Witches are one of the most traditional as well as mysterious entities we associate with Halloween. The origin of the word "witch" isn’t entirely known, but it's thought that the word meant “wise one." During the Middle Ages, the male heads of the Christian Church saw witches’ knowledge of the natural world as a threat to the Church’s authority. As one historian put it, women did not fit into the early Church hierarchy.

Join Ehris and Velya Urban, of the Grounded Good Wife duo, as they delve into the history of witches and Halloween, in If the Broom Fits, via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20 at 6 PM. Please register to receive the Zoom link/password

Veil of Fire

Scott Canfield of Erie, Pennsylvania will be sharing his research and train model depicting the horrific train wreck that occurred on January 15, 1884 just outside Bradford, Pennsylvania. Hear personal stories of the victims and survivors, as well as the details that contributed to this devastating accident. This in-person program will take place on Friday, October 22 at 2 PM.

Annual Report
to the Public

On October 18th at 6pm, the Bradford Area Public Library will be having our Annual Report to the Public. The community is invited to attend this gathering as we celebrate your continued support of the library. At this meeting, we will discuss the past year and the library’s accomplishments in the face of COVID-19.
Drone Basics
Small business owner, Nate Bottorf, of Aerial Imaging Services is sharing his talent and experience with us! Toying with the idea of purchasing a drone, but don't know the first thing about them? Check out Drone Basics for the First Time Buyer on October 21 at 6 PM. This virtual program will post to the library's Facebook page.
Special Events
Area teens, ages 12 - 18, are invited to participate in a creative writing contest! Contestants are encouraged to write a fall-themed piece of no more than 10 pages. Submissions must be received by October 30. The winning individual will receive a $25 gift card!
The library is sponsoring a coloring contest for our youth, ages 0 - 12! Submit a fall-themed drawing by October 30th to enter. The winning artist will receive a $25 gift card!
Creepy Crawlies!
Michael Morton will be visiting the library on Monday, October 11 at 11 AM and he's bringing his creepiest creatures from the Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm!! We dare you to check out this in-person program!

No Registration Necessary
Adult Programs
Building Blocks

Judy Brown, owner of the Little Fabric Garden is back with another great project! Thread those sewing machines and get ready to make this project your own! Building Blocks is a prerecorded program that will premier to the library's Facebook page on Wednesday, October 6 at 10 AM. Many of our past projects can also be found on the library's YouTube channel.
Copy Cat

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Thursday, October 28 at 6 PM when Taffy Meyers demonstrates how to make beautiful paper beads!
Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:

Side Hustle

We are celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit that is the backbone of our country. Each month we will spotlight a local small business from our region during this virtual program. In October we are traveling to Little Valley, NY and are being treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Carroll Farms, owned and operated by newlyweds Samantha and TC Carroll. This is a prerecorded program that will premier on the library's Facebook page on Tuesday, October 12 at 6 PM. It will also link to the library's YouTube channel.
Gothic Poetry Slam
Happy Halloween everyone! Author, Bill Robertson is sharing his new GOTHIC POETRY SLAM video in its entirety. He will be reciting 60 of his spookiest poems while a slideshow of eerie photos and creepy music play in the background. Many of these poems were published in magazines worldwide and were chosen for their punchiness. The whole idea of a poetry slam is to deliver one poem after another in quick succession. Bill recorded three different segments of 20 poems each, and none of them exceed eight minutes in length. This program will premier on the library's Facebook page on Tuesday, October 26 at 7 PM.

Adult Book Club

The next club meeting will be Saturday, October 16 at 10 AM. The following books have been selected:
  • October: The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • November: Defending Jacob by William Landay.
There are enough copies of these selected titles throughout the county libraries that club members should not have any issues securing a copy. Spread the word to all your book friends and we'll see you on the 16th!
Chef Rob's
Autumn Baked Goods

Autumn is made for baking! Let's heat up those ovens and fill our kitchens with the wonderful aromas of baked goods. Chef Rob will be sharing two great recipes:

Harvest Pumpkin Coffee Cake and Apple Pie Streusel Bread

This program will be held, Saturday, October 16 via Zoom, at 12 PM.

Register early, as we are only afforded 20 spots! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below to register.
Local yoga instructor, Kathy Wright, is leading a FREE, in-person yoga program at the library! Yoga sculpt combines the benefits of traditional yoga with the benefits of strength training. Using light weights or just body weight, participants will improve endurance and mobility, while also toning muscles and strengthening their body. Individuals will need a yoga mat and 1,2, or 3 lb weights. 
This program also streams Live on the library's Facebook page on Monday, October 11 & 25 at 6 PM.
All classes are 30 minutes in length and can squeeze into any busy schedule.
No Registration Necessary
Copy Cat
Join us for a fun, in-person program on Thursday, October 28 at 6 PM when Taffy Meyer demonstrates how to make beautiful paper beads! Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
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, October 9 &23, at 12 PM we will share some recipes sourced from popular magazines and the library's cookbooks!
Upcycle This!

Join us Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. for this biweekly, virtual program October 14 & 28.
We complete a variety of craft projects with materials easily found at home or a local thrift store.
"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.

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Coffee with the Curator

This virtual program is a celebration of our area's past. Hear interesting stories of people, events, and artifacts that could be easily overlooked in the collections of local historical societies and museums. Coffee with the Curator works closely with Sally Costik, curator for the Bradford Landmark Society and other institutions (i.e. Kinzua Bridge State Park) as stories become available.
Creative Youth

Do you have a creative work you would enjoy sharing with others (i.e. story, poem, music, art, pictures, etc.)? Then the library is your venue! Join us on Tuesday, October 12. Third - Seventh grade students will meet at 5 PM. Eighth through Twelfth grade will meet at 5:45 PM.

Registration is required.
School Survival Bags
Kick of the school year right! Register for a free School Survival bag, courtesy of the Bradford Library and TRL while supplies last! These reusable bags include school supplies, a book, snacks, and self care items. The Bags are intended for Teens and Tweens 12-18 years old. Teens must be present to pick up the bags.
Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, developed in part by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Teen Book
Middle Ground Book Club

The Bone Houses
Emily Lloyd-Jones

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead.

Join us Tuesday, October 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:

Willa of Dark Hollow
Robert Beatty

Willa and her clan have lived in the mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, Willa is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines? When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and beautiful creatures, she comes to realize that it contains a terrifying force. Is unleashing these dangerous spirits the key to stopping the loggers? Willa must find a way to save the people and animals she loves and take a stand against an all-consuming darkness that threatens to destroy her world..

Join us Thursday, October 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:
Gelli Painting
The Teen Book Club will be treated to a Gelli painting experience on Tuesday, October 19 at 5 PM, with local artist Laura Hickey.

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.
Registration is necessary for this program as attendance will be limited to ten (10) children, to allow for social distancing requirements. Please keep an eye on social media for any changes. To register, call: 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun on Wednesday, October 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!
Kulinary Kids

Kindergarten - 3rd grade students will be cooking on Wednesday, October 6 & 13, then it's time for our 4th - 8th grade students to get in the kitchen! The older students will begin on October 20th. Laurie Maletto, Penn State Extension nutritionist, will lead the classes via Zoom.
This is a 5-week program that begins at 4:30 PM every Wednesday. Registered families may pick up the to-go kits at the library and then meet for the virtual cooking class. Registration is required. Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below.
Evening Storytime

Evening Storytime is held, virtually every Wednesday at 7 PM. This is a prerecorded event that posts to the library's Facebook page . If area adults would like to read two children's stories, please contact Judy Carr to schedule an appointment to be recorded. Call the library at 814-362-6527 or email Judy.