Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Celebration: June


It's time to kick off our Summer Celebration!

June through August, we're celebrating summer reading with lots of wonderful events, including book clubs, speaker events, movies, and much more.  Starting June 1, we're hosting BPL Bingo until July 14 (which you can read more about HERE), but that's just the beginning.

On June 6 we're offering a special movie presentation:  The Big Year.  It starts at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room and, yes, popcorn will be provided.  And then on June 13 at 7:00 p.m. we're featuring a special gardening presentation with Phil Blevins, member of the Virginia Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension Office.  He'll be showing off the best tips and tricks for creating your best summer garden.

June 15 we'll meet for the first BPL Book Club at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room, and we also have a visit from Steele Creek Park officials planned on June 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Bird Watching for Beginners is slated for June 27 at 6:00 p.m., while, on June 29, we have our brand new Classic Movie Corner showing Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds at 5:30 p.m.

We have so much planned, so make sure to come be a part of our Summer Celebration in June!

For more information on these and upcoming events, make sure to keep an eye out for daily updates on our events blog or contact the reference desk at 276-645-8781.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BPL Book Club: June

Nevermore has long been a success for the Bristol Public Library, so we're very excited to expand our book club programs and unveil our brand new BPL Book Club!  On June 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room, our BPL Book Club will set off on its maiden voyage with The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Our first meeting will, in part, help us set up the framework for the rest of the year, so we'll only dip our toes into The Help; however, we'll finish up at our next meeting on July 20.  Our goal is to read one new book each month, and we hope to host several other events throughout the year as a special treat for our readers.

For more information on our BPL Book Club, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or stay tuned to our events blog.  We'll provide monthly updates on what we're reading and when we'll meet, but if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

Happy reading!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Library Closing: Memorial Day

The Bristol Public Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.  The library will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, May 30.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

BPL Bingo!


Summer reading kicks off next week in the Teen Library and the Children's Department, which means it's also time for BPL Bingo at the Bristol Public Library and our Avoca Branch!

Like traditional Bingo, your goal in BPL Bingo is to get a stamp on each numbered square and hit BINGO!  But to get your card stamped, you must first complete the task listed on each square.  Complete five challenges in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and you can claim a prize from the reference desk.  We'll also be playing Double Bingo, Four Corners, and Blackout for interested patrons!

Registration begins June 1, but patrons are welcome to join at any time.  To sign up, simply visit the reference desk at the Bristol Public Library or the desk at the Avoca Branch Library and collect your Bingo card.  Prizes will be offered for completed cards only.  BPL Bingo will conclude on July 14.

For additional information, please call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Children's Summer Reading Program

Image result for build a better worldOur Children's Summer Reading Program is set to begin June 5, so make sure to register for our amazing events!  Registration opened on May 22, but participants can sign up at any time

This year, we have a jam packed program to share with our youngest patrons.  From June 5 to July 14, we're going to have storytime, book clubs, movies, entertainment, and much more!  Here's what we have planned for our week during Summer Reading:

Monday
On Mondays, we celebrate storytime for our preschool age patrons at 11:30 a.m. in the Children's Department.  We'll have books, crafts, and lots of activities planned, so make sure to join us for a wonderful morning.

Tuesday
We host another preschool age storytime at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, just in case anyone missed our Monday program.  Also, on Tuesdays we're featuring Movies on the Big Screen at 11:00 a.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  All movies are family-friendly and age appropriate for participants.  For more information on specific dates and times, as well as a list of movies, please see our staff in the Children's Department.

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Wednesday
We have extra special events planned for Wednesday.  Last year, we hosted "Snakes Alive!" and we saw a magician work his magic; this year, we have a brand new line-up for our kids and we can't wait!  Events will be held in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at varying times.  For more information on upcoming special events, please see our staff in the Children's Department.

Thursday
On Thursday, we're featuring 16mm Films in the Children's Department at 3:30 p.m.  So get ready to cozy up on a cushion and watch a new movie on our drop down screen!  For more information on specific dates and times, as well as a list of movies, please see our staff in the Children's Department.

Friday
Fridays are reserved just for our 8-12 year Old Book Club, which meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Each week, we'll enjoy reading new books and special activities just for our book club.  For more information on specific dates and times, as well as a list of upcoming books, please see our staff in the Children's Department.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Burst My Bubble Game Demo


Burst My Bubble is a brand new family-friendly strategy game offered by Purple Potato Games.  For a limited time, game designer and creator of Burst My Bubble, Dan Crutchfield, will be offering a free game demonstration at the Bristol Public Library.

