Friday, December 4, 2009

H1N1 vaccine store front clinics

This just in from Tarrant County Public Health concerning H1N1 vaccine store front clinics. Bedford has a location: 217 Harwood #106 now open M-F 10AM – 7PM. See the attached map which shows all locations and their phone numbers.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tarrant County Public Health offers H1N1 vaccine

Tarrant County Public Health will be offering the H1N1 vaccine in public health centers this week on Friday, November 20 and at a one-day event in Arlington next week on Tuesday, November 24. Visit their web site to see a list of locations and for more information.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Santa Receives Mail @The Library

Keep the magic of Christmas alive for your child with a personal letter from Santa. Santa requests that parents include with your child's letter or email the following information:

*Sibling's name(s)
*Latest accomplishments

Please, remember to include your return address! Your child will receive a personal letter from Santa through the mail.

Write to:

Santa Claus
Bedford Public Library
1805 L. Don Dodson Drive
Bedford TX 76021

or email

Get Off Santa’s Naughty List

Canned Food Drive
Bedford Public Library and the City of Bedford Fire Department are hosting a non-perishable food drive which will benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank. This Food for Fines program will waive $1.00 off your fines for the every acceptable (expired items will not be accepted) item donated. Drop your items off at the library between November 30 and December 13, 2009.

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. (high-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
1809 1805 L. Don Dodson Drive
Bedford, TX 76021

Bedford Animal Shelter
1809 Reliance Parkway
Bedford, TX 76021

Donations made during November 30 - December 13 are eligible for the Library's Food for Fines program when delivered to the Library.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Harry Potter Event - this Saturday Evening

Make plans now to attend our Harry Potter event with Steve Vander Ark, author of the Harry Potter Lexicon website and the companion book, The Lexicon.
When: October 24, 2009
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Old Bedford School

See you there!

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of

Laura Milligan at the Teaching Tips blog has compiled this great collection of useful reference sites. Check out these links to dictionaries, teachers resources, librarians references, health care, references for students, sites just for fun and many others.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Explore the World of Harry Potter

An evening to delight Harry Potter fans of all ages! Celebrate the wonder and enchantment of Harry Potter with Steve Vander Ark, author of the Harry Potter Lexicon website and the companion book, The Lexicon . Discover the rich background of the world created by J. K. Rowling. Explore Harry Potter's Britain, from the Victorian architecture of King's Cross Station and Diagon Alley to Hogwarts castle, lost in the Highlands of Scotland. Dig into the history, mythology, and magic of the creatures, spells, and names in the Harry Potter books. Whether new to the books of a seasoned Potter aficionado, everyone who loves the stories of the boy wizard and his friends will discover something new in this fascinating evening with one of the world's premier Harry Potter experts. No registration is required for this free event. Wear a Harry Potter inspired costume to be eligible to win a door prize. Copies of Mr. Vander Ark's book will be available for purchase.

When: October 24, 2009
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Old Bedford School

Contact: Jeanne Green 817.952.2372

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

BOO! Flutissimo Flute Choir

Come hear the wonderful halloween-inspired music of Flutissimo.

Ghosts of the Pecatonica by Rex Elton
FairHarlequin Suite by Ira-Paul Schwartz
Clusters and Flusters by Ricky Lomardo
Masques by Anne McGinty
Casper, the Friendly Ghost by Jerry Livingston arr. Anne McGuinty
Danse Macabre by Camille St. Saens
Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite by Shaul Ben-Meir

When: Thursday, October 29
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Friday, September 25, 2009

Computer Security Risks - Keep Your Information Private!

The Bedford Public Library and Jim Richardson, computer security specialist, will present an overview about personal computer safety. This free program will be beneficial for your home and small business computers. No registration is required!

Where: Board Room
When: Thursday, October 1st
Time: 6:30 -8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bedford Library Goes to the Dogs!

READ2Rover is a program that encourages children to read by providing a nonjudgemental listener and furry friend to read to. Dogs won't laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather sit next to them and enjoy being read to. This relationship between child and dog enables the child to gain a positive attitude about reading, improves reading skills, builds confidence, and the enjoyment of reading. Registration is requried for this free program. Call 817-952-2372 to register.

Sunday, September 27
Sunday, October 25
Sunday, November 22
Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Dogs will be provided by Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs. Bedford's visiting dogs will be Jake, Mocha and Paisley who is pictured above.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friends' Book Sale a Success

The Bedford Library Friends raised over $4,000 with the Book Sale this past weekend. Thanks to Roland Rangel for being the Mastermind! It took over 30 volunteers to organize, set-up and run the Book Sale. Check out the Book Sale shelf to find great books all year long.

Join us to help plan next year's sale! The Bedford Library Friends meet the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Memberships start at $10.00 and can be obtained at the Checkout Desk.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

School Kids read 6,352.90 hours during the summer

Kids from area schools read a total of 6,352.9 hours during this year's Summer Reading Program @ Bedford Public Library. Congratulations to students from Meadow Creek Elementary for reading the highest number of hours - 1,318.7. The school will receive a fancy award/trophy for Super Summer Readers which will presented to Helene Ray, the school librarian, at an upcoming HEB/ISD School Board Meeting. A big round of applause to our top three reading schools!

1st Place Meadow Creek Elementary—1,318.7
2nd Place Bedford Heights Elementary—1,230.4
3rd Place Spring Garden Elementary—1,203.6

TeenFest Fun

TeenFest was a total blast for the 52 teens who attended the event on July 31. Duane Wieland from Challenge Incentives was our hero for providing the munchies. The candy sushi was to die for and everyone had fun with making bracelets, bookmarks and getting tattoos. Thanks to our very own Bedford Library Friends for underwriting TeenFest. This will be an annual event so be sure and join us next year!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Teen Fest 2009

Calling all Teens 13-18. Join us for the first annual Teens Only festival on Friday, July 31 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Library Courtyard.

Make a cool light switch cover for your room. Create a marble magnet. Turn soda tabs into a bracelet. Create your own ice cream sundae. Enjoy some yummy candy sushi while hanging out with your friends.

Area 51

Area 51 is the library's landing site for teens, by teens. The library is more than books; it's Wii offs, food, flicks, chilling with friends, all for the low, low price of FREE! Join us on Saturday, July 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

B-Xpressive- 4 Teens

Teens 13-18 meet at the Library every Monday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in July for cool crafts and hanging out with your friends. Here is an opportunity to create, learn, and express yourself.

July 6 - Bonkers the Clown will teach Balloon Bending 101
Learn the techniques to make a balloon animal. Registration is required for this free event with a limit of 25 teens.

July 13 - Bonkers the Clown will teach Balloon Bending 200
Learn a few advanced techniques to make a balloon animal and other shapes. Registration is required for this free event with a limit of 25 teens.

July 20 - Record Art
We will be painting records to turn them into works of art

July 27 - Learn how to be a Puppeteer
You will learn a puppet show that you will perform for the kids on July 30

Thursday Club House

Join us for Thursday Club House from 1:30-2:30 pm

July 2 - Cooking with Carrie
Future chefs...come cook with Carrie. Let's make and decorate cupcakes for the Fourth of July. Let's start the fun by making your very own chef hat.
Registration is required for this free event. The Class is currently full.

July 9 - Storytelling with Ms. Kat

July 16 - Legends of Martial Arts
Are you interested in learning more about the fascinating world of Martial Arts? Join us as J. Pat Burlesons Legends of Martial Arts perform a demonstration of a variety of Martial Arts.

July 23 - Texas Magic Tricks and Tomfoolery with Brett Roberts
It is a magic show filled with Texas fun! You'll see magic with rope, horseshoes, and maybe even a rattlesnake. Children will laugh along with chester the Wonder Horse and his silly antics. They will even get to hear a Texas tale or two.

July 30 - Readers Theater
Kids will also get to see a Puppet Show performed by our very own Teen Puppeteers.

