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

We’ll be kicking off the Summer Reading Program with a Carnival on June 15!  The festivities will take place on Library grounds from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Join us for games, popcorn, and prizes!  June 15 is also the first StrOlean of the summer, and you’ll find us participating out on Union Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LGBTQIA Pride Month—Story Time Program
Saturday, June 22                     2:00 p.m.

In honor of LGBTQIA Pride Month, Drag Queen performer Flo Leeta (Benjamin Berry) will return to the Olean Public Library to offer another inspiring program for children and families. This event will allow children to learn more about gender expression and that it is okay to be different. Flo Leeta will demonstrate these concepts via reading picture books and engaging in an open and honest discussion. By teaching the children about acceptance, gender stereotypes, and that being different isn’t a bad thing, it helps them build self-confidence and can assist with staving off bullying and teasing.  Attendees are encouraged to wear sparkly or colorful attire.

Free Film Tuesdays: 

The Tree of Life
June 11            5:00 p.m.

Terrance Malick’s masterpiece ponders the very nature of existence, posing difficult questions about death and life through the eyes of a young man with a strict, distant father.  (PG-13)

The Pursuit of Happyness

June 18             5:00 p.m.Will Smith plays a brilliant, hardworking father that lands a dream internship at a brokerage firm.  The only catch is that it’s unpaid — and his family is homeless.

June 25            5:00 p.m

In the near future, Logan cares for an ailing, increasingly frail Professor X. After rescuing a mutant child, he must safely transport her to Canada to seek asylum.

Craft Classes

Spinning Class
Monday, June 17                       6:30—8:00 p.m.

We will be learning how to spin wool into yarn.  This ancient, sustainable, animal-friendly craft is very easy and fun to learn.  If you have never spun before then this will be a great introduction, if you have spun then this is a good time to expand your skills or enjoy the company of other spinners.  This program is free and open to the public, all supplies will be included.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Preparing Fibers
Monday, June 24                       6:30—8:00 p.m.

We will learn how different methods of preparing your fiber for spinning can affect how your yarn turns out, as well as how we can use that to our advantage to get the yarn you want.  Batts, rolags, combed fiber and more, we will be exploring a wide variety of preparations.  This program is free and open to the public, all supplies will be included.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Book Clubs

 Shelf Space Book Club
Wednesday, June 19     6:30 p.m.

Join us as we discuss Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. A young woman struggles to live in an apocalyptic wasteland overrun with biotechnology gone rampant, including a giant flying bear named Mord. (Yeah, it’s weird.)  Interested? Come to the Information Desk to call 716-372-0200 to reserve a copy.

Brown Bag Book Club
Tuesday, June 18   12:30 p.m.
This month we will be discussing Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah.  Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and black Xhosa mother and is kept in hiding until finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule.

2019 Genealogy Workshop Series

Thursday, July 18*  6:30 p.m.  Introduction to Library Edition
*Date change—formerly July 11 (registration required)

Thursday, August 1  6:30 p.m.  Using Digitized Newspapers For Family History Research

Saturday, September 7   2:00 p.m. Library Edition (registration required)