Tails and Tales..SRP 2021


Summer is here and that means our staff are busy planning another amazing Summer Reading Program at the Bradford Public Library!  The theme this year is Tales and Tails and we are excited to be celebrating animals of all kinds!   Students and adults can read in June and July for the chance to win some great prizes. We have all in person activities planned with many new family events on the calendar. Here is what we have planned for the the month of July.

July events include a Patriotic Pet Show on July 8 from 6:00-7:00. Bring your pet dressed in their best patriotic attire and show them off! Pets will be judged and winners will earn a ribbon and small prize! Please register for this family event!

Darke county Parks will join us on Monday, July 12 at 1:00 for a program on Raptors. This event will be held in the Y-Yard park behind the Depot Building at 203 E Main St. Come be amazed at these large birds. This is a family event and registration is not required.

Miami County Park District will return for one last storybook trail on July 13 from 11:30-1:00. Weather permitting they will be held in Iddings Park, just across the street from the library. In case of rain, event will be moved inside the library.  This is a pop in family event and registration is not required.

Students in grades 2-5 will enjoy an activity day on Wednesday, July 14 from 11-12:30. Students will participate in an animal themed obstacle course and compete for a prize in the Y-Yard Park! Participants will also enjoy a pizza lunch after the competition! Registration for this event is required so supplies can be purchased.

Thursday July 15 from 6:30-8:00, students in grades 6-12 are invited to a string art workshop. Participants will make an animal themed picture using wood, nails and string. Registration is required so supplies can be purchased.

Tuesday, July 20 from 6-7:00 we will be hosting our first ever Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Children pre-k-5th grade are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the library for a slumber party! Bring your stuffed animal a 6:00 and enjoy a story and make a craft for your plush pal! At 7:00, the stuffed animals will begin their night of fun while their children go home to sleep. Return on July 21 between 9-10:00 to pick up your animals and enjoy donuts and juice. Participants will get a photo book showing all the fun their stuffed animals had through the night!

July 21 from 1:00-3:00 our adult readers are invited to enjoy some Ice cream and several rounds of BINGO. Come enjoy some conversation and  friendly competition our air conditioned facility. registration is requested so we have enough supplies.

July 23 we will be hosting a Movie in the Parking Lot at dusk. Parking lot will open for seating at 8:30 and movie will begin close to 9:15. Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets and your favorite movie snacks for your family. Parents, you will be required to stay with your children during this event.  Movie will be rated PG. In case of storms or rain, this event will be cancelled. Please watch our facebook page for updates as the date draws closer.

Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30, Hannah Pennington will return with an essential oils workshop for adults. Participants will make a Bug Spray and First aid Salve for just $15 a person. Class is limited to 12 participants and registration and pre-payment are required. Checks can be made payable to Hannah Pennington. Hannah is very knowledgeable about the benefits of using essential oils and clean living. refreshments will be provided.

July 29 from 6:00-8:00 students in grades 6-12  are invited to a workshop to make Bandanas for shelter Pets. We will be using equipment in the innovation station to craft bandanas for dogs and cats to be taken to local shelters to help the animals be more adoptable. Participants can make a bandana to take home to their own pet if they would like to. Registration is required so supplies can be purchased.

Our last to turn in reading Logs or adult book slips will be Saturday, July 31 by 1:00.

Our final program of the summer will be held on August 4 at 1:00 at the Bradford Community Club. we are pleased to bring back Mike Hemmelgarn, ventriloquist, magician, comedian and juggler, for a free family show starting at 1:00. following Mike’s performance we will have our END OF THE SUMMER PRIZE DRAWING for students. Children who have turned in at least one reading log will be eligible to win one of our amazing prizes! Remember the more you read, the more you have a chance to win big!

Our adult prize drawing will be held on Thursday, August 5 at 1:00. Refreshments will be served!

In addition to the events above, we also will offer a reading club for students in grades 4 & 5. Participants will be reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with Rush Rogers  Thursdays in July on the 1st, 15th and 22nd from 5:00-6:00.  Rush will also be holding her book club for young adults with reading challenges, Rush’s Rowdy Readers, the same evenings in July from 6:00-7:00. All are welcome to join and be encouraged by this amazing group of young adults! Books will be provided.

Miami County Parks will also be offering their Summer Nature Quest at BPL. We have a nice selection of books hand-picked by Miami County Parks staff. After students read a book, they will complete a suggested activity and fill out an activity log. Turn logs in to BPL to receive a beautiful polished rock. This great program is geared to keep your children engaged in outdoor exploration and activity.

This is the perfect summer to get involved with our reading program as we are a fine free library through the end of 2021. Patrons are encouraged to stop by and check their accounts for old overdue fines for late material. Overdue fines can be waived completely, and new fines for late material will be waived when items are returned.  We encourage patrons to check your account for lost material, as fines for lost items will be waived when items are returned. We miss you and want you to be able to fully enjoy your library and all it has to offer!

Follow us on Facebook  for updates as more programs are added and be sure to stop by after May 27 to sign up for our events. As always, please call the library at 937-448-2612 with any questions you might have about our upcoming programs.  We can wait to see you at Your Library soon!