Bonus Tax-Aide Session on April 3rd Has Been Canceled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the extra session has been canceled.

The last day to take advantage of this free service at the Main Library will be next Tuesday, April 9th, from Noon until 4:00 PM.

Tax-Aide is a free confidential service run by volunteers who prepare Federal and Connecticut tax returns. The service is offered to low and middle income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. No appointment is necessary.

For more information please call 1-888-227-7669 or visit the AARP website .

Women’s History Month Program on Historic Hill-Stead Garden Architect, Beatrix Farrand

Colleen Plimpton as Beatrix Farrand

Colleen Plimpton as Beatrix Farrand

On Saturday, March 30, at 2:00 p.m., the Bristol Garden Club, Bristol Historical Society, and the Bristol Public Library will present “Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered: A Dramatic Presentation of the Life, Times, and Gardens of America’s First Female Landscape Architect and Gardener to the Stars of the Early 20th Century.” This free event, co-sponsored by the Bristol Historical Society, Bristol Garden Club, and the Bristol Public Library will take place in meeting room 1 on the lower level of the Main Library. No registration is necessary.

In addition to being America’s first female architect, Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) was also a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Though overlooked for decades, her work is being rediscovered. Many of her gardens, such as Bellefield in Hyde Park, NY; Hill-Stead in Farmington, CT and Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, ME, have been restored. This talk is a dramatic, 45-minute, first person presentation, in costume, backed by a slide show of the distinguished landscape gardener’s creations.

Colleen Plimpton spent 30 years in her first career as a clinical social worker with the chronically mentally ill. Her second career is that of professional garden communicator. She trained at the New York Botanical Garden and has tended her sloping Connecticut acre for 20 years. She’s appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including CBS, ABC, Good Morning America and PBS; she pens a prize-winning newspaper column for Hearst Media Group; coaches gardening; has taught at the New York Botanical Garden; lectures widely; and writes for publications such as GreenPrints, Connecticut Gardener, and Toastmaster. Colleen’s multi-honored garden memoir, Mentors in the Garden of Life was a Finalist for the 2011 Connecticut Book of the Year in the Memoir category. Her new book, Growing a Movement: How a Small Group of Determined Women Changed Horticultural History will be available in 2013.

Show Us the Love on March 19

In today’s tough economy, Bristol Public Library System offers free resources to help people find jobs and learn new skills. People of all ages and backgrounds borrow materials, gather for book discussions, and bring their children to storytime. By visiting Bristol’s libraries, people come to find their place in this community. Bristol Public Library System helps this community thrive.

And now we need you to keep us thriving! Won’t you join us in the Bristol City Council chambers for our budget hearing at 6 pm on March 19 and show the Council that you support your libraries?

Computer Lab Closed & Where You Can Go For Help

sad keyDue to the loss of our computer instructor, who has taken a position elsewhere, the Computer Lab at the Main Library is closed and will remain closed until a new instructor is hired. All classes are cancelled and one-on-one instruction will not be available.

We know many of you will be inconvenienced by the closure of our computer lab. If you are looking for computer instruction, Bristol Adult Continuing Education and the Senior Center both offer classes. Contact Bristol Adult Continuing Education at (860) 584-7865 & the Senior Center at (860) 584-7895.

If you are looking for resume writing or job search strategy workshops, contact the New Britain CT Works Center @ (860) 827-6240 or the Newington Goodwill Career Center at (860) 665-0881.

Scanning services are available at Staples on Route 6/Farmington Avenue.