May 2012 Calendar of Events

Author Ann McCauley to Visit Library May 5th.

The Olean Public Library is pleased to announce local author Ann McCauley will speak on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Art Gallery. Ms. McCauley is the author of Runaway Grandma, Mother Love and a contributing author to the recently released Women Writing On Family: Tips On Writing, Teaching, and Publishing. The latter is a start to finish resource written for women who are just starting their writing careers by “their sisters” who understand the balancing act of writing honest prose between loads of laundry and during naptime.

According to Marilyn L. Taylor, Ph.D., Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2009-2010; Going Wrong (Parallel Press, 2009), Women Writing On Family is an “extraordinary collection of insightful, well-written essays will serve splendidly as both guidebook and motivator for any woman who is writing seriously and living her life fully. Matters as diverse as family dynamics, realistic time-management, marketing strategies—even ways of writing more effectively—are covered here with great sensitivity and common sense.”

Mother Love was published in November 2004 and received the Reviewers Choice Award in 2005. A revised edition of Mother Love and e-book will be released in May 2012.

Runaway Grandma was released in November 2007. It was listed as one of the Top 100 Choices of Book Clubs in the country by in May 2008. Runaway Grandma was nominated for Book of the Year in Women’s Issues in 2008. Both books are available online at & B& or may be ordered at any bookstore.

Ms. McCauley grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania, the oldest of seven children. As a child she wrote many dramatic stories to and about her siblings, letters to the editor, and even letters to the PA state governor. She remembers her father saying, after reading one of her tales, “I’ll be damned if you are not a writer!” Ms. McCauley states from that day forward she believed she was a writer, crediting her father’s influence. She states that there were detours before she actually started to write. “I did freelance writing for local newspapers and nursing journals for ten years before I stopped working as a nurse in 2003. Since then I have been writing, marketing, and learning the ropes of the publishing world.”

Writing and reading as well as involvement with her family and friends give Ms. McCauley joy and life satisfaction. She and her husband also like to travel. Copies of her books will be available for purchase after the program.

This Program is free and open to the public; it is sponsored by the Olean Public Library. The library is located at 134 N. 2nd St., Olean, NY 14760.

A Very Busy Week For the Olean Public Library

The patrons of the Olean Public Library shouldn’t be bored this week!  There are many programs available if they need something to do.

All this week, during normal library hours, the library is hosting the ARVAS Aquarium and Tropical Fish show.  Please come and take a look at all the entries and then vote for your favorite ones.  Winners will be announced at the end of the week.

Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm join us for our Brown Bag Book Club.  This month’s selection is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.  Bring your lunch and come and discuss the book. Beverages and dessert provided by Friends of the Olean Library, Inc.

Tuesday at 6:30pm, join us at the JCC’s Magnano Room (adjacent to the Cutco Theater) for Give “Peas” a Chance: Food as a Global Commodity with Bill Meiers.  Mr Meiers is an English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University and this is part of the Community Reads series sponsored by JCC Olean and the Olean Public Library.  Mr. Meiers’ visit sponsored, in part, by the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.

Join librarian Michelle LaVoie at 11am on Wednesday for a class on using Hotmail.  In this class, participants will learn how to sign up for a Hotmail e-mail account, and to compose, edit, and send messages.  Please call the Reference Desk to sign up.

Then Wednesday at noon, join us once again at JCC’s Magnano for a panel discussion entitled 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 will facilitate the discussion.

Wednesday evening is the library’s monthly Board Meeting.  The public is welcome to attend.

Join Anna Bush for a workshop entitled Supporting Your Children In Transition to the Workforce Wednesday evening at 7pm.  In this workshop, you will explore the changing constructs of our culture that have made the transition into adulthood and the workforce very different for our children than it was for you when you graduated from high school. By understanding these differences, you can make better choices as you guide our children into adulthood.  Please call the Reference Desk to reserve your spot!

Finally, on Thursday at 7pm, join Christina Lopez for a Windows Foundations class.  This class will familiarize beginners with the Windows operating system. Participants will learn Windows basics such as how to open a program, size and move windows, and use scroll bars. Files and drives will also be covered.  Please call the Reference Desk to sign up.

