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05/01/2021

🌎 Today is Party for the Planet at your Zoo! Our little guests are enjoying a special story time of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, here in the Children's Zoo Corral! Big thank you to Lynn Carpenter from the Birmingham Public Library for sharing this and more amazing stories with us!
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đź“Ś Party for the Planet festivities and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storywalk experience are included in the price of general admission for the day and free for Zoo Members.

What: Grow with Google: Make Your Website Work for You When: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10 – 11 a.m. CST Details: Free but re...
04/29/2021
BPL Co-hosts Grow with Google Small Business Marketing Webinar on May 11

What: Grow with Google: Make Your Website Work for You
When: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10 – 11 a.m. CST
Details: Free but registration is required. Make reservations through the BPL events calendar.

On Tuesday May 11, 2021, BPL is co-hosting a Grow with Google marketing webinar designed to strengthen your small business during these challenging times. Now more than ever, businesses need to know how to reach and engage with customers online - to continue to generate leads, make sales, and grow revenue.

In this webinar, you will learn how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports your goals. Whether you’re launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.

The focus of the webinar is to show attendees how to ensure their website is:

- Goal-oriented to increase conversions and calls to action

- Organized and easy-to-search to reduce bounce rates

- Useful so visitors come back again and again

- Functional, so customers see the real value - leading to loyalty

- Intuitive to use, on any device, so visitors stay

- Findable by search engines so you show up at the right place, time, and device

Attendees will walk away with free tools, a proven plan, and messaging strategies they can implement in their marketing immediately - no matter their level of marketing "know-how" or expertise. As a bonus, all attendees will receive up to $150 in Google Ad Credit (first-time users) to immediately market their business or nonprofit with the lessons they learn and apply.

For details, click below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/bpl-co-hosts-grow-with-google-small.html

By Jim Murray| Central Library Business, Science & Technology Department What: Grow with Google: Make Your Website Work for You When:...

Stephanie Kirkland, owner of Huemanity Studios in Huntsville, talks with Joan Inman of Avondale Regional  Branch Library...
04/29/2021
Paint Your Own Baby Yoda! Special Interview with Stephanie Kirkland, Huemanity Studios

Stephanie Kirkland, owner of Huemanity Studios in Huntsville, talks with Joan Inman of Avondale Regional Branch Library about the "Paint Your Own Baby Yoda" virtual painting program that will air live on the BPL page from 7-9 p.m. next Tuesday, May 4. The program is a part of BPL's celebration of Star Wars Day.

Interview with Stephanie Kirkland, Owner and Creator of Huemanity Studios in Huntsville, Alabama. This featured talk is in conjuction with Avondale Public Li...

Are you in the process of doing spring cleaning and trying to figure out what to do with all the stuff around the house?...
04/28/2021
Resources on Preserving Family Papers, Books, Photos & More

Are you in the process of doing spring cleaning and trying to figure out what to do with all the stuff around the house? When preserving historical materials at home, it helps to have some resources readily at hand.

Catherine Oseas, Assistant Archivist for the Birmingham Public Library, shares tips in this blog that lists resources to help you best preserve family papers, books, photos and more. Click below for details:

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/resources-on-preserving-family-papers.html

By Catherine Oseas | BPL Archives Department The Birmingham Public Library Archives Department shares tips on preserving materials. When ...

Social worker services are in high demand as folks cope with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, job loss and finan...
04/28/2021
Birmingham Public Library, Dannon Project Partner to Offer Free Social Worker Assistance

Social worker services are in high demand as folks cope with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, job loss and financial challenges. The Birmingham Public Library and The Dannon Project want to help. Carley Blankenship, a Dannon Project social services program assistant and graduate intern from UAB, is available to help those in need at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham today through 4 p.m. The services are free to the public
See details on this blog below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/birmingham-public-library-dannon.html

What: Citizen Services – "Social Workers Help Change Lives @BPL" Where: At the following library locations: Avondale , Central , Fiv...

Spring into May at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 7, as the Birmingham Public Library  hosts Bards & Brews  on the Bards Facebook...
04/27/2021
BPL Host Bards & Brews Virtual on Friday, May 7

Spring into May at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 7, as the Birmingham Public Library hosts Bards & Brews on the Bards page. BPL's popular spoken word poetry/craft beer event celebrated a year of being virtual only last month.
Tune in from the comfort of your own home or on the road via your smart phone device as some of the country's most talented poets share their voices on the Bards & Brews page. Poets interested in registering for this event should forward their contact information to [email protected].
In its 11th year, Bards & Brews has gained positive recognition for its ability to bring patrons of all age and races together, to promote the Birmingham area craft beer industry, and as a vehicle for spoken word poets to share their talents. Bards has also become known as an event that unifies the metro Birmingham cultural arts community, as highlighted in this April 2019 Birmingham Times article.
Lee Green, a veteran Birmingham poet and member of the Bards & Brews Committee, commended BPL for offering educational, inspirational, and entertaining online programs for the public over the past 13 months. "During these times, we want to stay connected and have an outlet to share creative expression," Green said.
Bards & Brews will again be hosted by Birmingham poet Voice Porter, who gained national attention when he was featured in August 2019 in its Starbucks Stories spotlight.
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/bpl-host-bards-brews-virtual-on-friday.html

Spring into May at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, as the Birmingham Public Library hosts Bards & Brews on the Bards page. BPL's popu...

