Adult & Teen Winter Reading Program

On March 29, 2010 we had our Adult Winter Reading Program party.  The program was open to both Teens and Adults.

There were 51 participants who read a total of 278 books.  The most popular titles were Half Broken Horses by Jeannette Walls, My Antonia by Willa Cather, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  The most popular authors were Ted Dekker, Jerry B. Jenkins & Time LaHaye, Ann Martin, and Sherryl Woods.

Thanks to all who participated!

Did You Not Receive a Census Form?

Those people with a P.O. Box have already heard that their forms cannot be delivered to their homes or those boxes.  So what can you or someone you know with a P.O. Box do?  There are two things

1.  Visit a Question and Answer Center to obtain a form. (The Question and Answer center is available at the Olean Public Library on Mondays from 9am -12pm, Tuesdays from 12pm – 3pm, Fridays from 1pm – 6pm, and Saturdays from 12pm – 5pm.)

2.  Wait for a Census Enumerator to visit your home and fill out the form then.

Easter Eggs Around the World

From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures.

In Poland, Ukraine, and other Eastern European countries, brightly decorated eggs called pysanky are made.

  • Symbolism of Pysanky Colors
    • YELLOW – The symbol of light and purity as well as reward.
    • ORANGE – The symbol of endurance and strength.
    • GREEN – The color of fertility, health, and hopefulness.
    • RED – The magical color of folklore signifying charity, spiritual awakening, the joy of life and love.  Pysanky with red motifs are often given to children.
    • BLACK – Represents remembrance and eternity.
    • BROWN – Represents Mother Earth and her bountiful gifts.
    • BLUE – Represents blue skies and life giving air.
    • WHITE – Signifies purity and birth.
    • PURPLE – Representing fasting, faith, trust, and patience.
    • PINK – Represents affection and admiration.

A tradition exists in some parts of the United Kingdom (such as Scotland and North East England) of rolling painted eggs down steep hills on Easter Sunday.

Orthodox Christians in the Middle East and in Greece paint eggs bright red to symbolize the blood of Christ.

Germans give green eggs as gifts on Holy Thursday, and hang hollow eggs on trees.

Austrians place tiny plants around the egg and then boil them. When the plants are removed, white patterns were created.

The most famous Easter egg tradition in the United States is the White House Egg Roll that takes place in Washington D.C.. The tradition was originally started by First Lady Dolly Madison in the early 1800s, and has evolved since then. Every year, on Easter Monday, children participate in this symbolic contest on the lawn of the White House, which is overseen by the First Lady.

CENSUS 2010 Help

From March 19th until April 19, 2010, the Olean Public Library will have a census worker here at certain times to provide you with assistance in filling out your census for and to answer any questions you may have.  The times are as follows:

Monday 9am-12pm

Tuesday 12pm-3pm

Friday 1pm-6pm

Saturday 12pm-5pm

For more information on Census 2010 visit