All events are free and open to the public.

The library is located at 134 N. 2nd St., Olean, NY 14760.  Our phone number is (716) 372-0200.

Hope to see you at these events!


Olean Public Library Celebrates National Library Week

The Olean Public Library is celebrating National Library Week this week (April 8-14, 2012).  The theme this year is “You belong @your library”.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.  The honorary chairman of this year’s National Library Week is author and host of the History Channel’s “Decoded” Brad Meltzer.

As part of National Library Week we will be having a trivia contest.  Each day, a trivia question will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, sent out to the e-mail list and posted on the wall in the lobby of the library.  Answers should be sent to oleanpubliclibrary [at] gmail [dot] com.  The following morning the winner will be picked from among the right answers.  The winner will receive an Olean Public Library water bottle.  There will be a different question each day, so make sure to keep and eye out and good luck!

Also, everyone who signs up for a class or tutoring session this week will receive a gift.  If you need to know what classes we are offering this month, click here.

The Olean Public Library would like to thank everyone for their patronage and continued support.  Remember – you belong @your library!

Program on Grave Symbolism Just Announced

We’ve got a couple of interesting programs via video conferencing coming up at the end of April.

History of the Rural Cemetery Movement and Grave Symbolism

April 24, 2012


This is a video conference program in conjunction with Carthage Free Library PCC.

What can a grave stone tell you about a past relative? Why did they select certain images for their markers? This is the perfect introductory class for the genealogist, historian, or cemetery care taker. Harold Sanderson, a Carthage, NY historian and Jefferson County Community College professor, will be presenting a class on the symbolism behind the grave marker images as well as a brief history of the rural cemetery movement.


The How To of Stone Cleaning and Repair

April 26, 2012


This is also a video conference program in conjunction with Carthage Free Library PCC.

Pine pitch, moss, and lichen can be commonly found on grave stones. In addition, older stones may be broken and in need of repair. This class will cover the basics of stone cleaning and repair. Harold Sanderson ran his own business, Sand-Tech and Associates, which specialized in cemetery stone cleaning and repair for eleven years. This is the perfect class for anyone who would like to expand their cemetery maintenance skills, who would like to learn easy ways to maintain family grave stones, or who is interested in starting their own small business.

April is Autism Awareness Month

The following is from an autism awareness card published by the CDC.

As they grow, children are always learning new things.  Below are just some of the things you should look for as your child grows.  Use this as a guide, and if you have any concerns, talk with your child’s doctor and call 1-800-CDC-INFO to get connected with your community’s early childhood intervention system.

At 6 months, many children

  • respond to own name
  • respond to other people’s emotions and often seem happy
  • copy sounds
  • like to play with others, especially parents

At 1 year (12 months), many children

  • use simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”
  • Say “mama” and “dad” and exclamations like “uh-oh!”
  • copy gestures
  • respond to simple spoken requests

At 1 1/2 years (18 months), many children

  • play simple pretend, such as feeding a doll
  • point to show others something interesting
  • show a full range of emotions, such as happy, sad, angry
  • say several single words

At 2 years (24 months), many children

  • say sentences with 2-4 words
  • follow simple instructions
  • get excited when with other children
  • point to things or pictures when they are named

At 3 years (36 months), many children

  • show affection for friends without prompting
  • carry on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences
  • copy adults and friends
  • play make-believe with dolls, animals, and people

At 4 years (48 months), many children

  • tell stories
  • would rather play with other children than by themselves
  • play cooperatively with others

Questions to ask your child’s doctor:

  • Is my child’s development on track for his or her age?
  • How can I track my child’s development?
  • What should I do if I’m worried about my child’s progress?
  • Where can I get information?

The CDC adapted this information from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, Fifth Edition, edited by Steven Shelov and Tanya Remer Altman.  Copyright 1991, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition, edited by Joseph Hagan, Jr., Judith S. Shaw, and Paula M. Duncan, 2008, Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.