Interested in Volunteering at the Library?

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Olathe Public Library. Volunteers are a vital part of the library. In 2016, 484 volunteers worked a remarkable 12,556 hours!

Volunteers must be at least 13-years-old or in eighth grade (if it is the summer, students going into the eighth grade will be accepted). Children second grade or older may volunteer with an adult as a family volunteer. No more than two children volunteers per adult, please.

After your application is received, you will be contacted by email when a volunteer job is available that is compatible with your schedule.  Applications are kept for six months.

Please submit your application here...take a moment to read over the volunteer job descriptions before filling out your volunteer application.

Please note: Court mandated community service cannot be completed at the Olathe Public Library.

For further information contact: Rita Patterson, rpatterson@olatheks.org or (913) 971-6879.

2017 Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Volunteer of the Year Recipients 

On Friday, Nov. 3, around 100 Olathe Public Library volunteers, families and staff attended a volunteer recognition reception at the Olathe Community Center. This year, two volunteers were presented with the Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Award. This award was established in 1994 in honor of Nancy Chandler who was president of the library board and along with Olathe resident Rita Sheldon, started the Homebound Program, now known as Library To You (LTY). Nominees for this award were submitted by library staff and advisory board.


The first recipient is teen volunteer Jacklynn Holst, a junior at Olathe East High School, who started volunteering in 2015 at the Downtown Library’s Meet & Eat Lunch Program that serves free meals to youth 18 and under. Through Jackie and other volunteers’ efforts, this successful program has expanded to include both library locations and now serves after-school meals and homework help during the school year. She is considered a leader and motivator amongst other teen volunteers and offers new ideas on improving this program. A library staff member points out that “she understands the value of helping others and enjoys dedicating her time and work ethic to good causes.”Jackie has worked over 230 hours at both libraries.  



The second recipient is Carlotta Belcher, a well-known member of the community, who began volunteering in the ‘70s at the library location at Patrons Bank Building in downtown Olathe.  She participated in “story hour” as a member of the Olathe Junior Service League and continued reading stories and playing the piano for sing-alongs for a number of years. Around 1999, she began serving as president, secretary and finally in her present position of membership chair
on the Olathe Public Library Friends Board. She has contributed over 1800 volunteer library hours. In addition, she was employed at the library from 1981 until her retirement in 2014.