Coming up next week …


Greetings, all!  I hope that you’ve all had a chance to come down the library to sign up for summer reading – already hundreds of you have!

Here’s what’s going on next week in the Children’s department (June 25th-June 29th).  All of our programs are free and all children will earn raffle tickets for attending.  Don’t forget – the library is air conditioned!  It’s the perfect place to be on a hot, summer day!  Just a reminder – whenever there is a program during scheduled story times, the program will take the place of the story time.

Monday, June 25th @ 10 AM – Two Right Feet will perform a sensational musical show!

Tuesday, June 26th @ 9:30 AND 10:00 AM – Mother Goose will visit the library to do songs and nursery rhymes!

Tuesday, June 26th @ 6:30 – Steve Woyce will be here for a special turtle show!  Come meet, and learn about, turtles!

Wednesday, June 27th @ 6:00 PM – Come and meet the author ofGwendolyn the Graceful Pig, David Ira Rottenberg!  Members from the Nutmeg Ballet will perform the story!

Thursday, June 28th @ 6:30 PM – Vic & Sticks, a musical duo, will present silly songs using instruments made from recycled items!


Summer Reading Prize List



Our prize list for summer reading is finally ready!  Click on the tab at the top of the page to see what sort of fabulous prizes we have this year.  Don’t want to fill out piles of raffle tickets while at the library?  No problem, just bring them home and use our handy list to finish them and then drop them in our raffle box during your next visit.  Good luck, everyone!  We hope to see all of you next week when Summer Reading kicks off!

Save Manross! Save Your Librarians!


Greetings, all –

You may have seen the article, “TAX FREEZE BUDGET PLAN: 44 layoffs, close Manross, no Mum funds,” on the Bristol Press site. The list of proposed cuts (thanks to for posting the document) include heavy cuts to Bristol’s library system:

  • Main Library: Eliminate 3 FTE
  • Main Library: Reduce Books by 50%
  • Main Library: Eliminate all Capital
  • Children’s Library: Reduce Books by 50%
  • Manross Library: Close entire branch (risk possibly losing trust); leave small amount for utilities

Please email City Council members and express your disapproval of these proposed cuts:

  • Mayor Arthur J. Ward:


  • Kevin Fuller:
  • Eric Carlson:


  • Henri Martin:
    Ken Cockayne:


  • Dave Mills:
    Derek Czenczelewski:

Please also attend the Mayor’s Budget Workshop this Wednesday 5/16 at 7 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall and support library services in Bristol! Speak out to prevent the closure of Manross, the layoff of librarians, and the reduction of materials and programs we provide to the people of Bristol.

YA Preview



If you have any children who are currently in 5th grade, they are invited to check out YA programs throughout the month of May!

The YA department will be hosting a board game night on Wednesday, May 2nd from 6 to 7 PM.  There will also be a Teen Movie Night on Monday, May 7th at 5:30 (due to licensing restrictions, I can’t list the name of the movie here.  However, I can tell you that it is a recently released movie based on a book by Brian Selznick … )  The movie is just over 2 hours long and snacks will be served.  Lastly, there will be a Teen Craft Night on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6 PM.  Participants are kindly asked to RSVP for the Teen Craft Night so that enough materials will be made available. 

Beginning with Summer Reading, current 5th graders will be eligible for YA programs – this is a great opportunity to see what is offered!

Safety Fair!



It is almost time for our annual Safety Fair!  Stop by the library on Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 to 2:30.  We will be giving away, and fitting, over 100 bicycle helmets for children!  The helmets have been generously donated by the Bristol Elks Club, Bristol Pediatric Center and the Imagine Nation Museum.  The helmets are given away on a first come-first served basis.

CT CHIP will also be on hand providing services for child identification kits.  This service is FREE for all who participate. 

We hope to see all of you at the library for our Safety Fair!