This week, the Bradford Area Public Library encourages the community to visit the library and website — bradfordlibrary.org — to discover, explore, and access all of our virtual services and programs

BAPL offers a wide variety of online resources that are available from the comfort of home, including the new Flipster (magazines), Gale presents Udemy (courses) and OverDrive (e- and audiobooks).

National Library Week is a time to highlight the important role libraries, librarians, and staff play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. This year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether the community visits virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and welcoming places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

In the past year, the Bradford library redesigned its programs and services in an effort to safely deliver content to the local community either through a virtual platform or from the curbside. The library is continually grateful for those donors who have been able to support its efforts throughout this past year, as its work cannot continue without the generosity of the community.

BAPL welcomes everyone to engage in the many programs and contests planned for this week, such as:

• Tuesday — Coffee with the Curator will air at 10 a.m. on the library’s Facebook page.

• Tuesday — Libraries Rock! will stream live at 7 p.m. from the library’s Facebook page. This virtual concert will feature The Basement Blues Band.

• Wednesday — Building Blocks at 10 a.m.

• Wednesday — Yoga with Kathy at 6 p.m.

• Wednesday — Orin James, professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will provide the program “The Marionette Tradition of Austria” at 6:30 p.m.

• Thursday — Holly Dzemyan, environmental education specialist at Kinzua Bridge State Park, will deliver the program “Ten Things You Might Not Know About the Kinzua Bridge State Park” via the Microsoft Teams platform.

There are two contests this week, too: “Why I Love My Library,” where the community can write their reasons on paper hearts at the library or post them on social media (but remember to tag the library so it receives notification), and the “Face” book contest that encourages participants to take a picture of themselves with a book that happens to have a face on the cover (the participant covers their face with the book).

For a full description on these programs and contests, as well as registration information, the community is encouraged to follow the library on Facebook and Instagram, and to also visit the library’s website, bradfordlibrary.org.

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