All programs are free, but registration is required because space is limited. Registration will continue until groups are full.


You may register your child beginning Monday, January 11, 2016 on a space available basis.


Phone 716 372 0200, Email or online by clicking the register button next to a program.


The Children's Area in the Olean Public Library.

Story Times

Story Times for all ages are offered regularly throughout the year. Story Times provide a variety of language and early literacy experiences for parents and children. Download Story Time Helps (pdf).

Mother Goose Time

Block One: Mondays, 10 AM—January 25-February 8
Block Two: Mondays, 10 AM—February 29-March 21
Block Three: Mondays, 10 AM—April 11-May 2

A program for infants and toddlers up to 18 months that includes stories, nursery rhymes, songs, language games and play. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are encouraged to help the child participate in the activities at a developmentally appropriate level. Parents and children can spend time socializing before or after the program.

Stories and More

Block One:Tuesdays, 10 AM—January 19-February 9 -- SESSION FULL
or Thursdays, 10 AM—January 21-February 11 -- SESSION FULL
Block Two:Tuesdays, 10 AM—March 1-March 22 -- SESSION FULL
or Thursdays, 10 AM—March 3- March 24 -- SESSION FULL
Block One:Tuesdays, 10 AM—April 12-May 3 -- SESSION FULL
or Thursdays, 10 AM—January 21-February 11 -- SESSION FULL

Stories and More is for children age 19 months and up accompanied by an adult. Children listen to stories, learn songs, rhymes, finger plays and participate in group play and creative art projects. Spend some time before or after the program socializing and selecting items to borrow from our large collection of children's and adult materials.

Investigation Stations - Ages 3-5

Block One: Mondays, 6:30 PM—January 25-February 8 -- SESSION FULL
Block Two: Mondays, 6:30 PM—February 29-March 21 -- SESSION FULL
Block Three: Mondays, 6:30 PM—April 11-May 2 -- SESSION FULL

Investigation Stations - PreK-1st Grade

Block One: Wednesdays, 3:45 PM—January 20-February 10 -- SESSION FULL
Block Two: Wednesdays, 3:45 PM—March 2-March 23 -- SESSION FULL
Block Three: Wednesdays, 3:450 PM—April 13-May 4 -- SESSION FULL

Children and parents participate in group activities, including stories, music, and games followed by hands-on activities at the stations. Parents participate with their children to expand on the experiences and connections presented at the stations. Books, materials and activities are also available for families to use at home. The Investigation Stations are open for use by parents and children during regular library hours. Registration is required for activity groups due to limited space.


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S.T.E.A.M. Club

Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2016 @ 3:30 PM -- SESSION FULL

Open to ages 6-12. Work on your science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills with fun interactive projects.

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Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

A creation-based technology program for ages 9 to 12. This interactive class focuses on using technology to express creativity. From music and digital photography to film and art apps, kids will explore different media and create their own.

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Pokemon Club

Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2016 @ 4:00 PM -- SESSION FULL

Do you love Pokemon? Joins us Tuesdays & 4:00 for all things Pokemon.

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Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2016 @ 6:30 PM -- SESSION FULL

Compete in Weekly Building Challenges. Players may bring their own device or use one of the Library's notebook computers (limited number available).

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Reader's Theater

Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2016 @ 3:30 PM

Build your reading confidence by rehearsing and performing scripts based on children’s books.

Special Events

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LEGO® Builders

Meeting Tuesdays in January, March and May 2016 @ 4:00 PM. In the Gallery. No sign up necessary.