About 250 people attended our first big program of the summer held off-site at Indian Creek Community Church. Drum Safari had everybody caught up in the rhythm. Josh Conner and his crew played a variety of drums and introduced some basic rhythms. Then percussion instruments were distributed and everyone got in on the fun. It was an unBEATable good time!
If you missed out, don’t fret. There are still two more big programs this summer:
Flying Debris (with juggler Richard Holmgren)
Wednesday, July 1
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church
The Science Behind Superheroes (with Mad Science)
Wednesday, July 22
1:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Community Church
Tickets for these programs will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, call (913) 971-6874 or visit our website.
This summer we are showing free family movies at both Olathe libraries every Monday at 1:30 p.m. This week we had a great turnout for Big Hero 6. Here is the schedule of movies for the rest of the summer:
|June 8||Valiant (Rated G - 90 minutes)|
|June 15||Annie 2014 version (Rated PG - 118 minutes)|
|June 22||Penguins of Madagascar (Rated PG - 92 minutes)|
|June 29||Hercules (Rated G - 93 minutes)|
|July 6||Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Rated PG - 81 minutes)|
|July 13||The Incredibles (Rated PG - 115 minutes)|
|July 20||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Rated PG - 98 minutes)|
Each movie will be shown at both the Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before each showing. The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.
Despite the ground being a bit soggy, our Summer Reading Kick-Off was a lot of fun. Over 800 people came out to Frontier Park to pick up a summer reading folder and enjoy a variety of activities, including kryptonite races, chess, banner decorating, temporary tattoos, old-fashioned games with Mahaffie Farmstead, sidewalk chalk drawing, yummy food sold by Lenexa Sertoma Club, and more. It was a super start to our "Every Hero Has a Story" summer reading program. If you didn't make it to the Kick-Off, be sure to pick up your summer reading folder the next time you visit the library.
It's already feeling like summer at the Olathe Public Library! You can now pick up a summer reading folder at either the Olathe Downtown or Olathe Indian Creek Library. Start keeping track of all those good books you will be reading this summer and earn a free paperback book at the end. We have all kinds of fun activities planned for kids going into 5th grade and younger. Click here to read more about it.
Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Frontier Park (Black Bob Rd. & Indian Creek Pkwy.). You can pick up a reading folder at the Kick-Off and enjoy a variety of fun activities at the park. Lenexa Sertoma Club will be selling food as a library fundraiser. Olathe Noon Optimists will be providing free water. In case of rain, Kick-Off will be canceled. Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather.
The Friends of the Library will be having a book sale at the Indian Creek Library on May 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The sale continues on May 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with a Six-Bucks-a-Sack sale from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
We are looking forward to a fun summer and hope to see you often at the library!
Read to a Dog on May 16 at the Olathe Downtown Library has been cancelled due to lack of dog volunteers. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the winner of the 2015 William Allen White Award for 3rd - 5th graders is Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck.
When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.
The award winner for 6th - 8th graders is Buddy by M. H. Herlong.
Congratulations to these award winning authors, and kudos to all the children who read the books and voted for their favorite nominee. This is truly your award.
To see a list of nominees for next year, click here.
Read to a Dog on May 2 at the Indian Creek Library has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you're looking for an alternative activity, stop by the Downtown Library for Free Comic Book Day.
It's back!! This Saturday, May 2 the Olathe Public Library will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day! Kids in K - 5th grade can stop by the Children's Desk at the Olathe Downtown Library to pick up a FREE kid-friendly comic book to keep from 10:00 a.m. until we run out. Comics will also be available for teens and adults. Comics will be given away while supplies last; supply is limited. Come early for the best selection. OPL thanks our partner, Elite Comics in Overland Park for procuring our free comics.
While you are at the library, be sure to check out our awesome collection of comics and graphic novels which are free to borrow every day! There's something for everyone.
Happy Free Comic Book Day!
It's National Library Week! Can you think of a better time to visit your local Olathe library? This year's theme is "Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library." Read a book. Watch a movie. Play a video game. Listen to an audiobook. Use a computer. Check out some music. Download an ebook. Look at some magazines. Attend a storytime. The library makes all these things—and more—possible. And it's all for free! You can't beat that.
Along with our regularly scheduled storytimes, the library also has some special programs going on this week for kids, including on Friday when schools are out.
DISCOVER POETRY - for K -5th graders (It's also National Poetry Month!)
Wednesday, April 15
Indian Creek Library
YOGA FOR KIDS - for K - 5th graders Registration required
Friday, April 15
FREE MOVIE The Book of Life - for all ages
Friday, April 15
For more information about these and other upcoming programs, visit the Programs page of our website. Happy National Library Week!
The Olathe Public Library's 5th Annual LEGO Design Contest was a great success! Thanks to everyone who entered and built some wonderful original creations. Without you, there would be no contest. The judges from KC Brick Lab had a difficult task in choosing just three winners from each age category. After much deliberation, these were the lucky winners.
|K - 2nd Grade|
1st Place - Mahi Banchal
"My Best Friends"
2nd Place - David Miller
3rd Place - Jesse Loper
"My Living Room"
|Honoorable Mention - Krishiv Kothari|
|3rd - 5th Grade|
1st Place - Elijah Cobb
2nd Place - Jackson Ham
"Grumpy Cat Face"
3rd Place - Hayden Krapes
Honoorable Mention - Balak Banchal, Ayden Woolcott, Katie Mulloy, Levi Cobb, Shawn Major
|6th - 8th Grade|
1st Place - Philip Kolb
2nd Place - Lukas Guensche
3rd Place - Tony Faulkner
|9th - 12th Grade|
1st Place - Nathan Kolb
"Vector 7 Space Station"
2nd Place - Gabriel Reid
3rd Place - Ben Whitney
"Springtime in the Park"
|Honoorable Mention - Alex DeHaan|
1st Place - Cheryl DeHaan
2nd Place - Rob Wonnell
3rd Place - Newlyn Walkup
"Next Gen X-Wing"
The public also got to cast their votes for Best of Show favorites from among the Chldren's, Teen, and Adult entries. Here are the winners of those awards.
|Best of Show|
|David Miller "Roller Coaster"|
|Philip Kolb "Town House"|
|Cheryl DeHaan "Lenticular Peace"|
Thanks again to our judges from KC Brick Lab LEGO User Group. Thanks to Powell Gardens for providing prizes and coupons to their Sean Kenney LEGO Exhibit this summer. Thanks to Indian Creek Community Church for providing us with a great space to hold our contest. And a big thanks to everyone who came out to support these creative LEGO enthusiasts. We hope to see everyone again next year!