October 2019
Taste of Bradford Tickets Are Still Available but Selling Fast. Get Them While They Last!

Taste of Bradford
Thursday, October 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
Bradford Masonic Center
625 South Avenue
Each ticket is $25.00

If there are any remaining tickets, they will be sold at the door for $30.

Join us for a Taste of Bradford- an evening of delicious food and drink samples from local restaurants.

Vendors include:

  • Brick Oven Pizza and Catering
  • CJ Bar-B-Que & Catering
  • Jan’s Pastries
  • Mobile Fresca
  • Port Freeze Catering
  • Top of the Line Catering
  • Westline Inn
  • The Willows Restaurant
There will also be a silent auction and cash bar, featuring a specialty cocktail. The silent auction will include items donated by Bradford Travel, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and Southern Airways Express, as well as library staff and board members. Attendees can also purchase game paddles to participate in a Heads or Tails raffle for a money tree and gift certificates from Kabob’s at the Option House and Graham’s Greenhouse and Landscaping. There will also be live music by Alex Cole . Several local businesses and organizations have offered to sponsor this event, including the Bradford Area Masonic Center, American Refining Group, Bradford Family Medicine, Northwest Bank, Penndoc Foot and Ankle Center, and Zippo/Case Museum. All proceeds from the event go towards the library’s annual giving campaign.
Annual Report to the Community
Monday, October 21, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Join us for the Bradford Area Public Library’s
Annual Report to the Community

Monday, October 21, 6:00 PM
Bradford Area Public Library: Sarah B. Dorn Community Room

We will be honoring our 2018/2019 donors, showcasing our programming & outreach services, and providing updates on grant-funded projects. Deborah Price, Evergreen Elm CEO, will be the Keynote speaker. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Adult Puzzles: Puzzle Vessels
Wednesday, October 2
1:00 pm

Elaine Summerday, our senior outreach coordinator, will facilitate an adult puzzles program. This program will be held on the first Wednesday each month. Elaine will share puzzles vessels. There's liquid in this jug to drink. But, to get it you'll have to think. Then have a try, it can be done and it's sure to give you endless fun. Come in and challenge yourself. The program is free and open to the public.
Evening Storytime
Every Wednesday
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Don't forget to check out our evening storytime! You are invited to join us again for a light story and craft to spark your imagination before bed. On October 9th, We will read Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses about Pete the Cat who wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along. We will follow up with crafts related to the book. We will then celebrate Halloween with a story and related craft on October 23rd. Miss Mary will share a  Corduroy book and do a teddy bear craft on October 2nd. We will read a book about cows and do a related craft on October 16th. Don’t miss out on the fun.
STEM for Kids
Thursday, October 3 and 17
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This program is for children in the 1st through 6th grade and their families. The goal of this hands-on program is for families to explore science together. On October 3rd, they will build a paint pendulum which they use the following week for the Art Reflection workshop. They will learn about motion and balance as they build their pendulum with recycled materials. Later this month, they will use recycled materials to build buildings. Participants must pre-register for this club. Register at the Circulation Desk.
Middle Ground Book Club
Thursday, October 3
5:00 to 6:00 pm

Middle Ground Book Club, for grades 5-8, will meet to discuss Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling and play the popular Battle of the Books.
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 October, the Story Seekers will share a book and plan an activity covering the themes of being kind to others, manners and emotions. Story Seekers will also celebrate Halloween and fall through books and related crafts.
Best Baby Playgroup
Wednesday, October 9
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 the library 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.

Art Reflection
Thursday, October 10 and 24
4:00 to 5:00 pm

Art Club returns with a new name and new projects. The Art Reflection program 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 based on those artists. 

This month we will review the work of Tom Shannon, known for his pendulum painting and create artwork using the paint pendulum that they built in the STEM for Kids program the week before. On October 24th, we will learn about sand art techniques of Jim Denevan and Kseniya Simonova and create our own sand art.

Participants must pre-register for this club and space is limited to 15 students. Register at the Circulation Desk.

Checkers the Inventor: Spooky Island Safety Show
Saturday, October 12
11:00 am

Checkers brings in characters from the mysterious spooky island! Kids of all ages will be enthralled with the custom painted props, engaging storyline, hilarious characters, and many twists and turns! Checkers the Inventor will give special lessons on Halloween safety throughout the performance. This show features a combination of comedy, magic, juggling, unicycling, a giant balloon stunt, and the Checkers Machine. Checkers’ unique ability to provide educational entertaining performances has led to him being selected to perform at The White House three times to promote Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Checkers the Inventor and his robot sidekick, Snoozer! The event is free and open to the community.
Michael Morton’s Creepy Crawlers
Monday, October 14, 11:00 am

Michael Morton is returning with his creepy Crawlers- a tarantula, iguanas, and other creatures that crawl. 

Teen Book Club
Tuesday, October 15
5:00 to 6:00 pm

The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss Alive by Chandler Baker.
Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan
Wednesday, October 16
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.
No Rules Book Club and
 Friends Book Club
Saturday, October 19
10:30 am
Isabelle Champlin will lead a discussion of   Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of  The English Patient:  a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

“A tender coming of age story so warmly delivered you almost forget how much of its plot involves smuggling, spycraft, and assassins…the novel becomes at once a mystery tale and an exploration into how much of our lives are out of our control, especially in wartime.” —Mark Athitakis,  The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Creative Share
Monday, October 28
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 is expanding its former Poetry Slam to include other forms of writing as well.
Holiday Arts for Adults:
 Watercolor Prints
Monday, October 28,
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Class limit: 12
Fee: $10.00
Make your own sign of Joy. Using watercolors, participants can decide how they want to decorate the letter O. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have a beautiful watercolor suitable for matting and framing. These pictures will make a great gift for yourself or someone special. Make a great picture and spread a little joy. Adults must register and prepay $10.00 to participate in the workshop. The class size is limited to 12 so register today.
Chess Club
Tuesday, October 29
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.

Story Seekers Halloween Party
Thursday, October 31
11:00 am

Witches, ghosts and goblins, oh my! On Halloween, we will have a special Halloween party for our Story Seekers. We will read a book about Halloween and then our story seekers will be able to do activities at different centers. They can go trick-or-treating around the library and have a snack.
The 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: http://www.bradfordlibrary.org/tributes
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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