Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Celebration: August


It's time to wrap up our Summer Celebration!

This month, we're continuing our tradition of Tuesday Night specials with a special movie presentation of Magic of the Snowy Owl at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on August 1; followed by our Night with a Naturalist on August 8 at 7:00 p.m.  We're also offering a special program from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Appalachian music on August 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, while a visit from Mike Morgan and his antique Bible collection is slated for August 29.

Our BPL Book Club will be sponsoring a special movie presentation of The Help on August 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, and we'll start our new book on August 17 in the Frances Kegley Conference Room at 6:00 p.m.

On August 8, we're offering an Advanced Genealogy Class from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center, and Magical Mug Cakes in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on August 24 at 5:30 p.m.  Rounding out our Summer Celebration, we have our final Classic Movie Corner planned with a free viewing of The Adventures of Robin Hood in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on August 31 at 5:30 p.m.

We still have a lot of events planned for August, so please join us as we finish up our Summer Celebration with a bang!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Night with a Naturalist

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Randy Smith with the Virginia Master Naturalist program will be at the Bristol Public Library on August 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for a special program on owls.  The Virginia Master Naturalists are part of a state-wide program that provides education, outreach, and service to help preserving natural areas and managing natural resources.  The Holston Rivers Chapter serves Bland, Russell, Scout, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe counties in Virginia.

For more information on the Virginia Master Naturalists and their volunteer programs, check out their website at https://holstonriversmn.wordpress.com/.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Advanced Genealogy: Busting Through Brick Walls

On Tuesday, August 8, the Bristol Public Library is offering a class on Advanced Genealogy:  Busting Through Brick Walls at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.

Our Advanced Genealogy course offers a more detailed look at online research and library resources, offering advice to amateur genealogy on how to confront pesky road blocks, such lost wills, forgotten relatives, misspellings, and destroyed records.  Kristin will be teaching this free, educational program and giving tips on how to address some of the trickier problems in the genealogy search.

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 about Advanced Genealogy, please contact us at 276-645-8781 or by email at reference@bristol-library.org.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Classic Movie Corner: To Kill a Mockingbird

We're very excited about our Classic Movie Corner this week, because, tonight, we're featuring To Kill a Mockingbird (1962):


Based on Lee Harper's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird features Gregory Peck, John Megna, and Robert Duvall in the captivating story of Scout Finch's childhood summers in Depression era Alabama.  While Scout and her brother, Jem, make friends with their neighbor Dill and investigate town recluse Boo Radley (Duvall), her father, Atticus (Peck), becomes embroiled in a court case that will rock the foundations of Maycomb County.

We kick things off tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, so don't be late!  Popcorn and water will be provided to movie attendees.

Not rated.  129 minutes.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Canvas Class (Part 2)

Due to popular demand, the Bristol Public Library is hosting another Canvas Class tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll be painting simple canvas portraits and learning how to create fun, colorful prints.  Participants will get to choose from 3 canvas ideas, viewed below, and 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.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The William King Museum: Art in Appalachia

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The Bristol Public Library is offering a free presentation on "Art in Appalachia" tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Curators from the William King Museum will discuss the impact and diversity of artwork in Appalachia, delving into the creative and cultural history of the region.  A summer craft will be included, so make to drop in to our event for a special souvenir.

For more information on the William King Museum of Art and their programs, check out their website at http://www.williamkingmuseum.org/.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Teen/Tween Fall Schedule

Although our Summer Reading Program for the teens and tweens is over, we still have plenty of programs planned for autumn.  Beginning in August, our Teen and Tween Book Clubs will reconvene for all new adventures!

