Saturday, November 18, 2017

Nanowrimo Write-in

It's time for our Nanowrimo write-in!

Join us this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for some quiet writing, group games, brainstorming, and more provided by your local Nanowrimos.

For more information, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or visit www.nanowrimo.org to find more activities in your region.

Friday, November 17, 2017

1st Annual Christmas Candy Contest


The Bristol Public Library is hosting our First Annual Christmas Candy Contest on Tuesday, December 12, at 4:00 p.m.

We're looking for the sweetest treats in the Tri-Cities, and we want to know your recipe!  For our contest, we're accepting entries under the categories of Hard Candies, Soft Candies, Hand-Dipped Chocolate, Molded Chocolate, and Fudge.  There will be prizes for each age group in each category, as well as a People's Choice Award.

Interested participants can pick up a contestant entry form at the Reference Desk at the Bristol Public Library or receive a copy by emailing Ambrea at reference@bristol-library.org.  Entry forms should be returned on or before December 12, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.  Submissions returned after 3:30 p.m. will not be accepted.  Contestants who submit their entry forms early must arrive by 3:45 p.m. in order to turn in their candy for judging.

Rules:
  1. Each contestant should fill out an entry form in its entirety.  Incomplete applications or candy contest submissions without an application will not be accepted.
  2. Entry forms should be returned on or before December 12, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.  Submissions turned in after 3:30 p.m. will not be accepted.
  3. Contestants who submit their entry forms early must arrive by 3:45 p.m. to turn in their candy for judging.
  4. Each contestant should submit approximately 30 individual pieces of candy (depending on size) to be split between 3 judges and distributed to other contestants and guests to sample.
  5. Samples should be submitted on two non-returnable dishes.  One dish should contain 5 pieces for judging; the second dish should contain the remaining pieces of candy for other contestants and guests to taste for the People’s Choice Award.
  6. Recipes must be printed on back of the contestant’s entry form or attached on an additional sheet of white paper.
  7. Recipes are subject to be printed in library publications or on library website.  If a contestant does not wish their recipe to be published in any form, please notify the library on your entry form.
  8. Library staff and relatives of judges may not participate in the candy contest.

Other rules and restrictions may apply.  For more information, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

BPL Book Club: November


Don't forget, the BPL Book Club will be meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room!  We're going to finish reading and discussing The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and then we'll pick up our next book club pick:  Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier.

We're looking forward to books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

If you would like to learn more about BPL Book Club, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bristol Emergency Food Pantry


We're two weeks in to our collection drive for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.  If you have nonperishable food items or canned goods that you would like to donate, bring them to the Bristol Public Library and help us feed hungry families this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Genealogy Workshop: Preserving Family History for the Next Generation


Join us on tonight for our free workshop on "Preserving Family History for the Next Generation" and learn how you can make family genealogy fun, fast, and easy.  Starting at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, Kristin will provide participants with organizational strategies, fun ideas, and jumping off points for families who want to learn more about their history and grow a little closer this holiday season.

Registration is not required.  To learn more about our genealogy workshop, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781 or reference@bristol-library.org.

Monday, November 13, 2017

CCC Boys of Bristol



Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps on November 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Dressed in uniform, Jamerson will share stories about the CCC, read excerpts from his book, show a short video from his PBS film, and sing original songs with his guitar.

The CCC was a federal work program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the midst the Great Depression.  During its nine-year run, more than 76,000 men served in the CCC throughout cities in Tennessee and Virginia, including Bristol.  Jamerson will explore the history of the CCC and its impact on every day living, especially in rural areas where the corps helped plant trees, built bridges and dams, and constructed roadways.

Jamerson will also talk about many of the interesting CCC enrollees he's met over the years, and discuss his research into the CCC.  Patrons and visitors are encouraged to bring CCC photos and memorabilia to this free presentation.  For more information, please call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or visit Jamerson's website at billjamerson.com.

For more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit ccclegacy.org.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Library Closing: Thanksgiving

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The Bristol Public Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and will remain closed through Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will reopen on Saturday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. and resume our regular schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our upcoming closure, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Library Closing: Veterans' Day


The Bristol Public Library will be closed in honor of Veteran's Day on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11.  We will reopen on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. and resume our regular hours of operation.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Did you enjoy our event?

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nanowrimo Write-in

We're hosting our first Nanowrimo Write-in of the month!

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for some quiet writing, group games, brainstorming, and more offered by your local Nanowrimos.