Today (April 27, 2021) marks the 10th anniversary of the day a massive tornado struck Birmingham’s Pratt City community,...
04/27/2021
10th Anniversary of April 27, 2011 Tornado: Pratt City Library Rises from Ashes

Today (April 27, 2021) marks the 10th anniversary of the day a massive tornado struck Birmingham’s Pratt City community, including the Pratt City Branch Library and surrounding neighborhoods. The tornado caused such massive damage that the library was forced to close. Thankfully, most of Pratt City’s library collection was saved and relocated to temporary storage.
Nearly three years later, in February 2014, the Pratt City Library reopened with a totally new design. The new Pratt City Library has a storm shelter installed, with concrete walls strong enough to withstand tornado-force winds. Read more about how Pratt City Library bounced back from the tornado by clicking below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/10th-anniversary-of-april-27-2011.html

Vincent Solfronk, Branch Manager, outside the new Pratt City Branch Library. Today (April 27, 2021) marks the 10th anniversary of the day...

“Nomadland”, a movie released in 2020 and adapted from the 2017 book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First C...
04/26/2021
BPL Book Review: Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

“Nomadland”, a movie released in 2020 and adapted from the 2017 book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, won the 2021 Oscar for Best Picture and Best Actress (Frances McDormand) during the 2021 Academy Awards Sunday, April 25.
The book is available for check out at JCLC libraries including BPL.
BPL Archivist Department Head Jim Baggett wrote a review of the book. Check it out by clicking below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/bpl-book-review-nomadland-surviving.html

Note: Nomadland, a movie released in 2020 and adapted from the 2017 book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century , won th...

The  Birmingham Public Library’s Graphic Novel Group would like to share some exciting news. The Shadow and Bone fantasy...
04/23/2021
Netflix "The Shadow and Bone" Fantasy Series Premiers today, April 23

The Birmingham Public Library’s Graphic Novel Group would like to share some exciting news. The Shadow and Bone fantasy series will premiere today, Friday, April 23, 2021, on Netflix. The "Shadow and Bone" series has received rave reviews, with one reviewer calling it Netflix best fantasy series to date.
This series will be an adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. The big budget adaptation will be set in a lush fantasy world inspired by Imperial Russia. There will be eight episodes in the first season. This fantasy series will weave magical folklore with the historical inspiration of Imperial Russia.
In the series, Ben Barnes plays General Kirigan, aka The Darkling, and Jessie Mei Li plays Alina Starkhov, an orphan and mapmaker in Ravka’s First Army. Check out books in the Shadow and Bone series at several BPL and JCLC libraries. To learn more about the series and to view the movie trailer, click on the blog by Leslie Deason of Avondale Library below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/netflix-shadow-and-bone-fantasy-series.html

By Leslie Deason | Avondale Regional Branch Library The Birmingham Public Library’s Graphic Novel Group would like to share some exciti...

Time is running out for girls interested in careers in computer coding or a fascination with the subject to sign up for ...
04/23/2021
Registration Ends April 30 for BPL's Girls Code 205 Summer Camp

Time is running out for girls interested in careers in computer coding or a fascination with the subject to sign up for Girls Code 205, a free virtual camp being offered by the Birmingham Public Library in partnership with NCWIT Aspire IT. Online registration ends on Friday, April 30.

Girls Code 205 targets girls going into grades 6th through 12th grade and will meet virtually using Zoom on select Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 15 through July 15, 2021.

The dates of the camp (on the flyer above) are as follows, all between 10 a.m. and noon:
* June 15, June 17, June 22, June 24, July 6, July 8, July 13 and July 15.

The program will cover electrical circuits, game design, 3D design, C++ and Scratch coding. These STEAM projects will be paired with social and cultural issues, such as fake news, advertising bias, communication, secure passwords, gamification in education, and design thinking.
For more information, click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/registration-ends-april-30-for-bpls.html

By Caitlin Jackson | Central Library Teen/Youth Services Department Time is running out for girls interested in careers in computer cod...

BPL supporters and patrons, head to downtown Birmingham & join us in the parking lot of the Central Library downtown for...
04/23/2021

BPL supporters and patrons, head to downtown Birmingham & join us in the parking lot of the Central Library downtown for Food Truck Friday. Buy a delicious meal from Wasabi Juan's or Travis Chicago Style. Food Truck Friday is a fundraiser for the Birmingham Public Library 2021 Bookmobile. The food trucks will be at Central Library until 2 p.m. today, Friday, April 23.

