Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Great American Novel Book Club: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson


Join the Bristol Public Library at the Blackbird Bakery on Piedmont Avenue for our final Great American Novel Book Club meeting of 2018!  This month, we're reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  We'll be meeting at 6:30 p.m. and, even better, we'll be providing the doughnuts.

And, don't forget, we're going to be moving our Great American Novel Book Club to the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  We'll begin meeting on Tuesday, January 8, in the Frances Kegely Conference Room at the Bristol Public Library.  Our first book of the year will be A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Library Movie: A Christmas Story

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. for our free showing of A Christmas Story (1983)!

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Based on the writings of and narrated by author Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story follows Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) as he deals with school, bullies, snow, his little brother, and dreams of one day getting a Red Ryder BB gun.  Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his hopes of finding a Red Ryder BB gun under the tree--and his glasses--intact.

Rated PG; 94 minutes.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

You're invited!


Join the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, December 18, at 6:00 p.m. for our Christmas edition of "Bingo at the BPL!" As always, we'll offer free bingo, snacks, and prizes for our winners; however, we'll also have special Christmas-themed prizes, hot chocolate and tea, and an ugly Christmas sweater contest.

Bingo is free to attend and guests are welcome to drop in any time they like. To participate in our ugly Christmas sweater contest, arrive about 15 minutes early to pick up a number and, at the end of the evening, everyone will receive a card to vote for their favorite Christmas sweater (ugly or not!). Winner will receive a special prize!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Attention Patrons!

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Due to the expected snowy weather this weekend, we have decided to make changes to some of our due dates.  If you have books or other materials due on December 9 through December 12, your books will now be due back on December 14.

We want everyone to stay safe and warm, and we don't want people to travel if it isn't necessary.  Enjoy your library books and movies a little longer and stay safe out there!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Newsletter & Calendars: December 2018


We're getting into the Christmas spirit with lots of holiday activities!  This December, we're celebrating the upcoming season with the 11th Annual Christmas Tree Parade, our First Annual Yule Ball for the Teens and Tweens, Christmas crafts, movies, and much more.  We also have some big plans for 2019, so stay tuned for updates for our next calendar year!




For more information on upcoming events, you can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary or join our monthly online newsletter to get updates on your favorite libraries delivered to your inbox.  Click HERE to subscribe.


You can also reach out the Bristol Public Library at reference@bristol-library.org or 276-645-8780, or contact the Avoca Branch at 423-968-9663.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Great American Novel Book Club: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien


Don't forget, the Great American Novel Book Club is meeting at Blackbird Bakery tonight at 6:30 p.m.  If you have questions about our upcoming event, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Classic Movie Corner: Casablanca

Ready for a movie of mystery and intrigue?  Then check out our special showing of Casablanca (1942):


Based on Everybody Comes to Rick's, an unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, Casablanca is a story of espionage, betrayal, and romance starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  Rick Blaine (Bogart) owns a nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca, catering to a varied clientele of Vichy French fighters, German officials, refugees, and the occasional criminal.  But Rick's world is set to turn upside down when Ugarte, a petty criminal, leaves an incredible treasure in his hands and Ilsa Lund (Bergman), his former lover, appears out of the blue with her husband in tow.

Our movie presentation begins tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, so don't be late!  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

Not rated.  102 minutes.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

3D Printing Workshop: Snowflakes


Join us in the Jones Creativity Center anytime today between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to take advantage of our free 3D Printing Workshop!  We'll be helping participants create their own unique snowflakes on Tinkercad and printing them on 3D printer.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bingo at the BPL!


Join the Bristol Public Library on today at 2:00 p.m. for Bingo at the BPL!  The library will have free bingo games and snacks available for all participants.  Plus, they’ll be giving away small prizes to a handful of lucky bingo winners!  No registration is necessary, simply visit the library anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to take advantage of free bingo.


It’s going to be a great afternoon of family-friendly fun, so make sure to drop in!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

BPL Book Club: The Art of Misdiagnosis by Gayle Brandeis


The BPL Book Club will meet on November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library.  This month, we’ll finish reading and discuss The Art of Misdiagnosis by Gayle Brandeis by Shirley Jackson, and then we’ll pick up our next reading adventure, which attendees will be able to pick.

Anyone is welcome to join BPL Book Club at any time.  We meet on the third Thursday of each month, unless noted on our calendar, to read and discuss a wide variety of books.  Make sure to join us for good company, good books, and sweet treats from Blackbird Bakery!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Great American Novel Book Club: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien


On Friday, November 30, the Great American Novel Book Club will be meeting to read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.  We’ll meet at Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, Virginia, at 6:30 p.m.

