Just A Word
April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a great excuse to curl up with a good book. Check out the newest books in our catalog, or enjoy an old favorite. Since this is a holiday month, remember to check our website, Facebook page, and Instagram account for any schedule changes. And please bear with us as we LEAP into our upgraded catalog system this month. We are working hard to minimize any service interruptions while we train our staff and make the switch.

Hoppy reading!

Special Holiday Hours
In observance of the Easter holiday, the library will be closing at 2 PM on Friday, April 7 and also on Saturday, April 8. We will be closed the full day on Monday, April 10 and will resume normal hours on Tuesday, April 11 when we open at 10 AM.
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 will be made available at the Circulation Desk. Thank you for your interest and support of this exciting venture.
National Library Week
April 23 - 29
Libraries are full of stories in a variety of formats from picture books to large print, audiobooks to ebooks, and more. But there's so much more to the story. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. Library infrastructure advances communities, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for businesses, job seekers, and entrepreneurs. National Library Week 2023 is a great time to experience BAPL's multi-faceted story for yourself!
Adult Programs
Frilled To Meet You
Ehris and Velya Urban, of The Grounded Goodwife, will deliver another entertaining and informative 'Herstory Unsanitized' historical program! Frilled to Meet You is the second installment of their two-part Tudor series. Join us virtually for this engaging program on Thursday, April 13 at 6 PM. As both Ehris and Velya now reside in Mexico, this program will be delivered via Zoom. To participate from your home, register using the button below to receive the special Zoom link for viewing.
Perry Ground:
Master Storyteller & Cultural Educator
Life in a Longhouse Village
Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM
Perry Ground is a Turtle Can member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been a storyteller and educator for over 25 years and truly enjoys sharing the history and culture of Native Peoples. His presentation, Life in a Longhouse Village, will be lively, engaging, and informative. This artifact-filled program will present a broad overview of the culture and traditions of the Haudenosaunee People and will focus on their lifestyles prior to 1492, when they lived in longhouses and survived using the natural resources of their environment.

This free, in-person program will be held in the library's Community Room on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM
In Their Shoes: Teens & Dating Violence
The Children's Advocacy Center of McKean County and BAPL are offering a FREE interactive training for any adult involved with teens. Pick from two dates: Thursday, April 27 from 6 PM - 8 PM or Friday, April 28 from 12 PM - 2 PM. Registered participants will become one of six characters based on the experiences of REAL teens. They make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.
Dating violence is more common than many people realize, especially among teens and young adults: 1 in 3 TEENS will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they're in a relationship with before they become adults.

Mad Tatters

Anne Bouquin is returning Saturday, April 8 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 session on March 18 will have their projects and technique reviewed. Following this April 8 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, March 7, 14, 21, or 28. 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:
Email Basics

Our next Digital Literacy workshop will take place on Tuesday, April 11 at 6 PM when we explore the topic of Email Basics! This free workshop is limited to 12 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.

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, April 18 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, April 13 at 11 AM (new time) when Janelle Nolan demonstrates how to make fabric daisies using a mason jar lid!
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, April 15 at 10:30 AM.

April has an Earth Day theme. Participants are encouraged to read any book of their choice that may pertain to this theme (e.g. nature, environment, endangered species, national parks, etc.)
All are encouraged to attend and join the book discussion!
Email any questions using the button below:
Smart Money Week
Streaming Live Webinars in the
Community Room

Financial Aid and Planning Q&A with PHEAA (virtual)

Articles related to funding a higher education are in the news almost every day and it can lead even the most knowledgeable of us into information overload. Have you ever wanted to simply ask a few specific questions, yet couldn’t find anyone to ask? Maybe you have questions about planning for college, finding the right school, applying for scholarships, applying for federal and state aid, understanding offer letters, completing loan applications, comparing federal loans to private loans, repaying/refinancing loans after graduation – etc. Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PHEAA for a wide open one hour Q&A session. Ask your questions in an open forum or privately via the chat. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 6 at
6:30 PM.
Paying for College and Options for Balances (virtual)

Presented by PHEAA, this one-hour webinar is for students and families that are starting to plan or are in the thick of decisions with May 1st, National Admissions Day, right around the corner. Affording the costs is one topic that is on everyone’s mind. This presentation by PHEAA’s Daniel Wray and Linda Pacewicz of the PAForward program will review the types of Aid available, what needs to be done to check for eligibility and provide tips on the options for covering the balances and making affordable decisions. Don’t miss it! We will stream this webinar live in the Community Room
Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 PM.

Enrollment Process & Medicaid Plan Transfers Explained

Take some of the guesswork out of the enrollment process and transferring of Medicaid plans during this free, in-person program on Thursday, April 20 at 11 AM in the Community Room.
A representative, well-versed in all things Medicaid will present useful information in an easy to understand manner. Get your questions answered and make informed choices.

(more info to come)
Family Budgeting

Monday, April 17 at 2 PM.

Presented by the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture. Budgeting is not just making a spending plan and cutting expenses. It’s important to set goals for where you want your money to take you. Motivation is important for adjusting behavior to see real results. Learn how to approach the unique needs of your family with the right budget and vision for the future.
Debt Relief

Wednesday, April 19 at 2 PM
Presented by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
Financial products can be complex and confusing. This can overwhelm individuals struggling with debt management. Fueled by stress and an increasing sense of urgency, hastily made decisions can lead to disaster when people are desperate for relief. Making an informed decision means taking the time to build a clear understanding of the products and services available. Attend this presentation for a closer look at popular options to affordably repay debt.
Employer Retirement Plans
Thursday, April 20 at 2 PM.

Presented by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration.
The savings fitness presentation is designed to educate participants about employer retirement plans and the various paths available for planning a secure financial future. This presentation will provide information to assist with savings questions and will help take the uncertainty out of planning for a successful retirement.
Amazing Library Service
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.
Teen Book
Middle Ground Book Club

Faking Normal
Courtney Stevens

An edgy, realistic debut novel praised by the New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, as “a beautiful reminder that amid our broken pieces we can truly find ourselves.”

Join us Tuesday, April 18 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.

When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead

This Newbery Medal winner that has been called "smart and mesmerizing," (The New York Times) and "superb" (The Wall Street Journal) will appeal to readers of all types, especially those who are looking for a thought-provoking mystery with a mind-blowing twist.

Join us Thursday, April 6 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.
Petting Zoo
Michael Morton will bring his Sun Dance Kids Farm animals to the library on Friday, April 7 at 11 AM
This is a free program and registration is NOT necessary. Join in the fun and enjoy all the adorable 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.
Juice Box Heroes
Join Jim Ronan for music and fun on Wednesday, April 19 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.