Sunday, September 24, 2017

Quilting: A History in Stitches


It's our last week of "Quilting:  A History in Stitches."  If you haven't had the opportunity to visit our gallery and view these beautiful, hand-crafted gems, make sure to drop in and take a gander at the quilts we have available in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Casual Word: A Community Type In


"The Casual Word:  A Community Type In" is an all-day event on Saturday, September 30, to celebrate and encourage the creativity of the human mind through words.  This free to the public event is open to people from all walks of life to come in and try out both typewriters and writing in general.  Tell stories, write poetry, articles, essays, anything that you feel needs to be put to paper.  Enjoy engaging with other individuals and “unplugging” from the digital world.

All are welcome!


Publishing Workshop with Joyce Gibson

Image resultHave you ever wondered about the wide world of publishing?  Have you ever wanted to publish your work, but don't know where to begin?

Then join us for our publishing workshop in the Jones Creativity Center at 10:00 a.m. today.  Joyce Gibson, local author of Salvage Yard of Souls, will be offering tips and tricks on how to navigate the publishing world.  She'll provide insight into the publishing process from manuscript to published book and help fledgling authors start their own journey toward publication.

Our event is free to attend; no registration is necessary.

BPL Book Giveaway: Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

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Don't forget, we're still accepting entries for our BPL Book Giveaway!  One lucky patron will win a free copy of Homer Hickam's memoir and a $20 gift card to Blackbird Bakery, so don't forget to submit your entry and join us for our community reading event, "One Book, One Bristol" on October 1!

To enter our free BPL Book Giveaway, you must fill out one of our entry forms at the Reference Desk at the Bristol Public Library or the front desk at the Avoca Branch Library.  Only one entry per person per library.  Incomplete entry forms will not be considered.  Giveaway entry ends on September 30, and our Grand Prize Winner will be selected on October 3.

Good luck, and we look forward to reading with you in October!

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Avoca Branch Library Friends Fall Book Sale

It's time for the Avoca Branch Library bi-annual book sale!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Fall Avoca Branch Book Sale kicks off in just two weeks, starting Thursday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. and continues through the rest of the weekend.  It's only during their hours of operation, so make sure to stop by and pick up a new book or any number of nifty little gifts and goodies before they're gone!

Book Sale hours include:
Thursday, October 5     10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6     9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7     9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the Avoca Branch Library at 1550 Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, Tennessee, or give them a call at 423-968-9663.  They would love to hear from you!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Creative and Crafty: BPL Rocks!

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Well, we have BPL Rocks!  Starting at 2:00 p.m. on September 30, we'll be painting kindness rocks to hide around downtown Bristol and beyond in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Write an uplifting phrase, draw a funny face, or create an adventurous design, you get to choose and paint a rock of your very own!

Our event is completely free and no registration is necessary, simply drop in from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help us paint our kindness rocks.  We'll supply the paint, brushes, and rocks, just bring yourself and a friend--and have a great time!  We only ask that you keep all designs family-friendly.

If you'd like to learn more about our BPL Rocks project, check out our group on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1658756680854468/

Hiring Expo

The Jones Creativity Center will be closed today for the local Hiring Expo at the Bristol Motor Speedway from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Local employers in retail, healthcare, manufacturing, education, automotive sales and service, and much more will be available with information about employment.

Employers and potential employees have the opportunity to meet and discover new opportunities.  During this event, TJ will be on hand to provide information about the JCC and the Bristol Public Library.

For more information about the Hiring Expo, please call 423-764-4171 or email HiringExpo@bristoltn.org.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Movies and More!

We want to know what you think!

If you've been to one of our movies recently, fill out our survey and let us know about your experience.  We're always striving to improve and we would definitely love to hear back from you!  Tell us how we can make our programs better, let us know what we got right, and give us some suggestions about which movies you would like to see next.

