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Frequently Asked Questions

We know you’ve probably got some questions. We hope to answer most of them in this section, but if not, just give us a call at 716 372 0200 or send us an email. 


1. Do you have programs for my child?

Yes! Story Times for infants and toddlers are scheduled throughout the year. Investigation Stations Activity Groups offer hands-on activities in a group setting. During our Summer Reading Program, kids of all ages who read—or are read to—can earn prizes, enter in prize drawings, and participate in special events. Children who continue to read during summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes.

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2.  How old does my child have to be to get a library card?

Children must be 4 years old to get a library card. Learn about the privileges and responsibilities of a Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System card holder here.


3.  Do you have resources for homeschoolers?

Our Parent/Teacher collection contains materials for use by adults who care for children. It features materials in various formats on topics such as child development, parenting, activities for children, homework help, and homeschooling.


4.  What programs do you have for parents?

Parents are active participants in the programs at the Olean Public Library. Programs specifically for parents include the statewide Growing a Reader program that assists parents in their role as their child’s first teacher, informational workshops on helping children use technology, and various special programs by experts in the fields of literacy, children’s literature and child development.


AWE Early Literacy Computer Station, specifically designed for children 2 to 8 years old, has age appropriate software in the areas of math, science, reading, social studies, problem solving, computer skills and more. The Early Literacy Station will add new dimensions to the Investigation Stations and will allow parents to work with their young children learning computer skills. In addition computer stations for older children are available in the children’s computer center.