March 2019
National Women’s History Month
In 1987, Congress designated March as Women’s History Month and called upon the president to issue a proclamation for people to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Since 1988, U.S presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month. Each year, the National Women’s History Project selects a theme for National History Month. This Year’s theme is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence. Please visit the Bradford Area Public Library this month to see our display for National Women’s History Month. The display will include inspirational quotes from prominent women in Bradford as well as a collection of books about the history of the women’s movement and prominent women in history, politics, science and medicine.  
Susan B. Anthony Visits Library
Saturday, March 2
2:00-3:00 PM

Jeanne Gehert, Susan B. Anthony re-enactor, will visit Bradford Area Public Library on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 pm as part of National Women’s History Month. The program is free and open to the public.
Susan Brownell Anthony is famous for being one of the most prominent leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, which ultimately led to the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right the vote. Although the amendment, popularly known as the Anthony Amendment, was ratified after her death, her contribution in it cannot be overstated. Apart from fighting for equal rights for women throughout her life, Anthony was involved in several other efforts, including the abolishment of slavery.

Jeanne Gehret will portray a vibrant Anthony in period costume using many of the suffragist’s own words. Gehret adds, “She’s really the most important woman figure in U.S. history because she liberated 50 percent of people”. She is the author of the 2017 historical novel about Susan's brother, The Truth About Daniel ($15), and the recently-updated children’s biography, Susan B. Anthony And Justice For All ($10), both of which will be available for sale (cash or checks accepted) and signing following the presentations.
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 5 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 March, students from the University of Pittsburgh Bradford will lead the Story Seekers as part of their coursework. They will select a book and plan an activity covering the themes of spring, rainbow fish and STEM. It will be a great opportunity to support early literacy and our local university students as well.

Adult Puzzles:
Metal Disentanglement Puzzles
Wednesday, March 6
1:00 pm

Elaine Summerday, our senior outreach coordinator, will facilitate an adult puzzles program. Elaine will share metal disentanglement puzzles. Come in and challenge yourself. The program is free and open to the public.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Saturday, March 2
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Children ages four through ten are invited to a birthday party for Dr. Seuss. Listen to a Dr. Seuss story, play games and enjoy a special birthday treat. This much fun can’t be beat.

Spacing is limited so sign up at the circulation desk or call (814) 362-6527.

Art Club
Every Wednesday
4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Art Club 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 that illustrate the work. 

The Art Club is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. With the funding from this grant, the Art Club is able to offer art classes facilitated by local artists. On March 6 and March 13, the Art Club will celebrate the work of Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor. They will create their two glass-like hanging sculptures: one for home and one to proudly display in the library. Julie Mader, local artist with the PA Wilds will lead the Art Club for the remaining weeks of March. She will talk about the works of Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O’Keeffe. Yayoi Kusama is a contemporary Japanese sculptor, painter and filmmaker. On March 20, the art club members will create separate panels, which represents themselves, and the panels will be combined to make a collaborative piece of work. Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist, was referred to as the “Mother of Modernism”. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. On March 27, members will create acrylic paintings of PA state blossoms. Spacing is limited to 16 participants and preregistration is required to participate. The program is free and open to the public.  
Evening Storytime
Every Wednesday
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. The book for March 6 is Cats Night Out by Graham Walker and the book for March 20 is I Am A Cow, Hear Me Moo by Jill Esbaum. Debbie will lead additional evening storytimes and have craft activities related to these stories. On Wednesday, March 13, participants will listen to the Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting and make shamrock headbands. On Wednesday, March 27, children are invited to listen to Debbie read Monty’s Magnificent Mane by Gemma O’Neill and create their own lions.

Middle Ground Book Club
Thursday, March 7
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.

Team Trivia
Saturday, March 9
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Question 1:  Which was the first nation to give women the right to vote ? The answer is at the bottom of this newsletter.

The library is starting a new monthly program. We are looking for teams of three to four adults. Each team must preregister and pre-pay a fee of $5.00 per session. The sessions will run from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on the following Saturdays: March 9, April 13, and May 4. Participants can bring food or drinks to the program. Gather your smartest friends and register you team at the circulation desk.

Best Baby Playgroup
Wednesday, March 13
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 CARE for Children Center 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.

Bradford Bootleggers
Saturday, March 16
1:00 to 2:00 pm

Question 3: Why was a Los Angeles bootlegger found not guilty and released?
The answers are at the bottom of this newsletter.

On January 16, 1920, the entire county went dry when the 18th Amendment banned the manufacturing and selling of “intoxicating liquors” (alcohol). The enterprising bootleggers of Bradford capitalized on this law. By the mid 1920’s bootlegging became a hugely profitable yet illegal and dangerous business. Dean Fox, local historian, will discuss the fascinating history of Prohibition in Bradford, where illegal bootleggers and gangsters ruled the city’s criminal underworld. This event was inspired by the One Book Bradford selection, The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. Beth Ann Fennelly will visit and talk about her book on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 pm in the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Both programs are free and open to the public.
Teen Book Club
Tuesday, March 19
5:00 to 6:00 pm

The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner.
Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan
Wednesday, March 20
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.
Creative Share
Monday, March 25
3:30 to 4:30 pm

The Creative Share program is an opportunity for people to share their poems, songs or creative writing with others. The library has expanded its former Poetry Slam to include other forms of writing as well. 
Chess Club
Tuesday, March 26
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. Our membership is growing and includes members of the award winning state champions from Bradford.

Knit Knuts
Thursday, March 7, 14, 21, and 28
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.
Trivia Answers:
Answer 1: On September 19, 1893, New Zealand became the first nation to give its women citizens the right to vote, and the women of the island nation voted for the first time on November 28, 1893.

Answer 2: VSOP, on a bottle of brandy, stands for 'Very Superior Old Pale,' and not 'Very Special Old Pale' as many people assume.

Answer 3: In 1928, a Los Angeles jury drank the evidence against a bootlegger on trial. They said they had to be certain that it contained alcohol. The bootlegger had to be released for lack of evidence.
T he  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 2018 here:
67 West Washington Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: (814) 362-6527
Fax: (814) 362-4168
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Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed