State-wide Inter-library Loans Suspended After May 16

Due to changes at the Connecticut State Library, the Bristol Public Library System will suspend inter-library loan services through the statewide ReQuest network beginning May 16 until a new state-wide system is in place in the autumn.

How will this affect you? If an item you desire is not available through our consortium, Library Connection, we will not be able to get it for you until the new state-wide system is in place. However, as Library Connection comprises 30 libraries, the majority of item requests placed are readily filled and very few patrons will be affected.

Remember, as long as the Connecticard program remains funded, your Bristol library card is valid at any public library in the state and you are welcome to visit libraries outside our consortium to borrow their items directly from them.

Friends of the Library Summer Mini-Book Sales Coming in June!

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library will hold a used book mini-sale on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 in the lower level of the Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, Bristol. The sale hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM on Friday and 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturday, with an adult fiction half-price sale on Saturday from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. The sale features 2,000 gently used fiction and non-fiction books for children, teens and adults, priced at $1.00 and $2.00, and a large selection of specially priced books at a slightly higher cost.

The Friends are also holding an ongoing mini-sale at the Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central Street, Forestville, starting on June 8 and running until the end of the month. This sale features hardcover and softcover books for readers of all ages, and the books can be purchased whenever the library is open.

Both sales will allow shoppers to stock up on summer reading material, and the proceeds will help fund mini-grants for children, young adult, and adult programs at both Bristol libraries.

Afternoon Movie @ BPL: Mary Silliman’s War

On Thursday, May 28 @ 1:00 PM, the Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, Bristol, CT, will present the movie Mary Silliman’s War, based on the true story of Connecticut Revolutionary heroine Mary F. Silliman’s quest to rescue her captive husband, General G. S. Silliman and generally considered one of the best movies ever made about the American Revolution.    No charge. Light refreshments courtesy of the  Friends of the Bristol Public Library.  Please register at BPL or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023.