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Heading to the Fiesta Birmingham festival in  downtown's Linn Park this Saturday? Learn about popular Latin American foo...
09/24/2021
Exploring Latin American cuisine through the Birmingham Public Library's Catalog

Heading to the Fiesta Birmingham festival in downtown's Linn Park this Saturday? Learn about popular Latin American foods by reading this blog by Cheyenne Trujillo that spotlights cookbooks featuring cuisine from different Latin American countries available for checkout via the Birmingham Public Library catalog.
Click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/exploring-latin-american-cuisine.html

By Cheyenne Trujillo|Birmingham Public Library PR department ¡ F eliz M es de la H ispanidad ! Hispanic Heritage month is here until Octo...

What: Meet & Greet the New Staff at Smithfield Branch LibraryWhen: Monday, October 4, 2021, 2:00-4:00 p.m.Where: #1 8th ...
09/24/2021
Smithfield Library to Host Meet & Greet for New Staff on October 4

What: Meet & Greet the New Staff at Smithfield Branch Library
When: Monday, October 4, 2021, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: #1 8th Avenue West
Details: Come meet new branch manager Sequoria Lewis and her library staff. Smithfield Branch Library opened in 1918 as the Booker T. Washington Library, Birmingham's first black public library and one of the first libraries for black Alabamians. At the time, it was located inside the historic Masonic Temple Building at 4th Avenue North and 17th Street. In 1956, it was moved and renamed the Smithfield Library Branch at its current location, #1 8th Avenue West.

Birmingham, Ala. - Smithfield Branch Library has a new branch manager. Sequoria Lewis began overseeing the library, located at #1 8th Avenue W, in July 2021.

Lewis, who has been employed for 16 years at the Birmingham Public Library, has a Master of Library and Information Studies from Wayne State University. She wrote a book review for BPL in August about Sarah Collins Rudolph, the Fifth Little Girl injured in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

Lewis has been busy meeting patrons, creating programs and forming a friendly and efficient culture for her new staff over the past couple of weeks and is excited to join the Smithfield community.

"I am excited to put to use a more secure foundation of knowledge in pursuit of gaining more purposeful experiences with BPL”. Lewis said. "I am grateful and pleased to be a part of a great team."

To read the full blog, click below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/smithfield-librarys-to-host-meet-greet.html

By Sequoria Lewis| Smithfield Library Branch Manager What: Meet & Greet the New Staff at Smithfield Branch Library When: Monday, October 4,...

09/24/2021
Take 2 Tales: Duck!

It's Take 2 Tales and why is that Duck running around shouting?! Find out in this silly storytime with Ms. Corinne.

09/23/2021

The Birmingham Public Library is hosting its annual Family History Month celebration. Seven programs, all virtual, will be held, kicking off Saturday, October 2, 2021, and concluding on Thursday, October 28.

To register for these Zoom programs, go to the BPL website and register on the event calendar.

Since being passed by Congress in 2001, Family History Month as been observed annually during the month of October. Family History Month encourages people to do research into their past to learn more about their ancestors. It is a great time to look into your genealogy to gain knowledge of your family tree.

Click and read the blog below to learn more about these Family History Month Programs. Register today. https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/bpl-2021-family-history-month-programs.html

Stop by Southside Branch Library and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us. Create your own piece of Hojala...
09/23/2021

Stop by Southside Branch Library and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us. Create your own piece of Hojalata (Tin Art) with supplies provided. This traditional form of Mexican Folk Art craft is also available to pick up as a "Grab N' Go" craft. For more information, call Gelenda Norman at 205-933-7776 or email her at [email protected]

Stop by Southside Branch Library and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us. Create your own piece of Hojalata (Tin Art) with supplies provided. This traditional form of Mexican Folk Art craft is also available to pick up as a "Grab N' Go" craft. For more information, call Gelenda Norman at 205-933-7776 or email her at [email protected]

What: Reading from Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins book "The Devil Came to Alabama" When: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 3-5...
09/23/2021
Reading of Voice Porter Poetry Book to Take Place in Ensley this Saturday

What: Reading from Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins book "The Devil Came to Alabama"
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 3-5 p.m.
Where: Tres Fine Dressing at Cotton's 400 19th Street Ensley, Birmingham, AL 35218

Birmingham, Ala. - Join a celebration of the life and legacy of Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins, community activist in Ensley and longtime host and creative director of Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library’s spoken word poetry event.

