Olean Public Library July Events for Teens & Adults

Adult and Teen Summer Reading Program— June 20th to August 8th
Sign up at the Reference Desk and receive your summer reading book log. Read or listen to at least one book and record the title and author in the book log. Choose three of your favorite titles to review and they will be published in a booklet and given to all participants at the end of the program.  Return the book log by August 8th to be eligible for a prize and an invitation to the Summer Reading Program Party.

One World, Many Stories Indoor Geocache: Geocaching is a sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it. Caches also may contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets.

  • The coordinates are     N 42° 04.747 W 078° 25.920

Gurer vf n jbeyq bs Vasbezngvba va sebag bs lbh.
Decryption Key
(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

One World, Many Ways to JournalJuly 6 @ 7 pm –Journaling Workshop –Teens to Adults with Darlene Goetzman
Space limited –Please sign up at the Circulation Desk
In this interactive workshop journal writers will experiment with new techniques and ideas to expand their writing. By the end of this one hour and forty-five minute session participants will have:

  • Practiced two techniques to expand attention to detail
  • Practiced one technique to tap into the imagination
  • Read and responded to a short selection from one published journal

Darlene Goetzman helps people identify and amplify actions that create thriving lives and businesses. Her approach, Deep Structure Living: Wisdom, Wealth and Wonder includes journal writing in order to promote: greater insights into personal, professional and organizational dynamics
PS2 Challenge for Teens– July 12 from 2-4 pm
Come enjoy a friendly game of Rock Band in the Art Gallery.  No experience necessary!
Please sign up at the Circulation Desk, space is limited.

Page to Screen Event –features a book discussion and a film based on that book.  Featured book– Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Movie showing — Tuesday, June 28 @ 6:30 PM
Book and film discussion — Tuesday, July 12 @ 7:00 PM
Reserve a copy of the featured book or the DVD at the Reference Desk in the library. Both the film showing and the discussion are free and open to the public.

Put the World on Paper—July 13 @ 7pm–Flash Fiction Writing Workshop –Teens to Adults with Elaine Snyder—Space Limited—Please sign up at the Circulation Desk
Flash Fiction, or micro fiction, is a genre of creative writing noted for its almost poetic brevity.

  • Try your hand at writing these “short-short” stories, based on the Summer Reading Program theme: “One World, Many Stories.”
  • Bring an heirloom from your cultural heritage or a treasured piece from a culture with which you connect, and use the piece to inspire your stories.
  • Peer editing and sharing of stories will be incorporated into the workshop to create a writing community atmosphere.

Elaine Snyder teaches writing and literature through Empire State College, offers writing workshops for children and adults through Jamestown Community College Continuing Education, and has served as a writing mentor to students in grades 3-12.

Quick Center for the Arts ArtMobile— Three Cultural Art Classes –Teens to Adults taught by Miranda Armagost, Education Assistant at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Space is limited please sign up at the Circulation Desk for each individual session—You may sign up for one or all three!
 July 18 @ 7pm –Japan
July 25@ 7pm –Native American
August 1 @ 7 pm –Africa

  • Art classes will be held in the Olean Public Library Art Gallery
  • The art lessons are based on the summer reading theme “One World Many Stories”
  • The art activities will focus on how Asian, African, and Native American art can tell a story.
  • Each week participants will learn about art from various cultures and as a result, make their own art piece which will be a reflection of themselves and that particular culture.

Brown Bag Book Club—Tuesday, July 19 @ —12:30-1:30 pmIsland of Exiles by Gin I.J. Parker.  The book is set in the 11th Century, Penal Colony, Sado Island, Japan
Read or listen to the book. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Friends of the Library of Olean, New York, Inc. as you discuss the book with the club members

XBOX Challenge for Teens–July 19 from 2-4 pm
Want to try out the Xbox 360 Kinect?  Some join us as we play Zumba and Dance Central for a high energy workout with the newest game console sensation!  Please sign up at the Circulation Desk, space is limited.

Wii Challenge for Seniors—July 26 from 2-4 pm. All over the country seniors are going nuts for the Wii.  If you have never played, this is your chance to find out what it is all about.  If you have played, come show off your skills!  Join us for an afternoon of fun with Wii bowling.  No experience necessary!  Please sign up at the Circulation Desk, space is limited.

