Just A Word
It's time to welcome 2023. While I love the "Best of 2022" lists that come out, I'm much more interested in what the new year can bring me. I've got books to read, trips to plan, new things to learn, creative pursuits...the list goes on. If you like looking forward to what's next as much as I do, let me remind you the library is the perfect place to begin your list for "Best of 2023". Find your next reads, plan your trips, learn, grow, meet old friends and new, and pursue whatever your heart and mind can imagine.   
Happy New Year!
Special Hours
The library will be closed on Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year's Day. We will return to normal hours at 10:00 AM on
January 3.
Grant Awarded to BAPL
Our library has been awarded $5,000 from the McKean County Commissioners and the McKean County Community Foundation. The commissioners and MCCF partnership have awarded $226,595 to local organizations for their programs and projects that benefit our communities. The distribution of grant monies was made available to the county through the American Rescue Plan Act.
The Bradford Library will use this funding to supplement an earlier grant awarded by the American Library Association and AT&T for the creation of a computer lab to support digital learning in our area. The library is now better able to provide individualized instruction to aid in the development of basic computer skills in our newly created Tech Tutor program.
Adult Programs
Adult Winter Reading Challenge:
Have you joined our Adult Winter Reading Challenge? Individuals aged 19+ can log reading and other fun winter activities to earn virtual badges for the chance to win a gift card. Follow the link for details and join today. As always, let us know if you have any questions...and happy reading! The adult reading challenge runs from January 1 - 31.
Tech Tutor

All are invited to develop their tech skills with us! Schedule a 30-minute appointment and receive some one-on-one instruction on basic computer tasks. Appointments can be made for Tuesday, January 10th or Tuesday, January 24th. Appointments begin at 10 AM and run every 30 minutes until 12 PM. Call 814-362-6527 or click the button below to register.
Tech Connect

Our next Digital Literacy workshop will take place on Thursday, January 19 at 10:30 AM, when we explore the topic of Email Basics! This free workshop is limited to 6 participants, so register early. All are welcome to develop their tech skills in a learner-friendly environment.  Registration is easy:  Call 814-362-6527, visit the Circ Desk, or click the button below.
Fly Tying Seminar

Well known local instructors, Steve Skavarka and Carl Zandy are hosting a day-long fly tying seminar in the library's Community Room on Saturday, January 14 from 10 AM - 3 PM. They will be joined by other craftsmen who will demonstrate the craft of fly tying. Come talk with local hobbyists and see how artificial flies are created.
All are welcome to attend this free seminar.
Create A Healthier Life

It is all about 'balance.' Presenter, Alyse Renwick will share a simple step-by-step guide that offers a broad approach for things we can do—at our own pace, in our own time, and within our own abilities—that can help us feel better and live longer. This free program will include examples of activities and resources that can positively impact each area in a person's life. Participants will also receive worksheets to jot down steps that they are willing to try in the future. Join us on Saturday, January 28 at 11 AM.
Trivia Night

Let's test your knowledge of general trivia during our next Trivia Night. Form your teams (4 ppl. max.) or play individually. Either way, it is sure to be a blast!

Tuesday, January 24 at 6 PM

Registration is necessary. Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Copy Cat

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Wednesday, January 18 at 6 PM when Janelle Nolan demonstrates how to create a macrame leaf that can be used in a wall hanging.
Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:

Open Book Club
The next club meeting will be Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 AM.

January's book is:
The Alice Network
Kate Quinn

Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

All are encouraged to attend and join the book discussion! Email any questions using the button 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.
Upcycle This!

Join us on Thursday, January 26 for this virtual program.

"Upcycle This!" is a prerecorded video that premiers on the library's Facebook page, and Instagram account so you can enjoy it any time that is convenient for you!

Episodes can also be found on the library's YouTube channel.
Amazing Library Services

Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for adults who want to grow professionally or further develop a personal interest. Choose from more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses in business, technology, design, and personal enrichment—and become who you’ve always wanted to be. Reach your goals and keep your job skills fresh! Try this new, free resource.
OverDrive & Libby
A Wonderful Partnership

OverDrive is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app in early 2023 and transitioning users to the Libby app. Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library.

It’s time to give Libby a try! All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you add your library card.

Libby also comes with new features we know you’ll love, like:

Tags to categorize books however you’d like—you can even sync your OverDrive wish list into a tag!
A central bookshelf for all loans and holds
Customizable notifications for ready holds, new magazine issues, and more
Compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sonos speakers
Easy access to OverDrive support staff

Affordable Connectivity Program
Helping Households Connect
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.
You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling 877-384-2575.
Eligible households can enroll in the ACP through an approved provider or by visiting AffordableConnectivity.gov
Read - athon
Area tweens and teens are invited to participate in a Read-Athon on Monday, January 16 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Bring a great book and a friend! The Teen Book Club will provide hot chocolate, and donuts, along with some coupons to local eateries!
Teen Book
Middle Ground Book Club

Orphan Monster Spy
Matt Killeen

Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons.

Join us Tuesday, January 17 at 5 PM

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

Projekt 1065
Alan Gratz

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.But Michael has a secret

Join us Thursday, January 5 at 5 PM.

Middle Ground Book Club will meet in-person on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM. All area students in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to attend.
Prairie Dogs & Hedgehogs
Can you dig it?! Michael Morton is bringing his prairie dogs and hedgehogs to the library on Monday, January 16 at 11 AM.
This is a free program and registration is NOT necessary. Join in the fun and learn about these adorable animals from Mr. Mike's Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm.
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, January 18 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!