Tween Book Club
During our Tween Book Club, readers will have the chance to read a brand new book every month with the Teen Librarian on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Better yet, each tween who attends will get to keep a free copy of the book.  Attending our book club requires no preparation and no homework!  Here are some of the books we'll be reading:
  • August 7, 14 & 21:  Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  • September 11, 18 & 25:  Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • October 9, 16 & 23:  Gilda Joyce:  Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison

Special Tween Events
These events are made just for tweens!  We meet on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. for a special program, like movies, painting parties, games, and much more.
  • August 28:  Tween Painting Party
  • October 2:  Movie Feature:  Hugo
  • October 30:  Tween Escape Room

Teen Book Club
During our Teen Book Club, readers will have the chance to read a brand new book with the Teen Librarian each month on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Every teen who attends will get to keep a free copy of the book.  Attending our book club requires no preparation and, better yet, no homework!  Here are the books we'll be reading:
  • August 9, 16 & 23:  Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • September 6, 13 & 20:  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • October 4, 11 & 18:  The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Special Teen Events
These events are made just for teens!  We meet on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. for a special program, such as movies, painting parties, games, and much more.
  • August 30:  Teen Painting Party
  • September 27:  Movie Feature:  The Outsiders
  • October 25:  Teen Escape Room
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Robotics Event
FTC Team 7090 - First Appalachian Robotics will present a special program for teens at the main branch of the Bristol Public Library on Saturday, July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Anyone ages 10-19 may attend to see 3-D printing and robot demonstrations, as well as learn how the building process works and the challenges of the most recent build season.  Attendees will also have the chance to work with the team's robot and equipment.  No registration is required.

For more information, please call Teen Services at 276-821-6192.

Purely Poetry
Get inspired, discover more about poetry, art work and culture, express yourself, and produce exceptional poetry.  Also, submit poems for a chance to win a $20 gift card from Blackbird Bakery each month!  A new teen winner will be chosen each month.

Anime Club
Beginning August 9, our Anime Club will meet on Wednesdays to watch 2 episodes of an anime and munch on Japanese snacks.  Each month, we'll watch a new anime!  All anime will be rated TV-14 and dubbed in English.
  • August:  Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • September:  Fruits Basket
  • October:  Blue Exorcist

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Teen Board Game Club
Join us for our weekly teen board game club on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Challenge friends to a game of Cranium, match wits in a game of Scrabble, or just explore the library's collection of board games!

Open Gaming
Love video games?  Then come join us for 2 hours of open gaming on the teen space consoles on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We offer Super Mario games on the WiiU and more!

Teen Coloring
On Sundays, the Teen Space offers Teen Coloring for both teens and tweens from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We'll provide advanced coloring sheets, markers, pencils, and all the supplies you could need.  So come relax, color, and hang out!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BPL Book Club: July

BPL Book Club will meet in the Frances Kegley Conference Room tonight at 6:00 p.m.

This month, we’ll finish reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett and we’ll decide on which books to read in the upcoming months.  If you’re interested in joining BPL Book Club, bring your favorite book or a book you’d think your fellow readers might love to share.  The book with the most votes at the end of the evening will be our next reading adventure!

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!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Canvas Class

Tonight, the Bristol Public Library is hosting a Canvas Class at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll be painting simple canvas portraits and learning how to create fun, colorful prints.  Participants will get to choose from 3 canvas ideas, viewed below, and 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.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club

Tonight, the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club will join the library's Summer Celebration with a special presentation on the Appalachian Trail at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Anne Maio and Judith Foster, who has hiked the trail, will be speaking about their experiences on the Appalachian Trail and discussing trail conservation.


The Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, based in Damascus, Virginia, is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Formed on February 29, 1960, the club helps maintain and protect 59.4 miles of the Appalachian Trial in the Jefferson National Forest, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, and other trail areas.

Their mission is to preserve the Appalachian Trail and ensure it remains available to future generations.  According to their website, "The primary focus of the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club is to...fulfill its maintenance responsibilities to the highest degree possible, undertake projects that would enhance use of the Trail without sacrifice of beauty or serenity, and provide opportunity for Club members to enjoy activities associated with the Trail."

For more information on the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, see their website at http://mratc.pbworks.com/w/page/8862374/FrontPage.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The William King Museum: Art in Appalachia

William King Museum
The Bristol Public Library is offering a free presentation on "Art in Appalachia" on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Curators from the William King Museum will discuss the impact and diversity of artwork in Appalachia, delving into the creative and cultural history of the region.