For more information, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or visit www.nanowrimo.org to find more activities in your region.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Genealogy Workshop: Preserving Family History for the Next Generation

With the holiday drawing families together, it's the perfect opportunity for genealogists--amateurs and experts alike--to record precious family memories and preserve family history.  But how do you make genealogy fun and interesting for everyone?

It's easy!

Join us on November 14 for our free workshop on "Preserving Family History for the Next Generation" and learn how you can make family genealogy fun, fast, and easy.  Starting at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, Kristin will provide participants with organizational strategies, fun ideas, and jumping off points for families who want to learn more about their history and grow a little closer this holiday season.

Registration is not required.  To learn more about our genealogy workshop, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781 or reference@bristol-library.org.

Library Movie Presentation: Hook

Tonight, we're offering a special showing of Hook (1991)!


Starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts, Hook tells the story of Peter Banning (Williams), a lawyer and father who is dangling at the end of his robe as he attempts to reconcile his job, his family, and his past.  When Captain Hook (Hoffman) breaks into his home during the Christmas holiday and kidnaps his children, Peter knows it's time to return to Neverland for one last showdown with his oldest and most formidable nemesis.

Our movie starts at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees, so don't be late!

Rated PG.  114 minutes.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Closing: Veterans' Day


The Bristol Public Library will be closed in honor of Veteran's Day on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11.  We will reopen on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. and resume our regular hours of operation.

If you have an questions or concerns about our upcoming closure, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Holiday Mail for Heroes

This year, the Bristol Public Library is working with the American Red Cross to provide Christmas cards to local veterans, emergency responders, firefighters and police officers as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

blur, bokeh, cardTo participate, simply drop off signed Christmas and holiday cards at the Bristol Public Library for pick up by the Mountain Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Collection containers will be available at the Reference and Circulation Desks.  Interested participants can also deliver their cards to the Mountain Empire Chapter at 14298 Lee Highway in Bristol, Virginia, or the Washington County Library in Abingdon, Virginia.

The deadline for donating cards is Wednesday, November 29.

Every card received for this program will be reviewed by Red Cross volunteers.  Please ensure all cards are signed and, if possible, please provide short, appreciative statements.  Letters are not allowed.

Additionally, the Red Cross asks that participants do not include their email or home addresses on cards, as this program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.  Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

Last, please do not seal the envelopes.  Envelopes that are sealed will take much longer to process and may not reach their destinations in time.

For more information, please contact Alice at the Mountain Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross at 276-645-6650 or Alice.Neece@redcross.org.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

3D Printing Workshop

The Jones Creativity Center is hosting a free 3D Printing Workshop today!  Starting at 3:00 p.m., the JCC will offer ongoing demonstrations to highlight all the amazing things 3D printers can create.  From making small, plastic toy frogs to constructing a prosthetic hand, 3D printers are truly incredible for what they can do!

No registration is necessary.  All participants will receive a $3 coupon toward their first 3D Print at the Bristol Public Library.  Make sure to drop in and check out our printer--and, of course, don't forget to take a gander at all the programs the JCC has to offer!

Friday, November 3, 2017

National Novel Writing Month


November is National Novel Writing Month!

Fondly known as Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month is a writing marathon undertaken by authors across the globe to pen a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.  If you've ever wanted to jump into Nanowrimo or if you've considered writing a novel of your very own, join us at the Bristol Public Library as we celebrate the written word and chip away at those word count goals!  We'll be offering encouragement and, of course, special write-in events for aspiring authors.

We'll meet on the following dates:
  • November 8:  6-8
  • November 18:  3-5
  • November 25:  3-5
  • November 29:  6-8

All of our write-in events are completely free and no registration is required.  Simply drop-in for our special write-in events or, if you can't make it for our events, feel free to stop by the Reference Desk and request a study room.

To learn more about our Nanowrimo events, contact the Bristol Public Library by phone at 276-645-8780 or by email at reference@bristol-library.org.

1st Annual Christmas Candy Contest


The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce we are hosting our 1st Annual Christmas Candy Contest!

We're looking for the sweetest treats in the Tri-Cities, so bring your favorite traditional Christmas candies or new candy recipes for the holidays and enter our candy competition.  It's free to enter and prizes will be available for winners in each category.

Starting today, interested participants can pick up a registration form from the Reference Desk downstairs or acquire a copy online by emailing reference@bristol-library.org.  To learn more, visit the Bristol Public Library to pick up an application or contact Ambrea at 276-821-6147.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Calendar and Newsletter

It's November, which means it's time for our latest addition of the BPL Bookends newsletter!

