The fall session of TIme for Two at the Indian Creek Branch begins on Friday, October 25. This is a special storytime for two-year-olds and their caring adults. We still have openings in our 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. sessions. The fall session runs for five weeks. Click here for more information and the complete schedule. Registration is required. You may register at either library or by calling (913) 971-6874.
This month the Friends of the Olathe Public Library are sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Families are invited to decorate a pumpkin as a favorite children's book character. Paint it, dress it, accessorize it, but NO CARVING! Click here for the rules. One entry per family. Registration is required. You may register online for either the Main Library contest or the Indian Creek Branch contest. The deadline to register is October 13. Deliver your pumpkins to the library on October 19 or 20.
The pumpkins will be on display at the libraries from October 20 - 28. The pumpkins will be judged on October 27 by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library. The winners will be announced on October 28. First prize will be a one year family pass to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm (a $50 value). Second prize will be a $25 gift card to AMC Theaters. All entrants will receive a Friends membership and a Friends book bag. The contest is in celebration of National Friends of the Library Week.
So get registered and get decorating! We hope to see a lot of creative pumpkins in our contest. To get inspired stop by the Main Library to see the Olivia and Pete the Cat pumpkins, or visit the Indian Creek Branch and see the Elephant and Piggie pumpkins.
Attention all Star Wars fans! Come to the Main Library in downtown Olathe this Saturday, October 5 and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day! Drop by the library between 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and enjoy a variety of Star Wars themed activities. There will be crafts, displays, books, games, and prize drawings! Lucasfilm fan artist Darryl Woods will be here in person between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. No registration required. Everyone is welcome. Costumes are encouraged!! Celebrate literacy and all things Star Wars this Saturday. Don't miss it, and may the force be with you.
Don't forget! This weekend is our Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Main LIbrary. Bring one of your favorite stuffed animals for a sleepover at the library. You and your stuffed animal will enjoy bedtime stories on Friday, and then your stuffed animal friend will spend the night at the library listening to stories, playing games, and probably staying up very late. Pick them up on Saturday and see some pictures of how the sleepover went. Here is the schedule:
Friday, September 20 - 5:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Listen to bedtime stories and drop off stuffed animals
Saturday, September 21 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Pick up stuffed animals and see pictures of the sleepover
Don't miss out on this fun event. No registration is required. Remember, only the stuffed animals will spend the night at the library.
Below is a video of last year's Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Check it out!
Fall storytimes for preschoolers will start in mid-September, but registration begins next Monday, August 26. The library offers storytimes for 3, 4 and 5 year olds at various times and locations throughout the week. Click here for more information and the complete schedules for Preschool Storytimes.
If you have a 2 year old at home, the library offers Time for Two for 2 year olds with a caring adult. Registration for the first fall session starts on Monday, September 9. Click here for more information and the complete fall schedules for TIme for Two.
And if you have a 12 - 24 month old child, the library offers a weekly Rhyme Time for this age with an accompanying adult. This is an interactive language-enrichment program featuring rhymes, songs, and finger plays selected to introduce your child to the sound and rhythm of words and simple concepts such as physical features and counting. No registration is required for Rhyme Time, but space is limited. Click here for more information and the complete schedules for Rhyme Time.
The library also offers a Tuesday evening Family Storytime (featuring the same stories as the preschool storytimes), but it is open to the whole family and requires no registration. These sessions are held at the Indian Creek Branch on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 17 through November 19.
PLEASE NOTE: Online registration is not available for storytimes. You may register in person at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874.
Storytime is a great way to help instill a love of books and reading in your young child, as well as making the library a favorite fun place to visit. We hope to see you this fall!
Celebrate the end of summer at the Dog Days of Summer at the Indian Creek Branch on Saturday, August 10 from 12 - 2 p.m. This is a fun drop-by event for the entire family...especially dog lovers! Here are some of the fun things that will be going on:
- Olathe Police Department Canine Unit Demo @ 12:30 p.m.
- Live music by Rock School KC
- Meet & Greet with dogs from Pets for Life, Inc.
