Sunday, September 30, 2018

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

Image may contain: 3 peopleIn 2018, the MANHATTAN SHORT received over 1,500 entries from 73 countries from which 9 finalists were chosen. Between September 27 and October 7, these nine short films will be available for viewing in over 300 cities on six continents—and the judges for these films will be you, the audience! Every attendee will be given a ballot to vote for the best short film and actor/actress at the conclusion of the show. Votes will be tallied at MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters in New York City and winners will be announced at manhattanshort.com on Monday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m.

This year, the Bristol Public Library will be participating in the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, starting this week. The library will be offering free screenings of these short films on Monday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. We will also have encore showings on Friday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All movie attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite movie and actor/actress, which will be submitted and tallied with other voters from across the world.

No registration or ticket purchase is required. To participate, visit the library during the posted event times and catch a free showing of the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Library Closing: Columbus Day

The Bristol Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 8, in observance of Columbus Day.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on Tuesday, October 9.  For questions regarding our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Friends of the Avoca Branch Library Fall Book Sale

It’s time for the Avoca Branch Library bi-annual book sale!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Avoca Branch Library, Avoca’s fall book sale kicks off on Thursday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. and continues through the rest of the weekend, during our regular hours of operation. Make sure to stop by and pick up a new book or any number of nifty little gifts and goodies, before they’re all gone!

Book sale hours include:
Thursday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For more information, please visit the Avoca Branch Library at 1550 Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, Tennessee, or give us a call at 423-968-9663.

PC Class: 3D Modeling

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 October, the JCC will be offering a special class on “3D Modeling.” Interested students can learn more about creating 3D models using Tinkercad and understanding 3D printer operation.  Participants will have the opportunity to create their own Halloween-themed decoration for free, which includes ghosts made with glow-in-the-dark filament!

To learn more, join us on October 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the JCC at the Bristol Public Library or visit the Avoca Branch Library on October 11 at 5:30 p.m.


As an added bonus, the 3D printed ghost ornament is also available as part of our free 3D Print of the Month.  To participate, simply drop in anytime during the Jones Creativity Center's hours of operation to create and print a glow-in-the-dark ghost decoration for free!

Friday, September 28, 2018

BPL Anime Theater: Cowboy Bebop the Movie

The Bristol Public Library will be showing an encore BPL Anime Theater presentation of Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie on October 6, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.  No registration is necessary, simply drop in and enjoy our free movie!  Popcorn, Japanese snacks, and water will be provided, but interested attendees are welcome to bring their own drinks or snacks with them.


Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie recounts the adventures of the bounty hunting crew aboard the Cowboy Bebop—Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward Wong, and, of course, Ein—as they trawl across the solar system in search of intergalactic criminals.  But when a terrorist unleashes a deadly virus on Mars, Spike and the rest of the crew are suddenly caught up in apprehending the culprit before he attacks another city—or someone else decides to claim the bounty.


Rated R; 116 minutes.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

BPL Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran


BPL Book Club is tonight!

Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room for a wonderful evening of good company, good books, and sweet treats from Blackbird Bakery.  We can't wait to see you there!

Classic Movie Corner: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Welcome back to Classic Movie Corner!  Tonight, we're featuring Breakfast at Tiffany's (1960):


Loosely based on Truman Capote's novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's is an romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.  Holly Golightly (Hepburn) is a young, New York Socialite who spends her days shopping and attending parties with the wealthy, well-connected, until she meets Paul Varjak (Peppard), her newest neighbor.  But Holly's days aren't all diamonds and cocktail parties, because she has secrets and she has schemes--and it's going to take more than a little work if she and Paul want to keep things together.

It all starts at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, so make sure to join us for another Classic Movie Corner.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided to movie attendees.

