May 2019
Teen Book Club’s Yard Sale
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Teen Book Club Yard Sale fundraiser will be coming up on Saturday, May 11th and we need your help to make it a big success!

We have been given many gently used items
·         Houseware                              
·         Toys and puzzles
·         Clothing                              
·         Home accessories
·         Small appliances
All proceeds from the sale will go to the Teen Book Club to help support our trip to New York City to see the Broadway play To Kill a Mockingbird . It’s a great opportunity to get bargains and donate to a worthwhile cause!

Mommy and Me Painting Night
Thursday, May 9
5:30 PM
Limited to 10 families. $40 a pair.
Mommy and Me will be led by Courtney Mealy. All proceeds will benefit children’s programming. It will be a great opportunity for a mom and child to create something fun together and benefit the library.

Registration and payment due by Monday, May 6 to hold your spot. This program is expected to fill up quickly so sign up today.
Mother’s Day Tea
Saturday, May 4
1:00 to 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day Tea will be an opportunity for mothers and children to experience a formal tea. It will be a special way for families to spend time together and honor their mothers. Children will also be able to make a Mother’s Day card. This annual event is a tribute to Adrianne Magnella. This free event is open to the public but limited to 25 participants. Contact the Bradford Area Public Library to register at (814) 362-6527 or register at the circulation desk. 
Adult Puzzles: String Disentanglement Puzzles
Wednesday, May 1
1:00 pm

Elaine Summerday, our senior outreach coordinator, will facilitate an adult puzzles program. Elaine will share string disentanglement puzzles. Come in and challenge yourself. 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. We will read books about camping under our big tent on May 8th and do crafts related to camping. Miss Mary will also read Olivia, by Ian Falconer and Rufus Blasts Off by Kim Griswell. Our final Evening Storytime for the season will end on May 29 but it will pick up again in September. The storytimes this month are sponsored by Dr. Anil G. Pradhan.

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 May, the Story Seekers will share a book and plan an activity covering the themes of Mother’s Day, camping, skunks, ducks, and spiders and work on related crafts. We will read My Trip to The Hospital by Mercer Mayer and talk about bones. They will do a craft related to the discussion. 

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. We will talk about various forms of art. They also will work on a quilling or paper filigree project. Julie Mader, Courtney Mealy and Judy help art club members finish up on projects and prepare for their art show scheduled in June. The program is free and open to the public.  

Middle Ground Book Club
Thursday, May 2
5:30 to 7:00 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, May 4
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Question 1: Who was the founder of Mother’s Day in the US?

Question 2: What does the “S” stand for in Ulysses S. Grant?

We are looking for teams of three to four adults. Each team must preregister and pre-pay a fee of $5.00 per session. Participants can bring food or drinks to the program. We need at least three teams and already have one team signed up. Don’t miss out on the fun. Gather your smartest friends and register your team at the circulation desk.
Best Baby Playgroup
Wednesday, May 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 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.
No Rules Book Club
Saturday, May 11
10:30 am

Rekha Gajanan will lead a discussion of   America for Beginners by Leah Franqui.
A bittersweet and bighearted tale of forgiveness, hope, and acceptance,  America for Beginners illuminates the unexpected enchantments life can hold, and reminds us that our most precious connections aren’t always the ones we seek.

“Compelling… a strong contemporary story about cross-cultural alliances, the bonds of family and what it means to ‘learn America.’” (USA Today)
General Grant Talks About Railroads
Tuesday, May 14
6:00 to 7:00 PM

Kenneth J. Serfass, a first-person impressionist of General Grant, will discuss his use and appreciation of the US railroad system during the time of the Civil War. He will also discuss many little known facts and anecdotes. What he has to say may surprise you. He will also be available to answer questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Grant’s legacy and be entertained at the same time. The event is free and open to the public.

Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan
Wednesday, May 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.

Let’s Talk About Drugs
Saturday, May 18
12:00 to 1:00 pm

Question 3: True or false. Crystal Meth (crystallized methamphetamine) can cause irreversible nerve damage.

Stephanie V. Vettenberg-Shaffer, McKean County District Attorney, will come in to talk about the prevalence of drug use in our area. She will discuss the opioid and heroin epidemic. What are the latest trends and changes in drugs usage? How can parents tell their children are using drugs? Is there a higher incidence of drugs being laced with Fentanyl? Vettenberg-Shaffer will answer these questions and more. Participants are also invited to ask questions. Drugs and drug paraphernalia obtained by local police will be on display.

Creative Share
Monday, May 20
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. 

Everything You Thought You Knew About Real Estate
Monday, May 20
5:30 to 6:30 pm

How do you prepare to sell your home? How do you finance the purchase of a home? What do you have to disclose in a Property Disclosure form? How do you establish a fair market price for your home? Kathy Obermeyer a realtor with ERA Team VP Real Estate will answer these questions and more.

Teen Book Club
Tuesday, May 21
5:00 to 6:00 pm

The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee and adapted for a graphic novel by Fred Fordham.

Chess Club
Tuesday, May 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. Our membership is growing and includes members of the award winning state champions from Bradford.

Knit Knuts
Thursday, May 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.

Trivia Answers:

Answer 1: Anna Jarvis was a woman that may have been behind our traditional Mother’s Day celebration on the second Sunday of May. Anna never had any children, but wanted to carry out her own mother’s wishes of having a day just for moms. Anna tirelessly campaigned and on May 8th, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day has been referred to as a “Hallmark Holiday”. This is due to the commercialization of the holiday. She later lodged a lawsuit to express her displeasure, over the commercialization. She lost the suit and remained upset, for the rest of her life, that Mother’s Day was not a quiet religious day of introspection and reflection about mothers .
Answer 2: Nothing. It was a typo. Grant’s given name was actually Hiram Ulysses Grant. His phantom middle initial is the result of an error from Ohio Congressman Thomas Hamer, who accidentally wrote the future general’s name as “Ulysses S. Grant” when he nominated him to attend West Point.

Answer 3: True- Long term use of methamphetamine destroys nerve cells associated with memory, thinking and movement. This can result in slower motor functions, impaired memory and other symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease.

We want to thank Dr. Bob Tahara, MD FACS and Becky Tahara, of Allegheny Vein & Vascular and Amy McClure for their generous support of the children’s program. Their sponsorship of our summer children’s program is greatly appreciated.

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 and 2019 here:
67 West Washington Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: (814) 362-6527
Fax: (814) 362-4168
Monday, Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed