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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

Adult Winter Reading 2016

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January 25 - March 25, 2016

This year we will be playing Tic Tac Toe

  1. Visit the Library to sign up for the Winter Reading Program or CLICK HERE to sign up online.
  2. Pick up or print out (download pdf) one of the tic tac toe boards.
  3. Fill in three of the spots with the name and author of the books which fulfill each square.
  4. Hand in your tic tac toe board with three in a row filled in by March 5th to receive your participation gift. Be sure to mark you name on it in order to receive credit!

Your 2016 Health & Fitness Resolutions Made Easier With Technology

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Monday January 25 @ 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Have you decided to get healthier in 2016? Do you feel like it is impossible?

This class is for any age and any fitness level—all you need is basic computer skills! Learn how to use Microsoft Word to keep a food and exercise journal. Discover websites that are chocked full of great information about health and exercise but are also “user friendly”.

We promise that you won't have to do push-ups in this class but you will learn the proper way to do them using the internet!

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

Free Blood Pressure and Body Fat Analysis Screenings

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Tuesday January 26 @ 12-1 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 January 26 @ 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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