Story Time

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Story Time: Fridays at 10:30am for children under the age of three.

Many people believe that children learn to read and write in kindergarten or first grade. But developing literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions—sharing books, telling stories, singing songs, talking to one another, or pointing out and naming objects. Even painting, drawing or picking up things serve a purpose. These activities help develop hand muscles and coordination—skills necessary for learning how to write.

Adults—parents, grandparents and teachers—play a powerful role in preparing young children for future school success and in becoming self-confident and motivated learners.

 

Early Language and Literacy - ZERO TO THREE. (2014). Retrieved from http://main.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=key_language
 

September Reading

Cats!

With cooler weather fast approaching, the library recommends you curl up with a cat and read! A list of books featuring feline characters will be available at the circulation desks to make your search for your next favorite book easier. This program welcomes readers of all ages, August 31st through September 30, 2015. Don’t like cats and missed our Dog Days of Summer Reading? Lists of our recommended reads for canine lovers are still available!

 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Sarah at the library at 304-842-8248.

Story Laboratory

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Story Laboratory - Rockin the Library!

This program brings together books and hands on activities! Specially selected books, based on a designated theme, are read to children while attendees work on a craft project related to the stories. This program is generally offered on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm. All children between the ages of four and twelve are welcome! Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.

 

Story Laboratory is back! Children will create paper Pete the Cat puppets! This program is for children between the ages of four and twelve. Registration is required.

 


If you have questions about this event, please contact Amy at the library at 304-842-8248.

Closed

The library will be closing Friday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m.   We will reopen Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Pizza & Pages

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Pizza & Pages The Year of Billy Miller

Pizza and Pages is a new book club for children between the ages of eight and twelve. The group’s reading material consists of chapter books designed for juvenile readers. Children interested in the program are invited to read the book in time for the scheduled discussion. The group once a month, usually the second Thursday at 6:00pm. A limited number of copies of the books are available. Please see Amy at the library to borrow a copy. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for the event. Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.

 

“Pizza and Pages” is a book discussion group for children between the ages of eight and twelve. Children will discuss The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:00pm. Children interested in participating in the program are invited to borrow a copy of the book from the library, though quantities are limited. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for participating children. Registration is required and can be easily done by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk or calling 304-842-8248.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Amy at the library at 304-842-8248.

Tabletop Gaming

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Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop gaming at the library is the newest and fastest growing regular library program. The group now meets twice a month! Join fellow gaming enthusiasts on the second and third Saturdays of every month from 12:00pm to 5:00pm for lively rounds of “Settlers of Catan,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Takenoko,” and others!

 

All tabletop gamers, both teens and adults of all levels of gaming expertise, are welcome at the library! Participants will play on Saturdays, September 12 and 19, 2015 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm!


If you have questions about this event, please contact Sarah at the library at 304-842-8248

Teen Read-A-Thon

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Teen Read-A-Thon

Teen Read-A-Thons are evenings dedicated to reading. Teens looking for a quiet getaway will find peace at the library. Bring a book or borrow one from the stacks!

 

Teens between the ages of thirteen and nineteen are invited to a Read-A-Thon at the library on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm! Books will of course be available for the program, but teens are also welcome to bring a book as well!

 


If you have questions about this event, please contact Sarah at library at 304-842-8248.

Critical Reading Workshop

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Critical Reading Workshop

Learn to read critically through this informal workshop at the library on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:00pm! Goals of a critical reader include the ability to recognize an author’s purpose to better understand tone, persuasive elements, and recognize bias. This worship encourages participants to hone the ability to think clearly and rationally to better appreciate books!

 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Sarah at the library at 304-842-8248.

Book Talk!

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Book Talk The Silver Star

Contemporary fiction, West Virginia literature, acclaimed autobiographies, and other notable nonfiction — books in these categories are among those read and discussed at Book Talk, a lively reading group meeting the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm in the library conference room. New members are enthusiastically welcomed; interested library patrons should contact Joanne. The program is well established and its years of reading selections are included in the library’s SnapShots for Adults.

 

The group will discuss The Silver Star by WV author Jeannette Walls on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 4:00pm. See Joanne at the library to borrow copies of the book, but quantities are limited.