Summer Movies

Movie Madness
Every Tuesday at 2:00 pm

  • July 7 - Surf's Up

  • July 14 - Igor

  • July 21 - Hotel for Dogs

  • July 28 - Bolt

  • Keep cool this summer with a movie at the library.

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    4th Fest Fundraiser

    Bedford Library Friends need your help with the 4th Fest Fundraiser for the new library. Volunteers are needed to assist with parking areas and selling bottled water. We really need help from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. We would love to have you for a two or four hour shift. Please contact Jim Davisson at or call 817.271.7107. If you cannot help, but plan to attend the July 4th festival, please remember to park your cars at the Old Bedford School or at the future location of the Bedford Public Library. Parking is $5.00 and all funds will go to the Friends to support the Library.

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Build-A-Bear Reading Buddies

    Does your child need a Reading Buddy? The Bedford Public Library is partnering with the Build-a-Bear Workshop located at Grapevine Mills to create a fun and safe environment in which children can read. Build-a-Bear has donated six Reading Buddies for children.

    Children may pick their favorite Reading Buddy and cuddle up to share a good book with their friend. Reading Buddies never criticize reading and will listen to stories all day long! Your child can read to their Reading Buddy any day of the week during library hours. The Reading Buddies will also be incorporated into the Library Buddy tutoring program for children who are working to increase their reading skills over the summer.

    Monday, June 15, 2009

    Now you can add reviews to your favorite library materials!

    Bedford Public Library was the second library in the nation to implement catalog enhancements (tags, read-a-likes and other editions) from LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) in its online catalog. And we're the first library in Texas to bring you a new feature from LTFL. You may now add reviews to your favorite library materials!

    Did you love the latest Nora Roberts book but were disappointed by James Patterson's latest effort? Well now you can share your opinions by adding your own reviews of books, audio books, DVDs and Music CDs to the library catalog. You can read reviews submitted by other library patrons and from LibraryThing users. You can see how readers have rated each title and rate them yourself.

    To see or add reviews, just click on the Reviews link in the title you are viewing.
    A reviews window like the one below will open. Scroll down to read the reviews or create a LibraryThing account and add your own review.

    There are already over 300,000 reviews from users and other libraries that use LTFL reviews in their catalog. Patrons can add their reviews to their Facebook page and even create a widget that lets them show off their reviews on blogs and websites.

    Monday, June 8, 2009

    Learning Express Library

    LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help users improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math, as well as prepare for high-stakes tests such as the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, ASVAB and others. LearningExpress has helped millions of library patrons and students prepare for a wide range of career-oriented licensing and certification exams in areas such as health care, education and civil service as well as improve job skills such as creating a great resume or cover letter, honing interviewing techniques, and improving business communications.

    The innovative platform includes self-paced interactive study, instant scoring, and diagnostic feedback, and can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Users will need to create an account using the barcode from your Bedford library card as your Username and making up your own Password.

    So if you need to pass a test, are looking to land a job, want to get your U.S. citizenship or pass your real estate exam then try out LearningExpress so you can achieve the results you want in school, at work or in life.

    Bedford Library joined twelve other area libraries to form a consortium which allowed for discount pricing to the participating institutions. This database was paid for by the Friends of the Bedford Public Library.

    Friday, June 5, 2009

    Library Floor Plan and Elevation

    See the latest floor plan and exterior elevation drawings for the new library.

    Geothermal Drilling

    Drilling the test well for geothermal
    started this morning.
    See photos of the crew at work.

    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    Geothermal for New Library

    Due to a Department of Energy Grant, the Library Project Team revisited the energy options available for the new library. A presentation made to City Council on Tuesday, May 26 introduced geothermal technology and detailed the advantages/disadvantages of a conventional HVAC system versus geothermal heat pumps. City Council directed staff to use geothermal for the heating and cooling system to realize 20 - 25% energy savings over a conventional HVAC unit.

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective systems for temperature control. Area school districts using geothermal technology have realized savings of up to 50%. The Library Project Team interviewed Energy Managers at the Arlington, Birdville, Frisco and Waxahachie school districts. All the officials highly recommended geothermal technology siting annual energy and maintenance costs.

