January 2020


  • Middle Ground Book Club:
    Thu, Jan 2
    Middle Ground Book Club, for grades 5-8, meets the first Thursday of every month. This month, we have a book share where members bring in a book they’ve recently read and share it with the group.
  • Story Seekers:
    Mon., Jan 6, 13, 20, 27
    Fri, Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Calling all Story Seekers! The Bradford Area Public Library invites families with children ages birth to five to participate in our Story Seekers program every Monday and Friday at 11:00am. We offer a variety of literacy activities that include reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing! A new story is offered each week with play experiences that encourage active learning and inspire the imagination. Children have opportunities to create their own stories using art materials, building blocks, dramatic play, and music and movement.
    During the month of January, the Story Seekers will talk about snow, fishing, owls, bears, mice, and otters. We will start the New Year off with the timeless classics, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, and The Hat by Jan Brett. They will create crafts based on these books. On Monday, January 20, we will read The Blizzard by John Rocco, the story of the author’s experience during the blizzard of 1978 that brought fifty-three inches of snow to RI. Let’s start this year off with great books, creative crafts, and fun activities.
  • CARE for Children Best Baby Playgroup:
    Wed., Jan 8, 2020
    CARE for Children’s Best Baby Playgroup is a free program geared for children from birth to 2 years and their parents. Join us at the library for a short activity, a chance for children to play, and an opportunity to network. You’ll see why they call CARE for Children the “Best Baby Playgroup!”
    Older children are invited to the evening storytime, which runs at the same time.
  • Art Reflection:
    Thu., Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
    The Art Reflection program is for children in the 1st through 6th grade. Members study the works of famous artists and different forms of art and create works of art based on those artists.
    This month we will learn about the artwork of Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci. On January 9, members of the club will study the works of Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh, and create self-portraits on canvas with acrylic paints. On January 23, works of Leonardo da Vinci, whose interests included invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography. Da Vinci was truly a Renaissance man. We will discuss techniques of drawing and shading. On January 16, Laurie Maletto, of Penn State Extension, will lead her “Art of Cooking” class. They will create works of art with food and discuss nutrition. The final workshop of the month will be an opportunity to complete any unfinished work in preparation for the Art Reflection Art Show in May.
    Participants must pre-register for this club and space is limited to 15 students.
  • Kulinary Kids:
    Mon., Jan 13, 20, 27
    Kulinary Kids, in grades 1st through 6th, can learn about cooking and food safety skills. Laurie Maletto will lead these hands-on food prep workshops. Our Kulinary Kids will prepare simple foods using griddles and skillets. It’s a recipe of fun, learning, and yum! Join in the fun and let’s start cooking! Register at the Circulation Desk or call 814-362-6527.
  • Juice Box Heroes with Jim Ronan:
    Wed., Jan 15, 2020
    Preschool and kindergarten age children will play percussion instruments and sing along with Jim Ronan. They will learn about rhythm and sound. They will sing many childhood favorite songs and do the Hokey Pokey. That’s what it’s all about.
  • PennDOT Talks about REAL ID:
    Wed., Jan 15, 2020
    It just got real: real facts about the REAL ID. Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will be required to have a REAL ID to enter a federal building or board a domestic commercial flight. A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be available to explain the law and answer questions about the REAL ID. This program will be at the Bradford Area Public Library on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public. After the program, the PennDOT representative will be available to review participant’s paperwork to verify that it is sufficient for obtaining a REAL ID. This may save an extra trip down to the PennDOT Driver License Center. The REAL ID is really here. Come to the library to get the real facts about the REAL ID.
  • Evening Storytime:
    Wed., Jan 15, 22, 29
    Don’t forget to check out our evening storytime! You are invited to join us for a light story and craft to spark your imagination before bed. On January 8th, we will read Milton and Odie and the Bigger-Than-Bigmouth Bass by Mary Ann Frazer. “On one side of a frozen lake, Odie imagines all the fish he’ll catch today. On the other side of the lake, Milton is doubtful he’ll catch anything at all. As each otter imagines what lurks–or doesn’t lurk–under the ice, opposites attract, attitudes change, and a friendship is formed.” We will follow up this story with a craft. On January 22, Miss Debbie will read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, about a young child and her father searching in the moonlit woods for the great horned owl. On January 15th and 29th, Miss Mary will continue with our animal-themed books with stories about porcupines and ground hogs and prepare craft activities related to these books. Don’t miss out on the fun.
  • Teen Book Club:
    Tue., Jan 21
    The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens. Courtney Stevens, young adult author, will visit our library, local schools, and Pitt-Bradford in April.
  • Creative Share:
    Mon., Jan 27, 2020
    The Creative Share program is an opportunity for people to share their poems, songs, or creative writing with others. Starting in January, we will move the Creative Share program to 4:00pm.
  • Chess Club:
    Tue., Jan 28, 2020
    Do you play chess? We have a club that is just for you. Bob Ferguson of the American Chess School will facilitate the club. Join our recent winners of the WNY Fall Chess Classic for a friendly game of chess and learn from the champions.