The Bradford Area Public Library will be open for browsing by appointment only starting February 1st. We feel that it is safe at this time to do so; however, we will be continually evaluating 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. If deemed necessary, the library will revert back to curbside only with computer use by appointment. We want to thank the Bradford Community for the patience and understanding that has been extended to us during the pandemic. Your support means the world to us!
Thank you,
Hannah Dewey
Executive Director

Library by Appointment
Appointments for browsing are 30 minutes in length. Computer appointments remain one hour.
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.:
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Special Children's Event:
Hogs & Dogs

Michael Morton, from the Sun-Dance-Kids-Farms, will visit the library on Tuesday, February 2 for a fantastic virtual program! Hogs & Dogs will stream Live from the library's Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. Do you have questions about groundhogs and prairie dogs? Join us virtually, and get your questions answered! Be prepared to learn something new!
Coming in March . . .
We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day on March 2nd with a special Green Eggs & Ham program that will feature Michael Morton's amazing chickens! This will also be a virtual program. Watch our Facebook page and website for updates!

Winter Reading Challenge

The Challenge is open to readers of ALL AGES!! The library has created ten (10) book challenges for our readers. Read a minimum of any six (6) of your choice, and adults will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 Amazon gift card. The Winter Reading Challenge runs through March 21. Track your reading on our Beanstack site at bradfordlibrary.beanstack.org.
Our young readers will have opportunities to win great individual prizes also!! Follow our library on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.
Happy reading Bradford!
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 still easily access this content.

No Registration Necessary
Libraries Rock!
Coyote Moon Band
The Coyote Moon Band will be guest starring for the next Libraries Rock! virtual music concert. Join Denise Drummond, George Stephan, and Rick Canalungo for an evening of upbeat music from your home! Libraries Rock! will stream Live on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. from the library's Facebook page. Once aired, the performance will be linked to the library's website at:

The Not So Golden Life of a Gilded Age Wife

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 pm. via Zoom
Ehris and Velya Urban of The Grounded Goodwife, are returning for another entertaining and educational presentation!

Although Gilded Age women in the upper and lower classes had many differences, they had one similarity: women were viewed as second best to men and were expected to be content with this role in society. Men, unfortunately were clueless and believed a woman’s body controlled her mind. Men spent an absurd amount of time worrying about: “flooding women,” and “wandering wombs.” Some of the most interesting and important things in history are often omitted because they’re taboo. The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife is history "unsanitized."
Black History Month
OrJames Lab Presentations
Orin Anthony James
The Bradford Library is partnering with Orin James, a Pitt-Bradford professor, who came to our community from Binghamton University – State University of New York, where he taught vertebrate zoology and human anatomy and physiology as well as hybrid courses that included discussions of social philosophy, determinism, colonialism, race, sex, and gender.  He brings this knowledge and experience to his OrJames Lab presentations, which he is offering, free to our library patrons [see below].
"I have taught all age groups for over 10 years and currently teach a range of courses at the university level.  I enjoy sharing information with the community and continue to build strong educational opportunities for members of my local community."
~ O. James

The Art of Music as a Means of Communication

Join the OrJames Lab in an exploration of the interconnectedness between the popular Black musical genres of the Caribbean and the United States of America on February 10, at 6:30 p.m. This event will be hosted in a radio show format, wherein participants will discuss, listen to, and explore calypso, mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, and their shared relations to jazz, blues, R & B, and hip hop.
This program will be presented by Pitt-Bradford professor, Orin James.
The Art of Cartooning: A Look at Jackie Ormes

With great humor, Ormes would use this art form to convey the experiences of southern Blacks moving northward during the Great Migration in America. Join the OrJames Lab in exploring Orme's life, and works on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Special attention will be given to the general impact of humor on the psyche and how Ormes was able to incorporate this with political, social, and environmental themes, which still persist today, into her work to make Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem as successful as it was. Orin James, Pitt-Bradford professor, will be presenting this program.

Fun in the Olden Days
Have these winter months left you feeling cooped up and in need of exercise? 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.

Date and Time: TBA
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.

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.
More Adult Programming:

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! On Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m., we will share a Beef Stew crockpot recipe. Perfect for busy families!

We also have more great recipes from Chef Rob! His next virtual appearance will be live on, February 20 at 3:00 pm on our Facebook page. We'll be part of another Winter Food Festival, and we will make a full dinner, complete with a scrumptious dessert!!

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.
Let's Mix
It Up

Here is the perfect pairing for a Friday happy hour! In our 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:

Need A Gift Idea?
Are you celebrating a special birthday or anniversary? We have an idea for you!

Consider making a donation to the library in the name of your loved one! Donations can be in the form of a Memorial or In Honor Of contribution. Please call the library with any questions you may have. 814-362-6527
Teen Book Club

Middle Ground Book Club
The library is continuing the Teen Reading Lounge Grant this year and will kick it off this February, during Black History Month. The Teen Book Club will be reading, Black Kids, by Christina Hammonds Reed and will be joined by UPB professor Stephanie Eckstrom as well as some Pitt students to discuss race relations.
Black Kids
Christina Hammonds Reed

A coming-of-age novel that explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.

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

Trace Carter doesn’t know how to feel at ease in his new life in New York. Haunted by flashbacks of the accident that killed his parents, the best he can do is try to distract himself from memories of the past.
But the past isn’t done with him. When Trace takes a wrong turn in the New York Public Library, he finds someone else lost in the stacks with him: a crying little boy, wearing old, tattered clothes.

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

Kulinary Kids: Family Edition

Laurie Maletto, a nutritionist with the Penn State Cooperative Extension, is returning to inspire our young chefs in kindergarten through 3rd grade during this virtual program. The 5-week program, delivered via Zoom, will run every Wednesday at 4:30 pm.
Registered participants will receive grab-n-go bags and the Zoom link that will enable them to create fun recipes alongside Ms. Maletto!
The program is made possible by the Penn State Cooperative Extension's Nutrition Links program. This Extension program offers free nutrition education to participants to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a healthful diet on a limited budget.
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!