 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Joanne at the library at 304-842-8248.

Kids' Movie Night

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Kids' Movie Night

This program is a community favorite and a wonderful opportunity for families to get together for a relaxed evening at the library! New children’s films recently released on DVD serve as the feature presentations during one Friday night a month, (September – May at 6:00pm). Films featured during these events never bare a maturity rating higher than PG. All children between the ages of four and twelve are welcome! Pizza, popcorn, and refreshments are provided. Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.

 

All children are invited to movie night at the library on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:00pm! Cinderella is the feature presentation! Children between the ages of four and twelve are invited to an evening filled with adventure! Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.

 


If you have questions about this event, please contact Amy Eakle at 304-842-8248.

Chapter Chat!

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Chapter Chat! Station 11

Chapter Chat is the library’s second and newest book discussion group for adults. The group is designed to accommodate patrons observing regular working hours and those interested in discussing books published within the last year. LibraryReads, a non-profit organization that accepts and organizes book reviews from librarians nationwide in order to release a monthly list of the ten best new books, will be a frequent source for the group’s reading material. Ask Sarah at the library to borrow copies of the current discussion book. Quantities are limited. The group launched in September 2014 and an archive of its reading selections may be found on SnapShots for Adults.

 

Participants will discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:00pm. See Sarah at the library to borrow a copy of the book, but quantities are limited.

 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Sarah at the library at 304-842-8248.

eReader Workshop

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eReader Workshop

Bring your eReader to the library on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:00pm for an informal workshop! Librarians will offer guidance and instruction for participants interested in downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks from the WV DELI and OneClickDigital, two of the library’s databases. Registration is required and may be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the front circulation desk.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Sarah or Amy at the library at 304-842-8248.

Tea & Talk

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Tea & Talk

Tea & Talk is a discussion group dedicated to the latest drama on PBS Masterpiece! The group meets at 12:30pm on Mondays to discuss the previous Sunday night’s episode of Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Endeavour, and others. Tea and is provided and participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

 

All are welcome to participate in discussions focused on Indians Summers at the library! Tea will be provided and participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. “Tea & Talk” will meet weekly to discuss Indian Summers on Mondays at a new time, 1:00pm, beginning September 28, 2015 and running through November 23, 2015. Indian Summers airs Sundays at 9:00pm on PBS beginning September 27, 2015.

 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Sarah at the library at 304-842-8248.

Teen Read

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Teen Read Looking for Alaska

The library encourages teens to read for fun, outside of school related assignments! One book is selected as the designated Teen Read for each month. Check the library’s event calendar for the Monday evening designated to Teen Read. Multiple copies of the book are available to borrow in time to prepare for discussion. Books chosen for these events are always intended for a young adult audience. Teens are also encouraged to write fan fiction about the stories they read for this program. For the list of books in the Teen Read archive, please visit SnapShot for Teens.

 

Teens will discuss Looking for Alaska by John Green on Monday, September 28, 2015 beginning at 6:00pm. See Sarah at the library to borrow a copy of the book, but quantities are limited.

 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Sarah Nora at 304-842-8248.

Book Signing

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Book Signing!

Anna Egan Smucker, WV author of Brother Giovanni's Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born, will be at the Bridgeport Public Library for a special book signing event on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:00pm! Copies of the book will be available for purchase and personalization during the event. Join us to celebrate the newest publication by one of Bridgeport’s own! Pretzels will also be available to enjoy, while supplies last!

 


If you have questions about this program, please contact Amy at the library at 304-842-8248.

Dog Day!

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Dog Day!

Dog Day is the first Saturday of every month (September – May) from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Members of the Mountaineer Therapy Dogs and their handlers visit the library to read with children. Many children find reading to an adult intimidating, but the never judgmental canine can be a perfect reading partner for children. All children between four and twelve are welcome to read with the dogs! Registration for a fifteen minute time slot is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.

 

 

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We hope you use and enjoy the various services we offer, which include access to: books, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, online databases, and more! Informative and social programs are available for children, teens, and adults. Please see the monthly calendar for upcoming events!

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the Bridgeport Public Library to provide materials, resources and services which help patrons meet their personal, educational, cultural and professional information needs.