A Word From Our Director
How many times have you heard, “I can’t believe it's August already!” or “It seems like summer is already over!” lately? Maybe it’s just me — I’m saying it. Time seems to pass at pre-Covid levels even as we all learn how to live with this new normal. BUT, summer really isn’t over yet. We still have lots of fun and fascinating programs and events you won’t want to miss happening here. I promise you’ll find something for everyone in your family and friend circle. And you can always stop by just to beat the heat, and enjoy the air conditioning and Wi-Fi.      
Speaking of air conditioning, there are other things going on behind the scenes here as well. Our HVAC system will be undergoing some necessary upgrades very soon. This is an expensive project, not projected in our budget for the year. But we are moving forward with the project even as we seek ways to fund it. You’ll notice we’ve also refreshed our parking lots. Of course, we continue to put new books on our shelves.   
I’m also learning fast and growing into my role at warp speed. I’m focused on finding out what we’re doing right, and figuring out what we can do better. And I’m really excited about exploring where we can serve you as we move towards the future. I continue to reach out to other community leaders to look for ways we can support each other, and you. 
If YOU have any ideas or questions about the library, in current or future iterations, drop me a line at And don’t forget to stop in and see us, even if it’s been awhile. We’d love to see you. 
~ Beckie
Adult Programs
Adult Summer Reading Challenge
The Adult Reading Challenge will be ending on August 14! 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. Individuals may still join the challenge.
What Is Growing in Your Garden?
The Art of Seed
Penn State Extension Master Gardener, Steve Marconi will demonstrate how to harvest seeds for personal use or to donate to the library's future Seed Library! Come be apart of an exciting new library endeavor on Wednesday, August 3 at 5:30 PM.
This program will have an indoor and outdoor component, as Steve explains: cultivar maintenance, plant cycles, seed preparation, and storage, just to name a few topics that will be covered!
Cooking with Fresh

Gain more valuable information from the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, as well as the Extension's Food, Family, and Health EFNEP during the Cooking with Fresh Vegetables program on Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 PM. Participants will receive instruction on drying, freezing, and canning vegetables!
Nutritionist, Laurie Maletto will be on hand to create some delicious and nutritious recipes too.
Flea Market Gardening

Master Gardener, Keith Adkins will illustrate easy ways to introduce some whimsy and fun into our gardens with examples of clever DIY projects made with flea market finds! Attendees will then have an opportunity to create colorful mushrooms for their own gardens. Registration is necessary for this Saturday, August 20th program. See you at 11 AM!
Virtual Mini-Courses
It may be summer, but class is in session! OrJames Lab is once again offering a variety of online mini courses August 1 – 19. Join a community of life-long learners and engage in stimulating lectures and discussions. Sign up for any three (3) courses for just $30! For full course descriptions and to register, visit:
Help yourself while helping the library. Sign up for one course and the fee will be donated to the Bradford Library.

Copy Cat

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Wednesday, August 24 at 6 PM when attendees will create hand-painted glassware.

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 test our knowledge about everything during our next Trivia Night on Tuesday, August 30 at
6 PM! Enjoy the challenge with your team (4 ppl. max.) or play individually. Either way, it is sure to be a blast!

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! She'll demonstrate how to create an adorable Book Pillow! 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. Wednesday, August 3, at 10 AM
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, August 9 at 6PM.
The Open Book

Same great club, just a new name!

The next club meeting will be Saturday, August 20 at 10:30 AM.

Club members have elected to explore the following titles during the upcoming months:

  • AUGUST: A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
  • SEPTEMBER: The Girl Who Smiles Beads by Clementine Wameriya
  • OCTOBER: Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Upcycle This!

Join us virtually on Thursday, August 4 & 18 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, August 31 at 6:00 PM
Teen/Tween Trivia
Test your pop music, movie, video game, and Harry Potter knowledge during our new Teen/Tween Trivia! Participants may enter as a group (no more than 4), or can be paired with other book club members. Attendees may win young adult novels for each round they win. A grand prize will be awarded at the end of the game to the winning team. Students in grades 6 - 12 are welcome to participate. Call 814-362-6527 or visit the Circ Desk to register.

Love to read?! Bring a friend and spend a few hours with us!! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to bring a book and read silently from 10:30 AM - 12 PM. Every half hour, participants will get a food coupon from a local fast food establishment and a raffle ticket to win a BACC gift certificate! No registration necessary. Refreshments will be available to encourage participants to stay and read. However, no one is required to remain for the full 1.5 hours.
Monday, August 8,
10:30 AM - 12 PM
Pitt Trail Walk

Registered students in grades 6-12 will be joining Dr. Mulcahy from Pitt-Bradford's Biology department to learn how to identify specific trees and plants. Students will meet at the library at 10:30 AM to get their free sketch books and plant identification cards as well as a bottle of water. The group will head to the Pitt Trail and sketch plants and leaves along the way. Light snacks will be provided. Call 814-362-6527 or visit the Circ Desk to register.
Thursday, August 11
10:30 AM - 12 PM
Dissection Lab
Pitt-Bradford professor, Orin James is pleased to offer a classic dissection series for all families. 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, or for more information, email: 

Wednesday, July 27 - Friday, July 29 from 6 PM - 8 PM

Teen Book Club

Join us:
Tuesday, August 16 at 5 PM

Dress Codes for Small Towns
Courtney Stevens

“A poetic love letter to the complexities of teenage identity, and the frustrations of growing up in a place where everything fits in a box—except you.”—David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author

The Teen Book Club will meet in-person on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm. All local students in grades 9 - 12 are welcome to attend.

Middle Ground Book Club

Join us:
Thursday, August 4 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. All local students in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to attend.
Petting Zoo

Michael Morton is returning with his adorable animals from the Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm. Come say 'Hello!' to all of them on Friday, August 18 at 11AM.
Stories with Percy

The little horse with the big heart is returning to the library on Saturday, August 13 at 11 AM. Area youth can enjoy Percy, a great story, and a fun craft!
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!
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, August 17 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!