It’s Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2013Banned Books Week is an annual event highlighting the value of free and open access to information. Observed since 1982, this annual American Library Association event reminds Americans not to take this democratic freedom for granted. To learn more about Banned Books Week, visit ala.org/bbooks.

To commemorate Banned Books Week, Bristol Public Library is hosting two events:

Scandalous Cinema September 23-26 & 28 at 2 pm, we will be showing films based on banned or challenged books. Click here for the complete schedule. Free snacks provided by Price Chopper.

Guess the banned or challenged book! Win a fabulous Banned Books Week tote and a $15 Starbucks gift card. From September 23-30 come in to the High Street library and read the clues given for three books that have been challenged or banned. Fill out an entry form with the title of one of the books, your name, and your phone number. Then place your entry form in the box. The winner will be drawn on October 1. Gift card supplied by our Friends.

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.

Main Library Cooling Station – Friday 7/19 until 9:00 PM (PG movie at 6:30 PM)

The lower level meeting rooms of the Main Library will remain open to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 PM this Friday, July 19th. Please use the side door off of the library’s circle drive after our normal closing time of 5:00 PM to get to the lower level. The upper two levels of the Library, with its collections and regular services, will not be available after 5:00 PM.

At 6:30, we will be showing a PG movie from 2013, about a small-time circus magician who finds “over the rainbow” adventure dealing with three witches and the inhabitants of a land that’s far, far away from Kansas. (Want to be sure of the title of the film? Please call 860-584-7787 ext. 2017.)

Free popcorn, courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, and ice-water will be available from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.

Libraries Closed for Independence Day

Bristol Public Library and its branch, F.N. Manross Memorial, will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The Library and its branch will resume normal hours on Friday, July 5.

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 libraries’ databases will also remain accessible with your valid Bristol library card while we’re closed. These resources can be accessed through our website bristollib.com.

☀ Summer Hours Are Here ☀

Bristol Public Library and its branch, F.N. Manross Memorial, will be closed on Saturdays, from June 29 through August 31. The Library and its branch will resume normal Saturday hours on September 7.

♦ This Saturday, June 22, is the last Saturday we will be open until September 7 ♦

Main Library Summer Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 8
Friday: 8:30 – 5
Closed Saturday & Sunday

F.N. Manross Memorial Summer Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10 – 8
Friday: 9 – 5
Closed Saturday & Sunday