Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Avoca Branch Library, the fall book sale kicks off on Thursday, October 10, at 10:00 am and continues through the rest of the weekend. Make sure to stop by during the sale hours and pick up a new book or any number of cool little gifts and goodies, before they are all gone! Money raised will help fund library programs and projects throughout the year.
 

Friday, October 4, 2019


We are working on some much-anticipated updates. Check back with us soon!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Happy Independence Day!

Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours of operation will resume Friday, July 5. Have a great holiday!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Libby: Account Resources and Self-Help

Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!

This week, we're learning more about account resources and the Libby Academy.  To start, you'll want to make sure you're logged in to your Tennessee READS account through Libby (which you can learn about here).  After you open the Libby app, click on the Libby icon in the top right-hand corner of the page.


At the top of the page, you'll have the option to see your library cards and add a library.  These options will allow you to add or rename your library cards and make it easier to access different accounts.


On this page, you can also discover more about the Libby app!  The "Set Up Libby" option will allow you to customize your Libby experience and offers troubleshooting guides if you run into hiccups.  The "Help & Support" option offers access to the Libby Help website and contact links to get personalized assistance, while the "Learn Libby" option takes you directly to Libby Academy.

The Libby Academy is a helpful series of videos that offers demonstrations of Libby features.  These videos offer step-by-step instructions on how to adjust audiobook and e-book settings, set a sleep timer, view book progress, and more.


You can learn more about Libby at https://meet.libbyapp.com/ or find help with the Libby app at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm.  And, don't forget, you can always visit the Jones Creativity Center during their open lab hours for one-on-one assistance with your personal technology!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Newsletter & Calendars: June 2019


We are summer ready!  It's time for our summer reading programs to begin and, with so much going on in June and July, we have tons of new classes and fun activities for patrons of all ages to enjoy.

This month, we're looking forward to visits from ETSU, Bays Mountain Planetarium, and King University for our intergalactic speakers series.  Professor Jonna Sutherland from King University will be at the library on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. for a short lecture on space exploration; Dr. Gary Henson from ETSU will be speaking on "Fifty Years of Spaceflight" on June 24 at 6:00 p.m.; and an employee from the Bays Mountain Planetarium will be at the library on June 27 at 2:00 p.m. for a special presentation on "Space Today!"

We're starting our biannual BPL Book Bingo on Monday, June 3.  Interested readers are welcome to sign up for BPL Book Bingo at any time from June 3 to July 30 and compete for prizes--and, of course, bragging rights.  Copies of book bingo will be available at the Reference Desk and the Avoca Branch Library.  For more information on BPL Book Bingo, please contact the library at 276-645-8780 or 423-968-9663.

We also have some wonderful movies lined up, including a special showing of Hidden Figures (2016) at 5:30 p.m. on June 11, The Searchers (1956) at 2:30 p.m. on June 12, and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) for our Classic Movie Corner on June 27 at 5:30 p.m.  Creative & Crafty classes include book bouquets on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. and "Galaxies Rock!" rock-painting on June 29 at 2:00 p.m.

The Children's Department kicks off their summer reading program on Monday, June 3, with storytime at 11:30 a.m. and a special summer reading program at 6:00 p.m.  Storytime will be held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. while movies will be shown on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.  Summer reading program activities will be held on Mondays at 6:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  Special entertainment programs will be held on Wednesdays at a variety of different times, while Lego building will be on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

For more information on the Children's Summer Reading Program, please visit the Children's Department to pick up a calendar and register for special events.  You can also contact Michelle at 276-821-6153 with additional questions.  (Please note:  Registration must be completed in person.)


The Teens will also begin their Summer Reading Program on June 7 with a kick-off party at 3:00 p.m.  Teens can register or summer reading events, as well as participate in trivia and other fun activities.

This month, the teens will be watching movies on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and gaming tournaments on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Tween Book Club will meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and the Teen Book Club will meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.  Special events will be held on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. and, as an added bonus, teen readers will be able to participate in a summer reading challenge to compete for Amazon gift cards and other cool prizes!


For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Program, please contact Jaden at 276-821-6192 or jaden@bristol-library.org.  You can also check out the official BPL Teens page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bplteenreaders/.