A summer craft will be included, so make sure to drop in to our event for a special souvenir.

Founded in 1992, the William King Museum of Art is, as quoted from their website, "the premier visual arts facility in the region, offering outstanding fine world art, contemporary regional art and cultural heritage exhibits."  They offer a variety of programs to help enrich, engage, and educate residents of all ages by showing the value and application of art.

For more information on the William King Museum of Art and their programs, check out their website at http://www.williamkingmuseum.org/.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Job Club

Need help submitting a job application or rewriting a resume?

Then join our Job Club on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.  Job Club offers access to lots of helpful resources and provides assistance with job searching, resume writing, cover letters, online applications, interview skills, and much more.

For more information on Job Club, please contact Tanya at 276-254-3165.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Reading Finale

This week, we're wrapping up our Summer Reading!

On July 14, Hannahlily is hosting a special Teen Summer Reading Finale at 3:00 p.m. in the Young Adult Library, while Michelle, on July 15, is celebrating the end of Summer Reading with one last LEGO Playtime at 9:30 a.m.  BPL Bingo concludes on July 14 at the close of business, but participants who turn in their Bingo cards within the next week will be eligible for a prize.


Although our Summer Reading has ended, our Summer Celebration still has one month left.  Throughout August, we'll be offering programs, book clubs, classes, movies and more!  And, due to the popularity of our Canvas Classes on July 19, we'll be offering another Canvas Class on July 26 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on our upcoming events, stay tuned to the events blog or give us a call at 276-645-8780.  We look forward to celebrating the rest of the summer with you!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club

On July 18, the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club will join the library's Summer Celebration with a special presentation on the Appalachian Trail at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Anne Maio and Judith Foster, who has hiked the trail, will be speaking about their experiences on the Appalachian Trail and discussing trail conservation.

The Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, based in Damascus, Virginia, is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Formed on February 29, 1960, the club helps maintain and protect 59.4 miles of the Appalachian Trial in the Jefferson National Forest, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, and other trail areas.

Their mission is to preserve the Appalachian Trail and ensure it remains available to future generations.  According to their website, "The primary focus of the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club is to...fulfill its maintenance responsibilities to the highest degree possible, undertake projects that would enhance use of the Trail without sacrifice of beauty or serenity, and provide opportunity for Club members to enjoy activities associated with the Trail."

For more information on the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, see their website at http://mratc.pbworks.com/w/page/8862374/FrontPage.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Library Movie Presentation: Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story

Tonight, we're doing a special feature on Grandma Gatewood with Trail Magic.


Emma Gatewood, better known as Grandma Gatewood, became famous for her solo journey along the Appalachian Trail--and she did it at 66 years old.  Although she didn't quite make it the first time, she gave it another shot and managed to finish the entire 2,170 mile Appalachian Trail in a single season, becoming the first woman ever to hike the AT from end to end solo.  Grandma Gatewood's walk challenged cultural and social barriers, but it also brought public attention to the Appalachian Trail and, quite possibly, saved it from obscurity.

We kick things off at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Our movie is free to the public, so join us for our special presentation on Grandma Gatewood's life!

Not rated.  50 minutes.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Beginning Genealogy

Thank you to everyone who attended Beginning Genealogy on Thursday and, of course, thank you to Kristin who did such a wonderful job hosting our class!  We had a full house and we can't wait for our upcoming Advanced Genealogy on August 8.

Make sure to stay tuned to our events blog and Facebook for future events and classes.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Beginning Genealogy Class


Don't forget, we're hosting our Beginning Genealogy Class today in the Jones Creativity Center at 2:00 p.m.  Kristin will be teaching this free educational program on how to begin your family tree and kickstart your genealogy research.  Space is still available for interested patrons, so make sure to call the reference desk at 276-645-8781 and register for Beginning Genealogy!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Calendar and Newsletter


It's July, which means we only have two weeks left of our Summer Reading programs!  Children's and Teens conclude their Summer Reading on July 14, along with our BPL Bingo; however, our Summer Celebration continues until August 30.  Although things are winding up quickly at the library, we still have a lot of events for our patrons to enjoy!

