chessboardDo you like to play chess?  Would you like a chance to develop your chess-playing skills?  Then we invite you to our Family Chess Nights at the library.  All playing levels are welcome. Boards and equipment will be provided by the library.  During the school year Family Chess Nights occur on the first Monday of the month at the Main Library and on the fourth Monday of the month at the Indian Creek Branch.  No registration is required.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Here is a list of upcoming dates and times:

Monday, February 22 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch Monday, March 1 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Main Library Monday, March 22 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch Monday, April 5 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Main Library Monday, April 26 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch Monday, May 3 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Main Library Monday, May 24 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch So mark your calendars, and come play with a worthy opponent.  Checkmate!

Mush! Dog Sledding at the Library

karenlandKaren Land and her sled dog, Borage, are coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.  Karen has participated in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race across Alaska three times!   Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear all about her icy adventures as a dog sled racer.  This program is for elementary-aged children through adult.  Parents must attend with their children.  NOTE:  This is a longer program and will last approximately 2 hours.  Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.


More than 30 kids came to library on December 29 to play Bingo!  It was a rousing time as Miss Carlotta called out the numbers and everyone kept their fingers crossed for that lucky win. bingo1 bingo2bingo4

Winter Break Fun

snowman-rightAre you looking for something fun to do while school is out?  Here are some activities happening at the library during the winter break. Family Chess Night - for all ages Monday, December 28 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch Play Bingo - for 1st-6th graders Tuesday, December 29 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library Bedtimes Stories for a Winter's Night - a family storytime Tuesday, December 29 - 7:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch Read to a Dog - for young readers of all ages Saturday, January 2 - 1:30-2:30 p.m @ Indian Creek Branch Make a Silly Weather Forecaster - for 1st-6th graders Monday, January 4 - 2:00 p.m. @ Main Library Free Family Movie SHORTS - for all ages Tuesday, January 5 - 2:00 p.m @ Main LIbrary Make a Silly Weather Forecaster - for 1st-6th graders Wednesday, January 6 - 2:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch For more details about these and other programs, visit our Programs web page.  Don't forget that both libraries will be closed on December 24, December 25, and January 1.  We will also be closing early at 3:00 p.m. on December 31.  Happy holidays!

Do You Love Toy Trains?

Model trains are coming to the library!  This trainThursday night and all day Saturday, model trains will be on display at the Main Library.  The trains will be running, and experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the trains and the display.  Below are the times you can drop by the Storytime Room and see the model trains in action:

Thursday, December 10 between 6:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday, December 12 between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. If you are a fan of toy trains, you won't want to miss this special display.  And while you're at the library, why not check out a book or video about trains?  The I Love Toy Trains series is especially popular. All aboard!!

Watch the Movie & Meet the Author

dognamedchristmas This coming Sunday night, November 29, the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie A Dog Named Christmas will be shown on CBS stations at 8:00 p.m.  This movie is based on the novel by local Olathe author Greg Kincaid.  This is a movie for the whole family to enjoy. Then on December 7 you will have the opportunity to hear the author himself speak.  Greg Kincaid will be at the Indian Creek Branch Library on Monday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. He will be discussing his book and the movie as well as the holiday foster home for pets program.  This is a family program for all ages, but registration is required.  Register for this program at the Adult Reference Desk at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6888.

Storytime for Expecting Families

babystorkIs your family expecting a new baby? Join us for a special family storytime on Saturday, November 7, at 10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. We will read stories, sing songs, and talk about being a new big brother or big sister! No registration required. Stories will be geared to 3, 4 & 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome.

Day of the Dead Activity

More than 40 people came to make sugar skulls at our Day of the Dead program. Unfortunately, we had so many attend the program we ran out of skulls. Still everyone seemed to have a good time. sugarskulls4                 sugarskulls1                               sugarskulls5                                              sugarskulls2

Let's Learn French!

Bonjour! For the first time the Olathe Public Library is offering a Let's Learn French program for 4 & 5 year olds.  Children will listen to stories and learn some French.  frenchboy2Topics will include greetings, numbers, colors, animals, food, and clothing.  The four week session runs every Monday at 10:00 a.m. from November 2 - 23 at the Main Library.  Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The sessions will last 30 - 45 minutes. This program is for kids only.

Monsters vs. Aliens

200px-monsters-vs-aliens-poster1 Are you still waiting to see Monsters vs. Aliens? Or would you like to see it again? Both of the Olathe Public Libraries will be showing this movie in October. Come see it at Main on Thursday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. or at the Indian Creek branch on Friday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. The movie is FREE and the whole family is welcome. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
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