This month, we're kicking off two very big projects:  "Holiday Mail for Heroes" in partnership with the American Red Cross and "BPL Food Collection Drive" in partnership with the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.  Holiday Mail for Heroes is an excellent program that provides holiday cards to local veterans, emergency responders, firefighters and police officers.  It starts on Wednesday, November 1 and continues through Tuesday, November 29.


Our Food Collection Drive begins on November 1 and continues throughout the month.  We'll be accepting canned goods and nonperishable food items to help support our local community during the holidays.  All food items brought to the Bristol Public Library in November will be donated to the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.  Donations can be delivered to the Circulation or Reference Desks.  For more information, please contact us at 276-645-8780.

We have lots of events planned this month.  To start things off, we're hosting our monthly BPL Anime Club (for Grown-Ups) and a special showing of Steamboy (rated PG-13) on Thursday, November 2, at 5:30 p.m.  We're also offering a free showing of Hook (rated PG), starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts, on November 7 at 5:30 p.m.  On November 30, we'll show our much anticipated Classic Movie Corner, featuring The Wizard of Oz (rated G) at 5:30 p.m.  And, remember, popcorn and water will provided to all movie attendees.

During November, we're also excited to kick off Nanowrimo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month.  We're hosting special write-in events for all of our Nanowrimo participants.  These events are completely free and require no registration.  Writers will meet on the following dates and times in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room:
  • November 8:  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • November 18:  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 25:  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 29:  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

On November 14, Kristin will present a genealogy workshop on "Preserving Family History for the Next Generation."  If you have ever wondered how to make genealogy fun and interesting for everyone in the family, check out our workshop at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Kristin will help participants uncover organizational strategies, fun ideas, and jumping off points for families who want to learn more about their history and grow a little closer this holiday season.


The Fort Chiswell Chapter of the DAR is also offering a free event on "Bustle, Bloomers, and Naked Elbows:  Fashion Fads in the Nineteenth Century" on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m.  Presented by Colleen Callahan, a costume and textile historian with experience in conservation and theatrical costuming, "Bustles, Bloomers, and Naked Elbows" will offer an interesting and eye-opening glimpse into the everyday fashion of the 1800s.  For more information, please contact Nancy Estes at 423-652-7460.

On November 20, Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps on at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Dressed in uniform, Jamerson will share stories about the CCC, read excerpts from his book, show a short video from his PBS film, and sing original songs with his guitar.  Patrons and visitors are encouraged to bring CCC photos and memorabilia to this free presentation.

Our Children's Department will continue to offer Storytime on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.; Storyworks Book Club on November 8 at 5:00 p.m.; American Girl Book Club on Mondays at 5:00 p.m.; 8-12 Year Old Book Club on November 15 at 5:00 p.m. and November 22 at 4:00 p.m.

The Children's Department will also be offering a free storytelling program on November 18, followed by a mini performance of the Bristol Ballet's Nutcracker.  Hannah Tiberi from ETSU will start her storytelling program at 11:00 a.m. and, starting at noon, the Bristol Ballet will provide a free performance for our youngest patrons.

The Avoca Branch Library provides storytelling on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and the Nifty Fifty Adventure on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.  The Kids Classic Book Club will continue on Fridays at 4:00 p.m.  However, since the Avoca Branch Library will be closed for Veterans' Day and Thanksgiving, the Kids Classic Book Club will meet on November 3 to read Pickle-Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield and November 17 to finish Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen.  To learn more about upcoming Avoca events, please contact the Avoca Branch Library at 423-968-9663.

The Jones Creativity Center is hosting a free 3D Printing Workshop and Demonstration on November 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Drop in and check out our printer and view a live demonstration of a 3D printer at work.  No registration is necessary, and all participants will receive a $3 coupon toward their first 3D print.

The JCC also offers PC Classes at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays; Job Club at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays; Crochet Class and Club at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays (excluding November 22, December 20, and December 27); and Adult Coloring at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays.  GED and ESL classes are also available through Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education Program.  For more information on JCC events and programs, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8790.


BPL Anime Club: Steamboy

For our November meeting of the BPL Anime Club (for Grown-Ups), we're showing Steamboy (2004).  Starring Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, and Alfred Molina, Steamboy is a fascinating, steampunk adventure of epic proportions.


