Stories from Route 6 @ BPL

Don’t miss “Ten Million Steps: Stories from Route 6 Walk,” presented by local author and former News-Times (Danbury) reporter, Joe Hurley. The presentation will share stories from Joe’s walk across America along Route 6 from Cape Cod to California and provide a guided virtual tour of America’s most famous highway. Copies of the book Ten Million Steps will be available for signing at the event.

10 Million Steps: A fresh look at America and Americans
From Cape Cod to California on Route 6,  is author Joe Hurley’s  account  of his walk across America  on Route  6, from Cape Cod, through Connecticut, to Los Angeles, California.  “Ten Million Steps” is a sketch of the U. S. through the eyes of coal miners, farmers, banjo players, parents, country folk and city folk. The book is also about ducks that walk on fish, scary cows, women in hard hats, a bike that floats, and the bravest little car in the world. And it’s about places you can’t savor in the fast lane. Author Joe Hurley will give a behind the scenes look at the walk, the book and the faces of Route 6. Want to know how many pairs of shoes Joe wore out on his 3,500 mile walk – or whether it really was 3,500 miles and whether it really was 10 million steps? Just ask Joe in person. Joe has the answers to these and all of the important questions facing the world today. Ok, slight exaggeration. But he does know a lot about the people and places on Route 6. Joe tells it all in “Behind the Scenes of Ten Million Steps” his little one-man performance including a zesty talk, some of Travis great photos and most important – lots of time for Q and A. Mr. Hurley will have the book available for purchase and signing. No charge. Please register by visiting BPL or calling: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.

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, clicking on the Awesome Box tab on, 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

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