Monday, December 31, 2018

Library Closing: New Year's

Image may contain: one or more people, text that says 'BRISTOL PUBLIC LIBRARY Happy new Yean! The Bristol Public Library & Avoca Branch Library will be closed on December 31, 2018, and January 1, 2019, in observance of the New Year.'

The Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of the New Year.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, at 9:00 a.m.  Have a happy and safe holiday!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Great American Novel Book Club: UPDATE!


Starting in January, the Great American Novel Book Club will be moving to the second Tuesday of the month.  We'll meet at our same time at 6:30 p.m. and we'll begin meeting in the France Kegley Conference Room at the Bristol Public Library.

As always, we'll read classic works by American authors.  For 2019, we'll be reading A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Color Purple, The Outsiders, and Interview with a Vampire.  If you are interested in joining, feel free to drop into one of our meetings at any time!  You can also find out more information from Ambrea at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Happy reading!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Updates for the New Year!


Starting January 1, the Events at the Bristol Public Library blog will be undergoing some maintenance as we make updates to our blog.  Although we'll continue to offer periodic updates on our upcoming events and post copies of our calendars, we'll begin introducing articles and helpful library hints for our readers.

In particular, we're excited to be introducing new online resources, researching TEL databases, discussing genealogy research suggestions and tech tips, and much, much more.  Posts will (ideally) occur once per week with periodic event updates occurring beneath labeled tabs, plus we'll continue to make special updates about major events and schedule changes each month.

Stay tuned, and check out our newly revamped blog in 2019!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Classic Movie Corner: It's a Wonderful Life

Join the Bristol Public Library on Thursday, December 27 at 5:30 p.m. for our final Classic Movie Corner.  This month, we're showing It's a Wonderful Life (1947), starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Henry Travers.  Popcorn and water will be served to all movie attendees!

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George Bailey (James Stewart) is at the end of his rope.  Although he has a seemingly perfect life, he struggles with the daily reality of trying to keep the town safe and, with the loss of $8,000 from his business, he's stuck wondering if the world wouldn't be better without him.  Luckily, Clarence (Henry Travers), an angel in pursuit of his wings, is around to help him realize just how wrong he is.

Rated PG; 170 minutes.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Classic Movie Corner: Western Wednesdays


Starting in January, we're offering a brand new Classic Movie Corner:  Western Wednesday!  On the second Wednesday of the month, we'll be watching classic westerns starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood, and more.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch and enjoy a free movie and, even better, pick up a snack!

Our first Western Wednesday movie will be Fistful of Dollars (1964) on January 9, 2019, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

BPL Book Club: 2019 edition


We have a new list for our BPL Book Club!  We're looking at reading The Mountain Between Us in January, followed by such wonderful works as Girls Burn Brighter, The River of DoubtThe Liar's Club, Rebecca, and The Outsider.

We meet on the third Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted on our blog or our Facebook page, at 6:00 p.m.  If you are interested in joining the BPL Book Club, please feel free to join us any time or contact Ambrea at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org for more information.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Bingo at the BPL!


Join the Bristol Public Library tonight 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!

Monday, December 17, 2018

2019 BPL Anime Theater


The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce the new lineup for our 2019 BPL Anime Theater!

Starting in January, we'll be meeting on the first Saturday of each month (except December) at 2:00 p.m. to watch anime movies and TV shows and munch on Japanese snacks.  For more information on our BPL Anime Theater and our featured films, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Here is our schedule for 2019:
January 5:  One Piece
February 2:  Trigun:  Badlands Rumble
March 2:  My Hero Academia
April 6:  Interviews with Monster Girls
May 4:  The Boy and the Beast
June 1:  Space Dandy
July 6:  Fairy Tail
August 3:  Wolf Children
September 7:  FLCL
October 5:  Witch Hunter Robin
November 2:  Barakamon
December 14:  .hack//SIGN

Friday, December 14, 2018

BPL Book Club: The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr



The BPL Book Club will meet on December 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. This month, our book club decided on a different book, since we weren't able to secure enough copies of Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. We’ll finish reading and discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and then we’ll pick up our first book for the New Year, The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin.

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!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ambrea at the library you can contact her by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org. We look forward to seeing you at our next book club!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Santa's Workshop!

We have a new date for our Santa's Workshop in the BPL Children's Library: Monday, December 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.! We hope you'll be able to join us for an evening of Christmas cheer, crafts, and milk and cookies.

For more information, please contact the library at 276-645-8780.

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!




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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.