Just A Word
As July gives way to August, summer’s heat continues to impact our days and nights.  Amidst the leisurely summer afternoons and the waning vacation days, our library stands as a sanctuary for knowledge, imagination, and connection. Whether you seek adventure between the page, research, or quiet cool corners for reflection, work, or learning, our doors are open to all.  Our team of passionate librarians and staff are ready to assist you in your literary, cultural, and digital pursuits.  
Queue up your personal calendar while you read this newsletter. You won't want to miss your favorite activity in a month packed with events. 
As for us, our commitment to serving the community grows stronger. We continuously strive to make our library a place where diversity is celebrated, where learning knows no bounds, and where everyone feels valued. Your input and feedback are invaluable in shaping the services we offer, so please don't hesitate to share your thoughts with us.
You have my sincere gratitude for continuing to be part of the fabric of BAPL.  Your presence enriches our space, making it a vibrant hub of knowledge and culture. Thank you for your unwavering support. 
Warmest regards,
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).
Closing Early

The library will have a temporary closure at 3 PM on Monday, August 7 for a necessary staff meeting.
We will re-open by 6 PM, in time for Movie Monday.
Thank you for your understanding.
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.
Adult Programs
Author Visit with Judy Hopkins
Enjoy and evening with local author, and former professor, Judy Hopkins on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 PM. Learn how her personal and professional experiences in Bradford, Phoenix, and Los Angeles inspired the scenes and characters in her debut novel, Babe in the Woods.
Movie Monday: Eat, Pray, Love

In recognition of National Book Lover's Day we are offering a FREE viewing of Eat, Pray, Love on Monday, August 7 at 6 PM. No registration necessary.
The movie is inspired by a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels.
Copy Cat

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Thursday, August 9 at 6 PM. Participants will paint positive messages on rocks to scatter about town to lift spirits throughout our community.
Participation for this free program is limited to twelve (12) individuals, so register early! Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:

Forgetting the Moments to Remember: The Hidden Tolls of Dementia

Join us, in person, for a virtual webinar in the library's Community Room on Monday, August 21 at 1 PM. This program is part of the Dementia Friendly Pennsylvania Webinar Series. 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, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. Registration is necessary.
Call 814-362-6527 or click the button below to register.
Trivia Night

Let's test your knowledge of TV show theme songs 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, August 15 at 6 PM

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

Beat the summertime heat with a free movie marathon, all day on Saturday, August 5 beginning at 10:30 AM. We will be viewing The Lord of the Rings trilogy! Attendees may even attend as their favorite hobbit, dwarf, elf, or wizard. We'll supply the popcorn!
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:


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/Tween Trail Walk & Watercolor Event

Join Pitt-Bradford professor, Dr. Mary Mulcahy and stroll along the Pitt nature trail, taking pictures of interesting plant life. We'll break for lunch then select a favorite plant picture to turn into a work of art. This event is intended for students in grades 5 - 12 on August 9 from 10:30 AM - 3 PM. Registration is required. Use the button below or call 814-362-6527

Join us for a relaxing morning with a favorite book! Spend the time outside (bring a lawn chair) and earn coupons to local businesses for every half hour spent reading! It's a Win-Win!
This event is intended for students in grades 4 - 12.
August 14 from 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
New Member Ice Cream Social
Local teens/tweens are encouraged to learn about our book clubs. Meet our advisors and current Teen and Middle Ground Book Club members. Participate in games, win new books and enjoy some ice cream! See you on Monday, August 21 at 5 PM.
Teen Book Club

Club members will meet on Tuesday, August 15 at 5 PM and will be discussing Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed. Teen Book Club is open to any local teen in grades 9 - 12. Enjoy free books and pizza at every meeting.

Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist. And one thing she’s learned as editor of her school newspaper is that a journalist’s job is to find the facts and not let personal biases affect the story. But all that changes the day she finds the body of a murdered boy.
Middle Ground Book Club

Club members will meet on Thursday, August 3 at 5 PM and will be discussing Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce. The Middle Ground Book Club is open to all local tweens in grades 5 - 8. Enjoy free books and pizza during all meetings.

With sparkling wit and a tight, twisty plot, Premeditated Myrtle, the first in a series, introduces a brilliant young investigator ready to take on hard cases and maddening Victorian rules for Young Ladies of Quality in order to earn her place among the most daring and acclaimed amateur detectives of her time or any other.
Orin James Marionettes
Pitt-Bradford professor, Orin James will be leading a special program for local children on Monday, August 7 11 AM. Registered participants will learn how marionette puppets are made and will have an opportunity to make one themselves!
Petting Zoo

Don't let summer slip away without bringing the kiddos to another petting zoo. Michael Morton will have a variety of his Sun Dance Kids Farm animals on display for all to enjoy on Friday, August 11 beginning at 10:30 AM.
Explore Native American Culture

Youth are invited to learn about Native American culture and hear animal tales that have been handed down through countless generations. Join presenter, Don Hazzard on Saturday, August 19 at 11 AM. Participants will also have an opportunity to create a dream catcher. Registration is necessary.

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. This month, youth will learn about the life of Aesop and hear many of his famous fables!
Summer Reading Workshop: Art with Courtney (rescheduled)

Courtney Mealy, Interim Director of Arts Programming at Pitt-Bradford will be on hand to work with our 0 - 5 yr. old youth. She will use the works of artist Alma Thomas as inspiration for this special program that will be held on Friday, August 18 at 11 AM

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.