☀ 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

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

201306 FOL saleThe Friends of the Bristol Public Library will be having a USED BOOK SALE on the lower level of the Main Library:
Friday, June 14th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
BAG SALE: Saturday, June 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Stock up for your summer reading! There will be reasonably priced books for adults, young adults and children; of fiction and non-fiction; and in hardcover and softcover.

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Bristol Public Library and its branch, F.N. Manross Memorial, will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. The Library and its branch will resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 29.

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. Library databases will also remain accessible with your library card while we’re closed.

Money Smart Week Is Coming!

Money Smart Week 2013Being smart about money isn’t always easy. Staying smart about money can be even harder. That’s why Bristol Public Library is hosting a variety of free programs to help consumers learn to manage their personal finances during Money Smart Week®!

Money Smart Week is a financial literacy campaign lead by the American Library Association and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002. Money Smart Week partners will be hosting their events April 20 – 27, 2013.

Taking Control of Your Finances in 8 Steps
Monday, April 22 @ 6:30
Kayse Kress, Senior Financial Advisor for Connecticut Wealth Management LLC, will teach you the eight steps to take control of your finances. You will learn about budgeting, spending plans, setting goals, managing debt, and more.

Debt Management & Credit Repair
Tuesday, April 23 @ 6:30
A representative from the Connecticut Department of Banking will discuss ways to manage your debt, repair you credit, avoid common credit mistakes, and how to interpret your credit report.

Avoiding Identity Theft & Financial Scams
Wednesday, April 24 @ 6:30
Identity theft is the fasted growing crime in America. Learn how to protect yourself and your assets from thieves who want to steal your information. Find out how to recognize the tricks of a con artist and the tell-tale warning signs of a scam. A representative from the Connecticut Better Business Bureau will lead this program.

Couponing: Beyond the Basics
Thursday, April 25 @ 6:30
Using coupons? Want to save more? This fun class with Angie Chastain, The Coupon Lady, provides information on meal planning, store loyalty programs, rebates, online incentive programs, and savings on gifts. Additionally, this class will cover saving money without coupons! This program is funded by a generous gift from the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.

All Money Smart Week events are free. Registration is recommended, but not required. To register, click on the event you wish to attend or call 860-584-7787 x2017. If you want to see what other Connecticut libraries are offering for Money Smart Week, visit the Money Smart Week map of events.

Show Us the Love on March 19

In today’s tough economy, Bristol Public Library System offers free resources to help people find jobs and learn new skills. People of all ages and backgrounds borrow materials, gather for book discussions, and bring their children to storytime. By visiting Bristol’s libraries, people come to find their place in this community. Bristol Public Library System helps this community thrive.

And now we need you to keep us thriving! Won’t you join us in the Bristol City Council chambers for our budget hearing at 6 pm on March 19 and show the Council that you support your libraries?