Children’s Librarian Job Opening

Job Title:  Children’s Librarian/Librarian II


Job Description:

The Olean Public Library is seeking a full-time Librarian II to run our busy Children’s Department.  Work involves supervising the children’s service staff, developing and directing children’s library programs, and selecting materials for the children’s collection.



  • Trains, assigns duties, supervises and evaluates Children’s department staff.
  • Provides reference and readers’ advisory service at the Children’s reference desk.
  • Recommends, plans, implements, and promotes new types of services based on patron needs and early childhood development research. Develops and conducts programs, tours, and story times.
  • Serves as liaison for library services to community groups and other libraries.
  • Prepares reports of activities in the Children’s department.
  • Evaluates, selects, and weeds library materials in the juvenile collection, keeping in mind current trends in children’s literature and education.
  • Writes and implements grants.
  • Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, library system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and professional materials.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of children’s literature and programming as well as child development
  • Experience providing early childhood or early literacy programming
  • Ability to supervise the work of others
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Tact and courtesy in dealing with the public
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of computers, software applications and emerging technologies


Benefits: 12 paid holidays, 22 vacation days, 3 personal days per year, health insurance, and New York State Employee’s Retirement System. The 2014 hiring range for Librarian II is $37,488 – $39,003.


Minimum Qualifications: A Masters Degree in Librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association; eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s professional certificate at time of application, possession of certificate at time of appointment; and two (2) years of professional library experience in children’s services. Supervisory experience preferred.


This is a civil service competitive title; therefore appointment will be made on a provisional basis only. To be eligible for permanent status, the individual accepting appointment will be required to pass a civil service exam and score among the top three.


Send resume by May 2, 2014 by mail or email to:


Kim Mahar, Assistant Director


Olean Public Library

134 N. 2nd Street

Olean, NY 14760


Olean Public Library Budget

Budget Hearing Tuesday April 8th at 7pm in the library.

Philosophy — Not Numbers

It’s important that you understand our philosophy before you vote.

Each year we, as Trustees, go through the same agonizing decision-making process, whether to present a budget that we think voters will approve of, or to present a budget which reflects our perception of the community’s needs.

We traditionally select the second alternative: this budget is one which will enable us to continue providing you with all the things to which you have become accustomed and which make the library the truly outstanding center of the community that it is.

In the past you have shown faith in our ability to provide materials, services, and surroundings which are consistent with your needs and desires. We cannot, in good faith, limit our proposed budget to an amount we think you will approve. That would be unfair to you. What we must do is carefully decide how many tax dollars it will take to run the Library in a way that will both please you and serve you. This, we think, is what Trustees are supposed to do, and it is what we have done.

If our perception is accurate and you agree with our philosophy, it is important that you tell us that at the polls. If, on the other hand, we have misjudged your desires, you must tell us so at the polls. We hope that we have your support.

We ask this of you: carefully consider our ideas and don’t make your decision based simply upon numbers. Consider the actual cost to you; see what a small portion it is of your total tax. Compare your share of the cost of the Library to other family expenses you routinely pay without a second thought.

There is no doubt that the Library is the best buy for your tax dollar, something you can use and enjoy! You can see how it’s run and you can see the quality and diversity of the materials and programs we offer. We think you like what you see, and we think you’d like to keep it that way.

Please vote in support of our library budget proposal.

 The Library Trustees


Budget hearing – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On May 6, 2014 you will be asked to vote upon one proposition for 2014:

Shall the Board of Education of the Olean City School District be authorized to raise by tax levy upon the taxable property thereof, an additional $19,205 for the Olean Public Library to increase its annual appropriation from $960,260 to $979,465?

First Tax Increase in 5 Years

An increase in funds is needed to balance

  • additional purchases of Books, eBooks, DVD’s, Audio-Books & other Library Materials.
  • continued Library Programming for all ages
  • building maintenance, fuel and utility costs.
  • increases in wage and retirement costs.

