Friends of the Olean Library, Inc.

Friends of the Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community, and who work to promote and assist the library.


We are a member of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations.



The Friends of the Olean Public Library sponsor a poetry contest for high school students to promote creativity.  We hope your school will participate this year.

Cash prizes will be awarded for winning poems in each grade from 9th through 12th in each school.  Poems may be on any topic but must be typed in a 12 point type in a standard font.  In the top left corner of the submitted poem, please include the full name of the author, the school attended, the grade level and the teacher as well as an email address for contact.  Poems may be submitted through teachers or dropped off at the Olean Public Library marked for the attention of the Friends Poetry Contest on or before November 20th.   Late entries can not be considered.

We hope you will encourage your students to enter.  Poetry has the virtue of being something students can do on their own.  In this strange new world we live in

poetry gives young writers a chance to express things that isolation has fostered.  Poetry can be a friend, someone to talk to, a release of the inner tensions.  It helps us to understand ourselves. It promotes thinking in images and translating the visual into

words as well as understanding metaphor.

We look forward to  reading your students’ poems.  If you have any questions, please contact me at  I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Helen Ruggieri

For Friends of the Olean Public Library


We have a lovely bookmarks display up in the Library now!! Olean schools’ bookmarks will be up until Oct 20th and then Hinsdale, Portville, and Allegany schools’ will be up from then until Nov 2nd! 😁 thank you to all of the wonderful artists!!