About Us


The Olive Free Library Association is located on Route 28A, in West Shokan about 1/4 mile from the Post Office. Parking is available.
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Contact Us:

Olive Free Library Association
4033 Route 28-A
(PO Box 59 Mailing Address)
West Shokan, New York 12494
Phone 845.657.2482
Fax 845.657.2664

 Long Range Plan

Long Range Plan 2018-2023

 Library Annual Report to the Community

May 2016 to May 2017

 Library Budget



2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from January 18, 2017

Minutes from February 15, 2017

Minutes from March 22, 2017

Minutes from April 19, 2017

Minutes from May 17, 2017

Minutes from June 21, 2017

Minutes from August 9, 2017

Minutes from September 27, 2017

Minutes from October 18, 2017

Minutes from November 15, 2017

Minutes from December 13, 2017

About the Library:

The library was founded in 1952. The library has the special features of a local history museum, a large community room, and a continuous book sale.

The mission of the Olive Free Library is to provide our community and its surrounding neighbors with materials and services that meet educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs. It also provides a site for community activities that meet the same needs.

The general goals of the library are:

  1. maintain a core collection of materials that are:
    1. useful and current whether for general educational, basic skill development or recreational needs
    2. culturally important to the community, e.g. local history and culture, classic core literature, etc
  2. maintain services that widen the resources available in the larger worlds of materials available regionally and state-wide
  3. investigate new developments in providing services and adopt them if appropriate
  4. maintain, and advance, the role of the library and its building and lands as a center for our community so long as these community activities relate to the same needs as the library’s collections and services and are appropriate to our legal condition and physical environment.


Director Chrissy Lawlor

Board of Trustees:

Rebecca Balzac-President

David Edinger-Vice President

Holly Downie-Treasurer

Kimberly Daley-Secretary

Victoria Read

Thomas Hammang

Donna Elberg

Nathalie Andrews

Felice Castellano

Klaus Buchelle


Board of Trustees meetings:
The Olive Free Library Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of
the month at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. Meetings are open to
the public.

Meeting Schedule June 2017-May 2018
June 21
August 19
September 27
October 18
November 15
December 13, 2017
January 17, 2018
February 21
March 21
April 18
May 16–Annual Meeting


Olive Free Library is closed on the following days:

Mon. Jan. 1, (New Year’s Day)
Mon. Jan. 15 (MLK Day)
Mon. May 28, (Memorial Day)
Wed. July 4 (Independence Day)
Mon. Sept. 3 (Labor Day)
Mon. Oct. 8 (Columbus Day)
Thurs. Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day)
Fri. Nov. 23 (Day after Thanksgiving)
Mon. Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
Tues. Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
Mon. Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve)


Local Links:

Town of Olive

Onteora Central School District

Voter Registration