To fill out our survey, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions.  It's that easy!  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 276-645-8781 or email us at meetingroom@bristol-library.org.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

All Abuzz About Beekeeping

Phil Blevins with the Virginia Cooperative Extension office will be returning to the Bristol Public Library to help with our program "All Abuzz about Beekeeping."  He'll teach visitors all about the incredible benefits of bees, the interesting quirks of beekeeping, and the rewards and perils of starting your own hive.

Our program starts on September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Visitors will also have a chance to win a free prize!
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Photography 101: Learning the Basics

Image result for photography clipartThanks to Rita, one of our lovely Circulation staff, we'll be offering a free class on photography basics on September 25 at 2:00 p.m.  in the Jones Creativity Center.  In "Photography 101:  Learning the Basics," we'll be teaching registered participants how to take a better photograph, instructing them on the basics of light and contrast and more, and demonstrating how these simple principals can improve the quality of your photo.

Space is limited, so registration is required; participants are required to bring their own camera (or cellphone).  To register for our class, please call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.  For more information about Photography 101, visit our Facebook event on our page or email us at reference@bristol-library.org.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Library Closing: Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

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Every September Bristol TN/VA host the shared Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, which hosts dozens of folk, country, Americana, blue-grass, Appalachian, and Celtic musical artists.  This year, Dwight Yoakam and more than 100 other musicians will share stages across State Street and Cumberland Square Park over three days.

And the Bristol Public Library is right in the thick of things!

So, due to the crowds, we're unable to keep our doors open during the Rhythm and Roots Reunion, which begins tomorrow, but we'll reopen on September 18 at 9 a.m.  And, don't worry, books typically due during the festival won't be considered late and our drop box is always open!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Movie Presentation: Voices of Cades Cove

Tonight, we're offering a special presentation on Voices of Cades Cove (2016):


A series on the rich history of Cades Cove in North Carolina, Voices of Cades Cove:  Winds of Change is an interesting documentary on the history and culture of Cades Cove as the region undergoes incredible change and upheaval during the Great Depression and becomes incorporated into one of the most popular national parks in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains.

Join us for this free showing of Voices of Cades Cove tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Rated G.  180 minutes (2 discs).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BPL Community Read: One Book, One Bristol


Beginning October 1, we're hosting "One Book, One Bristol" and we couldn't be more excited! Throughout October, we'll be reading Rocket Boys (otherwise known as October Sky) by Homer Hickam and celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sputnik's first flight.

We have lots of events planned, including a visit from Dr. Gary Henson with the ETSU Observatory, staff from the Bays Mountain Planetarium, and a professor from the University of Tennessee, and we can't forget about our movies.

Join us in October for a full month of fun, space, and science!

Quilting: A History in Stitches

The William King Museum of Art is returning to the Bristol Public Library for an incredible program on the history of quilts and quilting in the Appalachian region.  We'll meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room tonight at 6:00 p.m.  Interested patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the wonderful staff from the William King Museum and participate in a family-friendly art project.


Make sure to drop in and join us for this wonderful presentation, and don't forget to pick up your very own souvenir!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

BPL Book Giveaway: Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

Image result for rocket boysStarting October 1, the Bristol Public Library and our Avoca Branch Library will be celebrating "One Book, One Bristol," our exciting new community read project!  We'll be offering some wonderful events, includng visits from the ETSU Observatory and a professor from the University of Tennessee, and movies throughout the month as we read Homer Hickam's classic memoir, Rocket Boys.

In honor of our upcoming community read, we're also giving away a free copy of Rocket Boys (otherwise known as October Sky) by Homer Hickam and a $20 gift card to Blackbird Bakery.  To enter, simply fill out one of our entry forms and return it to a library staff member at the Bristol Public Library or the Avoca Branch Library.  Only one entry per person per library; incomplete entries will not be considered.

Our giveaway ends on September 30.  One lucky grand prize winner will be selected on October 3 to receive a free copy of Rocket Boys (October Sky) and a $20 gift card from Blackbird Bakery.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Survey Says...

Have you attended one of our events recently?  Then tell us what you think!

We're always striving to improve our programs and we would love to receive you feedback.  Tell us all about your experience at the library and let us know what we did right, how we can improve, and what sorts of events you would like to see next!