    Monday, June 1, 2009

    Sign Up for Summer Reading Club

    It's June 1st which means it's time to sign up for Summer Reading Club. Signing up is easy - we've got programs for kids, teens and adults - so register online today.

    Friday, May 29, 2009

    Friends of the Library Book Sale

    Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Friends of the Library book sale. The Friends have been collecting books for months so you're sure to find something great at this big sale.

    Friday, August 14 - 10 am-4 pm
    Saturday, August 15 - 10 am-4 pm
    Sunday, August 16 - 12 pm-4 pm

    Friends members can get a jump on the good stuff by coming to the Members Only Preview Sale on Thursday, August 13 from 7-9 pm. Not a Friends member yet? No problem, just purchase your membership at the door. Memberships start at $10 per year.

    B-Xpressive - 4 Teens

    Teens - here is an opportunity to create, learn, and express yourself! Meet at the library on Mondays during June and July for cool crafts and hanging out with your friends.

    During June we will be doing Altered Books. This is your chance to color, paint, and rip out pages of a book (really!!). You can turn your book into anything you want. All supplies are provided. Bring any pictures you want to add and your imagination. During July we'll be doing balloon bending and record art. So come to the library and express yourself.

    June SRC

    Hey Kids - we've got lots of cool events to keep you busy this summer so come join the fun.

    Club House
    Every Thursday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm

  • June 11 - Professor Branius
    Professor Brainius and his team will be performing some amazing science experiments during this high energy show. Special guest-Galaxee Girl.

  • June 18 - Create a Collage
    Discover the art of collage by cutting and ripping paper to create images reflecting mood. Two programs are available with a limit of 30 children per program.

    Program 1 - 1:30-2:30 pm
    Program 2 - 3:00-4:00 pm
    Pre-registration is required

  • June 25 - Logan the Juggler
    Kids will get both sides of their brains working at our Juggler Program as they learn basic juggling skills.
    Three programs available with a limit of 20 children per program.

    Program 1 - 1:30-2:30 pm
    Program 2 - 2:35-3:35 pm
    Program 3 - 3:40-4:40 pm
    Pre-registration is required

  • Movie Madness
    Every Tuesday at 2:00 pm
  • June 16 - Bedtime Stories
  • June 23 - Tale of Despereaux
  • June 30 - Pinocchio

  • So tell your parents now that you want to spend June at the Library!

    Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party

    The Library is cranking up the fun with a PARTY to kick-off summer reading!

    Our PARTY will have balloon benders, bounce houses, face painting, sweet treats and tons of FREE fun for the whole family so don't miss it.

    Date: Sunday, June 7
    Time: 1-3 pm

    Short Story Writing Contest

    The Friends of the Library and the Bedford Public Library are sponsoring their 3rd Annual Short Story Writing Contest.

    •Original work of fiction by contest entrant
    •Minimum entry age – 17 years old
    •Permission for publication by the Library
    •All genres eligible with the following provision; no explicit sex and/or violence
    •2,000—6,000 words
    •12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch all-around margins, single-sided, and numbered pages
    •Submissions must include a title page with the following information: name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address (place in a large envelope for delivery)
    •Submit story in person or by mail to the Bedford Public Library, 1805 L. Don Dodson Drive, Bedford, TX 76021. Electronic submissions may be made to Electronic submissions must be in .rtf or .doc format
    •Deadline for submissions is Saturday, September 5, 2009* (5:00 pm CST)
    Failure to comply with the guidelines and/or submission qualifications will result in disqualification

    Note - Staff members of the Bedford Public Library, officers of the Friends of the Bedford Library, members of the Library Advisory Board or any of their immediate family members may not submit entries.


    1st Place--$100, free registration to the 2010 Writers Conference sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and name on plaque

    2nd Place--$50 and name on plaque

    3rd Place--$25 and name on plaque

    Winners will be announced on Saturday, September 25 at the Evening with the Authors: a Writers Roundtable program at the Old Bedford School.