Rei (Paquin) is a young inventor living in Manchester.  The son and grandson of inventors, Rei has a very big legacy behind him; not to mention, he's just come into possession of his grandfather's (Stewart) invention:  the "Steam Ball."  Seemingly filled with limitless power, the Steam Ball is an incredible invention in the right hands--and a dangerous weapon in the wrong ones.

We'll meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room tonight at 5:30 p.m.  Popcorn, water, and snacks will be provided to all club attendees.

Rated PG-13.  103 minutes.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Christmas Canvas


It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

Today at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, we're offering our Christmas Canvas Class.  Registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas.  We'll have 2 different ideas from which to choose, and participants will have the chance to give it their own personal flair.

Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and painting supplies to waive the fee.  Registration is currently closed for our event, but keep an eye on upcoming events.  We'll have more Creative and Crafty projects very soon!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bristol Emergency Food Pantry


During November, the Bristol Public Library is collecting food donations for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.  Starting November 1, patrons and visitors are welcome to bring canned goods and nonperishable items to the Bristol Public Library to donate to our local community food bank.

All food donations will help us and the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry reach out to needy families in our community this holiday season.

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

Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Drum Roll, Please...

After nearly a month of voting, the Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce the winner for our Classic Movie Corner in November:

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On November 30, we're offering a free presentation of The Wizard of Oz (1939) for our Classic Movie Corner at 5:30 p.m.  We'll meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room; popcorn and water will be provided to movie attendees.

Thank you to everyone who voted for our Classic Movie Corner!

Library Movie Presentation: October Sky

"One Book, One Bristol" is winding down for the month, which means it's time for our special showing of October Sky (1999)!


Based on Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam's classic memoir, October Sky tells the story of Hickam's childhood in the coalfields of West Virginia.  Inspired by the first Sputnik launch, Homer and his friends studied rocketry and science and, one day, hoped to visit the stars.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickam and Chris Cooper as his father, John Hickam, October Sky is a heartwarming story of what it means to follow your dreams.

We'll kick things off tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room upstairs.  Popcorn and water will be available.  Everyone is welcome to join us for this free movie showing, so make sure to drop in!

Rated PG.  108 minutes.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

BPL Book Club: November


We had a great October meeting with our BPL Book Club!  We enjoyed reading Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam as part of "One Book, One Bristol," and we're excited to wrap things up this month with a special showing of October Sky, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper, on October 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Next, we're reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.  We'll meet on November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room to finish reading and discussing this controversial classic.  We're always welcoming new members, so feel free to join us at our November meeting!

If you would like to learn more about our BPL Book Club, contact Ambrea with the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Tell us what you think!

We're always striving to improve our events at the Bristol Public Library, and we want to know what you think.  If you've recently attended one of our movies, let us know about your experience and tell us what we can fix to make your next visit event better.  To take our survey, simply click the link below and fill out our survey online.  It only takes a couple of minutes, and we always appreciate feedback!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

3D Printing Workshop

The Jones Creativity Center is hosting a free 3D Printing Workshop on November 4 at 3:00 p.m.  It's a drop-in event with ongoing demonstrations to highlight all the amazing things 3D printers can do!  No registration is necessary, simply stop by and check out our 3D printer--and all the other incredible programs the JCC has to offer.

Creative and Crafty: Mini Fall Fabric Wreaths

We're ready to get crafty!

Today, we're offering a brand new Creative and Crafty project:  Mini Fall Fabric Wreaths!  Join us for this free, fun, and family-friendly craft from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

We'll create fabric wreaths using mini wreath frames and mason jar lids.  We'll also have a selection of fabrics available in all colors and textures, but participants are welcome to bring their own fabric if they have a design in mind.  Please note:  All fabric will be pre-cut to the approximate size; however, a limited number of scissors will be available for adults and parents who wish to cut and use different fabrics.

Registration is closed for our event.  If you didn't have the opportunity to register for our event, keep an eye on our Facebook page and our events blog for more upcoming Creative and Crafty projects.  If you have any questions about our events, please contact us by phone at 276-645-8780 or by email at reference@bristol-library.org.

Friday, October 27, 2017

CCC Boys of Bristol


Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps on November 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Dressed in uniform, Jamerson will share stories about the CCC, read excerpts from his book, show a short video from his PBS film, and sing original songs with his guitar.

