April 2019
National Library Week
Libraries strengthen their communities. This is the theme for National Library Week 2019, which runs from April 7 – 13.This week, the Bradford Area Public Library joins libraries all across Pennsylvania and the nation in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.   We are more than just about checking out books and movies. The library offers access to computers, free Wi-Fi, eBooks and a wide array of programming for children and adults. 

Bradford Area Public Library will be hosting several events and contests during National Library Week. We are also bringing back the popular shredded book game in which patrons try to guess the titles of books based on their shredded pages. Contest winners will receive a gift certificate from the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce. There will be informational tables set up throughout the library to find out more about the library staff and services. It will also be an opportunity to obtain a library card. Anyone who signs up for a new card during National Library Week will be entered into a drawing for a Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate.
Fine Amnesty Week
Sunday, April 7 to Saturday, April 13

This week only, return overdue library materials in good condition, and we will waive fines for those items - no questions asked, no lectures!
If you have other overdue fines, but the items have already been returned, or are permanently lost – we’re also offering Food for Fines. Bring in non-perishable items of food, and each item will take $1.00 off your fines. Patrons without fines may also donate food to help a child patron pay down his/her fine. All items will be donated to local food banks. Call the library to check your account and fine status.
Spring Book Sale
Friday, April 26, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Looking for a great book to read this summer? What about a puzzle or movie for a rainy day?

Stop by the Bradford Area Public Library Book Sale to find a bargain and support your library too. Hundreds of gently used books: fiction, non-fiction, biographies, histories, westerns, novels, young adult, and children's books.
All proceeds support the library throughout the year. 
Story Seekers
Every Monday and Friday
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Calling all Story Seekers!  The Bradford Area Public Library invites families with children ages birth to 5 to participate in our Story Seekers program every Monday and Friday at 11:00 am. We offer a variety of literacy activities that include reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing! A new story is offered each week with play experiences that encourage active learning and inspire the imagination. Children have opportunities to create their own stories using art materials, building blocks, dramatic play, and music and movement.

During the month of April, the Story Seekers will share a book and plan an activity covering the themes of Easter, Earth Day, National Library Week and fish. Fishing season is almost here. The Story seekers will listen to McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss and do a fish craft. Miss Judy will read Fancy Nancy Every Day Is Earth Day and crafts related to Earth Day. For National Library Week, a guest story reader from United Way will read A Library Book for Bear and do a special library craft. 

Art Club
Every Wednesday
4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Art Club is for children in the 1st through 6th grade. Members study the works of famous artists and different forms of art and create works of art that illustrate the work. 

The Art Club is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. With the funding from this grant, the Art Club is able to offer art classes facilitated by local artists. Julie Mader, local artist with the PA Wilds will lead the Art Club in April. On April 3, they will continue to work on their paintings of PA state blossoms. She will also talk about the works of Emily Carr and Henri Matisse. Emily Carr was one of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style. On April 10 and 17th, Art Club members will create a watercolor landscape of the PA Wilds inspired by the work of Emily Carr. Henri Matisse, a French painter, was known for his revolutionary use of brilliant color and exaggerated form to express emotion. Bold papercut art and simplified shapes by Matisse will be the inspiration for a Japanese notan design in the first of two sessions exploring his work. Notan design is a term that refers to the Japanese idea of balanced light and dark areas in a composition. The program is free and open to the public.  
Best Baby Playgroup
Wednesday, April 10
6:00 pm

CARE for Children's Best Baby Playgroup is a free program geared for children from birth to 2 years and their parents. Join us at CARE for Children Center for a short activity, a chance for children to play, and an opportunity to network. You'll see why they call CARE for Children the "Best Baby Playgroup!"

Older children are invited to join the evening storytime which runs at the same time.
Adult Puzzles: Wire Disentanglement Puzzles
Wednesday, April 3
1:00 pm

Elaine Summerday, our senior outreach coordinator, will facilitate an adult puzzles program. Elaine will share wire disentanglement puzzles. Come in and challenge yourself. The program is free and open to the public.
Evening Storytime
Every Wednesday
6:00 to 7:00 pm

Don't forget to check out our evening storytime! You are invited to join us for a light story and craft to spark your imagination before bed. On April 3rd, Mary will share Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman. She will also read Tidy by Emily Gravett on April 10th and Outfoxed by Claudia Boldt on April 24th. Debbie will lead an evening storytime on April 17th. She will read Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter by Wendi J Silvano and do an Easter craft. 