Children’s Summer Reading Events at the Olean Public Library

Registration for all children’s summer programs at the Olean Public Library begins June 20, 2011.  Register in person, by phone, or online.  Registration is required for all events except Special Events.

Infant and Toddler Story Times

Mother Goose
A program for babies up to 18 months.  Children and adults learn and play together with interactive books, simple stories, nursery rhymes, songs, language and movement activities, games, baby sign, and simple art activities.
Mondays: July 11-Aug 8th at 10 am

Slumber Time for Babies and Toddlers
Drift off to dreamland at this special bedtime of quiet stories, songs, language games and creative activities.  Children up to age three and their grown-ups participate in a shortened, less active version of our daytime Mother Goose, and Toddler story times.
Wednesdays: July 13-Aug 10th at 6:30pm

You and your child age 19 months to three listen to stories, learn songs, rhymes, finger plays, and games.  Create and play with others after the stories.
Wednesdays: July 13-Aug 10th at 10am or Thursdays: July 14th – Aug 11th at 10am

Threes, Fours, and Fives

Investigation Stations Activity Groups
Three, four, and five year olds and their parents participate in stories, music, and games as a group, followed by assisted activities at the Investigation Stations.
Mondays: July 11-Aug 9th at 6:30pm or Tuesdays: July 12-Aug 10th at 10am.

Big Kids (Entering Grades 1 through 5)

Kids and K-9s
Have a dog-gone good time this summer reading to a dog!  This unique program, offered in conjunction with the Olean Kennel Club, Inc., gives children the opportunity to practice their reading and gain confidence by reading in small groups to licensed therapy dogs.  These dogs love stories.  Any school age child may participate.
Please Choose One:  Mondays: July 11-Aug8th at 3pm; Tuesdays: July 12-Aug 9th at 6:30pm; Thursdays: July 14-Aug 11th at 1pm

Big Kids Around the World
Travel around the world through stories, crafts, games, and food.  Each week we will explore the countries and cultures of a different continent.
Wednesdays: July 13-Aug. 10th at 1:30pm

Knit and Crochet: Beyond Beginners
A class for kids who know the basics and are ready to learn pattern reading and additional stitches.  Participants will be working on proojects of their own choosing, with their own materials.  Simple patterns will be available at registration for those who do not have one.
Mondays: July 11-Aug. 8th at 1pm

Special Events
Tuesdays July 12 – Aug.9th at 2:30pm

July 12th
David Ruch leads a fun-filled musical journey across the world.

July 19th
Chickens around the World presented by Suzy the Speckled Sussex of Smoke Ridge Organic Farm

*Thursday July 28th at 2:30pm*
Omnipresent Puppet Theater presents Jack and the Beanstalk

August 2nd
World of Difference Ltd presents King Lion’s Gift theatrical storytelling with Lindsay Bonilla

August 9th
In Jest comedy juggling with Nels Ross

Notice Anything New Outside?

Recently the Friends of the Library purchased an octagonal picnic table for the grassy area in front of the Library so patrons can enjoy some time in the sun reading their books and catching the library’s wireless signal.  The table and benches are made of 100 percent recycled material and are maintenance free.

You may have also noticed the blue bags on the side of the bookshelf holding the book sale books.  These bags are for sale for the modest fee of one dollar.  They are stamped with the Friends of the Library logo and can hold all those books you purchase from the book sale!

You can find more information about The Friends of the Olean Public Library by clicking here including information on how to become a member.

Women from Olean’s Past

When you visit the Olean Public Library currently, in the lobby you will find a wall filled with pictures of women.  These women are some of the women who helped shaped Olean over the years. Below are brief summaries of the women.  Please take a moment the next time you come in and read more about these notable women of Olean, NY.

 Annie Conyne Wood Franchot


Mrs. Franchot directed several benefits for Olean men serving in World War I.  She also wrote several children’s books which were widely sold.

Mary Fitzgerald


Miss Fitzgerald was a beloved Olean High School Math teacher who co-authored a book on algebra.

Ailene Eaton Norton   


Mrs. Norton was founder of the former Olean Civic Music Association.  She was also concert mistress of the Olean Community Symphony Orchestra.

