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 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



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…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 http://www.oleanlibrary.org.Image

Communities Matter @the Olean Public Library

Communities matter @ your library: celebrate National Library Week April 14-20

(OLEAN, NY) –This week, the Olean Public Library  joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Lance Chaffee, Director. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

The photos below highlight some of the ways that the library supports the community.

Art Openings
Celebrating Our Diverse Community
Highlighting Olean's Community GroupsTechnology HubSummer and Winter Reading ProgramsLocal History EventsHosting Local AuthorsCommunity Wellness

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