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
 

Chess Tournament

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Chess Tournament

The Bridgeport Public Library will again partner with the Harrison County Chess Club, led by Bob Greer, to provide its fifth chess tournament on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. All chess enthusiasts and competitors are invited to the tournament!

 

Registration runs from 12:00pm to 12:15pm if not registered prior to May 30th. The first of three rounds begins at 12:30pm. The fee for rated, United States Chess Federation members is $15.00. Registration is free for all other entries. Trophies will be awarded to top individuals and to the top female in each section. The winner of the rated section will receive prize money comprised of 85% of the event’s entry fees.
 

Summer Book Sale!

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Book Sale!

The Bridgeport Public Library’s book sale begins Monday, June 1, 2015 and runs through Saturday, June 6, 2015! The regular sale runs Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 7:30pm. On Saturday, the sale is open for $1.00 Bag Day from 12:00pm to 4:30pm. Regular sale prices vary from $0.10 to $2.00 on items such as magazines to hardcovers, paperbacks, and children’s books!


Volunteers are always needed to set up, tear down, and work the sale. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 304-842-8248 or stop by the library’s front desk to register.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Natalie Fox at 304-842-8248

Summer Reading Registration

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Summer Reading Registration!

Registration for Summer Reading for all ages begins Monday, June 1, 2015! Registered participants receive lists of recommended reads, reading logs, independent activities, a calendar of Summer Reading events and they are also eligible to win prizes throughout Summer Reading! Registration must be done in person at the library.

 


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

Teens! Hunger Games Tribute Training

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Teens! Hunger Games Tribute Training!

Teens between the ages of thirteen and nineteen are invited to participate in the library’s Hunger Games inspired Tribute Training to kick off Summer Reading on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 6:00pm! Teens will have several activities to choose from including: mockingjay pin craft, Seneca Crane/Effie Trinket makeovers, cookie decorating inspired by Peeta, target practice, obstacle course, and more! Registration is required and can be easily done by calling 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s front circulation desk.

 


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

Summer Reading Kickoff

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Summer Reading Kickoff featuring Bright Star's American Tunes & Tales!

Folk songs and folktales from across America come to life in this musical-filled adventure. The Bright Star Touring Theater company delved deep into American literature from the Jack Tales of the Appalachian region to the fishing docks of New England – and created a vibrant and energetic show that seamlessly blends these fantastic regional stories with classic American folk songs – from Shenandoah to Shady Grove. This will take place on Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 p.m.

 

If you have any questions please contact Amy at (304) 842-8248.

Teen Ballroom Dancing

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Teen Ballroom Dancing with the Franks!

All teens are invited to begin to learn how to ballroom dance at the library! Artie and Eileen Frank will offer an introductory Summer Reading course specially designed for teens! Registration and comfortable shoes (with backs) are required. Attendance in pairs is preferred on June 8th at 6:00 p.m.


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

In a Minuet

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In a Minuet!

“In a Minuet” is a Bridgeport Public Library “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading program for children between the ages of four and twelve. The program will be offered twice: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 12:00pm and Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:00pm. Children will participate in individual challenges inspired by the Minute to Win It game show!

 

Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248.

Don Hamilton Concert & Book Signing

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Don Hamilton Concert & Book Signing!

Bridgeport’s own Don Hamilton will launch Summer Reading for adults with a special concert and book signing event at the library on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:00pm! This year’s theme is “Read to the Rhythm,” focusing on music in reading and programming. Register for Summer Reading to obtain more information and enter to win weekly prizes! Copies of Hamilton’s book, Easy Steps to Reading Music, will be available for purchase during the event. Join us for this kickoff event!


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

Book to Boogie

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Book to Boogie with Don Hamilton!

“Book to Boogie” is a Bridgeport Public Library “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading program for children between the ages of four and twelve. The program will be offered on Wednesdays, June 10, 17, and 24, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Children will first participate in reading and dance activities. Don Hamilton will then teach participants how to read music! Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248.


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

Don Hamilton Music Lessons

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Don Hamilton Music Lessons

It’s never too late to learn something new! Don Hamilton will be at the Bridgeport Public Library on Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25, and July 2, 2015 at 12:30pm to offer music lessons to adults! Hamilton will use his book, Easy Steps to Reading Music, to provide instruction at the library this summer! Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s front circulation desk.


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

Dance Painting

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Dance Painting!

“Dance Painting” is a Bridgeport Public Library “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading program for families with children between the ages of four and twelve. The program will be offered on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00pm. Families will be given large sheets of paper and paint for the activity. Participants will dance on the paper with bare, paint covered feet creating a unique family memory!

 

Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248.

