Announcing the 2019 Summer Reading Program:
A Universe of Stories!


Summer Story Time Programs & Clubs for Children and Youth

We’re excited to announce that our kids’ clubs and story time programs will be starting up again after their May/June break.  You can register for programs and clubs either in person, or by calling 372-0200 and asking for the Information  Desk.  See page 4 for all the details on story time offerings and kids’ clubs.  Programs and clubs begin the week of July 8 and continue through August 8.  Registration is required for all programs and clubs.  Registration is not required for Special Events, which include guest performers, the Intergalactic Movie series, and the Honor Book Party.

Free Film Fridays

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse        
Friday, July 12            1:30 p.m.

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. (PG)



A Wrinkle in Time
July 19             1:30 p.m.
When their scientist father disappears after discovering a new form of interstellar travel called a tesseract, Meg Murray and her little brother, Charles Wallace, journey with three powerful alien companions to bring him home. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel. (PG)



July 26              1:30 p.m.

Lonely robot WALL-E is abandoned on Earth for over 700 years to pick up trash. After he’s discovered by search probe EVE, WALL-E rejoins humanity, demonstrating good habits to ultimately save Earth’s ecosystem. (G)


Craft Classes

Making Lotion Bars                             Monday, July 15             6:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery

Continuing our out-of-this-world beauty product series we will be learning how to make, and customize, lotion bars.  The summer and winters of Western New York can be quite rough on your skin, these easy to make lotion bars are a good addition to your skin care routine and make lovely gifts as well.

Hand Sewn Quilt Patch Pouch   Monday, July 22             6:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery
Today as a continuation of our out-of-this-world beauty product series we will be learning to hand sew quilt patches to make a simple pouch.  From measuring and cutting fabric, stitching together blocks, and planning out how your project will look, we will be exploring the fun craft of sewing.  This is a beginner’s class, some aspects of this project will be discussed with pre-prepared supplies provided.

Making Bath Salts                                Monday, July 29             6:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery
For another out-of-this-world beauty product we will be learning how to mix together a few simple ingredients to create bath salts.  These bath salts can be easily customized to create a relaxing bath, an energizing soak, or just a lovely gift.  Join us as we mix together a few simple ingredients for an out-of-this-world experience.

Wellness Tuesdays

Tuesdays @ 7pm-8:15pm: Evening Yoga Wellness with Kimberly (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.

Tuesdays @ 10am-11am: Women’s Wellness Circle
Melissa Tice-Crawford of CCA hosts a free 10 week workshop & support group for women intended “to share, explore, empower, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart, and spirit”. For more information, contact .

Tuesdays @ 2:30pm: Tai Chi and Qigong (Ages 13-18)
Enjoy strength building, increasing concentration, mindfulness, and focus courtesy the Olean Meditation Center. For ages 13-18.

Art Gallery

Always Seeking New Artists! Email or call (716) 372-0200 x 2028 to speak to Leanne Oliveira, Head of Programming.

July: Dave Jeffers – Surrealism, Landscapes

August: Jack Kelly – Portraiture, Sketches from photos outlined in single color graphite

Summer Author Series

Always Seeking Authors! Email or call (716) 372-0200 x 2028 to speak to Leanne Oliveira, Head of Programming.

7/24 @ 7pm: Wade Robertson
Roberts will discuss his book The Soul of the Hunter, a collection of outdoor stories that appeared in weekly newspaper columns in the Bradford Era and Olean Times Herald. He hopes his stories from a lifetime in the woods will amuse, move, inspire, and impart their own lessons.

7/31 @ 7pm: Elizabeth St. Michel
Bestselling Olean author St. Michel discusses her newest historical romance Lord of the Wilderness, much of which takes place in our neck of the woods! Refreshments served.

8/14 @ 7pm: Matthea Ross
Frewsburg author M. WellsRoss discusses her debut YA novel Babel Rising.

August TBA: 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.

Book Clubs

Brown Bag Book Club Meets Every 3rd Tuesday @ 12:30pm! Newcomers welcome.
Tuesday, August 20                       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 Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz, the extraordinary tale of Lali Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1942 and forced to tattoo numbers onto the arms of thousands of incoming prisoners. This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. For the LitLovers guide, click here.


Shelf Space Book Club
July 17                   6:30 p.m.

Join us as we discuss Philip Pullman’s classic YA fantasy novel The Golden Compass. In this world, humans are born with soul-linked metamorphic creatures called daemons. Spirited orphan Lyra Belacqua discovers an evil organization determined to sever the link between child and daemon to learn more about a mysterious substance: Dust.

Teen Coffeehouse (Summer only)

Enjoy coffee, tea, cocoa, snacks, games, and crafts with fellow teens (ages 13-18) every Wednesday 7/10-8/4 @ 7pm-8:45pm!

2019 Genealogy Workshop Series

Thursday, July 18*  6:30 p.m.  Introduction to Library Edition
*Date change—formerly July 11 (registration required)- 
This Class provides and introduction to Ancestry Library Edition.  Learn about the historical records Ancestry has available to help trace your family history, as well as tips to search this genealogy database.  This class will feature both demonstrations and individual practice time so bring a list of ancestors you’d like to research.  Basic computer and mouse skills required.

Thursday, August 1  6:30 p.m.  Using Digitized Newspapers For Family History Research- Old Newspapers are full of interesting community information, and many states now have digitization programs for their historic newspapers.  Learn what collections are available and how to search them.

Saturday, September 7   2:00 p.m. Library Edition (registration required)- Learn more about your family history using Ancestry Library Edition, as well as other free genealogy websites.  This class will feature both demonstrations and individual Practice time so bring a list of ancestors you’d like to research.  Basic computer and mouse skills required.