Board Game Night

Thursday, May 24th


Come with a group or by yourself. We will have a variety of board games available—feel free to also bring your own. Light refreshments will be provided.
No sign-ups required, for ages 16 and up.


Trivia Night

Thursday, May 31st


Teams of 2-6 people will compete in a 10 category trivia challenge.  Categories will cover a wide array of subjects which could include: history, movies, sports, science, general knowledge, music, etc.  Teams must register a minimum of one hour prior to the event.  Registrations open May 18th.  Call the library or stop in and register for this free event.  Refreshments will be provided.


Guest Lecture by Ufologist Peter Robbins

June 9th

2:30 P.M.

Thanks in part to this country’s Freedom of Information Act, we now have access to thousands of pages of court-worthy evidence in the form of fully authentic declassified military and intelligence documents which make clear that the subjects of UFOs and their implications have been taken seriously by our military and intelligence communities since at least the summer of 1947, more seriously in fact than any other matter facing this nation since the end of World War II. Exactly why then have the overwhelming majority of relevant news reports been subjected to a level of ridicule, sarcasm and condescension unmatched in the annals of modern day journalism? How and why did this prophetic pattern of ‘false news’ and ‘alternate facts’ come to pass, and why is it important for Americans to understand the rationale which likely first set it in motion?

In this illustrated talk, investigative writer Peter Robbins explains how this state-of-affairs came to be. He will also be discussing popular claims of visitations in ancient times, what constitutes verifiable scientific evidence in photos and film of UFOs, claims of alien abduction, the government and media’s role in UFO related ridicule, common sense Vs. belief, and the implications of truly anomalous UFO visitations with regard to the future of humanity. There will be a 10 minute break half way through this hour-and-a-half talk and all questions will be welcome. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating afternoon.



Excavating the Notorious Haunted Hinsdale House

June 14th

6:30 P.M.

Join Daniel Klaes, current owner of the Haunted Hinsdale House as he talks about what made him purchase the home, the history of the home and other things that go bump during the night.


Local History Research at the Olean Public Library

Monday, June 4th or 18th, 10am-12pm

Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-1pm

Have a local history or genealogy question? The Olean Public Library staff may be able to help. Our local history collection includes local history books, city directories, Olean High School yearbooks, newspapers, obituary and cemetery indexes, local history files, census records, and the Ancestry Library Edition database. Staff will be available to answer questions about library resources and help you get started on your research.

No appointment or registration necessary.


Workshop: Tracing the History of Your Home

June 28th

6:30 P.M. 

Are you curious about the story your house has to tell? Want to know who lived there in the past and who they were? Using library resources you can track the history of your home and put together its story. Join us as we show you how to use materials from our local history collection and listen as we share the story of one Olean house that was built 127 years ago.


Craft Classes

  • Monday, June 4th, 6pm Spinning Class #5: Plying Your Singles and Why.  So far we have been practicing how to spin our singles. This week we will be exploring the different ways your yarn can be plied as well as the reasons you would want to ply or leave your yarn as singles.
  • Monday, June 11th, 6pm  Creating Your Own Spindle and Whorl. Now that you have learned how to spin it’s time to create your own spindle. Tools can be as simple or as elaborate as you make them, let’s make a pretty spindle that will work for you.
  • Monday, June 18th, 6pm  Dying Your Handspun White Yarn.  We’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with dyeing roving 2 ways and spinning white yarn. Now let’s look at how you can dye your already spun yarn and see what the differences are.
  • Monday, June 25th, 6pm  Braiding a Wrist Distaff.  A Distaff can be used to keep control of your fiber while you’re spinning. We will learn how to make a fun and easy version of a distaff for spindle spinning.

Pride Month Film Series

  • Tuesday, June 5th, 6pm  Beginners (R)  When his father comes out late in life, actor Oliver learns to reconcile their relationship and form new ones of his own.
  • Tuesday, June 12th, 6pm Moonlight (R) Three chapters cover the story of Chiron, highlighting his pain and triumph, heartbreak and growth. A groundbreaking representation of gay black youth.
  • Tuesday, June 19th, 6pm To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (PG-13)Three New York City drag queens transform a small town and its inhabitants after their car breaks down.
  • Tuesday, June 26th, 6pm Victor/Victoria (PG) Female singer Victoria finds fame and success in 1930’s Paris by pretending to be ‘Victor,’ a male drag queen.

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


Shelf Space Book Club

Wednesday, June 20th at 6:30pm

Join us as we discuss Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Call 716-372-0200 or stop by the Information Desk to reserve your copy!

Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.