Aquarium and Tropical Fish Show

April 5th – April 13th

Presented by ARVAS, the Allegheny River Valley Aquarium Society

Novelty themes, artificial tanks with colored gravel, ornaments and plastic decor, all natural tanks with real plants, aquatic critters, decorated small tanks and bowls (from drum bowls to 30 gallon tanks!). Information on the hobby and club also available.

Beginning Genealogy: An Introduction to Sources Available at the Olean Public Library

Thursday, April 11th at 6:30pm

Interested in tracing your family’s history but don’t know where to start? This free presentation provides an introduction to genealogy and the resources available at the Olean Public Library to help you with your research. No registration required.

Monday, April 15th from 6-9pm

Did you know anyone making under $66,000 can file their income taxes for free? Volunteers from Cattaraugus County’s VITA program will be available to answer your questions and help you complete your taxes using Please bring a copy of your 2017 taxes, along with your documents for 2018.

This free program is brought to you through a collaboration the Olean Public Library and the United Way of Cattaraugus County. The United Way promotes the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community and maximizing a person’s tax refund is a key step towards that goal.

Tuesday, April 30th from 2-7pm

Please schedule an appointment today by calling 1-800-Red-Cross, visit or download the blood donor app to schedule your appointment today.


Craft Programs

  • Monday, April 8th, 2-3:30pm Natural Dyes Presentation The library will be hosting a discussion of plants and other materials that can be used to create natural dyes. Ever since humans have learned to create their own clothing, they have been looking for ways to add color. Join us as we learn about some of the earliest methods of dyeing. We will also be planting seeds for the beginnings of our own dye gardens. All supplies will be provided.

    This program is free and open to the public. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.


  • Monday, April 22nd, 2-3:30pm Craft Class: Stepping Stones Join us as we create personalized stepping stones using some quick and easy supplies. These beautiful one of a kind creations are easy and fun to make. All supplies will be provided.

    This program is free and open to the public. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.



Free Films

Comedy Film Series

    • Tuesday, April 2nd, 6-8pm Can You Ever Forgive Me? (R)

      When talented but increasingly forgotten author Lee Israel begins to sell forged copies of rare literary correspondence, she comes back to the spotlight at a cost. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” deftly toes the line between humor and tragedy with an excellent lead performance by Melissa McCarthy.

    • Tuesday, April 23rd, 6-8pm Book Club (PG-13) 

      Vivian, Diane, Sharon, and Carol have been close friends for decades. After reading the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series for their book club, old relationships are evaluated and new ones are made with plenty of laughs along the way.

Free Movie Showings are sponsored by the Friends of the Olean Public Library



Shelf Space Book Club

Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30pm

We’re doing things a bit differently this month- it’s the reader’s choice edition. We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite short stories. From classic science fiction to modern Afrofuturism, environmental horror and magical realism– we’re exploring all types of genre fiction. This month is all about sharing perspectives and tastes. Want to join? Check out the titles by going to the link below and come to the meeting.