It wasÂ a beautiful sunnyÂ morning on Saturday at Frontier Park and a great day for our Summer Reading Kick-Off.Â Around 800 people attended the festivities.Â Kids, teens and adults got reading folders and learned about our summer programming.Â Plus there were frog relays, chess games, temporary tattoos, snacks, a duck pond, and lots of fun.Â It was a great beginning to our "Make a Splash--READ!" summer reading program!Â Â Check out the pictures below.
And if you couldn't make it to the Kick-Off, it's not too late to get a summer reading folder.Â Just stop by either Olathe library anytime and pick up a folder to keep track of your summer reading.Â There is still a lot of fun to be had this summer at the library!
Are you ready for a summer of fun at the Olathe Public Library?Â This summer's reading program theme is Make a Splash--READ!Â Â We'll offer programs about things to do in the water, things to do with water, things that live in the water, and more.Â Â There will be puppet shows, fun games, crafts programs, book discussions, storytimes, movies, Spanish classes, science experiments, and more fun than you shake a wet fish at.Â Â Old favorites like Find Fido Friday, Read to a Dog, andÂ our summer drawing contest will be back again.Â Â And of course, we will be distributing summer reading folders all summer long for kids to keep track of all books they read this summer.Â Â Return your folder in August before school starts and receive a free paperback book to keep!Â
All the funÂ will begin with ourÂ Summer Kick-Off at Frontier Park on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and our activities wrap up with our Summer Finale featuring ventriloquist/illusionist Kevin HornerÂ on Saturday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Scarborough Elementary.Â For more information about all of the events happening in the Children's Department this summer, click here.Â You may also pick up a flyer listing all of our summer programs at either Olathe library.
We hope you will come "make a splash" at the library this summer!
Get a taste of what will be happening at theÂ Olathe Public LibrariesÂ this summer by watching our summer promotional video.Â We hope everyone will come "make a splash" at the library beginning on May 22!
For more information click here.
"What Should I Read Next?" is our third and final homeschool program for this spring.Â ItÂ will be on Tuesday, May 4, at 1:00 p.m at the Main Library.Â At this program we'll tell you about some new books in our collection and introduce you to some of our old favorites, as well.Â It's a great way to find something new to read this summer.Â This program is for homeschoolersÂ ages 6 - 12, but the titles being discussed will be geared to a 3rd - 6th grade reading level. Registration is required.Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.Â Program will last about 45-60 minutes.
Did you ever think it would be fun to dig for dinosaur bones?Â Come to the library and meet Science CityÂ paleontologist "Dino Matt" Christopher on Friday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library.Â (There is no school that day!)Â He'll talk about where fossils are found and show the tools used to dig them up.Â You'll even have the chance to see some real fossils up close!
This program is for K - 6th graders.Â Â Registration is required.Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.Â The program will last about an hour.Â Don't miss the Fantastic Fossils @ the Library!
Do you like trains?Â Then be sureÂ to stop by the Indian Creek Branch Library on March 27 or 28, and check out the awesome model railroad display in the large meeting room.Â Model trains will be running during the following times:
Saturday, March 27 between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 28 between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about model railroading and the display.Â Participating train groups include Operation Lifesaver, Turkey Creek Division of the National Model Railroad Association, Mo-Kan RailJoiners Model Railroading Club, and more.Â This train display was very popular at the MainÂ Library last December.Â Now you have another chance to see it.Â Don't miss these model railroad trains in action!
Looking for something fun to do during your spring break?Â Why not make a visit (or two) to the Olathe Public Libraries?Â Of course you can always find a ton of great of books to read, but the library will also be offering a variety of special programs and activities during the week.Â Here's the rundown:
March 15 -Â Free Movie -Â PonyoÂ - For all ages
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
March 16 - Build a Tune at the Libray! -Â For 3 year olds - 2nd grade
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10:15 a.m. at theÂ Indian Creek BranchÂ (NOTE:Â Program is full.)
March 17 - Build a Tune at the Libray! -Â For 3 year olds - 2nd grade
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10:15 a.m. at theÂ Main LibraryÂ (NOTE:Â Program is full.)
March 17 - Free Movie -Â PonyoÂ - For all ages
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2:00 p.m. at theÂ Main Library
MarchÂ 17 -Â Cookie Decorating ProgramÂ -Â For kids of all ages
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at theÂ Indian Creek Branch
MarchÂ 18 -Â Cookie Decorating ProgramÂ -Â For kids of all ages
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 11:00 a.m. - 12:00Â noon at theÂ Main Library
March 20 -Â R.E.A.D. to a DogÂ -Â For young readers of all ages
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Â at theÂ Main Library
March 22 -Â Family Chess NightÂ - For all ages
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6:30 - 8:00Â p.m. at theÂ Indain Creek Branch
For more information about these and otherÂ library programs for kids, visit the Programs page on our website or pick up a programming booklet in Children's Services at either Olathe library.Â Have a great spring break!
This spring the Olathe Public Library is offering a series of programs geared specifically to homeschool students, ages 6 -12.Â Each of these programs will focus on a different topic.Â The first program is entitled "You Are Here: Learning About Maps"Â and will beÂ on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library.Â You will learn about maps, gain some basic map reading skills, and then go on a library scavenger hunt using a compass.Â Registration is required and begins on Monday, February 15.Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.Â The program will last 45-60 minutes.
Here isÂ the completeÂ list of homeschool programs being offered:
You Are Here: Learning About Maps
Tuesday, March 2Â -Â 1:00 p.m @ Main Library
Registration begins on February 15
Tuesday, April 6 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Registration begins on March 22
What Should I Read Next?
Tuesday, May 4 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library
Registration begins on April 19
For more information call (913) 971-6874.
Do you like to play chess?Â Would you like a chance to develop your chess-playing skills?Â Then we invite you to our Family Chess Nights at the library.Â All playing levels are welcome. Boards and equipment will be provided by the library.Â 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.Â No registration is required.Â All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
HereÂ is a list ofÂ 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.Â Checkmate!
Karen Land and her sled dog, Borage, are coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.Â Karen has participated in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race across Alaska three times!Â Â Â Don't miss this exciting opportunity toÂ hear all about her icy adventures as a dog sled racer.Â
This program is for elementary-aged children through adult.Â Parents must attend with their children.Â NOTE:Â This is a longer program and will last approximately 2 hours.Â Registration is required.Â Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.