    For more information on submission qualifications call Jeanne Green at 817.952.2372.

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Elissa Graham wins Youth Volunteer Award

    Elissa Graham, a freshman at Harwood Junior High, won the North Texas Regional Library System (NTRLS) Youth Library Volunteer Award. Elissa, age 15, has been volunteering and tutoring several times a week for the past two years. Elissa will be honored at a banquet in May.

    Elissa has volunteered for every Harry Potter and teen Twilight event and serves as the library's teen event photographer. Dressed in full costume, she has also volunteered as the "Sugar Plum Fairy" for our Christmas story time event, the "Love Bug" for our Valentine event and "Cindy Lou Who" for our Dr. Seuss event.

    Elissa is highly respected among her peers and the staff for her kindness and generosity. The words "unable to" are not in her vocabulary. She brings a great "can do" teen perspective to the library.

    Here's Elissa in a photo (on the back row, third from left) with Bedford Library staff members from left to right - Carrie Glindeman, Kelly Swain, Jeanne Green, Kat Craker and Regina Stone.

    Congratulations on a great job, Elissa!

    Saturday, May 9, 2009

    Barnes & Noble Fundraiser Today!

    Barnes and Noble is hosting an Afternoon of Romance to benefit the Friends of the Library. Ten percent of all items purchased with a voucher will be donated to the Friends of the Library. Vouchers are available online or at the Bedford Public Library.

    Location: Barnes & Noble, 861 North East Mall Blvd., Hurst, TX 76053
    Phone: 817.284.1244

    Monday, May 4, 2009

    Photos from Comic Book Day

    Take a look at some photos from Comic Book Day - May 2, 2009.

    Friday, May 1, 2009

    Comic Book Day

    Mayor Story has proclaimed May 2, 2009 as Comic Book Day in Bedford and urges all residents to visit their local comic book store and the library to enjoy the adventures of your favorite comic book super-hero. Read the full Proclamation.

    Did you Know?
    Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Be sure to check with your local shop for their participation and rules.

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Cell Phone Drive

    There are tons of phones in junk drawers across America waiting to be collected and turned in to calling card cash. In honor of May being National Military Appreciation Month, the Library will be holding a cell phone drive. We will collect used cell phones and send them to Cell Phones for Soldiers. They will recycle the phones and use the money to purchase calling cards for deployed soldiers to call home. This nonprofit organization currently sends out an average of 6,800 calling cards per week.

    There is a collection basket in front of the Youth Desk. Donations receipts are available upon request and are at the youth, circulation, and information desks. Thanks in advance for your support of this program. You can "go green" and be patriotic at the same time. For more information visit Cell Phones for Soldiers.

    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    Summer Teen Tutors Needed

    Do you need CAS or NHS hours? The library can use your knowledge as a Summer Teen Tutor.

    We are in need of teens, ages 14 to 19, who like children, books, libraries, and fun. Teens who want to participate must have a 3.00 GPA or higher, or be working on CAS hours, NHS, or another Honors program. You will be tutoring children as well as helping out with the Summer Reading Club activites.

    Submit a short essay of up to two pages, either handwritten or typed, about why you want to be a volunteer tutor. These essays will determine who will be selected to become a tutor. Turn in your essays along with a completed Emergency Notification form to the Youth Services Desk by May 15.

    If you are accepted, we will give you a call.

    Summer Reading Club Teen Volunteers Needed

    The library needs teens, ages 13-18, who like children, books, libraries, and fun. You will be helping with summer reading club enrollment, activities, and assisting the librarians.

    There are so many reasons why you would want to volunteer at the Bedford Public Library! Here are just a few:
    · Learn about the library and check out our new books, movies, and CDs!
    · Contribute to the dynamic Bedford community.
    · Earn volunteer service hours for fun or other programs!
    · Gain valuable pre-employment experience.
    · Make new friends!

    Submit a short essay of up to two pages, either handwritten or typed, about why you want to be a Summer Reading Club volunteer. The essays will determine who will be selected to become a volunteer, so put some of your creative energy into it! Turn in your essays and a completed Emergency Notification form to the Youth Services Desk by May 15.