The Avoca Branch Library will be hosting their own Summer Reading Program starting the first full week of June.  Kids from 0-6 will have activities planned on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., while kids ages 6-12 will have activities scheduled on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, the Avoca Branch Library is hosting their summer reading Kick-Off Party with Beatrice Green and her puppet pal Reggie.  We'll have games, fun activities, snacks, and more available.  (Registration for summer reading is now open, so make sure to drop into the library at any time or feel free to register during our Kick-Off Party!)


The Jones Creativity Center will be hosting two special PC Classes during June.  On Thursday, June 13, instructors from the JCC will be offering a special workshop on "Online Job Searching" at 2:00 p.m.  And, on Thursday, June 20, they'll have a class on "Genealogy Research Online" at 2:00 p.m. at the Avoca Branch Library.  No registration is required.  To participate, simply drop in and join the class!

For more information on summer reading program activities and other library events, you can also check out the official Facebook page for the BPL at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Libby: Exploration!

Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!

This week, we're exploring Libby and learning more about how to search collections, updating preferences, and checking out reading guides.  To start, you'll want to make sure you've logged in to your Tennessee READS account through Libby (which you can learn about here).


When using Libby, you can actually set your preferences from the homepage.  After you click "Preferences" beneath the Tennessee READS logo, you'll have the option of customizing your search and book recommendation preferences.

Preferences will allow you to select your format, language, availability, and more.  It's easy to set your preferences and easy to remove them.  For instance, if you decide you want to view books and media that are currently available, change your availability preference from "Everything" to "Available Now" and click "Apply Preferences."

If you would like to remove your preferences, simply return to the drop down menu and change your preferences back to default.  You can return to default by clicking the original preferences or tapping the red "X" beside your current preferences, and then click "Apply Preferences" to save your changes.


Exploring Libby is just as easy!  When you scroll further down, you'll discover options to find what's new, what's popular, and what's available in both e-books and audiobooks.


Tennessee READS also offers catalog guides, subject lists, and Spotlights.  Spotlights are carefully crafted reading lists with fun and interesting categories like "Unreliable Narrators & Unlikable People" and "Spies Like Us" and "Kitchen Confessions."  You also have the option to check out your past searches and look back at the books, audiobooks, and media you've already explored.


If you continue to scroll through the Tennessee READS homepage (which you can reach at any time by clicking "Library" in the navigation panel), you'll find highlighted collections.  During our search, we found a variety of humorous and interesting collections, such as:

  • Bouquet of Books:  Flower-Filled Covers
  • Fantastic Beasts & How We Love Them
  • The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
  • Joke's on You
  • Made in Tennessee
  • "Red" Anything good Lately?
  • Cowboy Take Me Away

These collections can vary from week-to-week or even day-to-day.  Check back often to find new collections that feature different books on a similar theme!


For more information on Libby and Tennessee READS, check out the Libby Help page at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm.  You can also visit the Jones Creativity Center for one-on-one assistance or free technology workshops.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Library Closing: Memorial Day


The Bristol Public Libary and the Avoca Branch Library will be closed on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, and resume our regular hours of operation.  Have a safe and happy weekend!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Libby: Place and Remove a Hold

Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!

This week, we're learning more about placing and removing holds on an e-book.  First, you'll want to make sure you're logged into your Tennessee READS account through Libby (which you can learn more about here) and then you'll begin your search for your book!


Some books will be available for check out immediately; however, others must be placed on hold, before they can be borrowed.  Once you've located the book you want to read, you'll be able to click "Borrow" to download it to your account or, if it's unavailable, you'll click "Place a Hold."

Let's say, you decided to check out some new romance titles and you wanted to place Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine on hold.  To start, you'll click "Place Hold" beside the book cover image.


You'll be redirected to a new page to confirm you wish to place the book on hold.  You'll click the red "Place Hold!" button at the bottom of the page and you're finished!


You'll receive a confirmation that your title has been put on hold.  From this page, you'll be able to read a sample of the book, suspend the hold (if you decide you need to wait), keep browsing, or go to your shelf.  When your title becomes available, it will automatically download to your account.


You can also check out your current loaned titles and holds through your personal book shelf.  All accounts are able to place up to 15 items on hold at one time and check out 15 items.


