Let's Celebrate the Day of the Dead - CANCELLED

The Let's Celebrate the Day of the Dead program on Thursday, October 20 has been CANCELLED.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Fairy Tale Fun

Friday, September 30 is a no-school day for Olathe schools.  Yippee!  Why not drop by the Downtown Library between 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. for some "Fairy Tale Fun"?  Kids of all ages are welcome to join us for some fun and games in a fairy tale land.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.  Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Costumes are encouraged!


R.E.A.D. to a Dog - CANCELLED

R.E.A.D. to a Dog scheduled for Saturday, October 1 at Indian Creek Library has been cancelled due to a lack of dog volunteers.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Fall Storytime

Fall storytimes at the Olathe Public Library start up on September 12 and run through November 17.  The library offers storytime sessions for a variety of ages at both library locations.  Below is the breakdown of sessions for different age groups.  Click the links to find the complete schedule of times and locations.

Rhyme Time - For newborn to 24 month olds with adult

Toddler Time - For 2 to 3 year olds with adult

On My Own Storytime - For 3 to 5 year olds (children expected to attend by themselves)

Family Storytime - For ages 5 and younger and their families

No registration is required, but space may be limited.  Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before all storytimes (except the Family Storytime) on a first come, first served basis.  For more information, visit our Programs page or call (913) 971-6874.


LEGO Lock-In

On your mark, get set, LEGO!  It was a rip-roarin' good time at this summer's LEGO Lock-In at the Downtown Library.  Kids and parents had lots of fun building all kinds of vehicles out of LEGO bricks and then testing them out for speed and durability on our race ramps.  I think we might have some future automotive engineers among us!

Click the pics below for a closer look at the fun.  And many of the vehicles are currently on display in the Children's Department at the Downtown Library.  But hurry, they won't be around for long!







Life-Size Games

It was an afternoon of "Life-Size Games" for 4th & 5th graders at today's library program at Indian Creek Elementary School. Kids played extra large versions of such favorites as Jenga, Chutes and Ladders, and Angry Birds.  It looks like everyone had a lot of fun!  Click the pics below for a closer look.





Yoga for Kids

Yoga instructor Jessica Sexton led children in some basic yoga practice on Thursday afternoon at the Downtown Library. Children learned sun salutation, down dog, tree pose, bridge, and other yoga poses.  By the end everyone was stretched and calm and ready to relax.  Thanks, Miss Jessica, for a great summer program!  And if you'd like to learn more about yoga, check out a book or dvd next time you are at the library.




So You Think You Can Yo-Yo

Our second big program of the summer will be on Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Rd.  We will be featuring the amazing talents of the Team Go Big Yo-Yo Prospinners.  This yo-yo team features performing kids of all ages.  There may even be a little juggling.  Come prepared to see some amazing yo-yo skills!  This program is for kids going into grades 1st - 5th.  Parents and siblings are also welcome.  There is no registration, but tickets will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m.

Team Go Big Yo-Yo Prospinners is sponsored by Go Big Skills Toys store in Shawnee and owner Cesar Conde.  Below is a video of Cesar's son Ben Conde doing some incredible yo-yo work at last year's World Yo-Yo Contest in Tokyo, Japan.  Amazing!


Free Family Movies

This summer we are showing free movies for the whole family at the Downtown Library.  During June and July movies will be shown every Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., except there will no movies shown during the week of the Fourth of July.  Tickets will be handed out for the movies starting 30 minutes before showtime on a first come, first served basis.

Here is the complete schedule of summer movies:

Surf's Up
Rated PG - 85 minutes
Monday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Peanuts Movie
Rated G - 88 minutes
Monday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Angels in the Outfield
Rated PG - 102 minutes
Monday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m 
Wedhesday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Rated G - 117 minutes
Monday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m.
The Good Dinosaur
Rated PG - 93 minutes
Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m.
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Rated G - 76 minutes
Monday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Rated PG - 96 minutes
Monday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m.

All movies will be shown at the Downtown Library.  All seating is on the floor, but you are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.  The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  See you at the movies!


Summer Reading Kick Off 2016

We had a great day for our Summer Reading Kick Off this year.  We were just a bit worried about the possibility of rain, but it stayed dry and by the end the sun was making an appearance.  Hundreds of people picked up their summer reading packets. There were a variety of fun games to play, temporary tattoos, a "spray painting" activity, chess playing, and more.  The Olathe Noon Optimists provided free water which was much appreciated.  Parents as Teachers provided information and activities.  Mahaffie Farmstead brought some fun old-fashioned toys and games.  And with the Indian Creek Library currently closed, the library actually provided books to check out at the Kick Off this year.  All in all, it was a great start to our summer!  Watch the video below to see some images from the Summer Reading Kick Off.


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