Thursday, August 31, 2017

Classic Movie Corner: The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Bristol Public Library presents Classic Movie Corner with The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938):


Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Eugene Pallette, and Basil Rathbone, The Adventures of Robin Hood tells the epic, swashbuckling story of Robin of Loxley.  Called a bandit and a thief, Robin Hood (Flynn) has spent years as a thorn in the side of Prince John (Rains); however, when Prince John and Guy of Gisborne (Rathbone) attempt to overthrow King Richard III in a devious plot to seize the throne of England, Robin Hood will become a hero with the help of Maid Marian (de Havilland) and Friar Tuck (Pallette).

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

Rated PG.  102 minutes.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Musical Performance: Slim Pickins

This month, we're pleased to welcome the Slim Pickins Band to the Bristol Pubic Library!

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The Slim Pickins Band is a local bluegrass band formed by the incredibly talented music students at Tennessee High.  Before the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion gets into full swing, the Slim Pickins Band will be at the library on September 7 for a free musical performance starting at 6:00 p.m.

We're very excited to have them with us and we hope you'll join us for this wonderful performance!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

AAME: Michael Morgan and "The First Generation of the English Bible"


Tonight, Michael Morgan will be returning to the Bristol Public Library for a special presentation on "The First Generation of the English Bible" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view several of these precious volumes beginning at 2:00 p.m. when the meeting room doors open.  Morgan's presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, August 28, 2017

BPL Book Club: September


Although we usually meet on the third Thursday of the month, we're making some changes to our usual schedule.  We're hosting our BPL Book Club on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.    We'll be discussing A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and enjoying a special sweet treat!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Adult Anime Club

It's time to unveil our latest program at the Bristol Public Library:  Adult Anime Club!

Starting in September, our Adult Anime Club will meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll discuss manga, watch anime series and movies, and we may even have some snacks for our visitors.



Our first meeting will be on September 6, and we'll be watching Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie (2001).  Please note:  This film is rated R and may require adult supervision for younger viewers.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Classic Movie Corner Nominations

Image result for film projectorWe want to know what makes a classic movie a classic.  Is it a movie made before 1970, or does it have to be show in black and white?  Or is a film that breaks barriers and speaks to a generation?

You tell us!

Continuing through September 10, we're accepting nominations for our Classic Movie Corner in November.  Do you think Jaws is a classic, or what about Star Wars?  Is Beauty and the Beast a modern classic, or would you consider Wonder Woman a classic?

Let us know!  Name your top 3 favorite films in the comments below or visit the reference desk to fill out a nomination card.  Once we have all our nominations, we'll vote on the 10 movies with the most mentions.  Nominating will continue through September 10, while voting begins on September 25.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Library Closing: Labor Day

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The Bristol Public Library will be closed in honor of Labor Day from September 3-4.  We'll reopen and resume normal hours on September 5.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 276-645-8780.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Magical Mug Cakes

S'mores Mug Cake - The perfect summer dessert. It's quick, easy, and full of  flavor. Graham cracker crumbs, chocolate bits, and perfectly toasted marshmallows on top.Are you a fan of cake?

Then join us for "Magical Mug Cakes" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room tonight at 5:30 p.m.  For this class, we'll be learning how to make mug cakes from scratch.  Mug cakes are appropriately named, because they're made in mugs.  They're a single serving of deliciousness conveniently cooked in the nearest microwave.

Participants get to choose between three delicious flavors:  Brownie, Strawberries 'n' Cream, and S'mores.  There is no fee for this event, but registration is required.  Ingredients will be supplied for registered participants; mugs will be available for use at the library, but you may bring your own supplies if you have a recipe you're just dying to try or if you have a special mug you'd like to use.

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!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits

Tonight, we're offering Mini Mandala Portraits at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room!  Registered participants will have the opportunity to create fun, intricate mandalas with a wide variety of colors, such as the one featured in the image below.


Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and supplies to waive this fee.  Registration is closed for this event, but make sure to keep an eye out for even more fun, crafty programs by checking with the Bristol Public Library or visiting our events blog.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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Tonight, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is doing a special presentation on "Roots and Region:  Exploring Local Music History and Traditions."  This free-to-the-public event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, will focus on musical traditions and the formative influences that make Appalachian music so unique.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, focusing on the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and how Bristol became the birthplace for country music as we know it today.  Their museum explores sound technology, which impacted and continues to impact country music, and highlights this rich musical heritage.

