Kids Derby Saturday at Bradford Library

Local children need to gallop – if not run - to the Bradford Area Public Library for this year’s Kids’ Derby Day on Saturday.

The annual event, set to run from 1 to 3 p.m., is an afternoon devoted to everything Derby-related. This event is part of the Triple Crown of events surrounding the running of the Kentucky Derby.

“We are very excited to host the Kids’ Derby again this year,” said programming director Judy Carr. “This afternoon is a great time to enjoy the library with special activities for free. Just come down and enjoy."

A brand new activity is the painting of a Derby mural.

“This activity allows children of all ages to share their imagination by painting what they think the derby is about,” Carr said. “We will take a picture of the mural and place it in the children's library.”

That this is just one of the activities planned.

“There is so much packed into these two hours, we are so excited to bring this to the children in our community.” The event includes face painting, a clown, cookie crafts and a hat parade with prizes awarded.

The “mane” purpose of the event is to bring kids of all ages into the library to see what it is all about and encourage them to sign up for a free library card.

“This is also the beginning of a lifelong friendship with the library. We have so much to offer people of all ages,” Carr said.

Tickets are also on sale for the Derby Gala, which coincides with the running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3, at the Bradford Club. Tickets are $50 per person; proceeds from this event benefit the Library Endowment Fund, which provides some security for the library for years to come.

The annual auction of a one-of-a-kind Zippo lighter is also on the agenda for the evening. For information on this amazing lighter is forthcoming.

Many new features are on tap for this event, including a live band, the Earthquakers. For more information on all Derby events and the library, go to

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