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 12, 2015 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, 10 AM
Block One - January 26-February 9
Block Two - March 2-March 23
Block Three - April 13-May 4

An infant program for birth to 18 months. The program includes interactive books and simple stories, nursery rhymes, songs, play and simple art activities. 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 for their child. 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.

Toddler Time

Tuesdays, 10 AM
Block One - January 20-February 10
Block Two - March 3-March 24
Block Three - April 14-May 5
Thursdays, 10 AM
Block One - January 22-February 12
Block Two - March 5-March 26
Block Three - April 16-May 7

Toddler Time is for children age 19 months up. 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.

Investigation Stations

Mondays, 6:30 PM — Ages 3-5
Block One - January 26-February 9
Block Two - March 2-March 23
Block Three - April 13-May 4
Wednesdays, 3:45 PM – Pre-K through 1st Grade
Block One - January 21-February 11
Block Two - March 4-March 25
Block Three - April 15-May 6

Three, four and five year olds participate in directed group activities, including stories, music, and games followed by assisted free exploration and play 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 also open for use by parents and children during regular library hours. Registration is required for activity groups because of limited space.


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May the Fourth Star Wars Event

Monday, May 4 @ 4:00 PM

Kids ages 6-14

Games, activities and crafts to celebrate the epic space saga Star Wars. Come in costume and participate in Yoda Origami, light saber making, trivia, games and more.

For more information please call the Olean Public Library at 716 372 0200. May the Fourth Be With You.

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Minecraft Club

Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22 and 29 @ 3:30 PM

Kids ages 6-14

Compete in Weekly Building Challenges. Players may bring their own laptop or use one of ours.

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Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5 @ 3:30 PM

Kids ages 8-12

Work on cool projects and learn all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Book Clubs

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Detective Club

A Once a Month Book Club for Mystery Fans

Detective Book Club is open to children ages 8 to 10. Each month you can pick from two books to read. Meet on the third Thursday of the month at 3:30 PM in the Children's Department to discuss the books and enjoy a craft or activity related to our books.

Special Events

LEGO® Club

Meeting Tuesdays May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2015 @ 3:30 - 4:30 PM for children ages 6-15. Adult caregivers must accompany children 10 or under. In the Gallery. No sign up necessary.