A Message from Library Director Dana Barber Dear Library Community,
Grundy Library is pleased to announce new and expanded hours! Beginning November 2, the library will be open Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday from 11:00am to 7:00pm and Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Curbside pickup is also available on those days and times (weather permitting).
Please note that our elevator is temporarily out of service as it undergoes a planned upgrade. We’ll send an update via social media once the elevator is operational again. You also may have noticed that construction has begun on our rooftop patio. In addition to roof repairs, the work entails new rooftop tiles, seating, lighting, and natural areas. We look forward to welcoming you to future library programs and events in this inviting outdoor space once it is completed.
This month the library offers more new collections for families! Nature Backpacks, offered in partnership with the Heritage Conservancy, include field guides and equipment for exploring the outdoors. Interested in coding? Micro:bit kits, recommended for grades 6 to 12, provide an easy way to get started. On your next visit, ask about our free takeaway kits, which include themed crafts and activities for preschool and elementary age children.
When planning your visit, please remember that all visitors are required to:
Wear a face mask (applies to all visitors age 2 and older)
Practice social distancing (6 feet)
If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or other cold or flu like symptoms, please delay your visit until these symptoms have passed.
As a reminder, COVID Level 2 of the Library’s Service Restoration Plan remains in place at this time. The complete plan can be found on the Grundy Library web page.
The Grundy Library continues to provide a wide array of information services and virtual programming for all ages. We invite you to browse this newsletter to find out more about upcoming programs and events. As always, you can access our remote services from the comfort of your home and explore the library's online resources anytime.
Thank you for ongoing patronage and support,
Dana Barber Library Director
Virtual Knitting & Crocheting
Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 PM
Join us for a virtual meetup via ZOOM.
These informal events are a great way to show off what you have been working on, see familiar faces, and meet new crafting buddies! Click here for more information and to register.
Virtual Book Discussion
Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 PM
Join us for a virtual discussion of the book
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefterivia ZOOM. For more information and to register, click here. As a reminder, there is no book discussion in December. Join us on January 27, 2021 for a discussion of Taylor Jenkins Reid's book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
October & November Civic Engagement Teen & Adult Reading Challenge
Get involved in the Bristol Borough community by joining the Grundy Library's Civic Engagement Challenge during October & November!
Sign up for our Civic Engagement Challenge today & make a difference in your community. Read & participate in local events to earn tickets for prize drawings.
You’re invited to hear the story of Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe with author Kathy Peiss. Developed in part from a story heard at a family gathering, Peiss “reveals the efforts of American librarians, scholars, and archivists to find and preserve books and documents for national security, military planning, and postwar reconstruction. Working with the military and intelligence agencies, they fostered new approaches to information, pushed for the internationalization of American book collections, and played key roles in the denazification and restitution of book collections after the war.” Register for this free virtual event online, or by calling the Library at 215.788.7891.
Dr. Kathy Peiss is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses on modern American cultural history and the history of American sexuality, women, and gender. She is the author of seven books including Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York and Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture. In addition to writing and teaching, she has served as a consultant to museums, archives, and public history projects, and appeared in the documentary films New York and Miss America.
Monday, November 2 & 16
Code Club meets virtually the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month to learn a variety of programming languages and participate in coding challenges. Open to grades 3-12.
Click here for the current and past coding challenge videos.
Grundy Story Time
Missing story time at the library? Watch our growing library of virtual story times online whenever you want! Each week we read stories, sing songs, and learn new rhymes.
Virtual 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
October - December 2020
Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is now on Beanstack! Reading with your child helps them develop early literacy skills and encourages a love of reading! Once you reach 1,000 books, you will earn a prize! To register a child for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, or to log-in to your Beanstack account, visit the Beanstack page.
Art with Google
Monday, November 9 at 3:30 PM
This program is for students in grades 5-12. Students will learn how to use Google Sheets to create a digital art project; all students who complete the project will receive an 82 piece complete art kit for participating and completing the project. Students who complete the project will receive a certificate of completion from Google Applied Digital Skills when they pick up their art kit from Grundy Library. Registration is required for this free event.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting Thursday, November 12 at 3:00 PM
Need Volunteer Hours? Looking for a way to improve your community? Join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). We need volunteers in grades 6-12 to help us with programming, book selection, and so much more. Can't come every month? - that's okay! Volunteers help select collection materials, plan teen programs for the library, and sometime become a cast of characters for those programs. TAB currently meets virtually on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm. For more information, click here.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World (Film)
Dream, Build, and Create
November 10, 14, 17 & 24
Like science? Are you thinking engineering is in your future? You’re invited!
Public libraries and members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) from across the country are participating in an exciting virtual engineering experience this November called Dream, Build, and Create. It is an introduction to engineers and engineering for people of all ages, especially families and children.
This inspirational program offers people a free film screening of the award-winning documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World on November 10, 14, 17, and 24. In addition to the film, ASCE is organizing several virtual panels in November where patrons can join live conversations with our Dream Teams of young, diverse engineers. Dream Teams will include Cities of the Future, Women in Engineering, Black Engineers, and even a Spanish-language Dream Team. Check the Grundy Library event calendar for specific dates and links.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is partnering with the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and its Project BUILD engineering program. Project BUILD is supported by the National Science Foundation.
Watch the film Dream Big: Engineering Our World online at any time on the specified dates. The codes are good for a 24-hour period.
Have a conversation with engineers during the panel discussions listed below.
Grundy Museum is proud to present its inaugural A Victorian Holiday House atthe Grundy Museum. Be one of the first to see the Museum in its reimagined splendor. Decorated with exquisite Victorian displays designed in partnership with Jim Bason Gilpatrick, proprietor of Bristol’s own Bird of Paradise Flowers, the tour is a great way to celebrate an authentic, late 19th century Christmas.
is required. The Friday evening tour for guests 21-plus years includes mulled wine, cider punch, refreshments, and a Museum memento. The Saturday afternoon tour includes
hot cocoa for all ages.
The Victorian Holiday House at the Grundy Museum is the final 2020 event to raise Museum funds to complete the following purchases: 1) children’s costumes and traveling trunk; 2) landscaping benches, arborvitaes, and a fountain to accent the upper southside lawn Carriage House; 3) archival exhibit cases; and 4) an orientation film.