Poets will be reading from his new book, “The Devil Came to Alabama,” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, September 25, in an event hosted by Tres Fine Dressing at Cotton’s, located at 400 19th Street Ensley in Birmingham.
For details, contact Bettina Byrd-Giles at [email protected].
Stay tuned soon for details of the next Bards & Brews poetry slam which will take place sometime in mid to late October 2021.

Click on the blog link below for more information on Saturday's event. https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/reading-of-voice-porter-poetry-book-to.html

Voice Porter, longtime host of Bards & Brews & community activist from Ensley What: Reading from Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins book The...

Thanks to our loyal patrons who supported BPL's Food Truck Roundup today, Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Central Library pa...
09/22/2021

Thanks to our loyal patrons who supported BPL's Food Truck Roundup today, Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Central Library parking lot downtown. Special thanks to our Food Truck vendors. Today the Central Library had 8 different food trucks: Word of Mouth Barbecue (first-timer), Aww Shucks, A-Train Station, Yuuup It's Good, Whole Lotta Latte, Satay & Roll, CoCo Crabs, and Terrific Treatz. Join us next week, Tuesday, September 28 at the Powderly Branch Library, and Wednesday, September 29 at the Central Library. The full schedule is at the end after the photos. Proceeds help benefit the 2021 BPL Bookmobile Initiative.

The Birmingham Public Library is kicking off its newly expanded youth engineering program, beginning September 30 at Tit...
09/22/2021
Don’t Get Puzzled with Engineer BHM Kicks Off September 30 at Titusville Library

The Birmingham Public Library is kicking off its newly expanded youth engineering program, beginning September 30 at Titusville Branch Library. BPL's Engineer BHM STEM program will also be offered October 21 at Five Points West Regional Library and October 28 at the Central Library.

These STEM programs are sponsored by Infosys Foundation USA’s 2021 Infy Maker Award. BPL received a $10,000 Infy Maker grant on June 23, 2021. BPL's Engineer BHM will cover basic skills related to engineering and 3D printing through creating 3D objects/puzzles with cardstock, said Caitlin Jackson, teen librarian at the Central Library. Participants will learn basic concepts found in geometry and design thinking, such as spatial reasoning, dimensions, turning 2D planes to 3D, and prototyping designs.

BPL's Engineer BHM program originally started as Teens Engineer BHM, which taught students in the 6th through 12th grades various STEM skills. In January 2016, BPL won a $50,000 Community Impact Grant from the UAB Benevolent Fund to provide STEM-based robotics programming at three BPL branches within walking distance of Phillips Academy, Woodlawn High and Ramsay High School.

In May 2017, BPL won an additional $95,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to expand Teens Engineer BHM to more libraries. Thanks to the Infy Maker grant, BPL is expanding the program to include younger students from the third through the fifth grades.

Click below to learn more about BPL's Engineer BHM program: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/dont-get-puzzled-with-engineer-bhm.html

By Caitlin Jackson and Heather McWilliams| Central Library Teen/Youth Department The Birmingham Public Library is kicking off its newly exp...

To celebrate Star Wars Reads, Birmingham Public Library will be hosting a Fall Reading initiative systemwide during the ...
09/22/2021
BPL Celebrates Star Wars Reads During October

To celebrate Star Wars Reads, Birmingham Public Library will be hosting a Fall Reading initiative systemwide during the month of October. The reading challenge will begin Friday, October 1 and end on Saturday, October 30. All of of BPL's library locations will have sci-fi inspired takeaways for all participants who want to take part.

Participants will be able to set their own goals to win prizes! Please register with your local library. Remember, the BPL Star Wards Reading Challenge will begin on October 1 and concludes on Saturday, October 30. Prizes will be drawn Monday, November 1.

To see the full blog by Heather McWilliams of the Central Library, click below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/bpl-celebrates-star-wars-reads-during.html

By Heather McWi lliams|Teens/Youth Department Head, Central Library To celebrate Star Wars Reads, Birmingham Public Library will be hosti...

Looking for good meals and snacks for lunch downtown? Join us from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 22, in ...
09/22/2021

Looking for good meals and snacks for lunch downtown? Join us from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 22, in the Central Library for BPL's Food Truck Roundup. The schedule of food trucks appearing at the Central Library downtown and Powderly Branch Library during the month of September are on the flyer below. Proceeds benefit the 2021 BPL Bookmobile Initiative.

Looking for good meals and snacks for lunch downtown? Join us from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 22, in the Central Library for BPL's Food Truck Roundup. The schedule of food trucks appearing at the Central Library downtown and Powderly Branch Library during the month of September are on the flyer below. Proceeds benefit the 2021 BPL Bookmobile Initiative.

The American Library Association (ALA)'s 2021 observance of Banned Book Week kicks off this Sunday, September 26, and ru...
09/21/2021
Banned Book Week is from September 26—October 2, 2021

The American Library Association (ALA)'s 2021 observance of Banned Book Week kicks off this Sunday, September 26, and runs through October 2. Judith F. Krug (a librarian, freedom of speech advocate, and critic of censorship) as the Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) co-created the Banned Books Week in 1982 to raise awareness that groups were challenging literature and to celebrate our freedom to read.

Read this blog by Cheyenne Trujillo of BPL's PR Department to learn more about Banned Book Week: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/banned-books-week-2021.html

By Cheyenne Trujillo| Central Branch Library W ith instant access to information and communication, The First Amendment , or the Free...

The American Library Association (ALA)'s 2021 observance of Banned Book Week kicks off this Sunday, September 26, and ru...
09/21/2021
Banned Book Week is from September 26—October 2, 2021

The American Library Association (ALA)'s 2021 observance of Banned Book Week kicks off this Sunday, September 26, and runs through October 2. Judith F. Krug (a librarian, freedom of speech advocate, and critic of censorship) as the Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) co-created the Banned Books Week in 1982 to raise awareness that groups were challenging literature and to celebrate our freedom to read.

Read this blog by Cheyenne Trujillo of BPL's PR Department to learn more about Banned Book Week: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/banned-books-week-2021.html

By Cheyenne Trujillo| Central Branch Library W ith instant access to information and communication, The First Amendment , or the Free...

Award-winning children’s author Kwame Mbalia is participating in a  a virtual conversation with BPL's Powderly Branch Li...
09/20/2021
Award-winning author Kwame Mbalia to join Birmingham Public Library for a virtual conversation

Award-winning children’s author Kwame Mbalia is participating in a a virtual conversation with BPL's Powderly Branch Library this morning, Monday, Sept. 20. Branch Manager Candice Hardy is hosting the the author talk via Zoom now. Registration is required and interested patrons can sign up via a Google form. More information about registration and the event is available on the BPL website via link below https://www.al.com/life/2021/09/award-winning-author-kwame-mbalia-to-join-birmingham-public-library-for-virtual-conversation.html

Award-winning children’s author Kwame Mbalia will join the Birmingham Public Library for a virtual conversation on Monday, Sept. 20. Mbalia is best known for his Tristan Strong trilogy, a series of fantasy novels centered on pre-teen Tristan Strong, an up and coming boxer who travels back and fort...

The Birmingham Public Library’s Powderly Branch invites you to join in for a powerful virtual conversation with New York...
09/17/2021
Powderly Library Hosts Author Talk With Kwame Mbalia on Monday, September 20

The Birmingham Public Library’s Powderly Branch invites you to join in for a powerful virtual conversation with New York Times best-selling author Kwame Mbalia, best known for his Tristan Strong series. The last in the trilogy, "Tristan Strong Punches More," is being released on October 5.
The conversation by Powderly Library Branch Manager Candice Hardy with Kwame Mbalia will take place virtually on Monday, September 20, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

To join in, registration is required by clicking the link in the blog below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/powderly-branch-library-hosts-author.html

What: Powderly Branch Library Presents Conversations with an Author Kwame Mbalia When: 9:30 a.m. on Monday, September 20. Where: Virtual...

Looking for a good book that hooks you in from start to finish? Then check out Cheyenne Trujillo of BPL's PR Department'...
09/17/2021
BPL Book Review: Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Looking for a good book that hooks you in from start to finish? Then check out Cheyenne Trujillo of BPL's PR Department's review of Octavia E. Butler's "Parable of the Sower." Imagine a world where the United States of America is ravaged by climate change, a drug crisis, and exploitive corporate powers that entrap people in life-binding contracts. Eerily enough, we are only a few years off from Butler’s imagined world set in the year 2024.

"Parable of the Sower" begins with the diary entries of fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina. She is surviving this collapsed society with her family in their walled community in Robledo, California. Banding together with their other middle-class neighbors, the Olamina family creates a tolerable life, trusting each member to keep the community alive. But Lauren has secrets that might threaten their safety.

Click on the blog link below to find out more about this book, which is available for checkout in many Jefferson County Library Cooperative members, including BPL
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/bpl-book-review-octavia-e-butlers.html

By Cheyenne Trujillo|Birmingham Public Library PR Department Imagine a world where the United States of America is ravaged by climate chan...

09/17/2021

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. Be sure your child has the best tool for Back-to-School- a library card. Enjoy these pictures of kids with cards from the past five years at Five Points West Regional Library. Contact your neighborhood library or call BPL at 205-226-3600 for details on how to sign up for your library card.

Today on the 58th anniversary of the September 15, 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Sarah C...
09/15/2021

Today on the 58th anniversary of the September 15, 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Sarah Collins Rudolph held a book signing at the Smithfield Branch Library and shared her story depicted in the book "The 5th Little Girl: Soul Survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (The Sarah Collins Rudolph Story)", written by Tracy D. Snipe, based on conversations with Rudolph. Also appearing at the event was Lavon Stennis-Williams of Omaha, Nebraska, who today published another book about Rudolph written specifically for children. It’s called “The Introduction to Sarah Collins,” and co-authored by Stennis Williams, Sarah Collins Rudolph and her husband, George Rudolph. Sarah Collins was just 12 years old when the bombing severely injured her and killed four little black girls, including her older sister, Addie Mae Collins. In her talk, Collins Rudolph said it saddens her that racism continues to rear its ugly head 58 years after the tragic bombing by Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in the attack decades later. "We need to all come together," she said. Read more about Collins Rudolph in these articles below:

Birmingham Public Library blog
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/09/smithfield-library-hosting-book-signing.html

Alabama Media Group article on Collins Rudolph https://www.al.com/life/2021/09/we-should-all-come-together-says-birmingham-church-bombing-survivor.html

09/15/2021

Book talk at Smithfield Branch Library by 16th Street Baptist Church bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, the 5th little girl injured in the Sept 15, 1963 church bombing by K*K racists -her sister Adie Mae Collins died in the bombing

BPL's Food Truck Roundup today in the Central Library parking lot featured some good food and tasty snacks from vendors ...
09/15/2021

BPL's Food Truck Roundup today in the Central Library parking lot featured some good food and tasty snacks from vendors Nawlins Po Boys, Jolly's Cakes & Treats and Cake's Southern Fried Eats. The remaining schedule of food trucks appearing at the Central Library downtown and Powderly Branch Library during the month of September are on the flyer below at the end of these photos. Proceeds benefit the 2021 BPL Bookmobile Initiative.

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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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