Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Understanding Medicare

The Bedford Senior Center will be hosting information sessions about the changes to Medicare. Sessions will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 16, Tuesday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 14. The Bedford Senior Center is located 2819 R. D. Hurt Parkway. For more information call 817-952-2325.

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Fee Schedule

Starting November 10, 2010

Extended Use Fees
DVD $1.00/day
Books & Other Materials 25¢/day

Copy Center Fees
Fax Fee $1.00/page
Copier Fee .20¢/page
Color Printout .50¢/page
Black/White Printout .20¢/page

Silent Auction for Low Vision Room

The Bedford Public Library has gradually been adding Assistive Technology for their low vision users after two successful Low Vision Fairs over the past three years. The next step is to have a room dedicated to the latest technology in the new library for low vision readers to utilize while at the library and in limited cases some of the technology will be available for check out.

On November 20th, the library will have some of the technology on display that through fundraising efforts by the Bedford Library Foundation will hopefully become a reality. Along with the display there will be a silent auction with all funds dedicated to purchase of equipment.

Refreshments will be served and we hope you will invite you friends for this special event. The Bedford Public Library is taking the lead and will be the only library in our area accommodating people with low vision and those losing their vision.

For further information, please feel free to contact Patt Dreyer at pattdreyer@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shout Out to Girl Scout Troop 1315

Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 1315 for collecting books for the new Bedford Public Library. The books not added to the collection will be sold by the Bedford Library Friends to buy new books. We appreciate Troop 1315 for applying their Girl Power to assist the new Library!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Adult Short Story Contest Winners

The Bedford Library Friends announced the results of the Fourth Annual Adult Short Story Contest last night. Congratulations to all our entries, the judges enjoyed your stories.

1st place -- Clinically Weird by Kathleen Listman
2nd place -- The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins
3rd place -- Second Chances by our own David H. Franklin

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bedford Library Friends Book Sale

Don't miss our upcoming book sale. If you are looking for books for the kids, grandparents, or your classroom, this is the event you cannot afford to miss. It's going to be bigger and better than ever.

Thursday, August 12 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Members Only Preview Sale - Memberships will be sold at the door

Friday, August 13 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 14 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 15 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Bedford
2045 Bedford Road
Bedford, TX 76021

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Your Name at the New Library

Preserve your family name, honor a loved one, recognize a business or give a lasting gift to someone special by ordering an engraved brick to enhance the outdoor settings at the new Bedford Public Library. Engraved bricks will be placed in the sculptural gardens surrounding the new facility. Bricks can be purchased in two sizes.

4 x 8 inches—standard size
Up to 3 lines of text
Cost imprinted $50.00

8 x 8 inches—standard size
Up to 7 lines of text
Cost imprinted $100.00

All funds raised with the Brick by Brick Fundraiser will go to the Capital Campaign. Bricks can be ordered at the Bedford Public Library. Order by August 1, 2010 to guarantee your name at the new Bedford Public Library. Brick Order Form

For more information call Barbara Sparks at 817-952-2350.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Carter BloodCare Donation Drive

We're having a Blood Drive this Sunday, June 13 at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane, between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Here's a link to the Advance Sign Up form.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Mark your calendar for Summer-Fest, a fund raising event benefiting the new Bedford Public Library. It'll be on Sunday June 13th from 11 am - 5 pm at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane. There will be Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Italian Ice, Funnel Cakes, Popcorn, Live Music, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Balloon Benders, a Dunk Tank, a Hamburger Cookoff, and a Car & Truck Show. So don't miss out on a great day of fun that also helps the new library.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Library Construction Photos

Take a look at the newest photos of the library under construction.

Online Computer Tutorials

In Pictures online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They're the easiest way to learn computer subjects such as Microsoft Office, Open Office and web design and programming. There's no complicated multimedia, just pictures that show exactly what to do.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

JobNow Service

The JobNow service is available to Bedford Public Library patrons till the end of August 2010. This free service provides access to online career coaches and experts!

