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.

Pajama Storytime - CANCELLED

The Pajama Storytime on December 30 has been cancelled.  The Olathe Indian Creek Library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m. due to techincal problems.  We apologize for any inconvience.

Reduced Hours at Olathe Downtown Library on October 31

The Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park) will not open on Friday, October 31 until 1:00 p.m.  We will be moving furniture in the library that morning and will remain closed until 1:00 p.m..  Please plan accordingly.  The Olathe Indian Creek Library will not be affected and will be open its regular hours.

New Names - Same Great Libraries

You may begin to notice some new terminology on our website and around the library regarding our library locations.  When there was only one Olathe library located at 201 E. Park, the building was simply known as the Olathe Public Library.  Then when the Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob Road was built in 2000, things became a little more complicated. Some referred to the downtown library as the Main Library; others still called it the Olathe Public Library.  It's always been a little bit confusing.

As both libraries have grown and flourished, it seemed some new terminology was needed.  The downtown location at 201 E. Park will now be called the Olathe Downtown Library, and the library at 12990 S. Black Bob Road will be called the Olathe Indian Creek Library.  Hopefully, these new designations will clear up any confusion and better represent both libraries.

The new names also emphasize that our two libraries are city libraries and not part of the Johnson County Library system.  Many of our regular patrons don't even realize this.  We certainly collaborate with the Johnson County Library system in many ways.  We share our online catalog.  Olathe cardholders can place holds on Johnson County Library items and vice versa.  You can return Olathe library books at either Olathe library or at any of the Johnson County Library locations.  Your Olathe library card can be used at any Johnson County library and vice versa.  These are just a few examples of the close relationship shared between our two library systems.  But the Olathe Public Library has always been proud to be a city library with a long, rich history.  (The Olathe Public Library was established in 1909 while the first Johnson County Library location opened in 1953.)

Please keep in mind this name transition will be an on-going process as we update library materials, online resources, signage, etc.  If you ever have any questions, please ask.  Remember, even though our location names have changed a bit, we will still strive to be the best library we can be.  We are here to help you.  As Shakespeare once wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

Olathe Downtown

201 E. Park
Olathe, KS  66061

Switchboard  (913) 971-6850
Chidlren's  (913) 971-6874

Olathe Indian Creek

12990 S. Black Bob Rd.
Olathe, KS  66062

Switchboard  (9130 971-6835

Thanks for a Fun Summer!

It was a Fizz Boom Read! summer at the Olathe Public Library.  More than 4,500 children received summer reading folders this year.  That is a lot of kids and a lot of reading!  All of our programs were well-attended.  Kids learned a bit about science and had some great fun along the way.  Watch the video below to relive some of the good times.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  

Thank You, Miss Carlotta!

After working at the Olathe Public Library for more than 33 years, Miss Carlotta will be retiring at the end of this week.  She will be greatly missed!  Her wonderful storytimes have instilled a love of books and reading in young children down through the years.  Her lively piano playing, too, has always been a favorite of the kids.  Besides working at the Children's Desk, Carlotta also did a lot of work behind the scenes.  She has been the main repairer of children's books, helping keep them clean and in good shape for our readers.  She has spent many an hour taping torn pages, gluing loose binding, erasing unwanted marks and scribbles, and sometimes cleaning off unidentifiable stains and spills.  (Eww!)  She has also served for years as an active member of the Friends of the Library board.  But most of all it is her good nature and jovial spirit that will be missed by our patrons and our staff. Carlotta has contributed to the life of the Olathe Public Library in so many ways and helped make it such a great place.

Carlotta is planning to continue volunteering around the library and helping with our book repair work, so you may still see her around.  Like they say, you can't keep a good woman down!  Enjoy your retirement, Miss Carlotta, and thanks for all you've done.

Bookmark Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2014 Summer Bookmark Contest.  We had some great entries.  The judges had the difficult task of choosing just one winner from each grade.  Below are the talented winners and their bookmark designs.

1st Grade

Collin White

2nd Grade

Abigail Dement

3rd Grade

Jacob Campbell

4th Grade

Allie Hartzog

5th Grade

Nikki Lau

Printed bookmarks featuring these winning designs will be distributed at both libraries beginning Monday, July 28.  Stop by Children's Services and pick up a bookmark with your favorite design.  And don't forget that July 28 is also the first day to return your summer reading folder and pick out your free paperback.

Fizz Boom Read!

School is out for the summer, but things are just heating up at the Olathe Public Library!  Our summer reading program theme is Fizz Boom Read!  We will be celebrating science and reading all summer long.

We have started handing out summer reading folders to keep track of your summer reading.  You may pick up a folder at the Children's Services Desk at either the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch anytime all summer.  Just keep track of all the reading you do over the summer and return your folder between July 28 - August 13 to receive a free paperback book.  We will be giving out stickers of the week for your folder beginning on June 2.  And Find Fido Fridays begin on May 30!

Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be on Tuesday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.).  This is another place where you can pick up a summer reading folder.  There will be a variety of fun activities going on.  The Lenexa Sertoma Club will also be selling hot dogs and drinks as a fundraiser for a hearing loop to be installed for the hearing impaired in the Indian Creek Branch meeting room.  Bring some money if you'd like to buy a snack and support this good cause.  The Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water again this year too.  You can also learn about the library's summer reading programs for teens and adults at the Kick-Off.  It will be a fun time for all ages.  NOTE:  In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled.  Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

To learn more about all the exciting things going on this summer for kids going into 5th grade and younger, CLICK HERE.  We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you at the library often this summer!

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