Teen Grand Opening

The Rogers Free Library celebrated the opening of its new Teen Space Sunday, February 23, with a ribbon cutting and open house. Doing the honors were (from left) Aditi Mehta, Shivani Mehta, Isabella McAdam and Dylan Barone. The space – ideal for studying, gaming, crafting and socializing – was designed and furnished with input from teens. 

The $325,000 Library renovation also included an additional 24-seat conference room for community use and quiet study spaces on the Library’s third floor. The six-month building project was handled by Middletown-based JPS Construction and Design.

The space renovation came about as a response to the public’s input during the Strategic Planning process.  The  greater Bristol community requested meeting space and a more teen friendly space. A grant from the Friends of the Rogers Free Library, a 501(c)(3) foundation, funded the project. The Friends support many of the library programs, including children’s reading programs and Lynda.com, which makes more than 14,000 video courses available to Library patrons.

 

Meet the Staff


Hello All, 

My name is Jackie Katz. I have been married to the love of my life, Steve, for 35 years!! We were engaged after dating for only 5 days. I look forward to our weekends and spending time together. I enjoy knitting, reading, working in my garden, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I have three grown sons that make me proud every day. They live in New York City and Southern California. Our time together is the highlight of my life!

Steve and I moved to Rhode Island from California ten years ago. We love living in beautiful Bristol. I love the four seasons and the calm and quiet of living in a small town. My favorite season is fall. I actually love winter and even enjoy a massive snow storm.

Libraries have always been my happy place. I have worked in academic libraries for over 25 years. I worked in an elementary school library for 18 years in California. When we moved to Rhode Island I worked in the Portsmouth High School Library. I currently work in the Main Library at Rogers Williams University. I love working with our students, faculty, and staff to help them with their research, studies, and library needs.

I am honored to be one of the newer Board of Trustee members. I am excited to help continue making Rogers Free Library the heart and soul of Bristol. I enjoy spending Thursday evenings doing my Mrs. Katz and Her Hats Storytime in the children’s room. Interacting with the children and their families warms my heart and reminds me how important libraries are to our families as well as our community.

 

 

 

Staff Book Review

We all know Bristol, Rhode Island is super special and so are all the people who live here. What better way to pay tribute to these people than to feature them in a book?! Nadalin introduces you to the many key players past and present – founders, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and my favorite – librarians!!  If you can’t make it to the library to borrow the book, you might be pleasantly surprised to know it is available in eBook format as well! I recommend this for anyone new to Bristol! It will give you a nice introduction to our lovely little town. If you already live here, do pick it up. It is enjoyable! – Kristin

 

Storytime in the Park

Stay tuned for more dates for our awesome Storytime in the Park! Thanks for coming. We hope you enjoyed it!

How Do I…?

How can I quickly find a list of library movies filmed in RI?  

There is a handy feature in the Ocean State Libraries catalog called featured lists. If you click on the link it will take you to a page of shortcuts. One of these shortcuts is movies filmed in RI. Click on that link and it will automatically pull up a list of the films we have in our system that were filmed in RI. While you are there, feel free to peruse links to award winning books like award nominees and NYT best sellers!

 

Book Review

Rhode Island Memories: The Early Years, A Pictorial History
by The Providence Journal

I so enjoyed this book. I saw it advertised in the Sunday Providence Journal a few times so I ordered a copy from the library. It is a little smaller than a standard coffee table book, so it is easy to hold but that doesn’t affect the quality of the photographs. I was pleased that instead of each chapter being a photographer’s portfolio, or by the town, they split it up by core items like agriculture, education, recreation and street scenes. I was delighted to see so many photos from my hometown! Well done. -Kristin