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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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Special Events

Free Blood Pressure & Body Fat Analysis Screenings

  • Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 10:00 AM-Noon

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An employee of Olean General Hospital will be here to offer free blood pressure and body fat analysis screenings. No appointment necessary.

Tuesday Afternoon Craft: Quilling

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

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Join us for our monthly craft. Go home with a card similar to those made in the Victorian Era. Supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Register by calling 716 372 0200 or stopping by the Circulation Desk.

Communicating Online I

Computer Learning.

Taught in person at the library, in this lesson participants will learn:

Thursday, June 8 @ 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • Basics of email
  • How to spot SPAM and how to handle it
  • Basics of social networks

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.

Author Beth Andrews

  • Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 2:00 PM

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Beth Andrews will speak about her new book, About that Night, which is book 7 in the Shady Grove series and slated to be released in June.

Romance Writers of America RITA® Award winning author Beth Andrews writes edgy, emotional contemporary romance for Harlequin Superromance. She loves coffee, hockey and happy endings.

Author Ford Easton

  • Thursday, June 4, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

A native of Friendship, NY who now lives in Florida, Mr. Easton will talk about the early days of stock car racing, highlighting WNY & nearby PA tracks which are included in his book Stock Car Racing in the '50s, as well as the reasons and events leading to the publishing of his book.

Summer Reading Programs

  • Monday, June 22 - Friday, August 21, 2015

fill out your registration card, and pick up your reading log booklet.

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