A Word From Our Director
Hello! It’s officially summer, and our Bradford Area Public Library is running on all cylinders. You’ll be able to tell when you look through all of the fabulous opportunities for children, teens, and adults to do something fun and interesting.

I’ve been here for a little over a month, and you, Bradford, have been nothing short of gracious and welcoming. But of course, I expected nothing less from the Bradford I love. Thank you for coming in, saying hi and seeing what we have in store. All here have been busy creating wonderful programs, curating great resources, and giving outstanding reader’s advice and service.

If you haven’t been inside in a while, why not stop in the next time you’re downtown, and see what we’ve been up to. And don’t forget, our book sale is ongoing in the front of the library. If you’re heading out of town and need a beach read, or a book for the plane, we may just have the perfect read. And if it’s used, you wouldn’t be too upset if it took a dip in the ocean by mistake.

I look forward to meeting more of you in the near future, but for now, if you have any questions feel free to call or stop by. Happy Summer Reading!
Adult Programs
The Sea Girt Lighthouse
with Living Historian, Ken Serfass
The keepers assigned to Sea Girt Lighthouse were a colorful and diverse group. Major Abraham Wolf, a former Union Army major, was Sea Girt’s first keeper, posted in 1896. With a military bearing and a striking impression in his sharp uniform, coupled with a no-nonsense approach toward his duties, he served as one of the finest in the Lighthouse service. Wolfe served seven years at Sea Girt Lighthouse and by the end of his tenure was in his early 70s, making him the oldest keeper on active duty. Hear Keeper Wolfe describe his duties and experiences and how he came through the Civil War and into the Lighthouse Service. Wolfe will lead an interesting discussion of a little-known part of our coastal navigation system before computers and satellites were utilized. Sea Girt Lighthouse is the last live-in lighthouse built on the Atlantic Coast. Join us for this free program on Sunday, July 24
at 3 pm.
The Adult Reading Challenge is returning for the third consecutive year! Local adults aged 19 years and above can register or sign-in to their previously made Beanstack account, using the button below. This summer, reading books could make anyone a winner of a $25 Amazon Gift card. Adults simply need to complete six books of their choosing and write a short review of each book, to be entered into the library’s raffle. Complete all 10 reading challenges and earn a second entry. Adults can begin logging and tracking their books through Beanstack on June 12. The Adult Summer Reading Challenge is an eight-week program that will end on August 14. Individuals may still join the challenge.
The ABC's of Homeschooling

Learn the in's and out's of homeschooling from a panel of local, experienced individuals. Parents, Megan Myers, and Tanya Wilbon will describe their paths to homeschooling, curriculum selection, as well as Pennsylvania regulations. Join us for an honest look and see if the homeschooling option is a good fit for your family on
Monday, July 11 at 6PM.
Restorative Yoga

Explore the benefits of Restorative Yoga with local instructor, Kathy Wright. Using a variety of pillows and blankets/towels, participants will achieve a full body balance during the one hour session.
This free, in-person program does not require registration. Participants will supply their own yoga mats and pillows/blankets. Interested individuals can also participate via the library's Live Stream on Facebook. Join us on Tuesday, July 12 at 6PM.
Copy Cat

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Wednesday, July 20 at 6 PM when Janelle Nolan demonstrates the art of quilling (the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs).

Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Trivia Night

Let's get patriotic during our next Trivia Night! Enjoy a trip through the history of our amazing nation with your team (4 ppl. max.) or play individually. Either way, it is sure to be a blast! Tuesday, July 26 at 6 PM

Will the defending champions retain their trophies?

Registration is necessary. Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Building Blocks

Judy Brown, owner of the Little Fabric Garden will return with another great project! Thread those sewing machines and get ready to make the project your own! Building Blocks is a prerecorded program that will premier to the library's Facebook page and YouTube channel when the project becomes available. Many of our past works can be found on the library's YouTube channel. Project/Date (TBA)
The Open Book

Same great club, just a new name!

