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


The winter/spring story time session has ended.  Please join us beginning June 30 for the summer session, full of stories, songs, crafts and fun.

We have some great programs coming up!
Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. – How to Help With Homework (workshop for parents)
Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Safety Fair (come early to get a helmet, and bring your bicycle all day)
NEW every other Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. – Spanish-English Language Playgroup 4/16, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28

Please remember that story time/reading club is canceled when school is canceled. During the winter months the library adheres to school policy: No school due to inclement weather, no story time at the library.


Event Date/Time

Awesome Magic

Meeting Room 1
04/17/2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spanish-English Language Playgroup

Story Time Room 1
04/30/2014
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Safety Fair

Children’s Area – Main Library
05/3/2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Spanish-English Language Playgroup

Story Time Room 1
05/14/2014 - 05/28/2014
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Author Christine Ieronimo

Story Time Room 1
05/27/2014
10:30 am - 11:15 am

Spanish-English Language Playgroup

Story Time Room 1
05/28/2014
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Summer Reading Sign-Up

Children’s Area – Main Library
06/23/2014 - 08/15/2014
All Day

Reading on the Green

See Event Description
06/28/2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Art Truck

Children’s Area – Main Library
07/1/2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sparky's Puppets

Meeting Room 1
07/2/2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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


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!