Welcome Friends!

Friends of the Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community, and who work to promote and assist the library.

Board Meeting

Please join us the second Monday of each month (January-June, September-November) in the Library's Conference Room. Meetings are open to the public.

Poetry Contest Winners

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Front row (l to r) Tristan Davis, Nicholas Sanchos, Zachry Ensell, Yve Tejera
Back row (l to r) Kaylee Tascone, Sabrina Moricca, Natalie Sova, Sophie Garvin, Willow Greer, David Powers, Bird Piche

To promote and encourage creativity in the grades the Friends of the Olean Public Library hold three contests every year—one in art, one for short stories and one for poetry. The poetry winners are as follows:

    • GRADE NINE (Mrs. Danielle Michel, teacher)
      • Sophia Garvin for her poem Emotional Connection to Characters
    • GRADE TEN (Mrs. Danielle Michel, teacher)
      • Willow Greer for her poem Fall on the Farm
      • David Powers for his poem The Slippery Slope - Honorable Mention
    • GRADE TEN (Mrs. Suzanne Snyder, teacher)
      • Bird Piche for the poem Right and Wrong
      • Zachry Ensell's poem Days Like This - Honorable Mention
      • Joie-Rose Stangle's poem Life sang my soul a song - Honorable Mention
    • GRADE NINE (Mrs. Marie Rakus, teacher)
      • Yve Tejera for her poem It would be quiet
    • GRADE NINE (Mr. Sorensen, teacher)
      • Natalie Sova for her poem Shipwreck
    • GRADE ELEVEN (Mrs. Sally Ventura, teacher)
      • Kaylee Tascone for her poem Intrusion of a Pen
      • Nicholas Sanders for his poem Valentine
      • Phoenix Reisner for his poem The Speaker - Honorable Mention
      • Kylea Andreano for her poem Vague Image of Who I Used To Be - Honorable Mention
      • Peighton Ray for the poem Football is Life - Honorable Mention
      • Kaylee Tascone for her poem Japanese Flower - Honorable Mention
    • GRADE TWELVE (Mrs. Sally Ventura, teacher)
      • Sabrina Moricca for her poem An Important Hour
      • Tristan Davis for the poem He Who Paraded - Honorable Mention
      • Sabrina Moricca for her poem My Mind - Honorable Mention

For further information, please contact Carole McNall, (716) 372-5655 or cmcnall511@gmail.com.

Book Sale

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Shop the Friends of the Library Book Sale any time the library is open. All proceeds from the sale go to the Friends of the Library of Olean, NY, Inc. Book Endowment fund which supplements the purchase of new material for loan.

Because of the cost to recycle unwanted books, the library is strictly enforcing its donation policy to accept only books that they can add to the collection or put in the book sale.


  • To promote literary and educational activities with the Library
  • To increase, improve and publicize the resources and services of the Library
  • To help enlarge public support of the Library
  • To solicit endowments and bequests to benefit the Library
  • To maintain and increases the Book Endowment Fund


  • Established the Book Endowment Fund
  • Support and co-sponsor programs and events
  • Provide a publicity budget for Library events
  • Provided volunteer staff
  • Contribute to summer reading programs
  • Sponsor annual bookmark and poetry contests aimed at drawing our school children into the library