Coloring Happy Hour!

Coloring for Adults at the Library

Are you looking for a chance to relax, socialize, exercise your fine motor skills, listen to music, get rid of stress, and help your brain focus? Well, the Olney Public Library is working to offer all of this to adults of the area and it is FREE! The staff is planning some adult coloring sessions to be held at the library in March. All materials will be furnished and no prior skills are required to participate in this program.

Keep an eye on our webpage and Facebook for further details, which will include dates and times.


The Olney Public Library will be having a “Buck a Bag” sale to make room for the great titles which will be coming in for the Friends of the Library annual book sale. From February 1st to the 29th, patrons can come in to the library and fill a bag with items from the used, weeded, and like-new book carts for only $1.00! This includes paperbacks, hardbacks, CDs, and VHS tapes! The Friends of the Library book sale will be held on April 22nd and 23rd.

Late Opening

The Olney Public Library will not be open until 1:00pm on Thursday, January 7th. This is so that faculty and staff of the library may attend a funeral. The library apologizes for any inconvenience, and thanks the public for their understanding.

Carrie Winter Grant

The Olney Public Library is happy to announce that they have been awarded $4,000 from the Carrie Winter Trust. The fund will be used to provide educational programs and update the non-fiction collection for the youth of Richland County.

Holiday Closings

The Olney Public Library will be closed for Christmas Eve on Thursday, December 24th and Christmas Day on Friday, December 25th. We will be open Saturday, December 26th. The library will also be closed for New Year’s Eve on Thursday, December 31st and New Year’s Day on Friday, January 1st. We will be open Saturday, January 2nd.

As winter settles in and the snow starts to fall, the library will also be closed in instances of heavy snow or dangerous ice. These inclement weather closings will be posted on the webpage and announced on the radio. The Library Board of Trustees and Staff wishes all of our patrons and visitors a safe, blessed holiday season and prosperous new year!

Sadie Says Thank You!

Thank you to all of our patrons who brought in recyclable bottles, caps, and lids. With your help, Queen Sadie may have met her goal! Keep an eye on your local newspaper or our library news page as she takes her final loads of recyclable items to be sorted and weighed.

November Reading Challenge

Fall into a good book this November with the November Reading Challenge at the Olney Public Library. Come in to pick up a Reading Challenge BINGO Card, and fill out a winning column, row, or four-corners to enter to win in our November drawing. Keep the same card and fill it into a blackout card to enter the special blackout drawing. BINGO cards can also be picked up with November’s Super One-Year Edition Newsletter or individually at the desk. Good luck and happy reading!

Before the Big Yellow Bus


“Before the Big Yellow Bus” is now available for purchase at the Olney Public Library. Single copies are $30 each. If you purchase two together, the total will be $55, for a $5 savings! Ron Scherer and Yvonne Scherer-Meckfessel will also be in at the library on October 17th at 2:00pm for a book signing and a presentation on the one-room schoolhouses of Richland County.