1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Do you know that one of the very best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books? Reading to and with your child helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide solid foundations that are key to school success. For that reason, the Bristol Public Library is beginning a new free program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Please visit us in the children’s department to register your infant, toddler, or preschooler (up to 5 years and not-yet-enrolled in kindergarten) and receive a book bag and logs to help you keep track of your reading. Once you’re signed up, check in with us to receive special rewards for every one hundred books read. Upon completion of reading 1,000 books, your child will receive a special book, a reading diploma, a picture on the “Reader’s Hall of Fame”, a special letter to the principal of his/her new school, and more. This is a great way for your child to begin his/her academic career as a star reader!

This program is possible thanks to the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, who have lovingly sponsored us in our new endeavor.

Wireless Printing Is Coming!

SPOT, The Intelligent HotSpotWe’ll soon be changing how we manage our WiFi, which will mean some changes to your WiFi experience:

  • You will need your valid library card number and CASSIE password to sign on to the libraries’ WiFi.
  • You will (finally!) be able to print from your laptop to the libraries’ printers.

If you have questions, please contact Chris, the computer lab instructor, @ 860-584-7787 x2030

A Free Library Card is Your Most Important School Supply

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Bristol Public Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most import school supply of all — a free library card.

Library resources are available to anyone who has a valid library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs, and services that support academic achievement. Our library offers access to important educational resources, like LearningExpress Library, Transparent Language Online, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Salem Press Research Databases, and more.

For information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Bristol Libraries in person or download a library card application.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Libraries Closed for Labor Day

Bristol Public Library and its branch, F.N. Manross Memorial, will be closed Monday, September 2, to celebrate Labor Day. The Library and its branch will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 3.

Regular Saturday hours (8:30-5 @ Main, 9-5 @ Manross) resume Saturday, September 7.

While we’re closed, you may still drop off items in our book drops or use the library catalogs to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library’s databases will also remain accessible with your library card while we’re closed. These resources can be accessed through our website bristollib.com.