OLEAN – The fall season is almost here and that means it’s time to mark your calendars for all the exciting programs coming to Olean Public Library.
On September 9, join us for the 4th Annual Friends of the Library Reading Between Wines fundraiser. The event will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. and includes a great selection of delicious local wines, appetizers, live music and a raffle. Beer and sodas will also be available.
Advance tickets are $20 or two for $35; tickets for designated drivers are $10. Tickets will also be sold at the door the night of the event for $25 ($10 for designated drivers). Tickets are on sale at the Library or can be purchased online using a credit card at Eventbrite.com.
WE ARE ALSO EXCITED to announce the return of the Brown Bag Book Club. The first meeting will take place on September 19 at 12:30 p.m. (bring your lunch or simply enjoy sweets and coffee or tea offered by the library). We will discuss the book “Beautiful World, Where Are You?” by Sally Rooney. Copies are available at the library, so be sure to reserve one today.
The book club meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the Gallery. If you like to read ahead, future titles include Laura Dave’s “The Last Thing He Told Me” (October), Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Malibu Rising” (November) and Emily’s “People We Meet on Vacation”. Henry (December) . Provide suggestions for future titles, as member input is strongly encouraged.
FOR FANS OF JRR TOLKIEN: On September 24, the Library will celebrate Hobbit Day, an event for all ages, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Gallery.
In 1978, the American Tolkien Society proclaimed “Tolkien Week” in recognition of the author’s worldwide popularity, and Hobbit Day (officially celebrated on September 22) is a central part of this.
It is, according to “The Fellowship of the Ring”, the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, arguably the most important hobbits in the influential fantasy series, from “The Hobbit” to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Come anytime to participate in a variety of activities. Dress up as your favorite Tolkien character and do crafts, play games, and learn some hobbit trivia.
CHILDREN’S SERVICE will be back in full swing in October after a brief break from the busy summer reading schedule. From October 17 to November 18, the following programs will be offered:
• Histoires et Plus, Wednesdays at 10 am, for children aged 1 to 3 (accompanied by an adult); offers story times, songs, nursery rhymes, finger plays, group games and creative art projects.
• Stories and Stretching, Thursdays at 11 am, children 2-5 years old; a fun program with stories, songs, stretches and movement.
• Investigation stations, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. or Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., children aged 3 and over; participate in group activities including stories, music and games followed by art and assisted exploration of the stations.
• Reading Can be Ruff Book Club, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm or Wednesdays at 3:30 pm Sometimes reading can be ruff! Reading aloud with a “legged” friend can reduce stress and make practicing fun. Whether recommended by a teacher or just for extra practice, come read with one of our therapy dogs. Explore survey stations and eat ‘pupcorn’ while you wait.
FROM OUR COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT: The library has partnered with instructor Brittany Hutley to offer American Sign Language for Beginners classes, which will be held Tuesdays, September 20 through October 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Participants attend all six classes in the series and will learn basic techniques for communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Registration is free and open to ages 13 and up. Call 372-0200 to register.
On Monday, September 19, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., join
REACH ROSWELL PARK scientist Susan LaValley, Ph.D., for “Beyond the Headlines: What the Health News Really Means” 6-7 p.m. Sept. 19. We see so many health and medical reports, how do we know if something is true? Susan will provide advice on whether the story is based on science and fact, or just a flashy headline.
LIBRARY OFFERS lots of activities for teenagers too. Upcoming programs include Hide and Seek this Friday, 6-8:30 p.m. Participants should arrive by 6 p.m. as the library closes just as the program begins. Dress in dark clothes to blend in. Dinner will be served.
The Teen Advisory Board (OTAB) will meet at 4:30 p.m. on September 6. Teens of all ages are welcome to participate on OTAB. We will discuss the programs we want to run this fall. Teens can suggest programs, books to buy, or anything else they’d like to see happen at the library.
The OTAB Mario Kart Tournament will take place on September 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join OTAB as we fight to the death of Mario Kart! We will be playing on Nintendo Switch consoles. Bring your friends as we create a group to see who is the best Mario Kart driver ever.
In October, we’ll welcome Cris Johnson for spooky magic shows for all ages, and Eric Jones will return to offer his pumpkin carving class.
Be sure to check out our newsletter, social media or website for more updates on these and other fun programs coming this fall.