Teen Movie Night

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Teen Movie Night: Jurassic World

Films featured during these events vary in genre and style, but never bare a rating more mature than PG-13. Teen Movie Night is sometimes held at the library and an older film is shown via the use of a library cataloged DVD and projector. During these events, pizza and refreshments are provided for attendees. Teen Movie Night may also revolve around a new film only available in theaters. For those events, teens meet at the theater and they are responsible for tickets and snacks. In both cases, teens briefly discuss the film after watching it.

 

Teens are invited to movie night on Monday, June 15, 2015! Jurassic World is the feature presentation! Teens will meet at the Meadowbrook Mall theater and the specific show time will be announced closer to the event. This program is for teens between the ages of thirteen and nineteen. Participants are responsible for their individual tickets and snacks.


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

Science of Sound

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Science of Sound

“Science of Sound” is a Bridgeport Public Library “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading program for children between the ages of four and twelve. The program will be offered twice: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 12:00pm and Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:00pm. Children will experiment with simple chemical reactions resulting in cool sound effects!

 

Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248.

Ballroom Dancing

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Ballroom Dancing with the Franks

Be a better wedding guest in 2015! All adults are invited to an evening devoted to ballroom dancing at the library! Instruction will be provided by Artie and Eileen Frank free of charge! Registration and comfortable shoes with backs are required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in pairs. This event is the perfect preview for the several week series of classes the Franks provide at regular intervals at the Benedum Civic Center. This event will take place in the library on Tuesday, June 16th at 6:00 p.m.

 

To register, call the library at 304-842-8248 or stop by the library’s front circulation desk.


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

Colorful Yarns

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The Colorful Yarns!

Community members interested in knitting, crochet, or needlepoint, including crewel and embroidery, are invited to attend meetings to share ideas! Bring your current project to work on while mingling with fellow fiber enthusiasts!

Now meeting twice a month!

Community members interested in knitting or crochet or needlepoint, including crewel and embroidery are invited to attend meetings to share ideas! Bring your current project to work on while mingling with fellow fiber enthusiasts! All are welcome on Tuesdays, June 16 and 30, 2015 at 6:30pm!


If you have questions about this event, please contact Donna Saas or Sarah Nora at 304-842-8248.

June Book Talk

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Book Talk Looking for Salvation at the Diary Queen

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 Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore on Wednesday, June 17, 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.

Closed for West Virginia Day

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We will be closed for West Virginia Day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Birthday West Virginia!

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 Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm!


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

Tea & Talk Poldark

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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 attend discussions focused on Poldark at the library! Tea will be provided and participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. “Tea & Talk” will meet weekly to discuss Poldark on Mondays at 12:30pm beginning June 22, 2015 and running through August 3, 2015. Poldark airs Sundays at 9:00pm on PBS beginning June 21, 2015.


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

Teen Read-A-Thon

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Teen Read to the Rhythm Read-A-Thon

Teens between the ages of thirteen and nineteen are invited to participate in a Read-A-Thon at the library on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm! “Read to the Rhythm” is the theme for Summer Reading 2015 and this year’s list of recommended reads is comprised of books related to music. To obtain the full list, simply register for Summer Reading beginning June 1, 2015.


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

Flower Power

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Flower Power!

“Flower Power” is a Bridgeport Public Library “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading program for children between the ages of four and twelve. The program will be offered twice: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 12:00pm and Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:00pm. Children will decorate flower pots to resemble piano keys!

 

Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248.

June Chapter Chat

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Chapter Chat!

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 The Free by musician-novelist Willy Vlautin on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:00pm. See Sarah at the library to borrow a copy of the book, but quantities are limited. Join us for this special Summer Reading edition of Chapter Chat! Read to the Rhythm!


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

Story Walk

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Story Walk!

“Story Walk” is a Bridgeport Public Library “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading program for families with children between the ages of four and twelve. This Family Friday program will be offered on June 26, 2015 at 12:00pm. Families will walk through the Bridgeport City Park while listening to a reading of Over in the Meadow by Jill McDonald!

Fandemonium Party!

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Fandemonium Party!

Wear your favorite fiction/science fiction/fantasy fiction inspired costume to the library for a special fandemonium event! Use the opportunity to trade makeup techniques with other cosplay enthusiasts! This event is open to all adults and teens! Light refreshments will be provided. This will take place on Friday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.


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

Teen Read

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Teen Read!

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 Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John on Monday, June 29, 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.

Found Sound!

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Found Sound!

“Found Sound” is a Bridgeport Public Library “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading program for children between the ages of four and twelve. The program will be offered twice: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00pm and Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:00pm. Children will make musical instruments out of recycled items!

 

Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248.

Independence Day Weekend

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Happy Independence Day!

We will be closed July 3 - 5, 2015

Thank you!

 

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