You can also remove holds if you decide you no long want to read the book or if you snag a copy from a different source (like your local library).  When you cancel a hold, you will no longer receive any notifications that your title is ready to read.


To remove your hold, simply click the little blue square beside the book cover image.  A drop down menu will appear with the options to suspend your hold, which will allow the hold to skip you temporarily, or cancel your hold.  (Suspending a hold can be helpful if you're unable to access your account for a limited period of time.)


Once you've decided to cancel your hold, simply select the option from the drop down menu.  Next, you'll click the red "Cancel Hold!" button at the bottom of the page.  You'll receive a confirmation that your hold has been cancelled and you'll be able to return to your shelf or resume browsing for other titles.


For more information on Libby, pay a visit to the Libby help page at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm.  You can also find one-on-one tech assistance at the Jones Creativity Center during the open lab hours!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Libby: Borrow and Return an E-book

Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!

This week, we're exploring Libby and learning how to check out and return an e-book through the Libby app.  Libby works with Tennessee READS (which you can learn more about here) and follows many of the same steps to borrow a book, but, now, it's even easier.

Once you have logged into your Tennessee READS account through the Libby app (see our previous blog post here for more information), you can now search for a book using the magnifying glass at the top of the page or simply explore Libby.


We decided to do some exploring and we found a section labeled "Middle Earth Book Shelf" with books by J.R.R. Tolkien and a wonderful set of read-alikes.  We decided to check out The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien.


Each book will have the option to "Borrow," "Read Sample," or "Tag."  To borrow a book, you'll simply click "Borrow" beside the book image.  Once you've selected your book, you'll be redirected to a new page.  This page will tell you more about the book and, near the bottom of the page, you'll see an indicator that shows the number of loans and holds you currently have on your account.


Next, you'll click the red "Borrow!" button at the bottom of the page.  The book will be automatically added to your shelf and downloaded to your device.  You can read the book immediately by clicking "Open Book" or you can keep browsing, or return to your book shelf.


If you've finished your book or if you decide it's just not the book for you, you can return your borrowed e-book early by going to your shelf and clicking the little blue square beside the book's due date.  This will open a drop down menu with new options.


Next, click "Return Early."


This will redirect you to a new page to confirm your return.  To finish returning your book, simply click the red "Return!" button at the bottom of the page. You'll receive a confirmation you have returned your book and then you're free to browse for your next title!


For more information on Tennessee READS and Libby, check out the Libby help desk at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm.  You can also visit the Jones Creativity Center during their open lab hours for one-on-one assistance or free workshops.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Library Closing: Memorial Day


The Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on Tuesday, May 28.  For more information on our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the library at 276-645-8780.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Libby: Sign up/Log in

Welcome to our Libby tutorial!

This month, we're offering a special tutorial on one of our newest online reading applications:  Libby.  Created by the makers of Overdrive, Libby is an intuitive reading app for your phone or other mobile devices.  It's a wonderful resource for first-time e-book and tablet users and new members to the Tennessee READS community.

It's quick and easy to set up and, more importantly, it's much easier to use.  Although it works like the Overdrive app and Tennessee READS (which you can learn about here), it has some helpful features that allow for easier access and provide users with a more comfortable reading experience.  It also downloads your checkouts automatically, which means you can read on the go!


To get started, simply download Libby from the app store.  Libby is compatible with Apple and Android devices, as well as computers with Windows 10 and up.  (Libby is available on Kindle devices; however, it may require a special setup.  To learn more, visit the Libby help page.)  Once the app is downloaded, click the Libby icon to run the application.

For our new account, we decided to use an Android cell phone.  We found our Libby app through the Google Play store.


When you open Libby for the first time, you'll be asked a series of questions.  Select the most appropriate answers for you and follow the prompts to set up your account.  First, you'll be asked if you have a library card.  If the answer is yes, click "Yes" and continue to the next screen.


Next, you'll either copy your card across from another device, search for your library (if you know the name), or ask Libby to guess your library.  When we set up our account, we decided to let Libby guess our library.