The Great American Novel Book Club meets on the final Friday of each month, and readers decide our new location after each meeting. Readers will be responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book each month; however, they are more than welcome to request a copy from the library. We’re happy to help you find what you need!

No registration is required, simply drop in and enjoy an evening of good company and good books. If you have any questions about our upcoming book club meeting, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Friday, November 9, 2018

3D Printing Workshop: Snowflakes

The Jones Creativity Center will be hosting a free 3D Printing Workshop on November 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Interested participants will have the opportunity to create a snowflake design on Tinkercad, using a variety of templates and colors, and print their design with the library’s 3D printer.  This workshop is completely free to attend and no registration is necessary.  To join, simply drop into the JCC anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Creative & Crafty: Pick a Christmas Craft!

We're starting to look forward to December, and we'd like to know what you want to see for our Creative & Crafty classes next month. Take our poll and let us know what you'd like to see this holiday season:

PC Class: Hardware and Peripherals [Avoca Edition]

Thanks to the Training Opportunities for the Public (TOP) Grant, which is provided through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Jones Creativity Center at the Bristol Public Library will be offering free monthly computer training labs and classes to the public. These classes will assist participants in learning everything from basic computer skills to working with advanced settings and programs to creating a website from scratch with Wordpress.

During November, the JCC will be offering a special class on “Hardware and Peripherals.” Interested students can learn more about computers, laptops, and electronic devices and uncovering what makes them tick. We'll be dissecting a computer, learning all about the individual pieces that go into making it work, and understanding how to upgrade outdated computers.


Classes will be held at the Bristol Public Library on November 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the Avoca Branch Library on November 8 at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Bingo at the BPL!

Join the Bristol Public Library on Friday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m. for Bingo at the BPL!  The library will have free bingo games and snacks available for all participants.  Plus, they’ll be giving away small prizes to a handful of lucky bingo winners!  No registration is necessary, simply visit the library anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to take advantage of free bingo.

It’s going to be a great afternoon of family-friendly fun, so make sure to drop in!


Monday, November 5, 2018

PC Class: Hardware and Peripherals

Thanks to the Training Opportunities for the Public (TOP) Grant, which is provided through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Jones Creativity Center at the Bristol Public Library will be offering free monthly computer training labs and classes to the public. These classes will assist participants in learning everything from basic computer skills to working with advanced settings and programs to creating a website from scratch with Wordpress.

During November, the JCC will be offering a special class on “Hardware and Peripherals.” Interested students can learn more about computers, laptops, and electronic devices and uncovering what makes them tick. We'll be dissecting a computer, learning all about the individual pieces that go into making it work, and understanding how to upgrade outdated computers.


Classes will be held at the Bristol Public Library on November 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the Avoca Branch Library on November 8 at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

BPL Book Club: The Art of Misdiagnosis by Gayle Brandeis


The BPL Book Club will meet on November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library.  This month, we’ll finish reading and discuss The Art of Misdiagnosis by Gayle Brandeis by Shirley Jackson, and then we’ll pick up our next reading adventure, which attendees will be able to pick.


Anyone is welcome to join BPL Book Club at any time.  We meet on the third Thursday of each month, unless noted on our calendar, to read and discuss a wide variety of books.  Make sure to join us for good company, good books, and sweet treats from Blackbird Bakery!

BPL Anime Theater: Mushi-Shi

The Bristol Public Library is playing Mushi-Shi for our BPL Anime Theater today at 2:30 p.m.  Join us in the large meeting room to catch the first five episodes of the series, munch on Japanese snacks and popcorn, and discuss related manga.

Mushi are creatures, but not like normal living things:  they hold supernatural like powers that can cause disturbances in the living world.  Few people can see them, even fewer can interact with them; however, Ginko has a special ability to both perceive and attract Mushi.  He travels Japan as a Mushi Master (otherwise known as a mushi-shi), seeking and researching strange mushi and helping people who suffer from problems caused by the ethereal mushi.

Rated TV-14; approximately 120 minutes.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Library Closing: Staff Training Day


The Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library will be closed today, November 2, for our annual Staff Training Day.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on November 3, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Creative & Crafty: Happy Fall Y'all/Let it Snow


Starting at 5:30 p.m. today, we're creating wooden signs!  Registered participants have the chance to create a fun two-sided, fall and winter-themed sign.  Although our class is full, we will be offering another one very soon so keep your eyes peeled for a new announcement on our Facebook page!