Henrietta D. Stowe    


Mrs. Stowe founded Olean’s Welcome Wagon in 1939 and the Newcomer’s Club in 1941.

Dr. Ruth Mountain


Dr. Martin was one the United States first female dentists.  She practiced for over 60 years at Olean’s Mountain Clinic Hospital.

Dolly Brown


Mrs. Brown was supreme royal matron of the Amaranth from 1971-1972.  She represented the organization during tours to various foreign countries.

Nancy Donovan  


Mrs. Donovan was a renowned band singer who performed with Danny Kaye and Bob Hope in the 1950s.

Gloria Bilotta  


Mrs. Bilotta was a business owner and Cattaraugus  County Clerk from 1974-1990.  She also founded Trees for Everyone, Inc.

International Exhibit

Our African American Quilts (see Juneteenth Quilts post) and International exhibit is being held in conjunction with the International Freedom Festival and Juneteenth Festival.  Items will be on display until June 15th.

Iraqui Kililm

This Iraqui Kililm is a mixed geometric pattern embroidery, in vibrant colors, over woven carpet.

Kililms are flatwoven carpets in which the patteRug is formed by the colors of the weft strings being wrapped around the warp.  Kililm rugs are made by the nomadic peoples in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, Pakistan, India, and Morrocco.

Paj Ntaub

The Hmong migrated from Southern China in the 19th c. to the mountainous area of Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.

The Hmong brought with them a rich visual arts heritage.  Paj ntaub or “flower cloth” (pronounced pan ndau) continues to be produced by Hmong artists and dates back over 2,000 years.  The designs and patterns used are symbolic in Hmong culture and often derived from forms in nature.  Paj ntaub is used to decorate traditional Hmong clothing and is also valued as works of textile art.

Vietnamese Jacquard Silk

Vietnam has a tradition of silk weaving and embroidery in villages and have been producing fabrics for nearly a thousand years.  They textiles are made by small family weaving enterprises using traditional methods of thread spinning, weaving, and dyeing.


The Kuna women of Panamá are known for their colorful and intricately sewn mola blouses.  The mola panels of the blouses are hand sewn using several layers of colored fabric.

Many hours of careful sewing are required to create a fine mola. The ability to make an outstanding  mola is a source of status among Kuna women.

Seneca Ribbon Shirt

Post colonial native dress.  After colonization Native American began to adapt some articles of European costume to their own style, decorating cloth garments with characteristic Native American beadwork, embroidery, and designs. These clothes were not original to the Americas, but by the 1800’s they were recognized by anyone viewing them as Native American apparel.

Mexican Serape

Serapes are commonly known as a type of Mexican shawl or blanket.  This traditional item began as a masculine garment that reflected the technological and socioeconomic aspect of its production, distribution, and use, as well as the weaver’s personal experience.  The designs vary tremendously, some that are simplistic and others quite elaborate.  The Mexican serape has a long and interesting history associated with the production of wool and cotton, two materials commonly used for a number of textiles by the Mexican people.  The serape is made in numerous areas of the country, which is why it actually has many different names.  For instance, the serape is also called chamarro, jorongo, cobiga, cotton, frazada, tilme, and gaban.

African Batik Printed Cotton

Batiks origins can be traced back to Asia, India and Africa. Some say the word is of Malay roots and translates “to write” or “to dot”.

Batik is an art medium and methodology for creating design, usually on cloth, by applying wax to portions of the material and then dyeing it, then removing the wax. This can be done to make vibrant colors and incredible designs.

Batik is said to be an ancient art that has been handed down for thousands of years. It is said to be wide spread as the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines, India and more.

Log Cabin Quilt

Log Cabin Quilts are characterized by their interlocking geometric shape, and strong use of rectangle (log shaped) elements and swatches. This type of quilt design has been traced back to the period during or just before the Civil War and has remained popular in American quilting for well over 150 years.

Log cabin quilts were believed to have played a role in Underground Railroad, which was the secret network of stations that assisted African Americans fleeing from slavery. It is said that log cabin quilts were hung on laundry lines to indicate a safe haven for those who were running north. Log cabin quilts used by the underground railroad usually contained a black center square to indicate safety.

