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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

Holiday Social

The Olean Area Crochet, Knitting and Crafting Group will host a Holiday Social on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 PM in the library's Art Gallery.

Please bring a holiday treat to share and your current project to work on. For those interested, there will be a felt ornament group craft to enjoy making. Please bring sharp sewing scissors if you'd like to participate.

Join us to celebrate the holiday season at our Holiday Social! Beverages will be provided. New members, all ages, and all types of crafters welcome!

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Free Computer Classes

Class Title



Seasonal Employment

Don't be afraid of searching for the right job using the internet! This class will give you the competitive edge when applying for both seasonal and regular employment! More and more employers are using on-line applications and we will teach you how to complete these important documents. Learn how to respond to employers with proper email techniques including creating & attaching cover letters and resumes. Basic computer knowledge is helpful but not required.

Friday, October 30 from 10:15 —12:15

Basic Computer

Learning the most basic computer skills can be overwhelming. Do you need a safe and encouraging classroom environment? Join us for this fun class where we will teach you the fundamentals of the computer including its basic hardware, use of the mouse, simple internet searches and basic word processing using Microsoft Word. No prior computer experience needed!

November 2, 4 and 6 - from 10:15 —12:15




December 7, 9 and 11 - from 10:15 —12:15

Taking Care of Business

Where did you get that great watch? Oh, I found it “on-line”! What is the buzz about on-line shopping? And banking on-line —can it be safe and even possible? Learn more about how to do everyday business using the Internet. Safety, key websites and other techniques will be covered. Basic computer experience would be a benefit for this class.


Monday, November 9 - from 10:15 —12:15

Basic Email

If you need an email address or you already have one but are not sure how to use it then this is the class for you. Learn how to set up your email address, receive and reply to your messages, attach documents and pictures and communicate more effectively with your friends and family using the internet!

Friday. November 13 - from 10:15 — 12:15

Basic Microsoft Excel

Learn how to create your holiday mailing list!

Monday, November 30 - from 10:15 —12:15

Basic Word

Do you want to send a holiday letter or create your own holiday card? This class will teach you how to do that using your own imagination or a template!

Wednesday, December 2 - from 10:15 —12:15

Sharing Memories Through Pictures

The final touch! After creating your card or letter you can attach pictures to it to give it that extra special touch! We will show you how to use pictures from Clip Art or your own pictures (bring your picture source to class —jump drive, phone, etc)

Friday, December 4 - from 10:15 —12:15

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