Requesting Donations for Sales

Starting Spring Cleaning A Little Early? We are getting ready for our Used Book Sale and Teen Book Club Yard Sale.


Used Book Sale

We are accepting donations for our Spring Book Sale. Please donate the gently used books, magazines and DVDs and support our library. We are preferably looking for, puzzles with 750 pieces or less, instructional music book, cds, DVDs and current novels, both paperback and hardcover. Please donate the items by Friday, April 13. Help us to make this book sale a successful event and clean out your bookshelves at the same time. Make way for the books that you can buy at our sale on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28th.


Teen Book Club Yard Sale

Teen Book Club Yard Sale fundraiser will be coming up on Saturday May 5th and we need your help to make it a big success!


From now through Wednesday, April 25, we'll be collecting donations for the yard sale.  Items, such as: clothing, toys, games, tools, kitchen & household goods, craft supplies, and other miscellaneous items will be wonderfully accepted.


 All proceeds from the sale will go to the Teen Book Club to help support our trip to see the musical Hamilton.



All donations can be dropped off at the Bradford Area Public Library during library hours.


So, if you're doing some spring cleaning please keep us in mind!


Save the Date for Our Sales!

  Spring Used Book Sale         Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28th.

                 Teen Book Club Yard Sale   Saturday, May 5th




The Whip: a novel inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

by Karen Kondazian

The Whip is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer.

Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California. (


"Inspired by a true story, The Whip by Karen Kondazian caught my attention because Charley, the whip who drives a stagecoach in California during the gold rush days, was a woman!" Emily Zinsner, Library Desk Clerk



Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

In Settle for More, the NBC News anchor reflects on the enduring values and experiences that have shaped her—from growing up in a family that rejected the "trophies for everyone" mentality, to her father’s sudden, tragic death while she was in high school. She goes behind-the-scenes of her career, sharing the stories and struggles that landed her in the anchor chair and taught her to ask the tough questions. Speaking candidly about her decision to "settle for more"—a motto she credits as having dramatically transformed her life at home and at work—Megyn discusses how she abandoned a thriving legal career to follow her journalism dreams. (


"Ever since the 2016 presidential debates, I have admired Megyn Kelly's work. She never backs down from asking the tough questions despite any pushback from the candidates. After reading this book, I admire her even more.  She took a risk by leaving a prominent legal career to follow her journalism dreams. She was well on her way to being a partner with a major law firm in Chicago. Despite her success, she felt unfulfilled. She realized that she really wanted to become a journalist. She started with absolutely no experience and rose up the ranks to become the success that she is today. She also wrote about the obstacles that she faced along the way. The book inspires me to never settle for less when I can settle for more."  Colette Roessler, adult programming and marketing coordinator


Grant by Ron Chernow

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary. (


"I was initially put off by the size of this tome but it was highly recommended by a professor of the University of Pittsburgh Bradford. I admit to sometimes being woefully ignorant of history and felt that I needed to learn about Ulysses S. Grant for one of my events. Once I started reading, I really enjoyed the biography and appreciate all of the intense research involved. I discovered that his life was truly fascinating, as is this book." Colette Roessler, adult programming and marketing coordinator


If you want to learn more about President Grant:

President Grant will visit the Bradford Area Public Library on Saturday, February, 10th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.  Kenneth J. Serfass, a first-person impressionist, will portray President Grant. He, as President Grant, will discuss his presidency. He will also discuss many little known facts and anecdotes. What he has to say may surprise you. He will also be available to answer questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Grant’s legacy and be entertained at the same time. The event is free and open to the public.


New York Times BEST SELLERS LIST (February 18, 2018)

These best sellers are in our collection in print and audiobook format. Check them out.





Origin by Dan Brown (18 weeks on the list)

A symbology professor goes on a perilous quest with a beautiful museum director.


Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (18 weeks on the list)

A south Carolina lawyer learns about the questionalble pratices of a Tennessee orphanage.


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (15 weeks on the list)

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.


The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks (4 weeks on the list)

The story of a love triangle is told from several points of view.


The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (18 weeks on the list)

A new collection of poetry from the author of Milk and Honey.



Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (16 weeks on the list)

A biography of the Italian Rennaissance polymath which connects his works in various disciplines.


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse (39 weeks on the list)

A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the laws that govern the universe.


Grant by Ron Chernow (17 weeks on the list)

A biography of the Union general of the Civil War and two-term president of the United States.


Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (34 weeks on the list)

The story of a murder spree in the 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose land contained oil.


Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff (5 Weeks on the list)

A journalist offers an inside account of the first year of the Trump White House.


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