Just A Word
Happy Thanksgiving Patrons and Friends!

I have a few quick thoughts this month:  

1) I can't believe we're heading into November already.  

2) I am very excited to thank two special people, on November 2, for our inaugural Celebration of Library Heroes.  Join us as we celebrate the important contributions made by Jeanie Satterwhite and Marie Troskosky.  Tickets are going fast. (see more information in the newsletter....)

3)  I am thankful.  I am thankful for my wonderful staff, this beautiful library, and you! You are the reason we bring you quality books and media, educational and entertaining programs, and social activities to share with your friends and family.  

Many blessing to you and yours,
Celebration of Library Heroes
November 2, 2023
To celebrate all that we do, we will be honoring two people at our inaugural Celebration of Library Heroes event on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 PM. Jeanie Satterwhite, instrumental in spearheading our True Colors Collection, has long been a library supporter. She has been an excellent fund-raiser, but more importantly, she elevated our cause in the hearts and minds of our community.

Marie Troskosky, has spent countless hours over the last ten years volunteering – using her substantial English teaching skills to support literacy and writing programs. She leads our Teen and Middle Ground Book Clubs and continues to find new ways to breathe life into these programs. Bringing our youth together with others in the library community – building new partnerships with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and our adult Open Book Club – Marie gives our teens leadership opportunities that inspire.

The library will be selling a limited number of tickets. They are $40 each or two for $70 and include a buffet-style dinner at the Bradford Club. Tickets can be obtained by visiting or calling the library at 814-362-6527.
Special Holiday Hours
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the library will be closed all day on Thursday, November 23. We will also have shortened operating hours on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25
(10 AM - 2 PM).
Adult Programs
Re-Thinking Thanksgiving
Master Storyteller & Cultural Educator, Perry Ground will be presenting Re-Thinking Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 9 at 6 PM. This lively, content-based presentation will give an overview of the history of this very misunderstood holiday. Based on the only primary source document that chronicles the “First Thanksgiving” and using a quiz-style format, participants will learn accurate and culturally appropriate information about the English settlers at Plymouth and the Wampanoag (the Native people who inhabited that area).
The presentation will discuss the actual events of 1621 in Plymouth, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag, and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of Thanksgiving held by many Native Americans will be emphasized throughout.
Although they were not present in Plymouth in 1621, connections to the Haudenosaunee's (Iroquois) concept of Thanksgiving will be discussed so participants will understand how Native People view Thanksgiving today.
Silent Book Club

No assigned books, no rules except to let everyone read in silence.

Meet. Share. Read! Join us for a monthly book club without assigned reading. Bring your own book, meet new friends, and spend time reading what you enjoy! Our next meeting is Saturday, November 4 at 10:30 AM.

Join the discussions and also get some excellent book recommendations! No Registration Necessary.

The Artists' Toolbox

"The Artists' Toolbox" is a deeply personal and inspiring talk presented by Noah Matthew Howard.
Noah, an artist, entrepreneur, and content creator, takes the audience on a journey through his life and artistic process, drawing insightful parallels between the tools he uses as an artist and the tools that have helped him navigate the challenges life has thrown his way. Join us, Monday, November 6 at 6 PM.
Movie Monday: The Public

In recognition of Veteran's Day we are offering a FREE viewing of Dog on Monday, November 13 at 6 PM.

"It's emotionally honest, and reveals a lot of painful truths about what the Army Rangers go through. It's a very moving story."

No registration necessary.
Tech Tutor Block

Join us on Tuesday, November 14 or 28 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, November 18 at 10:30 AM. Members have elected to read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

“Poignant, engrossing.”—People • “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain

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

Let's test your knowledge of everything during our next Trivia Night. Form your teams (4 ppl. max.) or play individually. Either way, it is sure to be a blast!

Tuesday, November 21 at 6 PM

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

Join us for a fun, in-person program on Tuesday, November 28 at 6 PM. Participants will create a Fall watercolor and ink landscape painting. 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.


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 Book Club

Club members will meet on Tuesday, November 21 at 5 PM and will be discussing Enclave by Ann Aguirre. Teen Book Club is open to any local teen in grades 9 - 12. Enjoy free books and pizza at every meeting.

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy.

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, November 9 at 5 PM and will be discussing Star Fish by Lisa fipps. The Middle Ground Book Club is open to all local tweens in grades 5 - 8. Enjoy free books and pizza during all meetings.

Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules—like “no making waves,” “avoid eating in public,” and “don’t move so fast that your body jiggles.”

New members are always welcome! Bring a friend.
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.
The Turkeys Are Calling!

Get a close up look of some live turkeys at the library. They will be gobbling and raising a fuss on this day before Thanksgiving program! Check out the mayhem on Wednesday, November 22 at 11 AM when Michael Morton returns to the library with his Sun-Dance-Kids-Farm turkeys. Pst, don't worry. These turkeys will not be on any tables this Thanksgiving!