On June 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, participants will have the opportunity to speak with Dan Crutchfield about his new game and play a round of Burst My Bubble.  Each game takes approximately 45 minutes with 3-6 players trying to build sets, score points from the Soap sponge, and utilize Hero Bubbles to win the game.

According to Crutchfield, there are two phases in the game:  the Bubble Up Phase, where players build their hand in preparation for upcoming movies, and the Burst My Bubble Phase, which means one player will put it all on the line to get the biggest score.  This family-friendly strategy game may look simple, but it presents a fun challenge for players--and it certainly makes soap bubbles a lot more interesting!

If you'd like to learn more about Burst My Bubble and Purple Potato Games, check out their Facebook webpage at https://www.facebook.com/Burstmybubblestrategycardgame/.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery Submissions

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery, including 2-D, glasswork, and multimedia with limited space for 3-D art work.  Work should exemplify the library mission:  "Expanding Minds, Building Communities."

To apply, simply submit your contact information, a brief description of your proposed exhibition including titles and dimensions of the artwork, a small portfolio (2-10 images) of your artwork, a CV resume, and requested dates for your exhibition.  Submissions can be made by email at gallery@bristol-library.org or by mail to the following address:
Bristol Public Library
ATTN TJ DeWitt
701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA  24201
For further information on how you can apply, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teen/Tween Summer Reading Programs

Summer is upon us, which means it's time for Summer Reading!

From June 1 to July 14, the Teen and Tween Programs are going to be packed with activities.  Our Teen Librarian will host her usual book clubs; however, she's added tons of events, including a Movie Mornings every Tuesday in June and a brand new Anime Club on Wednesdays.  Plus, teens who participate in this year's summer program will have a chance to play in an ongoing game of conquest.


To participate, each teen or tween will join a house from the fictional realm of Lectia and attend summer reading events to accumulate points for their house.  Your goal:  conquer all the surrounding lands!  In order to do this, you must first claim the 5 neighboring provinces of Lectia--Ostroficta (fiction), Visificta (nonfiction), Eventrus (events/programs), Scriptos (writing), and Graphium (graphic novels and art)--by reading, attending programs, writing reviews, being creative, and participating!

A map of Lectia will be on display in the Teen Space at the library with weekly updates on which house rules the provinces.  The winning house at the end of Summer Reading will be awarded prizes and a trophy engraved with their name to be displayed at the library for an entire year!

Here's what we have on our roster:

Monday
On Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. our Teen Librarian will read a book aloud with the tweens and discuss the chapters they've finished reading.  Each tween who attends will get to keep a free copy of the book.  The group starts a brand new book every 2 weeks, so keep an eye out for our latest books.
  • June 5 & 12:  The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • June 19 & 26:  Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • July 3 & 10:  The Riverman by Aron Starmer
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Tuesday
During June, the Teen Library will host Movie Mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.  We have Wallace and Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G) playing on June 6, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (PG) for June 13, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) on June 20, and, last but not least, WALL-E (G) on June 27.

Wednesday
Beginning in June, the teens will have a chance to join our brand new Anime Club on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  We'll watch 2 episodes from an anime each week and devour Japanese snacks.  Each anime will be rated TV-14.
  • June 7:  Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • June 14:  Fruits Basket
  • June 21:  Blue Exorcist
  • June 28:  Ouran High School Host Club
  • July 5:  One-Punch Man
  • July 12:  Death Note

The Teen Book Club will also meet on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Our Teen Librarian will read aloud with the teens and discuss the chapters they've finished reading.  Each teen who attends will get to keep a free copy of their book, and they'll begin a brand new book every two weeks.  Best part:  no homework!
  • June 7 & 14:  This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
  • June 21 & 28:  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • July 5 & 12:  Partials by Dan Wells

Thursday
Image result for build a better worldOur Teen Librarian will host building competitions for teens and tweens on Thursdays.  During June, participants will meet in the morning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; during July, competitors will meet in the afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Teens can work in teams or alone to build the best themed structures out of recyclables.
  • June 8:  Build Bridges
  • June 15:  Build Mazes
  • June 22:  Build with Clay
  • June 29:  Build Board Games
  • July 6:  Build Buildings
  • July 13:  Build Amusement Parks

Beginning June 1, there will also be "Purely Poetry" available on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Teens and tweens can discover more about poetry, artwork, and culture, and they can learn how to express themselves through poetry.  Submitted poems will be displayed in the library and participants have a chance to win a $20 gift card from Blackbird Bakery!  A new winner is chosen each month.