Not rated; 115 minutes.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Library Closing: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

The Bristol Public Library will be closed for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on September 21 through September 23.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on Monday, September 24.  Thank you, and have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Water Bath Canning 101

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We're learning about water bath canning and food safety today!  If you have signed up for our class, please make sure to bring cash or check to pay for your spot.  We will not be able to accept cards at that time.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Should Women Vote?: Women's Suffrage and Voter Rights" with Stewart Harris


Stewart Harris, creator and host of "Your Weekly Constitutional," will be speaking at the Bristol Public Library on TODAY, at 6:00 p.m. "Your Weekly Constitutional" is produced at WETS 89.5 FM in Johnson City and airs on several NPR affiliate stations nationwide, including locally on WETS and WEHC. Harris, who currently works as an associate professor at Lincoln Memorial University, will be visiting during Constitution Week (September 17-23) for “Should Women Vote?: Women’s Suffrage and Voting Rights.”

The Bristol Public Library, in partnership with the Fort Chiswell DAR, will be offering this program free of charge in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library on 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Virginia. All library patrons and community members are invited to attend. No registration is required, simply visit the library on at 6:00 p.m. to meet and speak with Stewart Harris.

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Monday, September 17, 2018

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

Image may contain: 3 peopleIn 2018, the MANHATTAN SHORT received over 1,500 entries from 73 countries from which 9 finalists were chosen. Between September 27 and October 7, these nine short films will be available for viewing in over 300 cities on six continents—and the judges for these films will be you, the audience! Every attendee will be given a ballot to vote for the best short film and actor/actress at the conclusion of the show. Votes will be tallied at MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters in New York City and winners will be announced at manhattanshort.com on Monday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m.

This year, the Bristol Public Library will be participating in the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, starting the first week of October. The library will be offering free screenings of these short films on Monday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. We will also have encore showings on Friday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All movie attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite movie and actor/actress, which will be submitted and tallied with other voters from across the world.

No registration or ticket purchase is required. To participate, visit the library during the posted event times and catch a free showing of the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Library Closing: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

The Bristol Public Library will be closed for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on September 21 through September 23.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on Monday, September 24.  For questions about our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

PC Class: Online Course Learning (Avoca Edition)

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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 September, the JCC will be hosting a special class on "Online Course Learning." Interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about digital learning websites, including how to pick up new skills, how to create accounts and navigate online courses, and how to connect with educational institutions.


To participate, join us on September 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the JCC at the Bristol Public Library or visit the Avoca Branch Library on September 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Water Bath Canning 101

Image may contain: drink and foodDuring September, the Bristol Public Library is partnering with the Virginia Cooperative Extension office to provide Water Bath Canning 101. Sandy Stoneman, Food Safety Extension Agent for the region, will be showing registered participants the basics of food safety and water bath canning on Wednesday, September 19, at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This class will cover canning safety, water bath canning basics, general canning procedures, as well as offer attendees the chance to gain hands-on canning experience. Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $20 per attendee; however, this registration fee will include instructional handouts, canning recipe resources, and a jar of what we can in class. (Please bring cash or check with you on the day of class; we will be unable to process cards at that time).

To learn more or to register for the class, please contact Sandy Stoneman at 276-223-6040 or sandyst@vt.edu.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"Should Women Vote?: Women's Suffrage and Vote Rights" with Stewart Harris

Stewart Harris, creator and host of "Your Weekly Constitutional," will be speaking at the Bristol Public Library on September 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. "Your Weekly Constitutional" is produced at WETS 89.5 FM in Johnson City and airs on several NPR affiliate stations nationwide, including locally on WETS and WEHC. Harris, who currently works as an associate professor at Lincoln Memorial University, will be visiting during Constitution Week (September 17-23) for “Should Women Vote?: Women’s Suffrage and Voting Rights.”

The Bristol Public Library, in partnership with the Fort Chiswell DAR, will be offering this program free of charge in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library on 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Virginia. All library patrons and community members are invited to attend. No registration is required, simply visit the library on September 18 at 6:00 p.m. to meet and speak with Stewart Harris.

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Monday, September 10, 2018

PC Class: Online Course Learning

Image may contain: one or more peopleThanks 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 September, the JCC will be hosting a special class on "Online Course Learning." Interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about digital learning websites, including how to pick up new skills, how to create accounts and navigate online courses, and how to connect with educational institutions.


To participate, join us on September 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the JCC at the Bristol Public Library or visit the Avoca Branch Library on September 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

BPL Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran

The BPL Book Club will meet on September 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. This month, we’ll finish reading and discuss Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, and then we’ll pick up our next reading adventure: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

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!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Bingo at the BPL!

