We Were Puzzled...

Families gathered together at each of the libraries during TV Turn-off Week for Jigsaw Puzzle Mania! In one evening we managed to put together one large puzzle and three smaller puzzles!























Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It...

Can you imagine Eragon, zoned out in front of the TV for hours?  What if Nancy Drew spent her afternoons eating Doritos and watching Cartoon Network?  Talk about boring, huh?  I definitely wouldn't check those books out from the library. 

All too often, though, my life can look exactly like that!

Just like our favorite characters--Hank the Cowdog, Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones, or Laura Ingalls Wilder--we have great stories to live out...and ours are real!

TV Turn-Off Week starts on April 23th and finishes up on April 29th.  Your mission: can you go a whole week without watching TV?  Sure, television can be great---but it is also great to take a break from it once in a while, just to remind yourself that there are lots of fabulous things to do, besides sitting in front of the TV.  So get busy and make your life worth reading!

Now it's your turn to sound off!  I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Will you take the challenge?  Why or why not?  If you do, what will you do instead of watching TV?  Just click on "Comments" under this post, and type away!

National Young People's Library Poetry Week

Okay, so I made that up. This week is actually both National Library Week and Young People's Poetry Week. To celebrate, here's a poem about libraries!


The biggest
On the library shelf
Is when you suddenly
Find youself
Inside a book -
(The hidden you)
You wonder how
The author knew.

by Beverly McLoughland

National Library Week - April 15-21


Come Together @ Your Library is this year's theme for National Library Week.  The Main Library and Indian Creek Branch have a number of special programs planned for kids.  Below is a list of events going during the week:

Family Chess Night - All ages
Monday, April 16 - 6:30-8:00 p.m
Indian Creek Branch

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Tuesday, April 17 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Senior Barn Players - K-2nd graders
(Registration required)
Wednesday, April 18 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library

Make & Take Bookshelf Craft - 3rd-6th graders
(Registration required)
Friday, April 20 - 4:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch

Get Hooked on Crochet - 4th-6th graders
(Registration required)
Saturday, April 21 - 9:00-1:00 p.m.
Main Library

For more information, visit our Programs page.

Spring Break at the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do during spring break?  Here are some activities going on at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library:

      •  March 15 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 15 - Family Chess Night - All ages
            6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 16 - St. Patrick's Day Cookie Decorating - Kids of all ages
            1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 19 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 20 - Free Movie - Over the Hedge - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 21 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
      •  March 22 - Free Movie - Cars - All ages
            1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
      •  March 23 - The Whole Story - A story program for ages 6 and up
            10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library

Please note, there will be no preschool storytimes during spring break.  For more information about any of the programs listed above, visit our Programs page or call (913) 971-6874.

Chemistry for Kids

Jumping Raisins! Exploding Eggs! Speedboat Matchsticks!

test-tube.jpgWhat do all of these things have in common? They are science experiments you can help do at the upcoming chemistry program at the library! High school students from St. James Academy will be coming to both libraries to present the science experiments they have been working on this semester. 

The programs will be on March 8th at 4:00 pm at the Main library, and on March 13th at 4:00 pm at the Indian Creek Branch. You must be in grades 3-6 to attend and registration is required. If you would like to register call (913) 971-6874 or come in to either of the Olathe libraries.

Happy Valentine's Day

"Short Love Poem"
by Judith Viorst

It's hard to love
The tallest girl
When you're the shortest guy.
For everytime
You try to look
Your true love in the eye
You see
Her bellybutton.
Text copyright © 1981 by Judith Viorst
from If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries

Last week a number of kids visited the "Valentine Factory" at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch.  They made a special Valentine's craft called a "Pocketful of Kisses."  

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Have a very happy Valentine's Day!

Read to a Dog

If you want to practice your reading and you are a dog lover, how about reading to a dog?  Yes, a dog!  Three specially trained dogs named Archie, Joey and Moritz will be at the Main Library on Saturday, February 3, and Saturday, March 3, waiting for someone to read to them.  Come to the Children's Department between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. and check in for a 15 minute reading time.  Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Young readers of all ages are invited to drop by and read to one of these cuddly canines.  For more information, call (913) 971-6874.

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Martin Luther King Day Program


Are you looking for something special to do on Martin Luther King Day?  How about watching a free movie at the library?  Both Olathe libraries will be showing the film "Ruby Bridges" on Monday, January 15.  This is the inspiring true story of one little girl whose strength and dignity during the racially charged 1960's changed history.

The film will be shown at the following times:

          • Monday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library
          • Monday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library

The running time is about 90 minutes.  No registration is necessary.  Because of strong subject matter, some scary situations and the use of racial slurs, we are recommending this movie for 3rd grade and above.  Parents are welcome.

Library + Chess = Fun!

Eleven kids started out the new year by playing in the Mini Chess Tournament at the Main Library on January 2.
















Congratulations to the winners,
Joe (2nd place) and Matt (1st place)!



More chess fun was had on January 4 at the Live Chess Game program at the Indian Creek Branch Library.  Nearly 50 kids and adults came to watch and participate.






































Thanks to everyone who participated!  There will be more oppotunities to play chess in upcoming months at our Family Chess Nights.  See our Programs page for more information.




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