Just A Word
Greetings All,
It's back-to-school time—a moment of fresh starts.  In this month's newsletter, discover how BAPL supports learners of all ages!  Embrace the season's spirit of change and growth by exploring new hobbies and educational pursuits.  We have a full docket of events; from civic to tech, and crafty to fun.  And we’ll be on the road at the Fall Music and ArtFest, and at Pumpkinfest.  Stop by and say hello!
And happy reading!
The library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th.
A Library Card is ELEMENTAL!
Get in Your Element this September—sign up for a library card! From borrowing books, ebooks, and museum passes to getting homework help, learning new skills, or attending story time, a library card helps you do more of what you enjoy. Get a library card and dive into a new hobby. Use your library card to tinker in a maker space and spark your creativity. A library card is your most important school supply—it's elemental, really—and everyone should have one!
Library Days at the YMCA!
BAPL patrons with a library card are invited to enjoy the facilities at the Bradford YMCA from September 5 - 8! Simply show your library card and gain access to their Kid's Zone, swimming pool, and gym! Patrons visiting the Y will also be entered into a daily raffle for a chance to win great prizes!

DATES: Sept. 5-8
TIME: Anytime during operating hours
AGE: All ages welcomed
Save the Date
The "Fall for Your Library" craft fair is returning to BAPL on Saturday, October 14 (11 AM - 4 PM). This is a wonderful opportunity to find unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season, or something special for yourself. We hope to grow this event with your support! Local crafters are invited to register for this indoor event by submitting a registration form (see button below).
Adult Programs
Judy Brown, from the Little Fabric Garden is back with a fantastic project that is perfect for the upcoming fall season! Enjoy this latest installment of Building Blocks on Friday, September 1 on the library's YouTube channel and you'll be amazed how easy it is to create her Oak Leaf design.

Download Judy's pattern here
Movie Monday: Maverick - Top

In recognition of Voter Registration Day (Sept. 19) we are offering a FREE viewing of Maverick - Top Gun on Monday, September 18 at 6 PM. No registration necessary.
Copy Cat

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 PM. Participants will create unique "pot" heads for use when displaying their favorite houseplant!
Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Voter Registration Day

The library's computers will be available for individuals who are interested in registering to vote on Tuesday, September 19 from 10 AM - 4 PM. Attendees will be directed to the McKean County website where they can easily register online or download a paper application. All are reminded that various forms of identification will be necessary to complete the registration process: PA Driver's License, PennDOT ID card, or a Social Security number.

Upcycle This!

Join us on Friday, September 15 for this virtual program.
“Upcycle This!” is a prerecorded video that premiers on the library’s Facebook page, Instagram account, and YouTube channel so you can enjoy it any time that is convenient for you! We take discarded items and give them new life in this crafting program.

Tech Tutor Block

All are invited to develop their tech skills with us! Get some instruction on basic computer tasks. This tech session will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM.
on Tuesday, September 5, 12, and, 26 (no session on Sept. 19). Registration is necessary.
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, September 19 at
6 PM

Registration is necessary. Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
Open Book Club
The next club meeting will be Saturday, September 16 at 10:30 AM. Marie Troskosky is reviewing Lisa See's book, Lady Tan's Circle of Women and will lead the discussion during our September meeting. Thank you for the book recommendations that have been supplied:
  • Hang the Moon by Jeanette Walls
  • Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspears
  • The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea
All are encouraged to attend and join the book discussion! New members are always welcomed.
Email any questions using the button below:
Other Local Book Clubs

BAPL is happy to assist independent local book clubs. If you inform us of your club's reading selections, we will do our best to ensure that we have a few extra copies of the titles that you wish to read. Use the link below to share your requests with us.
Mad Tatters

Anne Bouquin is returning after a summer hiatus to demonstrate the art of tatting to interested parties. Registration is necessary to ensure an adequate number of supplies are on hand. Individuals who enjoy knitting, crocheting, or embroidering are encouraged to attend with their projects as we are looking to expand this program to include all 'thread/string/yarn' hobbyists. See you on Saturday, September 30 at 11 AM.
Tech Connect
Class is back in session! Tech Connect is returning with an introductory lesson on Computer Basics. Join us on Thursday, September 28 at
1 PM. Registered participants will learn how to start a computer, save and re-open a file, and create a folder in this class. Register early as the class is limited to 10 participants. Each month we will build on variety of computer and internet topics to create a good foundation for our attendees.


Stream thousands of films for free, thanks to the generous support of your public library district with Kanopy! There is a cap of 10 credits per month on the number of titles that patrons can watch as the district pays per title for this service. Patron's credits will reset on a monthly basis. Once a title is selected by a patron, they will have unlimited viewing for 72 hours. Visit to begin free streaming. All you need is a library card!

Did you know that you can now access Ground News, a resource that allows readers to compare headlines of every news source in one place? All you need is your library card and the Libby App!

Bradford Era Digital Edition

Are you missing the hardcopy of the Bradford Era's Monday edition? The Bradford Library can assist patrons in accessing the Era's digital platform on Mondays when the paper is digital only, no print copy. Connect with Bradford news at the library!
Teen Book Club

Club members will meet on Tuesday, September 19 at 5 PM and will be discussing Brave Face by Shaun D. Hutchinson. Teen Book Club is open to any local teen in grades 9 - 12. Enjoy free books and pizza at every meeting.

“Razor-sharp, deeply revealing, and brutally honest…emotionally raw and deeply insightful.” —Booklist

New members are always welcome to join. The club meets monthly on the third Tuesday.
Middle Ground Book Club

Club members will meet on Thursday, September 7 at 5 PM and will be discussing The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas. The Middle Ground Book Club is open to all local tweens in grades 5 - 8. Enjoy free books and pizza during all meetings.

A Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals.
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.
Learning with Legos

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