MARCH
2024
Just A Word
Welcome to March at our library! As the snow (what snow?) melts and the days get longer, we’re excited to bring you a month filled with exploration, creativity, and learning. Take a few minutes and read about the latest news, events and resources we have on offer this month. I'm very thrilled to announce three new children's programs starting in March to better serve our patrons and their families with children in the elementary age bracket. Learn more below. And if you haven't checked out our new and improved website yet, give us a look at bradfordlibrary.org. As always, I welcome your feedback and look forward to seeing you at the library!   
Happy Reading ~ Beckie
SPECIAL HOURS
The library will be observing special hours for the Easter holiday:
  • Friday, March 29: Close at 2PM
  • Monday, April 1: CLOSED
Eclipse Programs
Raven Steals the Sun: Native American Eclipse Stories

Join us on Saturday, March 2 at 11:30 AM for a story-filled presentation that will share the beliefs, traditions, and protocols of several Native American tribes related to sun and eclipse events. Tribes across North America have stories to explain these solar events and view them in many different ways - as a signal or a transformation, as omens, as sacred, and as a celebration. The traditional legends of the Cherokee, Navajo, Inuit, Haudenosaunee, and many others, have been told for hundreds of years and continue to be important to Native American culture today. Master storyteller, Perry Ground will bring the stories to life through vivid descriptions and audience participation. Listeners of all ages will find this program captivating, entertaining, and very educational.
Diving Into Solar Eclipses




Former Earth and Space Science teacher at Bradford High School and Educational Technology Specialist at Pitt-Bradford, Bernie Picklo, will be sharing his passion for astronomy with our community on Thursday, March 7 at 6 PM.

In this event, he will explore the historical and scientific aspects of lunar and solar eclipses, highlighting significant events like the 2017 solar eclipse and the upcoming April eclipse. The presentation will include visual aids such as images and videos presented through PowerPoint format.

Adult Programs
Fiber Arts Group
Everyone is welcome to join our fiber arts enthusiasts! From novices to experts, we will be knitting, crocheting, embroidering, cross-stitching, and maybe working with felt! Come and share stories, patterns, and smiles. We meet every Thursday, from 1 - 3 PM in the Library's Community Room. No registration necessary.
AUTHOR VISIT:
with Cheryl Bazzoui
With three published books penned under the pseudonym, Ann McCauley, and reviewing books for WPSU [our local NPR radio station], BookBub, and Story Circle.org, local author, Cheryl Bazzoui, is one busy lady! 

Her work has been published in magazines, writing journals and newspapers. She also edited her husband’s [Dr. Widad Bazzoui] memoir, The Man from Baghdad, in addition to working on her next novel.

Join us for an evening of conversation and reflection on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30PM. We'll discover the sources of inspiration for Cheryl's work as well as the obstacles she overcame. Following the author's talk, there will be an opportunity for Q & A and book signing.
Enjoy Light Refreshments Following the Author Visit
Ann McCauley's books are available for purchase through Amazon.com
Pen Pal Connection
We are excited to offer a new program for adults (18+ yrs). We have tentatively established a pen pal program with a rural library in South Carolina. Participants can savor the anticipation of sending and receiving physical letters with new friends while learning about their communities. All letters will be dropped off and delivered to the library for safety and simplicity. The library will collect letters and will mail them to our partner library in one package. All return letters will come in one package to the library as well. We will cover the shipping costs.

Connect with someone in another state!
Please use the 'button' below to notify us of your interest in participating in the Pen Pal Connection program.
TECH CONNECT WORKSHOPS:
Microsoft Word Series for Novices
Registration Opens February 24
Microsoft Word: BASICS
Learn how to create text-based documents using Microsoft Word, as well as how to complete simple actions like saving, opening, and printing documents in this class.
Tues., March 5 at 11 AM
Microsoft Word: Editing Tools
Learn how to use Word's built-in editing features like cut and paste, spell check, grammar suggestions, and adding comments to documents in this class.
Tues., March 12 at 11 AM
Microsoft Word: Formatting Documents
Learn how to format and align text, apply bullets or numbers, and adjust spacing within your Word documents in this class.
Tues., March 19 at 11 AM
Microsoft Word: Tables, Images & Graphics
Learn how to use tables, borders, backgrounds, and WordArt to make your documents pop in this class.

Tues., March 26 at 11AM
Copy Cat

During our next crafting session of Copy Cat, we’ll turn simple socks into an adorable bunny! Join the fun on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 PM! This free program requires registration and is limited to 12 participants. Registration opens on February 24. Use the button below to register.
Chair Yoga

Our next session of Chair Yoga will take place on Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 PM. This is a free, 45 minute yoga session. Yoga will enable individuals to build endurance, spirituality, and strength while enhancing balance. No registration necessary for this free program.

