A Word From Our Director
I am writing this on the first day of school for Bradford students. Routines are changing for many of us this time of year. It feels appropriate to announce some exciting news. 
Our hours of operation are changing to better accommodate your needs! Starting AFTER Labor Day the library will be open from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday, we’ll be open from 10 am until 5pm. We’re extending our Saturday hours, and keeping the library open during the times YOU use it the most. Also, watch this space for future announcements about our Annual Ask campaign. And let me know what you think of the changes. You know how to find me. ~ Beckie
Craft Vendor Fair
Be a part of an exciting new venture for the library! Local craft vendors are invited to complete the Vendor Agreement form to secure a spot for the October 22 event! Fair details can easily be found in the agreement form. Area food trucks are welcome to participate also. For additional information or to ask questions; all interested parties may use the link below.
Expanded Hours
The library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday September 5 in observance of the national holiday. We will reopen on September 6 with expanded hours! Monday through Thursday we will operate 10 AM - 6 PM. Friday and Saturday hours will be 10 AM - 5 PM.
Attend any Adult program during September to receive an entry ticket in our Barnes & Noble giveaway! Our random winner will be drawn on Saturday, September 30. The more programs attended, the greater the chance of winning the Barnes & Noble gift card!
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when we remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. One of the best places to find your voice is at the library. Come explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.
It's the most powerful tool in your wallet - show it off! Share a photo of yourself with your library card for the chance to win $100 during this American Library Association sweepstakes!

Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded (and remember to hide your personal information!). Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Don't forget to tag our library! The creator of one randomly-selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and a poster of choice from the ALA Store. Three second-place winners will receive a poster of choice from the ALA Store.

The #GetLibraryCarded promotion begins Thursday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Friday, September 23, at noon CT. All librarians and library lovers are encouraged to participate.
Author Visit
Local author, Ann Hajdu Hultberg, will discuss her recently published book, Something To Hold On To, on Wednesday, September 14, at 6 PM. The book is a compilation of stories depicting "the things we hold on to, whether it is an actual object like rosary beads or a prayer card, or intangible things such as love, our realizations, or a sense of humor. It's what we hold on to through both good and bad times" states Ann. She recounts stories about her parents and friends, siblings and grandmothers, marriage and motherhood, animals and teaching, and death and regret. Her heartfelt words will leave readers laughing and crying at these poignant moments that we experience in life.

Readers who have experienced immigration or know of someone who has will relate to Ann's stories about her father's escape from Hungary during the 1956 Uprising (Soviet invasion of his country).

Individuals will have an opportunity to buy a book following Ann's discussion, however; a copy can also be purchased locally at the Main Street Mercantile in Bradford, PA in advance of this program.
Rediscovering Thaddeus Stevens
Our community is invited to view a special documentary depicting the spirit and contributions of a passionate and successful leader in our nation's history. Thaddeus Stevens, an ardent abolitionist, was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania in the 1860's. Learn why he was such a controversial figure during his lifetime.
Monday, September 12 at 6 PM
Side Hustle: Lisa Conklin Studio
In this fourth installment of Side Hustle, we are visiting Conklin Studio Pottery in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania! Lisa Conklin will discuss her path to entrepreneurship, as well as the many people who inspired and encouraged her to follow her dream.

This virtual, prerecorded program will premiere on the library's Facebook page and will also be linked to our YouTube Channel.
Trivia Night

Let's test our knowledge during the next Trivia Night on Tuesday, September 27 at 6 PM! Enjoy the challenge with your team (4 ppl. max.) or play individually. Either way, it is sure to be a blast!

Who will emerge victorious?

Registration is necessary. Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:

Building Blocks

Judy Brown, owner of the Little Fabric Garden will return with another great project, a table runner! Thread those sewing machines and get ready to make the project your own! Building Blocks is a prerecorded program that will premier to the library's Facebook page and YouTube channel when the project becomes available. Many of our past works can be found on the library's YouTube channel. Date: TBA
The Open Book

The next club meeting will be Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 AM. Anyone is welcome to attend!

Club members have elected to explore the following titles during the upcoming months:

  • SEPTEMBER: The Girl Who Smiles Beads by Clementine Wameriya
  • OCTOBER: Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Upcycle This!

Join us virtually on Thursday, September 8 & 22 at 7:00 PM as we repurpose thrifted items during this fun, crafting program.

"Upcycle This!" is a prerecorded video that premiers on 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 YouTube channel.
Join us for a fun, in-person crafting program on 
Wednesday, September 21 at 6 PM when attendees will create a nautical-inspired, mini planter (Sorry, the plant is not included).

Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! 
BYO-Book Club:
Special Edition
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre.

As part of the Campus & Community Read Project, join our library's Executive Director, Rebecca Feightner, as she leads a book discussion for The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wameriya. All are welcome to attend in-person or interact with our Live Stream via Facebook.
Wednesday, September 28 at 6 PM
Teen Book Club

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 5 PM

Four, Three, Two, One
Courtney Stevens

Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.

The Teen Book Club will meet in-person on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm. All local students in grades 9 - 12 are welcome to attend.

Middle Ground Book Club

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 5 PM.

R.J. Palacio

Twelve-year-old Silas is awoken in the dead of night by three menacing horsemen who take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared, and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool . . . who happens to be a ghost. When a pony shows up at his door, Silas makes the courageous decision to leave his home and embark on a perilous journey to find his father.

Middle Ground Book Club will meet in-person on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM. All local students in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to attend.
4-H STEAM Workshops

Attention students in grades 4 - 6! Are you interested in joining 4-H, but you're not sure what it is all about? Here is your chance to EXPLORE all 4-H has to offer for FREE. Attendees will explore a different 4-H project area each night, and the program will end just in time for members to enroll for the new 4-H year. Sessions run every Thursday, beginning Sept. 22 through Oct. 27 from 4 - 5 PM.
Registration is necessary.
Marty's Bubble Gum Machine
Join us for some high energy fun! Marty will bring his crazy antics, great music, fun dance moves, and BUBBLES to the Bradford Library!!
Children and adults are guaranteed a great time!
Saturday, September 17 at 11 AM
Story Seekers

Story Seekers is a fun-filled program for 0-5 year old children and their parents or caregivers. Hear great stories, sing a few songs, and complete a craft or two! Story Seekers meets every Monday and Friday at 11 AM.
Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 11 AM! Juice Box Heroes is an in-person event that is held in the Children's library. We will be singing, dancing, laughing, and making lots of music!