Newsletter & Calendars: November 2018


We have officially printed our November Bookends and calendars.  You can find our newsletter and calendars at the Bristol Public or Avoca Branch Libraries, or you can find digital copies here on our Events Blog or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary.  And, don't forget, you can receive monthly email updates with our Bookends Newsletter email by subscribing HERE.

                                                





Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Friends of the Library: Information Session and Launch Party!


The Friends of the Bristol Public Library are hosting an information session on FOL membership and launch party on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. They will meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library. Members of the Friends committee will be present to answer questions, speak about community membership and projects, as well as help interested participants sign up for their very own membership.

Event participants will have the opportunity to sign up early for the Friends of the Library, before the beginning of the new calendar year, and receive a special commemorative pin for their attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or by email at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com.

Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"Radio Frankenstein: 20th Century Madmen and Their Monsters" with Christopher Slaughter

Visit the Bristol Public Library tonight at 7:00 p.m. for a special presentation by AAME on “Radio Frankenstein:  20th Century Madmen and Their Monsters.”  Presented by Christopher R. Slaughter, “Radio Frankenstein” is an in-depth look at the history of Frankenstein on the stage.  In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel, Chris will discuss the ways in which the book has been adapted for radio, with a live performance of selections from selected productions.

Chris Slaughter is an associate professor of theatrical design and theater history at King University, and he is also the artistic director of the King University’s Twin City Radio Theatre.  Celebrating its 10th year, the Twin City Radio Theatre’s mission is to produce classic old-time radio plays and provide a unique theatrical experience for contemporary audiences.


For more information, please visit Arts Alliance Mountain Empire online at www.aame.info.

Monday, October 29, 2018

King University: Will the Real Monsters Please Stand Up?

Join the Bristol Public Library tonight at 7:00 p.m. for a special presentation by Christina Beiber Lake on “Will the Real Monsters Please Stand Up?  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200.”  Lake’s presentation, which is offered thanks to the King Institute for Faith and Culture, will delve into her book Prophets of the Post Human and dissect Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel, Frankenstein, including its impact on fiction and its potential implications.

Christina Beiber Lake is the Clyde S. Kilby professor of English at Wheaton College, where she teaches classes in contemporary American literature and literary theory.  In addition to several articles on Flannery O’Connor, she is the author of The Incarnation Art of Flannery O’Connor and the forthcoming Beyond the Story:  American Fiction and the Limits of Materialism.  Her second book, Prophets of the Posthuman:  American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood, was awarded Indiana Wesleyan University’s 2014 Aldersgate Prize for integrative scholarship.

For more information, please visit the official website of the King Institute for Faith and Culture at faithandculture.king.edu or contact the institute directly by email at faithandculture@king.edu or by phone at 423-652-4157.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Refrigerator Makeover with Ballad Health


During November, the Bristol Public Library will be working in partnership with Ballad Health to offer a free healthy eating habits workshop, titled “Refrigerator Makeover.”  Starting at 5:30 p.m. on November 6, an instructor will be present to show attendees all the ways to makeover their refrigerator, including healthy replacements for common snacks and suggestions for making meals both delicious, healthy, and family-friendly.

To participate, simply drop into the library on November 6 to enjoy our free workshop; however, we do ask that interested participants contact Ambrea to let her know you're attending.  Light refreshments and supplies will be provided, so we want to make sure we have an accurate headcount!

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

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

BPL Anime Theater: Mushi-Shi

The Bristol Public Library is playing Mushi-Shi for our BPL Anime Theater on Saturday, November 3.  Join us in the large meeting room to catch the first five episodes of the series, munch on Japanese snacks and popcorn, and discuss related manga.


Mushi are creatures, but not like normal living things:  they hold supernatural like powers that can cause disturbances in the living world.  Few people can see them, even fewer can interact with them; however, Ginko has a special ability to both perceive and attract Mushi.  He travels Japan as a Mushi Master (otherwise known as a mushi-shi), seeking and researching strange mushi and helping people who suffer from problems caused by the ethereal mushi.

Rated TV-14; approximately 120 minutes.

Great American Novel Book Club: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Tonight, the Great American Novel Book Club will be meeting to read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.  We’ll meet at Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, Virginia, at 6:30 p.m.

The Great American Novel Book Club meets on the final Friday of each month, and readers decide our new location after each meeting. Readers will be responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book each month; however, they are more than welcome to request a copy from the library. We’re happy to help you find what you need!

