February 2012 Library Events

Teen and Adult Winter Reading Program

The Teen and Adult Winter Reading Program will begin January 30th and end March 2nd.

This year the Winter Reading Program is a BINGO-style game that will have patrons reading books from different categories and experiencing great library materials!
The BINGO cards are made up of 25 squares and each square is marked with a different category. Read, listen, or download a book in that category and write the title down in the square. If patron reads five items in a row– either across, down, diagonally or four corners with middle– they will get a prize, an invitation to the Winter Reading Program Party, and his/her name entered into a door prize drawing for a “Cozy Up and Read” Basket.  They may earn a “FREE” spot for the BINGO board by filling out a short survey at the Information Desk.

Public Computing Center Turns a Year Old!

On January 22, 2011 the Olean Public Library held the official grand opening of their Public Computing Center and in February started offering computer & employment classes along with one on one computer tutoring.  In one year the library has been able to offer 43 classes on computer or employment related subjects for a total of 80 class sessions.  559 people have attended the classes.  239 people have utilized the one on one computer tutoring also offered by the library.

The library has also been able to expand its collection of materials (both paper and electronic) with regards to the subjects of computers, job searching/resume creation, small business creation, and employment testing.  Several electronic databases are available to help with skills building, resume creation, job search, and interview preparation.  These databases can be accessed with a valid library card from the comfort of a patron’s home from the library’s web page (www.oleanlibrary.org).

The Public Computing Center is made possible by a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) award.  The Olean Public Library is one of thirty libraries across New York State participating in this grant.

As the Public Computing Center enters its second year, the Olean Public Library would like to invite everyone to take advantage of its offerings.  Join our mailing list by going to www.oleanlibrary.org and click on the link on the left hand side or call us at (716) 372-0200 to sign up for a class or one on one tutoring.

Classes and tutoring are free and open to the public.  The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean, NY.

January 10-12th Catalog Software Update


We will be updating our catalog software January 10-12, 2012.  During this update you will not be able to place Holds (Reserves) or access your account information from the online catalog.

The online catalog will be unavailable the morning of Tuesday, January 10th.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

2012 Community Reads – “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan

The Community Reads Project is part of the “one book, one community” movement that has spread across the U.S. from Seattle where it originated. JCC and the Olean Public Library are sponsors of the local program.  For more information on Community Reads Project activities, contact Mary Jermann at 716.376.7594 or maryjermann@mail.sunyjcc.edu.

Available starting January 12: The Omnivore’s Dilemma $5.00 while quantities last @JCC Campus Store College Center 260 N. Union St., Olean.

February 22, 2012 Noon-1 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Jeff Davis, JCC Computer Science professor, will facilitate “The Forest & the Perfect Meal,” a discussion based on Section III (The Forest) from The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (JCC College Center Room 124 (Community Room) 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

March 9, 2012 7-8:45 p.m. FILM Super Size Me  JCC Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean. “Director and science project Morgan Spurlock sets his sights on the golden arches to make a statement about obesity. He eats nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days and watches as his vital signs go south. He uses this icon as a launching pad to make the statement that our fast food society, including school lunches, the corporations that have molded this culture and the politics involved have combined to make us the fattest nation in the world.” (from http://college.swankmp.com/publicity/Synopsis/0020568.html)

March 10, 2012 1-4 p.m. FILMS The Future of Food 1-2:30 p.m. & Ingredients 2:45-4 p.m.  JCC Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean.

The Future of Food: “With unprecedented clarity, Deborah Koons Garcia’s documentary The Future of Food distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the changes happening in the food system today — genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food — into terms the average person can easily understand. It empowers consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on our future.” (from http://thefutureoffood.com/stills300/FutureOfFood%20Press%20Package.pdf)

Ingredients: Directed by Robert Bates, “…Ingredients tells the story of America’s local food movement and the chefs, farmers and activists who are revitalizing our broken food system. From innovative farm-totable programs in New York to picturesque sheep farms in Oregon, Ingredients gets to the roots of an alternative food system – healthy and sustainable.” (from http://www.collectiveeye.org/)

March 14, 2012 Noon-1 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Gayle Faulkner, JCC alumna and community health nurse for Cattaraugus County, will facilitate “Nutrition & Fast Food,” a discussion based on Section I (Corn) of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (JCC College Center Room 124 (Community Room) 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

March 14, 2012 1:30-2:30 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Cynthia Dutton, director of Cuba Library, will facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (Cuba Circulating Library
39 E. Main St., Cuba.)

March 20, 2012 12:30-1:30 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Librarian Carol Kowalik will facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (Olean Public Library 134 N. 2nd St., Olean.)

March 24, 2012 1-2:30 p.m. CANTICLE FARM PRESENTATION Lori Peterson of Canticle Farm will give a presentation on the benefits of eating locally grown foods and a cooking demonstration. (Olean Public Library 134 N. 2nd St., Olean)  Canticle Farm is a certified naturally grown, not-for-profit, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Allegany.

April 9-13 JCC’S ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK  A week of service that focuses on our relationship with the land, animals, food, and each other. Students currently enrolled at JCC may attend. There are no fees, and lunch will be provided. Credit is available for Honors Program students. Contact Jessica Kubiak at JessicaKubiak@mail.sunyjcc.edu.

April 16, 2012 VISITING PROFESSOR & BOOK DISCUSSION Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University, will co-facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and meet with classes at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus. TBD

April 17, 2012 6:30-8:30 p.m. PRESENTATION Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University, will give a presentation on food as a global commodity. Q&A session to follow. (JCC Magnano Reception Room Adjacent to Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean.)

April 18, 2012 Noon-1 p.m.  PANEL DISCUSSION “Organic Food and Farming, Agricultural Subsidies, and the Farm Bill – How Can Local Farmers and Local Food Economies Succeed?” A panel of local farmers will share their experiences and knowledge. Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University will facilitate the discussion. (JCC Magnano Reception Room Adjacent to Cutco Theater N. Clinton St. Olean.)

May 8, 2012 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SPRING FLING Enjoy healthy snacks and drinks during Spring Fling’s Relaxation Day. (JCC College Center 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

All events are free and open to the public.

Events are sponsored by the Olean Public Library and JCC’s Cattaraugus County Program Committee and Faculty Student Association.