Children's author Claudia Mills visited both Olathe libraries a couple of weekends ago. The turnout was overwhelming! On Saturday 119 people came to the Indian Creek Branch Library to hear Ms. Mills speak and sign books. The following day 270 people came to the Main Library to meet the author and get their books signed. The children of Olathe obviously enjoy reading books by Claudia Mills and were excited for the opportunity to meet her in person. These events were a great partnership with the Olathe Public Library, the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, and the Olathe School District's F.R.E.D. Program. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make Ms.Mills' visit such a wonderful success.
Acclaimed author Claudia Mills will be visiting both Olathe libraries this weekend! Ms. Mills is the author of many books for young people, including the Gus and Grandpa and Mason Dixon series. Her book Pet Disasters is the current selected title in the Olathe School District's F.R.E.D. program.
Here are the full details on Claudia Mills' visits at the Olathe Public Library:
Saturday, January 26
The author will be talk about her writing, answer questions about her books, and autograph books afterwards. This program is for 3rd - 8th graders and parents. Refreshments will be served. No registration required, but space is limited.
Sunday, January 27
Drop in to meet Ms. Mills, ask her about writing, have your books autographed, and enjoy refreshments.
These events are in partnership with the Olathe School District's Families Read Every Day program and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.
School is out on Monday, January 21. Are you looking for something fun to do on your day off? The Kansas City Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo will be visiting the Indian Creek Branch Library that afternoon. Kids will have the opportunity to see and hear different instruments of the orchestra as well as try the instruments themselves. This program is for kids in 1st - 5th grade, but parents and sbilings will be allowed to attend if space permits. Registration is required. Register online, in person at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874. Program will last about an hour.
Here's the info:
Instrument Petting Zoo
Monday, January 21
Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062)
The Olathe Public Library is thrilled to once again be hosting a visit by Irish musician and storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin. Máirtín will be doing a special program for elementary aged kids while he is here. He will present an hour of stories and music for kids in K - 5th grade plus parents. We're sorry, but no children younger than kindergarten for this program. Here's the info:
Music and Stories from Ireland with Máirtín de Cógáin
Thursday, January 17
Main Library (201 E. Park, Olathe, KS 66061)
Registratioin is required. You may register online, at either Olathe library, or by calling (913) 971-6874.
Máirtín will also be doing an after hours program for adults and teens at the Main Library on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. This program is entitled "Books and Bodhrans." Click here for more information. Registration is also required for the Friday evening program.
If you missed Máirtín's performance when he was here in Olathe last year, you won't want to miss him this time! And if you did catch him last time, you know you're in for a treat.
Model railroads are headed once again to the Olathe Public Library. This weekend we will feature a display of working model trains in our Storytime Room at the Main Library. Here is the schedule the display will open:
Thursday, November 29
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
So if you are a fan of model railroads or know someone who is, head on down to the Main Library and see this wonderful display. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display or about model railroading. And a big thank you goes out to Louis Seibel who always generously shares his wonderful collection of trains with the library. Come check them out!
Do you love animals? Have you ever asked your parents for a pet or are you hoping to get one this holiday season? Come explore the world of pets at the Indian Creek Branch on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. Join our guest presenter from PetWorld in Lawrence, Kansas, for a chance to see, touch, and learn about a variety of slimy, scaly, furry, and feathered animals. Find out what kind of pet might be a great fit for your family.
This program is for kids in K through 5th grade. Parents and older siblings may also attend. Sorry, but children younger than kindergarten will not be allowed into this program. Program will last about an hour. Registration is required. Click here to register, or call (913) 971-6874.
On September 15 families came to the Indian Creek Branch to learn about the Kansas WildLifer Challenge. Kids and adults got to have some outdoor fun doing things like pitching tents, catching bugs, and making birdfeeders. All these activities got kids started on the Kansas WildLifer Challenge and on their way to earning a cool outdoor prize pack. Visit the Kansas WildLifer Challenge website to learn more about this cool program.
We have just learned that our the dogs for our READ to a Dog program will not be able to come on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Our next scheduled READ to a Dog program will be on Saturday, October 6 at the Indian Creek Branch from1:30 - 2:30 p.m. You might want to call ahead to confirm we have dogs that day.
Monday, August 27, will be the first day to register for our fall Preschool Storytimes. The library offers Preschool Storytime for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. We offer Time for Two storytimes for 2 years olds with a caring adult. For the even younger set, we offer Rhyme Time sessions for 12 - 24 month olds with a caring adult. There is also a Tuesday evening storytime for the entire family.
The Preschool Storytimes and Time for Two all require registration. Registration for Preschool Storytimes begins on August 27. Registration for Time for Two begins on September 10. Rhyme Time and the evening family storytime do not. You may register at either Olathe library or by calling (913) 971-6874. Click the links below for more information and the complete schedules of dates, times, and locations.
Preschool Storytimes - for 3, 4 and 5 year olds
Time for Two - for 2 year olds + caregiver
Rhyme Time - for 12 - 24 month olds + caregiver
Evening Storytime - for the entire family (Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds.)