Just A Word
July is busy here at the library, so let us get to it! I will not waste your time. Browse our offerings, mark your calendars, and sign up for your favorites. Inside our doors, or outside in the summer air, ENJOY your summer days. Happy July 4th everyone!

Holiday Hours

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. We will return to normal hours on July 5.
Too much of a great thing!

We must pause our acceptance of donated books. We currently possess all that we can store and use at the moment. We will revisit our book status in the fall. Thank you, everyone for your past generosity! Please do not leave donated books at the exterior book drop as the elements will promote the growth of mold and mildew.

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!
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!
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. Available seats are LIMITED. If you have any questions, library volunteer, Marie Troskosky 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
Book Premiere with David Poyer
Join us for a special visit with former Bradfordian, David Poyer as he premieres his latest work, Writing in the Age of AI: What You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive. Veteran writers, as well as novices, teachers, and editors will gain valuable insight to the effect new digital tools will have on writing. Poyer’s book is out today on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, B&N, in both paperback and ebook formats.
We hope to see you on Wednesday, July 19 at
6:30 PM for this event!
Book Launch Party
with Nancy McCabe
Join local author and Pitt-Bradford professor, Nancy McCabe on Tuesday,
July 25 at 6 PM for the release of her newest book: Vaulting Through Time. Copies will be available for purchase at this event.

Sixteen-year-old gymnast Elizabeth finds herself catapulting through time in order to solve the mystery of her own birth and stop a fellow time traveler whose actions may prevent her from being born.
All Together Now: Community Mural

This year's summer reading theme: All Together Now is the inspiration for this amazing project. Each participant will receive one small, square canvas to paint an image using a predetermined color scheme. The small images will be arranged to produce a mural.
Let's see what we can create, together on
Monday, July 24 at
6 PM! Registration is necessary to ensure enough supplies are available for all participants.
Adult Summer Reading Challenge

You enjoy reading. Now your favorite pastime can make you a winner! Log your reading minutes into a Beanstack account and our top grossing earners will be entered into a random drawing to win one of several Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates. This challenge began Monday, June 12 and ends on Monday, July 31.
Ready. Set. Read!

Cemetery Symbolism

6 PM 

Laura Fitzgerald, a Buffalo, NY historian will present a program called “Cemetery Symbolism.”
“Symbols are a part of our everyday lives. With a visit to your local cemetery, you can learn a great deal about the people buried within its gates; their occupations, hobbies, age, and era in which they died,” Fitzgerald explained.
Fitzgerald will share examples of unique stones from Western New York and beyond. Learn the stories behind these headstones and the important lives they represent.
General Grant and the Siege of Vicksburg: 160th Anniversary


Full-time professional living historian, Kenneth Serfass, returns as General Ulysses S. Grant to mark the 160th Anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg. In a six-month campaign that is still part of the study at West Point, by today’s US Army officer cadets, Grant did something no other army had ever done, and resulted in capturing his second complete rebel army with no terms but an unconditional surrender.
Movie Monday: Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863. This year marks the 160th anniversary of this pivotal battle in American history. Join us on
Monday, July 10 at 6 PM for a FREE viewing of Gettysburg. No registration necessary.
History of Death & Mourning in America

Master of Education student, Matthew Picklo will lead us on a journey as we travel through the decades to witness the changing practices that surround death and mourning in the United States. We will come to understand how many practices have been influenced by other cultures and world events. This in-person event will also stream live on the library's YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 PM
Coffee with the Curator: Road Trip Edition

Hear the story of the 37th New York Volunteer Infantry and one of their regimental flags, as told by Brian McClellan, the curator of the Cattaraugus County Historical Museum and Research Center. This flag, restored in 2020, was previously captured by the Confederates and displayed in the confederate senate chamber over the chair of Vice President Alexander Stephens. This is a prerecorded, virtual program that will air on the library's YouTube channel on Monday, July 17.
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 Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 PM. No registration necessary.
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, July 11, 18, and 25. Registration is necessary.

