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  • Science Tellers
  • Sonar the Wolf
  • Preschool Fair
  • Mother Goose Group
  • Magic Trick

Fall programs and story times run from October 6 through December 12.  Click the link to see our full schedule or scroll down to see the weekly story times and reading clubs.  Please remember that special events sometimes take the place of regular story times and the library cancels story times when Bristol schools are closed for inclement weather.  All of the main library’s activities are drop-in and do not require advance registration (except for Minecraft Club).



10:00 a.m. 2 & 3 year olds
1:45 p.m. 4 & 5 year olds
4:00 p.m. 6 years and up, Spy Kids Club


9:30 a.m. Babies (0-12 months)
10:00 a.m. Toddlers (12-24 months)
11:00 a.m. 2 & 3 year olds
1:00 p.m. 4-5-6 year olds
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. 2 & 3 year olds
1:00 p.m. Babies (0-12 months)
3:30 p.m. 6 years and up, Crafty Kids
4:00 p.m. All Ages Movie
6:30 p.m. Family Storytime


10:00 a.m. Toddlers (12-24 months)
11:00 a.m. 2 & 3 year olds
3:45 p.m. Shop Rite: Stories at Scrunchy’s, 1200 Farmington Avenue
6:30 p.m. 4-5-6 year olds


3:45 p.m. Shop Rite: Stories at Scrunchy’s, 1200 Farmington Avenue


10:00 a.m. Family Storytime

Event Date/Time

Halloween Gala

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

Read to the Dogs

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

Hampstead Stage presents Oliver Twist

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

Santa Saturday

Children’s Area – Main Library
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Read to the Dogs

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

Suggested Reading by Grade Level

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!