Sunday, April 30, 2017

Reminder: Fine Threshold Update (LAST DAY)

Beginning tomorrow, Monday, May 1, the Bristol Public Library will be implementing a new fine threshold for all adult cards in our system.  The fine threshold will be $15 for all adult cards, but juvenile cards will remain at $10.  It will affect cards at both Main and Avoca Branch.  If fines are not below the $15 threshold by May 1, patron cards will be blocked from using the computers and checking out library materials until these fines are paid.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Are you interested in joining a book club?

Are you interested in joining a book club?

Then take our brand new survey and tell us what you think!

We have lots of wonderful ideas for the upcoming year, especially for our book clubs, and we'd love to get some feedback.  Just follow the link to our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RP7XSTZ, answer a handful of questions, and submit it.  It's that easy.

If you'd like to fill out a paper survey, feel free to pick one up from the Reference Desk.    We'll have copies at the desk and available online until April 30, so be sure to fill one out before time is up--we'd love to hear from you!

And keep following our events blog for new and exciting programs throughout the year.

Happy reading!

From,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jones Creativity Center: Touch Typing

Image result for typewriter clipartHave you ever wanted to improve your typing skills?  Then try out our Touch Typing Class in the Jones Creativity Center!

With our Typing Instructor software, which offers instant feedback on your progress, lessons, articles, and even typing games, JCC students will be able to improve their touch typing and computer skills.  We offer classes every Friday at 10:00 a.m., but you can always do it on your own time in the JCC or from the comfort of your home.

For more program information, please contact the Jones Creativity Center at 276-645-8790.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

AAME: Brandon Story

In partnership with the William King Museum, Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME) is continuing their speaker series with a special presentation by Brandon Story at the Bristol Public Library on May 2.  Beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, Story, an assistant professor of English at King University, will be sharing his dissertation on "Modernism in Appalachian Literature," which looks at Appalachian writers and their work from the 1890s to the 1940s.  In particular, Story hopes to discuss the influence and impact of authors like Thomas Wolfe, James Agee, James Still, and local Johnson City, Tennessee author, Jo Carson.
_

For more information on AAME and their upcoming event, check out their website at:  https://artsmagazine.info/calendar.php?view=detail&id=201704242328085440.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Crochet Class and Club

Do you like to crochet, or would you like to learn?

Then join us in the Jones Creativity Center on Tuesday evenings, beginning May 2, at 6:00 p.m. for our Crochet Class and Club.  It's for all ages and skill levels, so feel free to bring your current crochet project and enjoy the crocheting community or, if you're a beginner, we'll help you start on something new!

For those attending the class, the library will have some basic supplies provided, but make sure to bring your own materials to kickstart your project:  1-2 balls of 100% cotton yarn (preferably worsted or medium weight), size H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hooks, and scissors.

If you would like more information on our upcoming crocheting activities, make sure to check out our JCC events on Facebook or give us a call at 276-645-8780.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Reminder: Fine Threshold Update

Beginning Monday, May 1, the Bristol Public Library will be implementing a new fine threshold for all adult cards in our system.  The fine threshold will change to $15 for all adult cards, but juvenile cards will remain at $10.  It will affect cards at both Main and Avoca Branch.  If fines are not below the $15 threshold by May 1, patron cards will be blocked from using the computers and checking out library materials until these fines are paid.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

At Work Personnel Services Job Fair

Image result for job search clip artThis month, At Work Personnel Services is hosting a job fair at the Bristol Public Library.  They will set up in the William C. Burriss, Sr. Reading Room on the lower level from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 24.  They will be hiring for a variety of positions, including groundskeeper, concrete laborers, molding deck, part-time janitorial, secretarial, shipping, and more.

For more information about At Work Personnel Services, check out their website at http://www.lstaff.com/staffing-agency-bristol/.  Visit their branch office at 1816 Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, TN, or call 423-764-1334 to learn more about the job opportunities they have available.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Author Signing: Sarah E. Kincaid

Sarah E. Kincaid will be at the Bristol Public Library today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an author signing and creative writing workshop.