The next club meeting will be Saturday, July 16 at 10:30 AM.

Club members have elected to explore West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge for the month of July. Pat Shinaberger will lead the next book discussion.

Upcycle This!

Join us virtually on Thursday, July 7 and 21 at 7:00 PM as we repurpose thrifted items during this fun, crafting program.

"Upcycle This!" is a prerecorded video that premiers on 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 YouTube channel.
BYO-Book Club
Introducing a new book club for our community of bibliophiles! The BYO-Book Club! Read what you like, when you like! Bring your Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Murder-Mayhem, and Historical Fiction! Bring what you enjoy and share it with others in this totally informal club for people who are crazy about books! All are welcome (age 19+). See you Wednesday, Jul7 27 at 6:00 PM
OrJames Lab
Pitt-Bradford professor, Orin James is pleased to offer a classic dissection series for all families from July 27 - 29. The lab will run from 6 - 8 PM each evening. Children under the age of 13, who are taking part in dissections must have adult supervision. Participants will learn the anatomy of the brain, eye, and heart. Register early, as the spots are limited for this free series. For more information and to register, call 814-362-6527 or email Judy Carr by utilizing the button below.
Teen Art Series
Pitt-Bradford professor of art, Courtney Mealy, and library volunteer, Marie Troskosky, have designed a wonderfully creative art series for local teens and tweens. Register for any individual project, or sign-up for all three!
  • Patch Poetry: July 14, 4-6 PM
  • Linoleum Block Printmaking: July 21, 4-6 PM
  • Journal Making: July 28, 4-6 PM
Full workshop descriptions will appear on the library's website for July events. While the workshops are free, registration is necessary. Call 814-362-6527, visit the Circ Desk, or email the youth department to register (button below).
Teen Book Club

Join us Tuesday, July 19 at 5 PM

Demigods Academy: Year Two
Elisa S. Amore & Kiera Legend

Chaos reigns in the arena after Hades, the God of Darkness, claimed Melany for his own clan.

The Teen Book Club will meet in-person on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm.

Middle Ground Book Club

Join us Thursday, July 7 at 5 PM.

Daughter of the Deep
Rick Riordan

All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

Middle Ground Book Club will meet in-person on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM.
Sail the Seven Seas
Two weeks of summer fun begins July 5 at 11 AM when Jeffini brings his Sail the Seven Seas program to the library! This is a free program, open to all area youth!
Children's Summer Reading Program
Children interested in participating in this year's reading program can obtain a paper reading log at the Circ Desk and log their books until the Summer Picnic (TBA). Area youth are invited to the library on the following dates for our Summer Reading Workshops:
  • Grades 1-3: Wednesday, July 6 & 13
  • Grades 4-6: Thursday, July 7 & 14
  • Preschool - K: Tuesday, July 12
Story Walk
In collaboration with BCPAC, Kiwanis, and the BACC, the library is conducting a story walk in downtown Bradford. Participants can obtain a story walk booklet from the library's Circ Desk beginning July 5. Find pages from the book, The Magic Fish, in the windows of participating businesses and note them in the booklet. Completed booklets can be submitted to the library by July 16. Three randomly selected winners will get a free book. One winner will also get a BACC $20 gift certificate.
Summer Snacks

Local youth, age 0 -18, can enjoy a free snack at the library from 10 AM - 12 PM Monday through Friday. We thank ChopOutHunger for making this program possible!
Stories with Percy

The little horse with the big heart is returning to the library on Saturday, July 9 at 11 AM. Area youth can enjoy Percy, a great story, and a fun craft!
Story Seekers

Story Seekers is a fun-filled program for 0-5 year old children and their parents or caregivers. Hear great stories, sing a few songs, and complete a craft or two! Story Seekers meets every Monday and Friday at 11 AM.
Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun on Wednesday, July 20 at 11 AM! Juice Box Heroes is an in-person event that is held in the Children's library. We will be singing, dancing, laughing, and making lots of music!