Thursday, May 31, 2018

BPL Anime Theater: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The BPL Anime Theater meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month to watch and discuss anime movies, manga, and television shows. We’ll also have popcorn and snacks available for our attendees!

On June 7, we’re offering a free showing of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006).

In The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Makoto is having a horrible day. She was late for class, flunked a test, had a terrible mishap on campus and, just when she thought her day couldn’t get worse, her brakes give out on her bike, sending her careening in front of a passing train—and that’s when Makoto discovers she can leap backward through time. Suddenly, tests become a piece of cake and embarrassing situations are a thing of the past and she can enjoy her favorite meals whenever she wants! Unfortunately for her friends and family, her time traveling is causing significant problems and, if Makoto wants to stop something truly bad from happening, she’ll have to find a way to fix the timeline before it’s too late.

Rated PG-13; 98 minutes.

Classic Movie Corner: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

The Bristol Public is showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 5:30 p.m. on May 31 as part of our Classic Movie Corner! Popcorn and water will be provided to all movie attendees, so make sure to grab a seat and enjoy a free viewing of this scrumdidlyumptious classic.

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Charlie Bucket doesn't have much. With several bedridden aunts and uncles, his mother has trouble making ends meet. Charlie helps when he can, but it's a tough life. When Charlie learns about Willy Wonka's contest - five golden tickets for five lucky children - to enter his chocolate factory, Charlie dreams of winning. And then he opens a bar of chocolate to discover a golden ticket of his own that will take him on the trip of a lifetime to a place beyond all imagining.

Rated G; 98 minutes.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Reading!

Summer is upon us, which means it's time to kick off our Summer Reading Programs!

Starting June 1, the Teen Library will kickstart their summer by hosting a special Kickoff Party just for teens and tweens.  Teens can sign up for the Battle of the Bands Summer Reading Challenge, as well as participate in fun activities and learn more about upcoming programs, including book clubs, open gaming, Food Fight Club, and more.

The Children's Department will begin their Summer Reading Program on June 4.  They will host storytimes at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, book clubs on Friday at 11:30 a.m., movies on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Magic School Bus movies on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.  Other summer reading activities will be held on Mondays at 6:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  For more information on Children's Summer Reading Program activities, please contact the Children's Department at 276-821-6153.

Click the images below for more information on upcoming events.  Parents, you can also pick up a free calendar with upcoming children's events at the library when you register your kids!

Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner

Image may contain: foodHave you ever wanted to learn more about planning and prepping your meals? Then join us on May 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a free seminar on Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner!

Ambrea, one of our staff members, will be offering an introduction to meal planning - explaining what it is, and what it isn't - and how you can get yourself started off on the right foot. Materials will be provided, just bring yourself and learn all about meal planning!

For more information about our meal planning seminar, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Saving for Retirement with Regions Bank

Image may contain: outdoor During May, we're partnering with our local Regions Bank to offer a free workshop on "Saving for Retirement." Participants can learn more about how to start saving for retirement, why it's so important, and when is the best time to start saving for the future. It starts at 6:00 p.m. on May 29 and all materials needed for the workshop will be provided to participants. Light refreshments will also be served.

For more information on our upcoming workshop, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Library Closing: Memorial Day

The Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day.  We hope you have a great weekend, and we will see you first thing on Tuesday, May 29!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

The Great American Novel Book Club

The Great American Novel Book Club meets today at 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in participating, make sure to enter the building through the meeting room doors.  Our book club will be meeting after hours, so we will only have one door open!

For more information about the Great American Novel Book Club, feel free to contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or

Thursday, May 24, 2018

3D Print of the Month

We still have a week left on our 3D Print of the Month!  Drop in anytime during Open Lab through May 31 to take advantage of our free 3D print:  Plant and Garden Markers.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

3D Printing Workshop: Plant and Garden Markers!

Starting in May, the JCC is offering a 3D Print of the Month!

Our 3D Print of the Month will be free to print throughout the month of May.  You can drop into the JCC at any time or stop by on May 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to take advantage of our 3D Printing Workshop and create your very own Plant Markers!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bingo at the BPL!

We're hosting another round of bingo games at the library, starting at 2:00 p.m. today!  Join us for an afternoon of fun games, free snacks, and fun.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Proffitts of Ridgewood with Fred Sauceman

Fred Sauceman will be speaking at the Bristol Public Library tonight!  Join us at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy a free discussion with Sauceman on local food traditions and his new book, The Proffitts of Ridgewood.  Just in time for National Barbecue Day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Library Closing: Memorial Day

The Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch Library will be closed on May 27 and May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.  If you have any questions about our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Clubs at the BPL

We love books.