Kincaid is from eastern Kentucky, in the coalfields of Appalachia, where she is a high school teacher and golf coach.  She is a proud graduate of Belfry High School and Alice Lloyd College.  Spring till September, published by Westbow Press, is her first novel.

For more information on Sarah E. Kincaid and her brand new novel, check out Westbow Press.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bristol, TN City Council Forum

Image result for bristol, tn city sealThe Bristol TN/VA Association of Realtors (BTVAR) is sponsoring a special city council forum at the Bristol Public Library today, April 20, 2017.  Patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the current candidates for the city council of Bristol, Tennessee, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short debate.  The debate, moderated by WCYB news anchor Preston Ayers, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library.

The candidates for Bristol, TN City Council include:
  • Lea Powers
  • Margaret Feierabend
  • Brian Boyd
  • Chad King

BTVAR is a local chapter of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest trade organization in the world, whose mission is to encourage its membership to successfully attain their goals in an ethical and professional manner and to advocate the rights of private property ownership.  For more information about BTVAR and the upcoming city council forum, call 423-968-1192 or visit  their website at www.btvar.com.

Are you interested in joining a book club?

Are you interested in joining a book club?

Then take our brand new survey and tell us what you think!

We have lots of wonderful ideas for the upcoming year, especially for our book clubs, and we'd love to get some feedback.  Just follow the link to our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RP7XSTZ, answer a handful of questions, and submit it.  It's that easy.

If you'd like to fill out a paper survey, feel free to pick one up from the Reference Desk.    We'll have copies at the desk and available online until the end of the month, so be sure to fill one out--we'd love to hear from you!

And keep following our events blog for new and exciting programs throughout the year.

Happy reading!

From,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kite Flying at Steele Creek Park!

Kite flying at Steele Creek Park on Saturday was a great success.  Thanks to everyone who showed up for the event and joined us for storytelling, kite flying, and a picnic lunch.  And a special thanks to Mrs. Michelle and Mrs. Selena for all their hard work.  We had so much fun, and we can't wait to do it again one day!


Bristol, TN City Council Forum

Image result for bristol, tn city sealThe Bristol TN/VA Association of Realtors (BTVAR) is sponsoring a special city council forum at the Bristol Public Library tomorrow on April 20, 2017.  Patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the current candidates for the city council of Bristol, Tennessee, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short debate.  The debate, moderated by WCYB news anchor Preston Ayers, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library.

The candidates for Bristol, TN City Council include:
  • Lea Powers
  • Margaret Feierabend
  • Brian Boyd
  • Chad King

BTVAR is a local chapter of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest trade organization in the world, whose mission is to encourage its membership to successfully attain their goals in an ethical and professional manner and to advocate the rights of private property ownership.  For more information about BTVAR and the upcoming city council forum, call 423-968-1192 or visit  their website at www.btvar.com.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Reminder: Fine Threshold Update

Beginning Monday, May 1, the Bristol Public Library will be implementing a new fine threshold for all adult cards in our system.  The fine threshold will change to $15 for all adult cards, but juvenile cards will remain at $10.  It will affect cards at both Main and Avoca Branch.  If fines are not below the $15 threshold by May 1, patron cards will be blocked from using the computers and checking out library materials until these fines are paid.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Author Signing: Sarah Kincaid

Sarah E. Kincaid will be at the Bristol Public Library on Friday, April 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an author signing and creative writing workshop.

Kincaid is from eastern Kentucky, in the coalfields of Appalachia, where she is a high school teacher and golf coach.  She is a proud graduate of Belfry High School and Alice Lloyd College.  Spring till September, published by Westbow Press, is her first novel.

For more information on Sarah E. Kincaid and her brand new novel, check out Westbow Press.

Library Closing: Easter Sunday

Just as a reminder to all of our patrons, the Bristol Public Library will be closed today for Easter Sunday.  Our regular hours will resume on Monday, April 17.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Library Movie Presentation: Matilda

Matildaposter.jpgToday, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free showing of Matilda at 3:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Conference Room.

