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

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

2013 Teen and Adult Winter Reading Program

The Winter Reading Program Starts February 11 and Ends March 11, 2013

To participate: read or listen to at least one book or audio book of your choice between February 11th and March 11th.
Complete and return this reading log to the Information Desk by March 11th.

All participants’ reviews will be published anonymously in a 2013 Winter Reading Program booklet.

As a thank you for participating, you will receive a postcard redeemable  for a reading program booklet and an Olean Public Library mug!


Click below for a copy of the reading log:
Winter 2013 Reading Log

Programming Survey and Winter Reading

If you have not been able to get back to the library to get your copy of the survey for your “free” spot on your Winter Reading BINGO card – you can fill it out here. The confirmation page will tell you what to do to get your free spot. Also, if you just want to take the survey to give us your opinion on library programming without participating in the Winter Reading Program, feel free to fill it out!

If you would like to participate in the Winter Reading Program – you can download your BINGO card here. Just give us a call or e-mail reference[at] to register. Please include Name, Address, phone number, and e-mail address.

February 2012 Library Events

Teen and Adult Winter Reading Program

The Teen and Adult Winter Reading Program will begin January 30th and end March 2nd.

This year the Winter Reading Program is a BINGO-style game that will have patrons reading books from different categories and experiencing great library materials!
The BINGO cards are made up of 25 squares and each square is marked with a different category. Read, listen, or download a book in that category and write the title down in the square. If patron reads five items in a row– either across, down, diagonally or four corners with middle– they will get a prize, an invitation to the Winter Reading Program Party, and his/her name entered into a door prize drawing for a “Cozy Up and Read” Basket.  They may earn a “FREE” spot for the BINGO board by filling out a short survey at the Information Desk.

Adult & Teen Winter Reading Program

On March 29, 2010 we had our Adult Winter Reading Program party.  The program was open to both Teens and Adults.

There were 51 participants who read a total of 278 books.  The most popular titles were Half Broken Horses by Jeannette Walls, My Antonia by Willa Cather, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  The most popular authors were Ted Dekker, Jerry B. Jenkins & Time LaHaye, Ann Martin, and Sherryl Woods.

Thanks to all who participated!