Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Tech Workshop

Did you receive a new smart phone, tablet, or laptop as a holiday gift this year?  Want to learn more about it?



Then join the Bristol Public Library for our New Tech Workshop on January 8, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.  We’re here to help you learn all about those Christmas gifts and gadgets you received.  So, if you have a question about how to add apps to your new smart phone or Overdrive to your Kindle, or if you’d just like to learn a little more about electronics and 3D Printing, make sure to drop in and pay the Bristol Public Library a visit!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Avoca Branch Friends of the Library

If you're interested in helping out your local library, make sure to join the Avoca Branch Friends of the Library.  Join a community of book and library lovers, and spend time discussing future events and upcoming library programs.

The Avoca Branch Friends of the Library meet on the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted, at 12:00 noon at the Avoca Branch.  This month, they'll meet on January 8, due to schedule changes.

No registration is necessary, just drop in to learn more about the awesome opportunities available to help the library and enjoy an afternoon with library friends.

Friday, December 29, 2017

BPL Anime Theater: The Big O

The Bristol Public Library is offering a free showing of the first four episodes of the hit anime series The Big O (1999) on January 4, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.  As part of the BPL Anime Theater, the library will also be offering snacks, drinks, and popcorn for all attendees!

Image result for The Big O anime

Roger Smith is a negotiator; in fact, he's Paradigm City’s best.  He solves problems for all sorts of people--and when things get dangerous, he has back up in the form of a giant robot named the Big O.  With his faithful servant Norman and the android, R. Dorothy, Roger defends Paradigm City, a city of lost memories with a past no one really knows.  A mixture of film noir and post-apocalyptic drama, The Big O is a fascinating series of action, adventure, and city-smashing giant robots.


Rated TV-PG.  4 episodes (approximately 120 minutes).

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Classic Movie Corner: Miracle on 34th Street

Merry Christmas!

It's time again for our Classic Movie Corner, and we have an extra special movie to share with our patrons tonight with Miracle on 34th Street (1947):

Miracle on 34th Street Poster

Doris Walker (played by Maureen O'Hara) is the special event director for Macy's Department Store and the Thanksgiving Day parade.  When she discovers the actor playing Santa Claus is out of commission, Doris drafts Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) to play the part.  But Doris and her daughter, Susan, are about to find out there's more to Kris than meets the eye.

We'll start our movie at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided to all movie attendees.

Not rated.  96 minutes.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Financial Planning with Secure Money Masters


The Bristol Public Library is hosting a New Years’ Resolution program series this year called “Near Year, New You.”  As part of our new series, we’re offering a free workshop on financial planning on January 2, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

With the assistance of Michael Bird and Secure Money Masters, visitors will have the opportunity to understand more about the basics of building a budget and learn more about creating a solid financial plan.  No registration is required.

For more information about upcoming events at the Bristol Public Library, please call at 276-645-8780 or email ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Library Closing: Christmas Holiday


The Bristol Public Library will be closed December 24 through December 26 for the Christmas holiday.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on December 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Library Closing: New Years Day


The Bristol Public Library will be closed on January 1, 2018, for New Years Day.  We will reopen on January 2, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  If you have any questions about our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

BPL Winter Bingo


It's time again for BPL Book Bingo!

Starting January 2, the Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Libraries will have book Bingo cards available for patrons and visitors alike.  We'll be giving away prizes and hosting fun programs, until February 28.

To participate, simply sign up at either the Bristol Public Library or the Avoca Branch Library and pick up a book Bingo card.  You can also join our BPL Book Bingo group online to chat with other participants, suggest book recommendations, and more!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tennessee READS

Would you like access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and movies?

Then look no further than Tennessee READS!

You can access thousands of digital resources with just your library card and your electronic device.  Want to know the best part?  It's available 24 hours, even if you aren't at home, and it's completely free!  To learn more, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or drop in to discover more about Tennessee READS.

To access their website, simply click the icon below:

Logo for Tennessee READS

Thursday, December 21, 2017

BPL Book Club: December

The BPL Book Club meets tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.  This month, we'll finish discussing Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier and pick up our next book, Dead Wake by Erik Larson.

Make sure to join us for our final BPL Book Club of 2017!

If you would like to learn more about our BPL Book Club, contact Ambrea with the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Movie Double Feature: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This month, we're getting into the spirit of things by offering a special double feature of two quintessential Christmas classics:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966).


Join us on December 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.  Everyone is welcome to join us for this free, family-friendly presentation of our favorite Christmas movies!

