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

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  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

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

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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

VITA Tax Prepartion

Reminder:  VITA Tax Preparation assistance is available at the Bristol Public Library, until Saturday, April 13.

VITA volunteers will be available to assist individuals and families with their tax returns on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All tax prep services are available on a first come, first served basis.  For more information, please contact People Inc. at 276-619-2235.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Rocket Languages: Sign up and Login

During March, we explored Transparent Language Online from the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).  This month, we're exploring another language learning software available to residents of Virginia and Bristol Public Library patrons:  Rocket Languages from Find it Virginia!

To reach Rocket Languages, patrons will first need to go to  Once users have reached the official website for the Library of Virginia, they can click on the "Index" tab at the top of the page.  A new page should open, which shows the different resources that Find it Virginia has available.

Rocket Languages is located at the bottom of the page, under the "LEARN" heading.  Once you click the link, you'll be redirected to the Rocket Languages website under the Library of Virginia banner.  First-time users must sign up using their library card!

To register, simply input your library card barcode, name, email, and chosen password in the "New Users" box.  (Once you have registered with Rocket Languages, you'll be able to log back in without going through Find it Virginia.  To access your account, simply return to the Rocket Languages website at and click the "Sign in" button at the top right.)

Once you have logged in, simply select your language and begin your journey.  Rocket Language has 15 languages from which to choose, including Spanish, Chinese, German, French, and American Sign Language (ASL).

For more information on Rocket Languages, please visit the Find it Virginia website or contact your local library at 276-645-8780.  You can also pay a visit to the Jones Creativity Center for one-on-one computer assistance and personalized tutorials.