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.




Attention Chess Enthusiasts!

Do you love playing chess?  Are you looking for a worthy opponent to challenge your game?  Or are you just learning to play and want to gain more experience?  The Olathe Public Library has some exciting chess opportunities coming in the near future.

chess-boy.jpg"Mini" Chess Tournament
Tuesday, January 2 - 9:45 a.m. to Noon
Main Library
This is a tournament for children in grades 1st-6th.  It is for children who already understand the basic rules and moves of the game.  Registration is required.

Live Family Chess Game
Thursday, January 4 - 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch Library
Join us for a live chess game that the whole family will enjoy.  Kindergartners through adult may participate as chess pieces.  Costumes will be provided.  No experience necessary.  Registration is required.

Family Chess Nights
Thursday, January 18 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Main Library
Monday, February 19 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Branch Library
Thursday, March 15 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Main Library
Monday, April 16 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Branch Library
Our monthly Family Chess Nights will start up again in January.  Play chess with a worthy opponent.  The whole family is invited.  All playing levels welcome.  No registration required.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Boards and equipment will be provided at all programs.  You may register for any program at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.  Your move!

National Children's Book Week


Did you know November 13-19 is National Children's Book Week?  This year's theme is "More Books, Please!"  Why not celebrate by visiting the library? 

We have a number of activities planned throughout the week:

          Preschool Craft Time
          Tuesday, Nov. 14
          10:00 a.m - Noon at the Main Libary
          For all preschoolers - No registration

          Crossword Craziness
          Tuesday, Nov. 14
          4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
          For K-2nd graders - Registration required

          Preschool Craft Time
          Thursday, Nov. 16
          1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
          For all preschoolers - No registration

          Crossword Craziness
          Thursday, Nov. 16
          4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
          For K-2nd graders - Registration required

          Lock-In at the Library
          Friday, Nov. 17
          7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the Main Library
          For 3rd-6th graders - Registration required
          Registration begins on Nov. 8.
          You must register in person at either library.
          Permission forms and information sheets will be available
          beginning Nov. 1.

          Story on the Spot
Nov. 13-19
          Stop by to hear a reading of Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.
          This is in conjunction with the "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers" project.
          Drop by the Indian Creek Branch anytime during that week to hear
            "on the spot" readings.
          At the Main Library you can hear readings at the following times:
                    Monday, Nov. 13 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
                    Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
                    Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
                    Thursday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
                    Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
                    Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
          For all preschoolers - No registration

          Gummy Worm Guessing Game
Nov. 13-19
          Drop by the library and guess how many gummy worms Max put
          into his cake for Grandma in Bunny Cakes.  The one who has the
          closest guess will win all of the gummy worms!
          The last day to submit a guess is Nov. 19.
          Kids of all ages

If you would like to register for a program or get more information,
call (913) 971-6874.  You may also find additional information on our Programs page.

School's Out

There will be no classes at Olathe public schools on October 13, 19 and 20.  Are you looking for something fun to do while out of school?  The library has a couple of special programs for kids planned on these dates.

On October 13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., 3rd-6th graders are invited to come play Bunco at the Indian Creek Branch.  If you don't know how to play, we'll teach you.  Prizes will be awarded!  Register at either library or call (913) 971-6874.

000_1343.jpgOn October 19 and 20, 1st-2nd graders will have the opportunity to Read to a Dog.  This is a fun way to improve your reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog.  The dogs will be at the Indian Creek Branch Library on October 19 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and at the Main Library on October 20 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Call (913) 971-6874 to schedule a 15 minute appointment to read to one of the dogs.  You may also register at either library.

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