Avondale Library - Birmingham Public Library System

Avondale Library - Birmingham Public Library System Avondale Regional Library is part of the Birmingham Alabama Public Library system At the turn of the 20th century, Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist and philanthropist, donated $10,000 to the city of Avondale to build a library.

The beautiful building lasted 50 years, at which time the City of Birmingham and the library board recognized the need for a new building. The new library was built in 1961 complete with air-conditioning and increased space. In 1982, the city used bonds funds for an expansion and renovation that transformed Avondale into a regional branch for the southern area of the city. In 2005, the library clo

The beautiful building lasted 50 years, at which time the City of Birmingham and the library board recognized the need for a new building. The new library was built in 1961 complete with air-conditioning and increased space. In 1982, the city used bonds funds for an expansion and renovation that transformed Avondale into a regional branch for the southern area of the city. In 2005, the library clo

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Our monthly Take & Bake program starts today!  Beer Bread recipe kits are available to pick up while supplies last — Or ...
09/15/2021

Our monthly Take & Bake program starts today! Beer Bread recipe kits are available to pick up while supplies last — Or you can simply follow the recipe posted here — And please let us know how your bread turns out. Happy baking!

Photos from Bib & Tucker Sew-Op's post
09/15/2021

Photos from Bib & Tucker Sew-Op's post

Bib & Tucker: Fun with Felt at Avondale LibraryA great time was had by all at our September Fun with Felt!What is Fun wi...
09/15/2021

Bib & Tucker: Fun with Felt at Avondale Library
A great time was had by all at our September Fun with Felt!

What is Fun with Felt? Fun with Felt is a program for young children (even toddlers) and their families to engage in sewing and textile related activities alongside senior members of the Bib & Tucker Sew Op organization. It is “sew” much FUN!
Where and when will the next Fun with Felt take place? Avondale Library - Tuesday, October 12th at 10:30 AM.
How do I register? You may register for the next event by calling the Avondale Library at (205)226-4000. Space is limited so don’t delay, register right away.

09/13/2021

NEW HOURS BEGIN Monday, September 13th! Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Drop by and see all the great deals in the Bookstore. This week we are featuring a new selection of large print books - Best Sellers and so much more! Our $12 Friends bag sale continues and it is never too early to start your holiday shopping. We have a brand new holiday corner ready for you to browse. See you in the Bookstore!

09/07/2021
Time for Tales Returns

Storytime returns to the Avondale Library! Join us weekly on Thursday mornings for Time for Tales. Space is limited, so please register by calling or sending us a message.

We're looking forward to this new program -- Registration is required and space is limited due to social distancing.  Si...
09/07/2021

We're looking forward to this new program -- Registration is required and space is limited due to social distancing. Sign up today!

Fabric fun is here and just in time for fall! Introducing Fun with Felt, a new monthly program being offered in collaboration with Bib & Tucker Sew-Op and Avondale Library - Birmingham Public Library System Fun with Felt is an introduction to the incredible art of sewing, and is designed for our youngest makers! Every second Tuesday of the month, families will engage in maker learning through DIY hand-sewing projects and fiber art play centers. This program begins September 14th. Space is limited and registration is required. To register call 205-226-4000 or email [email protected].
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Fairy gardens are nice, but our library fairies prefer their new fairy reading room.  Stop by for a closer look, and pic...
09/07/2021

Fairy gardens are nice, but our library fairies prefer their new fairy reading room. Stop by for a closer look, and pick up a DIY Fairy Door kit to bring the magic home!

Fairy gardens are nice, but our library fairies prefer their new fairy reading room. Stop by for a closer look, and pick up a DIY Fairy Door kit to bring the magic home!

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08/30/2021

Check out what's going on!

Check out what's going on!

Photos from Birmingham Public Library's post
08/19/2021

Photos from Birmingham Public Library's post

Photos from Birmingham Public Library's post
08/18/2021

Photos from Birmingham Public Library's post

08/12/2021

It's the Family Spot with Ms. Cas and Ms. Marie! Gather your family and join us for a delightful story and a grab & go craft. Swing by the Avondale Library Youth Department to pick up your craft kit while supplies last.

Thanks to all our patrons of all ages who participated in our National Coloring Book Day celebration!  You color our wor...
08/03/2021

Thanks to all our patrons of all ages who participated in our National Coloring Book Day celebration! You color our world 🙂

Timeline Photos
07/29/2021

Timeline Photos

School starts as early as next week for some students. Remember when summer lasted until September? Take a look at this schedule for the Birmingham City Schools from 1925. First day for students was September 21!

Books and Beads returns!  Black Widow Bling kits are still available for pick up while supplies last.
07/28/2021
Books & Beads Black Widow Bling

Books and Beads returns! Black Widow Bling kits are still available for pick up while supplies last.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 2 - 3pm

07/26/2021

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.

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/07/looking-for-end-of-summer-book-deals.html

This week's Community interview is with Kiersten Atkinson (and her dog Bhindi!), Director of Volunteers and Programs at ...
07/19/2021
Community Series: Kiersten Atkinson, Hand in Paw (Update)

This week's Community interview is with Kiersten Atkinson (and her dog Bhindi!), Director of Volunteers and Programs at Hand in Paw. It was a pleasure catching up with Atkinson and talking about HIP's return to in-person, animal-assisted services as well as their upcoming fundraising event, "Picasso Pets." For more information, please visit handinpaw.org.

