Monday, June 26, 2017

Beginning Genealogy Class

As part of our continuing Summer Celebration, we're bringing back our Beginning Genealogy Class in the Jones Creativity Center on Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Beginning Genealogy will offer an introductory class on both online searching and book research to help amateur genealogists research and create their family tree.  Kristin will be teaching this free educational program and giving tips and tricks on how to navigate genealogy online, as well as our many printed sources.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Library computers will be available for patrons in the JCC, but participants may also bring their own laptops or electronic devices.  For more information on Beginning Genealogy, please contact us at 276-645-8781 or by email at

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Library Closing: Independence Day

The Bristol Public Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 4, 2017.  We will reopen on July 5 at 9:00 a.m. and resume normal business hours.

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For more information, please call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Steele Creek Park: Poisonous Flora and Fauna

Thank you Jeremy Stout and Steele Creek Park for such a wonderful presentation last night.  We had a fantastic time last night learning about all the poisonous and venomous plants and animals of our region.  And thank you to all the patrons who made it out to the library!

Bird Watching for Beginners

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce that we are offering Bird Watching for Beginners on June 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  This class is being offered with the assistance of the Bristol Bird Club, which meets at the library on the third Tuesday of each month (excluding June and September).  Their mission is to promote the enjoyment, scientific study, and conservation of wild birds.

The Bristol Bird Club was founded in Bristol, TN/VA in 1950 as part of the Stephen M. Russell Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, and they belong to the Virginia Society of Ornitology.  Interested birders are welcome to join, simply contact the Bristol Bird Club at one of their regular meetings or check out their website for upcoming events:

Membership dues are $32/year for families, $25/year for a single individual, $10/year for associate members (who are currently part of the Tennessee Ornithological Society), and $450 for a lifetime membership with the Bird Club.  For more information, please contact Dave Worley at 170 Mockingbird Drive, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Steele Creek Park: Poisonous Flora and Fauna

Jeremy Stout, manager of the Steele Creek Park Nature Center, will be at the Bristol Public Library tonight in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for a special presentation on poisonous flora and fauna native to the region.  His program begins at 5:00 p.m. and will last approximately an hour, as Stout shows off the different varieties of poisonous plants and venomous creatures common to east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

For more information about Steele Creek park and their wonderful programs, please contact the Nature Center at 423-989-5616.