October Library Coffee House: Liz Friedmann

friedmannThe Library Coffee House for October will feature the music of singer & guitarist Liz Friedmann (folk, pop & un-plugged classic rock) on Thursday, October 15 @ 6:30 PM.   No Charge. Please register at the library or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.  Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library. Liz appears courtesy of 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.

Mayor Proclaims September is Library Card Sign-Up Month in Bristol


(Bristol) –On Thursday, September 3rd, Mayor Ken Cockayne presented members of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library and the Library Board with a proclamation declaring September to be Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Bristol Public and Manross Libraries join with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide promote reading and literacy and to make sure that every resident has the most important card of all– a free library card.  The Mayor also received an honorary “Mayor’s Card” from the library staff.


The Mayor’s proclamation noted that the resources at the Bristol Public Library are available for free to anyone who has a library card.  Adults & children can turn to the library for materials, services, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support literacy, academic achievement, job skills and personal development

Some of the things A Bristol Public Library a card holder can do for free:

  • Use computers and free Wi-Fi
  • Get Tech help at the  Computer Lab
  • Take free online classes
  • Watch & download movies
  • Get a pass for a Connecticut museum or  attraction
  • Download & listen to audiobooks
  • Download e-books & digital magazines
  • Borrow books, magazines, DVDs & CDs from all Connecticut libraries
  • Check email and recharge mobile devices in the Express Area

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where patrons can use new technologies, learn a language or skill, read a newspaper or listen to terrific performers at the  Library Coffee House.  Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Inter-library Loans, One Click Digital (audiobooks), Zinio (digital magazines), Universal Class (free online classes) & the ICONN state-wide database (books, e-books, journals & newspapers), that can be accessed in person or online.


Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including a library card sign-up booth with plenty of give-a-ways at this year’s Mum Fest.


For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Bristol Public Library, or the Manross Memorial Library in Forestville, in person or visit the library online at www.bristollib.com.



Chocolate @ the Library!

chocolateChocolatier Maria Brandriff’s presentation includes a discussion of the varieties of chocolate available, how to work with chocolate, and teaching the basics of chocolate truffle making. This program is a demo with generous samples. Maria holds a certificate in Gastronomy from the University of New Haven and studied with a professional chocolatier in the city of Arles in Provence, France. No charge.  Please RSVP @ the  library or call:  (860) 584-7787 x2023. Limited to 30 participants.