Proudly Serving Bradford Since 1924
 
Our Misson
 
* Preserve our history
* Connect with the community
* Enrich the minds of all 

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Bradford Public Library District
111 South Peoria Street (Box 249)
Bradford, Illinois 61421
Phone: 309–897–8400
 
Member, RAILS
Reaching Across Illinois Library System
 
Hours:
Monday  10AM to 7PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10AM to 5PM 
Saturday 9AM to Noon 
Closed Sundays and Holidays 
 

 Sarah Boehm
Director

Nicholas Poignant
Youth Services Librarian

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Reaching Across Illinois Library System

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Connect with BPLD!

 

 

Facebook

bdford.pld.rsa@gmail.com

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Bradford Area Weather

Village of Bradford news & information

Bradford CUSD # 1

Stark County Illinois Info

Fantastic Fiction

Newspapers Online

Caring.com a senior care resource

 
 
 
 
 

Library Board

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The Bradford Public Library Board of Trustees
meet the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

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 David Atteberry, Barbara Fehr, Hollie Scott, Letitia Leeper, Betty Hoy, Reva Young, James Owens

Library Policies

 
Upcoming Events

 




 Youth Services


Dungeons & Dragons  
Ages 10-13
Tuesday, September 13, October 11, & November 8
3:30 - 5:00 pm 
 
Ages 14-18
Thursday, September 15, October 13, & November 10
4:00 - 6:00 pm 
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Nintendo Switch Tournament
Ages 9 - 13
Tuesday, September 17 & November 29
3:30 - 5:00 pm  
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 Storytime
Wednesdays beginning
September 6 thru November 16
10:45 a.m.
 
ages up to and including 5 years old  
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Family Game Night
Bring the whole family for an evening of some of the Best Boardgames around!
Thursday, September 22 & October 29
4:00 - 6:00 pm 

 

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Does your child have a library card??

In order for your child (ages under 17) to use the public library computers

they must have a library card signed by their parent/guardian.

Stop in today!

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 Our History

October 1900 - 15 Bradford women formed a social club, with a goal of expanding their reading experience. 

August 1902 - The first village library opened in a room over the Fairbanks Harness Shop after having raised $800 to begin their venture.

June 1905 - The club sponsosred an election to approve tax support for the library.  The election was a success.

April 1923 - The Fairbanks building and library burned with all the contents.  Work then began in earnest to secure a new library Building.  The Women's Club contributed $1,500 from their funds.  Four corner stones were sold for $500 each and bricks for 25 cents apiece.  Purchasers of the conerstones were Mr. and Mrs. James Noyes, the James A. Smith Family, the Hinman Memorial, and the Phenix Banking Company.

December 1923 - Work started on the brick building and was completed the following summer.

July 30, 1924 - The Bradford Library held its Grand Opening.

1928 - The Women's League turned the library over to the village board so village tax money could be used for upkeep.

1992 - The voters of the Bradford School District voted to have the Bradford Library become a district library with services free to all residents of the district and with tax support from the entire district.

When the library was first started, it was open for only a few hours, and only two days a week.  At present, the library is open every day except Sunday, for a total of 42 hours per week. 


 

 

Adult Services  

  

The Breakfast Club

meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:30 am - we read a short story together and discuss it.  And of course the coffee pot is on and a lite breakfast is available.

Join Us!

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Book Club

Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 pm ~ Everyone is welcome!

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New Fiction

Overkill - Brown
Every Cloak Rolled in Blood - Burke
Fox Creek - Krueger
The Lost Girls of Willowbrook - Wiseman
The Orchard - Lewis
The Ink Black Heart - Galbraith 
Where the Sky Begins ~ Bowen
The Librarian Spy ~ Martin
The Big Dark Sky ~ Koontz
The Bodyguard ~ Center
Switchboard Soldiers ~ Chiverini
The Apple Creek Announcement ~ Brunstetter
The Littlest Library ~ Alexander
The Edge of Summer ~ Shipman
The It Girl ~ Ware
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle ~ Ryan
The Darling Dahlias and the Red Hot Ppoker ~ Albert
The House across the Lake ~ Sager
Listen to Me ~ Gerritsen
Shattered ~ Patterson
Black Dog ~ Woods
The Challenge ~ Steel
Reckoning ~ Coulter
 
DVDS
1883
Witches
Bluey Seasons 1 & 2
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary
Last Seen Alive
Cinderella
Jurassic World Dominion
The Good Karma Hospital Season 4
Mr. Malcom's List
The Gilded Age Season 1




 
Your library is available 24/7 through our online resources! 
 
 
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RSA Library Catalog Search

To view the online catalog, renew materials, place a hold, or check the status
 of your Library Account, click the link above.  Please note that
you will need to get an active password from the librarian in order
 to initiate your account.
 
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We are happy to offer three platforms for digital audio, ebooks, and more.
 
Your login information is the same for all platforms and for the library catalog.  If
you do not know your login information, please contact the library and we will be
happy to assist you. 
 

 
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 hoopla 
your Public Library at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere!
hoopla is a groundbreaking digital service that allows you to borrow movies, audio books, ebooks, comics, and TV shows on your phone, TV, tablet, or computer.  Titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for enjoyment later.  There are hundreds of thousands of titles available.
Try it today. 
 

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ALLIANCE DIGITAL MEDIA LIBRARY

 Download Audiobooks & eBooks

Browse, Check Out, Download....enjoy!  

 Listen to titles on your computer or transfer to supported devices.

Click below and enjoy!

alliance digital media library

 
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More ebooks for you to enjoy can be found at
eRead Illinois ~ Axis360 
 
Axis 360 is a digital media platform, providing libraries and their patrons with a state-of-the-art system for circulating digital e-books from the eRead Illinois shared collection for Illinois Libraries.  Patrons at libraries participating in eRead Illinois will enjoy the cloud-based delivery accross a number of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, Nook, Sony Reader devices, and many more  
click below 

eRead Illinois


 
 

Wonder which book comes next in the series you are reading? Click here...


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You can now research local history thru the website listed.

Click on Bradford Republican Newspapers below to access the site or type
http://bradford.advantage-preservation.com 
in your web browser. 

Bradford Republican Newspapers

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Explore More Illinois

...is a cultural pass program that provides discounts at 
museums, visual and performing arts centers,
park districts, and more
around the state.
 
Click on Explore More Illinois above to find out more 
 
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