Tuesday, May 4 is National Star Wars Day.  In celebration, Avondale Library is hosting "Paint Your Own Baby Yoda," a vir...
04/23/2021
BPL Celebrating Star Wars Day May 4 With Paint Your Own Baby Yoda Program

Tuesday, May 4 is National Star Wars Day. In celebration, Avondale Library is hosting "Paint Your Own Baby Yoda," a virtual painting class for adult patrons, live on Birmingham Public Library's page that evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
A collaborative program created in conjunction with Huemanity Studios (a paint studio located in Huntsville, Ala.), viewers will be able to create their own works of art with easily understood, step-by-step guidance led by featured artist Stephanie Kirkland, Owner of Huemanity, and Joan Inman, Adult Programs Librarian at Avondale Library. Registration is not required but supplies are limited. Patrons may request a program kit pickup (canvas, paint brushes and paint) at Avondale Library, beginning Monday, April 26, 2021.
For details click below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/bpl-celebrating-star-wars-day-may-4.html

Joan Inman| Avondale Regional Branch Library Tuesday, May 4 is National Star Wars Day . In celebration, Avondale Library is hosting "Pain...

Photos from Friends of the Birmingham Public Library's post
04/23/2021

Photos from Friends of the Birmingham Public Library's post

BPL Virtual Resources Spotlight April 2021
04/20/2021
BPL Virtual Resources Spotlight April 2021

BPL Virtual Resources Spotlight April 2021

By Caleb West | BPL Collection Management The BPL Virtual Resources Spotlight highlights the Birmingham Public Library’s vast free online r...

Although Women’s History Month has passed, it is not too late to celebrate phenomenal women inspiring us throughout the ...
04/20/2021
Women's Spotlight: The Fit and Fabulous Ernestine Shepherd, Aging Beautifully

Although Women’s History Month has passed, it is not too late to celebrate phenomenal women inspiring us throughout the year. In this blog, Diana Prince of the Central Library Circulation Desk gives a big shout out to the phenomenal Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd. This 84 years young beauty from Baltimore is known for being the world’s oldest living female body builder at one point and has won two bodybuilding titles. She also worked as a model.
Mrs. Shepherd started regularly exercising at age 56, which proves it’s never too late. She began her journey (inspired by her late sister) slowly and gradually conditioned her body with the help and guidance of an expert personal trainer. She competes in 5K and 10K races and even runs marathons.
Currently Mrs. Shepherd leads exercise classes for senior citizens and works as a personal trainer herself.

In 2016, Mrs. Shepherd wrote a book entitled "Determined, Dedicated, Disciplined To Be Fit: The Ageless Journey of Ernestine Shepherd." She also appeared briefly in Beyonce's 2020 video "Black Is King."

Read the blog below to learn more about this amazing woman: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/womens-spotlight-fit-and-fabulous.html

By Diana Prince | Central Library Circulation/Information Desk Although Women’s History Month has passed, it is not too late to celebrat...

If visiting the Central Library in downtown Birmingham, make sure to stop by the 2nd Floor and be a part of the "Be the ...
04/19/2021

If visiting the Central Library in downtown Birmingham, make sure to stop by the 2nd Floor and be a part of the "Be the "I" in Kind Wall. A family from Indiana, young patron from Florida and the 2nd floor Central Library staff took part in the campaign recently. Gelenda Norman of the Central Library’s Art, Literature & Sports Department came up with the wall in mid-March to encourage genuine kindness towards one another and to become aware of the kindness that lies within each of us. With so much going on in this world – violence, illnesses, injustice, unemployment, etc. – kindness seems to get lost in the chaos.
So next time you're in Central, stop by the BE THE “I” IN KIND WALL. Have someone to take a picture, ask a staff member if needed. Post it on your social media page and tag us on Facebook: @BirminghamPublicLibrary and Instagram: @bplpics.
You are welcome to email them to [email protected].

For more information, read the blog link here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/03/central-library-invites-patrons-to-take.htmltook

Looking to eat healthier? Check out this book review of "The Daily Fix: Your Guide to a " by Diana Prince of the Central...
04/19/2021
Book Review: "The Daily Fix: Your Guide to Healthy Habits for Good Nutrition"

Looking to eat healthier? Check out this book review of "The Daily Fix: Your Guide to a " by Diana Prince of the Central Library. Here is a sample: "This book is brilliantly structured around your daily work-day routine and provides healthy habits to help you stay on track. The author even goes into grocery shopping and stocking, what to snack on, and addresses that afternoon slump that many of us experience."
To read the full review, click below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/book-review-daily-fix-your-guide-to.html

"The Daily Fix: Your Guide to Healthy Habits for Good Nutrition" is a health gold mine! Author Alexa L. Fishback provides an incredible amo...

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Birmingham, AL
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The Birmingham Public Library is comprised of 20 branches, open 946 hours for business. BPL's holdings include: 900,000 cataloged items; over 1 million pieces of microfilm; over 30,000,000 archival documents; 400,000 photographs; primary materials dating to the 1700s; and more than 100 online databases. BPL is the only public library in the state of Alabama that is a Patent and Trademark Library and is one of the oldest Federal Depository Libraries, designated in 1895.

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Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00

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