National Library Week
April 4 - April 10
"Welcome To Your Library"
The theme for National Library Week, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.
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We have a variety of events planned throughout National Library Week that are fun for everyone! Experience the many ways YOU can engage with YOUR library during this time.
We Are Open By Appointment
The Bradford Area Public Library remains open for browsing and computer use by appointment. We will continually evaluate our service level in response to the number of COVID cases within the county. Curbside service will still be available on-demand for those who wish to utilize it. Call 814-362-6527 to schedule an appointment or to request curbside service.
Additional Operating Hours!!
Beginning in April, the library is expanding its hours of operation:
  • Mon. & Wed.: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tues., Thurs., & Fri.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat.: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Special Children's Events:
Michael Morton's
Petting Zoo

Our animal friends from the Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm are returning to the Bradford Library on Friday, April 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The animals will be in the library's Community Room for the public to enjoy. However, appointments must be made in advance. The library will employ safety restrictions (i.e. facial masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer) and we reserve the right to limit the number of patrons in the building. Please call the library to secure your appointment: 814-362-6527
Story Walk
Join in the Story Walk fun! From March 29 through April 30, several downtown businesses in Bradford's Historic District, will display a page from Patrice Karst's book, The Invisible String. Families are encouraged to get a story walk packet from the Bradford Library and set off to the downtown area to read the book while enjoying a leisurely stroll with family! For more information and to register, email Miss Judy! Remember to submit completed to Story Walk packets to the library to be entered into a raffle to win some cool prizes!
Earth Day
Our Earth Day activity is still "under construction!" However, we hope the weather will cooperate and permit us to give flowers in biodegradable pots to area children. Stay tuned for more information!
April 22, 2021
Time & Location: TBA
Photo credit: Kinzua Bridge State Park website
Ten Things You Might Not Know About The Kinzua State Park

Thursday, April 8, 6:00 p.m.

Holly Dzemyan, Environmental Education Specialist, for the Kinzua State Park, will be sharing some lesser known facts of the park and its famous landmark, the Kinzua Bridge - Skywalk. You will not want to miss this virtual program as it will only be available this one time. Please register by clicking the link below:
At this point, the State Park is not sure if the program will be delivered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Information will be provided to the registrants.
Photo credit: Denise Borck at
Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month! Are you 'game' for some creative fun?! Create poetry solely by utilizing the words that appear on the spines of carefully selected books! Arrange and rearrange your books into a stack, until you have a unique work of poetry. When your poem is complete, snap a picture of your creation and email it to the library. Each submission will enter the poet into the library's Book Spine Poetry Contest. The library will choose winners from three age brackets: 0 - 10 Kids, 11-18 Tweens/Teens, and 19+ Adults.
Doll Making Club

Are you looking for a new hobby? Why not explore the craft of doll making! This program sheds light on a unique Hinsdale, NY club. Four area members will share their stories, inspirations, and several amazing hand-made dolls! Maybe you'll try your hand at this artform after viewing their creations.
This prerecorded program will air on the library's Facebook page.

Date & Time: TBA
Blind Date with a Book
The library is open and your 'date' is waiting . . .
Select a book from the 'Blind Date with a Book' display and you may win a $10 BACC gift certificate! Take your 'date' home, read the book, complete the 'rate your date' card and return it to the library by March 31 to be entered into the raffle to win the gift certificate! To increase your chances of winning, borrow more than one 'date!'

The magazines you know and love are now available to browse, select & read with Flipster, an on-line magazine service! Now our patrons have free access to many popular magazines from the comfort of their homes or while they are 'out and about!' Access Flipster with a computer, tablet, or phone. Flipster apps for phones and tablets are available for download also. 
Ready to get started? Just grab your library card. On the sign in page for Flipster, click the Patron ID login link and use your barcode number. To begin, click the icon below:


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Upgrade An Old Card
Upgrade an old library card and enjoy more benefits! Any library patron with an older card may upgrade their card for free. This step will allow greater ease of access to new library services, such as Flipster. Patrons may exchange their old card at the Circulation desk, or call 814-362-6527 and request a new card for curbside pickup.
OrJames Lab Presentation

Orin Anthony James

The Bradford Library is partnering with Orin James, a Pitt-Bradford professor for on more virtual program delivered via Zoom (see to the right). James brings his knowledge and experience to his OrJames Lab presentations, which he is offering, free to our library patrons.
Wednesday, April 7, 6:30 PM

The marionette has fascinated the world for millennia and continues to do so. Austria has whole heartedly embraced this art form and has contributed significantly to its further development. During this virtual event we'll look closely at Austria's history of puppetry, with emphasis on its role in the nobility, classical music, and culture. We will also explore the origins of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, one of the world's oldest marionette theaters still in full operation, both in Austria as well as a traveling company. Attendees will also see a few clips of several of their performances. This presentation is a must for puppet enthusiasts!
Fun in the Olden Days
Have these winter months left you feeling cooped up and in need of a trip? How about we take a stroll down Memory Lane?
If you were a child in the '50s and '60s and grew up in a small town like Bradford, you are sure to identify with the humorous stories told by local author, Bill Robertson. Enjoy a nostalgic look at a time when life was lived unapologetically, as only a child can do!
This prerecorded program will air on the library's Facebook page. After posting, it will be linked to the library's website also.

Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m.

Pop Up Book Sale

Add some new titles to your home library without breaking the bank! The library will be hosting a Pop-Up book sale from 10 AM through 1 PM, Tuesday, April 6 through Thursday, April 8. Don't let the event title fool you though!

The sale will include: books, puzzles, CDs, and audiobooks! Book Sale proceeds will support a variety of library services.
Yoga with Kathy

Local yoga instructor, Kathy Wright, will be teaching 12 yoga classes for the library in 2021! All classes are 30 minutes in length and can squeeze into any busy schedule. Best of all, they are free for our community and will be delivered virtually via Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. on a bi-weekly basis. Each class will be linked to the library's website, after its original airing date; so that individuals without Facebook can easily access this content.

No Registration Necessary
Building Blocks

Interested in receiving a little 'how-to' information on quilting? Judy Brown, the owner of the Little Fabric Garden, will be sharing information with us during ten (10) quilting mini-lessons.

Judy will discuss the construction of blocks in the creation of wonderful quilts. This program will be prerecorded and posted to the library's Facebook page on a biweekly basis. Episodes will be linked to the library's website once posted to the social media platform.

Biweekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Coffee with the Curator

This is a prerecorded series that is posted to our Facebook page on a biweekly basis on Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M.

Hear interesting stories from the Bradford Landmark Society and other institutions throughout our region!

Previous videos can be viewed on the library's website also.
More Adult Programming:

The Test Kitchen

Chef Rob is returning to the The Test Kitchen on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a Facebook Live event. He will be preparing Mexican Lasagna. Download the recipe from the library's website and prepare it alongside Chef Rob!

The Test Kitchen is a biweekly, prerecorded program. We find the recipes, prepare the food and then rate the dish! Bring your appetite! On Saturday, April 3 and April 17 at 10:00 a.m., we will share some favorite family recipes!

The recipes can be found on the library's website. Just click the button below.
Upcycle This!

Join us Thursday at 12:00 p.m. for this biweekly program.

We complete a variety of craft projects with materials easily found at home. "Upcycle This!" is a prerecorded video that is posted to the library's Facebook page, so you can enjoy it any time that is convenient for you!

Episodes can also be found on the library's website.
Digital Detox Box!
By now, several teens are feeling the strain after so many months spent in front of a computer monitor, tablet, or phone due to the many restrictions imposed on their daily lives by the COVID pandemic. The time for some much needed self-care is now! Digital Detox Boxes will be made available soon!
Date & Time: TBA
Teen Book Club

Middle Ground Book Club

Seasons of the Storm
Elle Cosimano

One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth.

The Teen Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm via Zoom. For more information email:

Red Stars
Davide Morosinotto

Twins Viktor and Nadya are twelve years old when Hitler's Germany declares war on the Soviet Union. With little notice, the city's children are evacuated on trains that are meant to take them to safety.

Shockingly, the twins are separated, and disaster befalls them both. As the terrible conflict rages, each embarks on a desperate race across snow and ice, in an effort to be reunited.

Middle Ground Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 pm via Zoom. For more information email:

Evening Storytime
Get your PJs and a favorite stuffed animal! It's time to snuggle into a blanket for our virtual Evening Storytime. This is a prerecorded event that posts to the library's Facebook page on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Would you like to read a story for Evening Storytime? Just email Miss Judy to schedule your recording.

Story Seekers

Check in every Monday and Friday at 11:00 AM to hear a new story and spend some time with Miss Debbie and Miss Judy. Each story time requires a new code, so make sure your child is registered by simply emailing: youth@bradfordlibrary.org
Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun, every 3rd Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for Juice Box Heroes! The music will stream Live from the library's Facebook page!