Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Celebration: July



Our Summer Celebration continues with more events planned throughout July!

We kick things off this month with a Beginning Genealogy on July 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.  On July 11, we're going to have a lovely showing of Trail Magic:  The Grandma Gatewood Story at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, followed by a visit from the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club on July 18 at 6:00 p.m.

We're also pleased to announce a brand new event:  Canvas Class!  We're hosting a special canvas painting class on July 19 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 5:30 p.m.  During this class, patrons will have the opportunity to paint a canvas portrait.  Supplies will be provided, but registration is required.  A small fee will be due at the time of the class to help offset costs.  For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781.

Our Summer Celebration continues with another meeting of the BPL Book Club on July 20 in the Frances Kegley Conference Room at 6:00 p.m. We're also anticipating a visit from the William King Museum on July 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  They'll be discussing "Art in Appalachia" and patrons will leave with a free souvenir!

Last, but certainly not least, the Bristol Public Library will continue our Classic Movie Corner with To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall, on July 27.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Classic Movie Corner: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds

Tonight, we're celebrating our first Classic Movie Corner with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963):


Starring Rod Taylor and Tippi Hendren, The Birds starts off in an innocuous neighborhood in San Francisco.  Wealthy socialite Melanie Daniels (Hendren) travels to a tiny fishing village in Northern California, a spur-of-the-moment trip to play an innocent trick on her not-quite-boyfriend Mitch Brenner (Taylor).  But shortly after she arrives, Melanie finds herself caught in bizarre and frightening disaster when local birds suddenly begin attacking people.

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

Rated PG-13.  120 minutes.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bird Watching for Beginners


Thank you to the Bristol Bird Club for teaching us how to recognize some of our local birds.  We were very excited to learn about grackles and starlings and hummingbirds and much more!  And for anyone who couldn't make it out last night for our bird watching program, be sure to visit the Bristol Bird Club at the library on the third Tuesday of each month.

For more information about the Bristol Bird Club, check out their website:  http://www.mountainempirebirds.net/bristol-bird-club/.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bird Watching for Beginners

   

Don't forget, tonight we're featuring Bird Watching for Beginners in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. with the help of the Bristol Bird Club.  We're very excited about our latest workshop, so we hope to see you there!

For more information on the Bristol Bird Club, how to join and where to find their upcoming events, visit their website at http://bristolbirdclub.org/.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beginning Genealogy Class

As part of our continuing Summer Celebration, we're bringing back our Beginning Genealogy Class in the Jones Creativity Center on Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Beginning Genealogy will offer an introductory class on both online searching and book research to help amateur genealogists research and create their family tree.  Kristin will be teaching this free educational program and giving tips and tricks on how to navigate genealogy online, as well as our many printed sources.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Library computers will be available for patrons in the JCC, but participants may also bring their own laptops or electronic devices.  For more information on Beginning Genealogy, please contact us at 276-645-8781 or by email at reference@bristol-library.org

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Library Closing: Independence Day

The Bristol Public Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 4, 2017.  We will reopen on July 5 at 9:00 a.m. and resume normal business hours.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Steele Creek Park: Poisonous Flora and Fauna


Thank you Jeremy Stout and Steele Creek Park for such a wonderful presentation last night.  We had a fantastic time last night learning about all the poisonous and venomous plants and animals of our region.  And thank you to all the patrons who made it out to the library!

Bird Watching for Beginners


The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce that we are offering Bird Watching for Beginners on June 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  This class is being offered with the assistance of the Bristol Bird Club, which meets at the library on the third Tuesday of each month (excluding June and September).  Their mission is to promote the enjoyment, scientific study, and conservation of wild birds.

The Bristol Bird Club was founded in Bristol, TN/VA in 1950 as part of the Stephen M. Russell Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, and they belong to the Virginia Society of Ornitology.  Interested birders are welcome to join, simply contact the Bristol Bird Club at one of their regular meetings or check out their website for upcoming events:  http://bristolbirdclub.org/.

Membership dues are $32/year for families, $25/year for a single individual, $10/year for associate members (who are currently part of the Tennessee Ornithological Society), and $450 for a lifetime membership with the Bird Club.  For more information, please contact Dave Worley at 170 Mockingbird Drive, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Steele Creek Park: Poisonous Flora and Fauna


Jeremy Stout, manager of the Steele Creek Park Nature Center, will be at the Bristol Public Library tonight in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for a special presentation on poisonous flora and fauna native to the region.  His program begins at 5:00 p.m. and will last approximately an hour, as Stout shows off the different varieties of poisonous plants and venomous creatures common to east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

For more information about Steele Creek park and their wonderful programs, please contact the Nature Center at 423-989-5616.

Event Correction: The Casual Word: Community Type-In


On June 24, the Bristol Public Library will welcome back The Casual Word:  A Community Type-In from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We'll supply the typewriters, paper, and more, so just show up downstairs any time to get a taste of this all-day celebration of the creativity of the human mind.

This free to the public event is open to people from all walks of life to come in and try out both typewriters and writing in general.  Enjoy engaging with other individuals and "unplugging" from the digital world.  Tell stories, write poetry, create articles, essays and more; anything that you feel needs to be put on paper.