The museum also contains rotating exhibitions from other institutions, including the Smithsonian, and they are constantly adapting and updating their content in their Special Exhibits Gallery.  They house a research collection, including an extensive digital archive.  To find out more about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and their ongoing exhibits, check out their website at http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/museum/.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Live Streaming Event


If you didn't have a chance to snag a pair of eclipse glasses this past week, we'll still be offering a safe alternative for viewing the eclipse with our live streaming event!  We'll start our Solar Eclipse Live Streaming Event at 12:00 p.m. today, so make sure to drop in for a visit.  It happens rain or shine!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

AAME: Michael Morgan and "The First Generation of the English Bible"

Michael Morgan will be returning to the Bristol Public Library for a special presentation on "The First Generation of the English Bible" on August 29 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Morgan, who currently serves as Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary, owns one of the most comprehensive private collections of English Bibles in the country at more than 4,800 volumes.  His hour-long presentation will showcase a number of these rare books, including a 1611 King James Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the Bishops' Bible, and discuss the English Bible as it has changed throughout history.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view several of these precious volumes beginning at 2:00 p.m. when the meeting room doors open.  Morgan's presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Avoca Branch Library: Kids Classic Book Club


The Kids Classic Book Club is all about kids jumping feet first into the classics.  Each month, we check out a new classic and enjoy fun crafts.  Everyone who participates gets to keep a free copy of the book and join in as we read, create, and explore!

We meet every Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Avoca Branch Library.  This month, we're reading Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe.  We'll meet Harold the dog and Chester the cat as they try to unravel the mystery of the family's newest pet, a bunny with unusual habits--and fangs.

We hope to see you there!

Eclipse Glasses Giveaway


It's time for our Eclipse Glasses Giveaway!

Starting at 1:00 p.m., the Bristol Public Library will be giving away free solar eclipse glasses in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery upstairs.  We only have a limited number of glasses available, so they will be presented on a first come, first served basis and only one pair of glasses per person will be permitted.

If you don't have the opportunity to snag a pair of glasses, remember to check out our Solar Eclipse Live Stream Event on August 21.  We'll be live streaming the eclipse online in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 12:00 p.m.  Our event will happen rain or shine!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

BPL Book Club: August


Our BPL Book Club is meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room to conquer our next reading slope!  This month, we're very excited to be discussing Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, so make sure to join us for another wonderful book club meeting.

For more information on BPL Book Club, please contact Ambrea at 276-645-8780 or keep an eye on our events blog.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eclipse Safety


Don't forget, we're offering a program on Eclipse Safety tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room!  Dr. Raymond Bloomer from King University will be visiting us and talking about eclipse safety, as well as creating a projection of what the eclipse will look like in our region.  We'll also present 1 pair of eclipse glasses to each person present with a maximum of 100 being given out.

We'll also be giving out our remaining glasses on Friday, August 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery.  They will be given on a first come, first served basis.  Additionally, due to the limited number of eclipse glasses we received, only one pair of eclipse glasses per person is permitted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits

Our Canvas Classes have turned out to be a big hit with our Summer Celebration, so we've decided to keep offering Canvas Classes for our patrons!

On August 23, we're offering Mini Mandala Portraits at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Registered participants will have the opportunity to create fun, intricate mandalas with a wide variety of colors, such as the one featured in the image below.


Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and supplies to waive this fee.  Registration is required for the event.  You can sign up at the Bristol Public Library by dropping by the Reference Desk or giving us a call at 276-645-8781.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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On August 22, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is doing a special presentation on "Roots and Region:  Exploring Local Music History and Traditions."  This free-to-the-public event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, will focus on musical traditions and the formative influences that make Appalachian music so unique.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, focusing on the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and how Bristol became the birthplace for country music as we know it today.  Their museum explores sound technology, which impacted and continues to impact country music, and highlights this rich musical heritage.

