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Get involved at the Birmingham Museum of Art by volunteering! There are many ways to volunteer your time at the Museum. Volunteers assist at the Information Desk, Museum Shop, special events, in the galleries, and more.

We’re seeking volunteers who love working with people, are interested in art, and have a desire to get involved in the Birmingham community. In return, volunteers receive benefits such as an increased knowledge in art through additional information for special exhibitions, invitations to volunteer appreciation events, and a free Museum membership. Follow link for all the details!

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08/31/2021

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#OTD in 1914, famed jazz musician Erksine Hawkins was born in Birmingham. Hawkins was a prominent African American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer during the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s. Known as the "Twentieth-Century Gabriel" (after the angel Gabriel, who is often depicted with a trumpet) for his flamboyant style and ability to hit high notes, Hawkins gained fame as a member of the 'Bama State Collegians, one of the finest college bands of its time. His Erskine Hawkins Orchestra was a popular dance band in New York City, and with it he recorded "Tuxedo Junction" (1939) and several other hits. (Source: Encyclopedia of Alabama). Learn more about Hawkins’ life and career here - https://buff.ly/3f0RPRv

Image: Erskine Hawkins and his Bama State Collegians, ca. 1925. #AlabamaHistory

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08/15/2021

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Looking for end-of-summer book deals? The BPL Friends Bookstore is having a Summer Book Sale from Tuesday, August 17 through Thursday, August 19. The sale will be held in the Grand Reading Room of the Central Library downtown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Stay tuned for more details soon! Proceeds benefit the Birmingham Public Library. Join us and Support BPL!

For more information about the Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library, click on our website.

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The next installment of "Conversations with Khalia" will be held on Monday Aug. 23 starting at 12:15pm. Join in on the c...
08/07/2021

The next installment of "Conversations with Khalia" will be held on Monday Aug. 23 starting at 12:15pm. Join in on the conversation! We have a great speaker and a great group of ladies willing to share their tips, experiences, and insights on the topics of style, wellness, and relationships. To register, call 205-226-4025 or click the following link: ( zoom info. will be sent out 2 days before the program) http://www.bplonline.org/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d154960306

The next installment of "Conversations with Khalia" will be held on Monday Aug. 23 starting at 12:15pm. Join in on the conversation! We have a great speaker and a great group of ladies willing to share their tips, experiences, and insights on the topics of style, wellness, and relationships. To register, call 205-226-4025 or click the following link: ( zoom info. will be sent out 2 days before the program) http://www.bplonline.org/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d154960306

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5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd S
Birmingham, AL
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The East Lake Branch of the Birmingham Public Library began its life in a 25x50 foot room on the second floor of the East Lake Fire Station in 1914. In 1926, the land was purchased at #5 Oporto Madrid Boulevard from Sidney P. King at a cost of $10,000 for a new library building.

The Miller and Martin Architectural Firm was chosen to design a building along the same lines as the "new" Linn-Henley Research Library which opened in 1927. The completed East Lake Branch Library was a two-story, Georgian Revival structure with 8,000 square feet of usable space. It was built using the same stone and buff bricks as the current East Lake Fire Station next door. It opened its doors in 1928 close to three elementary schools (Barrett, Robinson and Kirby), Woodlawn High School and Howard College (now Samford University located in Homewood).

In 1937, the East Lake Branch was chosen to house the acclaimed Storybook Mural by Birmingham artist Carrie Hill. It was commissioned by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA paid for the time and work of the artist while the Library paid for the canvas and paint. The 27'x 9' foot canvas mural depicts such characters as Little Red Riding Hood, Little Miss Muffett, Mother Goose and the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. The characters appear to be stepping out of a storybook and walking down a path similar to the "yellow brick road" in the Wizard of Oz. The artist, Carrie Hill, used her own likeness for the face of Mother Goose.

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South East Lake Neighborhood Association Online Meeting MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT MONDAY! Join your neighbors for an online meeting. Talk to city representatives and elected officials, discuss neighborhood issues, and vote on expenditures. Chat with your neighbors safely! https://fb.me/e/5qT37pk3l
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How can the library continue to update Facebook when you furloughed all the employees & have closed the doors at this branch.
Come to Ruffner Mountain this Saturday for a FREE pollinator workshop. Learn how to build your own pollinator condo to put in your yard and build biodiversity in our community! Registration required here: https://ruffnermountain.org/whatsgoingon/pollinator-workshop-1