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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:

  • Multiple 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 # of books in bag
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 8
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey 5
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson 5
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell 6
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 5
The Samaritan by Local Author Stephen Besecker 6
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles 7
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn 5
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 10
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 6

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

New York Spirits

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 7 PM

Featuring the history of ghosts in New York including The Amityville Horror House, the spiritualist Fox Sisters, Fort William Henry Museum, The Red Coach Inn, and more.

It's part history, part spook show, and is spine-tingling fun!

Not recommended for children under the age of 12 due to subject matter.

Free Blood Pressure and Body Fat Analysis Screenings

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Tuesday, September 27 @ 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, September 27 @ 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.

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