- SPCA Collection Drive - Bring canned cat/dog food, peanut butter, paper towels
- Olathe Animal Control - Learn about dog and cat licensing and other info
- The Funnel Cake Truck will have goodies for sale
- Friends of the Library Beat the Heat Book Sale - 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
It's been a great summer at the Olathe Public Library, and this will be our final bash for the season. Drop by and eat a funnel cake, pet a dog, browse the book sale, or just hang out at the library. It's sure to be a dog-gone good time!
Each summer one of the most popular activities at the library is Find Fido Fridays. Every Friday during the summer a dog named Fido (a small statue) is hiding somewhere in the Children's Department. If you can find Fido and tell the librarian where you found him, you will get a small prize. Each week he will be hiding in a different place. You can search for Fido at either the Main Library or Indian Creek Branch. Today is the first Find Fido Friday of the summer. So plan a Friday visit to the Olathe Public Library and see if you can find that sneaky canine!
The summer of 2013 is off to a great start! Our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park was a flurry of fun activity on Tuesday morning. Children could pick up a reading folder and Dig Into Reading bag. Some kids played chess. Others participated in relay games. There were temporary tattoos and a banner coloring table. Mahaffie Farmstead provided some old-timey activities. DJ the Balloonman made some pretty spectacular balloon creations for kids. Macaroni Kid provided information and handouts. Foresters was there making IDs for kids. The city of Olathe brought a real life digging machine to promote Hope Walk & Touch-a-Truck on June 8. Kids could get creative with sidewalk chalk or get their picture taken in our special cutout. Olathe Public Library/F.R.E.D. yard signs and window clings were distributed. The Olathe Noon Optimists provided water for the thirsty crowd. Teens and adults also had the opportunity to find out about their respective summer reading programs. There was just more fun than you could shake a stick at.
If you missed the Kick-Off, you can still pick up a summer reading folder anytime at either Olathe library. The summer is just beginning, and we have many other fun activities planned. Stop by the library, and we'll give you the lowdown. Click the pictures below to get a closer look at our Kick-Off celebration.
School is ending, and a summer of fun is about to begin! "Dig Into Reading" is the theme for this year's summer reading program at the Olathe Public Library. Kids going into 5th grade and younger can pick up a summer reading folder at either Olathe library to keep track of all the reading they do this summer. Return your folder between July 29 - August 11 to receive a free paperback book! We started handing out reading folders today and will continue giving out folders throughout the summer. Stop by the Children's Department anytime to get your folder and start reading!
Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be happening on Tuesday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Frontier Park (located at Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway). Reading folders will also be distributed at our Kick-Off along with a variety of fun activities: games, crafts, chess, temporary tattoos, balloon animals, and more. Information will also be available about our summer reading programs for teens and adults. This year at the Kick-Off we will be giving out yard signs and window clings promoting the Olathe Public LIbrary and F.R.E.D. (Families Read Every Day). You can help us promote the library and family reading in our community. In case of rain, the Kick-Off will be cancelled, but we are hoping for beautiful weather.
After you visit the Kick-Off, be sure to stop by the Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library at the Indian Creek Branch between 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The sale will continue on Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
So there are a lot of fun things happening at the library on Tuesday, May 28, and that's just the beginning of our summer activities! Pick up a green flyer at the library which tells about all the activities happening for children this summer at both Oalthe libraries. You may also click here to get information about what's happening throughout the summer. We hope to be seeing you often at the library this summer! Don't forget to "Dig Into Reading"!
May 13 - 19 is Children's Book Week! We'll be celebrating at the Olathe Public Library with a contest to guess how many bookworms (gummy worms) are in the special container. Stop by the Children's Department at either the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch Library anytime during the week and make your best estimate. Whoever comes closest to guessing the right number of worms will win the whole bunch!
By the way, what do you call a group of worms? I guess it depends on whom you ask. I found they can be called a bed of worms, a clew of worms, a groveling of worms, a bunch of worms, or my personal favorite, a squirm of worms. And I think some people would just call them GROSS! Whatever you call them, come to library during Children's Book Week, enter our contest, and maybe you'll win some delicious gummy bookworms of your very own.
Happy Children's Book Week!