Based on the classic by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of an intelligent young girl (portrayed by Mara Wilson) who discovers she has wondrous powers.  Frustrated by the casual neglect of her parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) and the outright cruelty of her school principal, Matilda decides to use her powers to do something about it.

Rated PG; 98 minutes.

Popcorn, water, and other goodies will be available for movie viewers.

For more information on our movie event, contact our library staff at 276-645-8781 or email bplref@yahoo.com.

Bristol, TN City Council Forum

Image result for bristol, tn city sealThe Bristol TN/VA Association of Realtors (BTVAR) is sponsoring a special city council forum at the Bristol Public Library on April 20, 2017.  Patrons and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the current candidates for the city council of Bristol, Tennessee, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short debate.  The debate, moderated by WCYB news anchor Preston Ayers, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library.

The candidates for Bristol, TN City Council include:
  • Lea Powers
  • Margaret Feierabend
  • Brian Boyd
  • Chad King

BTVAR is a local chapter of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the largest trade organization in the world, whose mission is to encourage its membership to successfully attain their goals in an ethical and professional manner and to advocate the rights of private property ownership.  For more information about BTVAR and the upcoming city council forum, call 423-968-1192 or visit  their website at www.btvar.com.

Friday, April 14, 2017

VITA Tax Prep: Saturday, April 15 (LAST DAY)

Just a reminder, our VITA Volunteer Tax Prep assistance will happen on Saturday!  This is the very last day of tax prep assistance, so don't forget to mark your calendars.  Tax prep begins at its usual time at 10:00 a.m., but the sign in sheet should go out an hour before at 9:00 a.m. when our doors open.

And don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing joint, both spouses must be present.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • All income statements:  W-2, W-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, education-related expenses, home mortgage interest payments.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and their tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage, i.e. form 1095A, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card.
  • A copy of last years tax return.

If you need assistance with tax prep or if you would like more information, please contact People Inc. at 276-619-2235 or email Andrea Smith at asmith@peopleinc.net.  You can also find more information on their website:  http://www.peopleinc.net/program-community-services-vita.html.

One last thing to remember:  Taxes are due April 18 this year.  Check www.irs.gov for more details.

3D Printing Workshop in the JCC

The Jones Creativity Center is offering a free 3D Printing Workshop today!  Starting at 1:30, it's a drop-in event with ongoing demonstrations to highlight all the amazing things 3D printers can do.  "It's amazing what even a small printer can do," said JCC director T.J. DeWitt.  "It can make something as simple as a plastic frog or as complicated as a prosthetic hand."

And don't forget to take a gander at all the new programs!  The JCC offers a wide array of classes on computers, tablets, using applications, and they even offer adult coloring.

Egg Decorating

Today, teen services is featuring a special program in honor of National Library Week:  egg decorating for the Easter holiday!

Teens and tweens will be able to visit the Young Adult Library from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to decorate eggs for free.  No registration is required and supplies will be provided, so drop in at any time if you feel like decorating your very own eggs!

If you have any questions or you'd like to learn more about this fun event, check out www.facebook.com/bplteenreaders or call Teen Services at 276-821-6192.

Image result for easter eggs

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

On Saturday, April 15, the Children's Department is hosting a very special program for National Library Week:  Kite Flying at Steele Creek Park!

In order to participate in the event, parents must register their children upstairs in the Children's Department of the Bristol Public Library, Main by tomorrow, April 14.  We'll meet at the park at 10:00 a.m. on April 15 for our spectacular kite flying display!

Kites will be provided for all registered participants, and families can bring their own picnic lunch to the Rotary Shelter at Steele Creek Park.  Entry to the park is $2 per car, but the event is free to all who register.

Beginning Genealogy

If you're interested in learning more about family history and genealogy resources, check out our Beginning Genealogy Class in the Jones Creativity Center today at 2:00 p.m.

"We have people stop by every week who want to make a family tree, but aren't sure where to start," said Kristin Pearson, research assistant.  "This class will serve as an introduction to both online searching and book research.  The idea is to give people some of the tools they need to do their own ancestor hunting."