We love the smell of books, the feel of books when we hold them in our hands, the weight of a new novel tucked under our arm.  We love reading books and talking about books, too.  If you feel the same way, make sure to check out one of our book clubs and join the conversation!

Our Nevermore book club meets every week at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays.  Our longest running club, Nevermore is all about sharing coffee and donuts and book recommendations.  Read whatever you like - whether it's a mystery novel or a manual on aeronautical engineering - and simply tell everyone why you loved it.  You might even get a chance to pass on your favorite book to a new friend!

The BPL Book Club
The BPL Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.  We read the same book each month and spend the evening discussing what we liked, what we disliked, what we loved or hated about our most recent book.  We read new books each month, varying from historical nonfiction to young adult to science fiction to classic novels.

Anyone is welcome to join at any time!  Our BPL Book Club is all about enjoying good books, good company, and sweet treats.

The Great American Novel Book Club
Our newest official book club, the Great American Novel Book Club was inspired by the PBS' Great American Read.  We meet on the final Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at a new location.  Readers will check out a new novel by American authors each month and discuss what makes the novel great, what makes it a success or a flop, and more.

We will be hosting our first book club meeting at the Bristol Public Library on May 25 at 6:30 p.m.  This month, we'll kick off our inaugural meeting by reading and discussing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rock Garden Project: Day 2

We have weeded, papered, and mulched our planters in anticipation of our community rock garden!  Tomorrow, we hope to plant some shade-loving flowers and put up a new sign.  We are almost ready!

PC Classes in the JCC

The Jones Creativity Center hosts new PC Classes every month, offering free workshops and seminars on how to use Microsoft Excel, navigate the new Windows 10, understand and use online library resources, practice touch typing, and much more.

This month, the JCC has classes on navigating windows on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and a special class on Library Resources on May 14 at the Bristol Public Library and May 17 at the Avoca Branch Library.  On Tuesdays, they offer Intro to Excel at 5:30 p.m. and offer new lessons each week on tackling the basics of Excel, including Creating Charts & Graphs, Using Formulas, and Entering Data.

Last, but certainly not least, the JCC also offers free classes on Touch Typing using the Professor Teaches software.  Participants simply drop in at any time between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to practice typing, improve your words per minute, or kick start your typing lessons.

And don't worry about missing a class!  All lessons offered at the JCC are self-paced.  You can drop in any time during Open Lab to take advantage of the Professor Teaches software or one-on-one help with a JCC tutor.

For more information on what the JCC has to offer, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8790.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Proffitts of Ridgewood with Fred Sauceman

To celebrate our May “Foodie Fest,” the Bristol Public Library is offering fun, food-themed programs and classes throughout the month, including a visit from local author Fred Sauceman.

Sauceman, who is the author of The Proffitts of Ridgewood: An Appalachian Family’s Life in Barbecue, will be speaking at the Bristol Public Library on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. He’ll discuss his latest book celebrating the extraordinary history of Ridgewood Barbecue and explore local food, cooking traditions, and dining.

For more information on our upcoming program, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or

Rock Garden Project: Day 1

This summer, the Bristol Public Library will be creating a rock garden!  Thanks to the ideas of our local rock painters, we're going to use a couple of the planters beside the library for our rock garden!   We have some weeding and mulching to do, and then we'll officially christen our new garden.

We'll be weeding and building our sign on Friday, and then we'll be mulching and planting flowers on Saturday.  We already have a few volunteers for our project, but if you have any ideas for our rock garden project or if you'd like to drop off a few of your own painted rocks, feel free to contact us at the library at 276-645-8780 or

We welcome any suggestions!

Monday, May 7, 2018

PC Class: Library Resources

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

During May, the JCC will be offering a special class on “Library Resources.” Participants will learn more about the computer resources available at their local library, including learning how to use Tennessee READS, Overdrive, Libby,, Find It Virginia, Transparent Languages, Tennessee Electronic Library—and much more!

Our classes will be held on May 14 in the JCC at 5:30 p.m. and on May 17 at the Avoca Branch Library at 5:30 p.m. For more information on our upcoming PC Classes, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Children's Summer Reading Program

This month, the Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch Library will begin signing up participants for the Children's Summer Reading Program.  Starting on May 7, the Avoca Branch will begin signing up kids for their annual summer program, while the Children's Department will kick off their signups on May 21 during the Scholastic Book Sale.

