Special Mum Fest Edition of the Library Coffee house in September w/ Sarah McQuiad

BPL is happy to welcome UK Folk/Jazz Fusion singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid to Bristol for  a special Mum Fest edition of the Library Coffee House, on Thursday, September 24 @ 6:30 PM.  Sarah is  currently on an international tour promoting her new album Walking into White.

Click to Hear “Silver Lining” by Sarah McQuaid

Sponsored by a grant by the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund, the Gnazzo/Reidy Charitable Fund and the Elizabeth Tyrell Fund for the Arts at the Main Street Community Foundation. More about Sarah McQuaid: www.sarahMcQuaid.com




Retirement Planning Workshop Canceled


On Wednesday, September 9 @ 6:30 PM, Financial planner and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor Michael Alimo, of USA Financial & Tax Services, presents a free workshop at Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, on how to navigate the retirement planning process, make the best use of your assets and avoid common mistakes.  No charge. To attend, Please RSVP at the library or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.

August 13th: Coffee House & Summer Swing Finale @ BPL

Don’t Forget!


Thursday, August 13th @ 6:00 PM

The Library Coffee House Summer Series  winds up with the Summer Finale featuring the Swing & Jazz music of pianist John Brighenti with Atla DeChamplain (vocals) & Lou Boccierello (bass).  Old-fashioned ice cream floats by Dunphy’s will be served and all adult Summer Reading prizes will be awarded.  RSVP at the library or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.  No charge.  Refreshments courtesy of the  Friends of the Bristol Public Library.

Even More Salem Press Resources in Paper & Digital

Salem Press Critical Insights Alice Walker volume cover artWe’re pleased to announce we have added added EVEN MORE NEW RESOURCES to our print and online Salem Press collection — 15 more volumes in the Critical Insights series! These volumes circulate, so you may take them home and read them at your leisure. Digital editions can be accessed 24/7 from our Research & Information page with your valid Bristol library card.

New Critical Insights volumes added:

  • The Awakening
  • James Baldwin
  • The Bell Jar
  • Charles Dickens
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Robert Frost
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • I know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Little Women
  • Jack London
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Alice Walker

New Salem Press Resources in Paper & Digital!

Salem Press Critical Insights LGBTQ Literature cover art with rainbow flagWe’re pleased to announce we have added 20 new resources to our online and print Salem Press collection. If you prefer print, physical editions are shelved in our Reference collection. Digital editions are available 24/7 from our Research & Information page with your valid Bristol library card.

What we’ve added:

Ancient Creatures

Contemporary Biographies:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Critical Insights:

  • The American Comic Book
  • The American Dream
  • American Road Literature
  • The American Thriller
  • Crime & Detective Fiction
  • LGBTQ Literature
  • Magical Realism
  • The Slave Narrative
  • Virginia Woolf & 20th Century Women Writers

Critical Surveys:

  • Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction: Novelists with Feminist Themes
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction: Science Fiction Novelists
  • Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: World Mythology

Earth Science:

  • Earth Materials & Resources, Volumes 1 & 2
  • Earth’s Weather, Water, & Atmosphere, Volumes 1 & 2

Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Volumes 1-4
Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society, Volumes 1-3