The CCC was a federal work program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the midst of the Great Depression.  During its nine-year run, more than 76,000 men served in the CCC throughout cities in Tennessee and Virginia, including Bristol.  Jamerson will explore the history of the CCC and its impact on every day living, especially in rural areas where the corps helped plant trees, built bridges and dams, and constructed roadways.

Jamerson will also talk about many of the interesting CCC enrollees he's met over the years, and discuss his research into the CCC.  Patrons and visitors are encouraged to bring CCC photos and memorabilia to this free presentation.  For more information, please call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or visit Jamerson's website at billjamerson.com.

For more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit ccclegacy.org.

BPL Anime Club: Steamboy

Are you a fan of anime?  Then join our monthly meeting of the BPL Anime Club (for Grown-Ups)!

The BPL Anime Club will meet on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll watch anime movies and television series on our Big Screen, we'll also discuss anime and related manga and munch on Japanese snacks.  It's a free, walk-in event.  No registration is necessary.

For our meeting on November 2, we're showing Steamboy (2004).  Starring Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, and Alfred Molina, Steamboy is a fascinating, steampunk adventure of epic proportions.


Rei (Paquin) is a young inventor living in Manchester.  The son and grandson of inventors, Rei has a very big legacy behind him; not to mention, he's just come into possession of his grandfather's (Stewart) invention:  the "Steam Ball."  Seemingly filled with limitless power, the Steam Ball is an incredible invention in the right hands--and a dangerous weapon in the wrong ones.

Rated PG-13.  103 minutes.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Classic Movie Corner: Frankenstein

It's time for our Halloween edition of Classic Movie Corner!  We're offering a special viewing of Frankenstein (1931), starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, and Boris Karloff:


Victor Frankenstein (Clive) is obsessed.  As a man of science, he wants to create the perfect living being--he wants to create life--but in his attempts to defy death, Frankenstein creates a monster (Karloff) that may prove his undoing.  Adapted from the classic novel by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein is a spine-tingling horror movie that's perfectly spooky and darkly eerie.

Our movie is open and free to the public, so make sure to stop by at 5:30 p.m. tonight for our special Halloween presentation in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be available for movie attendees.

Not rated.  71 minutes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

University of Tennessee: The Intersection of Science and Space


Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room as we welcome the University of Tennessee to the Bristol Public Library.  We'll learn about the space program, NASA, and much more as we continue to celebrate our "One Book, One Bristol" community read project.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Spooky Storytelling

It's time to get spooky!

At 6:30 p.m. tonight, we'll join the Beaver Creek Storytellers in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room upstairs for Spooky Storytelling.  If you're ready for chills and thrills and stories that will make your skin crawl, join us for Spooky Storytelling as the evening grows dark and the Jack-o'-lanterns glow.  Be prepared for a fiendishly good time!

And, remember, it's recommended for ages 6 and up.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Adult Coloring


Want some time to relax and unwind?

Then join us for Adult Coloring in the JCC on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.  We'll provide the coloring sheets and colored pencils, just bring yourself and enjoy one whole uninterrupted hour of peace, quiet, and coloring.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Christmas Canvas


It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

On November 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, we're offering our Christmas Canvas Class.  Registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas.  We'll have 2 different ideas from which to choose, and participants will have the chance to give it their own personal flair.

Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and painting supplies to waive the fee.  Registration is required for our 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.  If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line at reference@bristol-library.org.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Mini Fall Fabric Wreaths

We're ready to get crafty!

On October 28, we're offering a brand new Creative and Crafty project:  Mini Fall Fabric Wreaths!  Join us for this free, fun, and family-friendly craft from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

For this project, we'll create fabric wreaths using mason jar lids.  We'll have a selection of fabrics available in a variety of colors and textures, but participants are welcome to bring their own fabric if they have a design in mind.  Please note:  All fabric will be pre-cut to an approximate size to fit this project; however, a limited number of scissors will be available for adults and parents who wish to cut and use different fabrics.

Registration is required for our event.  In order to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone, we need an accurate count for attendance.  If you are interested in our Creative and Crafty project, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 to have your name added to our list.  If you have any further questions, please contact us by phone or by email at reference@bristol-library.org.

We hope you'll join us for our latest Creative and Crafty project!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Crochet Class and Club

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet?

Then join our Crochet Class and Club on Wednesday nights at 5:00 p.m. in the JCC.  It's free to attend for all ages and skill levels, so bring your current project or, if you're a beginner, we'll help you get started on a brand new project!

