Star Wars Reads Day 2015

Attention all Star Wars fans!  The Downtown Library will be celebrating Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  In the Children's Department there will be crafts, games, giveaways, and more.  Costumes are welcome!!  Come celebrate all things Star Wars!  Everyone is welcome.  Come and go as you please.  This is a great way to get ready for the new Star Wars movie—The Force Awakens—which opens on December 18.


Memory Box Program

We had a great turnout for our Make a Memory Box program at the Olathe Downtown Library on Thursday.  This program was inspired by the American Girl character Josefina in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Alexis Woodall from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop shared about life on the Santa Fe Trail, and kids made their own personalized memory boxes to store special treasures and mementos.  Fun and educational!  What more could you ask for?




Fall Storytimes

It's almost time for our fall storytimes to begin.  Storytimes will begin the week September 14 and run through the week of November 16.  We offer a variety of storytimes for newborns through 5-year-olds.  None of our storytimes require registration, but tickets will be handed out at some sessions on a first come, first served basis.  See the different age groups, times and locations below.  We encourage you to determine which storytime session is most appropriate for your child and family.

RHYME TIME - For 0 - 2 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:15 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

TODDLER TIME - For 2 - 3 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:45 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

ON MY OWN STORYTIME - For 3 - 5 year olds  (children attend by themselves)
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Downtown

EVENING STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
7:00 p.m. at Indian Creek

If you can't make it to storytime during the week, there will be a few Saturday storytime sessions offered once a month at the Indian Creek Library during the fall.

SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Saturday, October 3
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, November 7
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, December 5
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

If you have any questions, please call us at (913) 971-6874.  We hope to see your child at storytime this fall!


LEGO Club - Back in Session

The Olathe Public LIbrary will be starting up our monthly LEGO Club meetings for kids beginning in September.  LEGO Club
is for kids in K - 5th grade.  Registration is required. You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling
(913) 971-6874.  

Here is the schedule for the September meetings:

Homeschool LEGO Club - for homeschoolers ages 5 - 11
Tuesday, September 1  -  Registration begins Monday, August 24
1:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Afterschool LEGO Club - for K - 5th graders
Wednesday, September 9  -  Registration begins Monday, August 31
4:30 p.m. @ Indian Creek

Evening LEGO Club - for K - 5th graders
Tuesday, September 25  -  Registration begins Monday, August 31
7:00 p.m. @ Downtown

The LEGO Club meetings last about one hour.  The library provides all the LEGO bricks for building.  The different LEGO Club sessions will meet once a month from September through December.  Refer to our fall program booklet for further details.  To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, we ask that you sign up your child for only one LEGO Club session per calendar month.


Preschool Craft - Fall Is in the Air!

Summer is ending, and school is back in session.  The library is ready to move into fall with a whole season of programs and activities for children.  Next week you may bring your preschooler to the library and make a fun seasonal craft!  Children may need some assistance from their adult to complete the craft.  All materials will be provided.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.

The preschool craft program will be offered at both Olathe libraries:

Tuesday, August 18
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Library

Thursday, August 20
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Library

To learn more about our fall programs and storytimes, pick up our fall programs booklet the next time you are in the library.  You may also click here to download a copy.



Mad Science Fun

Mad Science of Kansas City helped kids explore the "Science Behind Superheroes" at our final big program of the summer at Indian Creek Community Church.  Catalyst Courtney was our scientific guide who got everyone in on the fun.  

But summer isn't over yet!  We still have a couple of other library programs left before summer winds up:

Wednesday, July 29
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Library

Friday, July 31
7:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

Here are some photos from today's exciting and educational Mad Science program.





It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's a Library Program

There has been a lot of superhero activity at the Olathe Public Libraries this week.  Preschoolers brought their favorite stuffed animals to the Downtown Library and turned them into superheroes at our Super Buddies program.  Elementary-aged kids turned themselves into superheroes at our Superhero Academy program.  

If you missed out on all the fun, don't fret.  Next week 1st - 5th graders can play Superpowered Bingo on July 14 and 16. Registration is required.  The Super Buddies program will be repeated for preschoolers at the Indian Creek Library on July 20 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  No registration required.

Super Buddies

Superhero Academy


Modern Pop Art Experience

The Indian Creek Library was abuzz with creativity on Wednesday evening at the Modern Pop Art Experience program with New York artist Michael Albert.  Children and their parents listened attentively as Michael talked about his collage art and inspirations and showed many examples of his work.  This got the creative juices flowing.  Then it was time for everybody to makes some original collage art of their own using recycled materials.  Michael also presented personally autographed posters, postcards and bookmarks to everyone in attendance.  What a fun night!  Thanks to everyone who attended and to Michael Albert for a great program.  Click the photos below for a closer look.






New York Artist Coming to Olathe Public Library

New York artist and author Michael Albert is coming to the Olathe Indian Creek Library on Wednesday, June 24.  Albert is an artist who makes his collage art using recycled materials, like cereal boxes and other cardboard packaging.  He creates large-scale collages based on various themes, including historical, literary, mathematical, biblical, etc.  His book An Artist's America features different examples of his work.  This summer he will be visiting libraries, museums, and other venues on a 10 state tour.  The Olathe Library Public is very excited to be one of his destinations!

On Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. Michael Albert will be doing an evening program for 1st - 5th graders and their parents (no younger or older siblings please) at the Indian Creek Library.  He will talk about his art and his book and then guide everyone in a collage-making activity.  The program will last about two hours.  Each child attending the program will receive a free autographed poster of one of the artist's collages.  Registration is required for this program and begins this Friday, June 19.  You may register online or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Please register only children; parents can just tag along.

Below is a short video featuring Michael Albert from the Smithsonian Institution.  


Drum Safari

About 250 people attended our first big program of the summer held off-site at Indian Creek Community Church.  Drum Safari had everybody caught up in the rhythm.  Josh Conner and his crew played a variety of drums and introduced some basic rhythms.  Then percussion instruments were distributed and everyone got in on the fun.  It was an unBEATable good time!




If you missed out, don’t fret.  There are still two more big programs this summer:

Flying Debris (with juggler Richard Holmgren)
Wednesday, July 1
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church

The Science Behind Superheroes (with Mad Science)
Wednesday, July 22
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church

Tickets for these programs will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.  If you have any questions, call (913) 971-6874 or visit our website.


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