Staff Picks 2015

Each year the Olathe Public Library's Children's Services staff compiles a list of some of our favorite children's books from the past year, along with some old favorites.  Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles—something for everyone.  In this seaon of gift-giving, we hope you might find some ideas for gifts for the children on your holiday shopping list.  Or perhaps you'll find a good book to read together as a family.  The holidays are a great time to share a book together.

If you would like to browse the titles on our Staff Picks list, click here to download a copy. Printed copies are also available at both libraries.  The books on our Staff Picks list will be on display throughout the month of December at both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library.  The books on display may not be checked out, but we are always happy to request titles for you if none are available.

We hope you will give the gift of reading this holiday season, and be sure to make time in your busy schedule to visit the library.  Happy holidays!


 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2015

Some wild and crazy stuffed animals had a great time at the Olathe Public Library's Stuffed Animal Sleepover on
November 20.  Check out the video to see all the fun!


 

Tape Town

Kids were zoom-zoom-zooming around the Storytime Room with their toy trucks and cars on Friday at the Downtown Library.  As they followed the roads of Tape Town, they could make stops at the post office, the bank, the animal hospital and more.  What a fun time!  If you missed out, you can still visit Tape Town at the Indian Creek Library on Monday, November 23 between 10 a.m and noon.  Be sure to bring along your favorite toy vehicle from home.

     

     

     


 

Royals Rule!

Congratulations to the World Series winning Kansas City Royals!  What a season!  Now that the games are over, why not celebrate with a baseball book?


 

Star Wars Reads Day Fun

Our third annual Star Wars Reads Day celebration was a lot of fun!  Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated all things Star Wars!  We had some fun visitors, including Boba Fett and a pint-sized Wookie!  Kids played Stormtrooper Bowling and Destroy the Death Star games.  Some young fans displayed their knowledge of Star Wars with our Character ID matching game.  Others enjoyed craft activities such as decorating their own tiny droid to take home and cutting out Yoda ears to wear.  Of course, there were Star Wars books and movies to check out.  It was a fun day at the library!

          

          

          

     


 

Star Wars Reads Day 2015

Attention all Star Wars fans!  The Downtown Library will be celebrating Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  In the Children's Department there will be crafts, games, giveaways, and more.  Costumes are welcome!!  Come celebrate all things Star Wars!  Everyone is welcome.  Come and go as you please.  This is a great way to get ready for the new Star Wars movie—The Force Awakens—which opens on December 18.


 

Libraries Closed 1/2 Day

Please be aware that on Monday, October 12 the Olathe Public Library will be closed in the morning for staff training.  The libraries will open at 1:00 p.m. that day.  This includes both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library.  There will be no Rhyme Time or Toddler Time that day.  So make note that the libraries will be closed in the morning but will be open 1:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Please plan accordingly.


 

Memory Box Program

We had a great turnout for our Make a Memory Box program at the Olathe Downtown Library on Thursday.  This program was inspired by the American Girl character Josefina in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Alexis Woodall from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop shared about life on the Santa Fe Trail, and kids made their own personalized memory boxes to store special treasures and mementos.  Fun and educational!  What more could you ask for?

     

     


 

Butterflies at the Library

It's butterfly season at the Olathe Public Library.  Both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library currently have displays of live caterpillars in the Children's Department.  Many of the caterpillars have built their chrysalises, and several have already emerged as beautiful butterflies.  There are monarch butterflies and black swallowtail butterflies.  Once the butterflies come out, we soon release them into the wild, but if you're lucky, you might get the chance to see them before they fly away.  Next time you are in the library, check out the display and see one of nature's little miracles up close.  

Black Swallowtail Monarch

 

Fall Storytimes

It's almost time for our fall storytimes to begin.  Storytimes will begin the week September 14 and run through the week of November 16.  We offer a variety of storytimes for newborns through 5-year-olds.  None of our storytimes require registration, but tickets will be handed out at some sessions on a first come, first served basis.  See the different age groups, times and locations below.  We encourage you to determine which storytime session is most appropriate for your child and family.

RHYME TIME - For 0 - 2 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:15 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

TODDLER TIME - For 2 - 3 year olds with accompanying adult
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Mondays, September 14 - November 16
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18
9:45 a.m. at Downtown

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:45 a.m. at Indian Creek

ON MY OWN STORYTIME - For 3 - 5 year olds  (children attend by themselves)
* Tickets handed out 15 minutes before program

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
10:15 a.m. at Indian Creek

Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
10:15 a.m. at Downtown

EVENING STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Tuesdays, September 15 - November 17
7:00 p.m. at Indian Creek

If you can't make it to storytime during the week, there will be a few Saturday storytime sessions offered once a month at the Indian Creek Library during the fall.

SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Saturday, October 3
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, November 7
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

Saturday, December 5
11:00 a.m. at Indian Creek

If you have any questions, please call us at (913) 971-6874.  We hope to see your child at storytime this fall!


 

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