Movies not rated.  47 minutes; 26 minutes.  (73 minutes total.)

Monday, December 18, 2017

BPL Bookblog

We love books, and we hope you do too!  To learn more about what we're reading this week and hear an update on our Nevermore book club, check out the BPL Bookblog at http://bristol-library-bookblog.blogspot.com/.

We update our Bookblog 3 times per week with old books, new books, good books, and more.  We delve into every genre we can, and we love sharing books with others!  If you're looking for a good book and need some reviews, then check out our Bookblog and tell us more about what you're reading.

We'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery

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.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Christmas Canvas


Due to the overwhelming interest in our original Christmas Canvas classes, we're offering a third Creative and Crafty project on today at 2:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

During our Christmas Canvas event, registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas.  We'll have two different ideas from which to choose, and participants will have the chance to 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 this free.  Registration is currently full for our event, but if you would like to learn more about our upcoming events, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary or feel free to contact us at 276-645-8780.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tell us what you think!

What did you think of our last event?  We want to know all about your experience, and we'd love to have you feedback on how we can improve our library and our programs.  If you're interested in taking a brief survey, simply click the link below and tell us more.  We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1st Annual Christmas Candy Contest


The Bristol Public Library will be holding our very first Christmas Candy Contest today at 4:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Interested participants still have time to turn in their application and submit their candy recipe for judging.  Our candy contest deadline is at 3:30 p.m.  Submissions turned in after 3:30 p.m. or turned in without an application will not be accepted.  Candy judging and sampling begins promptly at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at reference@bristol-library.org or 276-821-6147.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Library Closing: Christmas Holiday


The Bristol Public Library will be closing December 24 through December 26 for the Christmas holiday.  We will reopen on December 27 at 9:00 a.m.  If you have any questions about our upcoming schedule change, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Paper Quilling Ornaments

We can't wait for Christmas!

During December, we're offering lots of family-friendly holiday events, including a Paper Quilling Ornament Class for our Creative and Crafty folks. Starting at 2:00 p.m today, we'll meet in the Jones Creativity Center to learn more about paper quilling and how to get started on our very own ornaments.


Registered participants will have the opportunity to create a snowman, a poinsettia, a snowflake, a Christmas tree (with or without googly eyes), or a holiday wreath. We'll provide all the paper, glue, and tools you'll need.  This class is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Registration is currently closed for our event, but, if you would like to learn more about our upcoming events, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or visit us on Facebook.


We'll also have paper quilling kits put together for patrons and visitors to pick up on Monday, December 11, in the Jones Creativity Room.  If you weren't able to sign up for our class, make sure to drop in and pick up your very own kit!

Food for Fines: Bristol Emergency Food Pantry

Don't forget, today is our very last day for Food for Fines!


We're forgiving 20 cents in existing fines for each nonperishable food item or canned good donated to the library.  Food for Fines does not apply to lost or damaged items, or items turned in to collections; however, we'll be happy to apply it toward standard overdue fees.

Make sure to visit the Bristol Public Library and donate today!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Creative and Crafty: Christmas Canvas


Due to the overwhelming interest in our original Christmas Canvas classes, we're offering a third Creative and Crafty project on Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

During our Christmas Canvas event, registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas.  We'll have two different ideas from which to choose, and participants will have the chance to 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 this free.  Registration is required for our event.  To make sure your name is added to our list, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary or feel free to contact us at 276-645-8780.

Genealogy Workshop: Preserving Family History for the Next Generation

Join us on tonight for our free workshop on "Preserving Family History for the Next Generation" and learn how you can make family genealogy fun, fast, and easy.  Starting at 3:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, Kristin will provide participants with organizational strategies, fun ideas, and jumping off points for families who want to learn more about their history and grow a little closer this holiday season.

Registration is not required.  To learn more about our genealogy workshop, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781 or reference@bristol-library.org.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tennessee READS

Have you heard of Tennessee READS yet?

Tennessee READS is an incredible site available to library patrons.  With just your library card and your electronic device, you can have access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and films.  To learn more, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or drop in to learn more about Tennessee READS!

To access their website, simply click the icon below:

Logo for Tennessee READS

BPL Anime Theater: Escaflowne: The Movie

The Bristol Public Library is offering a free showing of Escaflowne:  The Movie today at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  As part of our BPL Anime Theater, we’re offering Japanese snacks, drinks, and popcorn for all of our visitors.



High school student Hitomi Kanzaki lives a boring, ordinary life on earth.  She wishes for something to change; she wishes to disappea--and then, one day, everything changes.  Hitomi finds herself magically transported to the world of Gaea and thrown into the midst of a terrible war.  Believed to be the prophesied "wing goddess," Hitomi must stand with Van and the rebels of Gaea if they wish to stop the relentless conquest of the Black Dragon Clan.


Rated PG-13.  98 minutes.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Did you enjoy our movie?

We'd love to get your feedback on our movies!  We're always looking to improve our visitors' experiences at the library and we're hoping to branch out with new movies.  If you'd like to tell us how your visit was, just follow the link below and complete a short survey.  It only takes about five minutes, and we'd love to hear from you!

Creative and Crafty: Christmas Canvas


Due to the overwhelming interest in our original Christmas Canvas class, we're offering a second Creative and Crafty project on Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

During our Christmas Canvas event, registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas.  We'll have two different ideas from which to choose, and participants will have the chance to 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 this free.  Our class is currently full, but we'll have more Creative and Crafty events coming up very soon!

To learn more about our events, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary or feel free to contact us at 276-645-8780.

December Calendar and Newsletter


It's the merriest time of the year, and it's time for the library to break out with some Christmas themed events!

During December, we're showing several movies:  Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) on December 5, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) on December 19, and Miracle on 34th Street (1947) on December 28.

Our Children's Department will also be showing Christmas Movie Classics for the kids from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 21, so drop in at any time to catch a peek at our favorite Christmas movies!

We're also offering several Creative and Crafty classes, including Christmas Canvas Classes on December 6 and December 16, Christmas Ornament Painting on December 2, and Paper Quilling on December 9.  All of our December classes are currently full, but make sure to keep an eye on our events blog and our Facebook page to catch different events throughout the month and the New Year.

We're especially excited about our very first Annual Christmas Candy Contest on December 12 at 4:00 p.m.  We only have about a week left, so make sure to turn in your submission today for judging on the day of our contest.  To learn more about our upcoming candy contest and how to apply, check out our previous post HERE or email ajohnson@bristol-library.org.


The BPL Anime Theater, renamed from the BPL Anime Club (for Grown-Ups), will meet on December 7 for a special presentation of Escaflowne:  The Movie (2002).  BPL Book Club will convene on December 21 for our last meeting of 2017.  We'll wrap things up with a discussion of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, and pick up our next book, Dead Wake by Erik Larsen.

And, don't forget, we're offering Food for Fines from December 3 to December 9 at both the Bristol Public Library, Main and our Avoca Branch Library.  We'll be forgiving 20 cents in fines for each nonperishable food item or canned good donated to the library, until December 9.  Food for Fines will not apply to lost or damaged items, or items turned in to collections.  Restrictions may apply.  Visit the Circulation Desk for more details.

The Avoca Branch Library will host their last Friends of the Library meeting of the year on December 4 at 12:00 noon.  They will meet again in January, which will be announced closer to the New Year.  They are also hosting their Kids' Classic Book Club on Fridays at 4:00 p.m. and Children's Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.  And, last but not least, they will hold their Nifty Fifty Holiday Celebration at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12.  Make sure to join in all the fun!
The Jones Creativity Center has changed its hours for December!  Starting December 4, the JCC will have a brand new schedule:  Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To learn more about the JCC's new hours of operation, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

1st Annual Christmas Candy Contest


Our First Annual Christmas Candy Contest is only one week away!

On December 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., we'll host our very first Christmas Candy Contest.  If you're interested in joining our candy competition, you still have time to fill out an entry form at return it to the Bristol Public Library!

For our contest, we're accepting entries under the categories of Hard Candies, Soft Candies, Hand-Dipped Chocolate, Molded Chocolate, and Fudge.  There will be prizes for each age group in each category, as well as a People's Choice Award.

Interested participants can pick up a contestant entry form at the Reference Desk at the Bristol Public Library or receive a copy by emailing Ambrea at reference@bristol-library.org.  Entry forms should be returned on or before December 12, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.  Submissions returned after 3:30 p.m. will not be accepted.  Contestants who submit their entry forms early must arrive by 3:45 p.m. in order to turn in their candy for judging at 4:00 p.m.

Library Movie Presentation: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

We're getting closer and closer to Christmas, which means it's time to break out one of our favorite Christmas movies:  Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).




Directed by Ron Howard, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a full-length movie based on the Dr. Seuss classic.  All the Whos down in Whoville love Christmas; however, the Grinch (played by Jim Carrey) does not.  And, this year, the Grinch has an idea--a wonderful, awful idea--to steal Christmas from the Whos and destroy their holiday cheer once and for all.

We'll kick things off at 6:00 p.m. today in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.  Make sure to join us for this comedic Christmas classic!

Rated PG.  104 minutes.

Monday, December 4, 2017

BPL Book Club: December

The BPL Book Club will meet on Thursday, December 21, in the Frances Kegley Conference Room at 6:00 p.m.  We'll finish discussing Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier and start our next book, Dead Wake by Erik Larson.

Join us for an excellent evening of books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

If you would like to learn more about our BPL Book Club, contact Ambrea with the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Avoca Branch Friends of the Library


Don't forget, the Avoca Branch Friends of the Library meet today at the Avoca Branch Library at 12:00 noon.  Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Food for Fines: Bristol Emergency Food Pantry

Food for Fines begins today!


We'll be forgiving 20 cents in fines for each nonperishable food item or canned good donated to the library, until December 9.  Food for Fines will not apply to lost or damaged items, or items turned in to collections.  Restrictions may apply.  Visit the Circulation Desk for more details.

Make sure to take advantage of Food for Fines, before it's over!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Genealogy Workshop: Preserving Family History for the Next Generation

With the holidays drawing families together, it's the perfect opportunity for genealogists--amateurs and experts alike--to record precious family memories and preserve family history.  But how do you make genealogy fun and interesting for everyone?

It's easy!

Join us on December 8 for a second free workshop on "Preserving Family History for the Next Generation" and learn how you can make family genealogy fun, fast, and easy.  Starting at 3:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, Kristin will provide participants with organizational strategies, fun ideas, and jumping off points for families who want to learn more about their history and grow a little closer this holiday season.

Registration is not required.  To learn more about our genealogy workshop, contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8781 or reference@bristol-library.org.

Creative and Crafty: Create Your Own Christmas Ornament

Christmas is drawing nearer, which means it's time for another free Creative and Crafty project!

On December 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, we're going to paint Christmas ornaments.  Registered participants will have the opportunity to choose one of three projects:  a snowman, Santa Claus, or a reindeer.

Only one ornament per person is available; registration is required.  Registration for our event is currently closed, but keep an eye out for more programs throughout December!

For more information about upcoming Creative and Crafty events, visit our Facebook page or contact Ambrea at 276-821-6147 or reference@bristol-library.org.



Friday, December 1, 2017

1st Annual Christmas Candy Contest


Don't forget, we're still hosting our First Annual Christmas Candy Contest on December 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.  If you're interested in joining our candy competition, you still have time to fill out an entry form at return it to the Bristol Public Library!

For our contest, we're accepting entries under the categories of Hard Candies, Soft Candies, Hand-Dipped Chocolate, Molded Chocolate, and Fudge.  There will be prizes for each age group in each category, as well as a People's Choice Award.

Interested participants can pick up a contestant entry form at the Reference Desk at the Bristol Public Library or receive a copy by emailing Ambrea at reference@bristol-library.org.  Entry forms should be returned on or before December 12, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.  Submissions returned after 3:30 p.m. will not be accepted.  Contestants who submit their entry forms early must arrive by 3:45 p.m. in order to turn in their candy for judging at 4:00 p.m.

Rules:
  1. Each contestant should fill out an entry form in its entirety.  Incomplete applications or candy contest submissions without an application will not be accepted.
  2. Entry forms should be returned on or before December 12, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.  Submissions turned in after 3:30 p.m. will not be accepted.
  3. Contestants who submit their entry forms early must arrive by 3:45 p.m. to turn in their candy for judging.
  4. Each contestant should submit approximately 30 individual pieces of candy (depending on size) to be split between 3 judges and distributed to other contestants and guests to sample.
  5. Samples should be submitted on two non-returnable dishes.  One dish should contain 5 pieces for judging; the second dish should contain the remaining pieces of candy for other contestants and guests to taste for the People’s Choice Award.
  6. Recipes must be printed on back of the contestant’s entry form or attached on an additional sheet of white paper.
  7. Recipes are subject to be printed in library publications or on library website.  If a contestant does not wish their recipe to be published in any form, please notify the library on your entry form.
  8. Library staff and relatives of judges may not participate in the candy contest.

To learn more, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library by email at reference@bristol-library.org or by phone at 276-821-6147.