The Gargoyles are Coming October 7!

On Wednesday, October 7 @ 6:30 PM, Bristol Public Library, on 5 High Street, will host An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University , presented by CT author and photographer, Mathew Duman.   The presentation will share stories about the often humorous history, meaning and architecture behind these “New World” grotesques adorning the buildings at Yale.  Copies of the book of the same title will be available for signing at the event.  There is no charge for this program, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, please visit the library or call (860) 584-7787 x 2023. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.  

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is Here!

SERRC_button_100x50Falling is here! Getting ready to fire up your leaf blower or chainsaw or – if you’re more the pessimistic type – your snow blower? No matter what sort of small engine you’re ready to use, it might need a little tune-up. In that case, the Small Engine Repair Reference Center, available online through our website, is at your service!

Simply go to, click on “Public Services,” and then “Research & Information.” From there, click on Small Engine Repair Reference Center and choose your engine. You’ll need your valid Bristol Library card to access the site, but it’s 100% free of charge.

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October Coffee House Concert: Marc Berger

As part  of the Library Coffee House series, American roots artist Marc Berger will be performing w/ guitarist Richie Depaolo at Bristol Public Library on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.  Marc who has been an opening act for Bob Dylan & other national acts has been described as “One part Springsteen and one part Dylan, but with pure charisma that is all Berger ” (I Jayvee at TRT,  Marc is currently promoting his album Ride, inspired by his lifelong love affair with the American West. The BPL Coffee House is a series of free monthly concerts with refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.  
Upcoming concerts include the Kenn Morr Band on November 6th at 6:30 PM and an afternoon holiday performance by Irish Fiddler Deirdre McMorrow on December 10 at 1:00 PM.  All performances will be at Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, in Bristol, CT.  Information and RSVP is available at the library or by calling: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.


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Mike Reiss to Attend Library Ceremony in October

On Saturday, October 11 at 3:00 PM, BPL will welcome Bristol native, and Simpsons television series writer, Mike Reiss.  Mike, who was a Bristol Public Library user in his school days, and is a major donor to the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, is visiting the library to attend a small dedication ceremony for the new first floor library Express Area.  The new Express Area, is designed to support the growing use of digital technology in the community and will include cafe style seating, free WI-FI, tables with charging hubs and USB ports for mobile devices and will be a location inside the library where covered beverages will be permitted.  The required furniture and re-furbishing of the first-floor lobby are made possible by Mike’s generous support.

Although the  Express Area will not be completed by October 11, the dedication ceremony will include the presentation of a plaque, the signing of Simpsons posters that will be part of the Express Area decor, a display board showing what the new furniture materials will look like, and refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.  The public is welcome to attend the dedication.