New Downloadable Magazine Titles Available at the Library!

Logo for Zinio,  a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazinesWe’ve added several new titles to the downloadable magazines! Download them from anywhere through Zinio & keep them as long as you want! To get started click on the Zinio button on our site,, or go directly to You MUST have a valid Bristol library card to access Zinio. As of July 1st available titles include:
30 Minute Dinners
American Patchwork & Quilting
Better Homes & Gardens
Country Living
Do It Yourself
Dr Oz the Good Life
ESPN the Magazine
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Family Circle
Food Network Magazine
Good Housekeeping
HGTV Magazine
Interweave Crochet
Interweave Knits
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Martha Stewart Living
Men’s Health
National Geographic interactive
O, the Oprah Magazine
PC Magazine
Popular Science
Smithsonian Magazine
Taste of Home
Vanity Fair
Weight Watchers
Women’s Health

Unfortunately, Rolling Stone and US Weekly have ended their relationship with Zinio. Back issues and any issues you may have added to your personal collection WILL remain accessible to you, but new issues will not appear.

Relive the 1940s @ BPL in August!

Poster for Reliving The 1940s 8/5/2015 library programJoin us for Reliving the 1940s: Those Were the Days! Rescheduled from January, the program will recall growing up in the time when radio held center stage and the big band sound dominated music.  Also, see what amazing things can be learned from the 1940 Census, and how World War II changed everything.  There is no charge for this event.  Please register in advance by stopping by the Library or calling 860-584-7787 x2023.

September Library Coffee House: Sarah McQuaid

Thanks to 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,  The Library Coffee House Series starts off this fall with a blast from the UK with folk-jazz fusion
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Fun & Creative Opportunity for Crafters!

Master Scrapbook Artist Gail Straun  is hosting a make and take workshop  on Thursday, July 23 @ 6:00 PM at Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, in Bristol, CT.  Gail will show how to make a beautiful mini-album for photos, Journaling, etc, from an empty Altoids mint box using Graphic 45 Tea Papers & embellishments.  Ages 18 & up only.  There is an $8.00 materials fee for this program, payable upon arrival.  Limited to 10 spots.  For more information, or to register, please visit the library or call (860) 584-7787 x 2023.

Doctor Who: 50 Years in 100 Minutes!

Calling all Whovians!  The Doctor will be returning to Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, on July 7th @  6:30 PM. The What, Where, and How of Doctor Who with Clive Young is a fast-paced multimedia program celebrating Doctor Who from 1973 to the present day.  Designed for both new and old fans alike, the program explores the show’s colorful on-doctor summerscreen and behind-the-scenes histories, highlighting all twelve Doctors and their most important episodes  Using video and PowerPoint, the program features thrilling action, amusing trivia, and much more!  No Charge.  Please RSVP @ BPL or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.