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.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Poetry Reading TODAY!

Don't forget, Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes will be at the library today with the Poetry Society of Tennessee for a public Poetry Reading!  It starts at 2:00 p.m. today in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting room upstairs.  No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Radio Bristol Book Club

During March, the Bristol Public Library partnered with Radio Bristol and Birthplace of Country Music Museum to begin the Radio Bristol Book Club, a monthly discussion of Appalachian literature and authors.

This month, the library is excited to announce the continuation of our new radio book club with Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson on Thursday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m. on 100.1 WBCM.  For more information about the Radio Bristol Book Club, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or visit their website at https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/radio/programming/radio-program/radio-bristol-book-club/.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Library Closing: Easter Sunday

The Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch will be closed today for Easter.  We will reopen tomorrow and resume our regular hours of operation.  We hope you have a happy Easter!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Rocket Languages: Language Resources

Welcome back to our Rocket Languages tutorials!

This week, we're exploring the tools and resources available on Rocket Languages.  If you would like more information on Rocket Languages, please visit Find it Virginia to get started.  You can also check out our previous tutorials (found HERE) and learn how to set up your free account with Rocket Languages.

Once you have logged into your account and selected your language, you will arrive at the Dashboard.  On the left side of the screen, you'll find a taskbar with a tab labeled "Get Started."  Under the "Get Started" tab, you'll find links to your dashboard, tools, Rocket Record (audio recording for perfecting pronunciation), virtual tours, and help center.

Under "My Tools," you can check your progress, ask questions in Rocket Languages' public forum, create flashcards, jot down notes, study vocabulary from your language course, and uncover more about advanced learning techniques.

Unlike Transparent Languages (which you can read about HERE), Rocket Languages uses a points system to measure learning.  The more points you have, the more you've learned!  They have a leader board and a daily tracking system to encourage more competitive learners.

Their forum allows you to ask questions, give feedback, and practice your language skills with other users.  They'll also post updates about changes to the website and helpful articles for new learners.

Additionally, you can create your own flashcards or check out community created flashcards to reinforce learning and you can take notes within each lesson to track your learning, leave important messages, or make a note of a particularly difficult word or phrase.  During each lesson, you can also highlight and save tricky vocabulary words to study later.  (To save a vocabulary word, simply highlight the word or words in question, click the "aBc" dialog box, and save your note.)

If you need help studying, you can find more lessons and invaluable tips, tricks, and resources available under "My Advanced Learning."

If you need a little more help navigating the website, click on the "Take a Tour" option at the bottom left corner.  A new window will pop up with a short video, which provides a virtual tour of the language section of your choice.  The tour will give you a comprehensive overview of all the materials, lessons, resources, and tools available.

You can also stop by the Bristol Public Library for more information, or stop by the JCC for special workshops or one-on-one lessons.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Library Closing: Easter Sunday

The Bristol Public Library and Avoca Branch Library will be closed on Sunday, April 21, in observance of Easter Sunday.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on Monday, April 22.  For questions about our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the library at 276-645-8780.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


This month, the Bristol Public Library underwent some renovations!  One of our entry doors at the downstairs entrance needed repairs and, more importantly, our entryway required a few updates.  A local construction company worked with us to redesign and build a new entryway.

We have a few before pictures...

(Yes, it did get a bit dusty and loud during the day.)

As well as some pictures after construction concluded:

We have added more windows, which allow in more light, and a vestibule to prevent winter weather from reaching the reference desk.  (It will also trap those pesky leaves when autumn rolls around!)

We're very excited about our new entryway, and we hope our patrons are too.  Our downstairs entrance is now complete and our brand new door is open and waiting.  We hope you'll drop by and pay us a visit!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Rocket Language: Getting Started

Welcome back to our Rocket Languages tutorials!

This week, we're taking a look at how to get started with Rocket Languages and how to navigate the lesson modules.  Make sure to check out our previous blog entry (HERE) for more information on how you can sign up for your free account on Rocket Languages!

Once you are registered for your free account and have logged in to Rocket Languages, you will need to select the language you wish to learn.  Rocket Languages offers access to 15 different languages, including French, Russian, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, and American Sign Language (ASL).  It also offers lessons in English as a Second Language.

For our tutorial, we decided to explore Rocket Spanish.  To get started, we clicked on the Rocket Spanish icon, which can be located in different locations depending on the user's browser.  (Our icon happened to be found in the bottom left corner.)  Once we selected our language, we were redirected to a new page with our Dashboard.

