Summer Bookmark Winners

We had some great entries in our Summer Bookmark Contest.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  After careful consideration the judges selected one winning design from each grade.  Printed bookmarks featuring the winning designs
will be available at both Olathe libraries beginning July 31 while supplies last.

Congratulations to all the winners!

1st Grade Andrew Park
2nd Grade Bonnie Burch
3rd Grade Sara Natanova
4th Grade Elizabeth Park
5th Grade Cameron Cabrera


Fourth of July

Both Olathe libraries will be closed on July 4th.  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


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!


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.


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.



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.


Holiday Closings

Don't forget that both Olathe ilbraries will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25.  We will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1.  You can always return materials at any of the drop-boxes located around the city.  We wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best in the new year!


Happy Thanksgiving

Both Olathe public libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.  We will re-open our regular hours on Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!  We are thankful for you, our faithful library patrons.


Vote for Books! Winners

Thanks to everyone who voted in our Vote for Books! election!  The ballots have been counted and the winners are:  President Cat in the Hat & Vice President Thea Stilton.

Public libraries across the Kansas City metro area participated in the Vote for Books! campaign, including Olathe Public Library, Johnson County Library, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, KS Public Library, and Mid-Continent Public Library systems.  3359 children cast their votes.  The team of Cat in the Hat and Thea Stilton won not only the metro-wide vote, but they also won here locally at the Olathe Public Library.  Apparently, the voters had a clear favorite.  Congratulations to this cat and mouse team who show us that "Together We're Better!" despite our differences.


Vote for Books! 2016

Election Day is quickly approaching, and at the Olathe Public LIbrary we're holding a special election of our own.  Kids in 5th grade and younger can come to the Downtown Library or Indian Creek Library anytime through November 8 and vote for their favorite book characters.  There are five President & Vice President pairs to choose from.  Here are the candidates:

  • Nancy Drew & Fly Guy
  • The Cat in the Hat & Thea Stilton
  • Big Nate & El Deafo
  • Princess in Black & Dyamonde Daniel
  • Zita the Spacegirl & Captain Underpants

There are six Kansas City area library systems, including Olathe Public Library, participating in this Vote for Books election.  The votes will be tallied metro-wide, and the winners will be announced on November 15.  So stop by the library and cast your vote!  You may also vote online at  One vote per child please.


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