Summer Programs at the Olean Public Library

Thursdays in July (5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th) 7:00-8:30pm

Do you dream about writing a story? Writing Workshop with Elaine Snyder

Tuesday July 10th at 7pm

Living the Dream: When is Busyness Healthy?  (Teens or Adults)

Journaling & guided imagery meditation with Darlene Goetzman

Wednesday July 11th at 7pm

Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Fires: Religious Movements in Central and WNY with Craig Braack

Tuesday July 24th at 7pm

Epic Adventure Living for Teens: Dreaming Big

Journaling & guided imagery meditation with Darlene Goetzman

Wednesday July 25th at 6pm

ArtMobile for Teens and Adults

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts ArtMobile visits the library!

Wednesday August 1st at 6pm

ArtMobile for Teens and Adults

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts ArtMobile visits the library!

Monday August 6th at 6:30pm

Dream Interpretation Workshop with Kate Ebersole

Tuesday August 7th at 7pm

Author talk and book signing

Randolph Teen Author- Sacynda (S.D.) Shields Author of “Mikado’s Secret – Path to the Purple Moon”

Wednesday August 8th at 7pm (outside)

Eagle Dream Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center Presentation with Mark Baker

Tuesday August 14th at 7pm

Author talk and book signing

Pennsylvania Teen Author – Florence Wilson Author of the “Teenage Vampire” Novel Series

Thursday August 16th at 7pm

End of Summer Reading Party with the Enchanted Mountain Chorus

Sign-up at the Circulation Desk!  Or call 716-372-0200.


2012 Summer Adult and Teen Summer Reading Program

Register for the summer reading program (see below).

Read or listen to at least one book or audio book of your choice between June 18th and August 10th.

  1. Fill out a rating card for each book you read this summer. Remember to put your name on the back of each card!
  2. Return cards to the Information Desk as you finish each book.  The reviews/ratings will be displayed all summer.
  3. Return your last card by August 10th.
  4. All participants that complete reviews/ratings will be invited to the end of summer party and receive a prize for participating!

Carol Kowalik

(Adult Services Librarian)

Sheryl Soborowski

(Teen Services Librarian)

Contact us at:


Olean Public Library

134 North 2nd Street, Olean, NY 14760

Phone (716) 372- 0200

The Mission of the Olean Public Library is to support the education, information and leisure needs of every individual in the community and in doing so improving the community’s quality of life.

Summer Reading Program begins with Book Swap

An all ages and family friendly Book Swap!

Children, teens, and adults are invited to kick off the Olean Public Library’s Summer Reading Program at a Book Swap on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 6:30 – 7:30pm in the Art Gallery.

Interested in how it works?  Bring your used books (that you can give to others) to the library’s Art Gallery at 6:30 pm.  You will receive one-to-one book swap coupons for your books.  Relax while enjoying refreshments and signing up for any of the library’s Summer Reading Programs.  You will begin browsing and shopping for your new-to-you books at 7:00 pm.  Finally you check out with your coupons and start a great summer of reading!!!!

Bring your books the night of the event.  We will accept adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books (eg. novels, biographies, cookbooks, travel guides, picture books, chapter books, and board books).  Used books for exchange can be hardcover or paperback and should be in relatively good physical condition. Textbooks, magazines and audio-visual materials are NOT accepted.  Each person can bring up to a maximum of 5 used books and will receive one-to-one book swap coupons to use during the event.  Questions should be directed to the Olean Public Library’s Information Desk at 716-372-0200 or

Sand Pumpings Now Available Online

Sand Pumpings was a part-literary, part-history magazine published by the students of Olean High School that featured interviews and articles of local, historical interest in addition to literary pieces. This digital collection features eleven issues dated 1976-1983. Like the content of this publication, the title has historical and geological significance to the area and is best explained by the students who created it:

We, perhaps, spent as much time sifting and searching for a name for the literary magazine as we did interviewing, taping, researching and writing the articles. We wanted a name that would in some way relate to the reader, Olean’s past environment of lumbering, oil, and rivers, as well as Olean’s businesses, industry, trade and pioneer origins.

We finally settled upon what we call a “Pete Brunnerism,” an oil driller’s term, sand pumpings…the process whereby the baler brought up the drilling sands and spilled the sludge and foam into our environment.

Like the drillers of yore, we hope to explore, research, and record our past, our culture, and our pioneer days. We hope to relate an insight through student efforts, to these pioneers, the times, and events that helped shape us as a people. (Source: Sand Pumpings, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1976)

The Sand Pumpings publications provide a wealth of information for genealogists, researchers, and local historians. In these little magazines readers will be able to learn about various local history topics such as different ethnic groups that settled in the area, stories of the Underground Railroad, the oil industry in Western New York, as well as local celebrities and first-hand accounts of the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Prohibition.

Located along the Allegheny River and on several major railroad routes, Olean, NY, was once an important stopping point for travelers moving to other parts of the country and served as a transportation hub for Buffalo, Rochester, New York City, and Pittsburgh, PA. Olean was home to manufacturing industries such as oil, glass, leather, tiles, and machinery. It also served as a bootlegging juncture during Prohibition. Slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad passed through the Olean area en route to Canada. Because of this history, many families from across the United States have roots and connections in Olean, NY. Sand Pumpings tell the stories of the people who once lived in the Olean area.

Each year the Olean Public Library receives numerous requests for local history and genealogy information from people all over the country and the world who had relatives who once lived here. The Sand Pumpings series is such a valuable local history resource and receives many requests for reprints. Digitizing and providing online access to the Sand Pumpings allows patrons from all over the world to freely access this information.

The collection is now part of the New York Heritage digital collection and can be found here: