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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!

For a full listing of businesses and organizations represented at our spring Early Childhood Fair, please click the button below.  View information on Bristol’s preschools and all of the library’s early childhood partners.

Getting ready for summer reading yet?  Click the link to access the Governor’s Reading Challenge Journal for 2015:

Event Date/Time

Friends of the Library Mini-Book Sales Coming in June!

See Event Description
06/5/2015 - 06/30/2015
All Day

Reading on the Green

See Event Description
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Summer Reading Registration

Children’s Area – Main Library
All Day

Al deCant presents Pete the Cat

Meeting Room 1
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Art Truck

See Event Description
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Animal Embassy

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

Magician Steve Woyce

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

Tom Sieling - Singer & Storyteller

Meeting Room 1
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Lionheart Puppets

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

Mr. Magic

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

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!