All are welcome, so we hope to see you there!

Friday, June 16, 2017

BPL Book Club

Thank you to all the participants that made our first BPL Book Club so wonderful!  We're very excited that we were able to host such a lovely event at the library, and we look forward to checking out more books with our readers.

And we hope to see everyone at our special movie presentation of The Help on August 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

BPL Book Club: June

Today, our BPL Book Club will meet for the first time in the Frances Kegley Conference Room at 6:00 p.m.

This month, we're discussing The Help by Kathryn Stockett and preparing for our next meetings.  Light refreshments will be served and copies of The Help will be provided for book club members who wish to check out a copy.

Please join us for our first meeting of the BPL Book Club!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Steele Creek Park: Poisonous Flora and Fauna


Jeremy Stout, manager of the Steele Creek Park Nature Center, will be at the Bristol Public Library on June 20 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for a special presentation on poisonous flora and fauna native to the region.  His program begins at 5:00 p.m. and will last approximately an hour, as Stout shows off the different varieties of poisonous plants and venomous creatures common to east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.  He'll teach attendees which are best to avoid and which are harmless.

The Steele Creek Park Nature Center is a 2,600 square foot educational facility, currently undergoing expansion, which showcases the natural history and beauty of Steele Creek Park.  Employees of the Nature Center offer guided hikes and educational public programs to help with continued conservation efforts at Steele Creek Park.

For more information about Steele Creek Park and their wonderful programs, please contact the Nature Center at 423-989-5616.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gardening with Master Gardener Phil Blevins

Image result for garden clipartTonight, as part of our continuing Summer Celebration, Phil Blevins will be at the Bristol Public Library at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  He will be presenting a special program on summer gardening and horticulture with the Master Gardeners of Virginia.

For more information on the VCE Office and their work, contact their office at 276-676-6309 or check out their website at http://www.offices.ext.vt.edu/washington/index.html.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Casual Word: A Community Type-In

On June 20, the Bristol Public Library will welcome back The Casual Word:  A Community Type-In from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We'll supply the typewriters, paper, and more, so just show up downstairs any time to get a taste of this all-day celebration of the creativity of the human mind.

This free to the public event is open to people from all walks of life to come in and try out both typewriters and writing in general.  Enjoy engaging with other individuals and "unplugging" from the digital world.  Tell stories, write poetry, create articles, essays and more; anything that you feel needs to be put on paper.

All are welcome, so we hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery Sumissions

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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Casual Word: Adult Creative Writing Class


We're offering The Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing Class for interested patrons who are 18 and older.  If you're interested, feel free to join us for a fun, engaging and different look into writing.  In this class, we won't focus on structure, form, or rules, but on the freedom of writing.  It's 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'll engage in topics and subjects that are of interest to the students.  The atmosphere is casual and jovial.  Classes meet each week on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Anime Club

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Don't forget:  today, we're hosting our first Anime Club of the summer in the Teen Library at 1:30 p.m.  Join us as we explore two full episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist:  Brotherhood and enjoy some delectable Japanese snacks!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Library Movie Presentation: The Big Year

It's Tuesday, which means it's time to kick off our Tuesday Night Specials with a movie presentation of The Big Year (2011).

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Based on the bestselling book by Mark Obmascik, The Big Year is an American comedy film starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson, which features the hilarious competition between 3 birders (portrayed by Black, Martin, and Wilson) as they try to identify the most number of bird species in a year.  Each man has his own crisis to surmount as they take on the "Big Year" to identify and discover as many birds as they can in this hilarious, globe-trotting adventure.

It all starts tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, so don't be late for this free movie presentation!  Popcorn and bottled water will be served to movie attendees.

Rated PG.  100 minutes.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gardening with Master Gardener Phil Blevins

Image result for vegetable gardening clip artAs part of our continuing Summer Celebration, Phil Blevins will be at the Bristol Public Library on June 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  He will be presenting a special program on summer gardening and horticulture with the Master Gardeners of Virginia.

Blevins is the Unit Coordinator for the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, working in the position since 1993; he is also the Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, in addition to overseeing Master Gardening programs in Washington County, Virginia.  His department focuses on livestock, forages, row crops, horticulture, and pesticide training, as well as resource conservation.

The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is Washington County's local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.  VCE provides various educational programs, including 4-H and Community Viability, and helps support local conservation, horticulture, livestock care, and much more.

For more information on the VCE Office and their work, contact their office at 276-676-6309 or check out their website at http://www.offices.ext.vt.edu/washington/index.html.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Children's Summer Reading Program: Entertainment

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As part of our Children's Summer Reading Program, the Children's Department is offering a variety of special events for our young patrons, starting with Snakes Alive! on June 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Snakes Alive! has always been a popular event during summer reading, and we're pleased to be offering it again this year.  On June 7, we'll learn about life's most misunderstood animals and meet a variety of gentle reptiles.  Registration for this event is already open and it's limited to 150 participants, so make sure to get your name on the list!