Call 814-362-6527 or click the button below to register.
Trivia Night

Let's test your knowledge of past summer block buster movies and 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, July 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, July 13 at 11 AM (new time) when Janelle Nolan demonstrates how to create a curly hair bear using yarn.
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, July 15 at 10:30 AM. Members will attend an author forum with the library's Teen Book Club. Members will discuss the books of author, Kwame Alexander in preparation for their Chautauqua Institute visit in August to hear Alexander speak.

All are encouraged to attend and join the book discussion! New members are always welcomed.
Email any questions using the button below:
All Together Now: Summer Reading Program for Area Youth
Local youth are invited to register for the summer reading program & reading program workshops. The two weeks of summer workshops are for the following age groups: Birth - 5 yrs.(Mon.), 1st - 3rd grade (Tue.), and 4th - 6th grade (Wed.), and will begin the week of July 10.
The Youth Reading Challenge began on Monday, June 5, for all area youth (0 - 18 yrs). Interested youth are welcome to join the reading challenge on Beanstack. Read all the books you want by July 21! Reading can earn you a prize on July 28!

Free Summer Workshops

All local tweens and teens are invited to join the many free workshops that are planned for July and August. Grab our special brochure at the library's Circ. Desk and sign up for all the fun!

'Found' Objects Mosaic
Our teens will be creating a special mosaic project with the help of teen advisor, Marie Troskosky and Courtney Mealy, Director of Arts Programming at Pitt-Bradford. This free project is open to all area teens who have registered. Space is limited and registrations will be capped.
Wed., July 26,
5-6:30 PM &
Mon., July 31,
5-6:30 PM
Orin James Dissection Lab
Wednesday, July 26 - Friday, July 28, 5 PM - 7 PM

Youth in grades 4 - 8 can experience hands-on dissections of a variety of organs (i.e. heart, eyes, brain) with Pitt-Bradford professor, Orin James. Participants will use scalpels, retractors, and forceps. This educational experience will include step-by-step instruction by James with corresponding PowerPoints to aid the understanding of each phase of the procedures. Registration is required for this free experience and adult attendance is mandatory for each registered youth.
Young Adult Author Forum: Kwame Alexander
The normal meetings of the Middle Ground and Teen Book Clubs will be postponed during the month of July. In place of the meetings, both groups are encouraged to participate in an author forum on Saturday, July 15 at 10:30 AM. Teen Advisor, Marie Troskosky will lead a discussion of the various works of young adult author, Kwame Alexander.
Summer Reading Workshop Kick-Off 


Enjoy the Great Jeffini as he returns to BAPL. 
Jeffini uses MAGIC & PUPPETS to encourage kids to READ & ride the TEAM TRAIN . . . because Together Everyone Achieves MAGIC!! The show features books about teamwork, kindness and working together & includes fun magic, Jeffini’s crazy puppet friends, and all of the kids working together to accomplish something amazing.  This year’s magical words are…“All Aboard!” The show is perfect for kids aged 3-12 and even parents enjoy it. 
Summer Reading Picnic with Marty the
Bubble Guy


Join in the fun as we wrap up our Summer Reading with a picnic for everyone who participated. Marty the Bubble Guy will be on hand with some great music, dancing, and plenty of bubbles. The picnic will be held at the Callahan Park pavilion.(Location: Callahan Park pavilion)
Summer Reading Workshop: Art with Courtney

Courtney Mealy, Director of Arts Programming at Pitt-Bradford will be joining the Children's Summer Workshops on July 17 -19. Mealy will use the works of artist Alma Thomas as inspiration when designing art projects for youth registered in the summer reading workshops.

McKean County

The McKean County 4H group will be at the library on Thursday, July 20 at 11 AM for a fun project (TBA). Registration is necessary to ensure that enough materials are available for all participants.
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, July 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.