Interview highlighting Kiersten Atkinson, Director of Volunteers and Programs at Hand in Paw (HIP) in Birmingham, AL / Filmed in June 2021

Spotted at the Library:  Tails within TalesOur Tails and Tales Summer programming is drawing to a close, but the crazy c...
07/16/2021

Spotted at the Library: Tails within Tales

Our Tails and Tales Summer programming is drawing to a close, but the crazy creative crafty magic that is Avondale Library continues!

Spotted at the Library: Tails within Tales

Our Tails and Tales Summer programming is drawing to a close, but the crazy creative crafty magic that is Avondale Library continues!

07/16/2021
07/15/2021
Women in Literature

For our final Tails and Tales Throwback Thursday, we revisit the Avondale staff's celebration of women in literature:

07/14/2021
Time for Tails: A Shiny Sea Tale

Not every animal has a tail, but they do all have tales to tell. Dive in with us at the McWane Science Center and discover some unsusual, unbelievable animals in this virtual story adventure.

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Thursday 10am - 6pm
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Check out these great beach reads, perfect for your summer vacation! Click on a book cover to place a hold and pick up at your local library. As always, call us or drop by for more reading recommendations. We're here for you! Enjoy your summer!
Do you love the Bridgerton series? Let’s take a minute to appreciate the beautiful costumes, glittering ballrooms, compelling characters and swoon worthy scenes. As you know, this steamy new series has been wildly popular on Netflix. The eight-part regency drama is based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. If you are looking for an escape, check out some of these delicious historical romances and be swept away into a world of dukes, duchesses, and rakes. You’ll enjoy every minute! Click on the links below to reserve a copy of a book at your local library. Ten Things I Hate About The Duke by Loretta Chase http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3320965~S1 Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b2241910~S1 A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3118396~S1 Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3143029~S1 My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3249514~S1 The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3231419~S1 When A Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3198304~S1 In Bed With The Earl by Christi Caldwell http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3286047~S1 A Good Duke Is Hard To Find by Christina Britton http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b3293231~S1
Spread your wings this February and take part in National Bird Feeding Month. You can help our flying friends by placing bird feeders and watering stations in prominent places. If you’ve enjoyed the melodious sounds of your backyard friends or appreciated their colorful wings, do what you can to help. Learn more about watching, feeding and appreciating Alabama backyard birds by checking out a book at your local library. The Avondale Public Library has created a DIY bird feeder kit so you can provide food for the birds during these difficult winter months. Just give us a call at 205-226-4000 if you would like to pick up a kit. You may pick up your kit by curbside Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 or in person Monday-Friday 10-2. Your fine -feathered friends will appreciate your efforts! I’m including a list of resources to learn more about bird feeding and bird watching. Click on the links to reserve a copy. Enjoy! Books: All About Alabama Birds by Fred Alsop http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b1818553~S1 Birds of Alabama Field Guide by Stan Tekiela http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b2357676~S1 Alabama Bird Watching: A Year-Round Guide by Bill Thompson http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b2239589~S1 Backyard Birds by Fred Alsop http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b1785982~S1 Common Birds of Birmingham by Jim Wilson http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b1915285~S1 Southern Birds : backyard guide : watching - feeding - landscaping, nurturing. by Bill Thompson III http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b2779577~S1 Websites: Alabama Birding Trails: Common Birds of Alabama https://alabamabirdingtrails.com/common-birds-alabama/ Outdoor Alabama: Birds https://www.outdooralabama.com/wildlife/birds Common Backyard Birds of Alabama: Alabama Wildlife https://www.alabamawildlife.org/uploadedFiles/File/Backyard_Birds_in_Alabama_PPT_as_a_PDF.pdf/
Thank you Avondale Library for the wonderful Patriotic pack of goodies. My grandson, Marshall, took his to Mobile and liked it so much. We are enjoying many, many books together this summer even though it's usually via FaceTime, thanks to the books you've put together, the activities, and treasures in each bag!
For your Teens!
BPL's Southern History Department is hosting an online Intro to Genealogy workshop right now (12-1 p.m., Tuesday, June 9)- This introductory class from BPL's Southern History Department will help families get started on their genealogical journey by researching courthouse and church records, U.S. Census data and online resources. E-mail Mary Beth Newbill at [email protected] for a Zoom video access link. For more information on this and other BPL 2020 Summer Learning programs click below
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Are we still not returning books? I have one that is due...
This video is a great introduction to hand lettering. Play with your kids and have fun!
Being stuck at home doesn't have to be boring. Visit the link to visit a Wonderland Digital Escape Room. Let us know if you're able to escape and what you think about the experience. Have fun! This escape room was created by Erin Honeycutt, Children's Librarian at Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System in Moultrie, Georgia. Thank you for sharing, Erin!
One of my very favorite photos! The Floyd Family will always cherish their time at Story time with Mrs. Eve
I need to join the winter reading challenge, it seems like that would help me get some reading done! I have been watching a lot of films lately, and a film II saw that I really liked is called Empathy, Inc. the film is a sci-fi thriller. In the film, there is a new technology called XVR (Extreme Virtual Reality) and the repercussions of this technology are vast. the situation gets dire as main character Joel (Zack Robidas) tries to overcome the evil use of the technology in the film. The film can be streamed on VOD!