Author Archives: Ann Cloonan

Book Buddies – Summer 2022

Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday July 11 – August 3 Ages 3 and older Need a buddy to read with?  You can read with or be read to by a friendly Book Buddy. This program is similar to Reading Buddies at BVES 20 minute sessions Parents must stay in the Library with younger children Registration is required @bedfordfreelibrary.org.  Register

2022 Poetry Contest Winners

The winners of the 2022 Poetry Contest have been announced.  Thank you to all the poets for your work and hope to hear from you again in 2023. 2022 Poetry Contest Winners Link to Winning Poems

Network Outage

 The Library is experiencing a system wide network outage.  All Westchester Library System libraries are having the same difficulties. Services at the Library are limited, but we will be open regular hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Need a book?  Check out our digital collection at Libby/OverDrive

BRLA “Drive By” Donations Collection for Ukraine

Wednesday, March 30 9:30 am – 4:00 pm At Bedford Free Library The BRLA has partnered with a private citizen bringing donated items directly to Ukraine on a cargo plane this weekend. Please drop off your New items this Wednesday with BRLA volunteers in front of the Library. Accepted items include: Packaged medical Supplies, Suture

Free at home COVID test kits

Westchester County has asked libraries to help distribute at home COVID test kits. Call the library at 234-3570 to reserve. Limit 2 kits (4 tests). While supply lasts. Library hours: M-F 10-6 Saturday 10-2 Sunday Closed

Delayed Opening 1/5/2022

Due to icy conditions the Library will be opening at Noon today January 5, 2022. Please check the website before heading down as we will be assessing the conditions throughout the morning.

Shine Bright Bedford & Jingle Pass Weekend

Shine Bright Bedford and Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, December 3rd Luminary Display from 6pm Tree Lighting at 7pm Celebrate the season with friends and neighbors on the Bedford Village Green. Jingle Pass Holiday Shopping Friday, December 3rd— Sunday, December 5th Shop local and support Bedford Village businesses.  Special offers/Store hours vary by store. Caroling, Horses

Shine Bright Bedford

Friday, December 3 6pm Luminaries – 7PM Tree Lighting Family Event Holiday light display on the Village Green! The Bedford Village Business Association & Friends invite you to come together in spirit to celebrate the holidays and our community. Bags  available for pick up at  the Library and need to be returned by December 2nd. 

Fox Read 2020: Author Talk

Tuesday, December 1 7:00-7:45 p.m. Grades 5-7 An  evening with Wendy Maas, author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. All 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, their families, and all community members are invited to enjoy an evening in conversation with the author of this year’s Fox Read. Link for 12/1 Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/nhm-fytc-ixk

State of New York Shelter in Place

  Beginning Sunday March 22, all unessential business in the state are closed.  Below is a link to a resource document from the town of Bedford. It has important links about what is open, the corona virus and other important information. Below is also a link to sign up for Supervisor Burdick’s newsletter. More details

Mahjong for Beginners

Mondays, October 21,28 & November 4  10:00-noon This this 3 week course gives an introductory overview of the rules and strategy to playing Mahjong.  You will learn the basics of the game and continue learning through supervised games. At the end of the series you will feel confident enough to play with friends and organize

American Short Stories: a ZOOM Mini Course with Dr. DiYanni

Wednesdays, October 7 – 28 4:00 pm Please join us for conversations about short stories by American writers. The first two sessions, sponsored by the Pound Ridge Library, will be devoted to 19th-century authors, with stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Two additional sessions sponsored by the Bedford Free Library will be on

Drop in Tech Help

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm Come meet Charlie our new student volunteer. He can help you with any technology questions. Please bring your device and any questions you might have. No appointment needed. Free of charge.

Local Author Talk With Katie Sise

Thursday, December 3 7:00 pm Katie Sise’s latest novel revolves around an unsolved mystery of a missing college art student. Emma McCullough has been missing for ten years. Her bracelet is found and her best friend from college is mysteriously attacked. A gripping psychological thriller from the best selling author of “We Were Mothers.” Here

Westchester Library System App now available

Download this free app from the app store. Choose your library and set up your account. You can order books, check out what’s happening at your library and create a digital card. Currently available for Apple devices only. Android will be available soon!

Bedford Babies

Winter session! Still spots available. For babies 11 months or younger and their parents Tuesdays, February 27 – April 24, 9:30 – 10:30 am This 8 week program is the perfect opportunity for new parents and their babies to: Meet other parents Discuss parenting concerns Have a cup of coffee and a snack without having to make it yourself Feel safe and cared for away from the house If you are the parent with a baby under one year of age,Bedford Babies is an opportunity waiting for you! Click here to register or call to register. flyer

High School Writing Contest Winners

The winners of the High School Writing Contest were announced yesterday at an awards tea. Nonfiction 1st Place: Warren Kennedy Nolle 2nd Place: Daisy Fauver 3rd Place: Alejandra Perea Rojas Honorable Mention: Adam Matz Fiction: 1st Place: Abigail Bayuk 2nd Place: Ethan Karas 3rd Place: Jacqueline Campbell Click here to read winning pieces  

Holiday Hours

Holiday hours for this coming weekend are: Saturday, December 23: 10:00am-2:00pm Monday, December 25: closed Tuesday, December 26: closed New Year’s holiday: Saturday, December 30: closed Monday, January 1st: closed Happy New Year! See you in 2018!

Summer Reading Kickoff

“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” is this summer’s theme and we will be kicking off the summer with a unique event at Historical Hall. Digital Arts Experience will lead the group through two different experiences: using Minecraft to create the Bedford Free Library and learning Hour of Code a computer coding program. All equipment

Adult Fiction Writing

Now in our sixth year!  Join local author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach, to explore character, point of view and dialogue in this weekly fiction writing class. Fridays, October 7,14,21,28 and November 4 @9:30am

Children’s Reading Game

Click here to sign up for online summer reading game. For every two hours of reading you earn a raffle ticket and a chance to win a prize. For one hour you earn a sticker.  You can also sign up for paper tracking at the Children’s Desk.

Truck Day

Truck Day is just around the corner so mark your calendars! Held annually the day before Father’s Day this is an event you don’t want to miss. Children (and adults) will have the opportunity to explore trucks and speak to the operators. This event is in the parking lot of the Bedford Presbyterian Church. In

YA READsquared Program

For kids entering 6th Grade and older Summer Reading Game 2020, June 16 – August 21 FUN and EASY to do!  Here’s How it works: 1. Read any book of your choice, 50 pages = 1 point 2. Log # of pages and write a quick review At the end of the Game, points will

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