Saturday, April 21, 2012

Strike a Pose

Kyrahlyn strikes a pose with the Need to Know statue.

One dark and stormy night, a mysterious patron dropped a picture of the bronze sculpture "The Need to Know" (by Hollis Williford) into the book drop of the Bedford Public Library located at 1805 L. Don Dodson Drive. Although staff members from the library searched everywhere trying to find out who wrote "Wouldn't this be a lovely addition to the Bedford Library?" on the back of the picture, the mystery remained unsolved for several months.  Ann Wiegand, the former Library Director, and Suzanne Blackman, another Bedford Library patron, led a group of Bedford Library volunteers in fundraising projects across the city. Finally, over two years after the picture of the sculpture was first deposited in the book drop, the library raised enough funds to purchase the sculpture.

The statue was moved from the L. Don Dodson location to the new Bedford Public Library in January 2011.  It was so heavy it cracked the new sidewalk!

Layering Pizzazz: A Writer’s Workshop

What exactly is setting? Why do you need setting details in your novel? How much is too much? How much is too little? Who cares?

For the answers to these and other questions about setting, come to the Bedford Public Library’s Writer’s Workshop as multi-published author Lena Nelson Dooley leads this workshop on setting. Be prepared to participate in the presentation, because not only will you learn about setting, you’ll get the chance to practice what you learn. Bring paper and pen or your laptop, netbook, or tablet that is charged and ready to use. And don’t forget your creativity and imagination. Award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has more than 690,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers.

Admission is $25. This includes lunch during the Workshop and admission to the Meet the Authors Event 2:00 – 4:00 pm the same day.

2012 Library Project of the Year

Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year: City of Bedford/Bedford Public Library The City of Bedford Public Library was recognized by the Texas Library Association as the 2012 Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year. Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year recognizes a project that exemplifies the highest levels of achievement, professional standards, and inspiration to other libraries. It is the only TLA-sponsored cash award, and the amount is $500.

The design and construction of the new Bedford Public Library earned the City of Bedford this recognition. The extensive community input process significantly improved library service for Bedford residents. Maria Redburn, Library Manager and Barbara Johnson, Technical Service Manager accepted the award on behalf of the City of Bedford at the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston Texas. Bestselling author and host of the History Channel’s Decoded, Brad Meltzer was the keynote speaker of the opening session.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mobile Catalog Now Available

The library catalog is now available for your mobile phone, with Library Anywhere! Search, discover, and interact with our library - anywhere you are, right away.

  • search the catalog
  • see what you have checked out
  • renew items
  • place holds
  • get hours and location
  • browse event listings
  • access ebooks
  • browse booklists

    Library Anywhere is a universal mobile web version of the library catalog that works on any smartphone including a Blackberry. To view and use, visit

    In addition, iPhone and Android phone users can download a native app, which offers a few extra features, including the ability to scan the barcode of any book, anywhere and immediately check if it's in stock at Bedford Public Library - and then place a hold on it!

    Install options


  • Visit Android Marketplace on your phone and search for 'LibAnywhere'
  • Download and install the free app
  • Load the app and search for Bedford Public Library to make it your default search page
  • Start searching!

  • Visit App store on your phone and search for 'LibAnywhere'
  • Download and install the free app
  • Load the app and search for Bedford Public Library to make it your default search page
  • Start searching!

    Universal version (Blackberry and other smartphones):

  • Visit: