National Library Week Photo Contest

Theme: Communities Matter @ Your Library

Sponsored by the Olean Public Library

As part of the National Library Week celebration (April 14-20th), the Olean Public Library will host a photo contest.  This contest is open to amateurs only (a professional is defined as on whose primary source of income results from his/her photographic work).  The photograph must include the current Olean Public Library or the Old Library (interior or exterior) as a significant part of the picture.

Submissions for this contest will be accepted in person or via e-mail (oleanpubliclibrary[at]gmail[dot]com) in JPEG format.  Limit one submission per person.  Submission deadline is Monday April 8th at 9pm.

Photographs will be displayed in the display case in the lobby area of the library through the end of April.  During National Library Week, patrons of the library will be asked to vote for their favorite picture.  The winner will be announced on April 22nd and will receive a $20 gift certificate to Pleasant Valley Greenhouse & Nursery.

Each photo must be accompanied by the contestant’s name and phone number.  The photo must also have a short description attached which will be displayed with the photo (e.g. “Old Library, Summer 2012” or “Summer Reading Program, 2009”, etc).  Photographs must be suitable for a family environment.

Entries may be in black & white or in color.  Submission of a photograph implies photographer’s consent for the work to be publicly displayed in the library.  By submitting a photograph, the contestant represents that he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of the image and is not aware of any copyright infringement.

The photographs will be available for pick up after May 1st.  If the photographs are not claimed by the end of May, they will become the property of the Olean Public Library.  A submission to the contests indicates understanding and acceptance of the above rules.

For any questions or clarification, please contact the Olean Public Library at (716) 372-0200 or by e-mail at oleanpubliclibrary[at]gmail[dot]com. This contest is open to all members of the public.


Robert Lax, Mentor & Peacemaker by Dr. Steven Georgiou



The Olean Public Library has partnered with St. Bonaventure University’s School of Arts and Sciences, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, and Friedsam Library to present a program entitled “Robert Lax, Mentor & Peacemaker” by noted Lax scholar Dr. Steven Georgiou.

This presentation is part of a a week-long series of lectures, performances, and discussions in the Olean area from March 4th-8th.

Robert Lax, who spent a significant part of his life in Olean, remains a well-known poet, artist, spiritual thinker, mentor and friend to many, including Thomas Merton.

Highlights of the week include three lectures by noted Lax scholar Dr. Steven Georgiou of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, an archive exhibit mounted by Paul Spaeth, performance of an original composition by Gwyneth Walker inspired by poetry of Lax, classroom discussions, and informal events.

St. Bonaventure University’s School of Arts and Sciences, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, and Friedsam Library have partnered together with the Olean Public Library, Olean High School, and members of the Olean community in planning this week of celebration and commemoration of the legacy, work, and enduring significance of Robert Lax.