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Registration for summer reading begins on June 22.  All story times and reading clubs begin the following week on June 29.  Click the link below to see our full schedule of superhero fun planned for summer 2015!

NEW THIS SUMMER!  The library will be serving free lunches to kids ages 2-18.  Lunch will be available from 11:30am to 1:30pm every weekday from June 22 until August 14.  Adults may bring their own lunch to eat with their children.  This special program is sponsored by EndHungerCT, No Kid Hungry, CT BOE and Whitsons.

If you’d like to participate in the Governor’s Reading Challenge for 2015, use this link to print a journal:

Story times and reading clubs begin the week of June 29.
*Please remember that special programs can sometimes take the place of regular story times.  Check our “special events” tab to see when these programs are happening.

10am Story Time for 2-3 years
1:30pm Shop Rite Stories @ Scrunchy’s (1200 Farmington Ave)
2pm Crafts for 6-8 years
6pm LEGO Robotics for 6-12 *Registration Required
9:30am Story Time for Babies 0-12 months
10am Story Time for Toddlers 12-24 months
11am Makerspace Concoctions for 6 years and up
2pm Story Time for 4-6 years
5:30pm Minecraft for 9-12 years *Registration Required
6:30pm Spanish Family Story Time
9:30am Story Time for Toddlers 12-24 months
11am Shop Rite Stories @ Scrunchy’s (1200 Farmington Ave)
1pm Story Time for Babies 0-12 months
1:30pm Masked Kid Club for 5 years and up
10am Story Time for 2-3 years
2:30pm Animal Heroes Club for 9 years and up
10am Minecraft for 9-12 years *Registration Required
10am Makerspace Concoctions for 6 years and up
2pm History’s Heroes for 7 years and up


Event Date/Time


Manross Room
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Meeting Room 1
6:30 pm

Dancin' With Hoops

Meeting Room 1
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Super Hero School

Meeting Room 1
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hands on Drumming

Meeting Room 1
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Flow Circus

Meeting Room 1
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Science Tellers

Meeting Room 1
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Jodie Fitz from Price Chopper

Meeting Room 1
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Nappy's Puppets

Meeting Room 1
9:30 am - 10:30 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.

Guide to Living Bully Free

The Connecticut Office of the Victim Advocate has put together a brochure outlining ways to identify bullies and victims of bullying, plus tips for keeping your child and community safe.

Guide to Internet Safety
The Connecticut Office of the Victim Advocate has put together a brochure with information on how to keep you and your child safe while using the Internet.

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:
Volume 2 – Promoting Healthy Child Development:

Suggested Reading by Grade Level

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

Our own Valerie Toner is the featured author of the October 2013 Children’s Bookshelf in Connecticut Parent Magazine, and Margaret Mennone is the author of December 2014′s column.  Read their articles here:


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.

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!