National Library Week
Celebrate National Library Week with us as you "Connect with Your Library." During the week of April 3 - 9, the library will be hosting a variety programs and contests. We encourage all community members to visit us in person or online to explore and access our services and programs. The Bradford Library offers a wide array of programs and resources that are available in person or from the comfort of home.
Make Some Discoveries!
We challenge you to a scavenger hunt! Visit the library during National Library Week and see what discoveries you can make. We have hunts for children and adults. Obtain a copy of the scavenger hunt at the library and check off your discoveries.
Submit completed lists to library staff at the Circ. Desk.
Correct lists will be entered into a drawing to win one of several Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates!
New in April
Michael Morton's
Petting Zoo
Michael Morton, proprietor of the Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm, is returning on Friday, April 15 at 10:30 AM. Bring the children to see all the adorable baby animals! Parents and caregivers are sure to enjoy all the 'cuteness' too! This is a free, in-person program. No registration necessary.
Titanic's 110th Anniversary
Patrick Gorman, a member of the Titanic International Society, will present a program in observance of the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The mission of the society is to keep the memory of the Titanic and her story alive.
In 2005, Patrick began construction on a scale model of the Titanic that he fashioned by hand. He will have his eleven foot, eighty pound exact replica of the Titanic on display during his program!

Tuesday, April 12, at 6 PM
Adult Programs
Seed to Supper
Join the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in McKean County to learn about:

  • planning your garden site
  • planting and watering basics
  • choosing the right plants
  • caring for your plants

Bonus topics: delicious ways to cook the produce you are growing, as well as instruction in canning, freezing, and drying your vegetables.

Please plan to attend the entire class. Participants receive a free gardening book, seeds, plants, and other gardening supplies as available. Class is limited to 20 participants.
Where:   Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington St., Bradford
When:     Sunday, April 24, 2-6 pm
Who:       Open to adult participants living on a low income
How:       Pre-registration is required
Contact: 814-887-5613 Ext. 208         Email: gjw5260@psu.edu
Pollinator-Friendly Organic Gardening
McKean County Master Gardener, Keith Adkins will present this in-person gardening program on Tuesday, April 6 at 6 PM.

No green thumb or registration required.

Keith will share tips and techniques that will help your gardening success, as well as aide our important pollinators!
Author Visit & Book Talk
William P. Robertson is a versatile and prolific writer of novels, short stories, autobiographical sketches, and poetry. A recognized historian and speaker, William excels in well-researched novels. Join us on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 PM as he shares excerpts from his newly published book, More War. History lovers will enjoy stories from the American Revolution and the War of 1812. This free, in-person program will also include a book signing.
Spring Brunch with Chef Rob
Registered participants will love to make the delicious Spring Blueberry Scones with a Sweet Orange Drizzle and the Mascarpone Strawberry Preserve Stuffed French Toast. Sounds complicated?! Not at all! Chef Rob will demonstrate each recipe and attendees can make the dish simultaneously. Join us, via Zoom for this live event on Saturday, April 30 at 1 PM.
Recipes will be linked to our website later in April.
Trivia Night

Let's test your knowledge of all things music-related during our next Trivia Night! Form your teams (4 ppl. max.) or play individually. Either way, it is sure to be a blast!
Tuesday, April 26 at 6 PM

Will the defending champions retain their trophies?

Registration is necessary. Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Adulting 101.

Introducing Adulting 101! This program aspires to teach important life skills that help people transition to independent living. Topics covered are designed for the
20-something crowd who find themselves needing guidance on subjects not normally addressed in many schools. This is a prerecorded, virtual program that can be accessed through the library's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Monday, April 11 at 7 PM
Building Blocks

Judy Brown, owner of the Little Fabric Garden will return with another great project! 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. Project/Date (TBA)
Copy Cat

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Wednesday, April 6 at 6 PM when Janelle Nolan demonstrates how to create stylized dandelions with acrylic paints and a few 'unusual' household items!!

Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Adult Book Club

The next club meeting will be Saturday, April 30 at 10:30 AM. Club members are given the choice to read one of two books by Karen Joy Fowler:

We're All Completely Beside Ourselves
 "A middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one... "


"An epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth."

Upcycle This!

Join us virtually on Thursday, April 7 & 21 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.
Teen Cuisine

Join Penn State Extension nutritionist, Laurie Maletto, for some cooking fun! This in-person program is designed for students age 12- 18 yrs. old. To ensure that we have enough ingredients on hand, interested individuals must register. Teen Cuisine will meet on the first Monday of the month (April – June). The first session will be Monday, April 4 at 5 PM.
Completed registrations can be emailed to:
Kulinary Kids

Laurie Maletto, nutritionist with the Penn State Extension office, will be leading 6 -11 year old students in a program designed specifically for them. Participants will gain some basic cooking skills, and nutrition information, while creating great dishes! Registration is required for the free, Wednesday, April 6 program at 5 PM. Completed registrations can be emailed to: youth@bradfordlibrary.org
Easter Cupcakes

All area youth are invited to attend this free, festive program! On Wednesday, April 13 at 6 PM, we will supply the cupcakes, frosting, and embellishments; participants will supply the creativity!
Earth Day

Want to have some fun outside? Then join us for a special Earth Day program on Saturday, April 23 at 11 AM. We will share an Earth Day story then get our hands dirty while planting some flowers! This program may be dependent on the weather! Watch our social media posts for updates.
Teen Reading Lounge

The Things She's Seen
Ambelin and Ezekiel

This brilliantly written thriller explores the lives--and deaths--of two girls, and what they will do to win justice. Sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year!

Join us Tuesday, April 19 at 5 PM.

The Teen Book Club will meet in-person on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm. For more information email:

Middle Ground Book Club

Across the Desert
Dusti Bowling

One girl sets out on a journey across the treacherous Arizona desert to rescue a young pilot stranded after a plane crash in this gripping story of survival, friendship, and rescue from a bestselling and award-winning author.

Join us Thursday, April 7 at 5 PM.

Middle Ground Book Club will meet in-person on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM.
For more information email:

PA One Book Virtual Author Visit
Oge Mora, acclaimed author and Caldecott Award winning illustrator of the 2022 book selection, Saturday, will speak virtually to children across the state on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. During this event, Ms. Mora will talk about her work as a storyteller and answer questions from librarians, teachers, and students alike.
Register for this free event here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/saturdaypaonebook/register
Storytime with Percy!
Come meet Percy! The miniature horse with a big heart!! Percy and his owner, Tracy Burgess, will be on hand while we share stories and a craft project! We hope to see you on Saturday, April 2 at 11 AM. No registration necessary.
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, April 20 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!
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Library patrons who possess a library card are able to borrow eBooks, audio books, eMagazines, AND videos when they access OverDrive!