Kristin will be teaching this free educational program and offering tips and tricks on how to navigate genealogy online, as well as our printed resources.  Space is limited to ten people, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Library computers will be available for patrons, but participants may bring their own laptops or electronic devices.

For more information, please contact us at 276-645-8781 or email bplref@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Library Special!

Displaying Library bag gift shop.jpgIn honor of National Library Week, the Bristol Public Library is selling brand new library bags upstairs in the gift shop until April 15.

For a limited time, patrons can purchase this lovely new library bag for $4, or if you purchase $8 in qualifying items from the gift shop, you receive the bag for free!  All proceeds go to the library to help fund events, purchase new supplies, and plan new programming.

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about our new library bags, simply call the library at 276-645-8780 or visit the circulation desk.

Library Closing: Easter Sunday

Just as a reminder to all of our patrons, the Bristol Public Library will be closed on April 16 for Easter Sunday.  Our regular hours will resume on Monday, April 17.  If you have any questions about the upcoming holiday, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.


Fine Free Day!

Still have those books sitting on the shelf that were due back in January?  Don't worry, it happens!

Today, we're offering a special Fine Free Day for materials returned to the library during our hours of operation.  We'll be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today, and any overdue items returned to the library during that time will have their fines waived.

"Sometimes people are hesitant to return items because they know their materials are past due," said Executive Director Amy Kimani.  "[Our Fine Free Wednesday] gives them a chance to bring those items in without fines."  It's a great opportunity to bring back that book accumulating dust on the bedside table or return that rogue DVD that was hidden behind the entertainment center!

Some restrictions do apply when returning late items:
  • Materials have to be returned to the library in person for fines to be waived, which means we won't accept phone calls or online requests for renewal.
  • We can't forgive pre-existing fines on accounts.
  • Fines sent to Collections cannot be waived.
  • Items returned in the book drop are excluded.

If you have any questions about our Fine Free Day or if you'd like more information about our event, see our library staff or give us a call at 276-645-8781.

King University Institute for Faith and Culture: Father Gregory Boyle

Tonight, Father Gregory Boyle will be giving a lecture as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture.  His program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, so don't miss out!
_

For more information about King University's Institute for Faith and Culture, check out their brochure or visit their website.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reminder: Fine Threshold Update

Beginning Monday, May 1, the Bristol Public Library will be implementing a new fine threshold for all adult cards in our system.  The fine threshold will change to $15 for all adult cards, but juvenile cards will remain at $10.  It will affect cards at both Main and Avoca Branch.  If fines are not below the $15 threshold by May 1, patron cards will be blocked from using the computers and checking out library materials until these fines are paid.

But, never fear, the Bristol Public Library will also be doing a Fine Free Day on Wednesday, April 12 in anticipation of this change!

If you bring in overdue materials, we will waive fines on the item returned that day.  This will exclude items already sent to collections and items placed in the dropbox, and it doesn’t extend to any other day of the week.  Additionally, we’re afraid we can’t waive fines by phone or online and we can’t waive pre-existing fines on an account.  And, in order to qualify for our Fine Free Day, materials must be turned back into the library directly at the circulation desk.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly by email at bplref@yahoo.com, or by phone at 276-645-8780--or simply drop by the Main Library or our Avoca Branch Library for more information.

Nevermore

Never heard of Nevermore?  You're missing out!

Nevermore is a great opportunity for readers, because you can read what you want and share it with others.  We discuss everything from the latest Nordic noir to brand new books on political commentary to classic science fiction.  We love variety and we love to hear about what you read, whatever it is you may be reading.

Nevermore meets every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., so make sure to join us for coffee and donuts from Blackbird Bakery and long discussions about the books we love.  And if you'd like to hear more about us and what we're reading, check out the Bookblog of the Bristol Public Library.

