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  • Sonar the Wolf
  • Preschool Fair
  • Mother Goose Group
  • Magic Trick


The summer reading program has concluded for 2014.  Fall programs and story times kick off the week of October 6.  Click the link to see our fall schedule.

It’s not too late to participate in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge this year.  Download a Reading Journal here:  http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/ctread/SummerReading2014_journal.pdf


Event Date/Time

Curiosity Day

Children’s Area – Main Library
09/20/2014
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Sing Along With Irv

Story Time Room 1
10/9/2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Star Wars Day

Children’s Area – Main Library
10/11/2014
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Ivy & Bean Day

Children’s Area – Main Library
10/18/2014
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Halloween Gala

Children’s Area – Main Library
10/25/2014
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Hampstead Stage presents Oliver Twist

Meeting Room 1
11/15/2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Santa Saturday

Children’s Area – Main Library
11/29/2014
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Find More Events


Directory of Services for Young Children in the Bristol Area
This PDF document makes available important information for successful starts in the lives of Bristol’s youngest citizens.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Activity Book
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put together an activity book to educate children and families on lead poisoning prevention.

Help Me Grow – Child Development
The Connecticut Child Development Infoline provides information on how your child learns and grows.

Connecticut Early Care and Education Progress Report 
Connecticut Voices for Children conducts independent research and advocates to improve the lives of Connecticut children.  This annual report from 2013 covers the quality and availability of early childhood care and education across our state.

Caring For Connecticut’s Children
The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut puts out a handbook of information and resources on how to keep young children healthy and safe. To order a printed copy or download the digital guide, please click the links below.
Volume 1 – Promoting Health and Safety: http://www.chdi.org/cfcc-vol1
Volume 2 – Promoting Healthy Child Development: http://www.chdi.org/cfcc-vol2

Summer 2014 Suggested Reading


Wondering what to read next? Check out our reading guides!

Our own Valerie Toner is the featured author of October’s Children’s Bookshelf in Connecticut Parent Magazine. Read her article here:

http://ctparent.com/bookshelf/13-10-bookshelf.htm

Good Reads is an online community of book reviews and recommendations from people all over the world. Please visit the Bristol Public Library Children’s page to see what we’re reading.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/11934386-bristol-public-library-system?shelf=children-main-library

School Library Journal has compiled a list of their Top 100 Picture Books, including special reviews by Betsy Bird of the top ten.

We have also compiled some book lists of popular topics and characters.  Each list includes call numbers for all books on that topic owned by the Bristol Public Library.  Check back for more lists soon!