    If you are accepted, we will give you a call.

    What is the Library Worth to You?

    Have you ever wondered how much you save by using the Bedford Public Library instead of buying your own books, renting DVDs or paying for Internet service charges? Well now you can get an idea of those savings by using our Library Value Calculator. Just fill in your usage and see what you're saving!

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    Bedford Water Safe

    Each year the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) performs an assessment of Bedford's water system. The annual “Consumer Confidence Report” is required of all community water systems by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This report contains information on the City of Bedford’s sources of drinking water, its constituents, possible sources of contamination and any health risks associated with contamination. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has assessed our drinking water system and determined that our water is safe to drink. Please read the 2008 Drinking Water Quality Report carefully and if you have questions call the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200 or the EPA’s hotline listed on the report.

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    Early Voting

    Early Voting starts Monday at the library.

    Here's the schedule:

    April 27-30 (Monday - Thursday)
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    May 1 (Friday)
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    May 2 (Saturday)
    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    May 3 (Sunday)
    11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    May 4 - 5 (Monday - Tuesday)
    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    CHIP/Children’s Medicaid Program

    CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) is for children of families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private health insurance. Bedford Public Library has partnered with CHIP/Children's Medicaid who will provide an informative monthly program. Come get answers to your questions and pick up an application.

    Click here to see a list of specific information you need to bring with you.

    Dates: May 20, June 17, July 15, August 26, September 16, October 21, November 18 and December 16
    Day of the week: Wednesday afternoon
    Time: 2pm to 6pm
    Location: Bedford Public Library

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    BPL Writers Circle

    There’s a new spot in town for writers! The Bedford Library is sponsoring a free program for writers of all genres to meet monthly to fine-tune their craft and help others do the same. So grab your pen and paper and come on down to the library.

    Dates: May 17, June 21, July 19 (3rd Sunday of the month)
    Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
    Location: Library Board Room
    Contact Jeanne Green for questions - 817-952-2372.

    Thursday, April 9, 2009

    Calling all Volunteers

    Have you ever wanted to volunteer at the library? Volunteering offers citizens the opportunity to utilize current skills, develop new skills, acquire leadership abilities, meet their neighbors and give back to their community. The library uses volunteers to help check in, sort and shelve materials, prepare materials for check out, repair damaged materials, and assist with special programs for kids, teens and adults. It's super easy to get started because you can apply online. So take a look at our volunteer opportunities and see if there is something there for you.

    Good Friday Holiday

    The library will closed on Friday, April, 10th for Good Friday and on Sunday, April 12th for Easter. We will be open regular hours on Saturday, April 11th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    Tuesday, April 7, 2009

    An Afternoon of Romance

    Make a date with the Friends of the Bedford Public Library for An Afternoon of Romance. Meet successful romance authors and learn what it takes to get published. There will be High Tea, Author Signings and Door Prizes!

    Schedule of Events

    12:00 pm - High Tea in Cafe
    1:00 pm - Author Discussion and Signing with the following local authors:

    · Candace Havens (Like A Charm)
    · Cindy Dees (The Medusa Seduction)
    · Judy Christenberry (A Randall Hero)
    · Karen Kelley (Cosmic Sex)
    · Jax Cassidy (Sunswept)
    · Amie Stuart (Hittin’ It)
    · Karen Whiddon (The Perfect Soldier)
    · Juliet Burns (Let It Ride)
    · Celya Bowers (Anything But Love)

    Date: Saturday, May 9
    Time: 12:00–4:00 pm
    Location: Barnes & Noble, 861 North East Mall Blvd., Hurst, TX 76053

    Present a Bedford Public Library voucher when you make your purchase on Saturday, May 9 and 10% of the sale will be donated to the Friends of the Bedford Public Library (IRS 501(c)3). Additional vouchers are available in the Library.

    How Money Works!

    Do you want to learn how to make your money work for you? Primerica will present a free program discussing financial issues like the Rule of 72, how mutual funds work, paying your debt, credit card traps, and how insurance works.