This month, we're hosting Beginning Genealogy on July 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center, a Canvas Class on July 19 and, due to its popularity, a second Canvas Class on July 26.  We're also featuring a wonderful documentary on Grandma Gatewood in Trail Magic on July 11, a visit from Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club on July 18, and a program by William King Museum with "Art in Appalachia" on July 25.  Last, but certainly not least, we'll wrap things up this month with our Classic Movie Corner presentation of To Kill a Mockingbird on July 27.

For more information on our Summer Celebration events, see our blog entry here:  https://bristolpubliclibraryevents.blogspot.com/2017/06/summer-celebration-july.html.

We still have two weeks left of our Children's Summer Reading Program, and we have lots of events planned.  We're featuring hour-long reading and craft programs at 6:00 p.m. on Mondays, 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, and 10:00 a.m. on Fridays; plus, we have entertainment scheduled for Wednesdays.  This month, we're celebrating Books, Board Games, and Bubbles at 10:00 a.m. on July 5 followed by Mr. Bond the Science Guy at 11:00 a.m. on July 12.

We have much more scheduled, including 13mm films, movies on the Big Screen, Brain Power Hour, Summer Feeding, book clubs, storytime, and so much more!  For more information on our Children's Summer Programs, see our wonderful staff in the Children's Library.  And don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more events!

The Teen Library also has some exciting events coming up with the last two weeks of our Summer Reading program.  Our Anime Club has two more meetings, while our Tween Book Club will wrap up the summer with The Riverman by Aron Starmer and the Teens will finish things off with The Partials by Dan Wells.  And, of course, we have our special events:  Mystery Night on July 7 and Summer Reading Finale on July 14.

Although our Movie Mornings concluded in June, we have our ongoing battle for Lectia throughout the week, Building Competitions and Purely Poetry on Thursdays, Board Games and Open Gaming on Saturdays, and Teen Coloring on Sundays.  For more information on our Teen/Tween events, make sure to check in with Hannahlily or check out our Teen Facebook page.

The Avoca Branch Library will be continuing their "Build a Better World" celebration with summer reading programs and special events throughout the month.  We'll welcome Jeremy Stout to the Avoca Branch on July 7, while David Claunch will entertain and weave some wonderful stories on July 14.  Last, but not least, we'll host our Awards and Pizza Party on July 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

For more information on our events at Avoca, drop in to our branch library at 1550 Volunteer Parkway or give them a call at 423-968-9663.  If you want to keep up with all the happenings at the Avoca Branch Library, feel free to follow us on Facebook.

The Jones Creativity Center is going to have a busy summer!  Our ongoing Crochet Class and Club will meet on Tuesday nights, except July 4, at 6:00 p.m.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, just remember to bring in your supplies:  yarn, H/8 (5.00 mm) hook, and scissors.  The Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing is still available on Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. for interested patrons 18 and older.


PC Classes will continue on Mondays 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Touch Typing is scheduled for Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Don't forget, we're still offering Adult Coloring at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, as well as Beginning Genealogy on July 6 at 2:00 p.m.  GED/ESL classes offered by Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education Program are on an adjusted schedule throughout July and August.  To learn more about these changes, please see our JCC calendar or contact MRRAEP at 276-739-2547.

Tuesday, July 4, 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.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Canvas Class

As part of our Summer Celebration, the Bristol Public Library will be offering a Canvas Class on July 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll be painting simple canvas portraits and learning how to create fun, colorful prints.  Participants will get to choose from 3 canvas ideas, which can be viewed below, and 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.

Interested patrons should register by close of business on July 15.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

BPL Book Club: July

BPL Book Club will meet in the Frances Kegley Conference Room on July 20 at 6:00 p.m.  This month, we’ll finish reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett and we’ll decide on which books to read in the upcoming months.  If you’re interested in joining BPL Book Club, bring your favorite book or a book you’d think your fellow readers might love to share.  The book with the most votes at the end of the evening will be our next reading adventure!

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!