Changes Coming to iCONN

iconn.orgiCONN, the state-wide database system accessible to all Connecticut library card holders, is migrating from Cengage Gale resources to EBSCO on July 1.

This change will affect the results you get from searches using the “Find Articles” search box as well as searches in other iCONN resources that provide access to articles. Previously unavailable magazine subscriptions, such as Consumer Reports, Scientific American and Time, will become available.

This change will not affect access to any of iCONN’s ProQuest newspapers, or HeritageQuest, or iCONN’s collection of downloadable audio books.

Start Signing!

Signing Savvy LogoSigning Savvy, an online American Sign Language (ASL) learning resource, is now accessible from our website,, with your valid Bristol library card. Just visit our website and select the icon shown to the right. You will need to sign in to Signing Savvy with your 14-digit library card number and then create a username and password of your own.

Signing Savvy contains several thousand high-resolution videos of ASL signs, finger-spelled words and other common signs used within the U.S. and Canada. It also includes the ability to build your own word lists, share lists with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and more.

You can browse Signing Savvy by categories such as letters, numbers, colors, animals, finger spelling, world geography and more. Signing Savvy also includes articles and information that can help anyone learn ASL or improve their existing skills.

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Want to learn on the go? No problem! Download the free Signing Savvy Member App from the App Store or Google Play and sign in to it with your Signing Savvy username and password to search for and view thousands of high-quality sign videos, build your own vocabulary word lists, view other members shared word lists, and much more … just like the website.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017.  We’re very excited to offer Signing Savvy to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with it. We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30

We’re not promising you’ll be as savvy as Stephen Torrence in the video below, but you should gain a good understanding of American Sign Language and be able to communicate more fluently.