Monday, November 24, 2008

Martha Speaks

On Wednesday, November 19th, Bea Cocogran, the school librarian at Shady Brook Elementary, invited our librarians to visit their kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes to provide a program on the book, Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh.

Bea played Martha the dog - the kids thought that was so cool. Now when those kids see her they will always think of her playing Martha. Some of the kids in 1st and 2nd grade got to play parts in the program too.

We followed up with photos which showed each and every child with a coloring sheet, stickers, and bookmark from Alloy Media & Marketing. The promotinal materials are for a launch of a new PBSkids TV show about Martha the dog. If one of the photos is selected by Alloy the library will receive $100. If the kids win, BPL will provide an ice cream party for the K-2 classes.

See photos of this great event on our Flickr page.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Book Lover's Calendar

Get your Book Lover's Calendar for 2009 for only $5. This Page-A-Day Calendar is loaded with hundreds of books by bestselling authors for each day of the year. It's the perfect stocking stuffer to keep you and the book lover in your life reading all year long!

This calendar retails for $11.99 on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Bedford Public Library.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

  • Wednesday, November 26th - close at 5:oo pm
  • Thursday, November 27th - closed
  • Friday, November 28th - closed
  • Saturday, November 29th - reopen for regular hours at 10:00 am
  • Friday, November 14, 2008

    Don't Miss our Tri-Wizard Tournament and Yule Ball

    The Tri-Wizard Tournament and Yule Ball is this Saturday, November 15th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Be sure to wear a costume - you might win a prize!

  • Adult prize - $50.00 Walmart gift card
  • Youth prize - official Dumbledore's Army Messanger Bag + goodies

    You can have your picture taken at the Yule Ball for $2.00 or bring your own camera.

    Hot Chocolate is provided by our friends at Starbucks (Central @ 183).
  • Be A Bedford Animal Shelter Santa Paws!

    The City of Bedford Animal Shelter and the Bedford Public Library need your help to provide a safe and healthy environment for the lost and forgotten animals that come to the shelter.

    Our Santa Paws List includes:
    •High-quality adult dog and cat food: Iams, Science Diet, Eukanuba, etc.
    (at-risk animals require higher nutritional standards)
    •Non-clumping clay cat litter — the cheap kind
    •High-quality puppy and kitten food
    •Bleach, dishwashing and laundry soap
    •Any monetary donations
    •Adoption! Give a furry friend the gift of a loving home

    Donations can be dropped off at the following locations during November and December:

    Bedford Public Library
    1805 L. Don Dodson Drive
    Bedford, TX 76021

    Bedford Animal Control Shelter
    1809 Reliance Parkway
    Bedford, TX 76021

    Canned Food Drive @ The Library

    Poverty and the risk of hunger is a reality for more than a quarter of a million people living in the communities served by Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB). Children account for more than one-third (35%) of these individuals. Bedford Public Library and the City of Bedford Fire Department are hosting a non-perishable food drive to help TAFB help others. You can bring your donations to the Library during November and December. Hunger occurs year-round! Visit to learn more.

    Letters to Santa

    The library can help keep the magic of Christmas alive for your child with a personal letter from Santa delivered through the mail.

    Santa requests parents to include with your child's letter or email the following information:
    -Sibling's name(s)
    -Latest accomplishments
    -A return address

    Send letters to:
    Santa Claus
    Bedford Public Library
    1805 L. Don Dodson
    Bedford, TX 76021

    You can also email Santa at
    Santa will respond to emails through the post.