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
 

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.

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, July 1, 8, and 15, 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, July 2, 9, and 16, 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.

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.

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.

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 Tuesday, June 30, and July 14 & 28, 2015 at 6:30pm!


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

Independence Day Weekend

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Happy Independence Day!

We will be closed July 3 - 5, 2015

Thank you!

Teen Movie Night Step Up

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Teen Movie Night!

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! Step Up is the feature presentation on Monday, July 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.

Disco Mania!

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Disco Mania!

“Disco Mania” 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, July 7, 2015 at 12:00pm and Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 6:00pm. Children will make disco balls out of plastic bottles, glow in the dark bracelets, beads, and other craft materials! 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.

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, July 7th 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.

Family Friday, Annie!

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Family Friday, Annie!

“Family Friday” 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 July 10, 2015 at 12:00pm. Families will watch the movie together at the library and use props to better engage with the story.


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

Teen Game Night

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Teen Game Night

Teen time at the library includes social interaction as well encourage creative and strategic thinking. Designated game nights use favorites such as “Phase 10,” “Clue,” and “Dungeon!” to give teens an opportunity to participate in friendly competition with other creative individuals their age.

Teens are invited to join in a fun round of Ticket to Ride on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Bridgeport Public Library! All teens, between the ages of thirteen and nineteen, are welcome!


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

Talent Show!

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Talent Show!

The library is calling all talent between the ages of four and twelve to perform on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 12:00pm! Music is the general theme for Summer Reading 2015 programs, but all talents are welcome. 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

July Book Talk

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Book Talk! The Dog Stars

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 Dog Stars by Peter Heller on Wednesday, July 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.

Summer Reading Picnic Finale

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Summer Reading Picnic Finale

The Bridgeport Public Library invites participants of Summer Reading for Children and their families to the Bridgeport City Park for its annual finale picnic on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm! Food, prizes, and a professional cartoonist and story teller will all be a part of the celebration!


If you have questions about this event or Summer Reading for Children, please contact Amy Eakle at 304-842-8248.

Teen Read Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Teen Read Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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 Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor on Monday, July 20, 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.

July Chapter Chat

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Chapter Chat In the Kingdom of Ice

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 In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides on Wednesday, July 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 at the library at 304-842-8248.

Patricia Hopper Book Signing

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Patricia Hopper Book Signing

West Virginia author and Irish native Patricia Hopper published her debut novel Kilpara. In it she tackles the question she heard many times, “My ancestors were Irish and longed to return to the old country, but never made it back.” The (Irish claimed) song I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen laments this sentiment. A mournful tune, it has always touched Patricia and became a foundation for the novel. The Bridgeport Public Library will host Patricia on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for a book signing event! Copies of the book will be available for purchase and personalization.

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, July 27, 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.

 

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