Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Winter Family Reading!

Starting on January 10, the Children's Department will be hosting the Winter Family Reading Program.  During January and February, children and their families are welcome to visit the library on Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. to participate in our fun winter events, such as movies, dinner, crafts, and much more.  Our schedule includes:
  • January 10:  CREATE IT!  What can you create with...?
  • January 17:  CRAFT IT!  Make 3 winter-themed crafts!
  • January 24:  WATCH IT!  Family Movie Night
  • January 31:  PLAY IT!  Board Games and Pizza!

All Winter Family Reading events are completely free to attend and no registration is necessary.  To participate, simply drop in and enjoy an evening of family-friendly fun!  We'll also have Winter Family Reading events in February, so stay tuned to our blog or check out our Facebook page for updates.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tennessee READS Tutorial: How to Borrow an E-book

Welcome back to our Tennessee READS Tutorial!

This week, we'll be showing you how to borrow an e-book.  Follow the steps from our previous tutorial (HERE), in order to access Tennessee READS and log in to your account.  Once you're signed in, you can return to the homepage to borrow a book or you can search for your favorite authors by using the search bar (see the magnifying glass?) along the top.

We decided to find books by James Patterson.  Notice the blue bar along the top of the book image:  it says "available," which means the book is available for immediate checkout.  (If the bar is gray/white and says "wait list," it's not available for immediate checkout.  You can put it on hold, which we'll show you how to do next week!)

Select the book you want to read by clicking the image.  In this case, we want to read The Angel Experiment by James Patterson.  You'll be taken to another page that tells you more information about the book, as well as a little blue button to "Borrow."

Once you've clicked the blue "Borrow" button, the website will give you the option to select how many days for checkout.  (14 days is the standard checkout limit, but you can keep books for as few as 7 days or a total of 28 days at the maximum.)

Click the blue "Borrow" button again.

The book is now checked out to your account!  You'll be able to begin reading the book immediately by clicking "Read now in browser," or you can wait and download it to your Overdrive account on your phone or tablet device.

For more information on Tennessee READS, access their Help Desk online at any time:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Classic Movie Corner

It's time to announce our new movies for Classic Movie Corner!

Our 2019 lineup will include:  The King & I (1956), Top Hat (1955), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), From Here to Eternity (1953), and A Christmas Carol (1938).  As always, we'll meet on the final Thursday of the month (unless noted on our calendar) at 5:30 p.m.  Popcorn and water will be provided to all movie attendees!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

VITA Tax Preparation

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 2, 2019.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Tuesday, April 12.  All services are first come, first served and interested filers are asked to bring these items in order to file:

  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present and must have photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social Security Cards or Taxpaper Identification Numbers (ITIN)
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest statements, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare/Medicaid card, 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C if you had other kinds of insurance or coverage.
  • Copy of last year's tax return

Taxes are due on Monday, April 15, 2019.

For more information on free tax preparation services, please call People Inc. at 276-619-2235 or visit their website at