To fill out our survey, simply click the link below and follow the instructions.  It's that easy!  If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 276-645-8781 or email us at meetingroom@bristol-library.org.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Musical Performance: Slim Pickins

Don't forget, the Slim Pickins Band will be performing at the Bristol Public Library at 6:00 p.m. tonight in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room!  This local bluegrass band is composed by the incredibly talented music students at Tennessee High.  We're very excited they'll be joining us for this wonderful performance and we hope to see you there!

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Classic Movie Corner Nominations

Image result for film projector clipartDon't forget, we're still nominating our favorite classic movies for our Classic Movie Corner!  We want to know what movies are classics, so we're looking for your top 3 favorite classic films to nominate for our Classic Movie Corner in November.

Let us know in the comments below, or visit us at the library to fill out a nomination card.  Nominating ends on September 10, while voting begins on September 25.  The winning movie will be shown on November 30.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

BPL Book Club: September

Although we usually meet on the third Thursday of the month, we're making some changes to our usual schedule.  We're hosting our BPL Book Club tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.

We'll be discussing A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and enjoying a special sweet treat, so make sure to join us for another wonderful BPL Book Club!

Adult Anime Club: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

To kick off our first meeting, we're showing Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie (2001) in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room tonight at 5:30 p.m.


Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie recounts the adventures of the bounty hunting crew of the Cowboy Bebop--Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward Wong--as they trawl across the solar system in search of intergalactic criminals.  But when a terrorist unleashes a deadly virus on Mars, Spike and the rest of the crew are suddenly caught up in catching the culprit before someone else decides to claim the bounty.

Rated R.  116 minutes.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Library Closing: Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

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Every September Bristol TN/VA host the shared Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, which hosts dozens of folk, country, Americana, blue-grass, Appalachian, and Celtic musical artists.  This year, Dwight Yoakam and more than 100 other musicians will share stages across State Street and Cumberland Square Park over three days.

And the Bristol Public Library is right in the thick of things!

So, due to the crowds, we're unable to keep our doors open during the Rhythm and Roots Reunion from September 15 through September 17, but we'll reopen on September 18 at 9 a.m.  And, don't worry, books typically due during the festival won't be considered late and our drop box is always open!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 276-645-8780.

Library Movie Presentation: The Eagle Huntress

The Bristol Public Library is offering a special movie presentation of The Eagle Huntress (2016):


Directed by Otto Bell and narrated by Daisy Ridley, The Eagle Huntress tells the story of Aisholpan, a young Mongolian girl who strives to become an eagle hunter.  Eagle hunters train from an early age with golden eagles, becoming adept at taming these massive, majestic birds as hunters and companions. Should Aisholpan pass the rigorous training of becoming an eagle hunter, she would be the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family.

It starts tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Rated G.  87 minutes.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Quilting: A History in Stitches

The William King Museum of Art is returning to the Bristol Public Library for an incredible program on the history of quilts and quilting in the Appalachian region.  We'll meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on September 12 at 6:00 p.m.  Interested patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the wonderful staff at the William King Museum and participate in a family-friendly art project.

Make sure to drop in and join us for this wonderful presentation, and don't forget to pick up your very own souvenir!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Library Closing: Labor Day

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In honor of Labor Day, the Bristol Public Library will be closed on September 3-4.  We'll reopen and resume our normal hours of operation on September 5.  We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Adult Anime Club

This month, we're gearing up for our very first Adult Anime Club!

To kick off our first meeting, we're showing Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie (2001) in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on September 6 at 5:30 p.m.


Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie recounts the adventures of the bounty hunting crew of the Cowboy Bebop--Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward Wong--as they trawl across the solar system in search of intergalactic criminals.  But when a terrorist unleashes a deadly virus on Mars, Spike and the rest of the crew are suddenly caught up in catching the culprit before someone else decides to claim the bounty.

Rated R.  116 minutes.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Newsletter & Calendar


September has arrived!

