Book Banter: The Poisonwood Bible – CANCELED

The Poisonwood BibleCanceled due to poor weather conditions.

Please join us next month for lively Book Banter.

About Barbara Kingsolver‘s award-winning novel The Poisonwood Bible.

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in post-colonial Africa. — excerpted from

Copies of The Poisonwood Bible are available at the Circulation Desk or you may bring your own.

Salem Press: 24/7 Resources for Students

As the semester begins to draw to a close, your library can be a great research resource for those school projects and papers looming on the horizon! In addition to the great new online learning tools we added to our website this fall, we also want to remind you of our older-but-no-less awesome tools. For example, if you’re a high school or college student, did you know you can research your papers anytime, anywhere with Salem Press Online?

Salem Press Online provides full 24/7 online access to its high quality reference works — search through the databases to access information about milestone documents, great lives and great works, as well as medical treatments and  health conditions. (Professor prefers print? Non-circulating print versions of these works can be found in our reference collection during regular library hours).

To access Salem Press Online, visit our website, Or click the icons shown below. If you are outside the library, you will need to sign in with your valid 14-digit Bristol library card number.  Simply click the “remote access” button at the bottom of the Salem Press “Welcome” page, as shown below:
Salem Press remote access screen
Then enter you library card in the blank:
Salem Press login
What’s available to Bristol patrons through Salem Press Online? Lots!

Salem Press Health
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  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases & Conditions
  • Magill’s Medical Guide
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Salem Health: Cancer

Salem Press History
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  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration
  • Great Athletes
  • Great Events from History: The Middle Ages, 477-1453
  • Great Events from History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600
  • Great Lives from History: Inventors & Inventions
  • Great Lives from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 c.e.
  • Great Lives from History: The Middle Ages
  • Great Lives from History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600
  • Milestone Documents in African American History
  • Milestone Documents in World History
  • Milestone Documents of American Leaders
  • Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century
  • Survey of American Industry & Careers
  • The Twenties in America
  • The Thirties in America
  • The Forties in America
  • The Fifties in America
  • The Sixties in America
  • The Seventies in America

Salem Press Literature
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  • Critical Insights: John Steinbeck
  • Critical Insights: Mark Twain
  • Critical Insights: Stephen King
  • Critical Insights: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Critical Insights: The Great Gatsby
  • Critical Insights: The Red Badge of Courage
  • Critical Insights: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Critical Insights: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: American Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: British, Irish, & Commonwealth Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: European Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: World Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: Topical Essays
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: Cumulative Indexes
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: American Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: British, Irish & Commonwealth Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: European Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: World Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Topical Essays
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Cumulative Indexes

Salem Press Science
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  • Applied Science
  • Earth Science: Earth’s Surface and History
  • Earth Science: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Revised Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Global Warming
  • The Solar System

Questions? Concerns? Confusion? Contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017.

Hang an Ornament On Our Geek Tree

Geek The Library: I Geek Christmas

Geek: Verb

  • To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for.
  • To express interest in.
  • To possess a large amount of knowledge in.
  • To promote.

Everyone is passionate about something and we as a public library support all that you geek! Please stop in during the Friends’ Festival of Trees and write what you geek on an ornament for our Geek the Library Tree.  We will also have ornaments (and fun giveaways) with us at the 27th Annual Santa’s Workshop at Mrs. Rockwell’s Pavilion in Rockwell Park on Sunday, December 23.

geek ornaments

What is Geek the Library and why does it need a tree? Geek the Library is a community-based public awareness campaign designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today’s challenging environment and raise awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face. To show your support and get your geek on go to

Geek ornaments

The Bristol Public Library system will be participating in this campaign in 2013 and you can expect to see Geek the Library materials all over the city.  We hope you’ll have a lot of fun with it and everyone will come away with a better understanding of what libraries do and how and with what monies.

(More information about Geek the Library and what it means for Bristol will be forthcoming)

Geek the Library tree

Hang a Ribbon On Our Tree of Hope

Cancer Tree of Hope Awareness RibbonsThe Fourth Annual Bristol Public Library Cancer Survivor Tree of Hope is on display across from the Circulation Desk during the Friends’ Festival of Trees. For the past three years, this tree was dedicated by Gail Straun to Gabe Straun, a Bristol Library employee since September 1992, who was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in May 2008, after receiving chemotherapy and several weeks of very intense radiation therapy, Gabe is back to work and doing great.

For the past two years, this tree was also dedicated to Diane Pelletier, Bristol Library employee since March 1999, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2006. Diane underwent several surgeries, received chemotherapy, and has been cancer free for over three years. Diane has also been back to work full-time since April 2007.

Last year, this tree was also dedicated the tree to Library Page, Melody Sonstrom, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Melody has since recovered and is back at work.

And this year … this year, our tree is also dedicated to Gail.

Gail writes:

This year, the tree has a new very special meaning to me since I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia on August 22, 2012.

What better time of year than the holidays — a time of giving and sharing — to offer hope and inspiration for anyone who may be diagnosed with this devastating disease. It is my hope that the almost three hundred ribbons already on our tree, and the stories of survival and courage represented by each and every one of them, will help others to see a light at the end of the tunnel when a cancer diagnosis is made for them, a friend, or a loved one. No one should have to travel the journey of cancer alone, and I hope this tree helps those who may feel alone to know that there are so many others who are walking in their same shoes. This Tree of Hope is also a symbolic event to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.

If you have or have had cancer, or are a caregiver, family member or friend of someone diagnosed who has survived this disease, please choose the appropriate colored ribbon, write your (or their) name on the ribbon and place it on the tree. As each cancer survivor’s ribbon decorates the tree, it will be one more ray of hope that a cancer diagnosis does not always mean that a life must end.

Cancer Tree of Hope Awareness Ribbons