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Winter/Spring story times have completed for the season.  Please check back for our summer schedule coming soon!

Do you have an infant, toddler or preschooler?  The Bristol Public Library is hosting Every Child Ready to Read workshops to give families ideas for early literacy activities they can do every day to get their little ones ready to learn to read.  Find the workshop that works best for your schedule and call or visit the children’s room to sign up: 860-584-7787 ext. 2021

Monday, April 20 at 2pm *this workshop is at Manross Library*
Tuesday, April 21 at 6pm
Wednesday, April 22 at 10am
Thursday, April 23 at 4pm
Saturday, April 25 at 10am

Support for these workshops is provided by the CT State Library and Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Event Date/Time

Every Child Ready to Read

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

Safety Fair

Children’s Area – Main Library
10:00 am - 12:30 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!