Although our Summer Celebration is over, the Bristol Public Library still has lots of events, classes, and programs planned for September.  This month, we're excited to share with our patrons and visitors our quilting gallery.  Our "Quilting:  A History in Stitches Gallery" runs from September 1 to September 30, and it will feature the incredible creative works of the Wolf Hills Quilters, a local quilting guild.  As part of our immersive project, we're also offering a free program on the history of quilting with the William King Museum of Art on September 12 at 6:00 p.m.

And let's not forget:  We're introducing our brand new Adult Anime Club!  Starting on September 6, our Adult Anime Club will meet on the first Wednesday of the month in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 5:30 p.m.  We'll watch anime movies and television shows, discuss our fandoms, and enjoy Japanese snacks.  This month, we're watching Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie.  This movie is rated R (which means it's not safe for all viewers); 120 minutes.  Popcorn, snacks, and water will be provided.

Due to some scheduling conflicts, our BPL Book Club will be meeting on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.  For our September meeting, we'll finish reading and discussing A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  And we'll also pick up our October reading adventure:  Rocket Boys (October Sky) by Homer Hickam.

We have 4 movies planned for September:  The Eagle Huntress (rated G) on September 5 at 6:00 p.m.; Voices of Cades Cove:  Winds of Change (rated G) on September 13 at 5:30 p.m.; A Man Called Ove (rated PG-13; subtitles only) on September 27 at 6:00 p.m. as part of our BPL Book Club Movie Night; and our Classic Movie Corner feature, The Time Machine (rated G) on September 28 at 5:30 p.m.  All movie features will be shown in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room upstairs.

We're pleased to welcome the Slim Pickins to the library on September 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  This local bluegrass band, formed by the incredibly talented music students at Tennessee High School, are treating us to a free musical performance!  We hope you'll join us in welcoming the Slim Pickins, as we get ready to celebrate the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

We have Photography 101:  Learning the Basics planned for September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.  Rita, one of our talented circulation staff members, will be sharing tips and tricks on using light, contrast, and more to help you take a better picture.  Space is limited, so registration is required; registered participants will also need to bring their own camera or cell phone.  To register, contact us at 276-645-8781 or reference@bristol-library.org.

We are thrilled to welcome Phil Blevins back to the library for All Abuzz about Beekeeping.  Mr. Blevins will be teaching us about the incredible benefits of bees, the interesting quirks of beekeeping, and the surprising rewards and perils of starting your own hive.  If you've ever wanted to learn more about beekeeping and how it works, join us in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m. on September 26.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to win a special prize for participating!

We're also gearing up for "One Book, One Bristol," our new community read project, in October.  Beginning October 1, we'll be offering some wonderful events, including visits from staff at the ETSU Observatory and the Bays Mountain Planetarium in Kingsport, a professor from the University of Tennessee, and much more!

To celebrate this awesome event, we're drawing for a free copy of October Sky (otherwise known as Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam and a $20 gift card from Blackbird Bakery.  To enter, simply fill out one of our entry forms and return it to a library staff member at the Bristol Public Library or our Avoca Branch library.  Our giveaway starts on September 10 and ends on September 30; one grand prize winner will be selected on October 3.

The Children's Department will continue to host storytime on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Here's what we're reading for September:
  • September 5:  Mrs. Selena's Favorites
  • September 11 and 12:  We've Got Rhythm
  • September 18 and 19:  Celebrating Imagination Library Week!
  • September 25 and 26:  Apples!  Apples!  Apples!

The American Girl book Club meets on Mondays at 5:00 p.m.  This month, they're reading Tenney by Kellen Hertz.  The 8-12 Year Old Book club meets on September 20 and 27, and they'll finish reading Let's Do a Thing:  Victor Schmud, Total Expert #1 by Jim Benton; while the Storyworks Book Club meets on September 11 at 9:30 a.m.


Our Teen Library has some pretty great events lined up too!

This month, the Tween Book Club is reading Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick on September 11, 18, and 25, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Our Teen Book Club will be picking up S.E. Hinton's Outsiders, and they'll meet on September 6, 13, and 20 at 4:30 p.m.  Our tweens will have the chance to watch Hugo (rated PG) on October 2 at 3:30 p.m., while our teens will have the opportunity to watch The Outsiders (rated PG) on September 27 at 4:30 p.m.