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Join the Bristol Public Library on Friday, September 7, at 2:30 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 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 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, September 6, 2018

Creative & Crafty: Galaxies and Nebulae Canvas Class

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We're making galaxies and nebulae today, during our Creative & Crafty class!  We're super excited about these shimmery mini canvases!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

Image may contain: 3 peopleIn 2018, the MANHATTAN SHORT received over 1,500 entries from 73 countries from which 9 finalists were chosen. Between September 27 and October 7, these nine short films will be available for viewing in over 300 cities on six continents—and the judges for these films will be you, the audience! Every attendee will be given a ballot to vote for the best short film and actor/actress at the conclusion of the show. Votes will be tallied at MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters in New York City and winners will be announced at manhattanshort.com on Monday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m.

This year, the Bristol Public Library will be participating in the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, starting the first week of October. The library will be offering free screenings of these short films on Monday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. We will also have encore showings on Friday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All movie attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite movie and actor/actress, which will be submitted and tallied with other voters from across the world.

No registration or ticket purchase is required. To participate, visit the library during the posted event times and catch a free showing of the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Library Movie: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

This month, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free showing of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) on Wednesday, September 5, at 6:00 p.m. Popcorn and water will be served to all movie attendees!


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In the midst of World War II, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent out to the English countryside to live with Eglantine Price, a witch—an apprentice witch, to be precise. But living with children proves more difficult than Miss Price anticipates and, in order to keep them from blabbing her secret, she offers them an enchanted bedknob that can take him anywhere in the world—from the streets of London to the remote, mysterious island of Naboombu.

Rated G; 117 minutes.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Newsletter and Calendars: September 2018


The Bookends newsletter for the Bristol Public Library is all-new and now available!  We also have flyers for our upcoming September events and calendars for the BPL, the Avoca Branch, and the Jones Creativity Center.


    


PC Class: Online Course Learning

Image may contain: one or more peopleThanks 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 September, the JCC will be hosting a special class on "Online Course Learning." Interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about digital learning websites, including how to pick up new skills, how to create accounts and navigate online courses, and how to connect with educational institutions.


To participate, join us on September 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the JCC at the Bristol Public Library or visit the Avoca Branch Library on September 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Write Here: Ask-a-Publisher


During tonight's Write Here meeting, we're expecting a special guest from Jan Carol Publishing!  Starting at 6:00 p.m., Janie Jessee from Jan Carol Publishing will be available to answer questions about the publishing process and self-publishing tips.  If you are interested in having your work published, definitely drop in for our publishing workshop tonight!

Monday, September 3, 2018

"Should Women Vote?: Women's Suffrage and Voter Rights" with Stewart Harris

Stewart Harris, creator and host of "Your Weekly Constitutional," will be speaking at the Bristol Public Library on September 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. "Your Weekly Constitutional" is produced at WETS 89.5 FM in Johnson City and airs on several NPR affiliate stations nationwide, including locally on WETS and WEHC. Harris, who currently works as an associate professor at Lincoln Memorial University, will be visiting during Constitution Week (September 17-23) for “Should Women Vote?: Women’s Suffrage and Voting Rights.”

The Bristol Public Library, in partnership with the Fort Chiswell DAR, will be offering this program free of charge in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library on 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Virginia. All library patrons and community members are invited to attend. No registration is required, simply visit the library on September 18 at 6:00 p.m. to meet and speak with Stewart Harris.

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

BPL Anime Theater: Cowboy Bebop (the series)

Join the Bristol Public Library today at 2:30 p.m., for a special showing of Cowboy Bebop, the series. We'll show the first five episodes of the series and, as always, we'll have Japanese snacks and popcorn available for all movie attendees.

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Spike Spiegel and his partner, Jet Black, are "Cowboys," registered bounty hunters who chase criminals and bring them in for a reward. Eventually, they're joined by Faye Valentine, a professional con artist with amnesia; Edward Wong, an eccentric girl, who is frighteningly skilled at hacking computers; and Ein, a genetically engineered Welsh Corgi. They live and work aboard the Bebop, hunting criminals and, whether they like it or not, confronting the events from their past.


Rated TV-14; approximately 150 minutes.