On June 14 at 11:00 a.m. Matt Fore, professional magician, will meet us in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Matt will dazzle with his sleight of hand and tickle your funny bone, too!  Join us for a morning of magic, laughter, and fun for all ages.

We also have field trips to Backyard Terrors planned for June 21 at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.  Chris Kastner has such a passion for dinosaurs that he built his own dinosaur park in his backyard!  Registration for this event begins on June 14 and it's limited to 100 participants.  All children must be accompanied by an adult; families are responsible for providing their own transportation.  Directions and time slots will be given at registration.

On Wednesday, June 28, we actually have 2 programs planned:  Building Blocks and Books with Professor Whizzpop at 10:00 a.m. and Melanie Smith with the Virginia Master Naturalist Program at 6:00 p.m.  Professor Whizzpop will weave a cautionary tale about minecraft, highlight the delights and dangers of LEGOs, and walk through solid walls just like Harry Houdini--and Harry Potter!  Melanie Smith will join us later in the evening to talk about owls and other local birds in the J. Henrgy Kegley Meeting Room.

And on July 5, we're going to have Bingo, Board Games, and Bubbles from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Join us for family fun as we play our favorite board games, Bingo for Books, and make bubbles!

Last, we're featuring Mr. Bond, the Science Guy and his Spectacular Science Show on Wednesday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.  Inspired by Mr. Bond's favorite childhood program, Tomorrow's World, the Science Guys will show audiences how science is building a better world!  Kids will use pulleys, defy gravity, participate in a tug-o-war, and even launch a catapult!  Join us in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for a fantastic morning of scientific fun.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Summer Celebration: Classic Movie Corner!

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce a brand new summer program:  Classic Movie Corner!

On the last Thursday of each month, we're celebrating film with a special look back at classic movies.  We have Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds lined up for June 29, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird on July 27, and The Adventures of Robin Hood featuring Erroll Flynn on August 31.  We'll kick things off at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

For more information about our Classic Movie Corner and other upcoming movie events, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Friday, June 2, 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.

Today 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.  It's family-friendly and it's free, so make sure to come out and visit the Bristol Public Library for a fun afternoon of tabletop game fun!

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Newsletter and Calendar


We have so much planned for Summer Reading, and our schedule is packed!  This month, we're kicking off our Summer Celebration and BPL Bingo, along with our Summer Reading Programs in the Teen Library and the Children's Department.  We have movies, book clubs, speakers, classes, and more for our patrons to enjoy from June 1 to August 31.

BPL Book Club begins on June 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room; the Casual Word Community Type-In returns to the library on June 20 for an all-day celebration of the creativity of the human mind; and Classic Movie Corner happens on June 29 with a special showing of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds at 5:30 p.m.

We also have special programs planned every Tuesday night throughout June, so make sure to keep an eye out for our Summer Celebration flyer for more details on library events and upcoming programs!

Summer Reading starts in the Children's Department on June 5 with storytime at 11:30 and our first summer reading event at 6:00 p.m.  Summer Feeding also begins this month, which means we'll be offering free lunches to registered participants under the age of 18.  Meals are served on a first come-first come-first served basis on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. during our Movies on the Big Screen, Wendesdays after our entertainment programs, and Fridays at 11:30 during our 8-12 Year Old Book Club.

For more information about Summer Reading and Summer Feeding, please contact staff members in the Children's Library.

Our Teen Library has plenty to share with our Tween and Teen Book Clubs on Monday and Wednesday, respectively; Movie Mornings on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.; Anime Club on Wednesdays at 1:30 a.m.; Building Competitions and Purely Poetry on Thursdays; special events on Friday; Teen Board Games and Open Gaming on Saturday; and Teen Coloring on Sunday.  And, don't forget, we're offering a special Summer Reading Challenge for our teens and tweens, a game of conquest in the fictional realm of Lectia!


The Avoca Branch Library is celebrating summer with lots of wonderful, family-friendly programs.  Avoca will host their Summer Reading Kick-Off on Friday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m.  Both parents and children are welcome to attend and meet Jeff Robbins for his program on mountain music, stories, and dance.

On June 23 at 10:30 a.m. we'll take a field trip to visit the Cambridge House, while on June 30, we'll build bird houses at the Home Depot.  Summer reading for children ages 0-6 will take place on Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; summer reading for children ages 6-12 will happen on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

The Jones Creativity Center continues to offer Touch typing on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and PC Classes on Monday at 5:30 p.m.  We have GED/ESL Monday through Thursday, and Adult Coloring on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Our Crochet Class and Club is still going strong and, beginning June 1, we'll be offering an adult creative writing class for our patrons ages 18 and up.  The Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing will join our roster on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.  It focuses less on form, structure, and rules and more on the simple freedom of writing.  Interested patrons are welcome to walk in at any time.


The Casual Word: Adult Creative Writing Class

Don't forget, today we're offering The Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing Class for interested patrons who are 18 and older.  If you're interested, feel free to join us for a fun, engaging and different look into writing.  In this class, we won't focus on structure, form, or rules, but on the freedom of writing.  It's 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'll engage in topics and subjects that are of interest to the students.  The atmosphere is casual and jovial.  Classes will continue to meet each week on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.

Keep up the good words!