The estimated impact on the tax rate for school district residents will be:

City of Olean, an additional 3¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value

Town of Olean an additional 3¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value

Town of Portville an additional 3¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value

Proposed 2015 Operating Budget


Real property tax


Earnings from investments


Local Sponsor Incentive Aid


Library System Grant


Gifts and donations


Sale of used books


Copy machine receipts and other miscellaneous income






Other CCLS Grants                                                      



Library charges


Appropriated fund balance


total income




Salaries and benefits


Library materials


Building operation & maintenance



Administrative expenses


total appropriations



Winter Reading Medal Winners

Gold Medal Winners (Final)


Adair, Cherry                     Edge of Danger

Adair, Cherry                     Hot Ice

Asher, Jay                           Thirteen Reasons Why

Ashley, Amanda                Night’s Promise

Austen, Jane                      Emma

Balogh, Mary                     A Christmas Promise

Banks, Maya                      Be With Me

Banks, Maya                      The Darkest Hour

Banks, Maya                      Forged in Steele

Barclay, Linwood              The Accident

Barclay, Linwood              Never Look Away

Bednar, Martial                 Nine Ms and a Mother Like No Other

Benjamin, Melanie           The Aviator’s Wife

Bennett, Christopher       Star Trek: the Buried Age

Brennan, Allison               Cold Soup

Castle, Jayne                     Deception Cove

Clancy, Tom                       Without Remorse

Coelho, Paulo                    Manuscript Found in Accra

Connelly, Michael             Lost Light

David, Peter                       Before Dishonor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Dobson, Dr. James & Shirley         Night Light

Fieri, Guy                            Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

Funke, Cornelia                 Inkheart

Gosselin, John & Kate      Multiple Bles8ings

Harper, Karen                    Finding Mercy

Hayes, Suzanne                 I’ll Be Seeing You

Higgs, Liz Curtis                 Embrace Grace

Jio, Sarah                            The Last Camellia

Jordan, Hillary                   Mudbound

Kaye, Laura                        Hard As It Gets

Keillor, Garrison                Good Poems

Kendall, Jackie                   The Young Lady in Waiting

Kidd, Sue Monk                 The Invention of Wings (x2)

Kitamura, Katie                 Gone to the Forest

Lewis, Beverly                   The Englisher

Lewis, Beverly                   The Preacher’s Daughter

Lewis, Beverly                   The Redemption of Sarah Cain

Lewis, Beverly                   The Secret Keeper

Mallery, Susan                   Dream Wedding

Margolin, Philip                 Sleight of Hand

Martin, George R.R.         Dance of Dragons

Martin, George R.R.         Feast for Crows

Martin, George R.R.         Storm of Swords

Martin, Kat                         Against the Edge

Martin, Kat                         Against the Night

Martin, Kat                         Against the Odds

Morton, Kate                     The Forgotten Garden

Myron, Vicki                      Dewey

Palmer, Diana                    Wyoming Fierce

Quick, Matthew                Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Ray, Rachael                      30 Minute Get Real Meals

Reece, Christy                   Run to Me

Reece, Christy                   Second Chance

Riggs, Ransom                  Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Robb, J.D.                           Concealed in Death

St. Claire, Roxanne           Edge of Sight

Terkeurst, Lysa                  What Happens When Women Say Yes to God

Tobin, Jack                         John Wooden

Wiggs, Susan                     The Apple Orchard

Woods, Sherryl                 Stealing Home

Woodsmall, Cindy            Christmas in Apple Ridge


Silver Medal Winners

Coelho, Paulo                                   Manuscript Found in Accra

Eckhardt, Kristin                               The Calico Trail

Fields, Jan                                        Rag Doll in the Attic

Golding, William                              Lord of the Flies

Goolrick, Robert                              A Reliable Wife

Gregory, Philippa                             The White Princess

Hannah, Kristin                                 Winter Garden

Kelly, Karen                                       Boxed Inn

Leveen, Lois                                      The Secrets of Mary Bowser

Martin, George R.R.                        Game of Thrones

Mead, Richelle                                 Vampire Academy

Patterson, James                             Cross My Heart  (x2)