Middle Ground Book Club
Thursday, April 4
5:00 to 6:00 pm

Middle Ground Book Club, for grades 5-8, will meet to discuss The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm.


Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Stop the Traffic through Knowledge
Saturday, April 6
1:00 PM

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and as part of this month, Meghan Inghram, a trained volunteer of Shared Hope International, and Tonia Hartzell, family advocate with the Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County, will lead this program. McKean County is at a high-risk for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking – not only because of the physical/sexual abuse, but also because of our struggles as a county with opiate addiction. Where there are drugs, there is a potential for sex trafficking. As part of their presentation, they display article after article from our local newspapers that highlight allegations and convictions of child sexual abuse and child pornography within our local communities.

We will view the documentary Chosen, the shocking true story of two All-American teenage girls tricked into trafficking. The 20-minute video is designed to equip preteens and teens to protect themselves and others from being trapped in the horrific and violent sex industry. There will be time for discussion after the video. This program is free and open to the community. Due to the subject matter, this program is for mature audiences only.
No Rules Book Club
Saturday, April 13
10:30 am

Colette Roessler will lead a discussion of   The Library Book by Susan Orlean for the final day of National Library week. Susan Orlean, award-winning  New Yorker  reporter and  New York Times  bestselling author, weaves her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire. She delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. The book club will celebrate the work of librarians immediately following the discussion.

“A constant pleasure to read…Everybody who loves books should check out  The Library Book .” — The   Washington Post
Team Trivia
Saturday, April 13
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Question 1: Who averaged one patent for every three weeks of his life?

Question 2: What is illegal to sell in Newark, NJ after 6:00 pm?

The library is starting a new monthly program. We are looking for teams of three to four adults. Each team must preregister and pre-pay a fee of $5.00 per session. The sessions will run from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on April 13 and May 4. Participants can bring food or drinks to the program. Gather your smartest friends and register your team at the circulation desk.

Teen Book Club
Tuesday, April 16
5:00 to 6:00 pm

The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss Dry by Neal Shusterman.
Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan
Wednesday, April 17
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Preschool and kindergarten age children will play percussion instruments and sing along with Jim Ronan. They will learn about rhythm and sound. They will sing many childhood favorite songs and do the Hokey Pokey. That’s what it’s all about.
Morton’s Easter Animals
Friday, April 19
11:00 to 12:00 pm

Mike Morton returns with his Easter animals on Good Friday.

Visit from the Easter Bunny
Sunday, April 20
11:00 to 12:00 pm

The Easter Bunny will be hopping down to the library. Jeffers will present their magic show and bring baby chicks. Take a picture with the Easter Bunny. 

Creative Share
Monday, April 29
3:30 to 4:30 pm

The Creative Share program is an opportunity for people to share their poems, songs or creative writing with others. The library has expanded its former Poetry Slam to include other forms of writing as well. 
Chess Club
Tuesday, April 30
4:00 to 5:00 pm
Do you play chess? We have a club that is just for you. Bob Ferguson of the American Chess School will facilitate the club. Our membership is growing and includes members of the award winning state champions from Bradford.

Knit Knuts
Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, and 25
1:00 to 3:00 pm

If you are working on knitting projects or just want to learn to knit, join our group of knitters.
Trivia Answers:

Answer 1: Thomas Edison  

Answer 2: In Newark, NJ, it is illegal to sell ice cream after 6pm, unless the customer has a note from his doctor. Please have your prescriptions ready before you purchase any evening desserts.

Answer 3: 64
T he  Bradford Area Public Library would not be able to run without the help of volunteers, and we are currently recruiting more! If you have any interest in helping out with day to day library operations, please stop by the library to fill out a volunteer application. Teen volunteers must be older than 13 years of age.
Don't forget to check out the year-round used book sale we have in the lobby of the library! Books are organized alphabetically and by subject matter. Hardbacks $1, paperbacks 50 cents, magazines 10 cents, and CDs and VHS tapes 3 for $1.

We are currently taking donations of current novels by popular fiction authors for the used book sale. Please, nothing moldy, musty, or damaged. You can drop any donations off at the front desk.
You can take a look at the memorials and tributes for 2018 and 2019 here: http://www.bradfordlibrary.org/tributes
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