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?

Hurricane Closure

The Bristol Public Library System will close today, October 29, at noon due to Hurricane Sandy. We expect to reopen for normal business hours tomorrow (8:30 for Bristol Main and 10 for Manross).

While we’re closed, you may still use the library catalogs to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library’s databases, downloadable audiobooks, and eBooks will also remain accessible with your library card while we’re closed. The library catalog and databases can be accessed through our website

Emergency Shelter Open @ Chippens Hill Middle School

The Bristol Storm Shelter at Chippens Hill Middle School on Peacedale Road will open today at noon. Please bring necessary medications, toiletries, a pillow, reading materials, etc. There will be cell phone charging capabilities. Pets are allowed but must be crated and necessary food and/’or medications should be brought with you.

Due to ongoing construction, Beals Senior-Community Center on Stafford Avenue is not a designated shelter.

Photos from “Remembering Bristol’s Civil War Soldiers”

If you missed “Remembering Bristol’s Civil War Soldiers,” a program presented on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam to honor the service and sacrifice of these brave Bristol men, here is a slideshow of of photos.

Additional photos can be found here at John Banks’ Civil War blog.

Remembering Bristol’s Civil War Soldiers

Remembering Bristol’s Civil War Soldiers is a program presented on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest battle in American history, to honor the service and sacrifice of these brave Bristol men.

Ceremony to be held at the Civil War monument in West Cemetery on September 17 at 6.  Limited seating is available, bring your own chair if desirable.  Rain date is September 25.  For cancellation information check our website at or call 860-584-7787 x2017.