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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.

Olean Area Crochet, Knitting and Crafting Group

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

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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


Craft Classes

This event is free and open to the public, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Late Walk-ins are welcome.

  • Monday, October 2nd, 2:30pm Spinning and Weaving Week! If you know how to weave or spin, then please bring your projects while we explore these wonderful crafts. Some spindles will be available for people to try their hand at spinning wool into yarn.
  • Monday, October 16th, 2:30pm Make a Rug or Basket Out of Fabric Scraps and Hula Hoops! Bring whatever old t-shirts, sheets, etc you do not mind cutting in 1 inch strips, as well as a hula hoop if you have one, and learn how to upcycle these materials into a wonderful rug or basket.
  • Monday, October 23rd, 2:30pm No Sew PumpkinsLearn how to create No Sew Pumpkins. These fun and easy pumpkins just take a bit of patience to turn a ball of foam and some fabric into a wonderful masterpiece.
  • Monday, October 30th, 2:30pm Craft Class Catch-up DayIf you are having trouble with any of the crafts taught so far, we can work together to get you through it.

Trivia Night

Trivia Night

Monday, October 16th 6:30pm

Test your knowledge at the Olean Public Libraryís Trivia Night.Ready to test your knowledge? There will be ten categories covering a range of topics. Teams of 3 to 5 people are invited to register starting October 10th.

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Modern Horror Film Series

  • Tuesday, October 3rd, 7:00pm The Blair Witch Project (1999) (R)

    Rated R for scenes of terror and strong language. A group of college students document their search for the infamous Blair Witch in the woods of Burkittsville.

  • Tuesday, October 17th, 6:00pm Pan's Labyrinth (R)

    Rated R for graphic violence. In the backdrop of the Spanish civil war, a young woman completes tasks to assume her rightful place as princess of a fairytale land. Spanish-language film with English subtitles.

  • Tuesday, October 24th, 6:00pm The Conjuring (R)

    Rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror. Famous demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to Rhode Island to investigate a family claiming their house is haunted by ancient malevolent spirits.

  • Tuesday, October 31st, 6:00pm Lights Out (PG 13)

    Rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content . A woman works to save her step-brother from a malicious spirit that lives in the dark and refuses to leave them alone.

Author Visit: David J Goodwin

Tuesday, October 10th, 6:30pm

David J Goodwin is the author of Left Bank of the Hudson. Left Bank of the Hudson offers a window into the demographic, political, and socio-economic changes experienced by Jersey City during the last thirty years. Documenting the narrative of 111 1st Street as an act of cultural preservation, author David J. Goodwin's well-researched and significant contribution addresses the question of the role of artists in economically improving cities.

Shelf Space: OPL's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club

Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30pm

We will be meeting to discuss The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please feel free to attend if you did not make last month's meeting! Please come in or call 716-372-0200 to reserve a copy of the book.

Walking Dead Party

Thursday, October 19th, 6:30pm

Season 8 of the Walking Dead premieres on October 22nd. Letís get together prior to the premiere and celebrate our love of this epic show. There will be activities, a trivia contest, and multiple ways to win Walking Dead merchandise. Not recommended for those under the age of 14. No registration necessary.

A Gathering of Ghosts with Ron Cain

Monday, October 23rd, 6:30pm

What should you do if you see a ghost? How do you get rid of one? Hereís your chance to study various types of ghosts and hauntings. Hear theories explaining ghostly phenomena and learn ghost-hunting techniques. Instructor Ron Cain also sheds light on famous haunted houses and legends, including tales from Hollywood and the White House. Be prepared to share your own ghost stories!