December 2019
Holiday Hours:

Tuesday, December 24- 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Christmas, Wednesday, December 25- Closed

Tuesday, December 31- 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
New Years, Wednesday, January 1- Closed

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 five 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 December, the Story Seekers will share a book and do an activity based on the book. On December 6 th , we will share The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise that illustrates how a little bit of heart goes a long way to making the world a better place. On the following Monday, we will listen to “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas, the classic story of an enormous sneeze in the making, told in sprightly nonsense verse. For the remaining programs in December, our Story Seekers will celebrate the holidays with books and crafts. Story Seekers will not meet on Friday, December 27.
Holiday Munchies
with Laurie Maletto
Monday, December 2
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Laurie Maletto, of Penn State Extension, will share her holiday spirit with our Story Seekers. They will listen to the story of Christmas and decorate cookies.
Adult Puzzles
Wednesday, December 4
1:00 to 2:00 pm

Elaine Summerday, our senior outreach coordinator, will facilitate an adult puzzles program. This program will be held on the first Wednesday each month. This month we will offer a special holiday program, which includes a holiday story, legends, riddles, puzzles, and songs. Spacing for this program is limited to 20 people. Register at the Circulation Desk or call 814-362-6527.
Evening Storytime
Wednesday, December 4, 11,
and 18
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 December 4th, we will read Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht , a story of holiday tradition of finding and decorating the Christmas tree. We will follow up this story with a craft. Miss Debbie will share a book about a snowman and do an activity related to the book. On December 18th, Miss Mary will read Russell’s Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton. Santa’s sleigh broke down leaving Santa stranded in the woods. Santa is worried that Christmas will be cancelled but Russell the Sheep comes to the rescue! A perfect book to get us ready to go to bed. Don’t miss out on the fun.
Middle Ground Book Club
Thursday, December 5
5:00 to 6:00 pm

Middle Ground Book Club, for grades 5-8, will meet to discuss Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and play the popular Battle of the Books.

Art Club
Thursday, December 5, 12, and 19
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 a PA Partners in the Art Project Stream Grant awarded by the Elk County Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. With the funding from this grant, the Art Club is able to offer art classes facilitated by local artists. The program is free and open to the public.

Laura Hickey, local artist, will lead the December 5 and 12 sessions. Participants must attend both sessions. Art club members will explore the work of Wayne Thiebaud. Throughout his career, Thiebaud utilized everyday objects and food as subject matter for his painting. In the spirit of the season, we will use similar techniques to create still life painting on panel of a holiday favorite: gingerbread! A baker from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will bake the gingerbread cookies for the still life. On December 12, we will enjoy gingerbread cookies made for the session.

Miss Judy will lead the final session on December 19. This month we will make Christmas cards. Participants must pre-register for this club and space is limited to 15 students. Register at the Circulation Desk or call 362-6527. Art Club will resume on January 9th, after the holidays.
Best Baby Playgroup
Wednesday, December 11
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 the library 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.
Teen Book Club
Tuesday, December 17
5:00 to 6:00 pm

The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.
Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan
Wednesday, December 18
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Jim Ronan will bring his holiday music. Preschool aged children and their families can sing and dance to Christmas songs. 
Story Seekers Christmas Party
Friday, December 20
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Children and their families are invited to our Story Seekers Christmas Party. We will read a holiday book, do crafts, and play games. There will be an area for holiday pictures and light refreshments.
Santa and His Reindeer
Monday, December 23
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Michael Morton will bring Santa and his reindeer to spread some Christmas cheer. It will be an opportunity to visit and take pictures with Santa and his reindeer before they have to return to the North Pole. Children can make holiday arts and crafts. This free program is open to children of all ages. 
Creative Share
Monday, December 30
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 is expanding its former Poetry Slam to include other forms of writing as well.

First Night New Year’s Eve Party
Tuesday, December 31
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

You are invited to our First Night New Year’s Eve Party. This promises to be a wonderful holiday experience for the entire family. There will be refreshments, games, and photo areas. We will have the traditional balloon drop at noon. What a great way to start a new year.
Knit Knuts
Thursday, December 5,12,19, and 26
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.
The 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:
67 West Washington Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: (814) 362-6527
Fax: (814) 362-4168
Monday, Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed