October Coffee House Concert: Marc Berger

As part  of the Library Coffee House series, American roots artist Marc Berger will be performing w/ guitarist Richie Depaolo at Bristol Public Library on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.  Marc who has been an opening act for Bob Dylan & other national acts has been described as “One part Springsteen and one part Dylan, but with pure charisma that is all Berger ” (I Jayvee at TRT, theroundtableonline.com).  Marc is currently promoting his album Ride, inspired by his lifelong love affair with the American West. The BPL Coffee House is a series of free monthly concerts with refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.  
Upcoming concerts include the Kenn Morr Band on November 6th at 6:30 PM and an afternoon holiday performance by Irish Fiddler Deirdre McMorrow on December 10 at 1:00 PM.  All performances will be at Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, in Bristol, CT.  Information and RSVP is available at the library or by calling: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.

 

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Mike Reiss to Attend Library Ceremony in October

On Saturday, October 11 at 3:00 PM, BPL will welcome Bristol native, and Simpsons television series writer, Mike Reiss.  Mike, who was a Bristol Public Library user in his school days, and is a major donor to the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, is visiting the library to attend a small dedication ceremony for the new first floor library Express Area.  The new Express Area, is designed to support the growing use of digital technology in the community and will include cafe style seating, free WI-FI, tables with charging hubs and USB ports for mobile devices and will be a location inside the library where covered beverages will be permitted.  The required furniture and re-furbishing of the first-floor lobby are made possible by Mike’s generous support.

Although the  Express Area will not be completed by October 11, the dedication ceremony will include the presentation of a plaque, the signing of Simpsons posters that will be part of the Express Area decor, a display board showing what the new furniture materials will look like, and refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.  The public is welcome to attend the dedication.

An Easy Way to Support Your Library!

The Friends of Bristol Library are now able to receive 0.5% of what you spend on Amazon.com  with no extra cost to you!  If you are interested, please  go to http://www.smile.amazon.com/ and sign in as you always do – then click on The Friends of the Bristol Library when asked to pick a charity.  You will only have to do this one time but you will need to go to http://www.smile.amazon.com/ each time you shop.  (There are a million charities registered already.)  The Friends have already arranged to have our portion of the sales sent directly to us.   How easy is that!!

Women’s Work in World War II

On Tuesday, September 30 at 1:30 PM, Bristol Public Library will host a presentation entitled Women’s Work in WW II with historian and author John Cilio. The program will tell the story of the women who stepped into jobs with minimal training and no experience in order to keep America running during the war.  There is no charge for this event. Register at BPL or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.  Made possible by CT At Work: A CT Humanities Initiative.  Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of Bristol Public Library.    

Saturday Hours for the Bristol History Room this Fall!

The Bristol History Room, which houses the local history collection of the Bristol Public Library, will be open monthly on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30 AM on the following dates: September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 13.  The Bristol History Room collection includes books about Bristol, pictures and postcards, maps, diaries, church and assessor’s records, newspapers on microfilm, cemetery, birth, death and marriage indexes, city directories and yearbooks. There are nearly a hundred historic images of Bristol on permanent display in the local history room and temporary exhibits of pictures of Lake Compounce  and objects made at the American Silver Company.  Any questions please contact Jay Manewitz at 860-584-7787 x 2017 or by email: jaymanewitz@ci.bristol.ct.us