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The Winter/Spring session of story times and reading clubs will begin February 1st and run until April 8th.  We have ONE special club that requires registration (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 – 5 year olds
6pm LEGO Fun Time! for ages 6+


10:00am Stories for 0-2 year olds
11am Stories for 2-5 year olds
5:30pm Minecraft for 9-12 year olds REGISTRATION REQ. Begins March 7
6:30pm Spanish family time all ages


10:00am Stories for 2-5 year olds
6:30pm Family Story Time! for all ages


10am Stories for 0-2 year olds
11am Stories for 2-5 year olds
6pm Pajama Time for all ages


10:00am Play-Make-Learn Time for all ages
10:45am Polish Story Time for all ages


10:00am Play-Make-Learn Time for all ages


2:00pm Play-Make-Learn Time for all ages


Event Date/Time

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!