Friday
We have big plans on Fridays!  From 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., we have special events planned each Friday, including:
  • June 2:  Teen Summer Reading Kick-off
  • June 9:  Build a Resume
  • June 16:  Teen Survivor
  • June 23:  Harry Potter Anniversary Bash
  • June 30:  3-D Printing
  • July 7:  Mystery Night
  • July 14:  Teen Summer Reading Finale

Saturday
Saturdays are a day for play, because we have both board games and opening gaming available for our teens and tweens!  On Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., we'll have out all our board games for teens and tweens to play.  We'll also have a teens/seniors day on the first Saturday of the month when teens and seniors can get together and play boards games.  June 3, July 1, and August 5 are specially designated for teens/seniors, so take the chance to invite your grandparents for a game of Clue or Cranium.
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Open gaming will be available for teens and tweens only from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  We'll have our Nintendo Wii, our Xbox 360, and our board games available for free use.  Challenge your friends to a game of Mario Kart, finish up a game of Scrabble, or just come by to hang out.

Sunday
If you're a fan of relaxing afternoons and coloring, then join us for Teen Coloring on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We'll provide advanced coloring sheets, markers, pencils, and more; come relax, color and hang out!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Children's Summer Reading Registration

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Come celebrate summer with us!

Starting today, the Children's Department will begin open registration for summer reading.  It all begins on June 5, but participants can register at any time; more importantly, it's completely free!  Parents, make sure to register your readers in the Children's Department upstairs and pick up a complete calendar of events for more information.

And, don't forget, we're also hosting our Scholastic Book Fair until June 2!  We'll have lots of books and goodies for children of all ages to check out.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Casual Word: Adult Creative Writing Class

Beginning June 1, join us for a free, fun, engaging and different look into writing with The Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing Class.  In this class, we will not focus on structure, form, or rules, but on the freedom of writing.  It is the goal of this class to open the mind to its full creative potential by allowing participants to write what they want, how they want to write it.

All sessions will be student lead; we will engage in topics and subjects that are of interest to the students.  The atmosphere is casual and jovial.  This class is designed for all those 18 and up who wish to try their hand at creative writing.

Classes will meet each Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.

Let us enjoy the journey together, and keep up the good words!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jones Creativity Center: Adult Coloring

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Feeling stressed?

We have a solution:  join us in the Jones Creativity Center for Adult Coloring at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday!  Take an hour each week to work on stress-relieving projects.  We'll supply the materials and projects, but feel free to bring your own and enjoy a soothing hour of coloring in a calm, quiet environment.

For more information, see our JCC Calendar online or check out a physical copy at the Bristol Public Library.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Library Closing: Memorial Day

The Bristol Public Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.  The library will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, May 30.  If you have any questions about the upcoming holiday, please feel free to contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Children's Summer Reading Program: Avoca Edition

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Today, the Avoca Branch Library begins open registration for the Children's Summer Reading Program.  Participants can register at any time during Avoca Branch Library operating hours.  For more information, please see Avoca staff and pick up a free calendar of events.

The Avoca Branch will start their Kick-off Celebration at 10:30 a.m. on June 2, so don't be late!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Jones Creativity Center: PC Classes

Image result for computer clipartHave you ever wanted to improve your computer skills?  Then check out our PC Classes in the Jones Creativity Center on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Use the Professor Teaches software to learn more about Windows and improve basic computer skills.  You may bring your own laptop, or use one of the computers provided by the JCC.  And if you can't attend classes regularly, don't worry!  You can use the Professor Teaches program from the comfort of your own home.  (See the JCC for more details.)

Each lesson is self-contained, so begin when and where you want and continue at your preferred pace.  Specific topics are offered each week, but other tutorials are available, including lessons on typing, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Quickbooks, and much more.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Author Signing: Beth Fine

Beth Fine, author of the middle school mystery series The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple, will be at the Bristol Public Library today for a special writing workshop and book signing.

Her series features exotic locales, roguish characters, and fantastic adventures—all under the motto of "Have Fun.  Get Smarter."  Each book (or "Imasode") fits into the educational fiction genre, which helps readers learn more about idioms, improve their grammar, and expand their vocabulary, while simultaneously providing an entertaining story.

Fine will be in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with extra copies of her books.  Her workshop, "How to Turn Your Adventures into Stories," will offer tips and tricks for readers who want to become writers.

To learn more about Beth Fine and her educational mystery series, check out http://picaresqueofimaginepurple.com/ and explore.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Summer is Coming!


