Question: I realize the library allows a couple of renewals on books, but what if I am a slow reader? I am afraid to be late with a book. I need more time! What can I do?
Answer: Some of you may not be aware that we have a modest paperback section on the main floor. This collection is comprised of mass market books which have been donated. These items are on the honor system. They are not barcoded therefore, are not attached to your library record. We keep these so you may take your time and read at your own pace. Enjoy!
Question(s): I want to bring my laptop or tablet down to the library. Does the library have Wi-Fi? Is there a password? Do I need to be a member of the library to access it?
Answer: Yes, the library does have Wi-Fi. No password required. Our Wi-Fi is accessible on every level of the library including meeting spaces! All are welcome to access it!
Q: Can I print a shipping label from my smartphone at the library before I head over to the Post Office?
A: Yes you can! Rogers Free Library now has mobile printing! Simply download the PrinterOn app to your phone and follow the prompts to add our library. Wait for confirmation that your job has been processed then report to our printer station. Simple as that! See staff for more!
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:
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
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?
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!