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The fall session of story times and reading clubs is underway and runs until December 12.  We had two special clubs that required registration that have filled (LEGO Simple Machines and Minecraft Club).  All other programs are drop-in with no registration required.  Please view our schedule and visit us for an upcoming program.



10am 2 & 3 year olds
4pm Haunting Hour: Spooky stuff for 7 years+
6pm LEGO Building & Play for ages 6 and under
6pm LEGO Simple Macines for ages 7-12 REGISTRATION REQ.


9:30am Babies Play & Learn for 0-12 months
10:15am Toddlers 12-24 months
11am 2 & 3 year olds
3:45pm Independent 3-5 years
5:30pm Minecraft for 9-12 year olds REGISTRATION REQ.
6:30pm Spanish family time all ages


9:30am Toddlers 12-24 months
11am 2 & 3 year olds
1pm Babies Play & Learn for 0-12 months
3:30pm Early Readers’ Club for 6 years+
3:30pm Makerspace Fun for 7 years+
6:30pm Inside & Out: Nature Time for all ages


10am Toddlers 12-24 months
11am 2 & 3 year olds
3:30pm Creepy Creatures for 7 years+
3:45pm Shop Rite 1200 Farmington Ave. for ages 3-10
6pm Pajama Time for all ages


10:45am Polish Stories & Songs ages 2-5
3:45pm Shop Rite 1200 Farmington Ave. for ages 3-10


1st Sat. Crafts for all ages from 10-3:30
2nd Sat. Book to Screen for all ages at 2pm
3rd & 4th Sat. Family Time for all ages at 10am


Event Date/Time

First Saturday Crafts

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

Roger Tincknell

Story Time Room 1
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Book to Screen

Story Time Room 1
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A Christmas Carol

Meeting Room 1
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Train Conductor Magic Show

Children’s Area – Main Library
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Story Time Room 1
10:30 am - 11:15 am

Meris Palmer

Story Time Room 1
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sparky's Puppets

Story Time Room 1
10:30 am - 11:30 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!