We'll also host the teen Anime Club on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Purely Poetry on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.  Teen Board Game Club and Open Gaming will continue on Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively, while Teen Coloring happens on Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

The Avoca Branch Library is getting ready for the return of their Nifty Fifty Adventure!  Starting at 10:30 a.m. on September 5, our young readers will have the chance to join us as we explore all 50 states on Tuesday mornings.  This month, we're going visit Michigan, Florida, Texas, and Iowa.  Our storytime program will continue on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

We'll also continue our Kids' Klassic Book Club on Fridays at 4:00 p.m. with The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  As a special treat for our young readers, we're offering a free showing of The Wizard of Oz (rated G) at 10:00 a.m. on September 30.

The Jones Creativity Center will have altered hours throughout September with Open Lab from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Job Club will not meet on September 5, but they will pick up with a new schedule starting on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.  Our Crochet Class and Club will also be changing their schedule, kicking things off this month on a new day and at a new time on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.

On Thursdays, we will continue to feature Adult Coloring at 2:00 p.m. and the Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing Class at 6:00 p.m.  Although the JCC will be closed on September 4 for Labor Day, we'll resume our PC Classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.

On September 23, we're also offering a publishing workshop at 10:00 a.m. with the help of local author Joyce Gibson.  If you've ever been curious how to get your writing published, make sure to join us as we learn the best tools, tips and tricks to conquering the publication process!



Quilting: A History in Stitches

This month, the Bristol Public Library is offering a special gallery presentation on the creativity of our local quilting guild:  the Wolf Hills Quilters.  Thanks to their generosity, we have been able to hang quilts throughout the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery for the duration of September!

Visitors will have the chance to view some of the most beautiful quilts in the region and uncover the rich, hidden history of quilts.  To make this an immersive experience, we're also expecting a visit from the William King Museum on September 12 to learn more about the history of quilting in the region with "Quilting:  A History in Stitches."

We're very excited about our gallery and we hope you'll join us as we celebrate both the creative and cultural history of the region.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Classic Movie Corner: The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Bristol Public Library presents Classic Movie Corner with The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938):


Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Eugene Pallette, and Basil Rathbone, The Adventures of Robin Hood tells the epic, swashbuckling story of Robin of Loxley.  Called a bandit and a thief, Robin Hood (Flynn) has spent years as a thorn in the side of Prince John (Rains); however, when Prince John and Guy of Gisborne (Rathbone) attempt to overthrow King Richard III in a devious plot to seize the throne of England, Robin Hood will become a hero with the help of Maid Marian (de Havilland) and Friar Tuck (Pallette).

It starts at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

Rated PG.  102 minutes.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Musical Performance: Slim Pickins

This month, we're pleased to welcome the Slim Pickins Band to the Bristol Pubic Library!

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The Slim Pickins Band is a local bluegrass band formed by the incredibly talented music students at Tennessee High.  Before the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion gets into full swing, the Slim Pickins Band will be at the library on September 7 for a free musical performance starting at 6:00 p.m.

We're very excited to have them with us and we hope you'll join us for this wonderful performance!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

AAME: Michael Morgan and "The First Generation of the English Bible"


Tonight, Michael Morgan will be returning to the Bristol Public Library for a special presentation on "The First Generation of the English Bible" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view several of these precious volumes beginning at 2:00 p.m. when the meeting room doors open.  Morgan's presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, August 28, 2017

BPL Book Club: September


Although we usually meet on the third Thursday of the month, we're making some changes to our usual schedule.  We're hosting our BPL Book Club on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.    We'll be discussing A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and enjoying a special sweet treat!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Adult Anime Club

It's time to unveil our latest program at the Bristol Public Library:  Adult Anime Club!

Starting in September, our Adult Anime Club will meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll discuss manga, watch anime series and movies, and we may even have some snacks for our visitors.



