Stuffed Animal Sleepover

A group of wild and furry creatures had a fun time at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Indian Creek Library on March 12.  Watch the video below to get a peek at all their shenanigans.


Spring Break 2017

Spring Break for Olathe schools is March 13 – 17.  If you’re looking for something to do on your week off, the Olathe Public Library has a few suggestions.  Below are some special programs being offered for kids thorughout the week.  Check out our Events calendar for a full listing of library programs and activities.  And remember, there are no storytimes during spring break.

You can always stop by and check out some great books, movies, CDs, video games, and more!  School may be out, but the public library is open.  Come see us!

Afterschool LEGO Club  (K – 5thRegistration required
Monday, March 13
4:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Library

Free Family Movie – The BFG  (All ages)
Tuesday, March 14
1:30 p.m.
Downtown Library

Spring Break Cookie Decorating  (All ages)
Wednesday, March 15
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Downtown Library

Spring Break Cookie Decorating  (All ages)
Thursday, March 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Indian Creek Library

Family Chess Night  (All ages)
Monday, March 20
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Library


Olathe School District Art Display

The Olathe Downtown Library is pleased to once again be hosting the annual display of art by elementary students in the Olathe School District.  The walls of the Children's Department are adorned with paintings, drawings, prints, collages, and more by these young artists.  Three dimensional works can be found in our glass display case.  It's always fun to see the work produced by creative students right here in our own community.  Click on the images below to get a closer preview.

Next time you are in the Downtown Library, take some time to admire the display and support the arts in our schools.  But don't wait too long!  The artwork is scheduled to come down on March 23.



Perfect Pairs

February is the perfect time for Perfect Pairs!  Perfect Pairs are book bundles matching up one fiction book with one nonfiction book.  For instance, you could read the hilarious picture book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and then read about some real cows on a farm in Cows Moo!  You could read the beginning chapter book Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot and then learn about some real robots in the National Geographic Kids' book Robots.  This is a great way to introduce kids to books and genres they might not discover on their own.  The Perfect Pairs display will be up at the Downtown Library throughout the entire month of February.  Stop by and browse the selection.  We are constantly replenishing the display with new book pairs, so you never know what you might find.


Another great way to combine fiction and nonfiction is with Bookflix.  Bookflix is an online resource available through the library that pairs videos of classic picture books with nonfiction ebooks.  Watch the story!  Read the book!  It can all be viewed online anytime, and it's FREE!  You can always find a link to Bookflix on our Good Books page.  Check it out!


Valentine Factory

Hey kids, are you looking for something fun to do while school is out on Thursday and Friday?  How about coming to the Olathe Public Library's Valentine Factory?  You can create a unique valentine for a special person (or pet) in your life.  All supplies will be provided.  No registration.  Come and go as you please during the times listed below.  And it's FREE!

There are two options for attending the Valentine Factory:

Thursday, February 9
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Library
13511 S. Mur-Len, Suite 129
Olathe, KS  66062

Friday, February 10
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Downtown Library
201 E. Park
Olathe, KS  66061



Story Stroll

Next time you are at the Downtown Library, take time to check out our Story Stroll!  You can take a leisurely stroll along the sidewalk in front of the library while enjoying the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Even if it's 60 degrees outside, you can still enjoy a classic winter story.


2017 Award Winning Books

This morning the Oscar nominees were announced, but yesterday was the real excitement when the winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and other children's book awards were announced.  And the winner is...

Newbery Medal Winner

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

Newbery Honors
Freedom over Me
by Ashley Bryan
The Inquisitor's Tale
by Adam Gidwitz
Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk
Caldecott Medal Winner
Radiant Child
illustrated & written by Javaka Steptoe
Caldecott Honors
Leave Me Alone!
illustrated & written by Vera Brosgol
Freedom in Congo Square
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Du Iz Tak?
Illustrated & written by Carson Ellis
They All Saw a Cat
illustrated & written by Brendan Wenzel

To learn about more children's book award winners, including the Coretta Scott King awards, the Geisel award, the Pura Belpré awards, the Sibert award, and more, click here.  Congratulations to all the winners!  And thank you for enriching our lives with your wonderful books.


Winter-Spring Storytime

Our Winter-Spring Storytimes start next week on January 23!  We have lots of options for you this session, from Rhyme Time for the babies to On My Own Storytime for the preschoolers.  Can't make a daytime storytime?  Try Family Storytime on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Days and times can be found on our website:
or visit our calendar of events:  No registration required.  Tickets will be handed out starting
15 minutes before each daytime storytime begins.  If you have any questions, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.


Model Railroad Display - Extended!

The model railroad display at the Downtown Library has been extended through Tuesday, January 17.  .B  elow is the new schedule.  You can come see an operating model railroad, and experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the display and model railroading.  

Come and go as you please during the times below.

Thursday, January 12
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. @ Downtown

Friday, January 13
12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Saturday, January 14
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Sunday, January 15
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Monday, January 16
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Tuesday, January 17
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Downtown

Last Stop on Market Street

Author Matt de la Peña brings his Newbery award-winning book Last Stop on Market Street to life with a group of students from Quindaro Elementary School aboard a city bus in Kansas City, KS.  Watch this special experience in the video below.


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