Join Us for a War of 1812 Presentation on Wednesday May 28th

Join Allegany County Historian and Olean Public Library favorite Craig Braack for a presentation on the War of 1812 in our area on Wednesday May 28th at 6:30pm.

The nation is now celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the “Second War for American Independence.” Come learn about WNY’s role in the war. Mr. Braack will also cover the final burial of 28 soldiers from the war of 1812 which we uncovered by accident in Niagara Falls, ON in 1987. In June 1988, they were re-interred in the National Cemetery at the Bath, NY Veterans Administration Hospital.

Mr. Braack has held the position of Allegany County Historian and County Records Management Officer since 1985. He served in the United States Navy and is a graduate of the State University of New York in Geneseo.

The program is free and open to the public.

The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean, NY.   For more information please call the Reference Desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit the website at http://www.oleanlibrary.org/

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Join Us This Week at the Olean Public Library!

Wednesday and Thursday, July 24th and 25th, will be fun filled days at the Olean Public Library!

Teens and Adults Can Make Their Own Seascape Wednesday at 4pm. The ArtMobile from St. Bonaventure will be here with actual seascape  paintings from the art collection at St. Bonaventure University. After being inspired by these paintings, participants will experiment and create their own 3 dimensional seascape. Call to reserve your spot.

Does Windows 8 have you flummoxed? Join us Wednesday at 6:30pm for an Intro to Windows 8. JCC instructor and patron favorite Christina Lopez will be here to help you navigate the new Windows 8 interface. Bring your Windows 8 device (phone, tablet, laptop) and discover how to find your files and programs. Call the Reference Desk to sign up.

Teens Can Come Hang Out in the YA Area for a Teen Coffeehouse on Thursday at 6:30pm. Come and relax, read, or participate in a planned activity while enjoying a selection of coffeehouse refreshments. Anyone participating in the summer reading program can “check in” and collect their prize.

Looking for something different to do? Join us Thursday at 7pm for “Not Your Usual Brass”. From the collection of 200 horns of Robert Fairbanks of Portville, NY, a selection of unusual instruments will be displayed and their historical applications discussed. Most of the horns are at least 100 years old. The audience will be encouraged to “touch the horns,” ask questions, and even try to play some of them. This is an informational program, not a concert.

Mr. Fairbanks has played the cornet for 60 years in a variety of venues, including bands, military ceremonies, weddings, funerals, and church programs. He sees this as an opportunity to share some of his collection.

For more information on these or any future events please visit the library website at http://www.oleanlibrary.org or call us at (716) 372- 0200.

Dig Into the Past: “Remains to Be Seen” with Craig Braack

 

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Allegany County Historian and patron favorite, Craig Braack will present Remains to Be Seen Wednesday, July 10 @ 7 pm at the Olean Public Library.

Remains to Be Seen is a presentation on the study of gravestone architecture and religious symbolism found in cemeteries from early Puritan times to modern times with an emphasis on local cemeteries. 

Mr. Braack has held the position of Allegany County Historian and County Records Management Officer since 1985. He served in the United States Navy and is a graduate of the State University of New York in Geneseo. 

The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean, NY.   For more information please call the Reference Desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit the website at http://www.oleanlibrary.org

Dig Into Music with Chorduroy this Thursday!

The Olean Public Library is pleased to present the Chorduroy Barbershop Quartet this Thursday, June 27th at 7pm. 

This quartet may make brushing noise when they walk while dressed in corduroy outfits but otherwise they make beautiful harmonies the rest of the time. Chorduroy has been around since 2002 and has undergone a metamorphosis every few years as new member might come in and another moves on. Chorduroy is a home grown Olean Chapter quartet although three of the guys are also members of the Seneca Junction Chorus. The current singers are Marshall Allen – bass, Ted Norton – tenor, Peter Kurzdorfer – baritone, and Pat Close singing lead. Chorduroy is very active in the Salamanca and Olean chapters and provide musical entertainment for all kinds of occasions for the betterment of the Southern Tier communities of Western New York.

This event is free and open to the public.  The Olean Public Library is located at 134 N. 2nd St. Olean, NY.  For more information on this or any of our other summer events call (716) 372-0200 or visit http://www.oleanlibrary.org.Image

Author Talk With Gail Black April 9th at 6:30pm.

Gail; Black with WannagoGail L. Black will speak about her first book, “Asses and Angels: A Journey from Abuse to Achievement.” Signed copies of the book will be available for $10 at the presentation.

Gail Black is living proof that success and failure in life are interwoven like the tangled brambles in a thicket of wild berries. Asses and Angels shares the moving story of her personal path through life as it wove through tangled fields of good and evil. She learned to hope and survive on her journey from abuse to achievement.

Born just as World War II intensified, Gail grew into a spirited little girl and then into a woman who never forgot that each day was a new opportunity with the possibility of success and happiness. Family health challenges compelled her to mature early. Religious control, physical abuse, and financial manipulation caused her to experience divorce, widowhood, and annulment. Learn how she prevailed in male-dominated business ventures and environmental battles as she farmed her land. Her grit, sense of humor, work ethic, and love for her farm helped insure her entrepreneurial success in the business of making fruit syrups with her grandmother’s recipe.

Robert Lax, Mentor & Peacemaker by Dr. Steven Georgiou

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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.

The Hobbit: There & Back Again Through Tolkien’s Middle-earth Presentation by Paul Spaeth

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The Olean Public Library is proud to present The Hobbit: There & Back Again Through Tolkien’s Middle-earth Presentation by Paul Spaeth on December 12th, 2012 at 7pm.

On December 14th the first of a three part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit will be shown to a nation-wide audience that has been eagerly awaiting its release. When the book was published in 1937 it was the first glimpse people had of a world that would be dramatically broadened out 17 years later with the appearance of the first volume of The Lord of the Rings. But both of these works dealt with only a portion of the Third Age of a fantasy world that in Tolkien’s mind stretched back through thousands of years and involved far greater battles, the sinking of an island continent, and even contained a creation story. This talk will trace the ‘history’ of Middle-earth and of its origins as a past-time for its scholar-author dating to the days when he fought in the trenches of World War I.

Paul Spaeth is the Director of the Library at St. Bonaventure University and has for years taught a course there on Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

The program is free and open to the public.  Olean Public Library is located at 134 N. 2nd St., Olean, NY 14760.