The Friends of the Olean Public Library are excited to announce our upcoming bookmark contest! Information was given to the school districts surrounding the Olean Public Library in mid-February and we are anxiously awaiting the beautiful works of art that will be coming in by April 7. This contest was open to grades 1-5 and the completed bookmarks were to be submitted through the participating schools. Judging for the contest will take place by a panel of local artists led by Friends of the Library board member Peg Bothner. They will select one winning bookmark per classroom and one overall school winner and contact the schools with that information for announcement. An awards ceremony will take place at the Library on May 6 and at that time all of the bookmark entries will be on display. We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to Tina Stetz at Season’s Hallmark in the Olean Center Mall for being a sponsor for this contest; Olean BOCES for their help with preparing the bookmarks for display and reproducing the school level winners for distribution; and Rose Harenda for her guidance and support with this project.
The Friends of the Olean Public Library are having a giant book sale in the beginning of May. We are currently collecting books for the sale.
Popular materials such as mysteries, romances, westerns, science fiction and current non-fiction—for adults or children—sell well.
Items we cannot accept include, but are not limited to:
- Books that are old, musty, dirty, moldy or smelly or that have yellow, brittle, torn, scribbled, or missing pages
- Non-fiction books older than 10 years
- Incomplete sets
- Reader's Digest Condensed Books
- VHS tapes, Cassette tapes or Vinyl records
To donate used items, please bring them to the Information Desk for inspection. You may request a receipt for tax purposes.
Full-color 13-month calendar features libraries in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties.
Help fund programming and the book endowment for the Olean Public Library with the purchase of a 2017 calendar.
Calendars are avaliable at the Olean Public Library and through Friends members. Each calendar is $10 and can be mailed for an additional $5. Payments may be made by cash, check (made payable to Friends of the Library) or PayPalmake sure to indicate it is for the purchase of a calendar.
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Every year the Friends of the Olean Public Library sponsor a poetry contest for area high school students. This year students from Olean High and Allegany Limestone Central School participated in the contest. The monetary awards were presented at a ceremony at the Olean Library on Tuesday, Dec. 27th.
This year’s winners are:
ALLEGANY LIMESTONE CENTRAL SCHOOL
10th grade students of Mrs. Suzan Snyder
12th grade student of Mike Sherry
OLEAN HIGH SCHOOL
9th grade students of Stephen Sorenson
10th grade students of Marie Rakus
11th grade students of Amy Leskow and Sally Ventura
12th grade students of Lou Ventura
This year Janna Willoughby-Lohr emceed the awards and presented a brief reading of her work. Willoughby-Lohr has been writing poetry since she was 5 and performing since age 12. She holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Creative Business Arts from Warren Wilson College. A Grand Slam finalist in 2005-2008 for the Nickel City Poetry Slam and a member of the 2006 Nickel City Slam team at the National Poetry Slam, Janna is also an editor for Earth’s Daughters literary magazine, the longest running women’s publication in the country. She is a member of the advisory council for the Burchfield Penney's Reading Series, as well. She has been performing with her band, Blood Thirsty Vegans since 2008. They have two albums available on Bandcamp.com. She also runs her own business, Papercraft Miracles, making handmade paper and books.