All programs are free, but registration is required because space is limited. Registration will continue until groups are full. If a program during one block is full and your child is on a waiting list he/she will be given preference during the next block.
You may register your child for any or all of the blocks at any time on a space available basis.
We are using this schedule to coincide with the area schools winter and spring breaks (one week in February and one additional week in April). This schedule will also allow us to offer school-age programs during breaks and accommodate family vacations.
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 TimesStory 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
Mondays 10 AM
A program for infants and toddlers to 18 months that includes interactive books and simple stories, nursery rhymes, songs, language games, Baby Sign, and play. Each child must be accompanied by a participating 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 and select items to borrow from our large collection of children's and adult materials.
Wednesdays 10 AM or Thursdays 10 AM
Toddlers Time is for children age 19 months to 3 years. With 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 with other parents and toddlers and selecting items to borrow from our large collection of children's and adult materials.
Mondays 6:30 PM or Tuesdays 10 AM
Three, four, and five year olds and their parents participate in stories, music, and games as a group, followed by assisted activities at the Investigation Stations. Both sessions feature the same activities, so you may select either a morning session or an evening session.
Wednesdays 3:45 PM
An afternoon session for school-aged children in grades Pre-K through 1st Grade.
LEGO® Builders Special Event
Tuesday, February 18 @ 2:00 - 3:00 PM
We provide the LEGO® bricks, you provide the creativity for a series of themed challenges and free play.
For kids Age 6-10 and their caregivers. Registration required; sign up at the Circulation Desk or phone 716 372 0200.
Diaspora Drumming Ringo Brill, Tiffany Nicely, and Gabriel Gutierrez - takes their audience on a trip through time and across oceans, tracing the path of rhythms and musical instruments from Western Africa to North and South America and the Caribbean.
Diaspora Drumming: Woods That Sing
Thursday, February 20 @ 2:00 PM
Wood That Sings takes the audience through time and across oceans, tracing the path of rhythms and musical instruments across the globe. Starting with Balafons of Guinea in Western Africa, members of Diaspora Drumming perform music for xylophones and marimbas of the African Diaspora.
The performance includes music from Guinea, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the United States. Students will sing, dance, and experience first-hand the way African and European music came together to create these traditions. This program demonstrates how, in African and African-derived percussion traditions, different instruments “speak” to one another.
Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.