    Date: Sunday, April 26
    Time : 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    Location: Bonnie Finn Room

    Bunny Tales Story Time

    Put on your bonnets, grab your baskets, and hop on down the bunny trail for stories and a craft at the library!

    Event: Bunny Tales Story Time
    Date: April 9
    Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Bonnie Finn Room

    Twilight photos on Flickr

    Here are some great photos from our March 28th "twilight" teen-only movie event.

    We'll be having an encore showing of "twilight" on Saturday, April 18th from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Bonnie Finn Room. Please RSVP by calling 817-952-2372. Pick up your FREE tickets at the youth desk for admission to the movie and for door prizes. This is an event for teens (13 - 18 yrs) only. Seating will be limited to 75 teens. Hope to see your there.

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Survey Says!

    Thank you to everyone who took time to fill out the library survey. We appreciate the feedback on hours, quality of service, and the collection. The library welcomes your comments and suggestions all year long. For complete survey results click on Library Survey!

    Hours of Operation
    89.8% surveyed said that the current library hours meet their needs.

    How Often Do you Visit the Library?
    90% surveyed visit the library at least monthly

    The Bedford Public Library is doing a good job of providing for my household's library needs.
    53.4% surveyed strongly agreed that the library was meeting their needs.
    42.4% surveyed agreed that the library was meeting their needs.

    Rate the customer service you receive from the Bedford Public Library staff.

    Ability of staff to quickly assist you
    73% Excellent
    20.8% Good

    Friendliness of staff
    77% Excellent
    16.1% Good

    Knowledge of staff
    71.4% Excellent
    22.1% Good

    Overall Grade for the Bedford Public Library
    No Opinion--2.2%

    Top 5 Requested Items
    More Books
    Self-Checkout Stations
    More DVDs
    More Bestseller Books
    More Coomputers

    Saturday, March 28, 2009

    Twilight: Sold Out for March 28

    The "twilight" movie is sold out tonight.

    Due to popular demamand we will present an encore performance of "twilight."

    Saturday, April 18th
    Bedford Library
    RSVP 817.952.2372

    Pick up your FREE tickets at the youth desk for admission to the movie and for door prizes. For ages 13 - 18 years old. Seating is limited to 75.

    Sponsored by the Bedford Wal-Mart and the Friends of the Library.

    Friday, March 6, 2009

    Even More Seuss Festival Photos

    Several photographers were hard at work taking lots of photos of our Seuss Festival. To see more photos visit our Flickr page.

    Read About Brandon Jennings - Winner of Library Card Design Contest

    Brandon Jennings created the winning library card design, Oh the Places You'll Go. Brandon has always been interested in drawing and producing artwork. He has been involved in many art contests from elementary school through his college career. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art from Missouri Western State University in the spring of 2001 in St. Joseph, MO. While at Missouri Western, Brandon was involved in yearbook production and campus photography and graphic design for Campus Printing Services. After graduation, Brandon acquired a position at Superior Billboard Images in Savannah, Missouri doing graphic design and prepress for large format printing. While at Superior Billboard Images, Brandon created, proofed, and color corrected large format print jobs for many companies around the United States. During the winter of 2006, Brandon had the opportunity to move from his graphic design/prepress job and drove an eighteen wheeler for two years with U.S.A. Truck, Inc. During his truck driving career, Brandon was able to photograph many areas of the United States he had never seen before while satisfiying his passion for driving and photography. During his two year hiatus from graphic design, Brandon decided to move to the Dallas and Fort Worth area to be closer to family and to pursue a career in the field of graphic design once more. Brandon currently lives in Bedford, TX and enjoys portrait photography and being with friends and family in his spare time. View samples of Brandon's artwork.

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    Cake Decorating Contest Winners

    Congratulations to our Cake Decorating Contest winners for their creative submissions.

    1st—Evan Reid for "The Cat in the Hat"

    2nd—Asa Anderson-Proctor for "Green Eggs and Ham"

    3rd—Aly Redburn for "Oh, the Places You'll Go"