READ TO A DOG - For young readers of all ages
Saturday, January 3
1:30 - 2:30 p.m at Olathe Indian Creek
Saturday, January 17
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Olathe Downtown
Children of all ages may drop by the library and read to a cuddly canine between 1:30 and 2:30 on the dates listed above. Come to the Children's Desk upon arrival and check in for a reading time. Reading sessions are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. No advanced registration necessary. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.
FAMILY CHESS NIGHT - For all ages
Monday, January 5
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Olathe Downtown
Monday, January 19
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek
Come play chess with a worthy opponent at our Family Chess Nights. Boards and equipment will be provided. All ages and playing levels welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration.
SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families
Saturday, January 10
1:30 p.m. at Olathe Downtown
Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays. Stories will be geared to 3 - 5 year olds, but parents and siblings are welcome to attend. No registration. You're invited to stick around after storytime for DUPLO® Drop-In from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
NOTE: This family storytime will feature the same books used in the On My Own Storytimes.
DUPLO® DROP-IN - For preschoolers + adult
Saturday, January 10
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Olathe Downtown
Drop by the Storytime Room and have some fun with our DUPLO® collection! DUPLO® bricks will be made available after our 1:30 Saturday Storytime ends. Parents must remain with their children. No registration.
"CRAFTING" OUR 6 BY 6 SKILLS - For ages 3 - 5 + adult
Monday, January 12 *Registration begins Monday, January 5
9:30 a.m. at Olathe Downtown
Love storytimes AND crafts? Let's put them together to practice "6 by 6" pre-reading skills! Preschoolers aged 3 to 5 are invited to grab a grown-up and come to the library to hear a few stories and then make a craft based on the stories we heard. Stories and crafts will be specially selected to let kids practice their 6 by 6 skills and to give adults tips for reinforcing these important skills at home. Children will need some help from their adult to complete the craft. Adults may bring more than one child but will need to assist each child they bring. Program will last about 35 - 45 minutes.
BRRR! IT'S COLD OUTSIDE - PRESCHOOL CRAFTS - For preschoolers + adult
Tuesday, January 13
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek
Thursday, January 15
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Olathe Downtown
Bring your preschooler and make a fun seasonal craft! All materials will be provided. No registration. Come and go as you please.
PIZZA & PAGES BOOK LOVERS CLUB - For 3rd - 5th graders
Thursday, January 22 *Registration begins Monday, January 12
6:00 p.m. at Olathe Downtown
Do you LOVE books and reading? Are you in grades 3 - 5? Join a club for kids who love reading, sharing, and learning more about books! Each month we'll share a quick pizza dinner together, talk about books we've read (or are reading), and enjoy a surprise reading-related activity together. Please bring a copy of a book you've enjoyed recently to the program (preferably a book the OPL owns, but it doesn't have to be) and be prepared to tell us a little bit about it—without giving away too much of the story! Program will last about 90 minutes.
RAISING A READER - 6 BY 6 EARLY LITERACY SKILLS - For ages 5 & younger + adult
Wednesdays, January 28 - April 22
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Olathe Indian Creek
Ready, set, grow a reader! Bring your young children to our meeting room to help grow their pre-reading skills as you interact together with educational toys and books. No registration. Come and go as you please.
STORY EXPLORERS - For ages 2 - 5 + adult
Friday, January 30
1:30 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek
Come play with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics)! Children, and the adults who bring them, will explore these concepts in creative ways through engaging activities. We will explore amazing books, watch spectacular demonstrations, sing silly songs, create works of art, and participate with exciting hands-on stations. No registration, but space is limited. Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before program begins. Program will last about an hour.