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 October 6, 2014 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

Wednesdays, 10 AM – October 22-November 19 SESSION FULL

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

Thursdays, 10 AM – October 23-November 20 SESSION FULL

Toddler 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.

Investigation Stations

Mondays, 6:30 PM – October 20-November 17 or
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – October 21-November 18 or
Wednesdays*, 3:45 PM – October 22-November 19

*For school-aged children in grades Pre-K through 1st grade.

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.

Programs For School-Age Kids

Altered Thursdays

Thursdays, 5:30 PM – October 23-November 20

Come get creative and learn how to recycle unwanted books into refurbished works of art. We will learn various designs for Altered Books and create purses and shadow boxes out of books. Kids in grades 3-5 welcome.

Special Events

Doctor Who Celebration

Doctor Who logo. Saturday, December 13 @ 2-4 PM

The Doctor Who themed party will consist of theme-appropriate crafts, food to enjoy throughout the afternoon and a trivia contest. Guests are also encouraged to take full advantage of the event by dressing in Doctor Who themed costume.

Attendees participating in the trivia contest will be eligible for a prize. At the end of the contest, a winner will be declared and awarded with a prize picked by the library staff.

Mother-Daughter Book Club

The Mother-Daughter Book Club is open to girls ages 9 to 11 and their favorite adult female. Books will be available for checkout. We will meet the third Thursday of the month at 6:30PM in the Children's Department to discuss the book of the month. Light refreshments will be served.

October's book is Coraline by Neil Gaiman meeting Thursday, October 16 @ 6:30 PM.

LEGO® Club

Meeting Tuesdays through December 23 @ 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.