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Brown Bag Book Club

You bring your lunch, we'll provide the dessert and beverages! The Brown Bag Book Club meets at 12:30 PM on the third Tuesday of each month in the library Meeting Room. Read the featured book and enjoy a lively discussion.

Book Club in a Bag

Book Club in a Bag.

Book Club in a Bag is brought to you by the Olean Public Library to encourage recreational reading and the development of book clubs in the community.

Each bag contains:

  • 4 or 5 copies of a title
  • One set of discussion questions
  • A book sign-out sheet
  • Some Extra Surprises!

Book Club in a Bag may be delivered to you at any Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System library. Request a bag by contacting Marianne at Olean Public Library, (p) 716 372 0200.

The contents of each bag will be checked out to the Discussion Leader who is responsible for signing out copies to their members.

A bag of books/materials may be checked out for 6 weeks and renewed.

If you require more copies of a title, please ask. Many more copies of these titles are available through our system libraries in a variety of formats.

Titles avaliable as of October 2014 # of books in bag
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey 4
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits 4
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson 4
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell 5
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 4
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles 5
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn 4
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan 5
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard 4
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 4
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan 4

Olean Area Crochet, Knitting and Crafting Group

The Olean Area Crochet & Knitting Group meets at 6:30 PM on the first Thursday of each month in the library.

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Decaf coffee will be provided. Please consider bringing a dessert to share. We will have our regular social meeting and work on our current projects. Visit for more information.

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Special Events

NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program

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Saturday April 30 @ 2:00 PM

Professional storyteller Gretchen Murray Sepik speaks in an Irish brogue and weaves Irish folk tales into facts about the Erie Canal. “Erie Canal Sal” is a fictitious character based, in part, on Old Black Nell, who was a cook on the canal in 1840. Audiences will laugh as they learn about one of the engineering wonders of the world.

Sepik majored in dance and studied acting at Point Park College in Pittsburgh. She performed with the Paddy Toon Modern Ensemble in Pittsburgh and with the Rochester Philharmonic. In 2004, she was honored by Young Audiences of Western New York for her commitment to learning through the arts. In 2008, she received a Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council grant to adapt “Erie Canal Sal” into a children's book.

Erie Canal Sal with Gretchen Murray Sepik

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Wednesday, May 18 @ 4 PM

Kaplan Harris draws on small press and underground publications of the 1970s to discuss the diverse groups of activist poets that emerged in the wake of the New Left.

Part rivals, part fellow travelers, these groups invented new forms of radical poetry that thrived in the volatile intersection of gay liberation, second-wave feminism, black nationalism, labor organizing, and more.

Kaplan Harris is Associate Professor of English and Director of the English Graduate Program at St. Bonaventure University. His recent work can be found in the The Cambridge Companion to California Literature, The Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry, American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Jacket2, Paideuma, Postmodern Culture, Sagetrieb, POETRY magazine. He co-edited The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press, 2014), and he is writing a book probably to be called The Age of Activism: San Francisco Poetry, 1970-1990.


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Second Tuesday of Every Month @ 12:30-2:00 PM

A different craft every month!

Space is limited. Please call 716 372 0200 or stop at the Circulation Desk to sign up.

“You Wrote a Book, Now What?” with Jan Kardys

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Saturday May 21 @ 1 PM

Have your written something you would like to see published, but don't know where to start? Join Jan Kardys, Chairman and founder of the Unicorn Writer's Conference, for a program that will cover the current state of the publishing business and help you understand the ins and outs of getting published.

She will discuss the steps you'll need to take to prepare your manuscript for publication, while providing valuable information about the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

Jan L. Kardys has 35 years diversified publishing experience working for 10 major publishing corporations and is also the creator of Black Hawk Literary Agency and Unicorn for Writers.

Free Blood Pressure and Body Fat Analysis Screenings

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Tuesday May 24 @ 12:15-1:45 PM

An employee of Olean General Hospital will be here to offer free blood pressure and body fat analysis screenings from noon to 1pm. Get your blood pressure checked for free before you come relax at Coloring and Coffee!

Coloring and Coffee

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Tuesday May 24 @ 12:30-1:30 PM

Be a part of the adult coloring craze sweeping the nation. Bring your own book and crayons or colored pencils or use the pages and crayons we provide. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Proven benefits of coloring are

  • Relaxation
  • Focus
  • Fine motor skills

Come, relax, and socialize.

Enjoy a Relaxing Evening of Painting

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Wednesday May 25 @ 6-8 PM

Join local artist Miranda Turner for a night or relaxation and fun. The cost is $25 for supplies, due on the night of the class to the instructor. No experience necessary!

Have fun customizing this painting to match the number of “birds” in your own family. Sign up by May 21st at the Circulation Desk to reserve your spot. The event is for ages 10 and above. Space is limited.

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