Thursday, January 31, 2019

BPL Book Bingo

Have you heard?  The Bristol Public Library is hosting a brand new reading challenge from January 13 to March 2.  It's called BPL Winter Bingo! 

The rules are simple:  read a book or complete a challenge to mark off a box.  Once you complete five challenges in a row (either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) or complete four corners, you can pick a prize!  Winners can receive prizes for Bingo, Double Bingo, Four Corners, and Blackout.  No more than one category can be filled out per book.

If you would like to join, simply sign up at the reference desk and select your card.  We ask that readers complete only one card per person, but, if you ask really nicely, we might be happy to part with another.  Interested, but want to learn a little more?  Reach out to us at 276-645-8780 or

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Happy Birthday, Citrus!

UPDATE:  Due to inclement weather, Citrus' birthday party will be rescheduled to Thursday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m.  We'll also be celebrating our Winter Family Reading Program, so make sure to join us for a fun, family-friendly evening of pizza and books and crafts and more!

Happy Birthday, Citrus!
This month, our favorite library bird is turning 15!  To celebrate, we're hosting a birthday party just for Citrus.  Join us from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. tonight to eat cupcakes and make crafts.  And don't forget to wish Citrus a "happy birthday."

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tennessee READS Tutorial: How to Search

Welcome back to Tennessee READS Tutorial!

This week, we'll be navigating search options.  TN READS offers nearly 100,000 different titles, which include e-books, audiobooks, and videos.  Learning how to use the search bar and other navigation resources is critical to finding what you need exactly when you need it.

To start, you'll notice TN READS has a search option in the navigation bar of the website.  See the little magnifying glass?  That's where you'll begin your search.

To run a standard search, simply click on the magnifying glass icon to pull up your search bar.  Now, type in the author, title, or subject you wish to find, and then press enter.  (You can also click the magnifying glass icon at the end of the search bar to submit your search.)

We decided to search for John Grisham titles.  In this case, we found 88 different results for "John Grisham," which includes books and audiobooks.  To narrow down these results, you can actually add filters.  Search filters are found above the books, which means you can sort the books by relevance, title, popularity, and others, and within the left task bar.

These filters are great, because they allow you to weed out the e-books, audiobooks, or other media you don't want to see.  You can browse titles that are available right now (titles that won't require your name to go on a waitlist), e-books versus audiobooks, subject matter, and much more.  Here's a sample of all the filters available on TN READS:

Once you've selected the filters you wish to use, changes will automatically be made to your search results.  You can select one filter, or you can select many!  For instance, we wanted to filter the results for our search of John Grisham titles.  We wanted to see all available titles, but we also wanted to see only titles labeled "fiction" and available through the "Overdrive Read."

If you don't like the filters you selected, you can always remove them by clicking the "x" at the left side of the blue filter tab.  (You can also select the "Clear All" option in red at the top.  This will set you back to your original search results.)

If you would like to do a more general search, you can also browse by collection or subject.  The "Collections" tab will lead you to special collections, such as the kids and teens collections, e-books and audiobooks, as well as videos.  You can explore these at your leisure, and you can access them at any time in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

The "Subjects" tab will lead you to a page with all titles grouped together in a category.  These categories include fiction, nonfiction, juvenile, young adult, and videos.  Each category features specialized subjects and genres, so you can search from everything from African American fiction to media studies to children's videos.

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

Tidying Up?

If you're doing some tidying up this week, consider donating your gently loved books to the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.  The BPL FOL is planning on having a book sale in the very near future, and they'd love to see some new books!

Book donations can be accepted at the Bristol Public Library, just let library staff know whether the books are designated for donation to the Friends or to the library.  If you have any questions regarding donations, please feel free to reach out to or 276-821-6147.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Water Bath Canning 101

The Bristol Public Library is pleased to announce we will be hosting a class on "Water Bath Canning 101" on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 a.m.  Interested participants will spend time learning about food safety and canning procedures, as well as gain hands-on experience with canning.  Each attendee will receive instructional handouts, canning recipe resources, and a jar of what the class cans.

The cost is $20 per person and registration is required.  To sign up, please contact Sandy Stoneman at the SWVA Food Safety Extension office at 276-223-6040 or  For more information, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tennessee READS Tutorial: How to Place a Hold

Welcome back to our Tennessee READS Tutorial!

This week, we'll be learning about how to place a hold on your TN READS account.  Placing a hold is just as easy as borrowing a book (which you can learn about HERE).  It just takes a couple of clicks and you're ready to go.

To start, let's say you're looking for the audiobook Cat & Mouse by James Patterson.  Notice the gray/white bar across the top of the image:  it says "wait list," which means it isn't available for immediate checkout.  (If an item is ready for immediate checkout, the bar above the image will be blue and will say "available.)

To place a hold, you'll click the image.  The website will direct you to a new page, which will have more information about the audiobook or book.  Next, you'll click the blue button that says "Place a Hold."


Once you have placed your book on hold, you'll see a popup that shows your place in the holds list and how many copies are available.  When it's you turn for the hold, the book will automatically checkout to your account.  If you have included an email address, you'll receive an email notification when your book is checked out to your account.

If you would like to learn more about the holds on your account, you'll click on "My Account" and select "Holds" from the drop down menu.

This new page will allow you to explore and make changes to your holds.  You can edit your email and notification preference; you can suspend the hold if you are unable to accept the book during a certain time; or you can remove the hold altogether.  You can also find out where you are on the regional hold list.

The best part about placing a hold on TN READS is that the book automatically checks out to your account.  To access your current loans, which is where your hold will arrive, you can click "My Account" in the top right corner and select "Loans."  Or you can click the book shelf icon beside "My Account."

Both links will take you directly to your online bookshelf.

From your bookshelf, you can read your book in the browser or download it to the Overdrive app on your device.

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

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 Saturday, April 13.  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.