Calendar of Events

Quilting:  A History in Stitches Gallery
This month, the Bristol Public Library is offering a special gallery presentation on the creativity of our local quilting guild:  the Wolf Hills Quilters.  Thanks to their generosity, we have been able to hang quilts throughout the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery for the duration of September!

Visitors will have the chance to view some of the most beautiful quilts in the region and uncover the rich, hidden history of quilts.  To make this an immersive experience, we're also expecting a visit from the William King Museum on September 12 to learn more about the history of quilting in the region with "Quilting:  A History in Stitches."

Adult Anime Club
It's time for the inaugural meeting of our Adult Anime Club!  Starting this month, we'll be watching anime movies and series, discussing our fandoms, and enjoying Japanese snacks.  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 5:30 p.m.  We're watching Cowboy Bebop:  The Movie (2001) on September 6.  This movie is rated R; 120 minutes.  Popcorn, snacks, and water will be provided.

BPL Book Club
The BPL Book Club will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room on September 6.  We'll finish reading and discussing A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and pick up our next reading adventure:  Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam.  We're also offering a BPL Book Club Movie Night on September 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  We'll be watching A Man Called Ove (2015) on the big screen!  This film is rated PG-13 and runs 116 minutes; English subtitles only.

Classic Movie Corner
On the last Thursday of each month, we're celebrating film with a special look back at classic movies.  This month, we're watching The Time Machine (1960).  We'll kick things off at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees!

Like reading?  Then you're going to love Nevermore.  On Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., Nevermore meets to discuss all manner of books and consume donuts (from Blackbird Bakery, of course) and coffee.  Read at your own pace and share with us what you enjoyed best, and we'll even write a review about it.  (To see more of our Nevermore reviews, check out our lovely little Bookblog.)

Bristol League of Gamers
The Bristol League of Gamers gathers every Saturday evening, beginning at 5:00 p.m. to share a fun evening of camaraderie and board games.  If you're interested in learning more about the League of Gamers and when or where they meet during the month, feel free to check out their website:

Other Programs
The Bristol Public Library will continue offering The Casual Word:  Adult Creative Writing Class on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.  Join us for a free, fun, engaging and different look into writing.  In this class, we won't focus on structure, form, or rules, but on the freedom of writing.  This class is designed for all those 18 and up who wish to try their hand at creative writing.

We're also featuring several movies, including our BPL Book Club Movie Night and our Classic Movie Corner.  This month, we're showing The Eagle Huntress (2016) on September 5 at 6:00 p.m. and Voices of Cades Cove:  The Winds of Change (2016) on September 13 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

We're pleased to welcome the Slim Pickins to the library on September 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  This local bluegrass band, formed by the incredibly talented music students at Tennessee High School, are treating us to a free musical performance!  We hope you'll join us in welcoming the Slim Pickins, as we get ready to celebrate the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

We have Photography 101:  Learning the Basics planned for September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center.  Rita, one of our talented circulation staff members, will be sharing tips and tricks on using light, contrast, and more to help you take a better picture.  Space is limited, so registration is required; registered participants will also need to bring their own camera or cell phone.  To register, contact us at 276-645-8781 or

We are thrilled to welcome Phil Blevins back to the library for All Abuzz about Beekeeping.  Mr. Blevins will be teaching us about the incredible benefits of bees, the interesting quirks of beekeeping, and the surprising rewards and perils of starting your own hive.  If you've ever wanted to learn more about beekeeping and how it works, join us in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m. on September 26.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to win a special prize for participating!

For more information on our events, please contact Ambrea at 276-821-6147.


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