No registration is required, simply drop in and enjoy an evening of good company and good books. If you have any questions about our upcoming book club meeting, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Classic Movie Corner: Dracula (1931)

Classic Movie Corner featuring Dracula is tonight at 5:30 p.m.  Popcorn and water will be available for all movie attendees!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Library Closing: Staff Training Day


The Bristol Public Library will be closed on November 2 for our annual Staff Training Day.  For questions about our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Monday, October 22, 2018

"Radio Frankenstein: 20th Century Madmen and Their Monsters" with Christopher R. Slaughter

Visit the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m. for a special presentation by AAME on “Radio Frankenstein:  20th Century Madmen and Their Monsters.”  Presented by Christopher R. Slaughter, “Radio Frankenstein” is an in-depth look at the history of Frankenstein on the stage.  In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel, Chris will discuss the ways in which the book has been adapted for radio, with a live performance of selections from selected productions.

Chris Slaughter is an associate professor of theatrical design and theater history at King University, and he is also the artistic director of the King University’s Twin City Radio Theatre.  Celebrating its 10th year, the Twin City Radio Theatre’s mission is to produce classic old-time radio plays and provide a unique theatrical experience for contemporary audiences.

For more information, please visit Arts Alliance Mountain Empire online at www.aame.info.

King University: Will the Real Monsters Please Stand Up?

Join the Bristol Public Library on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. for a special presentation by Christina Beiber Lake on “Will the Real Monsters Please Stand Up?  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200.”  Lake’s presentation, which is offered thanks to the King Institute for Faith and Culture, will delve into her book Prophets of the Post Human and dissect Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel, Frankenstein, including its impact on fiction and its potential implications.

Christina Beiber Lake is the Clyde S. Kilby professor of English at Wheaton College, where she teaches classes in contemporary American literature and literary theory.  In addition to several articles on Flannery O’Connor, she is the author of The Incarnation Art of Flannery O’Connor and the forthcoming Beyond the Story:  American Fiction and the Limits of Materialism.  Her second book, Prophets of the Posthuman:  American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood, was awarded Indiana Wesleyan University’s 2014 Aldersgate Prize for integrative scholarship.


For more information, please visit the official website of the King Institute for Faith and Culture at faithandculture.king.edu or contact the institute directly by email at faithandculture@king.edu or by phone at 423-652-4157.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Creative & Crafty: Fall and Halloween Rocks


We're rock painting today in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room!  Join us anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to create your very own Halloween or fall-themed kindness rocks.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Bingo at the BPL!


You're invited to Bingo at the BPL on Saturday, October 27!  We'll have free games, snacks, and prizes from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library: Information Session and Launch Party

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library are hosting an information session on FOL membership and launch party on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. They will meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library. Members of the Friends committee will be present to answer questions, speak about community membership and projects, as well as help interested participants sign up for their very own membership.

Event participants will have the opportunity to sign up early for the Friends of the Library, before the beginning of the new calendar year, and receive a special commemorative pin for their attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or by email at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Get Your Business Online with Google: Drive a Holiday Shopping Rush for Your Business

Join us this afternoon for our free livestreaming event, Get Your Business Online with Google, starting at 12:00 p.m.  Interested participants are welcome to bring their lunch or a snack and learn more about using Google to increase their small business's online presence.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Classic Movie Corner: Dracula (1931)

During October, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free showing of Dracula (1931) for our ongoing Classic Movie Corner!  The movie starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, so make sure to snag a seat.  Popcorn and water will be served, but movie attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks.


Starring Bela Lugosi and Helen Chandler, Dracula is a chilling retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.  This classic film follows the trail of destruction left by the deadly and dreadful Count Dracula (Lugosi) as he makes his way from the rugged Carpathian Mountains to the streets of London—where he meets the lovely Mina (Helen Chandler).


Not rated; 75 minutes.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft with Regions Bank

Join the Bristol Public Library today at 5:00 p.m. for a special workshop on identity theft and how to protect yourself from it. A representative from Regions Bank will be available at the library to answer questions, offer tips on protecting yourself from identity theft, and explaining what you can do if you suspect you're the victim of identity theft.

For more information on our upcoming workshop with Regions Bank, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org. We'll be happy to answer any questions you might have!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Great American Novel Book Club: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

On Friday, October 26, the Great American Novel Book Club will be meeting to read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.  We’ll meet at Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, Virginia, at 6:30 p.m.

The Great American Novel Book Club meets on the final Friday of each month, and readers decide our new location after each meeting. Readers will be responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book each month; however, they are more than welcome to request a copy from the library. We’re happy to help you find what you need!

No registration is required, simply drop in and enjoy an evening of good company and good books. If you have any questions about our upcoming book club meeting, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.