February Programs

RAISING A READER - 6 BY 6 LITERACY SKILLS - For ages 5 & younger with 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 K - 2nd graders + adult

Monday, February 2
4:30 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.

FAMILY CHESS NIGHTS - For all ages

Monday, February 2
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Olathe Downtown

Monday, February 16
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.

HOMESCHOOL LEGO CLUB - For homeschoolers ages 5 - 11 (grades K - 5th)
*Registration required

Tuesday, February 3   *Registration begins Monday, January 26
1:30 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek

Join us for our monthly LEGO Club for homeschoolers! Each month we'll have a new theme, and you can have fun building with bricks provided by the library. Each session will last about an hour. 

READ TO A DOG - For young readers of all ages

Saturday, February 7
1:30 - 2:30 p.m at Olathe Indian Creek

Saturday, February 21
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. For more information, call (913) 971-6874. Trained therapy dogs provided by Pets for Life, Inc.

"CRAFTING" OUR 6 BY 6 SKILLS - For ages 3 - 5 with adult
*Registration required

Monday, February 9   *Registration begins Monday, February 2
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.

AFTERSCHOOL LEGO CLUB - For K - 5th graders
*Registration required

Wednesday, February 11   *Registration begins Monday, February 2
4:30 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek

Are you a kid in kindergarten through 5th grade who loves building with LEGO bricks? Be a part of our monthly Afterschool LEGO Club! Enjoy a small snack as you hear about the month's special theme.  We'll then turn you loose on the library's LEGO collection to build something awesome and let you show off your creation before you leave.  Program will last about an hour.
PARENTS: To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, please sign your child up for ONLY one LEGO Club meeting per calendar month.

VALENTINE FACTORY - For all ages

Friday, October 13
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at Olathe Downtown

Come make a valentine at the Valentine Factory.  No registration.  Come and go as you please.

SATURDAY STORYTIME - For preschoolers & their families

Saturday, February 14
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, February 14
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.

FREE FAMILY MOVIE - For all ages

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2  (Rated PG - 102 minutes)
Monday, February 16
1:30 p.m. at Olathe Downtown

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2  (Rated PG - 102 minutes)
Monday, February 16
1:30 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek

Join us for a free family movie at the library. The whole family is welcome, but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the floor. Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. No registration but space is limited. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before movie begins.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM:  BLUES IN THE LIBRARY - For ages 6 - 11 (grades 1st - 5th)
*Registration required

Tuesday, February 17   *Registration begins Monday, February 9
1:30 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek

Learn about blues music and instruments, discover what makes the Kansas CIty blues sound unique, and hear a live performance. This interactive music program will be lead by musician Jason Vivone of the Kansas City Blues Society's Blues in the Schools program and the local music group Jason and the BIlly Bats. Parents and siblings are also welcome to attend. Program will last about an hour.

EVENING LEGO CLUB - For K - 5th graders
*Registration required

Tuesday, February 17   *Registration begins Monday, February 2
7:00 p.m. at Olathe Downtown

Are you a kid in kindergarten through 5th grade who loves building with LEGO bricks? Be a part of our monthly Evening LEGO Club! Each month we'll introduce a different theme, turn you loose on the library's LEGO collection to build something awesome, then let you show off your creation before you leave. Program will last about an hour.
PARENTS: To allow as many children as possible to experience LEGO Club, please sign your child up for ONLY one LEGO Club meeting per calendar month.

PRESCHOOL DANCE PARTY - For ages 5 & younger + adult

Friday, February 20
10:30 a.m. at Olathe Indian Creek

Monday, February 23
9:30 a.m. at Olathe Downtown

Let's dance! Come shake, shimmy and dance up a storm at our preschool dance party, featuring favorite songs from our chidlren's music collection. No registration but space is limited. Program will last 20 - 30 minutes.

YOUNG ARTISTS STATION - For all ages

Saturday, February 21
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Olathe Indian Creek

What will you create today? Drop by the library for The Young Artists Station, where you can create at your own pace. Art stations will offer projects such as dry pasta art and blind contour drawings. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Come and go as you please.

PIZZA & PAGES BOOK LOVERS CLUB - For 3rd - 5th graders
*Registration required

Thursday, February 26   *Registration begins Monday, February 16
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.

STORY EXPLORERS - For ages 2 - 5 + adult

Friday, February 27
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.

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