Small Engine Repair Reference Center is Here!

SERRC_button_100x50Falling is here! Getting ready to fire up your leaf blower or chainsaw or – if you’re more the pessimistic type – your snow blower? No matter what sort of small engine you’re ready to use, it might need a little tune-up. In that case, the Small Engine Repair Reference Center, available online through our website, is at your service!

Simply go to, click on “Public Services,” and then “Research & Information.” From there, click on Small Engine Repair Reference Center and choose your engine. You’ll need your valid Bristol Library card to access the site, but it’s 100% free of charge.

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Telephone Troubles at BPL: Use Alternate Number: (860) 584-7788

Many patrons have told us they are experiencing difficulty contacting the Bristol Public Library using the main  telephone number: (860) 584-7787.  There is a temporary problem with the library telephone system, which should be corrected soon.  In the meantime, the alternate telephone number (860) 584-7788 may be used to contact the library.  The problem with the telephone system appears to be confined to the 7787 number only.

October Coffee house Concert: Marc Berger


As part  of the BPL Coffee House series, American roots artist Marc Berger will be performing a concert at Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, in Bristol, CT, 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,  Marc is currently promoting his album Ride, inspired by his lifelong love affair with the American West. Free concert. Please RSVP at the library or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.  Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of Bristol Public Library.


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  with no extra cost to you!  If you are interested, please  go to 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 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!!