Go to twdl.org/jobnow and then select the type of help you want – resume writing, interviewing, job search, etc…. The site asks for a password - use “twdl” (not the library number as mentioned on the site). Once logged in you will be in an online chat with a job expert. The service is available from 2 – 11 pm 7 days a week!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Support the Library by Sending Flowers

Sending flowers for Easter, Mother's Day, a birthday or for any occasion is a sure way to brighten someones day. Now you can send flowers and add to the support the Library receives from the Bedford Library Friends.

Bice's Florist created the Helping Hands program as a way to continuously give something back to the community throughout the year. So when you purchase flowers from any of our area Bice's florists just mention that you would like their Helping Hands contribution of $2.00 to go to the Bedford Library Friends. The Friends group uses all donations to enhance library services to the community.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Short Story Contest and Seuss Festival Winners

2010 Short Story Writing Contest Winners

Grades 1-6
1st Place Julia Teinert
2nd Place Rebeka Klopfenstine
3rd Place Katie Hodges

Grades 7-12
1st Place Elissa Graham
2nd Place Madeline Daniell

Seuss Festival Winners

Best Costume
Baby Seuss - Kieren Harris
Most Original Seuss-ish - Stephanie Purtell

Clover Guess
The jar contained 251 and Claire Settlemoir guessed 252

I S.E.R.V.E. HEB Volunteer Fair

The I S.E.R.V.E. HEB Volunteer Fair held at Northeast Mall on Saturday, March 27 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm is an event which encourages community support and enhances the quality of life in HEB by connecting volunteer-minded individuals and HEB businesses with local non-profit service organizations. Take a look at the flyer.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Construction at New Library

If you haven't been by the site of the new library lately take a look at these photos of construction taken during the end of February. The former grocery store is starting to transform into a beautiful library. Window openings are being added along the north and south facades to take advantage of natural light. In parts of the library, the natural light will filter through colored glass creating a vibrant color palette in the Lobby, Children's Area and Teen Area.

Celebrate Seuss Festival Photos

Even though it was a cold and wet afternoon over 500 people had fun at our annual Celebrate Seuss Festival. See the photos.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Love Your Bedford Public Library Month

February 2010 was proclaimed Love Your Library Month by the Mayor. See the proclamation.

Employment Tips Workshops

Bedford Public Library in conjunction with North Texas Library Partners, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission are presenting two timely workshops to help you prepare for a new job.

Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing
Learn the basic guidelines for creating resumes and cover letters. Get the inside track on basic interviewing tips that can make the most of a job interview.

Online Job Hunting Tips
Learn about the top web sites for job searching as well as tips and tricks to get your resume seen!

Registration is not required for these free programs. Seating is limited to 40 people per workshop. These are first-come, first-served programs.

When: March 31, 2010
Time: Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing—10:00 am – Noon
Time: Online Job Hunting Tips – 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
Where: Bonnie Finn Room

Monday, February 8, 2010

Take the Library Survey

The library is conducting its annual survey to assess quality of service, programs, materials and hours of operation. Please take a moment to fill out the survey to let us know how we are performing. Survey results help us set budget priorities for the next fiscal year. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete online. It is also available in print.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Notice to Proceed Issued for New Library

The City of Bedford issued a Notice to Proceed to Harrison, Walker & Harper to commence the construction of the new Bedford Public Library. That same afternoon, 2 L Construction arrived to begin clearing the brush on what will become the Geothermal Well Field. Harrison, Walker, and Harper will be executing contracts and scope review with the subcontractors approved by the Bedford City Council on January 26, 2010.

Openings to the exterior of the building and completion of demolition will take about two weeks. Full construction on the building is expected to start the second week in February. You can follow progress on the new library on the Library blog and view construction photos on Flikr.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Program - Taking Action after a Dementia Diagnosis

This new workshop is designed to equip and support newly diagnosed persons and their families. Participants will learn more about the disease and its progression as well as have an opportunity to talk to others on the same road. Information about programs and services available through the Alzheimer's Association-North Central Texas Chapter, clinical trials, advocacy and the promotion of brain health for the person with Alzheimer's will be provided.

