Both Olathe libraries will be offering "Story on the Spot" featuring the book Bunny Cakes throughout the week of November 13-19.  Hear about Max's hilarious efforts to make an earthworm cake for his grandma's birthday.  Just stop by the Indian Creek Branch Library anytime that week and catch an impromptu reading of this charming book by Rosemary Wells.  You may also stop by the Main Library to hear a reading during the following times:           Monday, Nov. 13 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.           Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m.           Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.           Thursday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.           Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.           Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m., 4 p.m. This book will also be read at all of our regularly scheduled library storytimes throughout the week.
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