ENCORE: Using the New Library Computer Catalog

The BPL Computer Lab will be offering  classes on how to use the ENCORE, the new library computer catalog.  Some of the topics covered will be searching for library materials, placing holds and how to access your library account.  Open to all patrons. No charge, but please register at the Computer Lab or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2030.  Each class is limited to 17 places.

Current Schedule:

Thursday, July 24 at 6:00 PM

Monday, July 28 at 10:00 AM

Monday, August 4 at 10:00 AM

Thursday, August 7 at 6:00 PM

 

 

☆ We Built A TARDIS ☆

“The librarians have the phone box!” Wait. WHAT? Yes, we have a TARDIS in our lobby! Our TARDIS isn’t just a refurbished “dimensionally transcendental” filing cabinet, it’s also an Awesome Box. The Awesome Box is a way for you to anonymously share books, CDs, and DVDs that you enjoyed with other patrons. Just put your awesome item in our TARDIS-shaped Awesome Box when you are ready to return it.

If your awesome item is overdue, please have a librarian check the book in before you place it in our TARDIS so you do not continue to accrue fines. Please return less awesome items to the regular book drops.

You can see what’s “Recently Awesome” by visiting the Bristol Public Library System’s Awesome page at bristollibct.awesomebox.io, clicking on the Awesome Box tab on bristollib.com, or following @BristolLibCT on Twitter. If you see something awesome that you want to borrow, click on the item and you will be taken to its record in the catalog. From there you can read more about the item or place it on hold.

Bristol Public Library System’s Awesome Box is inspired by, and presented in collaboration with, the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. For more about the Awesome Box program, visit awesomebox.io.

It’s going to be an AWESOME summer.

(As for WHY our Awesome Box looks like a TARDIS … well, the librarians who decide these things really like Doctor Who!)

tardis outside

Adult Summer Reading Program starts June 25th!

The 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program begins at Bristol Public Library & Manross Memorial Library, on June 25th! From June 25, through August 15 adults patrons who check out library materials will have the opportunity to receive a raffle slip to win gift cards from a variety of local businesses.  Prize drawings will be held August 15 after 12:00 PM & winners will be notified the following week. Raffle slips will also be awarded to all patrons attending adult SRP events.  1 raffle slip per check out (not per item) & patrons must  have a valid library card from a Connecticut  public library.  There are also a wide variety of summer activities for adults at the libraries this summer–including  music, movies, book discussions, author visits and dramatic presentations. Something  for everyone!

Libraries Closed Memorial Day Weekend

The Bristol Public Library & the Manross Memorial Library will be closed Saturday May 24, Sunday May, 25 & Monday May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day.  The Bristol Public Library will re-open on Tuesday, May 27 at 8:30 AM and the  Manross Memorial Library will re-open Tuesday, May 27 at 10:00 AM.