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

New Video Games Winter 2014


ATV Offroad Fury 4

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X-2

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Jak 3

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

Soulcalibur III

Street Fighter Anniversary Collection


Bit. Trip Complete

De Blob 2

Fishing Resort

Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident

Pandora’s Tower

Rhythm Heaven Fever

The Last Story

Xbox 360

Duck Dynasty

Madden 15

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventure 2

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

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

We Now Have Xbox 360 Games

Our video game collection is growing.  We have added some Xbox 360 games (including a few Kinect games).  2 games per card are available on a 3 day loan.

The Xbox 360 titles we currently have are:

Adrenalin Misfits (Kinect)

Batman: Arkham Asylum


Dance Central (Kinect)

Kinect Adventures! (Kinect)

Marvel vs Capcom 3

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Soul Calibur IV

Super Street Fighter IV

Tekken 6

Zumba Fitness (Kinect)


We also have added a few Nintendo Game Cube games:

Crash Bandicoot: the Wrath of Cortex

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure

EA Sports Madden NFL 06


Come in and check out our entire collection of PS2, Wii, Xbox 360, and Game Cube games!

New Video Games November 2010

Playstation 2

Civil War: A Nation Divided

Final Fantasy XII

Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s

Guitar Hero Metallica

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Lego Batman

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure

Spider-man: Friend or Foe

We Love Katamari


Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII

Cabla’s Big Game Hunter 2010

Disney Pixar Cars: Mater-National Championship

Just Dance

Real Heroes Firefighter

Rolling Stone Drum King

Samba De Amigo

Smarty Pants

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest

Olean Public Library Now Has Video Games!

We are pleased to announce our newest collection – video games!  Based on an earlier survey of our patrons we decided to purchase PS2 and Wii games.  There currently are ten titles for each system.

The titles are:

PlayStation 2

Atari Anthology

Crash: Mind over Mutant

Disney Cars

FIFA Soccer 10

Gran Turismo 4

MLB 10: The Show

Monster Jam

Namco Museum 50th Anniversary

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night


Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree

Game Party 3

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga


Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution


Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection

Rayman Raving Rabbids

Trauma Center: Second Opinion

We will be purchasing and lending games rated E, E 10+, and T.  Most games that appealed to our population (again based on the surveys) were games which were rated E or T.   Individual titles will be purchased for the collection after consulting professional journals, ALA recommendations, and trade magazines such as Game Pro.    Because of the time limitation on the circulation of the games, the collection will consist of games that can be played and “won” in a reasonable amount of time.

Why Video Games?

  • Public libraries have a mission to provide a variety of materials in a variety of formats. Videogames are stories & information, presented in new formats. Libraries are about stories & information, not just books.
  • Public libraries have a mission to provide cultural, recreational, and entertaining materials, as well as informational and educational materials. Games provide stories and information as they entertain and educate.
  • Games meet developmental needs of teens established by the National Middle School Association they encourage social interaction between peers and non-peers, enforce rules and boundaries, encourage creative expression, reward competence and achievement, and provide opportunity for self-definition
  • Games can enrich vocabulary and expose players to language roots e.g. fighting the flaming monster Incendius can plant the key to unlock the more ordinary word “incendiary” upon later exposure. Crone, spawn, inquisitor, hydromancer, lorekeeper, magister, elemental, tainted, and evocation are other examples of vocabulary builders that can readily be found in games.
  • Although a gamer may follow a path laid out by a designer, they are often several ways to get to the endgame. Playing a game requires creativity and imagination.

Happy gaming everyone!

Gaming survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out this gaming survey.  Thank you!

(We also have paper copies available at the library near the computers and in the YA section.)

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