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 or call us at (716) 372- 0200.

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



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

Dig Into…Food!

Eat Your Vegetables!  How many times did we hear that growing up?  In the spirit of digging into things this summer, we would like to invite you to submit your favorite Root Vegetable recipe (beets, potatoes, yams, rutabagas, parsnips, carrots, onions, turnips, kohlrabi, radish, etc.).  Please turn in your recipe by August 1st to the Reference Desk or e-mail it to oleanpubliclibrary {at} gmail {dot} com.  We will then compile all the recipes in to a booklet which will be available at the Adult End of Summer Reading Party on August  15th.  Please be sure to include your name, the name of the dish, the ingredients, and the directions.  


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

Enchanted Mountain Chorus to Perform at Olean Public Library on Thursday

The Olean Public Library is pleased to present the Enchanted Mountain Chorus on Thursday August 16th at 7pm as part of the “End of Summer Reading” party.

The Olean Enchanted Mountain Chorus is the area’s local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which includes chapters nationally as well as around the world.  They meet year around every Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM at Trinity Methodist Church in Olean, under the direction of Louis Petroni. The Olean Barbershop Chapter was formed in 1947.  Back then the chorus was known as the “Plaster Busters” although today the chorus goes by the more modest name of the “Enchanted Mountain Chorus”.

The Olean Chapter supports local food banks as part of their service project, and most recently is working with the Franklinville Food Pantry based in the First Baptist Church in Franklinville.  A concert to support the food pantry will be held at the church on 27 South Main St. in Franklinville at 7 PM on Saturday, August 18th.

Another part of the mission of the Olean Barbershop Chapter, is to give back to the community by singing at local churches during the summer, at nursing homes all year round, but especially at holiday times, and also at community events.  Most recently the Enchanted Mountain chorus sang at Oak Hill Park to kick off the arts and entertainment for the noon hour lunch break going on all summer every Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information please call the Olean Public Library, 716-372-0200.  This program is sponsored by the Olean Public Library and is free to the public.


L-R Ted Norton, Patrick Close, Marshall Allen, & Peter Kursdorfer.






L-R Don Johnson, Patrick Close, Bob Sader, Harris Fitch

Teen Author of Vampire Series to Visit the Library on Tuesday

The Olean Public Library is proud to welcome Florence Wilson, author of the Teenage Vampire Series, to speak about her book, her experience with writing and publishing, and to autograph books. No sign up is required to attend this free event on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00pm in the library’s Art Gallery.

What happens when you combine a love for literature with the imagination to create worlds? You get new breakout writer Florence Wilson, creator of the new Teenage Vampire series. Florence Wilson is a teenage resident of north-central Pennsylvania. She has written a series of five Teenage Vampire novels, the fifth of which will be released this month. She wrote her first novel at age fourteen, and has met the challenge to complete one new novel in the series each year. Florence recently finished adapting the first in the series into a screenplay by the same title. Florence a recent graduate of PAVCS, a public charter school, has been writing ever since the “picture stories” she wrote at age 4. In addition, Florence has participated in competitive power lifting since she was eight. She currently holds thirty-seven AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) national and world records.

For more information please call the Olean Public Library, 716-372-0200. This program is sponsored by the Olean Public Library and is free to the public.

Birds of Prey to Visit Library Wednesday

The Olean Public Library invites the public to attend a program featuring birds of prey presented by Mark Baker on Wednesday August 8th at 7pm in the parking lot in front of the library. Mark is a rehabilitator/falconer and owner of Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center, Inc. located in Olean. Eagle Dream’s mission is to save injured birds and other small animals that have found themselves in harms way and to help educate the public on birds of prey.

Mark is a licensed falconer under New York State and Federal laws. He has been involved in the art of falconry since 2001. Mr. Baker’s primary mission is to care for and rehabilitate injured birds and animals so that they can be released back into nature. Some of the birds he rehabilitates are non-releasable due to their injuries. When this occurs, Mark uses them for educational purposes. He offers programs to the general public about falconry and birds of prey

For more information please call the Olean Public Library, 716-372-0200 or visit our website at This program is sponsored by the Olean Public Library and is free and open to the public.