Other stories suggest that some log cabin quilts contained a hidden map in their patterning with encoded information about railroad way stations along the northern journey.

Polish Plate – White Eagle (Orzeł Biały)

Polish Proverb: “Piękna miska jeść nie daje.”  English Translation: A beautifully decorated plate won’t feed anyone.

The Coat of Arms of Poland consists of a White Eagle on a red shield. The Eagle is wearing a crown. In Poland, the Coat of Arms is usually called simply White Eagle (Orzeł Biały), always capitalized.

The eagle is thought to be the White-tailed eagle, although the highly stylised depiction does not connect the White Eagle with any specific species of eagle.

French Jacquard

The Jacquard Loom is a mechanical loom that has holes punched in pasteboard, each row of which corresponds to one row of the design. Multiple rows of holes are punched on each card and the many cards that compose the design of the textile are strung together in order.

Developed by Joseph Marie Charles in the early 1800s, the Jacquard loom played an important role in the development of other programmable machines, such as computers.

Froebel Stars

This star is called Fröbelstern in Germany. It is a popular decoration for Christmas trees, although not many people know how to fold it from four strips of paper.

Misc. International Goods

Polish painting on glass – Vistula (Wisla) River in Warsaw

The painting can be realistic or abstract. Realistic reverse paintings are more challenging to create as one must, for example, in painting a face, to put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, exactly the opposite of normal painting. If this is neglected the artist will not be able to correct the error as they will not get in between the glass and the paint already applied. No such care need be taken with the abstract form, but with this form there is not a good idea how the piece will look like until it is finished. This process is not like stained or leaded glass work in that it is not intended to hang in a window with light coming through the piece. Hanging on a wall, framed or unframed, with a lot of light directed towards the piece provides best viewing.

Russian Lacquer Pin

The techniques of production for these miniature works of art include the application of several layers of paint, each fully dried and then coated with a transparent lacquer, before the final steps of polishing occurs. Translucency is a hallmark of the style. In the hands of an expert, the colors are rich, and the finished piece glows as if alive. Mother-of-pearl, both fresh water and river, lends a wonderful stylistic quality. Gold, silver, bronze, and aluminum powders are frequently mixed with the oils. Painting is on papier-mache, mother-of-pearl, wood and can be inset into a handmade metal surround. Many times the clasp is a safety pin embedded into the papier-mache. Each piece serves multiple functions: first, as affordable wearable art, second, as frameable art, and third, an heirloom to passed on to younger family members.

Russian Spoons (painted in the traditional folk style)

This painting technique emerged in the 17th century in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, near the trading village of Khokhloma, to which it owes its name. The technique of Khokhloma painting has hardly changed to this day: fine cut articles made of teil or aspen trees are covered with a special base, smeared with aluminum powder, and painted with heat-resistant dyes. When the objects are covered with lacquer, their silver patterns become golden in color. The traditional decorative motif combines entwined grass and flowers painted in fiery cinnabar, as well as black and sparkling gold hues; these designs decorate mugs, serving spoons, ladles, and small barrels. The wooden articles are resistant to both water and organic acids. The Khokhloma technique is used not only for decorating pottery, but for souvenirs, furniture, and household items as well.

Sicilian puppet

The fate of puppets and marionettes in Italy took an upward turn in the 16C, when the aristocracy took an interest in marionettes. The spread to a wider, paying audience came about in the 18C. But it was not until the mid-19C that the puppet show became a genre, complete with shiny armor, swords and agile movements in fight scenes.

Puppets are made of wood and are jointed with metal hinges (the warriors, at least); their manipulation is controlled by lengths of wire connected to the head and right hand. The embossed armor is usually made of bronze or copper. There are two main schools: Palermo and Catania (associated with the school of Acireale), which builds puppets to different criteria.

Chinese Knot (all tied using one thread)

Like Christmas trees and wreaths in the west. the Chinese knot is the most favored ornament for most Chinese families during the Lunar New Year celebration. Almost every shopping mall in Beijing has a special counter to sell Chinese knots of various sizes. shapes and colors.

No matter how different the knots are the messages the ancient craft delivers are similar: offering blessings of happiness, prosperity, love and good luck.

