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Brown Bag Book Club

You bring your lunch, we'll provide the dessert and beverages! The Brown Bag Book Club meets at 12:30 PM on the third Tuesday of each month in the library Meeting Room. Read the featured book and enjoy a lively discussion.

Book Club in a Bag

Book Club in a Bag.

Book Club in a Bag is brought to you by the Olean Public Library to encourage recreational reading and the development of book clubs in the community.

Each bag contains:

  • 4 or 5 copies of a title
  • One set of discussion questions
  • A book sign-out sheet
  • Some Extra Surprises!

Book Club in a Bag may be delivered to you at any Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System library. Request a bag by contacting Marianne at Olean Public Library, (p) 716 372 0200.

The contents of each bag will be checked out to the Discussion Leader who is responsible for signing out copies to their members.

A bag of books/materials may be checked out for 6 weeks and renewed.

If you require more copies of a title, please ask. Many more copies of these titles are available through our system libraries in a variety of formats.

Titles avaliable as of October 2014 # of books in bag
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey 4
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits 4
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson 4
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell 5
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 4
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles 5
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn 4
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan 5
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard 4
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 4
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan 4

Olean Area Crochet & Knitting Group

The Olean Area Crochet & Knitting Group meets at 6:30 PM on the first Thursday of each month in the library Meeting Room or Conference Room.*

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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 for more information.

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Needle Tatting Class

  • Thursday April 2, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
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Once you have learned the basic stitch for needle tatting you are able to create almost anything you can think of.

Learn how to make this flower pattern that can be used as a pendant, brooch, barrette or anything else you can think of. From this beginning project you can adjust the pattern or learn new patterns. The stitch is so simple you will be amazed at how versatile it can be.

So stitch your way to flowers and the world beyond.

Registration required. Bring your own supplies. Supply list given at sign-up. Register now at the Check-Out desk at the library.

Special Events

Tuesday Afternoon Craft: Springtime Altered Teacups

  • Tuesday April 14, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

Join us for our monthly craft. This month we will be taking teacups and turning them into beautiful creations that remind us of spring all year long. Space is limited. Register by calling 716 372 0200 or stopping by the Circulation Desk.

Author Laurie Lowenstein

Laurie Lowenstein.

  • Tuesday April 7, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Laurie Lowenstein grew up in the flatlands of western Ohio and now resides in Laurel, Maryland. She has also made Upstate New York and Pennsylvania her home. Her debut novel “Unmentionables is a sweeping and memorable story of struggle and suffrage, love and redemption...Loewenstein has skillfully woven a story and a cast of characters that will remain in the memory long after the book's last page has been turned.”—New York Journal of Books.

Internet Basics Computer Classes

Computer Learning.

Taught in person at the library, this introductory course will guide you through the basics of the Internet such as

Internet Basics I—Thursday, April 30 @ 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • What is a web browser and how do I use it?
  • What is a web address?
  • How can I use the web safely?
  • How do I search for information?
Internet Basics II—Thursday, May 7 @ 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • How do I evaluate information?
  • Can I use the information on the Internet I find freely?
  • How can I avoid scams?

Prerequisites: Participants need to know how to use a mouse and how to open and close computer programs.

Space is limited. Call the Information Desk at 716 372 0200 to sign up.

ARVAS Aquarium Tropical Fish Show

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Last year we had 43 entries from drum bowls to 30 gallon tanks. Our show is not the average fish show. All tanks and bowls are decorated and with live fish or aquatic critters.

  • April 20-25, 2015 @ 9:00 AM-9:00 PM

Vote for your favorite tank!

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