Our first meeting will be on September 6, and we'll be watching Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie (2001).  Please note:  This film is rated R and may require adult supervision for younger viewers.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Classic Movie Corner Nominations

Image result for film projectorWe want to know what makes a classic movie a classic.  Is it a movie made before 1970, or does it have to be show in black and white?  Or is a film that breaks barriers and speaks to a generation?

You tell us!

Continuing through September 10, we're accepting nominations for our Classic Movie Corner in November.  Do you think Jaws is a classic, or what about Star Wars?  Is Beauty and the Beast a modern classic, or would you consider Wonder Woman a classic?

Let us know!  Name your top 3 favorite films in the comments below or visit the reference desk to fill out a nomination card.  Once we have all our nominations, we'll vote on the 10 movies with the most mentions.  Nominating will continue through September 10, while voting begins on September 25.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Library Closing: Labor Day

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The Bristol Public Library will be closed in honor of Labor Day from September 3-4.  We'll reopen and resume normal hours on September 5.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 276-645-8780.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Magical Mug Cakes

S'mores Mug Cake - The perfect summer dessert. It's quick, easy, and full of  flavor. Graham cracker crumbs, chocolate bits, and perfectly toasted marshmallows on top.Are you a fan of cake?

Then join us for "Magical Mug Cakes" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room tonight at 5:30 p.m.  For this class, we'll be learning how to make mug cakes from scratch.  Mug cakes are appropriately named, because they're made in mugs.  They're a single serving of deliciousness conveniently cooked in the nearest microwave.

Participants get to choose between three delicious flavors:  Brownie, Strawberries 'n' Cream, and S'mores.  There is no fee for this event, but registration is required.  Ingredients will be supplied for registered participants; mugs will be available for use at the library, but you may bring your own supplies if you have a recipe you're just dying to try or if you have a special mug you'd like to use.

Registration is closed for this event, but keep an eye out for similar events and join us each week as we continue our Summer Celebration!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits

Tonight, we're offering Mini Mandala Portraits at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room!  Registered participants will have the opportunity to create fun, intricate mandalas with a wide variety of colors, such as the one featured in the image below.


Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and supplies to waive this fee.  Registration is closed for this event, but make sure to keep an eye out for even more fun, crafty programs by checking with the Bristol Public Library or visiting our events blog.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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Tonight, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is doing a special presentation on "Roots and Region:  Exploring Local Music History and Traditions."  This free-to-the-public event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, will focus on musical traditions and the formative influences that make Appalachian music so unique.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, focusing on the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and how Bristol became the birthplace for country music as we know it today.  Their museum explores sound technology, which impacted and continues to impact country music, and highlights this rich musical heritage.

The museum also contains rotating exhibitions from other institutions, including the Smithsonian, and they are constantly adapting and updating their content in their Special Exhibits Gallery.  They house a research collection, including an extensive digital archive.  To find out more about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and their ongoing exhibits, check out their website at http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/museum/.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Live Streaming Event


If you didn't have a chance to snag a pair of eclipse glasses this past week, we'll still be offering a safe alternative for viewing the eclipse with our live streaming event!  We'll start our Solar Eclipse Live Streaming Event at 12:00 p.m. today, so make sure to drop in for a visit.  It happens rain or shine!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

AAME: Michael Morgan and "The First Generation of the English Bible"

Michael Morgan will be returning to the Bristol Public Library for a special presentation on "The First Generation of the English Bible" on August 29 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Morgan, who currently serves as Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary, owns one of the most comprehensive private collections of English Bibles in the country at more than 4,800 volumes.  His hour-long presentation will showcase a number of these rare books, including a 1611 King James Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the Bishops' Bible, and discuss the English Bible as it has changed throughout history.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view several of these precious volumes beginning at 2:00 p.m. when the meeting room doors open.  Morgan's presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Avoca Branch Library: Kids Classic Book Club


The Kids Classic Book Club is all about kids jumping feet first into the classics.  Each month, we check out a new classic and enjoy fun crafts.  Everyone who participates gets to keep a free copy of the book and join in as we read, create, and explore!

