Lawrence Memorial Library 40 North Street, Bristol, Vermont
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Monday 10:00-5:00
Tuesday 10:00-8:00
Wednesday 1:00-5:00
Thursday 10:00-8:00
Friday 1:00-5:00
Saturday 9:00-1:00

Days closed
New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Veteran's Day/ Nov. 11
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Library board meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm here at the library. Meetings are open to all.

Welcome to

Bristol's gateway to a world of information
for all who delight in discovery through reading, watching, and listening.
~nurturing the intellectual and cultural life of our Bristol community~

Humans have been saving seeds for thousands of years. Saving seeds allows us to grow plants that are from our community. It allows us to grow seeds that are suited to our climate and resistant to local diseases. Seed exchanges are sprouting up all over the country. Stay local with seeds from our community!

Thanks to a generous contribution from High Mowing Organic Seeds we have vegetable seeds that you can "borrow." The Lawrence Memorial Library seed exchange gives library patrons access to free, non-genetically modified seeds. Patrons can "borrow" up to 3 packets of seeds from the library. To return the seeds in the fall, the gardener lets a few of the plants go unharvested and collects the seeds from these plants, returning them to the library. We will have a seed saving workshop to teach you how later in the summer. If you have any seeds you have saved from last year we can add them to our library this year.




Check out the latest from the Vermont Department of Libraries :
Chronicling America
Nearly 130,000 historical Vermont newspaper pages can be searched or browsed.

Now available from Overdrive -- e-books! And don't forget the great audiobooks available as well!

And don't forget about these great services!

If you are prompted for a username or password, please call the library.

Universal Class Learn something new today! Over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education Courses.

To start learning with Universal Class, just click the above link and type in your 14 digit code. The code begins with 2VSNS, and ends with your patron barcode. To make it 14 digits, add as many zeros in between as you need. So, if your patron number is 4532366, the code you would enter is 2VSNS004532366. If your patron number was 2366, the code you would enter is 2VSNS000002366. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the library.

Heritage Quest helps you research local and family history, with census data; genealogies; books; Revolutionary War era pension & bounty-land warrant application files; Freedman's Bank records (the Bank was served African Americans from 1865-1874); and Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress

Gale's Research, Full-text, and Learning / Career Resources. New services include:

Career Transitions ~ an online career guidance center that walks you through the job-search process from beginning to end. It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career. Use a step-by-step approach to 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess your interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve their prospects; 4) prepare for a job search; and 5) search and apply for jobs.
Powerspeak Languages ~ Whether you want to learn a language for travel, business, or personal enrichment, Powerspeak Languages is a breakthrough in online language learning. The highly engaging courses utilize an arsenal of progressive language learning methods.
InfoTrac Newstand ~ an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows you to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other criteria. A one-stop source for the day's news, and searchable archives covering more than 1,000 newspapers.

On April 22, 2011 the Vermont House recognized our library and its service to the Bristol community for the past 100 years. See a copy of the special resolution (this is a large file and may take time to load).

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Staff Members Board Members
Library Director
Nancy Wilson
Children's Librarian
Marita Bathe-Schine
Young Adult Librarian
Paulita Washburn
Circulation Desk
Lynn Goldsmith
Moira Garrity 453-7741
Jill Mackler 453-3353
Caroline Engvall 453-7817
Linda Havey 453-4593
Jim Stapleton 453-5060

Books for Babies - for all Bristol Babies born in 2013

Come and CHOOSE one Picture book from our new collection that will be dedicated to your child. You will be the FIRST one to check it out!

From April on the books will go out to all patrons.

The books were sponsored by the Wells Mountain and Libri Foundations.

Lego Club is back!

Wednesdays with Victor Hinojosa 3:15pm-4:30pm. Snacks provided.

Story Times will give a jump on Spring with planting, singing, and moving about. Crafts will add color and creative opportunities.

Mondays and Thursdays starting at 10:30am.

Family Passes

Billings Farm & Museum

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Echo Lake & Aquarium Center

One World Library Project : a growing collection of personally recommended books, films & other media to help enlighten our community about world cultures.
40 North Street
Bristol, VT 05443
Phone: (802) 453-2366