Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Winter Family Reading!

Starting on January 10, the Children's Department will be hosting the Winter Family Reading Program.  During January and February, children and their families are welcome to visit the library on Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. to participate in our fun winter events, such as movies, dinner, crafts, and much more.  Our schedule includes:
  • January 10:  CREATE IT!  What can you create with...?
  • January 17:  CRAFT IT!  Make 3 winter-themed crafts!
  • January 24:  WATCH IT!  Family Movie Night
  • January 31:  PLAY IT!  Board Games and Pizza!

All Winter Family Reading events are completely free to attend and no registration is necessary.  To participate, simply drop in and enjoy an evening of family-friendly fun!  We'll also have Winter Family Reading events in February, so stay tuned to our blog or check out our Facebook page for updates.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tennessee READS Tutorial: How to Borrow an E-book

Welcome back to our Tennessee READS Tutorial!

This week, we'll be showing you how to borrow an e-book.  Follow the steps from our previous tutorial (HERE), in order to access Tennessee READS and log in to your account.  Once you're signed in, you can return to the homepage to borrow a book or you can search for your favorite authors by using the search bar (see the magnifying glass?) along the top.

We decided to find books by James Patterson.  Notice the blue bar along the top of the book image:  it says "available," which means the book is available for immediate checkout.  (If the bar is gray/white and says "wait list," it's not available for immediate checkout.  You can put it on hold, which we'll show you how to do next week!)

Select the book you want to read by clicking the image.  In this case, we want to read The Angel Experiment by James Patterson.  You'll be taken to another page that tells you more information about the book, as well as a little blue button to "Borrow."

Once you've clicked the blue "Borrow" button, the website will give you the option to select how many days for checkout.  (14 days is the standard checkout limit, but you can keep books for as few as 7 days or a total of 28 days at the maximum.)

Click the blue "Borrow" button again.

The book is now checked out to your account!  You'll be able to begin reading the book immediately by clicking "Read now in browser," or you can wait and download it to your Overdrive account on your phone or tablet device.

For more information on Tennessee READS, access their Help Desk online at any time:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Classic Movie Corner

It's time to announce our new movies for Classic Movie Corner!

Our 2019 lineup will include:  The King & I (1956), Top Hat (1955), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), From Here to Eternity (1953), and A Christmas Carol (1938).  As always, we'll meet on the final Thursday of the month (unless noted on our calendar) at 5:30 p.m.  Popcorn and water will be provided to all movie attendees!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

VITA Tax Preparation

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 2, 2019.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Tuesday, April 12.  All services are first come, first served and interested filers are asked to bring these items in order to file:

  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present and must have photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social Security Cards or Taxpaper Identification Numbers (ITIN)
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest statements, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare/Medicaid card, 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C if you had other kinds of insurance or coverage.
  • Copy of last year's tax return

Taxes are due on Monday, April 15, 2019.

For more information on free tax preparation services, please call People Inc. at 276-619-2235 or visit their website at

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tennessee READS Tutorial: How to Login/Logout

Welcome to our Tennessee READS Tutorial!

In honor of our upcoming TN READS workshop at the BPL on January 24 and at the Avoca Branch on January 31, we're offering tutorials on one of our favorite online resources.  With thousands of books, audiobooks, and movies on demand, TN READS is one of the best websites for enjoying all kinds of books and media.  Even better, it's completely free with your library card!

This week, we'll be learning how to login and logout of TN READS.  To start, you'll need to visit the TN READS website at  If you have a library card, you'll automatically have an account set up and waiting for you.  To access your account, you'll click the "Sign in" button in the top right corner.

Next, you'll select your library.  (In this case, you'll select either the Bristol Public Library or the Avoca Branch Library.  All libraries are listed alphabetically.)  Type in the barcode number from the back of your library card in the dialog box provided, and then click the "Sign In" button below.

And, voila!  You are signed in to your account.

Logging out of your account is just as simple.  You'll select the "My account" option at the top right corner (where you originally signed in), and then click "Sign out."

For more information on Tennessee READS, access their Help Desk online at any time:

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Newsletter & Calendars: January 2019

We have posted our new Bookends Newsletter and our monthly calendars!

Since we've decided to overhaul our blog, we will be keeping all calendars under the corresponding tabs at the top of the page.  Our current Bookends Newsletter will also be found under a new tab, while our archived copies will be found HERE.

If you're interested in receiving a copy of our newsletter in your inbox each month, just subscribe here:

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

PC Class: Checkout E-Books!

To celebrate the turning of a New Year, the Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library will be offering free workshops on checking out E-books and using Tennessee READS.  These workshops will explore the basics of TN READS, such as logging in, downloading, checking out, searching, and much more.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions and learn more about TN READS and all its great resources!

Our first class will be held on Thursday, January 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center at the Bristol Public Library.  Our second workshop will be held on Thursday, January 31, at 2:00 p.m. at the Avoca Branch Library.

Plus, in honor of our upcoming classes, we'll be posting several "Tennessee READS Tutorials" on our blog.  We'll be going over a list of basic tasks and answer questions about TN READS all month long, so be on the lookout for our tutorial series!

For more information on our READS workshops, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or the Avoca Branch Library at 423-968-9663.