May
2021
Come On In!
Visiting the library is easier than ever! Just come in. There is no need to make an appointment. Patrons are invited to browse the stacks and use the computers. As the library must still abide by reduced capacity guidelines, computer use is limited to one-hour sessions and book browsing is set to thirty minutes. Visitors are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Curbside pickup is still available for patrons unable to wear a mask.
Expanded Operating Hours!!
The library has expanded its hours of operation:
  • Mon. & Wed.: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tues., Thurs., & Fri.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sat.: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Slowly Introducing
In-Person Programming
The library is slowly introducing in-person programming and must still observe minimum capacity guidelines and safety precautions. Patrons engaging in a program will need a face mask and practice social distancing. Many programs will remain virtual at this time.
Closed Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, the library will be closed on Monday, May 31. We wish you all a safe holiday weekend as we remember all our deceased service personnel.
Special Children's Events:
Mother's Day Craft
May 8th: 1-2 PM

Children will transform mason jars into lovely luminaries that will be the perfect Mother's Day gift. This in-person program will be held outside of the library (weather permitting). Please watch the library's Facebook page for the latest updates or contact the library at 814-362-6527. This is a free program and while registration is not necessary, it helps to ensure that the library has enough materials on hand for all participants.
Memorial Day Craft
May 22: 11 AM

The library will be hosting another outside, in-person program for area children. Participants are invited to paint wooden stars to create a holiday wreath. Registering for this free program will enable the library to secure an adequate amount of supplies for all participants.
Getting A New Look
The library's website (bradfordlibrary.org) will be undergoing some changes this month in an effort to update its look and enhance performance. As such, we hope for a smooth transition to our new platform, however; there may be a few bumps along the way. Fasten those seatbelts!
Pennsylvania's Bucktail Regiment
Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 PM

Texas was not the only state with a regiment of sharp shooters in the American Civil War. The Pennsylvania Bucktails, comprised of area farmers and hunters, began their legacy in McKean county under the direction of General Kane. Learn what life was like for a member of the Bucktails, when local author Bill Robertson shares his knowledge during a virtual program on May 18 at 6:30 PM. This is a prerecorded program that will premiere on the library's Facebook page. After premiering, it will be linked to the library's website.

Copy Cat

Get ready for a brand new art program for adults! There are thousands of clever artists on YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest creating wonderful works of art and they all make it look so easy. Now it's our turn! In Copy Cat we will attempt to recreate an art project following the artist's steps while also adding our own personal touch! Registration for Copy Cat will be necessary as it is an in-person program that will be limited to twelve (12) participants. Some sessions may require a participation fee to cover the expense of materials. Watch for updates on Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Date & Time
TBA
Yoga with Kathy

Local yoga instructor, Kathy Wright, is leading In-Person yoga sessions at the library!

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 still 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
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! We will be traveling to the Kinzua Bridge State Park later this month!

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

The Test Kitchen

Chef Rob is returning to the The Test Kitchen for a series of Summer Food Fests that will stream Live from our Facebook page beginning on June 16 at 7:00 PM. Download his recipes from the library's website and prepare the dishes alongside Chef Rob!

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, May 8 and May 22 at 10:00 a.m., we will share some favorite family recipes!

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.
Creative Share

It has been slightly over one year since the Creative Share program was able to meet at the library. If members of the community have a creative work they would enjoy sharing with others (i.e. story, poem, music, etc.) the library is your venue! Creative Share will once again welcome participants, in-person on the last Monday of the month at 6 PM. The first gathering will be Monday, May 24.

Face masks must be worn.
Flipster

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:

Udemy

Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for adults who want to grow professionally or further develop a personal interest. Choose from more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses in business, technology, design, and personal enrichment—and become who you’ve always wanted to be. Reach your goals and keep your job skills fresh! Try this new, free resource.
TEENS


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! The library has Digital Detox Boxes, full of amazing free stuff, available now for area teens!
Request one today!
Teen Book Club

Middle Ground Book Club

Seeker
by
Arwen Dayton

A genre-bending sci-fi/fantasy about a group of teens who are trained to kill and marked to die.
 
  The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
  As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged.


The Teen Book Club will meet in-person on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm. They will be discussing Seekers by Arwen Dayton. For more information email:

Red Stars
by
Davide Morosinotto

Twins Viktor and Nadya are twelve years old when Hitler's Germany declares war on the Soviet Union. With little notice, the city's children are evacuated on trains that are meant to take them to safety.

Shockingly, the twins are separated, and disaster befalls them both. As the terrible conflict rages, each embarks on a desperate race across snow and ice, in an effort to be reunited.

Middle Ground Book Club will meet in-person on Thursday, May 6 at 5:00 PM. They will be discussing the Red Stars book by Davide Morosinotto and will receive A Wish in the Dark, by Christina Soontornvat.
For more information email:
CHILDREN
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.
We Are Heading Outside!!


Story Seekers

Join Miss Debbie and Miss Judy every Monday and Friday at 11:00 AM. Depending on the weather, this in-person program will be held at the Jan Hamilton park. If the weather is uncooperative, a virtual story time can be substituted. Please watch the library's Facebook page for updates and subscribe to the youth department email list to receive notifications on pop-up story times!

Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun, every 3rd Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for Juice Box Heroes! On May 19, Mr. Ronan will perform outside of the library or at the Jan Hamilton Park! All are invited! Please watch the library's Facebook page for late-breaking changes and sign up for email notifications.