On Thursday, August 29, from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM, and on Thursday, September 5, from 10 AM to 2 PM, representatives will be set up in the lobby of the Main Library to answer questions about health insurance options resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Informational handouts will also be available.
For more information regarding this service, please contact Chris at Cbarrett@brasstactics.org .
The lower level meeting rooms of the Main Library will remain open to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 PM this Friday, July 19th. Please use the side door off of the library’s circle drive after our normal closing time of 5:00 PM to get to the lower level. The upper two levels of the Library, with its collections and regular services, will not be available after 5:00 PM.
At 6:30, we will be showing a PG movie from 2013, about a small-time circus magician who finds “over the rainbow” adventure dealing with three witches and the inhabitants of a land that’s far, far away from Kansas. (Want to be sure of the title of the film? Please call 860-584-7787 ext. 2017.)
Free popcorn, courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, and ice-water will be available from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.
The Friends of the Bristol Public Library will be having a USED BOOK SALE on the lower level of the Main Library:
Friday, June 14th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
BAG SALE: Saturday, June 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Stock up for your summer reading! There will be reasonably priced books for adults, young adults and children; of fiction and non-fiction; and in hardcover and softcover.
6:30 pm at City Hall in the City Council Chambers
The City Council encourages citizens to attend the Charter Revision Committee’s public hearing instead of the the May 30th Town Hall Meeting at the Main Library which was canceled to avoid conflicting with the hearing.
Please join us Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m., as we welcome Robert Steele for a book talk and signing of his new novel, The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town. This free event will take place in meeting room 1 on the lower level of the Main Library. No registration is necessary. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
The Curse is a novel set against the explosion of casino gambling that hit Connecticut during the 1990s, when two Indian tribes emerged to build the world’s two biggest casinos in the southeastern corner of the state. The story begins with the Pequot War in 1637, then jumps 350 years as a Connecticut family becomes embroiled in a struggle to block a third casino that threatens the family’s town and ancestral home.
The lure of easy money drives everyone, from the tribe’s chief to a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians, and Providence mobsters, while a small, quintessential New England town must choose between preserving its character or accepting an extraordinary proposal that will change it forever.
As the battle over the casino reaches a climax, the main character discovers startling truths about his family’s past-including centuries-old events that appear to be impacting the present with devastating effect.
WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio’s John Dankosky calls the novel “fascinating” and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro has described it as “compelling and timely…an epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed.”
Robert Steele is a former Congressman and candidate for governor of Connecticut. He represented eastern Connecticut in Congress prior to the arrival of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, and subsequently lived for 21 years on the edge of the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, giving him a front-row seat to the political maneuvering that led to the casinos and a first-hand view of their impact. He is currently vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and lives with his wife in Essex, Connecticut.