New Salem Press Resources

We’re pleased to announce we have added eighteen new resources to our online and print Salem Press collection. If you prefer print, physical editions are shelved in our Reference collection. Digital editions are available 24/7 from our Research & Information page with your valid Bristol library card.

What we’ve added:

Salem Press Health
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      • Addictions and Substance Abuse

Salem Press History
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      • Defining Documents in American History: Exploration and Colonial America (1492-1755)
      • Defining Documents in American History: The American Revolution (1754-1805)
      • Great Lives from History: Scientists and Science
      • The 2000s in America

Salem Press Literature
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      • Critical Insights: Contemporary Speculative Fiction
      • Critical Insights: Dystopia
      • Critical Insights: Good and Evil
      • Critical Insights: Grapes of Wrath
      • Critical Insights: Jane Austen
      • Critical Insights: Langston Hughes
      • Critical Insights: Orwell
      • Critical Insights: The Inferno
      • Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore: Love, Sexuality, and Desire
      • Critical Surveys: Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics
      • Critical Surveys: Manga
      • Masterplots, Fourth Edition

Salem Press Science
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  • Encyclopedia of Energy

Come, Meet Our New Computer Lab Instructor

We’re pleased to say the Computer Lab has been reopened under the guidance of our new Computer Lab Instructor, Chris Soper! Chris previously worked at Manchester Public Library as a Library assistant who specialized in helping the public with computers. He is currently working on his Master’s of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University.

Chris loves to read and would love to hear your recommendations for great dystopian-type novels. Currently, his favorite books are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry, and the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

Our new Computer Lab Instructor, Chris Soper

Chris says:

“My goal as the Computer Lab Instructor is to provide new, fun and educational programs to the public. My hope is for people to learn about the advantages of technology and how it can help you with your technological needs. I’m very friendly and I don’t bite, so please visit and ask me anything you would like to know about computers or other electronic devices.”

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.

YA Preview Month


The Teen Department is hosting a YA Preview Month during May!  We are inviting all 5th graders to participate in any YA programs and activities – this will be their new spot for programming once they are 6th graders!

The Teen Department will be offering a variety of programs throughout May.  Be sure to check the activities board in the YA department or the webpage to find out what’s happening.  Some programs do require registration so please stop at the YA desk to sign up if your child would like to participate.

We hope to see lots of 5th graders all month long so that they can experience the fabulous programs the Teen Department offers!

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?