Monday, April 10, 2017

VITA Tax Prep: Tuesday, April 11

Just a reminder, our VITA Volunteer Tax Prep assistance will happen on Tuesday.  This will be the very last Tuesday available for assistance for the 2016 tax year!  Tax prep begins at it's usual time at 5:30 p.m., but the sign in sheet should go out a little more than an hour before at 4:00 p.m.

And don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:

  • Photo ID.  For married filing joint, both spouses must be present.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • All income statements:  W-2, W-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, education-related expenses, home mortgage interest payments.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and their tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage, i.e. form 1095A, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card.
  • A copy of last years tax return.

If you need assistance with tax prep or if you would like more information, please contact People Inc. at 276-619-2235 or email Andrea Smith at asmith@peopleinc.net.  You can also find more information on their website:  http://www.peopleinc.net/program-community-services-vita.html.

Bristol Historical Association: William Preston and the Making of America

Just a reminder for all our history buffs out there:  The Bristol Public Library is offering a special presentation by Dr. Jim Glanville.  As part of an ongoing series by the Bristol Historical Association, Dr. Glanville will speak about "William Preston and the Making of America" tonight at 6:30 p.m.

-

For more information, please see the Bristol Historical Association's website.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Author Signing: Christina Humprheys

Author Christina Humphreys will be available at the Bristol Public Library on April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a book signing in the lower court.

Humphreys is a native of Tennessee and writer of Divine Destiny and Sin, a personal memoir about some of the most traumatic incidents in her life and a testimony of her faith.  She is currently working on her third book, Raising Daisies, and publishes blog entries regularly on her website.

For more information on Christina Humphreys, visit her official website at www.christinahumphreysbooks.com.

Beaver Creek Storytellers

The Beaver Creek Storytellers will help kick off our National Library Week with a special presentation in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room today at 3:00 p.m.  These talented yarn spinners have been delighting audiences for two decades with a mix of old and new stories, all professionally told.

"The oral tradition is strong in this region," said Library Director Amy Kimani.  "We like to honor our regional heritage as well as provide access to new and innovative technology, from ebooks and magazines to a 3D printer.  The Beaver Creek Storytellers bridge that gap as well by presenting both time-honored folktales and original material."

As always, we're excited to welcome the Beaver Creek Storytellers back for a brand new, family-friendly program.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bristol Historical Association: William Preston and the Making of America

The Bristol Public Library is excited to welcome a brand new speaker:  Dr. Jim Glanville.  As part of an ongoing series by the Bristol Historical Association (BHA), Dr. Glanville is offering a presentation on "William Preston and the Making of America" on April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

According to the BHA Newsletter, "Jim Glanville, a native of London, England, is a retired chemistry professor living in Blacksburg, Virginia.  His professional career extended from 1964-2004 and included jobs in the chemical industry and academia, his last twenty years at Virginia Tech.  Since his retirement in 2004 he has made an encore career speaking, writing, and publishing extensively on "Holstonia" (which includes the regions of Washington and Smyth counties in Virginia, Sullivan and Hawkins counties in Tennesee) and identified significant discoveries on the pre-1800 history of Southwest Virginia."

As part of his presentation, Dr. Glanville will explore the life and history of William Preston.  Preston was a surveyor of Botetourt, Fincastle, and Montgomery Counties in Virginia.  His work, which encompassed much of Southwest Virginia, made an impact on the region and brought his family to prominence; in fact, at the time of Preston's death in 1783, estimates have placed his earnings at more than $70 million in modern money.  His life and his family history was deeply entrenched in the region, and Dr. Glanville will explore their legacy and Virginia's influence on how America is governed today.

-

For more information on the Bristol Historical Association, check out their website at https://www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com/ or contact Tim Buchanan at buchanan03@bvu.net.  And for more details on the BHA Newsletter, click the image below.

Friday, April 7, 2017

VITA Tax Prep: Saturday, April 8

Just a reminder, our VITA Volunteer Tax Prep assistance will happen on Saturday!  Tax prep begins at 10:00 a.m., but the sign in sheet should go out an hour before at 9:00 a.m. when our doors open.

