We Are Open
The Bradford Area Public Library has reopened for browsing by appointment on February 22nd. We feel that it is safe at this time to do so; however, we will be continually evaluating our service level in response to the number of COVID cases within the county. Curbside service will still be available on-demand for those who wish to utilize it.
Library by Appointment
Appointments for browsing are 30 minutes in length. Computer appointments remain one hour. Call 814-362-6527 to schedule.
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.:
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Special Children's Event:
Green Eggs and Ham

We are celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with a special, virtual event! Michael Morton, from the Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm, will visit the library on Tuesday, March 2nd for a fantastic program! Green Eggs and Ham will stream Live from the library's Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Morton will be bringing several of his unique chickens to the library. Join us virtually, to see if they lay green eggs! Be prepared to learn something new!
Read Across America
The library is recruiting interested adults to read different Dr. Seuss books each day for our youngsters during the first week of March, as a way to celebrate Read Across America week! Contact Miss Debbie if interested.

Blind Date with a Book
The library is open and your 'date' is waiting . . .
Select a book from the 'Blind Date with a Book' display and you may win a $10 BACC gift certificate! Take your 'date' home, read the book, complete the 'rate your date' card and return it to the library by March 31 to be entered into the raffle to win the gift certificate! To increase your chances of winning, borrow more than one 'date!'
Winter Reading Challenge
Adults, it's not too late to complete six (6) of the ten (10) reading challenges and be entered into the raffle to win a $25 Amazon gift card! The Winter Reading Challenge ends on March 21. Remember to track your books on the library's Beanstack site.
Our young readers will have opportunities to win great individual prizes also!!
Happy reading Bradford!
The magazines you know and love are now available to browse, select & read with Flipster, an on-line magazine service! Now our patrons have free access to many popular magazines from the comfort of their homes or while they are 'out and about!' Access Flipster with a computer, tablet, or phone. Flipster apps for phones and tablets are available for download also. 
Ready to get started? Just grab your library card. On the sign in page for Flipster, click the Patron ID login link and use your barcode number. To begin, click the icon below:

Yoga with Kathy

Local yoga instructor, Kathy Wright, will be teaching 12 yoga classes for the library in 2021! All classes are 30 minutes in length and can squeeze into any busy schedule. Best of all, they are free for our community and will be delivered virtually via Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. on a bi-weekly basis. Each class will be linked to the library's website, after its original airing date; so that individuals without Facebook can easily access this content.

No Registration Necessary
Upgrade An Old Card
Upgrade an old library card and enjoy more benefits! Any library patron with an older card may upgrade their card for free. This step will allow greater ease of access to new library services, such as Flipster. Patrons may exchange their old card at the Circulation desk, or call 814-362-6527 and request a new card for curbside pickup.
Women's History Month
OrJames Lab Presentations
Orin Anthony James
The Bradford Library is partnering with Orin James, a Pitt-Bradford professor. He brings his knowledge and experience to his OrJames Lab presentations, which he is offering, free to our library patrons [see below].
"I have taught all age groups for over 10 years and currently teach a range of courses at the university level. I enjoy sharing information with the community and continue to build strong educational opportunities for members of my local community."
~ O. James
The Psyche: A Look at the Works of Karen Horney — March 10, 6:30 pm

Our exploration of the psyche will begin and focus on the life and works of Karen Horney. Karen is often referred to as a Neo-Freudian psychoanalyst, due primarily to her extension of Sigmund Freud's theories into the realm of social and cultural phenomena. Horney, however, did offer a strong rebuttal to Freud's idea of penis envy, setting the platform for the establishment of feminist psychology. Horney's work looked closely at ten neurotic needs everyone has. During this event we look at these neurotic needs and how they may manifest themselves.
The Psyche & the Art of Puppetry: Mabel Beaton — Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 pm

Mabel Beaton was presented with the Puppeteers of America award for her significant life long contributions to the art of puppetry. Her publications included books on how to make marionettes and enhance the puppet theater. Beaton's passion for the marionette culminated into the American Holiday classic, The Spirit of Christmas. During this presentation, we will look at some of her thoughts on the marionette and discuss how she used marionettes in her classic film to embody some of the individual neurotic needs that were shared during the Karen Horney event.
Unique Library Fundraiser
OrJames Lab Community Online Mini Courses
The OrJames Lab is pleased to provide a wonderful series of virtual, mini courses for all members of the life-long learning community! These courses are designed for adults who want to keep the mind stimulated and engaged. Come learn, meet others and stay connected with the OrJames Lab!