The Dashboard is a handy page that includes all the language learning modules offered by Rocket Languages, as well as interactive audio lessons, language and culture lessons, and "survival kit" lessons.  To get started, simply click on the lesson you would like to begin and click the "Start Lesson" button on the right-hand side.

Each lesson will have new vocabulary words and grammar skills for you to learn.  You'll have the opportunity to hear, see, write, and recognize words.  As an added bonus, each lesson also includes a special review section called Rocket Reinforcement.

These sections include:  "Hear it!  Say it!"; "Write it!"; "Know it!"; Quiz and Flashcards.  If you have a mic available, you can also record your voice and Rocket Languages will help you improve your pronunciation.

Once you have completed all the lessons in a module, you can click on the Rocket Certification icon at the very bottom.  The Rocket Certification module offers a comprehensive overview of all the material studied in the previous modules.  Once a module is completed, Rocket Languages will actually email you a certificate of completion for the course.

For more information on Rocket Languages, make sure to check out the website through Find it Virginia or, if you have an account, visit the Rocket Languages website at https://www.rocketlanguages.com/.  You can also drop into the Jones Creativity Center for special workshops or one-on-one assistance.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Happy National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week!  We hope you'll celebrate with us by joining us for library events all month long or paying us a visit this week.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Poetry Reading

The Poetry Society of Tennessee is pleased to announce their local chapter will be hosting a free Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library at 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Virginia.  Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes, an English Professor with ETSU, will be their featured speaker.  Dr. Holmes will read original material, as well as answer audience questions, followed by a general reading by members of the Poetry Society of Tennessee.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact the Poetry Society of Tennessee at 423-262-8724 or us@roseklix.com.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Newsletter & Calendars: April 2019

April has arrived!

With a brand new month comes brand new calendars, flyers, and newsletters.  This month, we have some wonderful programs, including a book folding, genealogy, cooking, painting, dyeing silk scarves, and poetry reading.  We're also excited to announce the library will be seeing updates to the entryway in front of the Reference Desk and we will be participating in the Radio Bristol Book Club on April 25, exploring Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

The BPL Anime Theater happens on the first Saturday of the month and, during April, we'll be watching the first six episodes of Interviews with Monster Girls (2017), starting at 2:00 p.m.  Western Wednesday falls on April 10 with The Gunfighter (1950), starring Gregory Peck, while Classic Movie Corner starts at 5:30 p.m. on the final Thursday of the month, April 25, with The Goonies (1985).

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15; Bingo at the BPL starts at 5:30 p.m. on April 17; and, last but not least, the BPL Book Club meets on April 18 to read Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao, starting at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming events at the library or to find out how to register for classes, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

This month, the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is also introducing an exciting new program:  Fandom Saturdays!  Starting at 12:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, Fandom Saturdays celebrates a chosen fandom with casual, drop-in activities for teens and tweens.  In April, teens are invited to bring their whole family to enjoy the magic of Harry Potter.  Come play video and board games, design licorice wands, and much more in the Teen Space from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.  For more information on teen programs and Fandom Saturdays, please contact Ms. Jaden at 276-645-8780.

As usual, the Children's Department will be hosting storytime on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  However, they also have some special projects and fun events planned for our littlest patrons, including an Easter egg hunt on April 15 and April 16 and a peanut butter bird feeder craft for April 22 and April 23.  For more information about upcoming events in the Children's Department, please contact Ms. Michelle at 276-821-6153.

During April, the Friends of the Avoca Branch Library will be hosting their bi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale, starting on Thursday, April 4.  The FOL spring book sale will continue through Saturday, April 6, before concluding at 12:00 p.m.  For their littlest patrons, the Avoca Branch Library will still have their Nifty Fifty adventure at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Children's Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, and the Kids Classic Book Club at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays.  For more info about our branch library and their events, please contact Avoca at 423-968-9663.

The Jones Creativity Center will be hosting some new PC Classes this month, starting with a special workshop on how to protect your device on April 18 at 2:00 p.m.  They will also be offering a class on image editing on April 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Avoca Branch Library and device updates/malware protection on April 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Avoca.  As always, the JCC will have their standard PC Classes on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. so interested participants can learn more about Word, Excel, typing, or any number of handy computer features.  To learn more about the JCC, please reach out to TJ in the JCC at 276-645-8790.