It's that time of year again for picnics, fireflies, cookouts, visits to the park and, of course, Summer Reading!  This year, we have lots of exciting programs coming in June and we can't wait to share them with our patrons.  Beginning June 5, our Children's Department is hosting their "Summer Reading Program:  Build a Better World" for young readers from toddlers to preteens.  They will have storytime, arts and crafts, movies, book clubs, and more each week.  Registration opens on May 22, but participants can join at any time.

On June 1, Hannahlily, our Teen Librarian, will kick off her Teen and Tween Summer Reading Programs for readers ages 10-18.  With Movie Mornings scattered throughout June and a brand new Anime Club on Wednesdays, the Teen and Tween programs will have plenty of activities throughout the summer!  We also expect to have coloring, open gaming, Harry Potter themed reading parties, building competitions, and much more.  No registration is required, simply pop into the teen library and have some fun.

This year, we also have some new programs planned just for our adult patrons.  Beginning June 1, we'll be offering BPL Bingo.  Simply register at the Reference Desk, pick up a Bingo card, and read!  Prizes are offered for Bingo, Double Bingo, Four Corners, and Blackout.  And a book club is in the works for interested patrons!  Our first official meeting is on June 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room, so come prepared to discuss your favorite books and to eat some delectable snacks.

And we have a series of special events planned as part of our Summer Celebration!  Each week from June 1 to August 31, we'll have a new program, activity, or movie for our patrons to enjoy.  Keep an eye out for our June calendar and newsletter, or check back on the blog periodically to find out all the exciting events we have planned.

Our Avoca Branch Library is going to be busy with summer reading too!  Beginning May 15, they will host open registration for their children's Summer Reading Program and they'll begin their Kick-off Celebration on June 2 at 10:30 a.m.  For more details, please see Avoca Branch staff and join them for their weekly children's events with storytime, Kids Klassic Book Club, and Lego Club.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Burst My Bubble Game Demo

Burst My Bubble is a brand new family-friendly strategy game offered by Purple Potato Games.  For a limited time, game designer and creator of Burst My Bubble, Dan Crutchfield, will be offering a free game demonstration at the Bristol Public Library.

On June 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, participants will have the opportunity to speak with Dan Crutchfield about his new game and play a round of Burst My Bubble.  Each game takes approximately 45 minutes with 3-6 players trying to build sets, score points from the Soap sponge, and utilize Hero Bubbles to win the game.

According to Crutchfield, there are two phases in the game:  the Bubble Up Phase, where players build their hand in preparation for upcoming movies, and the Burst My Bubble Phase, which means one player will put it all on the line to get the biggest score.  This family-friendly strategy game may look simple, but it presents a fun challenge for players--and it certainly makes soap bubbles a lot more interesting!

If you'd like to learn more about Burst My Bubble and Purple Potato Games, check out their Facebook webpage at https://www.facebook.com/Burstmybubblestrategycardgame/.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

At Work Personnel Services Job Fair

Image result for job search clip artAt 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 May 8.  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.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

It's Game Day!


Saturday is Game Day in the Teen Space!

Beginning May 13, the Teen Library will be offering board games from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We have lots of wonderful games for teens and tweens to play, including Operation, Risk, Battleship, Life, Settlers of Catan, and so much more.  If you're a teen and you love board games, make sure to join us on Saturdays at noon for a great time.

And, don't forget, we still offer Open Gaming on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Teens and tweens are welcome to use the library's Wii U and Xbox 360 for single or multiplayer games.  Video games are available for use at the library.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery Submissions

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery, including 2-D, glasswork, and multimedia with limited space for 3-D art work.  Work should exemplify the library mission:  "Expanding Minds, Building Communities."

To apply, simply submit your contact information, a brief description of your proposed exhibition including titles and dimensions of the artwork, a small portfolio (2-10 images) of your artwork, a CV resume, and requested dates for your exhibition.  Submissions can be made by email at gallery@bristol-library.org or by mail to the following address:
Bristol Public Library
ATTN TJ DeWitt
701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA  24201
For further information on how you can apply, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Author Signing: Beth Fine

Beth Fine, author of the middle school mystery series The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple, will be at the Bristol Public Library on May 13 for a special writing workshop and book signing.

Her series features exotic locales, roguish characters, and fantastic adventures—all under the motto of "Have Fun.  Get Smarter."  Each book (or "Imasode") fits into the educational fiction genre, which helps readers learn more about idioms, improve their grammar, and expand their vocabulary, while simultaneously providing an entertaining story.

Fine will be in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with extra copies of her books.  Her workshop, "How to Turn Your Adventures into Stories," will offer tips and tricks for readers who want to become writers.

