Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Happy Independence Day!

Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours of operation will resume Friday, July 5. Have a great holiday!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Libby: Account Resources and Self-Help

Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!

This week, we're learning more about account resources and the Libby Academy.  To start, you'll want to make sure you're logged in to your Tennessee READS account through Libby (which you can learn about here).  After you open the Libby app, click on the Libby icon in the top right-hand corner of the page.


At the top of the page, you'll have the option to see your library cards and add a library.  These options will allow you to add or rename your library cards and make it easier to access different accounts.


On this page, you can also discover more about the Libby app!  The "Set Up Libby" option will allow you to customize your Libby experience and offers troubleshooting guides if you run into hiccups.  The "Help & Support" option offers access to the Libby Help website and contact links to get personalized assistance, while the "Learn Libby" option takes you directly to Libby Academy.

The Libby Academy is a helpful series of videos that offers demonstrations of Libby features.  These videos offer step-by-step instructions on how to adjust audiobook and e-book settings, set a sleep timer, view book progress, and more.


You can learn more about Libby at https://meet.libbyapp.com/ or find help with the Libby app at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm.  And, don't forget, you can always visit the Jones Creativity Center during their open lab hours for one-on-one assistance with your personal technology!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Newsletter & Calendars: June 2019


We are summer ready!  It's time for our summer reading programs to begin and, with so much going on in June and July, we have tons of new classes and fun activities for patrons of all ages to enjoy.

This month, we're looking forward to visits from ETSU, Bays Mountain Planetarium, and King University for our intergalactic speakers series.  Professor Jonna Sutherland from King University will be at the library on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. for a short lecture on space exploration; Dr. Gary Henson from ETSU will be speaking on "Fifty Years of Spaceflight" on June 24 at 6:00 p.m.; and an employee from the Bays Mountain Planetarium will be at the library on June 27 at 2:00 p.m. for a special presentation on "Space Today!"

We're starting our biannual BPL Book Bingo on Monday, June 3.  Interested readers are welcome to sign up for BPL Book Bingo at any time from June 3 to July 30 and compete for prizes--and, of course, bragging rights.  Copies of book bingo will be available at the Reference Desk and the Avoca Branch Library.  For more information on BPL Book Bingo, please contact the library at 276-645-8780 or 423-968-9663.

We also have some wonderful movies lined up, including a special showing of Hidden Figures (2016) at 5:30 p.m. on June 11, The Searchers (1956) at 2:30 p.m. on June 12, and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) for our Classic Movie Corner on June 27 at 5:30 p.m.  Creative & Crafty classes include book bouquets on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. and "Galaxies Rock!" rock-painting on June 29 at 2:00 p.m.

The Children's Department kicks off their summer reading program on Monday, June 3, with storytime at 11:30 a.m. and a special summer reading program at 6:00 p.m.  Storytime will be held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. while movies will be shown on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.  Summer reading program activities will be held on Mondays at 6:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  Special entertainment programs will be held on Wednesdays at a variety of different times, while Lego building will be on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

For more information on the Children's Summer Reading Program, please visit the Children's Department to pick up a calendar and register for special events.  You can also contact Michelle at 276-821-6153 with additional questions.  (Please note:  Registration must be completed in person.)


The Teens will also begin their Summer Reading Program on June 7 with a kick-off party at 3:00 p.m.  Teens can register or summer reading events, as well as participate in trivia and other fun activities.

This month, the teens will be watching movies on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and gaming tournaments on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Tween Book Club will meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and the Teen Book Club will meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.  Special events will be held on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. and, as an added bonus, teen readers will be able to participate in a summer reading challenge to compete for Amazon gift cards and other cool prizes!


For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Program, please contact Jaden at 276-821-6192 or jaden@bristol-library.org.  You can also check out the official BPL Teens page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bplteenreaders/.

The Avoca Branch Library will be hosting their own Summer Reading Program starting the first full week of June.  Kids from 0-6 will have activities planned on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., while kids ages 6-12 will have activities scheduled on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, the Avoca Branch Library is hosting their summer reading Kick-Off Party with Beatrice Green and her puppet pal Reggie.  We'll have games, fun activities, snacks, and more available.  (Registration for summer reading is now open, so make sure to drop into the library at any time or feel free to register during our Kick-Off Party!)


The Jones Creativity Center will be hosting two special PC Classes during June.  On Thursday, June 13, instructors from the JCC will be offering a special workshop on "Online Job Searching" at 2:00 p.m.  And, on Thursday, June 20, they'll have a class on "Genealogy Research Online" at 2:00 p.m. at the Avoca Branch Library.  No registration is required.  To participate, simply drop in and join the class!

For more information on summer reading program activities and other library events, you can also check out the official Facebook page for the BPL at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Libby: Exploration!

Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!

This week, we're exploring Libby and learning more about how to search collections, updating preferences, and checking out reading guides.  To start, you'll want to make sure you've logged in to your Tennessee READS account through Libby (which you can learn about here).


When using Libby, you can actually set your preferences from the homepage.  After you click "Preferences" beneath the Tennessee READS logo, you'll have the option of customizing your search and book recommendation preferences.

Preferences will allow you to select your format, language, availability, and more.  It's easy to set your preferences and easy to remove them.  For instance, if you decide you want to view books and media that are currently available, change your availability preference from "Everything" to "Available Now" and click "Apply Preferences."

If you would like to remove your preferences, simply return to the drop down menu and change your preferences back to default.  You can return to default by clicking the original preferences or tapping the red "X" beside your current preferences, and then click "Apply Preferences" to save your changes.


Exploring Libby is just as easy!  When you scroll further down, you'll discover options to find what's new, what's popular, and what's available in both e-books and audiobooks.


Tennessee READS also offers catalog guides, subject lists, and Spotlights.  Spotlights are carefully crafted reading lists with fun and interesting categories like "Unreliable Narrators & Unlikable People" and "Spies Like Us" and "Kitchen Confessions."  You also have the option to check out your past searches and look back at the books, audiobooks, and media you've already explored.


If you continue to scroll through the Tennessee READS homepage (which you can reach at any time by clicking "Library" in the navigation panel), you'll find highlighted collections.  During our search, we found a variety of humorous and interesting collections, such as:

  • Bouquet of Books:  Flower-Filled Covers
  • Fantastic Beasts & How We Love Them
  • The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
  • Joke's on You
  • Made in Tennessee
  • "Red" Anything good Lately?
  • Cowboy Take Me Away

These collections can vary from week-to-week or even day-to-day.  Check back often to find new collections that feature different books on a similar theme!


For more information on Libby and Tennessee READS, check out the Libby Help page at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm.  You can also visit the Jones Creativity Center for one-on-one assistance or free technology workshops.