Calendar of Events

BPL Anime Theater
On the first Thursday of every month, the Bristol Public Library hosts anime movies and TV series in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room as part of our BPL Anime Theater. We'll 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 Summer Wars (2009) on July 5 at 5:30 p.m.  Rated PG; 114 minutes.

BPL Book Club
The BPL Book Club will meet in the Frances Kegley Conference Room on May 17.  We'll finish reading Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca, and we'll pick up our next reading adventure:  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

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

Did you know we're also offering a brand new 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. We meet on the final Friday of each month, and readers decide our new location after each meeting.

This month, we’ll be reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. We will meet at Blackbird Bakery on 56 Piedmont Avenue in Bristol, Virginia; a new location will be decided and announced for the next meeting.  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 Mary Poppins (1964).  We'll kick things off at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on July 26.  Popcorn and water will be provided for all 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
During June, the Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library are celebrating our Band Camp Bonanza!  This month, we're offering tons of music-themed and summer events, including canvas class, book clubs, musical movies, craft projects, and much more.

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


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