Free Info on Long Term Services and Supports in NYS

Wednesday, September 5th, 10am-12pm

Stop in for FREE, unbiased information about long term services and supports in New York State for people of off ages and abilities.

Chelsea Sader from Directions in Independent Living and NY Connects along with Allison Ayers Hendy from the Department of Aging and NY Connects will be available to anyone who desires to know more about programs offered by Directions in Independent Living, the Department of Aging, and New York Connects/No Wrong Door services. Ask questions and learn about these programs, Additionally, there will be a random assortment of goodies that individuals may pick up when they stop by for more information!


Social Security Disability/SSD and SSI Benefits Presentation

Thursday, September 13th, 6-7:30pm

Did you know you can work while receiving SSI/SSDI? You can. It is good for your mental and physical well-being to be a part of the community and join the workforce! We will cover how to continue eligibility for SSD and SSI while working, Social Security Work Incentives to encourage employment, Continued health coverage for those working while disabled, and what Directions in Independent Living can do to help.

People can work part time while receiving SSI/SSD without losing their benefits and they can attempt working full time without the fear of permanently losing their eligibility if their employment ends. We will talk about continued Medicare & Medicaid coverage for SSI/SSDI beneficiaries as they join the workforce. We will briefly mention the various work incentives that the Social Security Administration offers such as “Plan for Achieving Self Sufficiency (PASS)” and how Impairment Related Work Expenses can reduce countable income that would otherwise count against someone’s social security benefits.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Call to sign-up: 716-372-0200

Stonewall Cafe

Wednesday, September 19th, 6:30pm

The Stonewall Cafe is a new social group for LGBTQIA adults. Light refreshments will be served.


Banned Books ReadOUT

Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30pm

Celebrate your freedom to read by participating in or listening to individuals read from “banned” and censored books. Those interested in reading should notify the library by September 21st by calling (716) 372-0200.



Trivia Night

Thursday, September 27th, 6:30pm

Test your knowledge at the Olean Public Library’s Trivia Night. Teams of 2-6 people will answer questions from 10 categories. Prizes will go to the teams who score the highest overall at the end of the night. Refreshments will be provided. Please call and register your team by September 26th.



Craft Classes

  • Monday, September 10th, 1:30pm Crochet a Cup Cozy: Join us as we learn how to make a crocheted cup cozy in the shape of a pine tree. Previous crochet experience will be help but is not needed.
  • Monday, September 17th, 1:30pm Make a Wool Roving Cup Cozy: Cup Cozies are a fast project for yourself or to give as a gift. For this cup cozy, we will be taking wool roving (fluff) and turning it in to a cup cozy with water, soap, and a little bit of time.
  • Monday, September 24th, 1:30pm Make a Felted Wool Cup Cozy: Last week we used water and soap to turn wool into a cup cozy. This week we will be learning how to use a felting needle to turn the wool into a cup cozy. This allows for more opportunity to play with colors and shaping.


Month of Marvel

  • Tuesday, September 11th, 5pm  Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) Thor must stop his sister Hela from bringing about Ragnarok, the end of the world- but first, he needs to escape the (literal) garbage planet of Sakaar and bring a certain Avenger with him… 
  • Tuesday, September 18th, 5pm Black Panther (PG-13) T’Challa assumes the role of the Black Panther and fights to unite the five tribes of Wakanda after his father, their King, is killed.
  • Tuesday, September 25th, 5pm Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)The Avengers and every Marvel superhero to date try to stop Thanos from acquiring all of the Infinity Gems and snuffing half of the entire universe out of existence.

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



Shelf Space Book Club

Wednesday, September 19th, 6:30pm

Join us as we discuss Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. Chiang’s short stories are conceptual speculative fiction at their most warm and humane, discussing technology and philosophy in a rational and accessible way. If you are a fan of Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula LeGuin, and the film Arrival you will love this book.  This event is free and all-ages.

Reading the Rainbow

Monday, September 24th, 6:30pm

Reading the Rainbow is a book club that focuses on LGBTQIA fiction.

This month we will be reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to: that she’s gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality.