Saying Good-Bye
I am sad to announce that after six years as Executive Director of the Bradford Area Public Library, I will be stepping down this October in order to move back to the Pittsburgh area. I have enjoyed my time contributing to the Bradford community, and I feel that the library has made such a positive difference in the lives of our patrons. 

I want to say thank you to every single Bradford community member who walked through the library doors, donated money, attended a program, or volunteered their time. You are the reason that the library is such a valued institution in the community today! I would especially like to thank the members of the Board of Trustees and the library staff, who have allowed me to grow and learn so much as an Executive Director in the past six years.

Whoever the Board chooses, I am confident that my successor will continue to work with the great team already in place to expand programs, grow the library in a meaningful way, and serve the Bradford community well into the future.
An Evening With Authors
Looking for an activity to stimulate and engage the mind? Join us, virtually, for ‘An Evening with Authors,’ on October 1 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Authors, Nancy McCabe, and Rob Simbeck will be discussing their recently released books, 'Can This Marriage Be Saved' and 'The Southern Wildlife Watcher' respectively. Eavesdrop on their conversation, learn about the writing process, and hear interesting anecdotes! Both authors have ties to the local area. Register for the virtual program, by calling the library 814-362-6527 or click the register button below.
Participants will receive a Zoom link/password for the October 1 event.

Tales From The Shadows

Are you in the mood for a spine-tingling story? Local author, William P. Robertson will read a haunting tale that may include a specter or two!

Discover the inspiration for his spooky stories and receive some pointers for writing in the horror genre. Tales From the Shadows will be prerecorded and posted to our Facebook page and website. 

Don't watch it alone! 

This program is not intended for our young patrons.
In conjunction with Tales From the Shadows, the library is sponsoring ROCK-tober; a rock painting contest open to all ages. Participants are asked to paint Halloween-themed rocks and place their names on the back. The rocks will be displayed in the library throughout the month of October. Author, William Robertson will choose the winners. The selected adult contestant will be awarded an autographed copy of William's book, whereas the selected youth winner will receive an age appropriate Halloween-themed book!
Libraries Rock!
After overcoming some scheduling obstacles, Libraries Rock will be going Live for another virtual concert with local music minister, John Kearns. He will bring a variety of musical styles to our viewers as he is a classically trained musician, skilled on the piano, keyboards and guitar. John is the music minister for Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and is currently engaged in seminary studies. John anticipates playing a mix of Christian, Classical and New Age Classical music. Viewers may even be treated to a song he wrote!
We will stream his live performance on our Facebook page, Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.
T.R. McKotch is still slated to perform. T.R. is a Jamestown, NY based drummer, percussionist and educator. He has worked with members of both The 10,000 Maniacs and Rusted Root bands. T.R. currently co-owns and operates several music schools in WNY and WPA and teaches drums and percussion at Jamestown Community College.  T.R. will unite with former drum ensemble members and expects to play several West African, Haitian and Afro-Caribbean arrangements!

October is International Drum Month
Date and Time: TBA
The Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen is a biweekly, prerecorded program. We find the recipes, prepare the food and then rate the dish! Bring your appetite!
We have more great recipes from Chef Rob! He joined us on September 16 for a Facebook Live event. This past event can be found on the library's Facebook page and website.
Chef Rob's next virtual appearance will be October 10th on our Facebook page. We'll learn how to make a pork tenderloin stuffed with sundried tomato, mozzarella and spinach.
Building Blocks

Interested in receiving a little 'how-to' information on quilting?
Judy Brown, 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. It will also be linked to the library's website.

Watch our social media posts for more information concerning this program.

Date: TBA
Coffee with a Curator
This is a prerecorded series that is posted to our Facebook page on a biweekly basis on Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M. See interesting artifacts from the Bradford Landmark Society's collection and hear their story! Previous videos can be viewed on the library's website also.
Let's Mix It Up

Here is the perfect pairing for a Friday happy hour! In our new biweekly program, Let’s Mix It Up, we will explore the art of mixology, cocktails and anecdotes from various authors, playwrights and some of their notable characters.

This program is prerecorded and posted to our Facebook page and website.

Your Turn

Do you have a suggestion for a future program?
Maybe you are willing to guest star in one of our many programs:
  • The Test Kitchen
  • Let's Mix it Up
  • Upcycle This!
  • Libraries Rock!
  • Etc.
We would love to hear from you! Please, drop us a line:

We have published two editions of our Zine. Thank you to everyone who contributed! We hope to publish a new edition once we have accumulated enough material. We ask area residents to continue emailing their creative works.
Submissions can include, but are not limited to art, writing, photography, woodworking, gardening, recipes, etc. Please ensure that your submission is appropriate for public viewing and send your work to marketing@bradfordlibrary.org. Please send your submission using this format: "Firstname_Lastname

Teen Book Club

Middle Ground Book Club
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?

There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River.

The Teen Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month. For more information email:
Millionaires for the Month

How would you spend five million dollars in 30 days? A billionaire's wallet, a bizarre challenge, and an unlikely friendship send two kids on a wild adventure.

Middle Ground Book Club meet on the first Thursday of every month. For more information email:

Kulinary Kids
Kulinary Kids is returning for a 5-week series this fall! Zoom classes, lead by Laurie Maletto of the Penn State Extension, will run every Wednesday from October 21 to November 18.
Kulinary Kids is open to all children in grades 1 - 6. Interested families can register their children at the library or use the link below.

Virtual Story Time

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! This is a virtual event held via Zoom. To obtain the Zoom link/password, email: youth@bradfordlibrary.org
Let's Write A Story
The Sun-Dance-Kids Farm, owned by Michael Morton, is uniting with the library to bring, "Let's Write A Story." Interested youth can contribute to the creation of a new story! The library will post different pictures of Mr. Morton's adorable animals on the library's Facebook page throughout the week, beginning on September 28. Youth are asked to write a few sentences inspired by each picture in the comments section of each post. Library Director, Ms. Love, will select from the submitted sentences, to weave a brand new unique story.
Creative Share
This program can meet virtually the final Monday of every month at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. If interested, email: marketing@bradfordlibrary.org and a special link/password will be shared with you. We'd love to hear what you've been doing!
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. This month we are focusing on Fall and Halloween decorations. "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.