And don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:

  • Photo ID.  For married filing joint, both spouses must be present.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • All income statements:  W-2, W-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, education-related expenses, home mortgage interest payments.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and their tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage, i.e. form 1095A, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card.
  • A copy of last years tax return.

If you need assistance with tax prep or if you would like more information, please contact People Inc. at 276-619-2235 or email Andrea Smith at asmith@peopleinc.net.  You can also find more information on their website:  http://www.peopleinc.net/program-community-services-vita.html.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

King University Institute for Faith and Culture: Father Gregory Boyle

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to welcome Father Gregory Boyle as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture speaker series.  He will be at the Bristol Public Library, Main on April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Boyle, according to King University, "is an American Jesuit priest who founded and currently directs Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, a successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program. Boyle is a popular speaker on gangs and intervention approaches and has received numerous accolades, including the California Peace Prize, 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award (James Beard Foundation), and being named a 2014 Champion of Change by the White House. His book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion was on the Publishers Weekly 2010 list of Best Books and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award."
_

For more information on King University's Institute for Faith and Culture, see their brochure or visit their website.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Avoca Branch Book and Attic Sale

Tomorrow, the Avoca Branch of the Bristol Public Library is celebrating their bi-annual book and attic sale!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Spring Avoca Branch Book & Attic Sale kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. and continues through the rest of the weekend.  It's only during their operating hours, 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!

Their hours include:
    Thursday, April 6   10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, April 7   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday, April 8   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.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Newsletter & Calendar

If you haven't heard already, April 9-15 is National Library Week and we have a lot going on.


Starting things off, we have the Avoca Branch Book and Attic Sale running from April 6 to April 8 during their operating hours, then on Sunday, April 9, the Beaver Creek Storytellers will be at the Bristol Public Library for a special storytelling presentation.  On April 10, the Bristol Historical Association will present "William Preston and the Making of America" by Dr. Jim Glanville and, Tuesday, April 11, we have our regularly scheduled programming with Nevermore, storytime in the Children's Department, and our Nifty Fifty Adventure at Avoca.

On Wednesday, April 12, we're having a Fine Free Day!  If you have overdue library materials, simply bring them back to the library to have those fines waived.  (Restrictions apply, so check out our post about the Fine Threshold Update and our Fine Free Wednesday.)  And Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., we're going to have Father Gregory Boyle as part of the King University Institute on Faith and Culture.

Thursday, April 13, features a wonderful genealogy class by Kristin at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center, while April 14 will bring us a special 3D Printing Workshop with T.J. in the JCC.  For this special 3D print demonstration, participants will receive a coupon toward their first 3D print.

And, on Saturday, the library has not one but two special events planned!  The Children's Department is hosting "Let's Go Fly a Kite" at Steele Creek Park at 10:00 a.m.  (Participants must register in the children's department on or before April 14; kites will be provided.)  We're also doing a special screening of Matilda in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 3:00 p.m.  Popcorn and drinks will be available for viewers.

For more details about all of our events during National Library Week, simply click HERE or check out our newsletter.

On April 4, Jeffrey Allison will be at the library as part of the AAME's speaker series.  He'll be in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m.  We also have two separate author signings this month with Christina Humphreys, author of Divine Destiny, on April 15 and Sarah Kincaid, author of Spring Till September, on April 21.

We'll also have our regular programs as scheduled:  Nevermore on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room, storytime in the Children's Department at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Tween events on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. and Teen events on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m., and, last, Bristol League of Gamers on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

The Avoca Branch will be celebrating National Library Week with free coffee for patrons from April 10 to April 15, and they're hosting practices for the 4-H Clover Bowl on April 3 and April 10 at 4:00 p.m.  On April 11, they're holding a special Nifty Fifty Adventure:  Halftime Celebration on at 4:00 p.m.

The Jones Creativity Center is hosting PC Classes on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. and Touch Typing at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays.  Additionally, the JCC has Adult Coloring on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.  Our 3D Printing Demonstration is 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14.


And don't forget:  VITA Tax Prep concludes this month on Saturday, April 15.