The major characteristic of the Chinese knot is that every one is tied from a single thread (at least 1 meter long) but looks the same from both the front and back. A typical Chinese knot is red but it can also be gold, green, blue or black. Flowers, birds, dragons, the phoenix, fish and shoes are the most common patterns used in the Chinese knot.

Drawing of Tiger on rice paper

Chinese painting mainly uses the following tools: brush, ink, xuan paper (rice paper), and water.
Chinese paintings are much more like drawing.  Contour drawing is the basis of most Chinese Ink brush paintings.  It consists of the drawing of the outlines, and some internal lines, to define the form of the subject.  The lines can vary in thickness to express shadow or strength.  Also, painting with an ink brush on rice paper is much more difficult than drawing.

In Chinese culture, the tiger is considered to be the king of all animals (in much the way we see the lion in western culture).

Russian Wooden Chickens Swing Toy

Toy and sculpture-making of Bogorodskoye is based on the ancient principles of medieval Russian art. Its cultural origin is connected with Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius (Moscow Region), a large centre of national arts and crafts. The detailed hand-decorated figurines of people and animals, either painted or unadorned, are based on fairytale characters or legendary heroes. Local craftsmen do their work with much imagination, humour, and extraordinary attention to detail. Many museums in Russia have their own collections of toys in this style.

Scandinavian Drawn Thread Work

Drawn thread work is a form of counted-thread embroidery based on removing threads from the warp and/or the weft of a piece of even-weave fabric. The remaining threads are grouped or bundled together into a variety of patterns. The more elaborate styles of drawn thread work use in fact a variety of other stitches and techniques, but the drawn thread parts are their most distinctive element. It is also grouped as whitework embroidery because it was traditionally done in white thread on white fabric and is often combined with other whitework techniques.

Crucifix made from Lava from Mount Etna

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south.

Sicilian Scarf hand painted with the triskelion.

The three bent legs are supposed to represent the three points of the island Sicily itself.  The triskelion is a symbol of Sicily.

The word Triskelion comes from the Greek “τρισκέλιον” (triskelion) or “τρισκελής” (triskeles) and means “three-legged”. The Triskelion symbol appears in many early cultures, including on Mycenaean vessels, on coinage in Lycia, and on staters of Pamphylia (at Aspendos, 370–333 BC) and Pisidia. The symbol dates back to when Sicily was part of Magna Graecia, the colonial extension of Greece beyond the Aegean.

African Mud Cloth

Bogolanfini, which translates as “mud cloth,” is a long established tradition among the Bamana, a Mande speaking people who inhabit a large area to the east and north of Bamako in Mali. The origin of this cloth is believed to lie in the Beledougou region of central Mali. Hand woven and hand-dyed mudcloth uses a centuries old process using numerous applications of various plant juices/teas and mud to dye hand woven cotton cloth.

Each piece of mudcloth tells a story. No two pieces are alike and each pattern and color combination has a meaning. The symbols, arrangements, color as well as shape of the mudcloth reveal secrets. The mudcloth is also used to define a person’s social status, character or occupation.

Japanese Indigo Dyeing

The Japanese discovered that cotton was a difficult fabric to dye except with indigo. Consequently, organic indigo dye was widely used throughout Japan as a coloring and designing agent for cotton textiles and became especially important in the Edo period (1603 ~ 1867). The indigo fabric dyeing process lasted a week orJapanese Indigo Dye Vats more and required individual cotton pieces to be immersed & removed from the indigo dye vat more than 20 times so as to firmly fix the dark blue color into the material. Over time, use and washing, the dark blue appearance gradually faded, producing a visually striking variegated indigo coloring, a unique feature of indigo favored among collectors.

In addition Japanese peasants preferred indigo blue shades for their textiles because they felt the color mirrored the hue of the oceans surrounding the Japanese islands, culturally & economically important.


Washi (和紙) is a type of paper made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.

Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. Origami, Shodo, and Ukiyo-e were all produced using washi. Washi was also used to make various everyday goods like clothes, household goods, and toys as well as vestments and ritual objects for Shinto priests and statues of Buddha. It was even used to make wreaths that were given to winners in the 1998 Winter Paralympics. Several kinds of washi, referred to collectively as Japanese tissue, are used in the conservation and mending of books. Washi was developed from the traditional Chinese paper-making process.