To learn more about Beth Fine and her educational mystery series, check out http://picaresqueofimaginepurple.com/ and explore.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

AAME: Brandon Story

Tonight, Brandon Story will be at the Bristol Public Library as part of a special speaker series with AAME and William King Museum.  He will be doing a presentation on "Modernism in Appalachian Literature" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1, 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.

May Newsletter and Calendar


Our newsletter is fresh off the press for May, and we have a lot going on with upcoming summer reading programs and new activities in the Jones Creativity Center.  This month, we have a big change coming with our fine threshold update.

As announced throughout March, the Bristol Public Library and its Avoca Branch Library are lowering the fine threshold for adult cards to $15 beginning May 1.  This will help bring BPL more in line with other libraries in the Organization of Watauga Libraries (OWL) system.  Adult patrons who owe more than this amount will be blocked from checking out or using our public computers, until full or partial payment is made.  The limit on juvenile cards will remain at $10.  If you have any questions or want to learn more, please feel free to contact the library at 276-645-8780.

We're pleased to announce that AAME will be continuing their speaker series with a presentation by Brandon Story on May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Story, an assistant professor at King University, will be discussing "Modernism in Appalachian Literature" and the impact of Appalachian authors, like Thomas Wolfe, James Agee, James Still, and local Johnson City author, Jo Carson.

We also have an author signing on May 13 with Beth Fine, author of the middle school mystery series The Picaresque of Imagine Purple.  Fine, who writes under the motto "Have Fun.  Get Smarter," will be offering a short writing workshop and book signing from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  She'll have extra copies of her books for purchase, so be sure to save the date and stop by to meet a local author.

Our Children's Department has a great schedule planned for May.  This month, we're reading Intruders at Rivermead Manor:  A Kit Mystery  with the American Girl Book Club on May 8 and May 15 at 4:00 p.m.  On May 10 and May 17, we're checking out The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan in the 8-12 Year Old Book Club at 5:00 p.m.  For our youngest readers, we still have storytime planned at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and 10:00 a.m.  Here's what we're reading:
  • Frogs
  • Farmlife
  • Piggies!
  • Old MacDonald
  • Mud Puddles

As we get closer to summer, make sure to keep an eye out for new activities and programs.  Our theme this year is "Build a Better World," and our schedule is going to be packed!  The Children's Department will kick off their summer reading with a Scholastic Book Fair and open registration for program activities on May 22.  Programs start on June 5 and participants can register at any time.


The teens and tweens will be wrapping up their spring reading schedule this month with Fake ID by Lamar Giles and The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.  The tweens will be celebrating "Finals Break" on May 15, while the teens will have their own "Finals Break" program on May 17.  Although this ends the spring schedule book clubs, the teen/tween summer reading programs will begin on June 1, followed by the Summer Reading Program Kick-Off on June 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Hannahlily will host her usual book clubs, tweens on Mondays and teens on Wednesdays; however, she has lots of new activities on the schedule this year with movie mornings throughout June, Anime Club on Wednesdays, building competitions and "Purely Poetry" on Thursdays, and special events on Fridays.  Teens and tweens will also open gaming on Fridays at 3:00 and, starting May 13, they will have a chance to catch board games on Saturdays at 12:00 p.m.

Our Avoca Branch Library is also preparing for summer reading.  They have lots of activities planned for May, including storytime, Kids Klassic Book Club, and Lego Club, with summer reading sign up on May 15.  Their program starts on June 2 at 10:30 with a special kick-off party!

The Jones Creativity Center will continue to offer Touch Typing and PC Classes, GED/ESL, and Adult Coloring.  However, beginning May 2, the JCC is adding Crochet Class and Club to their schedule on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.  It's free to all ages and skill levels, so bring your current crochet project or, if you're a beginner, we'll help you start on something new.  For those attending the class, make sure to bring your own materials:  1-2 balls of 100% cotton yarn (preferably worsted or medium weight), Size H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hooks, and scissors.


Additionally, the Bristol Public Library is now accepting proposals for exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery, including 2-D, glasswork, and multimedia with limited space for 3-D art work.  Work should exemplify the library mission:  "Expanding Minds, Building Communities."

To apply, simply submit your contact information, a brief description of your proposed exhibition including titles and dimensions of the artwork, a small portfolio (2-10 images) of your artwork, a CV resume, and requested dates for your exhibition.  Submissions can be made by email at gallery@bristol-library.org or by mail to the following address:
Bristol Public Library
ATTN TJ DeWitt
701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA  24201
For further information on how you can apply, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.