The Spring Ephemerals, Wildflowers in Our Woods

Thursday, May 17th


Enjoy a colorful presentation on the spring ephemeral wildflowers that grace the woods of these enchanted mountains. Join Susan Avery, local naturalist, as she shows photos of the wonderful array of springtime beauties and shares interesting folklore and scientific tidbits about these local native flowers.

Please register by contacting the library in person or by phone at 716-372-0200.

Accompanying free wildflower hikes will be offered to participants. Limit 20 per hike. Saturday, May 19, 9-12 PM Little Rock City State Forest | Sunday, May 20, Allegany State Park Black Snake Trail 9-1 PM. Registration and details will be available at the above presentation, or by writing The library is NOT taking registration for the walks.


Board Game Night

Thursday, May 24th


Come with a group or by yourself. We will have a variety of board games available—feel free to also bring your own. Light refreshments will be provided.
No sign-ups required, for ages 16 and up.


Trivia Night

Thursday, May 31st


Teams of 2-6 people will compete in a 10 category trivia challenge.  Categories will cover a wide array of subjects which could include: history, movies, sports, science, general knowledge, music, etc.  Teams must register a minimum of one hour prior to the event.  Registrations open May 18th.  Call the library or stop in and register for this free event.  Refreshments will be provided.


Craft Classes

  • Monday, May 14th, 6pm Spinning Class #3: Exploring Fiber Preparations During each step of the process of creating yarn we make decisions.  These decisions effect the end product.  Join us while we explore some of the decisions and how they effect your yarn.
  • Monday, May 21st, 6pm  Spinning Class #4: Preparing Your Own Fiber.  We explored how the different preparations effected your spin last week.  This week we will have a chance to use the tools to prepare your fiber.

Star Wars and More Film Series

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 4pm  The Last Jedi (PG13)  Rey learns to use her powers under Luke Skywalker’s tutelage.  Meanwhile the Resistance and the First Order begin their battle in earnest.
  • Tuesday, May 8th, 5pm The Clone Wars (PG) After the Republic’s victory on Christophsis, Anakin and his new apprentice Ahsoka Tano must rescue the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hutt.  Takes place after Attack of the Clones. 
  • Tuesday, May 15th, 5pm  LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (G) Description:Luke Skywalker embarks on a mission to find and destroy an Imperial base on Naboo, but is relentlessly chased by a group of fanatic girls, who think of him as a celebrity for destroying the Death Star. Meanwhile, Darth Vader engages a “sibling” rivalry with Darth Maul, in order to prove he’s the best Sith Lord to Emperor Palpatine.  A humorous take on Star Wars that is perfect for kids.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd, 5pm  LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Ever wondered what stories of C3PO and R2D2 would tell if given the chance? This film shows Star Wars from their perspectives and is perfect for kids.
  • Tuesday, May 29th, 5pm  Spaceballs (PG) Planet Spaceballs’ President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia’s abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Free Movie Showings are sponsored by the Friends of the Olean Public Library


Shelf Space Book Club

Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30pm

Join us to discuss Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

Alone on an icy wasteland, solider Breq plots revenge against the authority that destroyed her entire unit.  It is the only novel to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards all in the same year.