Richards, Natalie D.                        Six Months Later

Smart, Elizabeth                               My Story

Weir, Andy                                        The Martian

Wiggs, Susan                                    Return to Willow Lake

Wiseman, Beth                                Plain Peace


Bronze Medal Winners


Austin, Lynn                       Hidden Places

Baker, Jo                            Longbourn

Brown, Jo Ann                   Thousand Stories Quilt

Graff, Jim                           A Significant Life

Metzger, Liz                       Bites

Needs More Training


Fairstein, Linda                  Hell Gate

Friends of the Olean Library 2014 Short Story Contest

1.  Entries must feature, in an imaginative way, AT LEAST TWO of the following four items: the library cat, a librarian, a DVD, a display at the library.  You may use all four, but you do not have to do so.  (This rule is changed from previous years.)

2.  Permissible length is 350 words or less.  Please note: We do reject stories for excessive length or because they do not meet the requirements in number 1.

3.  This contest is open to students enrolled in grades 6 through 9.  Participants are limited to one entry and are expected to do their own work. 

4.  Entries must be typed on 8 1/2 X 11″ paper.  Please choose a font that is easily readable and a font size no smaller than 11 pt.  Students without other access to a computer are welcome to use those at the Olean Public Library. 

5.  Mechanical correctness — spelling, punctuation, and grammar — is an important factor in the judging. 

6.  Entrant’s name, grade, and school must be printed – legibly! – in the lower right corner of each page.  Home-schooled students are welcome, as are students in classes which do not chose to participate as a class.  In both cases, please make sure you include your home address, again legibly printed, on the last page of the story.

7.  All entries must be received at the Olean Public Library by Friday, March 14, 2014.  Whether mailed or delivered in person, envelopes should be addressed to Friends Short Story Contest.  Mailed entries should be sent in care of the Olean Public Library, 134 N. 2nd St., Olean, NY 14760.

8. Winners will be notified through their English teacher of through mail to their homes.  The awards ceremony will be scheduled at the Olean Public Library shortly after the winners are notified.

Thanks for your participation.  And good luck!


January 15, 2014

New York City— After a successful six-year run in Europe, the Poetry Unites contest, inspired by Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem project, is coming to New York State.


Marie Howe, the New York State Poet, and Corinne Evens, a philanthropist, in co-ordination with the Academy of American Poets, the New York State Writers Institute and the New York State Office of Cultural Education, are pleased to announce a contest for the best short essay about a favorite poem.  The contest is open to all New York State residents.


Marie Howe issues the following call to New York State residents:


Do you have a poem you carry in your wallet? Or, in your heart? Perhaps you have a poem you taped on your refrigerator? How has this poem changed your life?


Briefly, deeply in no more than 600 words, tell us how. Say a few words about yourself and the story of the poem.


Are you seven, or twenty-two, eighty-two or ninety four? Are you a construction worker, a priest, waitress, doctor, student, homemaker? Are you self-employed, employed or unemployed? Whoever you are we want to hear about how one poem has affected your life.


We believe that everyone has a favorite poem, but not everyone knows about it.

If you do, tell us about it. If you don’t, try to find the poem now. We want to hear from you.



Four individuals’ essays will be selected to be featured in a series of six-minute-long film profiles, which will be posted on and PBS website and may be broadcast by PBS and other media.  These winners will receive invitations to a celebratory film screening in New York City in October 2014.


Poetry Unites Contest Guidelines


Participants are asked to write a two-page (or 600 word) piece about their favorite poem and about its importance in their life. The selected poem should be by a published poet. The contest participant’s essay can be in any style or form, but the piece should touch upon the following three questions:


1. What’s your favorite poem, who wrote it, and when did you read it for the first time?

2. Why is this poem important to you?

3. Please provide some information about yourself: what does your day look like, what are your dreams, what do you expect from life?


