FAQ!

Question: How long does it take if you order a book?

Answer: If the Bristol library doesn’t have the book you’re looking for (because it’s not in our inventory or currently checked out), but it is available at one of the other Rhode Island public libraries (there are 71(!) member library sites), it should take 3 to 5 days. 

New books and “bestsellers” may take much longer even if many libraries have a copy, so be sure and let us know if you’d like to be put on the waiting list as soon as possible. Things move fast and it’s always great to get that notice in your mailbox: “Your book has arrived”.

Visit our catalog to get started:

FAQ – Book Recommendations for Teens

Q: Is there somewhere on your website that I can find recommendations for books my teenager might like to read? There are lots of suggestions online but I am really looking more for award winners and notable reads.

A: We actually have three pages of information on this topic! Click the links below to access the information!

Rhode Island Book Awards

Youth Media Awards

Young Adult Library Services Association

Tip from the Staff

There is nothing worse than waiting a week for a good book, coming here to pick it up, only to find you accidentally ordered the movie or cliff notes. Let us help you with that. When you are searching our catalog for say, Where the Crawdads Sing, you may find yourself with a long list of items to choose from. The fastest way to work with this list is to filter it by type using the bar on the top right of the search:

You can filter your search by adult, children, teen, magazines, large print, graphic novel or even by library branch!

If that doesn’t work for you, each list has an icon directly to the left of the item. Look carefully at each icon:

Each icon is clearly labeled, which is a great help!

We hope this helps you master the art of searching the catalog!

-Kristin

 

 

 

TIP from the Staff

Do you love magazines? Can’t resist the glossy covers? Me neither! But they can pile up in the home, take up lots of space and chances are their content will be obsolete quickly. Not to mention the cost!  Yikes!

I will let you in on a little secret. We have over one hundred magazine subscriptions for adults, teens and children. Children can enjoy magazines like Highlights or National Geographic Wild. Teens might like Make or ESPN. Our largest collection though, is for adults. We have a nice variety of magazines on topics like current events, wellness, fashion, home decor, gardening, cooking, crocheting, sports and more! My favorites are HGTV and Real Simple. With your library card, you are allowed unlimited checkouts. Magazines check out for one week and we allow two renewals. Enjoy our magazines for a full three weeks! -Kristin

FAQ – Children & eBooks

Q:  My child is interested only in eBooks. He has exhausted your eZone collection. Where else can he read eBooks?

A:  If your child cannot find anymore books he likes in our eZone , fear not! Rogers Free Library also has Tumblebooks. From the Tumblebooks website:

TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! As well as Math Stories….It’s a great resource for tech-savvy kids, and teaches them the joy of reading in a format they’ll love!”

Tumblebooks are available in Bristol schools, at our library and at home!

What Is a Screenager?

What is a Screenager?

At present the traditional term “teenager” is been replaced by “screenager”. A screenager is a person in his/her teenage years and early 20’s who has an aptitude for computers and spends much time on the Internet.

 

What Happens to Screenagers?

The usage of smartphones has increased rapidly in recent years, and this has brought about an addiction. This addiction is related to sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, performance at school, and social issues. 
Research by Kadi̇r Demi̇rci̇, Mehmet Akgönül, and Abdullah Akpinar states that depression, anxiety, and poor sleep quality may be associated with smartphone overuse. Such overuse may lead to depression and/or anxiety, which can in turn result in sleep problems. University students with high depression and anxiety scores should be carefully monitored for smartphone addiction.

 

How Can You Protect Your Child?

  • Set limits on screen time
  • Block access to apps
  • Organize apps into groups and set rules
  • Set recurring device schedule
  • Block adult content

 

Screen Time Parental Control

  • Set bedtime and school time restrictions for specific apps
  • Set limits on screen time
  • Pause a device or give Bonus time
  • Block all apps at lights out
  • Block specific apps

 

For Further Information, You Can Read These Articles

As researched by Demi̇rci̇, Kadi̇r; Akgönül, Mehmet; Akpinar, Abdullah; Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Vol 4(2), June 2015 pp. 85-92. Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó; [Journal Article]

 

A big thanks to our staff member and mom of two, Aradhana for compiling this information!

Opt Into Preferred Searches

Are you the kind of person who needs to know when the latest Patterson books are available for checkout? Do you enjoy reading the latest research on a certain subject? Perhaps you are in search of new artistic inspiration? If so, we suggest looking into our  preferred searches feature. If you sign up for preferred searches, you will receive an email at the beginning of each week, alerting you to what is new! Here is how you get started:

  1. Visit our catalog web page.
  2. Be sure to log in with your library card number and pin.
  3. Search for anything you’d like – author, subject matter etc.
  4. Once the list displays,  notice a button for save as preferred searches.
  5. Click on that button and the subject (or author) is now part of your preferred searches. The following week you should start receiving emails!

FAQ – How Can I Get My Child to Jump Into Summer Reading?!

How Can I Encourage My Child to Jump into Summer Reading?

Did you know, a great way to support your child’s summer reading practice is to let them choose their own books? Children and teens who choose their own books are more likely to find books they love, and people who read books they love are more likely to become lifelong readers.   

We have a marvelous universe of books available for summer reading in the Children’s Room at RFL! Browse our picture books, early readers, graphic novels, chapter book series, and top-notch fiction and nonfiction books. Need a launchpad, a place to start? Look for our READ MORE Rhode Island Children’s Book Award displays. The RICBA is a children’s choice award.  Each year students in grades 3 to 5 vote on their favorite book from a ballot of 20 selections nominated by a panel of librarians, reading specialists and teachers. Likewise, the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award winner is chosen each year by students in grades 6 to 8. So, if we’ve marked a book with a RIMSBA sticker or RICBA sticker, you’ll know it’s a stellar choice for summer reading!

And if you really don’t know where to start, our library staff can recommend excellent books and proven authors for kids who would rather do anything other than read this summer – and for kids who would rather read than do anything else! 


Big thanks to staff member Kristen Q for this great advice!