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!
Monday, July 29 is the first day to return your summer reading folder and receive a free paperback book! There will be variety of books to choose from. You may return your folder to either Olathe library anytime between July 29 and August 11. So be sure to mark the reading you've been doing this summer in your folder and bring it in to show us. Fill out the perforated tab with your name, school, and grade, but leave it attached until you bring it in to the library.
Kudos on all the great reading you have done this summer! You deserve a prize...like a free paperback!
Congratulations to all the winners of our Summer Bookmark Contest! We had a lot of creative entries. The judges had their work cut out for them.
Bookmarks featuring the winning designs will be available at both Olathe libraries beginning Monday, July 29. Click the pictures below to get a closer look at the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!
Corrine Cole - 1st grade
Colin Xie - 2nd grade
Hannah Chen - 3rd grade
Nikki Lau - 4th grade
Joyce Yu - 5th grade
The Olathe Public Library is excited to provide access to TumbleBooks through the State Library of Kansas. TumbleBooks offer an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. The Story Books category includes books that are read aloud to the child with animated illustrations, while the Read-Alongs category includes chapter books and early readers that can be read alone or with accompanying audio. You may also access Spanish and French versions of TumbleBooks, along with a version for mobile devices. There is no special software or login required.
Hey kids, if you were thinking about entering our Summer Bookmark Contest, don't delay! The entry deadline is this Sunday, June 30. Children going into grades 1st - 5th can turn in their entries at either Olathe library by closing on Sunday. If you need an entry form, you may pick one up at the library or download it here. The entry form provides more information about the contest rules. The winners of the contest will be announced on Monday, July 15. So get busy and get creative!
Kids who attend one of the Olathe district elementary schools will know that F.R.E.D. stands for Families Read Every Day! During the school year F.R.E.D. families read together the book Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills, and hundreds of people came to the Olathe Public Libraries to meet the author Claudia Mills in person. It was a great event!
But F.R.E.D. isn't just during the school year. Summer is a perfect time to read together as a family. The library wants to encourage families to spend quality time reading together throughout the year. We have a list of recommended read aloud books at the library if you need some suggestions. Or how about listening to an audiobook together on your next road trip?
Another way we are promoting F.R.E.D. this summer is with free yard signs. Perhaps you've seen these orange signs in yards around the city that state: "An Olathe Public LIbrary F.R.E.D. Family Lives Here!" If you would like a sign to display in front of your house, just stop by either Olathe library and ask for a free yard sign (while supplies last). If you don't have space for a yard sign, we also have window clings available that can displayed on a car window or at home. We hope you will help us support the Olathe Public Library and promote families reading together.
Each summer one of the most popular activities at the library is Find Fido Fridays. Every Friday during the summer a dog named Fido (a small statue) is hiding somewhere in the Children's Department. If you can find Fido and tell the librarian where you found him, you will get a small prize. Each week he will be hiding in a different place. You can search for Fido at either the Main Library or Indian Creek Branch. Today is the first Find Fido Friday of the summer. So plan a Friday visit to the Olathe Public Library and see if you can find that sneaky canine!
Do you like to draw, color, paint, etc.? Would you like to see your original artwork on a bookmark at the library? Then you should consider entering our Summer Bookmark Contest. The contest is open to all children entering grades 1st - 5th. The deadline to deliver your entry to the library is Sunday, June 30. The entries will be judged by grade, and prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 15, and winning entries will be printed and distributed at both Olathe libraries beginning Monday, July 29. For more information pick up an entry form at either Olathe library or download it here. Have fun and good luck!
The summer of 2013 is off to a great start! Our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park was a flurry of fun activity on Tuesday morning. Children could pick up a reading folder and Dig Into Reading bag. Some kids played chess. Others participated in relay games. There were temporary tattoos and a banner coloring table. Mahaffie Farmstead provided some old-timey activities. DJ the Balloonman made some pretty spectacular balloon creations for kids. Macaroni Kid provided information and handouts. Foresters was there making IDs for kids. The city of Olathe brought a real life digging machine to promote Hope Walk & Touch-a-Truck on June 8. Kids could get creative with sidewalk chalk or get their picture taken in our special cutout. Olathe Public Library/F.R.E.D. yard signs and window clings were distributed. The Olathe Noon Optimists provided water for the thirsty crowd. Teens and adults also had the opportunity to find out about their respective summer reading programs. There was just more fun than you could shake a stick at.
If you missed the Kick-Off, you can still pick up a summer reading folder anytime at either Olathe library. The summer is just beginning, and we have many other fun activities planned. Stop by the library, and we'll give you the lowdown. Click the pictures below to get a closer look at our Kick-Off celebration.