Mayor Proclaims September is Library Card Sign-Up Month in Bristol


(Bristol) –On Thursday, September 3rd, Mayor Ken Cockayne presented members of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library and the Library Board with a proclamation declaring September to be Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Bristol Public and Manross Libraries join with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide promote reading and literacy and to make sure that every resident has the most important card of all– a free library card.  The Mayor also received an honorary “Mayor’s Card” from the library staff.


The Mayor’s proclamation noted that the resources at the Bristol Public Library are available for free to anyone who has a library card.  Adults & children can turn to the library for materials, services, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support literacy, academic achievement, job skills and personal development

Some of the things A Bristol Public Library a card holder can do for free:

  • Use computers and free Wi-Fi
  • Get Tech help at the  Computer Lab
  • Take free online classes
  • Watch & download movies
  • Get a pass for a Connecticut museum or  attraction
  • Download & listen to audiobooks
  • Download e-books & digital magazines
  • Borrow books, magazines, DVDs & CDs from all Connecticut libraries
  • Check email and recharge mobile devices in the Express Area

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where patrons can use new technologies, learn a language or skill, read a newspaper or listen to terrific performers at the  Library Coffee House.  Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Inter-library Loans, One Click Digital (audiobooks), Zinio (digital magazines), Universal Class (free online classes) & the ICONN state-wide database (books, e-books, journals & newspapers), that can be accessed in person or online.


Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including a library card sign-up booth with plenty of give-a-ways at this year’s Mum Fest.


For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Bristol Public Library, or the Manross Memorial Library in Forestville, in person or visit the library online at



Chocolate @ the Library!

chocolateChocolatier Maria Brandriff’s presentation includes a discussion of the varieties of chocolate available, how to work with chocolate, and teaching the basics of chocolate truffle making. This program is a demo with generous samples. Maria holds a certificate in Gastronomy from the University of New Haven and studied with a professional chocolatier in the city of Arles in Provence, France. No charge.  Please RSVP @ the  library or call:  (860) 584-7787 x2023. Limited to 30 participants.


OneClick Upgrade August 25th

Tuesday, August 25, Recorded Books will perform an upgrade to the OneClickdigital service. This update will begin at 11:00 p.m. EST and will last approximately 2 hours. During this time, the service will be unavailable and neither eAudios nor eBooks will be available for search, checkout, hold, or download. Instead, a maintenance notification will appear on the OneClickdigital site during the downtime.

Red Cross Blood Drive Moved to Library

The Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for Friday, August 21st at Bristol Hospital          has been moved to the Lower Level of the Bristol Public Library. The Blood Drive will begin at 8:30 AM, and end at 1:30 PM, on Friday August 21, 2015.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.  For more information or to make an appointment please call: 1-800-REDCROSS or go online to