Top Ten Lists for 2014

What did you check out from the Olean Public Library in 2014?  See how your borrowing habits aligned with the rest of the library community.  Below are the top 10 items checked out in each category.  Did you miss anything?

Adult DVD

  1. 2 Guns
  2. Taken 2
  3. Men in Black 3
  4. World War Z
  5. After Earth
  6. Disconnect
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Jack Reacher
  9. Pain & Gain
  10. A Good Day to Die Hard

Adult Fiction Books

  1. The Gods of Guilt – Michael Connelly
  2. King and Maxwell – David Baldacci
  3. Takedown Twenty – Janet Evanovich
  4. The Husband List – Janet Evanovich
  5. Sycamore Row – John Grisham
  6. Bones of the Lost – Kathy Reichs
  7. Dust – Patricia Cornwell
  8. NYPD Red 2 – James Patterson
  9. Robert B. Parker’s Bull River – Robert Knott
  10. Standup Guy – Stuart Woods

Large Print

  1. The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
  2. Moving Target – J.A. Jance
  3. NYPD Red 2 – James Patterson
  4. The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks
  5. W is for Wasted – Sue Grafton
  6. River Road – Jayne Ann Krentz
  7. Dust – Patricia Cornwell
  8. A Tap on the Window – Lindwood Barclay
  9. Cider Brook – Carla Neggers
  10. Escape – Barbara Delinsky

Audio Books

  1. Guilty Wives – James Patterson
  2. White Fire – Douglas Preston
  3. Now You See Her – James Patterson
  4. A Week in Winter – Maeve Binchy
  5. 4th of July – James Patterson
  6. Alex Cross, Run – James Patterson
  7. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  8. Cross My Heart – James Patterson
  9. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  10. Identical – Scott Turow

Adult Nonfiction

  1. Writing Is My Drink – Theo Nestor
  2. Mastering Digital SLR Photography – David Busch
  3. The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide – Seth Lipsky
  4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing – Nina Sankovitch
  5. The Rooftop Beekeeper: A Scrappy Guide to Keeping Urban Honey – Megan Paska
  6. The Improbability Principle – D.J. Hand
  7. Moosewood Restaurant Favorites – Moosewood Collective
  8. Digital SLR Handbook – John Freeman
  9. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man – Steve Harvey
  10. An Anthology of American Poetry: Lyric America 1630-1930 – Alfred Kreymborg

Video Games

  1. Wii Lego Batman: DC Superheroes
  2. Wii Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  3. Wii The Smurfs 2
  4. Xbox Minecraft
  5. Wii Godzilla Unleashed
  6. Wii Pac-Man Party
  7. Xbox Battleship
  8. Wii Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
  9. Xbox Plants Vs. Zombies
  10. Xbox Farming Simulator


  1. Greatest Hits – LeAnn Rimes
  2. Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks
  3. The Supremes V. 3 – The Supremes
  4. 2012 Grammy Nominees
  5. Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Volume 1 – Led Zeppelin
  6. The Supremes V. 2 – The Supremes
  7. Waking Up Laughing – Martina McBride
  8. My Beautiful Dark & Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
  9. 2013 Grammy Nominees
  10. Duets – Reba McEntire

Heritage Scrapbooking Workshop Saturday June 14th with Dawn Westfall


On Saturday, June 14 from 1-4pm, Dawn Westfall, a local genealogist and family historian, will present a Heritage Scrapbooking workshop at the Olean Public Library.   In this workshop, Ms. Westfall combines her love of old photos, scrapbooking, and family history and will share how-to techniques with you.  This is a make-and-take project.  Bring 3-4 old photos or copies to use to make your very own heritage scrapbook page.

Ms. Westfall is an avid and experienced family historian with over twenty years of experience.  Florida-born and raised, she has called Western New York her home for over ten years.

Space is limited; please call (716)372-0200 to reserve your spot.  There will be a $4 materials fee due on the day of the event.  The Olean Public Library is located at 134 N. 2nd St, Olean, NY.  

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


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

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.

Summer 2013 New Video Games Acquired

The following video games have been purchased and added to the Olean Public Library collection:


ATV Offroad Fury
ATV Offroad Fury 2
Hotshots Golf 3
The Hobbit
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
NHRA Championship Drag Racing
Reel Fishing III
Shrek Super Slam
Ultimate Board Game Collection


ABBA: You Can Dance
Disney Epic Mickey
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
NASCAR the Game: Inside Line
Pac-Man Party
Sprint Cars
Toy Story Mania
Wipeout: the Game
Wreck-It Ralph