DECEMBER
2023
Just A Word
Dear Library Community,

As we embrace the spirit of giving this holiday season, I am delighted to share some heartwarming news with you. Throughout the month of December, every book you purchase from our used book sale will contribute to a cause that resonates with the essence of generosity and community spirit. In the true spirit of giving, all proceeds from our December book sale will be donated to the United Way, furthering our commitment to making a positive impact beyond the stacks. Thank you for being a part of this meaningful journey during this festive time of year.

Warm regards, 
Beckie
Special Holiday Hours
During the upcoming holiday season, the library will be observing the following special hours:
  • Thu., Dec. 21: Closing at 5PM
  • Sat., Dec. 23: Closing at 2 PM
  • Mon., Dec. 25: Closed
  • Sat., Dec. 30: Closing at 2 PM
  • Mon., Jan. 1: Closed
Gift Ideas at the Library
Check out our extensive selection of gently used books. Find books for everyone on your gift list. We have quilting, knitting, crochet, cooking, gardening books for your hobbyists, and a slew of fiction books!
Support our teen book clubs with every purchase of hand-made bookmarks, prints, and ornaments. They also have brand new books for sale!! Shop early while the selection is great!
Annual Giving Campaign
Dear Valued Supporters,

As we approach the end of the year, we want to share some exciting news regarding our annual giving campaign. In a spirit of collaboration and community support, we have moved our campaign from the fall/winter of 2023 to the winter of 2024. This adjustment allows us to stand in solidarity with fellow organizations that traditionally run their campaigns in the fall, ensuring that we support rather than compete with one another.
While our campaign's official launch is scheduled for the winter of 2024, we encourage you to kickstart the giving spirit now. Any contributions made by the end of this year will be seamlessly attributed to our upcoming 2024 campaign. We believe this shift will enhance the collective impact of our community's generosity and reinforce the spirit of unity that defines our shared commitment to making a difference.
Stay tuned for more details in the new year as we embark on this journey together. Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to the values that make our library, and community, strong!
Adult Programs
Christmas at Balmoral Castle
Join the Christmas festivities at Balmoral Castle. Meet Margaret Cummins, head housekeeper of Balmoral during the reign of Queen Victoria, as she prepares for the arrival of the royal couple and their nine children. Learn about the traditions and history of the season. In this program, the audience becomes the incoming household staff of the castle. Don’t be surprised if Mrs. Cummins checks to see if your hands are clean! Christmas at Balmoral Castle is a virtual program that will presented in the Community Room on Thursday, December 7 at 6 PM and we will have a matinee showing on Saturday, December 9 at 1 PM.

This is a free program. No registration is necessary.
Jessica Michna, recipient of the Presidential Service Center's Distinguished Service Award, is widely known for her riveting portrayals of First Ladies, notable women of history and fictitious characters. She will portray Margaret Cummins as she transports attendees to 1858 during this program.

Jessica earned a degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin system. In the late 1990's after being a collegiate level researcher and lecturer, a business woman and working with the elderly in the heath care field, Jessica returned to her first loves, history and theater. She started her business, First Impressions and for over twenty years has been a professional actress and historian.
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. Date: TBA
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, December 2 at 10:30 AM in the Carnegie Room.
Join the discussions and also get some excellent book recommendations! No Registration Necessary.

Tech Tutor Block


Join us on Tuesday, December 5 and 19 from 10 AM - 12 PM
to receive help with basic computer questions. Pick up some new skills in a friendly, one-on-one environment.

Registration is necessary. Call 814-362-6527 or use the button below.

Open Book Club

The next club meeting will be Saturday, December 16 at 10:30 AM. Members have elected to read any Christmas-themed book of their choosing.

All are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcomed.
Email any questions using the button below:

Christmas Movie Bingo

Let's get into the holiday spirit together! Join us for a Christmas movie, complete with popcorn! While viewing the show, we'll also play 'movie bingo' where every snowball fight and kiss under the mistletoe could get you closer to winning!

See you on Wednesday, December 13 at 6PM for this free program. Registration is not necessary.
Trivia Night

Let's test our knowledge of everything Christmas during the next Trivia Night on Tuesday, December 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?

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

Art with Courtney

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Monday, December 18 at 6 PM. Participants will create unique glass bulb Christmas ornaments using alcohol ink. This program will be lead by Courtney Mealy, Pitt-Bradford's Director of Arts Programming.

Participation for this free program is limited so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
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.



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, December 19 at 5 PM and will be discussing Little Thieves by Margaret Owen. Teen Book Club is open to any local teen in grades 9 - 12. Enjoy free books and pizza at every meeting.

A scrappy maid must outsmart both palace nobles and Low Gods. Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl...
Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love―and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt.

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, December 7 at 5 PM and will be discussing Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. The Middle Ground Book Club is open to all local tweens in grades 5 - 8. Enjoy free books and pizza during all meetings.

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson

New members are always welcome! Bring a friend.
Clay Jewelry Workshop
Join Lilly Kemick, on December 9 at 11 AM as she demonstrates how to create Christmas-themed jewelry charms with polymer clay. This is a registered program for students in grades 4 - 6. Registration is required. Call 814-362-6527 or use the link below.
CHILDREN
Story Seekers

Story Seekers is a fun-filled program for 0-5 year old children and their parents or caregivers. Hear great stories, and complete a craft or two! Story Seekers meets every Monday and Friday at 11 AM.
Santa Claus Visit

Santa will be at the library on Saturday, December 23 at 11 AM!! Bring the kiddos and snap a picture with the Big Guy. Crafts will be available while everyone waits for their turn to visit with Santa. This is a free event.
New Year's Eve
Day
Local families are invited to "ring" in the new year with us during a special Alice in Wonderland event on December 31 at 11 AM. Enjoy Marty's Bubble Gum Machine! There will be great music, silly games, and plenty of bubbles! At 12 PM we will have an awesome balloon drop too. Wrap up the event with New Year hats and treats. This is a free event.