January 2020
Happy New Year!

Wishing all of our patrons, a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!
The library will be closed on New Year’s Day. We are looking forward to serving you again in 2020! 

The Bradford Area Public Library has been awarded a two-year Teen Reading Lounge grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning interactive book club designed exclusively for teens. A growing number of teens in libraries across Pennsylvania have participated in Teen Reading Lounge since its launch in 2010.
Teen Reading Lounge is open to all teens in grades 9 through 12. No special knowledge is required to participate. To register, contact Debbie Deane, Youth Services Librarian, at 814-362-6527. The kick-off event will be held at the library on Tuesday, January 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, where students will be discussing Dress Codes for Small Towns , by Courtney Stevens.
Teen Reading Lounge is an interactive program created by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for public libraries. Through a combination of book discussions and hands-on creative workshops with qualified facilitators, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills. The library sees the Teen Reading Lounge program as a natural extension of the current Teen Book Club. Libraries have reported that the program increased their capacity to offer humanities programs, and teens have reported that Teen Reading Lounge gave them the opportunities to practice essential life skills related to the humanities, communication, collaboration, and literacy. 
Teen Reading Lounge is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit pahumanities.org/TeenReadingLounge .
Middle Ground Book Club
Thursday, January 2
5:00 to 6:00 pm

Middle Ground Book Club, for grades 5-8, meets the first Thursday of every month. This month, we have a book share where members bring in a book they’ve recently read and share it with the group.

Evening Storytime
Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, and 29
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 January 8th, we will read Milton and Odie and the Bigger-Than-Bigmouth Bass by Mary Ann Frazer. On one side of a frozen lake, Odie imagines all the fish he'll catch today. On the other side of the lake, Milton is doubtful he'll catch anything at all. As each otter imagines what lurks--or doesn't lurk--under the ice, opposites attract, attitudes change, and a friendship is formed.” We will follow up this story with a craft. On January 22, Miss Debbie will read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, about a young child and her father searching in the moonlit woods for the great horned owl. On January 15th and 29th, Miss Mary will continue with our animal-themed books with stories about porcupines and ground hogs and prepare craft activities related to these books. Don’t miss out on the fun.

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 January, the Story Seekers will talk about snow, fishing, owls, bears, mice, and otters. We will start the New Year off with the timeless classics, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, and The Hat by Jan Brett. They will create crafts based on these books. On Monday January 20, we will read The Blizzard by John Rocco, the story of the author’s experience during the Blizzard of 1978 that brought fifty-three inches of snow to RI. Let’s start this year off with great books, creative crafts, and fun activities.
Best Baby Playgroup
Wednesday, January 8
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.
Art Reflection
Thursday, January 9, 16, 23, and 30
4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Art Reflection program 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 based on those artists. 

This month we will learn about the artwork of Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci. On January 9, members of the club will study the works of Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh, and create self-portraits on canvas with acrylic paints. On January 23rd, works of Leonardo da Vinci, whose interests included invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography. Da Vinci was truly a Renaissance man. We will discuss techniques of drawing and shading. On January 16, Laurie Maletto, of Penn State Extension, will lead her “Art of Cooking” class. They will create works of art with food and discuss nutrition. The final workshop of the month will be an opportunity to complete any unfinished work in preparation for the Art Reflection Art Show in May.

Participants must pre-register for this club and space is limited to 15 students.  
Kulinary Kids
Monday, January 13, 20, and 27
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Kulinary Kids, in grades 1st through 6th, can learn about cooking and food safety skills. Laurie Maletto will lead these hands-on food prep workshops. Our Kulinary Kids will prepare simple foods using griddles and skillets. It’s a recipe of fun, learning, and yum! Join in the fun and let’s start cooking! Register at the Circulation Desk or call 814-362-6527.
Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan
Wednesday, January 15
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Preschool and kindergarten age children will play percussion instruments and sing along with Jim Ronan. They will learn about rhythm and sound. They will sing many childhood favorite songs and do the Hokey Pokey. That’s what it’s all about.
PennDOT talks about the REAL ID
Wednesday, January 15
5:30 to 6:30 pm

It just got real: real facts about the REAL ID. Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will be required to have a REAL ID to enter a federal building or board a domestic commercial flight. A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be available to explain the law and answer questions about the REAL ID. This program will be at the Bradford Area Public Library on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public. After the program, the PennDOT representative will be available to review participant’s paperwork to verify that it is sufficient for obtaining a REAL ID. This may save an extra trip down to the PennDOT Driver License Center. The REAL ID is really here. Come to the library to get the real facts about the REAL ID.
Teen Book Club
Tuesday, January 21
5:00 to 6:00 pm

The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens. Courtney Stevens, young adult author, will visit our library, local schools, and Pitt-Bradford in April.
Creative Share
Monday, January 27
4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Creative Share program is an opportunity for people to share their poems, songs or creative writing with others. Starting in January, we will move the Creative Share program to 4:00 pm. 
Chess Club
Tuesday, January 28
4:00 to 5:00 pm

Do you play chess? We have a club that is just for you. Bob Ferguson of the American Chess School will facilitate the club. Join our recent winners of the WNY Fall Chess Classic for a friendly game of chess and learn from the champions.
Knit Knuts
Thursday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
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 2019 here: http://www.bradfordlibrary.org/tributes
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