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Art Gallery

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)

Clubs & Groups

  • Book Clubs
    • Brown Bag Book Club 
      Tuesday, December 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 David R. Gillman’s, City of Women.  For the LitLovers guide, click here. 
  • 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.

Christine’s Crafts

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

  • Bullet Journals – Monday, November 25 @ 6:30PM in the Art Gallery.
    Christine will lead this project, which is a great way to track everything from saving for events to diet and water consumption. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination! Made possible by the gift of the Frances Bean O’Connell Arts Grant. All supplies included. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Tree of Life Wire Sculpture – Monday, December 2 @ 6:30PM in the Art Gallery.
    Christine will lead participants to create wire tree of life, using a simple form of wire sculpture. This activity does not require any special skills, however there is quite a bit of tugging and manipulating wire so those individuals with trouble gripping may not be able to complete this craft. Made possible by the gift of the Frances Bean O’Connell Arts Grant. All supplies included. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Woven Ribbon Coaster – Monday, December 9 @ 6:30PM in the Art Gallery.
    Christine will teach participants how to ribbon-weave a coaster. With a few very simple supplies, we will be learning how to make this quick, easy, and useful gift. All supplies provided. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Holiday Cracker Party Favor – Monday, December 16 @ 6:30PM in the Art Gallery.
    Christine will teach participants how to create a holiday cracker party favor. With a few supplies that you likely have around the house, you can make these fun, traditional place setting gifts. Join us for this simple, enjoyable, family craft. All supplies provided. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Crafts with Jojo Pingitore

  • Holiday Card-Making – Thursday, November 21 & Tuesday, November 26 @ 7:00PM in the Art Gallery.
    Local artists, Jojo Pingitore will teach participants how to use fresh and natural evergreens to print into good quality cards with holiday colored paints. They will be one-of-a-kind and special to share with friends and family for the holiday. Limited to 12 participants. Please call the Circulation Desk at 372-0200 to register.
  • Holiday Evergreen Arrangements – Tuesday, December 3 & Thursday, December 12 @ 7:00PM.
    Jojo will tech this workshop using fresh, local evergreens to make beautiful arrangements. All decorations will be provided, but feel free to bring any extras that you desire. Please bring wire and plant cutters. These will smell great and last throughout New Year! Limited to 12 participants. Please call the Circulation Desk at 372-0200 to register.

Wellness Tuesdays

  • Mindful Pause: Techniques for Relaxation and Meditation; Yoga Wellness with Kimberly – Tuesday, December 10 @ 6:30pm.
    Come learn mindfulness techniques with Kimberly during the busy holiday season. Mindfulness has been shown to have many positive health benefits for all ages. You will be guided through the practice of each element, so come prepared to pause, learn, experience, and renew. No registration required.