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Summer Reading Rundown 

The Adult Summer Reading Program will kick off with a book & movie event on June 21st and will run through the finale with “Ragtime” Jack on August 11th.  All SRP prizes will be awarded at the finale again this year (because it was so much fun last year!).  In order to be entered in the drawing for summer reading prizes, patrons should sign-up for a paper or online reading log.  SRP raffle prize tickets  may be earned by completing library bingo sheets, attending library programs, reviewing a book you have read or completing new challenges available online —from home or at the library.   The online challenges and reading log can be linked to social media and used on mobile devices, too.  No excuses! Exercise your mind!  More info. visit or call the library @ (860) 584-7787 x 2023.


Afternoon Movie @ BPL July 6th @ 1:00 PM.

On Wednesday, July 6, at 1:00 PM, the Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, will present the award-winning Chinese film Coming Home (Gui Lai)–a family drama of guilt, love and reconciliation set during the aftermath of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Zhang Yimou and Gong Li. 2014. PG-13. English Sub-titles. Light refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library. No charge. Please register at BPL or call: (860) 584-7787 x 2023coming home


Thank You CThumanities!

CThumanities (formerly the Connecticut Humanities Council) has announced that they have agreed to sponsor a major portion of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library 2016 Author Luncheon!  CtHumanities will be sponsoring the event by means of a CThumanities Quick Grant. The Quick Grant will pay for the author’s honorarium and travel among other expenses.  CThumanites joins The DoubleTree by Hilton as major sponsors of the Luncheon, which will feature best-selling author Stewart O’Nan on July 14th.  Tickets, which include a plated lunch at the authorflier DoubleTree, are $28.00.  Tickets are available at Bristol Public Library, Manross Memorial Library in Forestville and through the Friends of the Bristol Public Library. For information visit or call the library at: (860) 584-7787 x 2023 (BPL) or (860) 584-7790 (Manross).  Get your  tickets before they are gone!

2016 Author Luncheon with Stewart O’Nan Tickets on Sale April 1st!

Tickets for the 2016 Friends of the Bristol Public Library Author Luncheon go on sale on April 1st.  The Friends of the Bristol Public Library invite you to a community Author Luncheon with best-selling author Stewart O’Nan, Thursday, July 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 42 Century Drive, Bristol, CT. Stewart O’Nan will discuss how he came to write three books set in Connecticut (Night Country, Circus Fire and Last Night at the Lobster) and how area libraries were of help to him. Stewart will also read from his national best-selling novel, Last Night at the Lobster, based on true events in Bristol and the local area. Doors open @ 11:30 AM. Ticket includes a plated lunch and the author’s presentation, followed by Q & A and book signing. Ticket price: $28.00.  Tickets may be purchased at Bristol Public Library (5 High Street in Bristol) and Manross Memorial Library (260 Central Street in Forestville). Information:  Call Bristol Public Library at (860) 584-7787 x 2023 or Manross Library at (860) 584-7790.authorflier 

Lions Club SightFirst Eye Glass Donations May Now Be Made at BPL

The Bristol Lions Club will be collecting used eye glasses for the Lions SightFirst program at Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street in Bristol.  There is a SightFirst drop box, where donated eye glasses may be left, on the Lower Level of the library at the foot of the main staircase.

SightFirst helps Lions and their partners address the world’s leading causes of preventable or reversible blindness, as well as provide services to persons who are blind or have low vision. The program focuses on large-scale projects that address cataract, trachoma, river blindness, diabetic retinopathy, and uncorrected refractive error. SightFirst also funds research projects that directly support SightFirst objectives, with an emphasis on projects that seek to better deliver cataract, trachoma and uncorrected refractive error services.


for  information contact the

Bristol Lions Club:

Address: PO Box 1421
Bristol, CT 06011-0462
Phone: 860-584-2560 Ev Lyons Membership Chair