The jury, headed by New York State Poet Marie Howe, will select four winners and each of their essays will be awarded a Certificate of Merit. The winners will each be featured in short film profiles, which will be posted on, the State Library website, and may be broadcast by public television across the United States.


All winners will be invited to a celebratory film screening in October 2014. Travel within New York State and hotel accommodation for two days in NYC will be covered.


The Jury Members:

Marie Howe, New York State Poet, 2012-2014

Jeffrey Cannel, Deputy Commissioner, New York State Office of Cultural Education

Nina Darnton, Author

Donald Faulkner, Director, New York State Writers Institute

Edward Hirsch, Poet and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets

Robert Pinsky, Poet, former US Poet Laureate and the Founder of Favorite Poem project

Ewa Zadrzynska, Writer and Filmmaker


Submissions should be made electronically, and should be emailed to The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014


Contest winners will be announced at the beginning of May on, and production of films of the four winners will commence. The production process will conclude in September, and the films will premiere at the celebratory film screening in New York.


History of the Poetry Unites Contest in Europe


In Europe, the Poetry Unites contest was developed and produced by Ewa Zadrzynska for the Evens Foundation. Ms. Zadrzynska, a US and Polish citizen, saw the films on poetry lovers on Robert Pinsky’s PBS program one day in the early 2000s. When she met Robert Pinsky during a Poetry Festival organized by Edward Hirsch and Adam Zagajewski in Cracow in 2004 she asked Robert Pinsky if she could bring the project to Europe. With his blessing and with the financial help of the Evens Foundation she started the program in Poland in 2006.


The project consisted of the production of a series of five-minute films, shown on television, the internet, and in the cinemas, in each of which a particular poetry lover speaks about his or her life in the context of presenting a favorite poem. Initial broadcasts began on Polish National Television in February 2006 and have been continued once a week, till today. Screenings of the films took place in France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Israel, Hungary, and the United States.


Over the course of seven years, the public broadcasting network in Poland presented series of 85 films on Polish, French, Italian, German, Bulgarian, Belgian, American, Israeli poetry lovers from the ages of 6 to 94 to its millions of viewers. The films were all directed by Ewa Zadrzynska and financed by the Evens Foundation.


Zadrzynska said, “The project, which celebrates the integrating power of poetry, introduces the medium as an instrument of mutual understanding in the world.

The goal is to promote poetry and poetry readers in the hope that their enthusiasm will be contagious to thousands, if not millions, of others.” 


In 2008, the Evens Foundation launched the First Nationwide Poetry Unites – My Favorite Poem contest in Poland. The contest was opened to school-goers of all grades.


The contest became an annual event in Poland. In 2012 the Evens Foundation decided to extend the contest to other European countries.  So far the contest has been held twice in Germany, five times in Poland, and once in Bulgaria.


Concluding galas took place in Warsaw and in Berlin. The partner in Berlin was the Literaturwerkstatt Institution.


The State Minister of Culture and Media in Germany, Bernd Neumann, and the Polish Minister of Culture, Bogdan Zdrojewski, were supportive of the contests.


In 2013 Poetry Unites was launched in Bulgaria, Germany and Poland. From approximately 1000 entries 8 winners were selected. They all met in Warsaw in June 2013 during the Grand Finale. The films about the winners were premiered at the gala, and are currently being broadcast by National TV in Poland, Germany, and Bulgaria.


You can watch the films on 2013 winners of the European contest at:


About the New York State Poetry Unites Partners:


Marie Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008); The Good Thief (1998); and What the Living Do (1997), and is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. She has, in addition, been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. She is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of New York State.


Corinne Evens is a leader in the fields of international business and philanthropy. She is a co-founder and Honorary President of the Belgium-based Evens Foundation. Following her degree in Mathematics at Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1975, Mrs. Evens studied film directing in New York, theatre in France at Jacques Lecoq School and worked in feature, video art and documentary’s until 1982.