The museum also contains rotating exhibitions from other institutions, including the Smithsonian, and they are constantly adapting and updating their content in their Special Exhibits Gallery.  They house a research collection, including an extensive digital archive.  To find out more about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and their ongoing exhibits, check out their website at http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/museum/.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Eclipse Glasses

Image result for eclipse glasses clip artThe Bristol Public Library now has eclipse glasses!

We'll be giving out 100 pairs on Wednesday, August 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room as part of our Eclipse Safety event.  We will give out our remaining glasses on Friday, August 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the upstairs gallery.  Our Avoca Branch Library has also received a limited number of eclipse glasses and will give them out at a time of their choosing.

All eclipse glasses are first come, first serve, and only one pair of glasses will be allowed per person.  A free live steam event of the eclipse will be offered on August 21 at 12:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or the Avoca Branch Library at 423-968-9663.

Classic Movie Corner Nominations


We love classic movies and you love classic movies, but what makes a classic movie a classic?

You tell us!

Is it Disney's Snow White?  Is it Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, or is it Jaws?  Do you consider Star Wars a classic, and what about The Breakfast Club?  We want to know, which is why we're opening our Classic Movie Corner to nominations.

Tell us your top 3 favorite classic films by answering in the comment section below, or visiting the Reference Desk at the library to fill out a nomination card.  The 10 movies with the most nominations will be our victors and continue to the next round of voting!

Nominating concludes on September 10; voting begins on September 25.  The winning movie will be shown on November 30 for our Classic Movie Corner.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Regularly Scheduled Programming


The Bristol Public Library is open, so make sure to pay us a visit today!

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Purely Poetry: July Contest Winner

On Thursdays at 5:30, our Teen Library celebrates the written word with Purely Poetry!  Teens and tweens have the opportunity to learn about art, culture, poetry, and creative expression, and they can also enter our monthly poetry contest.  Winners for our Purely Poetry Contest will win a $20 gift card from Blackbird Bakery and will have their poem displayed in the Teen Library for everyone to read.
This month, our winner is Brooke Otey for her lovely poem, "Bristol."

Congratulations, Brooke!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Library Closing

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bristol Public Library is closed.  We will reopen tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Temporary Closing

The Bristol Public Library is temporarily closed.  We will announce when we reopen.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Night with a Naturalist

PictureRandy Smith with the Virginia Master Naturalist program will be at the Bristol Public Library tonight 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 services to help preserve natural areas and manage natural resources.  The Holston Rivers Chapter serves Bland, Russell, Scott, 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/.

Advanced Genealogy: Busting Through Brick Walls


Today, we're hosting Advanced Genealogy:  Busting Through Brick Walls at 2:00 p.m. in the JCC.  All our open slots have been filled for this class, but other interested participants should make sure to keep an eye on our events blog and our Facebook for more genealogy classes.  To learn more about Advanced Genealogy, please contact us at 276-645-8781 or by email at reference@bristol-library.org.

Monday, August 7, 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.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

BPL Book Club: August

Our BPL Book Club is meeting on August 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room to conquer our next reading slope!  This month, we're very excited to be discussing Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, so make sure to join us for another wonderful book club meeting.

For more information on BPL Book Club, please contact Ambrea at 276-645-8780 or keep an eye on our events blog.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BPL Book Club Movie Presentation: The Help

This month, our BPL Book Club finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  As a special treat, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free viewing to our book club members and patrons of The Help (2011), starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Octavia Spencer.


When Skeeter (Stone) returns to her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, she decides she's going to write a book--except she doesn't have any idea what to write, until she meets Aibileen (Davis) and Minny (Spencer).  Both Minny and Aibileen are African-American maids in the homes of prominent white families and they offer a unique glimpse into the hardships and turmoil endured by the hired help in the South.

It all starts tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, and everyone is welcome to join.  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

Rated PG-13.  146 minutes.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Newsletter and Calendar


The Bristol Public Library will be wrapping up our Summer Celebration this month, but we still have lots of events left for our patrons to attend!  To kick things off, we're offering free movie showings of Magic of the Snowy Owl on August 1 at 6:00 p.m. and The Help on August 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

On August 8, we have two events planned:  our Advanced Genealogy with Kristin in the Jones Creativity Center at 2:00 p.m. and "Night with a Naturalist" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. with the Virginia Master Naturalist program.  We're also celebrating our third meeting with the BPL Book Club by reading Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin and munching on Blackbird Bakery treats.

