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, October 3, 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

Mondays, October 17-November 14 @ 10 AM

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

Tuesdays, October 18-November 15 @ 10 AM - SESSION FULL
Thursdays, October 20-November 17 @ 10 AM - 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

Mondays*, October 17-November 14 @ 6:30 PM - SESSION FULL
Wednesdays, October 19-November 16 @ 3:45 PM - 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.

*No Investigation Stations on Halloween


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Thursday, December 8 @ 3:45 PM

Compete in Building Challenges. Players may bring their own device or use one of the Library's notebook computers (limited number available). No registration required.

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LEGO® Builders

No LEGO® in December

No registration required.

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S.T.E.A.M. Club

Thursday, December 15 @ 3:45 PM

Open to ages 8-12. Explore robotics, solar energy, snap circuits, and much more. No registration required.

Special Events

Santa is Coming to the Olean Public Library

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Monday, December 19 @ 6:30 PM

Direct from the North Pole, Santa will have:

  • A Chrstmas Carol Sing-A-Long
  • Story-Telling
  • Incredible Floating Snowball
  • 7 Foot Tall Frosty
  • And More!