We meet every Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Avoca Branch Library.  This month, we're reading Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe.  We'll meet Harold the dog and Chester the cat as they try to unravel the mystery of the family's newest pet, a bunny with unusual habits--and fangs.

We hope to see you there!

Eclipse Glasses Giveaway


It's time for our Eclipse Glasses Giveaway!

Starting at 1:00 p.m., the Bristol Public Library will be giving away free solar eclipse glasses in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery upstairs.  We only have a limited number of glasses available, so they will be presented on a first come, first served basis and only one pair of glasses per person will be permitted.

If you don't have the opportunity to snag a pair of glasses, remember to check out our Solar Eclipse Live Stream Event on August 21.  We'll be live streaming the eclipse online in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 12:00 p.m.  Our event will happen rain or shine!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

BPL Book Club: August


Our BPL Book Club is meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room to conquer our next reading slope!  This month, we're very excited to be discussing Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, so make sure to join us for another wonderful book club meeting.

For more information on BPL Book Club, please contact Ambrea at 276-645-8780 or keep an eye on our events blog.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eclipse Safety


Don't forget, we're offering a program on Eclipse Safety tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room!  Dr. Raymond Bloomer from King University will be visiting us and talking about eclipse safety, as well as creating a projection of what the eclipse will look like in our region.  We'll also present 1 pair of eclipse glasses to each person present with a maximum of 100 being given out.

We'll also be giving out our remaining glasses on Friday, August 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery.  They will be given on a first come, first served basis.  Additionally, due to the limited number of eclipse glasses we received, only one pair of eclipse glasses per person is permitted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits

Our Canvas Classes have turned out to be a big hit with our Summer Celebration, so we've decided to keep offering Canvas Classes for our patrons!

On August 23, we're offering Mini Mandala Portraits at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Registered participants will have the opportunity to create fun, intricate mandalas with a wide variety of colors, such as the one featured in the image below.


Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and supplies to waive this fee.  Registration is required for the event.  You can sign up at the Bristol Public Library by dropping by the Reference Desk or giving us a call at 276-645-8781.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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On August 22, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is doing a special presentation on "Roots and Region:  Exploring Local Music History and Traditions."  This free-to-the-public event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, will focus on musical traditions and the formative influences that make Appalachian music so unique.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, focusing on the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and how Bristol became the birthplace for country music as we know it today.  Their museum explores sound technology, which impacted and continues to impact country music, and highlights this rich musical heritage.

The museum also contains rotating exhibitions from other institutions, including the Smithsonian, and they are constantly adapting and updating their content in their Special Exhibits Gallery.  They house a research collection, including an extensive digital archive.  To find out more about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and their ongoing exhibits, check out their website at http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/museum/.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Eclipse Glasses

Image result for eclipse glasses clip artThe Bristol Public Library now has eclipse glasses!

We'll be giving out 100 pairs on Wednesday, August 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room as part of our Eclipse Safety event.  We will give out our remaining glasses on Friday, August 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the upstairs gallery.  Our Avoca Branch Library has also received a limited number of eclipse glasses and will give them out at a time of their choosing.

All eclipse glasses are first come, first serve, and only one pair of glasses will be allowed per person.  A free live steam event of the eclipse will be offered on August 21 at 12:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or the Avoca Branch Library at 423-968-9663.

Classic Movie Corner Nominations


We love classic movies and you love classic movies, but what makes a classic movie a classic?

You tell us!

Is it Disney's Snow White?  Is it Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, or is it Jaws?  Do you consider Star Wars a classic, and what about The Breakfast Club?  We want to know, which is why we're opening our Classic Movie Corner to nominations.

Tell us your top 3 favorite classic films by answering in the comment section below, or visiting the Reference Desk at the library to fill out a nomination card.  The 10 movies with the most nominations will be our victors and continue to the next round of voting!

Nominating concludes on September 10; voting begins on September 25.  The winning movie will be shown on November 30 for our Classic Movie Corner.

Thursday, August 10, 2017