Friday, September 1, 2017

September Newsletter & Calendar

September has arrived!

Although our Summer Celebration is over, the Bristol Public Library still has lots of events, classes, and programs planned for September.  This month, we're excited to share with our patrons and visitors our quilting gallery.  Our "Quilting:  A History in Stitches Gallery" runs from September 1 to September 30, and it will feature the incredible creative works of the Wolf Hills Quilters, a local quilting guild.  As part of our immersive project, we're also offering a free program on the history of quilting with the William King Museum of Art on September 12 at 6:00 p.m.

And let's not forget:  We're introducing our brand new Adult Anime Club!  Starting on September 6, our Adult Anime Club will meet on the first Wednesday of the month in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 5:30 p.m.  We'll watch anime movies and television shows, discuss our fandoms, and enjoy Japanese snacks.  This month, we're watching Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie.  This movie is rated R (which means it's not safe for all viewers); 120 minutes.  Popcorn, snacks, and water will be provided.

Due to some scheduling conflicts, our BPL Book Club will be meeting on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.  For our September meeting, we'll finish reading and discussing A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  And we'll also pick up our October reading adventure:  Rocket Boys (October Sky) by Homer Hickam.

We have 4 movies planned for September:  The Eagle Huntress (rated G) on September 5 at 6:00 p.m.; Voices of Cades Cove:  Winds of Change (rated G) on September 13 at 5:30 p.m.; A Man Called Ove (rated PG-13; subtitles only) on September 27 at 6:00 p.m. as part of our BPL Book Club Movie Night; and our Classic Movie Corner feature, The Time Machine (rated G) on September 28 at 5:30 p.m.  All movie features will be shown in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room upstairs.

We're pleased to welcome the Slim Pickins to the library on September 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  This local bluegrass band, formed by the incredibly talented music students at Tennessee High School, are treating us to a free musical performance!  We hope you'll join us in welcoming the Slim Pickins, as we get ready to celebrate the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

We have Photography 101:  Learning the Basics planned for September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.  Rita, one of our talented circulation staff members, will be sharing tips and tricks on using light, contrast, and more to help you take a better picture.  Space is limited, so registration is required; registered participants will also need to bring their own camera or cell phone.  To register, contact us at 276-645-8781 or

We are thrilled to welcome Phil Blevins back to the library for All Abuzz about Beekeeping.  Mr. Blevins will be teaching us about the incredible benefits of bees, the interesting quirks of beekeeping, and the surprising rewards and perils of starting your own hive.  If you've ever wanted to learn more about beekeeping and how it works, join us in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m. on September 26.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to win a special prize for participating!

We're also gearing up for "One Book, One Bristol," our new community read project, in October.  Beginning October 1, we'll be offering some wonderful events, including visits from staff at the ETSU Observatory and the Bays Mountain Planetarium in Kingsport, a professor from the University of Tennessee, and much more!

To celebrate this awesome event, we're drawing for a free copy of October Sky (otherwise known as Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam and a $20 gift card from Blackbird Bakery.  To enter, simply fill out one of our entry forms and return it to a library staff member at the Bristol Public Library or our Avoca Branch library.  Our giveaway starts on September 10 and ends on September 30; one grand prize winner will be selected on October 3.

The Children's Department will continue to host storytime on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Here's what we're reading for September:
  • September 5:  Mrs. Selena's Favorites
  • September 11 and 12:  We've Got Rhythm
  • September 18 and 19:  Celebrating Imagination Library Week!
  • September 25 and 26:  Apples!  Apples!  Apples!

The American Girl book Club meets on Mondays at 5:00 p.m.  This month, they're reading Tenney by Kellen Hertz.  The 8-12 Year Old Book club meets on September 20 and 27, and they'll finish reading Let's Do a Thing:  Victor Schmud, Total Expert #1 by Jim Benton; while the Storyworks Book Club meets on September 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Our Teen Library has some pretty great events lined up too!

This month, the Tween Book Club is reading Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick on September 11, 18, and 25, starting at 3:30 p.m.  Our Teen Book Club will be picking up S.E. Hinton's Outsiders, and they'll meet on September 6, 13, and 20 at 4:30 p.m.  Our tweens will have the chance to watch Hugo (rated PG) on October 2 at 3:30 p.m., while our teens will have the opportunity to watch The Outsiders (rated PG) on September 27 at 4:30 p.m.

We'll also host the teen Anime Club on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Purely Poetry on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.  Teen Board Game Club and Open Gaming will continue on Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively, while Teen Coloring happens on Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

The Avoca Branch Library is getting ready for the return of their Nifty Fifty Adventure!  Starting at 10:30 a.m. on September 5, our young readers will have the chance to join us as we explore all 50 states on Tuesday mornings.  This month, we're going visit Michigan, Florida, Texas, and Iowa.  Our storytime program will continue on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

We'll also continue our Kids' Klassic Book Club on Fridays at 4:00 p.m. with The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  As a special treat for our young readers, we're offering a free showing of The Wizard of Oz (rated G) at 10:00 a.m. on September 30.

The Jones Creativity Center will have altered hours throughout September with Open Lab from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Job Club will not meet on September 5, but they will pick up with a new schedule starting on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.  Our Crochet Class and Club will also be changing their schedule, kicking things off this month on a new day and at a new time on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.

On Thursdays, we will continue to feature Adult Coloring at 2:00 p.m. and the Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing Class at 6:00 p.m.  Although the JCC will be closed on September 4 for Labor Day, we'll resume our PC Classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.

On September 23, we're also offering a publishing workshop at 10:00 a.m. with the help of local author Joyce Gibson.  If you've ever been curious how to get your writing published, make sure to join us as we learn the best tools, tips and tricks to conquering the publication process!

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