Registration is quick, easy, and free.  Kids get to participate in free programs throughout June and July, as well as enjoy special crafts, book clubs, and much more.  Our theme this year is "Libraries Rock!"

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

BPL Anime Theater: Yu Yu Hakusho

On the first Thursday of every month, the Bristol Public Library hosts anime movies and TV series in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll discuss anime and related manga, as well as munch on Japanese snacks.  No registration is necessary, simply drop in and enjoy a movie or anime series on us!

This month, we're showing the first five episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho on May 5 at 5:30 p.m.

From cutting classes to brawling on the streets, Yusuke Urameshi is a delinquent at best and a criminal at worst.  But with one selfless act, Yusuke's life - and death - is turned upside down.  Now, if Yusuke wants a second shot at life, he'll have to serve as a Spirit Detective and make things right.

Rated TV-PG. Approximately 140 minutes.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Creative & Crafty: Foodie Canvas Class

To celebrate our May "Foodie Fest," we're offering a food-themed canvas class on Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to pick between one of three canvases to paint, including Bakers Gonna Bake, Calories Don't Count on the Weekend, and Like a Chef. These prints will be stenciled on your canvas, so make sure to let us know which canvas you would prefer. Or you can personalize your canvas in any way you want!

Our class is $5 per person; however, participants will be provided all the materials they need, including a stenciled canvas, paint, brushes, instructions, and other supplies. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or

Library Movie: Julie & Julia

To kick off our May “Foodie Fest,” the Bristol Public Library is offering a free showing of Julie & Julia (2009) on May 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, Julie & Julia is a fun, humorous exploration of the intertwining lives of renowned chef Julia Child and Julie Powell, an amateur chef and blogger who challenges herself to cook every single recipe in Julia Child’s famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Rated PG-13. 118 minutes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Newsletter & Calendars: May 2018

The Bristol Public Library has another busy month planned for May!

This month, join us for our "Foodie Fest," which starts on May 2 and continues through June 6.  We have all sorts of exciting events planned, including movies, painting classes, 3D printing workshops, meal planning and canning classes.  Avoca also has a special series of free workshops--titled Eat Well, Feel Well, provided by the University of Tennessee extension office--on health and nutrition planned for Mondays, starting on May 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Our teens and tweens will be exploring a galaxy far, far away this month, honoring Star Wars and exploring the mysteries of space with fun, free events.  Teens kick off this month with Space Balls (PG) on May 2, followed by book club meetings on May 9 and May 16 for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  Tweens will have a chance to watch Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story (PG-13) on May 7, followed by book club meetings on May 14 and May 21 to read Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray.

The Children's Department will continue to host storytime on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  The American Girl Book Club will meet on May 7 and May 14 at 5:00 p.m. to finish their final Caroline book, Catch the Wind by Kathleen Ernst, while the 8-12 year old book club will start reading Crimebiters #1:  My Dog is Better Than Your Dog by Tommy Greenwald on May 9 and May 16 at 5:00 p.m.  Last, but certainly not least, don't forget that the Scholastic Book Sale begins this month!
Starting May 21 and continuing through June 1, the Children's Department will feature one of our favorite events of the season with a buy one, get one sale on books and, most importantly, sign-ups for our Summer Reading Program.  Parents, make sure to drop in and check it out with your kids!

At the Avoca Branch Library, storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, while the Kids' Classic Book Club meets on Fridays at 4:00 p.m.  Eat Well, Feel Well will kick off on May 7 and continue through June 11 on Mondays at 4:00 p.m.  Oh, and we're also offering a free Creative & Crafty project on how to make homemade tie-dye drink coasters!  Space is limited for our class, so make sure to sign up by calling the Avoca Branch at 423-968-9663 or dropping in for a visit.

The Jones Creativity Center is geared up for new classes and events.  This month, the JCC will feature PC Classes on Intro to Excel on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., Crochet Class and Club on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m., and Adult Coloring at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays.  They're also offering a free PC Class on Library Resources--including Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), Libby, Tennessee READS,, and much more--on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the JCC and on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. the Avoca Branch Library.

The JCC is also introducing their 3D Print of the Month!  Throughout May, interested participants can create their own plant and garden markers with the 3D printer for no charge.  Remember:  You can also take advantage of the 3D Printing Workshop on May 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and learn how to create your very own plant markers!