"The Bradford Area Public Library would like to thank our community for their continued support throughout the pandemic. As we progress forward, we will continue to follow State Health Department guidelines in regards to COVID-19. Masks will be required by all patrons who enter our building, regardless of vaccination status, until the statewide mask order is lifted. Again, we thank you for your understanding. We can get through this together."

Hannah Dewey, MSLS
Executive Director
Moving Forward
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.
Special Children's Events:
Summer Reading
Kickoff Party!!
We are gearing up for a fantastic summer! Are you ready? Join the fun at the Callahan Park pavilion, Friday, June 11 at 11 AM. This is a free program for area children, and Mister Marty will be there with his Bubble Machine!
No Registration Necessary
Summer Reading Challenge

  • Birth - 13 yrs. Reading Challenge (June 1 - July 30):  Read and log books on Beanstack for a chance to earn prizes and badges. Prizes will be awarded on August 6 during the end-of-program picnic!
  • Teen Reading Challenge (June 1 - August 6):  Read and log books on Beanstack for an opportunity to win cool stuff! Prizes will be awarded the week of August 9.

Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program begins June 15th at 11 AM at the Jan Hamilton Park (weather permitting). This program is designed for area children, ages Birth - 6th grade. Children will hear stories, engage in fun activities, and will also receive a snack and a Grab-n-Go craft bag! The age groups and meeting days are as follows:

  • Tuesday: Birth - 5 yrs old
  • Wednesday: 1st - 3rd gr
  • Thursday: 4th - 6th gr

Registration is now open.
Adult Programs
Finding Your Records
Eric Migdal, owner of It's All Relative, LLC is returning for another genealogy program. Gain valuable insight regarding the use of Census records, as well as birth, death, and marriage certificates to aid genealogical research! Migdal will also introduce participants to
Heritage quest, Family Search, Fold 3, and Newspapers.com. This free program will be delivered via Zoom, on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 PM. Register below to receive the Zoom link/password.
OrJames Lab Presents
June Mini Courses
The OrJames Lab is pleased to offer exciting new summer courses for life long-long learners. Sign up for 3 courses for only $30.00! Courses begin in less than 2 weeks. Be sure to share this information with a friend and look out for more events from the OrJames Lab.
UPB professor, Orin James, is once again, offering his mini-courses as a fundraiser for the Bradford Library. For each participant who registers, the registration fee of one course will be donated to the library. OrJames Lab has nine courses to explore! Grow your knowledge, while helping the library!
All mini-courses will be held via Zoom.
For more information and to register, visit the link below:
Adult Summer Reading Challenge
Registration is open for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge. 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 1. The Adult Summer Reading Challenge is a nine-week program (June 1 - July 31).
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. Join us:
Mon., June 21, 6 PM when we make a water color painting using wax and a stencil design!

Some sessions may require a participation fee to cover the expense of materials. Watch for updates on Facebook, Instagram, and our website.
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
New Adult Book Club?
Last month, several individuals responded to a short survey regarding library programming. We are grateful for your input! Some people expressed an interest in forming an adult book club and we think that is a great idea. As we want to offer it at a time that is convenient for the greatest number of participants, we need your input once more. Let us know if mornings, afternoons or evenings are preferable (use the left-side link).
Building Blocks

Interested in receiving a little 'how-to' information on quilting? Judy Brown, the owner of the Little Fabric Garden, will be sharing her passion with us during the biweekly 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 and Instagram account. The video will also be linked to the library's website once posted to the social media platforms.

Biweekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Coffee with the Curator

Hear interesting stories from the Bradford Landmark Society and other institutions throughout our region! We will be traveling to the Kinzua Bridge State Park this month to speak with Environmental Education Specialist Holly Dzemyan!

This is a prerecorded series that will be posted to our Facebook page when a story is available.

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, June 5 and June 19 at 10:00 a.m., we will share some recipes sourced from popular magazines!

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 or a local thrift store.

"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

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. We will meet Monday, June 28.

Face masks must be worn.

The magazines you know and love are now available to browse and read with Flipster, an on-line magazine service!  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 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:


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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 to area teens!
Request a free box today!
Teen & Tween
Art Series
Local artist, Laura Hickey is returning to lead this 6-week, in-person art series, courtesy of the Teen Reading Lounge grant! This multi-week program begins June 23rd at 4 PM and will include many cool art projects, such as paint pouring and faux stained glass, just to name a few! Don't miss out. Register today!
Teen Book

Middle Ground Book Club

The Darkest Minds
Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." 

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

A Wish in the Dark
Christina Soontornvat

All light in Chattana is created by one man — the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars.

Middle Ground Book Club will meet in-person on Thursday, May 6 at 5:00 PM. They will be discussing the A Wish in the Dark, by Christina Soontornvat.
For more information email:
Petting Zoo

The animals are coming! The animals are coming! The Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm animals and Michael Morton will be visiting the library on Friday, June 25 at 11 AM.
Fun with Food

Laurie Maletto, nutritionist from the Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be dishing up the fun during our children's Summer Reading Program on June 30th and July 1st! Stay tuned for more information!
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.

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! Story Seekers will take a short break during the 6-week Summer Reading Program (June 14 - July 30).

Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun! On Tuesday, June 22 at 11 AM, Juice Box Heroes will be held outside, at the Jan Hamilton Park (weather permitting) All are invited! Please watch the library's Facebook page for late-breaking changes and sign up for email notifications.