Mrs. Evens is a board member of the College International of Philosophy in Paris, Planet Finance, Madariaga European Foundation, Universal Education Foundation, Synergos and the Forum of Philosophy at London School of Economics. She is also a board member of several commercial companies, international funds and partnerships in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, United-States, India and China. Several years ago, she began designing jewelry and created the Goralska Jolaillerie in Paris 2011.


The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s largest membership-based organization promoting American poets and poetry. Founded in New York City in 1934 by Marie Bullock, since its earliest days, the organization has been rooted in the belief that poetry is an important and unique art form, and that poets need support and deserve increased visibility. Over the past eight decades the organization has helped bring attention to some of our most distinguished poets, including e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Langston Hughes, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath. Each year, the Academy of American Poets enables millions of individuals to engage with the art of poetry by offering an array of free and low-cost programming. The organization originated and continues to organize National Poetry Month, the world’s largest literary celebration that takes place each April; it introduces readers to poets and their work through Poem-A-Day, a program that distributes 250 previously unpublished poems to more than 200,000 individuals daily; it organizes annual poetry readings in partnership with cultural venues in New York City, including the High Line and Lincoln Center;  it offers an annual series of major poetry prizes; publishes a biannual journal, American Poet, which has a readership of 9,000; and produces, one of the world’s most popular websites for poetry.


The New York State Writers Institute is one of America’s premiere sites for promoting the art of the written word. Its central aim is to enhance and celebrate literature, writing, and performance, and to recognize the position of writers as a community within the larger community. Books, films, plays, and their creators can provide portals through which the most personal or complex issues of human understanding can be explored.   Originally founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, the Institute received a mandate from New York’s governor and legislature in 1984 to provide “a milieu for established and aspiring writers to work together. . .to increase the freedom of the artistic imagination.”


To meet the challenge of that original mandate the Institute sponsors a diversity of programs including author visits , film screenings, symposia, stage readings, and writing workshops for adults and high school students. The goals of these programs, most of which are free and open to the public, are to increase access to major authors for students of writing and readers of literature, broaden exposure for emerging authors, and provide important cultural initiatives for audiences.


The Office of Cultural Education (OCE) operates three major cultural institutions with stewardship responsibilities for collections– the New York State Museum, State Library, and State Archives, and the Office of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting. All three collection-holding institutions ensure that valuable information, knowledge, and collections under their care, are preserved and made available for current and future generations. In addition to collection stewardship and public programs, OCE also administers chartering, technical assistance, program coordination and grant and aid programs serving 7,000 public and academic libraries and 73 library systems; museums, historical societies, zoos, aquaria, botanical gardens, science centers, and other similar organizations; 26 public radio and television stations; 3,000 historical records repositories and 4,500 local governments.

Olean Public Library Schedules Fall Computer Classes

OLEAN — The Olean Public Library, along with public libraries in Jamestown and Dunkirk, will offer area residents several opportunities this fall to learn basic computer skills.

Classes will be offered in cooperation with Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES with support from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.

Students will meet for six two-hour sessions from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The first introductory course runs Sept. 9 – 20.

Other six-part courses covering the same material will start on Oct. 16 and Nov. 4. More classes will also be available early in 2014.

“This will be helpful if you are wondering about the most basic computer questions,” according to Library Director Lance Chaffee.

The course covers computer terms, turning terminals on and off, using a mouse, navigating the Windows operating system, creating letters and resumes with Microsoft Word, and saving to different computer drives. Students also learn how to set up, send and receive email and use the Internet for purposes such as job searching.

Classes, which are free and open to the public, will be offered through videoconferencing in Olean and Dunkirk and in person in Jamestown. As the grant recipient, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System has opted to deliver instruction through these libraries’ public computer centers.

For information or registration in Olean, visit the library at 134 N. 2nd St., or call 372-0200.

To sign up at the other locations, call the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, at 484-7135, or the Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Ave., at 366-2511.

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.