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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. NO MEETINGS JULY AND AUGUST 2016

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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

2016 Adult Summer Reading Program

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Through Monday, August 29, 2016

The program will run from Monday, July 11th to Monday August 29th, 2016. You may sign up at any point during this time period.

Write a review of each book on the “Exercise Your Mind” book review sheet and/or play BINGO.

Shopping at a Farmer's Market

Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 1 PM

Join JSY nutritionist, Elyse, for a fun and interactive nutrition workshop on how to stretch your dollars at the farmers market! Elyse will also be discussing, during a cooking demonstration, the benefits of shopping for fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

Introduction to Finding Grants

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Friday, August 19 @ 10 AM

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations?
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding?
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach?

Registration is required. Please e-mail with you name and phone number or call 716 372 0200 to register by Monday, August 15, 2016.

Healthy yoUniversity Program for Adults

July 11-August 29

We have identified 8 health care issues to concentrate on*#58; They are diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, nutrition, exercise, preventative screenings, depression/anxiety/stress, and smoking cessation.

Each week a packet will be available on a topic. The packets will consist of information, resources available at the library and in the community, and suggested activities or plans of action. We may even have a speaker on the topic give a presentation on certain weeks (e.g. a presentation on fitness during the exercise week).

The first page of each packet will have 4 tickets with activities based on the information within the packet. When you complete the activity on the ticket, fill it out and put it in the box at the Reference Desk. At the end of Summer Reading we will draw a name for a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

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Get Started Safely With Exercise

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ 2 PM

Join Jen Territo, OGH Community Outreach Coordinator and YMCA instructor to find out how to safely start an exercise routine.

Walking Tour of African American History in Olean

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 6 PM

Della Moore will be our guide on this walking tour which is just over 2 miles long. The tour will take us through a small section of Olean's African American History. It will touch on the Underground Railroad as well as places and people who have played a huge part in the growth of our fair city by being role models and citizens of whom the whole area can be proud.

We will meet in front of the library at 6 o'clock. Please call the library at 716 372 0200 to reserve your spot.

We will return to the library and enjoy some light refreshments after our outing.

In case of rain, we will meet on August 25tt.


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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.

Free Blood Pressure and Body Fat Analysis Screenings

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Tuesday, August 23 @ 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, August 23 @ 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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