September 2018

Banned Books Week
September 23-29

It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Come in and see our book display!

Art Club
Monday, September 5 and 19
4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Art Club meets every other Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. The Art Club is for children going into the 1st through 6th grade. Members study the works of famous artists and different forms of art and create works of art that illustrates the work. This month, the children will learn about graffiti art and Rosalba Carriera, a Venetian Rococo painter.

Spacing is limited to 12 participants and preregistration is required to participate.
The program is free and open to the public.

Evening Storytime
Wednesday, September 5 and 19
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 September 5 is The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, and the book for September 19 is Too Many Moose by Lisa Bakos.

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 September, Story seekers will talk about fall and going to school. We will also explore changing seasons. We will read: It’s Time for School Stinky Face, Autumn, Jody’s Beans, Applesauce Day, and No, No Gnome.

Middle Ground Book Club
Monday, September 6
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.

Imagination to Build On:
Architecture Group
Monday, September 12 and 26
4:00 to 5:00 pm

Imagination to Build On will meet every other Wednesday at 4:00 pm. This program, for children in first through sixth grade, will run opposite to the Art Club. We will be learning about the history and different styles of architecture. They will work on activities designed to teach children about various forms of architecture and how buildings are constructed. They will learn about the foundations and framework of building. This month they will learn about Gothic style architecture, which spans from 1100 to 1450. This form of architecture inspired painters, poets and religious thinkers in Great Britain and throughout Europe.

Spacing is limited to 12 participants and preregistration is required to participate. The program is free and open to the public.

Best Baby Playgroup
Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 pm

CARE for Children's Best Baby Playgroup is a free program geared for babies, toddlers, and 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!" 

Teen Book Club
Tuesday, September 18
4:30 to 5:30 pm

The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat. Please note the time change to accommodate our busy teens.

Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan
Wednesday, September 19
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.

No Rules Book Club and Friends Book Club
Saturday September 22
10:30 am

Our book clubs are going to join together and discuss The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. "Everything you could ask for in a coming-of-age novel-- funny, insightful, observant, saturated with hope and melancholy." - Tom Perotta, author of  Little Children  and  The Leftovers.

Dresser Mansion
Saturday September 22
1:00 to 2:30 pm

Solomon Dresser claimed that "nothing was left undone to make this mansion one of the finest in the land." He was right. It was the finest in Bradford and its surrounding areas. All that remains of the Dresser Home is an empty but kept lot and many memories for Bradfordians.

We will discuss the life and work of Solomon Dresser and his beautiful home, which later became a nursing home. We will also talk about the fire that destroyed the home to many. Listen to first-hand accounts of life within the nursing home and those who fought the fire. This discussion will be an opportunity to learn and reminisce about the life and times of Solomon Dresser and his mansion. 
Creative Share
Monday, September 24
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, September 25
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.

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 2017 and 2018 here:
67 West Washington Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: (814) 362-6527
Fax: (814) 362-4168
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Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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