Pre-registration is required for this free program. To receive more information about this program or to register, please contact Judy Budlong, Program Coordinator at 817.460.7001 or 800.272.3900 or email JudyBudlong@alz.org

Date: March 11, 2010
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm (refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6:00 pm)
Location: Bonnie Finn Room
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. CHIP representatives will be in the Library on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm to answer all your questions and help you apply.

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

Dates: February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15
Day of the week: Wednesday afternoon
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Location: Bedford Public Library

Friday, January 22, 2010

Software upgrade

Due to a software upgrade the library catalog may be unavailable from Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. until Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Celebrate Seuss Festival

Be sure to put Sunday, March 7 from 1:00-3:00 on your calendar - that's the afternoon of our annual Celebrate Seuss Festival in which we honor all things having to do with Dr. Seuss. It's always a super time with fun activities, celebrity readers, a costume contest and free birthday cake and lemonade.

Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Library Courtyard

The festival is sponsored by the Bedford Library Friends.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

If you place lots of holds then try this trick

Tired of having to re-enter your name and barcode number when placing lots of holds in one sitting? Then try this trick:

· Before searching a title log in to your account by using the My Account button from the toolbar in the catalog.
· Then select the Search the Catalog button from the My Account screen.
· This will take you to the main search screen and will indicate in red that you are logged in.
· Now start searching the catalog as you would for any item. When you get to the detail of a title place your hold.
· When you select the Hold button the hold will be executed without you having to login again (that's because you're already logged in).
· You can continue to search the catalog and place successive holds without having to re-login.
· As long as the red “You are logged in” message appears at the top of the screen you can place holds without having to re-enter your information.
· There is a button to return to your Patron Record if needed.
· When you are done it is always a good idea to log out of your patron record by clicking on the Start Over button.

Remember, that holds can only be placed on items that are currently checked out or items that are on order for the library.

Looking for a Job? Try JobView

Bedford Public Library has a handy new tool for job seekers called JobView. The database serves as an aggregator for job openings within the state of Texas as well as the rest of the country. Position descriptions can be printed, emailed, or sent to your cell phone. The database will automatically route you to the employer’s or program’s website in order to apply.

Other features include:
- Job searches can be statewide or isolated to a specific city.
- The job radius search feature allows you to look for employment within a set distance from the center of a chosen city.
- Search for hourly or part-time positions.
- Search for jobs in specific categories such as Accounting and Finance, Construction/Trades, Government/Military, Hospitality/Travel, Law Enforcement/Security, Non-Profit/Volunteer, Retail, Sales, etc.
- Allows for easy browsing of positions in WorkInTexas without a mandatory prior registration.
- Federal Contractors with Veteran Preference and Work in Texas positions are clearly noted.
- A general search will list all jobs within the category as well as the employer. Click on the position’s title to see the full job description.
- Job listings are updated daily.

JobView can be used on any of the public computers in the library (just click on the desktop icon) or you can access this resource from home.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Top 5 Reasons to Carry a Library Card

1. SAVE MONEY. Why buy when you can borrow? The Bedford Public Library has over 100,000 items available for checkout including DVDs, audio books, CDs and bestsellers.

2. AWESOME SCHOOL SUPPLY. You can complete homework assignments even when the library is closed. With over 50 online database, information is only a click away.

3. FREE INTERNET AND WIFI. Access public computers to search for jobs and connect with your friends. WiFi is available to individuals with computers.

4. LIFELONG LEARNING. From computer classes to tax preparation, the Bedford Public Library provides educational, recreational and cultural programming.

5. COOL CARD. With four library card designs including a keychain card, you can pick your style. A good samaritan turned in keys they found at the Movie Tavern to the Bedford Public Library because they had a keychain card. The owner was very happy!

Thursday, January 7, 2010