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Here Come the Trains!

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Do you like trains?  Then be sure 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.  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.  Participating train groups include Operation Lifesaver, Turkey Creek Division of the National Model Railroad Association, Mo-Kan RailJoiners Model Railroading Club, and more.  This train display was very popular at the Main Library last December.  Now you have another chance to see it.  Don't miss these model railroad trains in action!

Got Spring Break Plans?

kids_cat_not_stars_150Looking for something fun to do during your spring break?  Why not make a visit (or two) to the Olathe Public Libraries?  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.  Here's the rundown:

March 15 - Free Movie - Ponyo - For all ages
            4:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
March 16 - Build a Tune at the Libray! - For 3 year olds - 2nd grade
            10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch  (NOTE:  Program is full.)
March 17 - Build a Tune at the Libray! - For 3 year olds - 2nd grade
            10:15 a.m. at the Main Library  (NOTE:  Program is full.)
March 17 - Free Movie - Ponyo - For all ages
            2:00 p.m. at the Main Library
March 17 - Cookie Decorating Program - For kids of all ages
            2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch
March 18 - Cookie Decorating Program - For kids of all ages
           11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Main Library
March 20 - R.E.A.D. to a Dog - For young readers of all ages
            1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library
March 22 - Family Chess Night - For all ages
            6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Indain Creek Branch

For more information about these and other 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.  Have a great spring break!

Attention Homeschoolers

This spring the Olathe Public Library is offering a series of programs geared specifically to homeschool students, ages 6 -12.  Each of these programs will compassfocus on a different topic.  The first program is entitled "You Are Here: Learning About Maps" and will be on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  You will learn about maps, gain some basic map reading skills, and then go on a library scavenger hunt using a compass.  Registration is required and begins on Monday, February 15.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.  The program will last 45-60 minutes.

Here is the complete list of homeschool programs being offered:

You Are Here: Learning About Maps
Tuesday, March 2  - 1:00 p.m @ Main Library
Registration begins on February 15

Cool Collage
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.

Checkmate!

chessboardDo you like to play chess?  Would you like a chance to develop your chess-playing skills?  Then we invite you to our Family Chess Nights at the library.  All playing levels are welcome. Boards and equipment will be provided by the library.  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.  No registration is required.  All ages are welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Here is a list of 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.  Checkmate!

Mush! Dog Sledding at the Library

karenlandKaren Land and her sled dog, Borage, are coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.  Karen has participated in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race across Alaska three times!   Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear all about her icy adventures as a dog sled racer. 

This program is for elementary-aged children through adult.  Parents must attend with their children.  NOTE:  This is a longer program and will last approximately 2 hours.  Registration is required.  Register at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6874.

Bingo!

More than 30 kids came to library on December 29 to play Bingo!  It was a rousing time as Miss Carlotta called out the numbers and everyone kept their fingers crossed for that lucky win.

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Winter Break Fun

snowman-rightAre you looking for something fun to do while school is out?  Here are some activities happening at the library during the winter break.

Family Chess Night - for all ages
Monday, December 28 - 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch

Play Bingo - for 1st-6th graders
Tuesday, December 29 - 1:00 p.m. @ Main Library

Bedtimes Stories for a Winter's Night - a family storytime
Tuesday, December 29 - 7:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch

Read to a Dog - for young readers of all ages
Saturday, January 2 - 1:30-2:30 p.m @ Indian Creek Branch

Make a Silly Weather Forecaster - for 1st-6th graders
Monday, January 4 - 2:00 p.m. @ Main Library

Free Family Movie SHORTS - for all ages
Tuesday, January 5 - 2:00 p.m @ Main LIbrary

Make a Silly Weather Forecaster - for 1st-6th graders
Wednesday, January 6 - 2:00 p.m. @ Indian Creek Branch

For more details about these and other programs, visit our Programs web page.  Don't forget that both libraries will be closed on December 24, December 25, and January 1.  We will also be closing early at 3:00 p.m. on December 31.  Happy holidays!

Do You Love Toy Trains?

Model trains are coming to the library!  This trainThursday night and all day Saturday, model trains will be on display at the Main Library.  The trains will be running, and experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the trains and the display.  Below are the times you can drop by the Storytime Room and see the model trains in action:

Thursday, December 10 between 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

If you are a fan of toy trains, you won't want to miss this special display.  And while you're at the library, why not check out a book or video about trains?  The I Love Toy Trains series is especially popular. All aboard!!

Watch the Movie & Meet the Author

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This coming Sunday night, November 29, the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie A Dog Named Christmas will be shown on CBS stations at 8:00 p.m.  This movie is based on the novel by local Olathe author Greg Kincaid.  This is a movie for the whole family to enjoy.

Then on December 7 you will have the opportunity to hear the author himself speak.  Greg Kincaid will be at the Indian Creek Branch Library on Monday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. He will be discussing his book and the movie as well as the holiday foster home for pets program.  This is a family program for all ages, but registration is required.  Register for this program at the Adult Reference Desk at either Olathe library or call (913) 971-6888.

Storytime for Expecting Families

babystorkIs your family expecting a new baby? Join us for a special family storytime on Saturday, November 7, at 10:15 a.m. at the Indian Creek Branch. We will read stories, sing songs, and talk about being a new big brother or big sister! No registration required. Stories will be geared to 3, 4 & 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome.

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