Just A Word
May is National Get Caught Reading Month! And what better place than here to find your next read. To get things started for our kids and teens, we're kicking things off with a May 4th day celebration. There are also plenty of other opportunities to get your read on, along with a plethora of other events and activities.  
We are continuing to upgrade our new online library catalog so we can improve our overall library service to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patience and understanding with the changes we've asked you to make as well. There are more goodies waiting in the next few months, so watch this space.  

And May the 4th be with you!
"May the 4th Be With You"

May 4th is the unofficial celebration of all things Star Wars. All Children and Teens are welcome to come into the library from May 1 - the 5th, for a chance to win one of fifteen (15) prize packs of 2 Star Wars Books. First, a Choose Your Destiny book - Star Wars: A Han & Chewie Adventure, and second, Star Wars: Who's Who in the Galaxy; both published by Disney. If you don't win a main prize, you can still win A Han & Chewie Adventure. Just come to the library during the week and fill out a raffle ticket with your name, age, and phone number so we can reach you if you win.  
Mother's Day Tea
The Children's Department is holding a special Mother's Day Tea, Saturday, May 13 at 2 PM in the library's Community Room. Guests may choose to dress in their finest clothes and bring their favorite dessert to share (not required). Registration is necessary. Please call 814-362-6527 or use the button below. This tea event is in honor of Adrianne Magnella
Chautauqua Institute Author Visit
Adults age 19+ are invited to join our first post-COVID library sponsored field trip for all our book clubs and community members! The trip is slated for Wednesday, August 2, to see Young Adult author, Kwame Alexander at the Chautauqua Institute (he'll be signing books also).
We will travel with Niagara Scenic Bus, leaving at 8 AM (we will confirm the departure site, possibly the Mall/bank parking lot) and returning to Bradford at 5 PM approx. The cost is $60 which includes the gate fee and bus transportation. Lunch is not included. Library volunteer, Marie Troskosky has been instrumental in working out the particulars for us! Thanks Marie!
If you have any questions, Marie has offered that you contact her directly at 814-598-3480 (C) or 814-368-5463 (H).
A sign up sheet is available at the Circulation Desk. Thank you for your interest and support of this exciting venture.
Adult Programs
Living in a Digital World
Today’s society is bombarded with thousands of messages on a daily basis. This onslaught of information can have a devastating impact on an individual’s psyche. Learn how to help your child or young adult navigate today’s digital world in this informative program delivered by the Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County. Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 6 PM. No registration necessary.
Discover the Future of AI and Creative Expression
Come one, come all, to the library's hall, Where we'll talk about AI, and give it our all! Midjourney and GPT-4, oh what a sight, We'll explore their abilities, and shed some light.
Don't be afraid, it's not just for tech-heads, Everyone can come and learn, no matter what is said. It's an opportunity to expand your mind, To learn about the tech that's one of a kind.
We'll talk about the future, and where we're headed, How AI is growing, and how it's embedded. In our daily lives, in everything we do, From social media to how we shop too.
So join us, won't you? It'll be quite a show, We'll have enthusiasts to let you know, What AI can do, and how it can change, The world we live in, and how it's arranged.
So mark your calendars, and clear your schedule, This is a chance to expand your mental toolbox, Don't miss out, it's worth the trip, To learn about AI, and let your mind rip!
(the above text was generated using AI)

Our presenter is Bill Lucas, a multi-talented individual who has experienced more than a few things in life! With a Master's degree from California State University San Bernardino, he knows how to put his mind to work. He even managed to teach during the decade of the LA riots. But that's not all; he also spent three years in the Grand Canyon, soaking in the magic and mystery of the Havasupai tribe. And if that wasn't enough adventure, he also has 15 years of counseling experience. And now, he's diving headfirst into the world of AI, and has created Codetellers, a group that uses AI tools to make unique and engaging stories that captivate their audiences. Codetellers' approach is different from traditional methods, as they use creative coding to generate interactive and immersive stories. Codetellers is committed to pushing the boundaries of technology and storytelling and invites you to join them on their journey.

This free, in-person program will be held in the library's Community Room on Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 PM

Mad Tatters

Anne Bouquin is returning Saturday, May 6 at 11 AM to offer an introductory lesson on the art of Tatting. In a few minutes time, participants will find themselves completing 'chains!' Individuals who attended our first two sessions can have their projects and technique reviewed. Following this session, all registered participants will be ready to complete a beautiful, tatted bookmark during the next Mad Tatters program!
Limited to 6 participants. Register Early!
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, May 2, 9, 23, and 30. Appointments begin at 10 AM and run every 30 minutes until 12 PM. Call 814-362-6527 or click the button below to register.

Trivia Night

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

Tuesday, May 23 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 Thursday, May 11 at 11 AM (new time) when Janelle Nolan demonstrates DIY tissue paper dyeing.
Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:

Self-Paced Exploration of
Personal Financial Rights
Library patrons are invited to review the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB)  prerecorded modules titled, “Helping clients explore their personal finance rights" in the comfort of the library's mobile computer lab. The four short modules contain information to help individuals answer their money questions and expose potential financial risks.
Wednesday, May 24, 10AM- 12PM

Module 1:  Consumer Rights [18:21] 
Module 2:  Credit and Housing Rights [16:14] 
Open Book Club
The next club meeting will be Saturday, May 20 at 10:30 AM. Members have selected The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah for the May meeting.

From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

All are encouraged to attend and join the book discussion! New members are always welcomed.
Email any questions using the button below:

Amazing Library Services
Deep Search is Live on Libby

The Seneca District now offers a new feature in Libby that can help you find all of the content you’re looking for, even if it's not yet in our digital collection.
In Libby, there are two ways to discover titles that are not yet in our digital collection: 
  1. When you search for a title, author, or series and it returns no results, Libby will automatically expand into a “deep search” to display relevant titles that are not yet in our collection. 
  2. If you run a search that returns fewer than 100 results, you can tap the filter button to manually enable “deep search.” 
  3. From the expanded search, you will see relevant results with a Notify Me option. Tap Notify Me to tag titles and be notified if they are added to our library’s digital collection in the future. 
NOTE: The previous way of recommending title for purchase from the OverDrive App or OverDrive Collection Website is no longer available. Tutorials on how to use the new feature will be coming out soon.  
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Teen Book
Middle Ground Book Club

The Beast Player
Nahoko Uehashi

Elin's family has an important responsibility: caring for the fearsome water serpents that form the core of their kingdom's army. So when some of the creatures mysteriously die, Elin's mother is sentenced to death as punishment. With her last breath, she manages to send her daughter to safety.

Join us Tuesday, May 16 at 5 PM for free pizza, free books, and great discussions!  

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.

Those Kids From Fawn Creek
Erin Entrada Kelly

“A raw, real exploration of belonging that’s also sweetly hopeful.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Join us Thursday, May 4 at 5 PM for free pizza, free books, and great discussions!  

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. Bring a friend! New members are always welcome.
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, May 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!
Learning with Legos

Bring your youngsters to the library's Children's Room, where learning can be fun! We are bringing back our Learning with Legos program. Children, supervised by an adult caregiver, can engage in free-style building activities every Wednesday from 10 AM - 11 AM.