National Library Week 2016

Happy National Library Week!  This year's theme is "Libraries Transform."  Whether it's learning something new in a program, discovering a new favorite author (or a new book by an old favorite), enjoying a library storytime, listening to some live music, or just getting together with friends at the library, we hope you find your hometown library to be a transformative place!

It's been an interesting time for us as the Indian Creek Library remains closed indefinitely.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we've tried to make the best out of an unfortunate situation.  Some of the events happening at the Downtown Library during National Library Week include our Afterschool LEGO Club, Pizza & Pages, a Free Family Movie---Finding Nemo, a Poetry Picnic program, along with our regular storytimes.  To see complete details, check out our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.


LEGO Contest Winnters

Our 6th annual LEGO Design Contest was a lot of fun!  Thanks to all the creative builders who entered the contest, and thanks to all the family and friends who came out to support them.

Our judges from the KC Brick Lab organization were very impressed with all the entries.  It was a tough task, but after careful deliberation they selected three winners from each age category along with a few honorable mentions.  The public also voted on their favorites for our Best of Show prizes.  Congratulations to all the winners!.

K - 2nd Grade

1st Place:  Keith Hutsell

2nd Place:  Owen Trecek

3rd Place:  Om Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ema Bernard, Anika Chitale, Benjamin Cobb, Owen Sime

3rd - 5th Grade

1st Place:  Arjun Chitale

2nd Place:  Jesse Loper

3rd Place:  Krishiv Kothari

Honorable Mentions:  Ava Bernard, Levi Cobb, Braden Reighard, Jordan Serna

6th - 12th Grade

1st Place:  Michael Wilson

2nd Place:  Katie Mulloy

3rd Place:  Palak Panchal

Best of Show

K - 5th Winner:  Jesse Loper

6th - 12th Winner:  Katie Mulloy

We hope to hold another LEGO Design Contest next year.  We're considering moving it to a fall date, but stay tuned for details.  Until then, we hope to see you at one of the library's LEGO Club programs or other LEGO-related activities.  Keep building!



LEGO Design Contest 2016

We still have openings in the Olathe Public LIbrary's 6th Annual LEGO Design Contest this Saturday, April 2.  Children in grades K - 5th build an original creation with their LEGO bricks at home and bring it to the contest to be judged.  There will be prizes!  The contest will be held at the Indian Creek Community Church located at 12480 S. Black Bob Road.  CLICK HERE for the complete rules and details.  You MUST be registered to enter the contest.  CLICK HERE to register.  There are also still openings in the Teen categories for 6th - 12th graders.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Frode at the Library

We had a packed house at the "Who Is Frode?" program on Friday at the Downtown Library.  Writer Carie Beth Russell and artist Emily Stout introduced children and parents to Frode, the imaginary friend created by Carie Beth's daughter.  Carie Beth read a story about Frode while Emily shared illustrations and did some live drawing.  Children helped color some illustrations and shared stories of their own imaginary companions.  What a fun and entertaining program!




All Aboard!

Do you or someone you know love trains?  Then you should come see the model railroad display at the Downtown Library beginning on Thursday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon.  Model railroads will be chugging along their tracks in the Storytime Room.  Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about model railroading and the trains on display. Everyone is welcome!  Just stop by the library during any of the times listed below.

Thursday, January 7 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, January 8 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 10 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2015

Some wild and crazy stuffed animals had a great time at the Olathe Public Library's Stuffed Animal Sleepover on
November 20.  Check out the video to see all the fun!


Tape Town

Kids were zoom-zoom-zooming around the Storytime Room with their toy trucks and cars on Friday at the Downtown Library.  As they followed the roads of Tape Town, they could make stops at the post office, the bank, the animal hospital and more.  What a fun time!  If you missed out, you can still visit Tape Town at the Indian Creek Library on Monday, November 23 between 10 a.m and noon.  Be sure to bring along your favorite toy vehicle from home.





Star Wars Reads Day Fun

Our third annual Star Wars Reads Day celebration was a lot of fun!  Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated all things Star Wars!  We had some fun visitors, including Boba Fett and a pint-sized Wookie!  Kids played Stormtrooper Bowling and Destroy the Death Star games.  Some young fans displayed their knowledge of Star Wars with our Character ID matching game.  Others enjoyed craft activities such as decorating their own tiny droid to take home and cutting out Yoda ears to wear.  Of course, there were Star Wars books and movies to check out.  It was a fun day at the library!






Star Wars Reads Day 2015

Attention all Star Wars fans!  The Downtown Library will be celebrating Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  In the Children's Department there will be crafts, games, giveaways, and more.  Costumes are welcome!!  Come celebrate all things Star Wars!  Everyone is welcome.  Come and go as you please.  This is a great way to get ready for the new Star Wars movie—The Force Awakens—which opens on December 18.


Memory Box Program

We had a great turnout for our Make a Memory Box program at the Olathe Downtown Library on Thursday.  This program was inspired by the American Girl character Josefina in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Alexis Woodall from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop shared about life on the Santa Fe Trail, and kids made their own personalized memory boxes to store special treasures and mementos.  Fun and educational!  What more could you ask for?




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