To learn more, check out our Facebook events at:  https://www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary/.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

BPL Book Club: October

This month, we're kicking off our community read project, "One Book, One Bristol."  To celebrate, we're reading and discussing Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys (otherwise known as October Sky) for our BPL Book Club tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.

For more information on book club, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium: Observing the Night Sky


We're pleased to welcome Jason Dorfman from Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium to the Bristol Public Library for "Observing the Night Sky."  As part of our community read project, "One Book, One Bristol," we'll be studying the night sky and looking into rocketry history, including how it has forever changed how we view--and visit--the stars.  If you have ever been curious about stargazing and rocketry science, make sure to join us tonight at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for this free presentation!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

University of Tennessee: The Intersection of Science and Space


As part of our community read project, "One Book, One Bristol," we're pleased to offer space-themed events to our patrons and visitors throughout October.  On October 25, we are very excited to welcome a professor from the University of Tennessee to the library for "The Intersection of Science and Space."

Starting at 6:00 p.m., a professor from the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) Department at UT, will tell us about the history of the space program, including how Sputnik kicked the space race into high gear, and look at the incredible work NASA has done since man was first sent into space.

Make sure to join us in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for this very special program celebrating science, space, and the power of human ingenuity.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Library Closing: Staff Training Day

The Bristol Public Library will be closed today as part of our annual Staff Training Day.  We will resume our regular operating hours at 9:00 a.m. on October 17.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Library Movie Presentation: The Iron Giant

Looking for a fun, family-friendly space-themed movie?  Then check out our free showing of The Iron Giant (1999)!


Nine-year-old Hogarth has a very active imagination.  He envisions battles with robots, fights with terrifying monsters, and intergalactic wars with alien invaders--and then he meets a very real robot from a faraway place in the galaxy.  Suddenly, Hogarth has a very big friend and a very big problem, especially when a government investigator starts sniffing around the town and starts looking for the culprit behind some mechanical mayhem!

Join us today at 3:00 p.m. for a free showing of The Iron Giant on the big screen in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll have popcorn and water available for our guests!

Rated PG.  84 minutes.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Meet Jack: Candy Guessing Contest

Have you had a chance to meet Jack and participate in our candy guessing contest?

If not, make sure to drop in to the library today and fill out one of our official contest cards.  Today is the very last day to submit a guess and enter for your chance to win Jack--and all the candy he's hiding!

Our contest is free to enter and open to all ages.  Interested parties are required to fill out a contest card in order to participate; however, no further registration is necessary.  If you would like to learn more, visit us at the Bristol Public Library and meet Jack for yourself!

Spooky Storytelling


Are you ready to get spooky?

Then join us for Spooky Storytelling on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room!  With the help of the Beaver Creek Storytellers, we're offering a whole hour of spooky stories and creepy graveyard tales to frighten your senses.

The Beaver Creek Storytellers of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, are a nonprofit association of storytelling enthusiasts who support the "Art of the Story."  They're dedicated to assisting storytellers in developing their craft and helping them promote their performances.  If you're ever interested in joining, feel free to contact them and jump into the story.

And we hope to see you here on October 24.  It's going to be a scary good time!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium: Observing the Night Sky



As part of our "One Book, One Bristol" community read event, we're offering special space-themed events and presentations for our patrons and visitors during October.  On October 18, we're pleased to welcome Jason Dorfman from Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium to the library for his presentation on "Observing the Night Sky."

During Mr. Dorfman's presentation, we'll discuss the study of the night sky and look into the history of rocketry, including how it has forever changed how we view--and visit--the stars.  If you have ever been curious about stargazing and the history behind rockets, make sure to join us on October 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for this free presentation!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ETSU: Astronomy from Space

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Tonight, we're excited to meet Dr. Gary Henson from the Harry D. Powell Observatory at ETSU as part of our "Astronomy from Space" presentation.

It begins at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, so don't miss out on this incredible program!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Painting Pumpkins

It's time for pumpkin painting!


Tonight, we're offering a new Creative and Crafty project for kids and adults alike:  Painting Pumpkins.  Join us at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for our fall painting project.  Want to paint a pumpkin with a scary face?  Want to add some glitter and felt cat ears?  You can design and customize a pumpkin of your very own!

Pumpkins and supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5 per person, but participants are welcome to bring their own pumpkin and art supplies if they have a design in mind and we'll waive the fee.  Registration is closed for our event, but you can find out more about our upcoming Creative and Crafty projects by following our Facebook page or our events blog!

Happy fall, y'all!