Participants who register for their first course will have their registration fee donated to the Bradford Library!

When Worlds Collide

Fridays, March 12-26, 8:50am-9:50am
Cost: $10

Explore episodes of cultural collision. Moments when different world views: ideas about human origins, cultural values and practices, systems of politics, and theories of science caused upheaval.
The Fairy Tale

Fridays, March 12-26, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Cost: $10

Examine the great fairy tale tradition in various parts of the world that still persists today. We will explore some favorite tales and draw distinctions between the fairy tale, legend and myth.
History of Medicine and Healthcare
Fridays, March 12-26, 6:40pm-7:40pm
Cost: $10

This course navigates the development of medicine and healthcare systems in western society. We will examine the conceptualization and understanding of health, disease, and treatment. Starting with early ideas in Ancient Greece, we will trace how these ideas were modified or strengthened with the emergence of theoretical, scientific and technological advances over time.
Fun in the Olden Days
Have these winter months left you feeling cooped up and in need of a trip? How about we take a stroll down Memory Lane?
If you were a child in the '50s and '60s and grew up in a small town like Bradford, you are sure to identify with the humorous stories told by local author, Bill Robertson. Enjoy a nostalgic look at a time when life was lived unapologetically, as only a child can do.

Date and Time: TBA
Building Blocks

Interested in receiving a little 'how-to' information on quilting? Judy Brown, the owner of the Little Fabric Garden, will be sharing information with us during ten (10) quilting mini-lessons.

Judy will discuss the construction of blocks in the creation of wonderful quilts. This program will be prerecorded and posted to the library's Facebook page on a biweekly basis. Episodes will be linked to the library's website once posted to the social media platform.

Biweekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Coffee with the Curator

This is a prerecorded series that is posted to our Facebook page on a biweekly basis on Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M.

Hear interesting stories from the Bradford Landmark Society and other institutions throughout our region!

Previous videos can be viewed on the library's website also.
More Adult Programming:

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, March 6 at 10:00 a.m., we will share an easy recipe for our CANINE family members!

The recipes can be found on the library's website. Just click the button below.

Upcycle This!

Join us Thursday at 12:00 p.m. for this biweekly program.

We complete a variety of craft projects with materials easily found at home. "Upcycle This!" is a prerecorded video that is posted to 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 website.
Digital Detox Box!
By now, several teens are feeling the strain after so many months spent in front of a computer monitor, tablet, or phone due to the many restrictions imposed on their daily lives by the COVID pandemic. The time for some much needed self-care is now! Digital Detox Boxes will be made available soon!
Date & Time: TBA
Teen Book Club

Middle Ground Book Club
In Search of Us
Ava Dellaira

To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too.

When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. Angie has never known her father, who Marilyn says is dead. Or is he?

The Teen Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm via Zoom. For more information email:
Willa of the Wood
Robert Beatty

A magical story that blends the life of a young night spirit into the rich local history of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee people. Willa lives with her 137-year-old mamaw who is one of the last surviving woodwitches from the dwindling clan of Faeran people

Middle Ground Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 pm via Zoom. For more information email:

Finish the Fight
Veronica Chambers
Both book clubs will explore passages from Finish the Fight.
Who was at the forefront of women's right to vote? We know a few famous names, like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but what about so many others from diverse backgrounds—black, Asian, Latinx, Native American, and more—who helped lead the fight for suffrage?
Kulinary Kids:
4th - 8th grade

Laurie Maletto, a nutritionist with the Penn State Cooperative Extension, is returning to inspire our young chefs in 4th through 8th grade during this virtual program. The 5-week program, delivered via Zoom, will run every Wednesday at 4:30 pm.
Registered participants will receive grab-n-go bags and the Zoom link that will enable them to create fun recipes alongside Ms. Maletto!
The program is made possible by the Penn State Cooperative Extension's Nutrition Links program. This Extension program offers free nutrition education to participants to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a healthful diet on a limited budget.
Evening Storytime
Get your PJs and a favorite stuffed animal! It's time to snuggle into a blanket for our virtual Evening Storytime. This is a prerecorded event that posts to the library's Facebook page on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Would you like to read a story for Evening Storytime? Just email Miss Judy to schedule your recording.

Story Seekers

Check in every Monday and Friday at 11:00 AM to hear a new story and spend some time with Miss Debbie and Miss Judy. Each story time requires a new code, so make sure your child is registered by simply emailing:
Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun, every 3rd Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for Juice Box Heroes! The music will stream Live from the library's Facebook page!