A motley crew of kids celebrated New Year's Eve a few hours early at our Happy Noon Year party! They learned about New Year's traditions, made party hats and noisemakers, and celebrated the beginning of a new year.
Don't forget the library closes early at 3:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and will remain closed on New Year's Day. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2. And don't forget that the Main Library will start opening at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday in the new year. Also, both the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch will be opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Click here to see the complete list of our new library hours.
We hope one of your New Year's resolutions will be to visit the Olathe Public Libraries more often in 2014. Happy New Year!
In the Children’s Department at the Main Library we’ve rearranged our collection of nonfiction materials a bit. Many people don’t realize that fairy tales and folk tales are part of our nonfiction collection, and for this reason they often get overlooked. In order to make folk and fairy tales easier to find, we’ve pulled them out and shelved them in their own special section. Look for them where the biographies for kids used to be.
Another part of our nonfiction collection which is sometimes missed is the poetry section. Again, to make these easier to find, we’ve separated out the poetry books into their own section. They are now shelved right next to the fairy tales.
If you wonder what happened to the biographies, they are now shelved at the very beginning of the nonfiction section, just across from nonfiction DVDs. And biography DVDs are now shelved right by the biography books.
If none of this makes sense, just ask for help at the Children’s Services Desk. It is much easier for us to show you rather than try to explain it here. Plus, we're still working on updating our signage. Our ultimate goal is to make things easier to find and make the library a user-friendly place to browse. Just remember that the fairy tales, folk tales, and poetry books are now all shelved together. Hopefully, this will help you discover a whole new area of our collection that you may have overlooked.
Beginning Monday, December 9, the Indian Creek Branch Library will have a new phone number. The new number is 913-971-6835. The old number will temporarily re-direct you to the new number, but be sure to update your phone lists with this new number. Our phone system at the lIbrary is being updated and required this change. The phone numbers at the Main Library will remain unchanged. Bear with us as we learn a new phone system, but hopefully, all will go smoothly.
Attention all train enthusiasts! Model railroads are coming to the Main Library. It's time once again for our annual model railroad display. Come see an operating model railroad in the Storytime Room. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the display and model railroading.
Thursday, December 5
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library
Saturday, December 7
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Sunday, December 8
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
All ages are invited to stop by and enjoy the display. No registration. Come and go as you please.
It's that time of year when caterpillars come to the Olathe Public Library! Once again in the Children's Deparmtent at both Olathe libraries you will find live caterpillars on display. There are Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, and Polyphemus Moths. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to see if the caterpillars have transformed into chrysalises or even emerged as butterflies! At Main the Polyphemus Moth has already disappeared into its cocoon. This is a great opportunity to view a little miracle of nature up close and personal.
Monday, July 29 is the first day to return your summer reading folder and receive a free paperback book! There will be variety of books to choose from. You may return your folder to either Olathe library anytime between July 29 and August 11. So be sure to mark the reading you've been doing this summer in your folder and bring it in to show us. Fill out the perforated tab with your name, school, and grade, but leave it attached until you bring it in to the library.
Kudos on all the great reading you have done this summer! You deserve a prize...like a free paperback!
The Olathe Public Library is excited to provide access to TumbleBooks through the State Library of Kansas. TumbleBooks offer an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. The Story Books category includes books that are read aloud to the child with animated illustrations, while the Read-Alongs category includes chapter books and early readers that can be read alone or with accompanying audio. You may also access Spanish and French versions of TumbleBooks, along with a version for mobile devices. There is no special software or login required.
Hey kids, if you were thinking about entering our Summer Bookmark Contest, don't delay! The entry deadline is this Sunday, June 30. Children going into grades 1st - 5th can turn in their entries at either Olathe library by closing on Sunday. If you need an entry form, you may pick one up at the library or download it here. The entry form provides more information about the contest rules. The winners of the contest will be announced on Monday, July 15. So get busy and get creative!
Kids who attend one of the Olathe district elementary schools will know that F.R.E.D. stands for Families Read Every Day! During the school year F.R.E.D. families read together the book Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills, and hundreds of people came to the Olathe Public Libraries to meet the author Claudia Mills in person. It was a great event!
But F.R.E.D. isn't just during the school year. Summer is a perfect time to read together as a family. The library wants to encourage families to spend quality time reading together throughout the year. We have a list of recommended read aloud books at the library if you need some suggestions. Or how about listening to an audiobook together on your next road trip?
Another way we are promoting F.R.E.D. this summer is with free yard signs. Perhaps you've seen these orange signs in yards around the city that state: "An Olathe Public LIbrary F.R.E.D. Family Lives Here!" If you would like a sign to display in front of your house, just stop by either Olathe library and ask for a free yard sign (while supplies last). If you don't have space for a yard sign, we also have window clings available that can displayed on a car window or at home. We hope you will help us support the Olathe Public Library and promote families reading together.
Do you like to draw, color, paint, etc.? Would you like to see your original artwork on a bookmark at the library? Then you should consider entering our Summer Bookmark Contest. The contest is open to all children entering grades 1st - 5th. The deadline to deliver your entry to the library is Sunday, June 30. The entries will be judged by grade, and prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 15, and winning entries will be printed and distributed at both Olathe libraries beginning Monday, July 29. For more information pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or download it here. Have fun and good luck!