The Birthplace of Country Music will be visiting the library on August 22 at 6:00 p.m. for their "Roots and Region:  Exploring Local Music History and Traditions" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We're also going to offer a couple of crafty projects with Mini Mandala Portraits on August 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room and Magical Mug Cakes on August 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Last, but certainly not least, we're excited to welcome Michael Morgan back to the Bristol Public Library!  Mr. Morgan, who owns one of the most comprehensive collections of antique Bibles in the United States, will be displaying and discussing his collection, as well as the many changes the Bible has undergone over the years.  His presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, but interested patrons will be able to visit at early as 2:00 p.m. for a glimpse at his collection of antique Bibles.

To cap off our Summer Celebration, we have one more Classic Movie Corner with The Adventures of Robin Hood at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be served, so make sure to drop in early to find a seat!

Our Children's Department wrapped up their Summer Reading Program in July, but the fun doesn't end there!  Our wonderful librarians are still offering storytime on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  More programs will be added as the school year gets into full swing.

Downstairs in the Teen Library, Hannahlily is hard at work starting the Fall Tween and Teen Reading Program.  Beginning in August, our Tween and Teen Book Clubs will resume meeting--and we can't forget all the special events we have planned!  The Tweens will meet on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., while our Teen Book Club will meet on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Special events vary from month to month, but we have movies, painting partings, escape rooms, field trips, and more planned.  We're also hosting Purely Poetry on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Anime Club on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Teen Board Game Club will continue meeting on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Open Gaming will begin at 3:00 p.m.; Teen Coloring will resume on Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming Teen and Tween events, check out Teen/Tween Fall Schedule:  https://bristolpubliclibraryevents.blogspot.com/2017/07/teentween-fall-schedule.html.

Our Avoca Branch is celebrating the return of our Kids Classic Book Club at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays!  This month, our Kids Classic Book Club will read Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe.  Participants will have the chance to read along with Ms. Nancy and, even better, they'll get to keep a free copy of the book!

On Wednesdays, Avoca is also hosting Children's Storytime at 10:00 a.m.  Make sure to drop in for a visit some time!

August is a busy month for the Jones Creativity Center.  On Mondays, the JCC will offer PC Classes at 5:30 p.m. and, Tuesdays, the Crochet Class and Club will meet at 6:00 p.m.  Thursdays are reserved for Adult Coloring at 2:00 p.m. and Creative Writing at 6:00 p.m.  Although the JCC will no longer be offering Touch Typing classes on Fridays, they will still have self-paced programs and personal assistance if needed.


For more information on the Jones Creativity Center and all the wonderful programs they're offering, feel free to contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 and ask for TJ.


Magical Mug Cakes

S'mores Mug Cake - The perfect summer dessert. It's quick, easy, and full of  flavor. Graham cracker crumbs, chocolate bits, and perfectly toasted marshmallows on top.Are you a fan of cake?

Then join us for "Magical Mug Cakes" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on August 24 at 5:30 p.m.  For this class, we'll be learning how to make mug cakes from scratch.  Mug cakes are appropriately named, because they're made in mugs.  They're a single serving of deliciousness conveniently cooked in the nearest microwave.

Participants get to choose between three delicious flavors:  Brownie, Strawberries 'n' Cream, and S'mores.  There is no fee for this event, but registration is required.  Ingredients will be supplied for registered participants; mugs will be available for use at the library, but you may bring your own supplies if you have a recipe you're just dying to try or if you have a special mug you'd like to use.

Interested patrons should register by close of business on August 17.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Library Movie Presentation: Magic of the Snowy Owl

The Bristol Public Library will be offering a special showing of Nature:  Magic of the Snowy Owl (2012):


Magic of the Snowy Owl is a fascinating documentary on the life span of the snowy owl and its unique capabilities as a hunter in one of the most inhospitable climates in the world.  Snowies, once hatched, only have 82 days to learn how to fly and fend for themselves, before the full force of winter comes down on them.

If you're a fan of Harry Potter's Hedwig, make sure to come by for this free showing of Magic of the Snowy Owl tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Not rated.  59 minutes.