Calendar of Events

BPL Anime Theater
The Bristol Public Library is hosting our BPL Anime Theater on the first Saturday of the month at 2:30 p.m.  We'll meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room to watch anime movies and TV series, discuss anime and related manga, as well as munch on Japanese snacks.  No registration is necessary, simply drop in and enjoy a free movie showing on us!  This month, we're playing the Vision of Escaflowne on December 1 at 2:30 p.m.  Rated TV-14; approximately 150 minutes.

BPL Book Club
The BPL Book Club will meet in the Frances Kegley Conference Room on December 20.  We'll finish reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and we'll pick up our next reading adventure:  The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin.

Remember, anyone is welcome to join BPL Book Club.  We'll bring the books and the Blackbird Bakery Treats, just show up and enjoy an evening of good books, good company, and sweet treats.  If you would like more information on BPL Book Club, feel free to contact Ambrea at 276-821-6147 or

The Great American Novel Book Club

Known as The Great American Novel Book Club, our latest book club will read and discuss works by American authors, including classic works like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, famous novels like Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, and modern works such as Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Starting January 8, 2019, we will be meeting on the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library.

This month, we’ll be wrapping up our first year of the Great American Novel Book Club by reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  We'll be meeting at the Blackbird Bakery on 56 Piedmont Avenue in Bristol, Virginia, starting at 6:30 p.m. on December 28.  Readers will be responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book each month, but the library is more than happy to help you find what you need!

If you have any questions about our upcoming book club meeting, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or

Classic Movie Corner
On the last Thursday of each month, we're celebrating film with a special look back at the classic movies we love.  This month, we're watching It's a Wonderful Life (1946).  We'll kick things off at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on December 27.  Popcorn and water will be provided for all movie attendees!

Also, starting in January on the second Wednesday of the month, we'll be introducing our new Classic Movie Corner:  Western Wednesday!  All movies will be shown at 12:30 p.m. so bring your bagged lunch or grab a snack provided by the library, and come watch a classic western featuring the likes of John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood, and more.

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
We're excited about new programs for December!  This month, we're getting into the Christmas spirit with lots of holiday crafts, ugly sweater and bingo parties, movies, book clubs, Make-and-Take holiday cards) and much more.

For a full list of upcoming events, please visit the Bristol Public Library or the Avoca Branch Library or contact Ambrea at 276-821-6147 or


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