Thanks to all who made our Summer Reading Program: “A Universe of Stories” a success.  This summer, 538 children attended our space-themed workshops. Children from birth to 6th grade learned about our solar system, the moon, and stars. They built rockets, put their hands in an astronaut box, built an astronaut from recycled materials, created alien masks, and so much more.

We are proud to announce that 52 children, from birth through the sixth grade, read over 2,500 books! They recently celebrated their success at our annual Summer Reading Party at Callahan Park on Friday, July 19th. Each child received a free book, played games, and enjoyed delicious food. Prizes were awarded to the first, second and third place winners of each age group for reading the most amount of books. Thanks to Burger King of Bradford, Crosby Mini Mart, Family Video, Just Riding Along, Little Fabric Garden, and McDonalds of Bradford for their in kind donations of prizes to the children.

Many thanks to those who offered special programs:

4H Club

Courtney Mealy

Jeffini the Magician

Jim Ronan

Michael Morton of Sun-Dance-Kids Farm

Mike Miller

Paul Krupinski’s Mobile Planetarium

OrJames Labs

Penn State Extension

Queen B’s of Studio B Dance Academy


St. Bonaventure Art Mobile

The Game Commission


Yoga with Kathy


The following businesses and individuals made monetary donations, which helped to pay for prizes and our guest presenters this summer:

Allegheny Bradford Corporation

Bob Cummins Construction

Copy Connection

Daniel E. Burkhouse Construction

Fraternal Order of the Eagles #2432

Kessel Construction

Kiwanis Club of Bradford

Minard Run Oil Company

Penndoc Foot and Ankle Center

Pizza Napoli

Studio B Dance Academy

Sundahl Insurance


Thanks to our staff for working tirelessly to make these programs possible:

Debbie Deane, youth service librarian

Judy Carr, youth services assistant

Bonnie Leposa, circulation desk clerk


Finally, thanks to all of the families for participating in our programs!

The Bradford Area Public Library would not be able to provide programs and services without the support of our generous patrons and community.


New York Times BEST SELLERS LIST (August 25, 2019)

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



Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand (8 weeks on the list)

The Levin family undergoes dramatic events with a son in Vietnam, a daughter in protests and dark secrets hiding beneath.


The Inn by James Patterson (New this Week)

A former Boston Police detective who is now an innkeeper must shield a seaside town from a crew of criminals.


One Good Deed by David Baldacci (3 weeks on the list)

A World War II veteran on parole must find the real killer in a small town or face going back to jail.



The Reckoning by John Grisham (26 weeks on the list)

A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.


Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (12 weeks on the list)

A South Carolina lawyer learns about the questionable practices of a Tennessee orphanage.


The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (49 weeks on the list)

A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.


Outfox by Sandra Brown (New this week)

F.B.I. Agent Drex Easton has a hunch that the conman Weston Graham is also a serial killer.


The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (New this Week)

A nanny working in a technology-laden house in Scotland goes to jail when one of the children dies.


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (46 weeks on the list)

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (163 weeks on the list)

An insightful Lab-terrier mix helps his owner, a stuggling race car driver.


The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (4 weeks on the list)

Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.


The New Girl by Daniel Silva (4 weeks on the list)

Gabriel Allon, the chief of Israeli intelligence, partners with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, whose daughter is kidnapped.


A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais (New this week)

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike get more than they bargained for when they investigate the abduction of a bank teller.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (48 weeks on the list)

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.








Becoming by Michelle Obama (39 weeks on the list)

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (165 weeks on the list)

A civil rights lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient's memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (62 weeks on the list)

A meditation on race in America.


Calypso by David Sedaris (14 weeks on the list)

A collection of comedic stories on mortality, middle age and a beach house dubbed the Sea Section.



The Pioneers by David McCullough (14 weeks on the list)

The Pulizer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.


Educated by Tara Westover (77 weeks on the list)

The daughter of survivalists, who kept is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.


The Body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk (42 weeks on the list)

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.




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Bradford Area
Public Library

67 West Washington St
Bradford PA 16701-1234
Phone: 814-362-6527
Mission: To provide the resources to inform, educate and enrich our community in a way that demonstrates:
  • Literacy
  • Equal access and diversity
  • Life-long learning
  • Fiscal responsibility and integrity
  • BAPL's rich heritage

Vision: To be a recognized premier library in service to our community.