Bookmark Contest Deadline

Don't forget, the deadline to enter our Summer Bookmark Contest is this coming Monday, June 26.  If you haven't turned in your bookmark design yet, be sure to finish your bookmark this weekend and bring it in to either Olathe library by the end of the day on Monday.  We've received some great entries so far!  The judges will have their work cut out for them.  The winning entries will be announced by Monday, July 10, and bookmarks will be available to the public beginning Monday, July 31.  Thanks to everyone who has enterered and good luck!


Games Galore!

Yahtzee!  Clue!  Monopoly!  Scrabble!  Battleship!  Chutes and Ladders!  These are just a few of the games you can play at the library during Games Galore!  This is a drop-in program where you can drop by the library and play some games.  We'll provide the games; you provide the playing skills. Bring a friend to play with or maybe make some new friends over a good game.  We are offering Games Galore! at both libraries once a week during June and July.  Here is the schedule of times and locations:

          Downtown Library
          Every Saturday, June 3 - July 29
          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Indian Creek Library
Every Wednesday, June 7 - July 26
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


Awesome Birds

Our summer reading program was "for the birds" on Wednesday with an awesome program featuring the amazing birds of Wings of Love.  Parrots, cocatoos, owls, and more!  Rachael and Tierra introduced us to a variety of winged creatures who displayed their beauty and talent.  From riding a bicycle and playing basketball to saying such things as "hello" and "I love you," these birds kept us laughing all the way.  Informative and entertaining, it was a great first "big" program for the summer.  Click the pictures below for a closer look at the "Awesome Birds."

Our next big program at Indian Creek Community Church will be on Wednesday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m. It will feature acclaimed author/illustrator Daniel Miyares.  Don't miss this great opportunity to meet Mr. Miyares in person and learn about the creative process behind his wonderful picture books!





Donald Duck Day!

Happy Donald Duck Day!  Today is Donald's 83rd birthday.  The famous quacker made his screen debut in the Disney animated short The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934.  Over the years he has become one of Disney's most iconic characters.  Happy Birthday, Donald Duck!


Storytime in the Park

Storytime in the Park starts this week!  During the summer the Olathe Public Library offers outdoor storytimes at two Olathe parks.  See below for the times, dates, and locations.  We also offer Evening Storytime at the Downtown Library on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.  No registration required for storytimes.  Storytimes last about 30 minutes.  In case of rain, Storytime in the Park will be cancelled.

NOTE:  There will be no storytimes on Tuesday, July 4.

STORYTIME IN THE PARK - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, June 6 - July 25
10:00 a.m. @ Frontier Park  (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.)

Thursdays, June 8 - July 27
10:00 a.m. @ Mill Creek Park 
 (Woodland & Poplar)

EVENING STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, June 6 - July 25
7:00 p.m. @ Downtown


Summer Reading Kick-Off 2017

Summer at the library has officially begun!  Yesterday was our Summer Reading Kick-Off at Frontier Park.  It was a beautiful day (other than one brief burst of raindrops).  About 650 people came out to join in the fun.  Kids picked up their summer reading bags, played a variety of games, created their own special summer hats, got temporary tattoos, drew with sidewalk chalk, enjoyed a story walk, got up close and personal with a real construction digger, and even enjoyed a free lunch of hot dogs and snacks. Click the pics below for a closer look at the fun.  It was a great way to start out our summer reading program and Build a Better World!





Free Comic Book Day

This coming Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day! Children in grades K - 5th can stop by the Downtown Library and pick out a free comic book to keep!  We'll start giving out comic books starting at 10:00 a.m. until we run out.  Come early for best selection.  Comics will also be available for teens in grades 6th - 12th.  Thanks to Elite Comics in Overland Park for helping procure our comics.


Children's Book Week Activities

Children's Book Week is May 1 - 7.  Join us through the week at Indian Creek Library as we celebrate some of our favorite book characters.  Special programs will include stories and activities and will last about 45 minutes.  All ages are welcome.  No registration.  Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before each program begins.  Below is the schedule of events.

Buzz on in for some fun with Fly Guy!
Monday, May 1
4:30 p.m.
Indian Creek

Get groovy with Pete the Cat and learn that all is good!
Wednesday, May 3
10:30 a.m.
Indian Creek

Join us for the Olathe Public LIbrary Book Ball!
Come dressed as your favorite book character, or wearing your library best, for games, snacks, and more!
Friday, May 5
4:30 p.m.
Indian Creek


Library Love

Art by award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson


Indian Creek Mural

The next time you are in the Indian Creek Library's storytime/program room, you will notice something new — a mural on the walls.  Mr. Gregg from the Downtown Library's Children's Department painted this over the weekend.  We hope it will make the space a little more special for the children (and others) attending storytimes and programs in this room.


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