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
 

Tea & Talk

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Tea & Talk

All are welcome to discuss the latest drama surrounding the third season of Mr Selfridge beginning Monday, March 30, 2014 at 12:30pm! Tea will be provided and participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Tea & Talk will meet weekly throughout April and May. The last meeting will be Monday, May 18, 2015. Mr Selfridge airs at 9:00pm on PBS beginning Sunday, March 29, 2015.


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

Medical Herbs

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Medicinal Herbs presented by Anne Romance

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 beginning at 6:00pm, the Bridgeport Public Library will host local herb enthusiast and expert, Anne Romance, for an introductory course on medicinal herbs! Anne will cover the healing properties and applications of several common herbs including: chamomile, dandelion, red clover, valerian, mullein, nettles, and others. Join us at the library to learn more!

 

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

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.

 

The Bridgeport Public Library invites all children to Dog Day on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. The Mountaineer Therapy Dogs will be present and eager to have children read stories aloud to them! Call the Bridgeport Public Library at 304-842-8248 to reserve a time slot for your child.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Amy Eakle 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 games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Takenoko, and more on Saturdays, April 4 and 18, 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! Movie Night

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Teens! Movie Night: If I Stay

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.

 

All teens between the ages of thirteen and nineteen are invited to movie night at the library! If I Stay is the feature presentation on Monday, April 6, 2015 beginning at 5:30pm. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for participants.

 

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

Coffee & Claire

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Coffee & Claire

The library proudly introduces its new “Coffee and Claire” program focused on the latest surrounding the television adaptation of Outlander! Fans of the show are invited and encouraged to meet at the library on Monday evenings at 6:00pm beginning April 6, 2015 to discuss the most recent episodes! Coffee will be provided and participants are welcome to bring a packed meal or snakcs.  The program will focus on Season One, Volume Two episodes. For those interested in catching up, the library has Outlander Season One, Volume One in its circulating DVD collection. Outlander Season One Volume Two premieres Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9:00pm on STARZ.

 

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

 

 

 

Titanic Tribute

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Titanic Tribute

The Bridgeport Public Library will provide a special event in honor of the 103nd anniversary of tragic sinking of the Titanic. On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:00pm, Debra Conner will provide a live action portrayal of Edith Russell, a Titanic survivor. Conner will discuss some of the lesser known stories of Titanic passengers with West Virginia connections. All are welcome!

 

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

Story Lab Library Week

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Story Laboratory - National Library Week

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.

 

All children are invited to celebrate National Library Week at the library on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:00pm! Books relating or featuring libraries will be read to participants and children will be encouraged to write and illustrate a story from their imagination! Registration is required and can be easily done by calling 304-842-8248.


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

National Library Week

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National Library Week!

What are the possibilities at your library? Answer this question at the library and all participants will be entered in a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card! The community’s answers will be on display at the library. Join the conversation!


Happy National Library Week!

Fine Free Week!

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Fine Free Week!

The Bridgeport Public Library invites its patrons to celebrate National Library Week by participating in Fine Free Week in April! The program begins on Monday, April 13, 2014 and runs through Saturday, April 18, 2014. Overdue items returned in the designated week will not incur late fees! Take advantage of the opportunity to return items to the shelves without taking money out of your pocket!
This offer does not apply to charges on patron accounts for items returned outside of Fine Free Week or to lost or damaged items.

Happy National Library Week!


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

Teens! Read-A-Thon

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Teens! 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!

 

April 13-18, 2015 is National Library Week! Teens between the ages of thirteen and nineteen are invited to celebrate the event by participating in a Read-A-Thon at the library on Monday, April 13, 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.


 

Colorful Yarns - April

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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!

 

All are welcome on Tuesdays, April 14 and 28, 2015 at 6:30pm!

 

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

Book Talk! Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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Book Talk!: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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 Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce on Wednesday, April 15, 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.

Pizza and Pages - Wonder

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Pizza and Pages: Wonder

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.

 

Children will discuss Wonder by R.J. Palacio on Thursday, April 16, 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.


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

Teens! Read

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Teens! Read:  Half Bad

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 Half Bad by Sally Green on Monday, April 20, 2015 beginning at 6:00pm. Teens are also invited to write fan-fiction about the story. 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.

Introduction to Pilates with AlignPilates & Wellness by Jaclyn

The library will host Jaclyn Ruble for an Intro Pilates program on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:00pm. The event will cover the Pilates method of breathing, finding your neutral spine, and eight to ten core Pilates movements. A limited number of mats are available to borrow for the event. 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 the library at 304-842-8248.

Chapter Chat - Pearl that Broke Its Shell

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Chapter Chat!: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

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.

 

The group will discuss The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi on Wednesday, April 22, 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 Nora at 304-842-8248.

Kids' Movie Night - Penguins

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Kids' Movie Night: Penguins of Madagascar

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, April 24, 2015 at 6:00pm! Penguins of Madagascar is the feature presentation! Children between the ages of four and twelve are invited to an evening filled with action and 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.

Linda Stevenski

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Linda Stevenski Book Signing

Linda Stevenski, a local children’s author, will be at the library for a book singing on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm! Stevenski’s newest book is Chetty T. Chipmunk’s Journey Home. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the event.

 

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

Poetry Workshop

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Charley Hively Poetry Workshop

April is poetry month! In celebration of the craft, the library will host Charley Hively to offer a poetry writing workshop on Tuesday, April 30, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Hively, a Fairmont State University librarian, instructor, and poetry enthusiast, will lead attendees in finding creative language in every day text. Hively will also touch on the topic of line breaks during the course. Registration is required for the event and can be easily done by calling 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s front circulation desk. Light refreshments will be provided.


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

 

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