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Art Gallery

September: The September Pet Programs and Reception have been rescheduled for February 2020. Watch for details on SPCA Library social media and newsletters! We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact the Library. September Art Gallery programming TBA.

October: Victoria Swier (victoriaswier.com) exhibits calligraphy, tattoo art, traditional photography and sketches – plus her dollhouses reimagined as haunted houses! Reception TBA.

November: Traveling Exhibit on the Women’s Suffrage Movement
“Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State” celebrates a hundred years of women having the right to vote in New York State, and was also developed with grant support from Humanities New York by the South Central Regional Library Council. The traveling exhibit explores different aspects of the Women’s Suffrage movement in New York, from pre-colonial times until the New York State referendum in 1917 and the 19th Amendment in 1920. More information at nyheritage.org/suffrage.

December: Displaying Winter & Holiday Scenes pieces curated from our OPL vault.

January: An exhibit on the 2020 Census and local relevant history (Kim Maher managing)

February: “The Art of Love” displays pieces curated from our OPL vault.

March: An exhibit in memory of Jason Quinn’s work hosted by his mother Laura Quinn

April: Friends of the Olean Public Library Elementary School Bookmark Event + Olean Public Library History (National Library Month)


Author Series

Always Seeking Writers! Email programming@oleanlibrary.org or call (716) 372-0200.

9/10 @ 7pm: Darrell Epp
Darrell Epp’s poems have appeared in 130 magazines on 6 continents. He is the author of 3 poetry collections and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

9/26 @ 7pm: C. S. Coy
Olean Author C.S. Coy discusses his debut science fiction book The Unexpected which was highly recommended by The Midwest Book Review. Bullying is confronted through Human Vs Alien Battle! ***This event has been postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconveniences.***

11/13 @ 7pm: Gary Larson
Join us as Erie author Gary Larson discusses his new book Harbor Yarns. Larson is an avid sailor and fisherman who has owned several dozen boats and chartered in several dozen bodies of water in the northeast to southeast U.S. Growing up a “bay rat”, Gary heard more than a few yarns and stretched a few more of his own. If you are wondering, no, he is not the Gary Larson of “Far Side” fame, but would gladly receive that Gary Larson’s royalties. 😉

Clubs & Groups

  • Book Clubs
    • Brown Bag Book Club 
      Tuesday, September 17                      12:30 p.m.
      You bring your lunch, we’ll supply the beverages and dessert! Enjoy a rousing discussion of a different book each month! This month, we discuss Delia Owens’, Where the Crawdads Sing.  For the LitLovers guide, click here.
    • Shelf Space Book Club
      Wednesday, September 18              6:30 p.m.
  • Crochet, Knitting, and Crafting Group: First Thursdays @ 6:30 PM. New members always welcome! Bring your current project. Decaf coffee will be provided. Please consider bringing a dessert to share. We will have our regular social meeting and work on our current projects. Visit yarn14760.wordpress.com for more information.

Christine’s Crafts

OPL Librarian Christine Zeitler is our resident Crafts expert. Join her every Monday at 6:30pm!

  • NO CRAFT CLASSES – LABOR DAY Monday September 2 at 6:30pm in the Art Gallery

  • Pet Paracord Collar + Waste Bag Holder – Monday September 9 at 6:30pm in the Art Gallery
    Join us as we create collars out of paracord for your pet as well as upcycling containers to hold your pet’s waste bags.  These fun and easy crafts will help you up your pet owning game in a stylish and fun way.  You will need to know the circumference of your pet’s neck in inches.  This program is free and open to the public.  All supplies will be provided.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Catnip Planting + Felt Catnip Toys – Monday September 16 at 6:30pm in the Art Gallery
    We will be planting cat grass as well as making felt catnip toys for your feline friends.  These fun and easy toys can be made as simple or as complex as you would like. These can
    provide hours of entertainment for you and your furry friend, or be given out as fun gifts for the holiday season.  This program is free and open to the public.  All supplies will be provided.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Paw Balm – Monday September 23 at 6:30pm in the Art Gallery
    If your pet suffers from cracked or dry paws, join us as we create a quick and easy pet paw balm.  The recipe for the paw balm will be provided, however since the initial craft is so easy we are going to be offering an additional craft this session, keepsake resin objects.  Bring in a 1 inch piece of paper with your pets name, hand written or computer printed, as well as a bit of their fur if you want to.  These will be incorporated into the piece of resin for a unique piece of art.  This program is free and open to the public.  All supplies will be provided.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Bird Feeders + Bird Seed Ornaments – Monday September 30 at 6:30pm in the Art Gallery
    Join us as we create fun treats for our feathered friends.  This quick and easy treats are special for your indoor feathered friend or a fun way to attract feathered friends to your yard all year long.  This quick and easy treat will be made quickly and the recipe provided so you can make more at home.  This program is free and open to the public.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, this craft is extremely child friendly.

Free Film Fridays

OPL Librarian Libby Stengel is our resident Film expert. Join her every week! 

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2
    September 13            3:00 p.m.
  • A Dog’s Purpose
    September 20           3:00 p.m.
  • A Street Cat Named Bob
    September 27            3:00 p.m.

Wellness Tuesdays

Tuesdays @ 7pm-8:15pm: Evening Yoga Wellness with Kimberly LaMendola (Teens, Adults)
This is an inclusive holistic class that seeks to bring in all teen and adult members of our community; all shapes, sizes, and levels of mobility. Beginners welcome! Come in for a relaxing hour after a stressful day. Mats available to borrow; first come, first served.