Libby can predict your closest online library network by using your device's location.  In this case, it selected Tennessee READS for the Holston River Region.  If this is your library, you'll click "This is my library."  However, if Libby has guessed wrong, simply keep looking by typing in your nearest library and searching other options available.


Next, you'll choose your location.  We selected the "Bristol Public Library" from the alphabetical drop down list; however, please select the best library for your library card.


Once you have selected your library, simply enter your library card number (which you can find on the back of your BPL library card, right beneath the barcode) and click "Sign In."


Next, Libby will show your linked card.  From here, you can rename your card for easier access (especially if you use multiple accounts through Libby).  Once you are signed into your account, simply click "Next" to reach Tennessee READS and your Libby bookshelf.


And, viola!  You now have access to your Libby account.  You should remain signed in to your account after your first log in.


For more information about Libby and Tennessee READS, visit the official "Meet Libby" webpage at https://meet.libbyapp.com/.  You can also visit the Jones Creativity Center at the Bristol Public Library for one-on-one assistance or free workshops.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Newsletter & Calendars: May 2019


May has arrived and summer is on the horizon!  This month, we're looking forward to offering new classes, events, and programs, while also planning for Summer Reading in June.


As always, we have brand new flyers, calendars, and newsletters to share with our patrons.  For our adults, we have lots of fun crafts planned for May:  we're creating Mother's Day Shadow Boxes on May 2, fashioning book bouquets with recycled materials on May 7, and painting succulents and cacti on May 25.  We're also playing bingo on May 17 and exploring new facets of genealogy on May 24, as well as watching movies on May 4 (The Boy and the Beast), May 8 (Blazing the Western Trail), and May 30 (Top Hat).


The Friends of the Bristol Public Library will meet on Monday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss their upcoming book sale from June 7 to June 9.  They will be sorting and processing books, volunteering for book sale shifts, and planning out the book sale.  They are always excited to have volunteers and visitors, so if you are interested in helping out with the book sale, please feel free to drop in during their monthly meeting.

Additionally, if you are interested in joining the BPL FOL, please make sure to fill out an application form by visiting the Bristol Public Library or complete a copy of the application online by visiting:  https://forms.gle/vHRLxbpauvAR6mWY8.  As an added bonus, new members who join by or on June 6, will have the chance to enjoy the Friends Only Book Sale from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 6.  The membership fee for the BPL FOL is only $10 for the entire year!

For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, feel free to reach out to the library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org or the BPL FOL at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com.

The teens and tweens also have some wonderful new events planned for May.  This month, the teens will be celebrating Star Wars during their Fandom Saturday on May 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. by playing games, participating in Nerf battles, designing lightsabers, and more.  The D&D Guild will also continue to meet on May 2 and May 16.  (Registration is required to join the guild, so please contact Ms. Jaden at 276-821-6192 or jaden@bristol-library.org.)


The Gaming Club will be playing Rocket League, Pokken Tournament, Minecraft, The Wonderful 101, and Super Smash Bros, while the Teen Book Club will pick up Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram and the Tweens will read The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.  Special events include "Minecraft Madness" on May 15, movie nights on May 20 (Pan) and May 22 (Sherlock Holmes), and board games on May 29.

The Children's Department will be especially busy during May as they prepare for their Scholastic Book Fair, starting on May 20, and their Summer Reading Program, which begins on June 3.  Storytime, as always, will be held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  They will also be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, during Children's Book Week (April 29 to May 5) and decorating spaceships for Summer Reading on May 8 and May 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information about upcoming children's events and the Summer Reading Program, please contact the Children's Department at 276-821-6153.

During May, the Avoca Branch Library will have storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and the Kids' Classic Book Club with Charlotte's Web by E.B. White on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.  A special "Game Hour" will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, so make sure to drop in and enjoy an afternoon of free, family-friendly gaming.  For more information, please contact the Avoca Branch at 423-968-9663.

The Jones Creativity Center is very excited to be offering a brand new PC Class on social media and using Instagram.  Interested students will receive step-by-step instructions on how to set up an Instagram account and learn the basics of using Instagram, including how to upload and edit pictures, how to add “stories,” and how to edit your profile.  No registration is required.  To join, simply visit the Bristol Public Library on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. or the Avoca Branch Library on May 16 at 2:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.