On February 7 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, artist Rob Hatem kept a roomful of children captivated as he talked about his life as an artist and shared a variety of his artwork. After getting the kids inspired, he led them in an art activity. The kids were each given a piece of paper with a few random shapes on it which they then turned into a unique picture. It was fascinating to see how each child interpreted the shapes and brought his/her own creative vision to the exercise. Click on the pictures below to see some of the results.
Last week when the Olathe district schools were closed for the third snow day in a row, the Olathe Public Library decided to give kids an opportunity to get out of the house with an impromptu LEGO program. The Storytime Room at the Main Library was opened for kids (and parents) to come and do some free building with the library's collection of LEGO bricks. As always, when you let kids loose with a stash of LEGO bricks, the fun and creativity flowed!
Tired of being cooped up at home? Looking for something fun to do? Come to the library and watch a free family movie! Despicable Me 2 is being shown at both libraries. This movie is rated PG and runs 98 minutes. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. No registration necessary. All are welcome, but children in kindergarten or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Here are the times and locations:
DESPICABLE ME 2
Friday, January 3
1:30 p.m. at the Main Library
DESPICABLE ME 2
Monday, January 6
1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
Do you like to draw? Do you like to play Charades? Then you'll love playing Pictionary! 3rd - 5th graders are invited to come play Pictionary at the Main Library on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:30 a.m. Afterwards we'll have some pizza! What more could you ask for? Registration is required. Call (913) 971-6874 or register online. Program will last about an hour.
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!