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The summer reading program has begun!  This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read.  Come to the library anytime from now to August 15 to sign up.  Click the button for a PDF of our full summer schedule.  Please remember that regular story times are cancelled when special programs are happening, so check both pages of the schedule for all the fun!

Children from birth through fifth grade are eligible to sign up for summer reading and earn raffle tickets.  This year’s prize list is available online.  Check out our Facebook page for pictures of some of the prizes.  Remember to fill out each raffle ticket with name, phone number, and the number of the prize you’d like to win.


STORY TIME SUMMER 2014:  June 30 – August 15


10:00 a.m. 2 & 3 year olds
1:30 p.m. Shop Rite: Stories at Scrunchy’s located at 1200 Farmington Ave.
2:00 p.m. 6-7-8 year olds


 9:30 a.m.  Babies (0-12 months)
 10:00 a.m. Toddlers (12-24 months)
 11:30 a.m. Kitchen Science Club for Girls 6 years and up, with snacks
 5:30 p.m. Minecraft Club for 9-12 year olds, Registration Required


 9:30 a.m. Toddlers (12-24 months)
 11:00 a.m. Shop Rite: Stories at Scrunchy’s located at 1200 Farmington Ave.
 1:00 p.m. Babies (0-12 months)
 1:30 p.m. Frankenstein’s Laboratory for Boys of all ages
 2:00 p.m. 4 & 5 year olds


 10:00 a.m. 2 & 3 year olds
 2:00 p.m. Curiosity Club for 5-6-7 year olds
 6:30 p.m. 4-5-6 year olds


11:00 a.m. Origami Club for 8-9-10 year olds

If you would like to participate in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge this year, download a Reading Journal here:

Event Date/Time

Summer Reading Sign-Up

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

Robo the Robot

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

Flow Circus

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

Nappy's Puppets

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

Amazing Time Travel Show

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.

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:

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:

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!