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 Monday - Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
10:00 am – 2:00 pm




Tuesday, 2:00 pm
(Not in July)
Thursday, 11:15 am

 Preschoolers with adult
No registration required


32 Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506   914.234.3570

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Bedford Free Library-Summer 2015
Summer Programs in the Children’s Room

snake, animal embassyWednesday June 10, 7:00 in Historical Hall
Families with children ages 5 and up - registration helpful
Meet & learn about all sorts of unusual animals. More information here.
Bring your calendars to register for summer programs. They fill up fast.

Register for the Reading Game at the Library or onlineDirections for online tracking.
Rules of the Reading Game. You can also track your reading on a log.

Registration is required for all programs unless indicated & all programs are free of charge. Finishing times are approximate.
 Parents are asked to take siblings, who are not registered for programs, to a different area of the library. Children of all abilities are welcome. Call (914) 234-3570 for information or check the website

Summer Reading Game
Ages 5 & older from Wednesday, June 10-Monday, August 10
AGAIN THIS YEAR-you can track your reading online here (available after June 10) or keep your own reading log which we provide. Read or be read to for 1 hour to earn a sticker and 2 hours to earn a raffle ticket. The game ends with a celebration on Tuesday, August 11-4:00 - the winners will be announced & prizes awarded. Full reading game instructions hereRaffle tickets must be in by Monday, August 10 at 6:00. Do not need to be present to win. One prize per child. Choose with care.

Book Buddies
Ages 3 & up, Mondays through Wednesdays, July 1-Aug. 5 at 3:30-5:30
Read with or be read to by a Book Buddy. Sign up for 30 minute sessions.
Adult must stay in the Library with young children.

Musical Mother Goose Storytimes
Ages 12-30 months, Wednesdays at 10:15-11:00
 Session I: July 8, 15, 22 (This session is full)
 Session II: July 29, August 56, 132
You may sign up for one session only and then join a waiting list.
Registration began Monday, June 1 at 10:00

Drop In Preschool Storytimes
Tuesdays in August at 2:00
Thursdays in July & August at 11:15
Preschoolers with adult, no registration

Book Swap
During July & August bring your used paperbacks to the Library or to the Bedford Village Pool (good condition only) to swap for “new-to-you” books. Children of all ages are invited to participate.

Summer Reading Lists
for area schools are available in the Library and several online

Summer Math
Ages 3-9 Keep up your math skills - kits available in the Library. Information is on their website.

Lunch Bunch at the
Bedford Village Pool

pool storytimeTuesdays in July at 1:15
Ages 3-5
Pool pass necessary
Bring lunch, we provide dessert
No registration

Sensational Sensory Stories
 Elementary Age Children with Special Needs
Thursday, August 6 at 4:30-5:15
This is a multisensory story time led by members of the Yellow Finch Project
Check the other libraries in Westchester hosting this program

Book & Movie Groups

Boys & Girls entering grade 3
Tuesday, July 7, 4:45
Nim’s Island by Orr
Girls entering grade 4
Monday, July 13, 4:45
Because of Winn Dixie by DiCamillo
Boys entering grades 4 & 5
Wednesday, July 29 at 4:45
The Indian in the Cupboard by Banks

Book discussed at 4:45 & movie aired at 5:15.
Participants’ families are invited to the movie.

photo (25)Annual “Where Did You Do Your Summer Reading?” Photo Contest
NOW ON INSTAGRAM - first follow us @bedfordfreelibrary then tag your photo using #bflphotocontest, or send “direct” to bedfordfreelibrary
Post a fun photo of you or a family member enjoying summer reading on Instagram, before September 20. View them on Instagram, our website or in the Library, where you can vote for your favorite photo. The winner will appear in the Fall Newsletter. Don’t have Instagram? You can still submit online to

Children’s Programs

Ages 2-7
Tues. July 21, 3:30-4:30: Music with Suzanne

Ages 3 and up
Wed. July 22, 4:30-5:30: Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover - photos from 2014

Ages 3 - entering kindergarten
Tues. July 28, 3:30-4:15: Halloween Heroes

Ages 4 - entering grade 3
Tues. July 14, 3:30-4:15: Firehouse Heroes
Wed. July 29 & Aug. 5, 3:30-4:30: Build with Legos ®

Entering K
Mon. Aug. 3, 3:30-4:30: Countdown to Kindergarten

Entering grades 1-3
Tues. July 28, 4:30-5:15: Halloween Heroes

Entering grades K-6
Tues. Aug. 4, 5:00-6:00: Stickers & Stamps Party
Bring a younger buddy

Ages 7 and older
Mondays. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 4:30-5:30: Chess

Entering grades 2-3
Mon. July 20, 3:30-4:15: Fun with Math

Entering grades 2-4
Wed. July 8, 3:30-4:30: Your Hero the Farmer

Entering grades 3-6
Thurs. July 9, 4:00-5:30: Creative Writing

Entering grades 4-5
Mon. July 24, 4:30-5:30: Fun with Math

Entering grades 4 and up
Thurs. July 30, 3:30-4:30: Travels in Turkey with Margaretta

Family Fun

Herbs, History & Heroes
Families ages 3-entering grade 3
Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00-5:00
At the Court House in Bedford Village

Best in Bedford - Dog Show
Children entering Grades 2-6 can “show” their dogs
Thursday, July 16 at 4:00- 5:00
Judged by local expert, Sarah Hodgson. On the Village Green.
Rules & registration form for download.
Photos by Richard Ten Dyke (2014)

Into the Woods, Jr.
Friday, July 17, 3:30-4:30
Meet the cast from Westmoreland Sanctuary’s Performance of “Into the Woods, Jr.”

Puppies Behind Bars
Families ages 6 and up
 Wednesday, July 22 at 3:30-4:30
Barbara Brafman will bring a puppy and talk about this program.

We hope that families will participate in all of the Family Fun events, while being mindful of age appropriateness.

Summer Knitwits
Entering grades 4 and up
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 at 3:45-4:45
Total beginners to those with experience.
Supplies provided to beginners. Make something fun.

Summer Sewing Mini Camp
Entering grades 4 and up
Monday - Thursday, August 24-27 at 10:00-11:30
Total beginners to those with experience.
Learn to sew and how to use a sewing machine
Must attend all sessions

Thanks to Bedford Village Chowder & Marching, the Friends of the Library, Bedford Village Historical Society, Bedford Recreation Department, and many local businesses for their continued support of our summer programs.

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