"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass
A Cooperative Service Provided by the Public Libraries In Jefferson County, Alabama.
The services funded by The Public Libraries In Jefferson County that benefit the 40 Jefferson County public libraries include:
Daily delivery service that transports materials from library to library guaranteeing ease of access of all library materials to citizens countywide
Popular online materials reservation system and online catalog
Access to 2 million items including new and popular materials hot off the presses
Internet access for 40 libraries
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass
No matter what time you read this you could could be checking out an eBook from your library! The digital collection is http://jclc.overdrive.com
North Avondale Branch Library is a JCLC member library and a part of the Birmingham Public Library System. Open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
History Reference Center (EBSCO)
History Reference Center is a full-text database covering U.S. and world history topics from the earliest civilizations through the 21st century. History Reference Center content includes:
• Nearly 2,000 reference e-books from top educational publishers and university presses
• More than 570,000 full-text records from reliable sources including peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals, and more
• More than 56,000 primary source documents and speeches
• More than 42,000 biographies of historical figures
• Full text and selective content from more than 145 leading history journals, including the complete backfiles of the most popular history magazine, History Today
• More than 42,000 images
What an amazing job! Spent Saturday in the Library and back for an additional pic on Monday morning. Thank you for letting Pleasant Grove Public Library help with your Black History Project about Mike Tyson.
Free Wireless Access at JCLC Libraries
All locations of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative have free wireless access.
"Northwoods : a novel" by Amy Pease
"The dark underbelly of an idyllic Midwestern resort town is revealed in the aftermath of a murder with ties to America’s opioid epidemic in this unputdownable and thrilling debut that is perfect for fans of James Lee Burke, William Kent Krueger, and Mindy Mejia. Eli North is not okay. His drinking is getting worse by the day, his emotional wounds after a deployment to Afghanistan are as raw as ever, his marriage and career are over, and the only job he can hold down is with the local sheriff’s department. And that’s only because the sheriff is his mother — and she’s overwhelmed with small town Shaky Lake’s dwindling budget and the fallout from the opioid epidemic. The Northwoods of Wisconsin may be a vacationer’s paradise, but amidst the fishing trips, campfires, and Paul Bunyan festivals, something sinister is taking shape. When the body of a teenage boy is found in the lake, it sets in motion an investigation that leads Eli to a wealthy enclave with a violent past, a pharmaceutical salesman, and a missing teenage girl. Soon, Eli and his mother, along with a young FBI agent, are on the hunt for more than just a killer. If Eli solves the case, could he finally get the shot at redemption he so desperately needs? Or will answers to this dark case elude him and continue to bring destruction to the Northwoods?"
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Dinosaur fun at Inglenook Library, a JCLC member library and a part of the Birmingham Public Library System. Open Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
"Hell if we don't change our ways : a memoir" by Brittany Means
"I can't write a story about myself as the sad, quiet child of two drug addicts. That's not how it was, even when it was. To me, sleeping in the car was normal. Better, it was comfy and fun. I loved my bed made of clothes inside a trash bag that I sank into slowly like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family movie... I loved the motels and their swimming pools and trashy daytime TV channels... Nobody could tell us what to do." Brittany Means's childhood was a blur of highways and traumas that collapsed any effort to track time. Riding shotgun as her mother struggled to escape abusive relationships, Brittany didn't care where they were going -- to a roadside midwestern motel, a shelter, or The Barn in Indiana, the cluttered mansion her Pentecostal grandparents called home -- as long as they were together. But every so often, her mom would surprise her -- and leave. As Brittany grew older and questioned her own complicated relationships and the poverty, abuse, and instability that enveloped her, she began to recognize that hell wasn't only the place she read about in the Bible; it was the cycle of violence that entrapped her family. Through footholds such as horror movies, neuropsychology, and strong bonds, Brittany makes sense of this cycle and finds a way to leave it. While untangling the web of her most painful memories, Brittany crafts a tale of self-preservation, resilience, and hope with a unique narrative style -- a sparkling example of the human ability to withstand the most horrific experiences and still thrive. -- Front jacket flap.
“Our problem is not to censor, but to teach every young generation to think critically, for every community to support free public libraries, and to join in defending their librarians who make accessible as broad a spectrum of information as they can. Because modern technology has produced overwhelming floods of variegated words and images, more than ever, we depend on librarians. Librarians do not close the gates to what is contrary to conventional wisdom. Instead, they respect contrarian desires of individuals, they help guide each citizen through the growing jungle of words and images to what that citizen seeks. But when given the opportunity, they also teach the young how to search for what the judgement of time and experience have proven to be as close to truth and beauty as human discernment can achieve.” -- Ben H. Bagdikian
"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed." - Germaine Greer
"Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship." — Oprah Winfrey
The library's digital collection is always open! Enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines anytime, anywhere http://jclc.overdrive.com
You woke up in the setting of the last book you read… where are you?
"Mercury" by Amy Jo Burns
"It's 1990 and seventeen-year-old Marley West is blazing into the river valley town of Mercury, Pennsylvania. A perpetual loner, she seeks a place at someone's table and a family of her own. The first thing she sees when she arrives in town is three men standing on a rooftop. Their silhouettes blot out the sun. The Joseph brothers become Marley's whole world before she can blink. Soon, she is a young wife to one, The One Who Got Away to another, and an adopted mother to them all. As their own mother fades away and their roofing business crumbles under the weight of their unwieldy father's inflated ego, Marley steps in to shepherd these unruly men. Years later, an eerie discovery in the church attic causes old wounds to resurface and suddenly the family's survival hangs in the balance. With Marley as their light, the Joseph brothers must decide whether they can save the family they've always known--or whether together they can build something stronger in its place."-Provided by publisher.
Visit the O'Neal Library, a JCLC member library.
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Tue 9am-8pm & Sun 2-6pm. Follow O'Neal's account at Emmet O'Neal Library
"Welcome home, stranger" by Kate Christensen
From the PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man comes a novel about grief, love, growing older, and the complications of a family that is the story of a fifty-something woman who goes home reluctantly to Maine after her mother's death. Can you ever truly go home again? An environmental journalist in Washington, DC, Rachel has shunned her New England working-class family for years. Divorced and childless in her middle age, she's a true independent spirit with the pain and experience to prove it. Coping with challenges large and small, she thinks her life is in free fall until she's summoned home to deal with the aftermath of her mother's death. Then things really fall apart. Surrounded by a cast of sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreakingly serious characters, an arriviste sister, an alcoholic brother-in-law, and, most importantly, the love of her life recently married to the sister's best friend-Rachel must come to terms with her past, the sorrow she has long buried, and the ghost of the mother who, for better and worse, made her the woman she is. Lively, witty, and painfully familiar, this sophisticated and emotionally resonant novel from the author of The Great Man holds a mirror up to modern life as it considers the way some of us must carry on now
Most libraries are closed today. The library's digital collection is always open! Enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines anytime, anywhere http://jclc.overdrive.com
“To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer.” — Haruki Murakami
Don't forget the is available even when the library is closed! Relax with your next favorite read.
“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book." ― E.B. White
In conjunction with the City of Birmingham, all Birmingham Public Library locations will be closed on Friday, January 12, 2024, due to the threat of severe weather. All locations with Saturday service will open as scheduled.
"I often wonder what my life would be like without the use of a library. Throughout my education and career, public and private libraries have been not only the key to much of the knowledge I have acquired, but also have given me a direction within my profession. The best thing about the library is that it is available not only to me, but to everyone. It does not discriminate." - David Horowitz
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