Try something new in 2024!
Silent Book Club
No assigned books
Meet and share. Join us for a monthly book club without assigned reading. Bring your own book, meet new friends, and spend time sharing what you enjoy! Our next meeting is Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 AM in the Carnegie Room.
Join the discussions and also get some excellent book recommendations! No Registration Necessary.
Movie Monday

This month's selection for Movie Monday combines Oscar Nominees with Women's History Month. This movie about a famous Malibu girl with her own convertible, camper, condo, and adorable pet; was directed by Greta Gerwig. Enjoy this free, PG-13 movie on Monday, March 18 at 6PM.

We'll supply the popcorn too!
No Registration Necessary
Trivia Night

Let's test our knowledge of Famous Women during the next Trivia Night on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 PM! Enjoy the challenge with your team (4 ppl. max.) or play individually. Either way, it is sure to be a blast!

Who will emerge victorious?

No Registration Necessary.
Open Book Club
The next club meeting will be Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 AM. Members will be treated to a presentation by local author, Denise Seagren. She will share some insights of her recently released book, Soldiers of the Forest.

New members are always welcome to attend.

Note: Denise will present to the community on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30PM. In addition to insights from her book, she will share history and her research related to the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Craft & Learn Series:
Home Safety

Join representatives from Life: Northwestern PA for an informative program on home safety. Audience members will receive a free night light and blood pressure screenings will be available too.

This is a Live, In Person program on
Thursday, March 28
at 11 AM.
No registration necessary.
Building Blocks



Judy Brown will be sharing another quilting project with us in an upcoming session of Building Blocks this month.

This recorded program will be shared on our YouTube Channel as well as on the library's Facebook page.

Date & Time: TBA

Check out Judy's past project on our Building Blocks playlist.
Upcycle This!

“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.
Explore the many videos in our Upcycle This! playlist on our YouTube Channel.
New Pricing

Due to the rising cost of ink, we will be raising copy/printing prices, effective March 1st. We have maintained low prices as long as we could, but our current pricing is no longer feasible.
New copy/printing rates are as follows:
  • Single Copy = .25 (Senior = .10)
  • Dbl-Sided = .40 (Senior = .15)
  • Legal and 11x17 = .50 (Senior = .25)
  • Color = .75 (Senior = .35)
Thank you for your understanding



Kanopy

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 senecadistrict.kanopy.com to begin free streaming. All you need is a library card!
Libby


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!
YOUTH
Teen Book Club

Club members will meet on Tuesday, March 19 at 5 PM and will be discussing Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Teen Book Club is open to any local teen in grades 9 - 12. Enjoy free books and pizza at every meeting.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

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, March 7 at 5 PM and will be discussing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The Middle Ground Book Club is open to all local tweens in grades 5 - 8. Enjoy free books and pizza during all meetings.

When Jacob Portman was a boy, his grandfather regaled him with stories of his fantastic life at Miss Peregrine's home during the Second World War, even sharing photos of the remarkable children with whom he resided. As Jacob grew up, though, he decided that these photos were obvious fakes, simple forgeries designed to stir up his youthful imagination. Or were they...?

New members are always welcome! Bring a friend.
Exciting New
Children's Programs
Book to Movie Club

Join an awesome club! Local students in grades 3 - 5, are welcome to attend every Monday from 5- 5:45 PM while we read a few chapters from a great children’s book. Once the book is finished, we will watch the movie!

The club will begin meeting on Monday, March 4th. For more information, email Miss Bonnie using the link below:
Home School Scholars

Check out this new program, designed specifically for our home school children in grades 1 - 5! Home School Scholars will meet weekly, beginning Tuesday, March 5 from
1 - 2:30 PM.
Since March is Women's History Month, we will focus on women who have made a difference in the areas of art, STEM, law, and politics. Periodically, this program will include guest speakers and field trips too!
Stories & Songs
Make music with us on the last Friday of every month! Children will enjoy a story, read by Miss Bonnie followed by great, musical fun lead by Miss Savannah!
The children will explore music using rhythm instruments and Miss Savannah will sing and play songs on her ukulele or guitar. Children will be encouraged to sing along too!
Michael Morton: Easter Petting Zoo
Michael Morton will bring his Sun Dance Kids Farm animals to the library on Friday, March 29 at 11 AM.
This is a free program and registration is NOT necessary. Join in the fun and enjoy all of the adorable animals.
Little Learners
Join us for a fun-filled program, designed especially for 0-5 year old children and their parents or caregivers. Hear great stories, and complete a craft or two! Little Learners meets every Monday and Friday at 11 AM.
COMING SOON:
Kid's Trivia Night
Stay posted for our first ever Kid's Trivia Night in March!

Date & Time: TBA