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The Birmingham Public Library is Monday, January 15, 2024, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.We look forward ...
01/09/2024

The Birmingham Public Library is Monday, January 15, 2024, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We look forward to serving you again Tuesday morning, January 16 ☀️

The Birmingham Public Library is offering several programs to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King., Jr. ...
01/08/2024

The Birmingham Public Library is offering several programs to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King., Jr. in preparation for the 2024 MLK Federal Holiday (Monday, January 15). Activities conclude with Remember the Day: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture taking place at 11 a.m. this Saturday, January 13, in the Central Library downtown.

King played a prominent role in Birmingham in the fight against racism during the Civil Rights Movement. His efforts led to King winning the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Click below for a listing of BPL's MLK programs and activities:

The Birmingham Public Library is offering several programs to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King., Jr. in preparation f...

Just a reminder that Judy Woods of Operation HOPE will be with Inglenook Branch Library Thursday, January 11th from 3-5p...
01/06/2024

Just a reminder that Judy Woods of Operation HOPE will be with Inglenook Branch Library Thursday, January 11th from 3-5pm. At this free event, she will be sharing the pros and cons of budgeting, different budget categories, how to set goals, and repayment strategies.

Just a reminder that Judy Woods of Operation HOPE will be with us Thursday, January 11th from 3-5pm. At this free event, she will be sharing the pros and cons of budgeting, different budget categories, how to set goals, and repayment strategies.

The Friends Foundation of the  Birmingham Public Library  was recently awarded a grant by the Alabama State Council on t...
01/05/2024

The Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library was recently awarded a grant by the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) for a visual arts series in 2024. Funding for the series, which is called Art for Everyone, will allow BPL to support 13 solo and group exhibitions of work by Alabama artists across three exhibition spaces

Exhibitions will be co-curated by Library Assistant Margaret Splane and independent curator Paul Barrett. The new exhibition series opens with a group exhibition of contemporary Gee’s Bend quilts, which will be on display in January and February.
For details, read Margaret's blog below

Detail of a quilt by Marlene Bennett of Gee's Bend, 2023 The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) was recently awarded a grant by the Alabama S...

BPL is proud to welcome Salaam Green, our city’s 1st ever Birmingham Poet Laureate
01/05/2024

BPL is proud to welcome Salaam Green, our city’s 1st ever Birmingham Poet Laureate

For the first time in its history, Birmingham, Alabama, has a poet laureate. Salaam Green is an award-winning poet and author whose work has appeared in The Birmingham Times, Alabama Arts Journal, Scalawag, BUST, Feminist Review, Black Youth Project, Elephant Journal, Southern Women’s Review, AL.c...

Like spoken word poetry? Ever wanted to give it a try? Join us at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham at 6:30 ton...
01/05/2024

Like spoken word poetry? Ever wanted to give it a try? Join us at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham at 6:30 tonight for Bards & Brews Open Mic. Free to public, open to those 18&up. You must be 21 or older to sample our free beer. Sponsored by Alabama State Council on the Arts

The Archives Department's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture is next Saturday, January 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., at ...
01/04/2024

The Archives Department's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture is next Saturday, January 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., at the Central Library!

The 21st annual Begin the Day—Remember with JCMP; Reckoning with the Jim Crow South will be held in the Arrington Auditorium on the 4th floor of the Research Library.

Executive Director Gina Mallisham of the Jefferson County Memorial Project will present a curative examination into the Jefferson County’s past racial terror lynchings (1883–1940) & how those victims are memorialized.

Light refreshments will be provided at the program.

01/04/2024
Southside Branch Library kicked off the 2024 season of its Reel Deal Movie Club today, Wednesday, January 3. Reel Deal i...
01/03/2024

Southside Branch Library kicked off the 2024 season of its Reel Deal Movie Club today, Wednesday, January 3. Reel Deal is the brain child of Perdeta Ann Long, a Library Assistant III at Southside Library. Today's program at Southside Branch's page is from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The topic: "New Start, New You."

"Jump start your new journey with our Non-Fiction films focusing on healthy cooking, exercise, finance and many others," said Perdeta Ann Long. In addition to the Facebook Live program, Reel Deal Movie Club will have some editions in-house at Southside Branch Library, 1814 11th Avenue South.

Southside Branch Library is kicking off the 2024 season of its Reel Deal Movie Club today, Wednesday, January 3. Reel Deal is the brain ch...

The Birmingham Public Library's has announced the 2024 schedule of Bards & Brews. The popular spoken word poetry and tas...
01/03/2024

The Birmingham Public Library's has announced the 2024 schedule of Bards & Brews. The popular spoken word poetry and tasting event will be held monthly at 6:30 p.m. on the first Friday from January through November, beginning this Friday, January 5 at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown.

Bards & Brews is hosted monthly by Thed Weller. The program is free and open to the public. You must be 18 or older to enter and 21 and older to drink alcohol. This Friday's Bards & Brews Open Mic will kick off at 6:30 p.m., with Jamil Glenn serving as our first featured local poet of the year.

Celebrate the new year by joining us for some live spoken word poetry and sampling of a few beers. If you ever wanted to share original spoken word or other forms of art before a live audience, this Friday's Bards & Brews Open Mic is your opportunity.

The Birmingham Public Library 's has announced the 2024 schedule of Bards & Brews . The popular spoken word poetry and tasting event will...

The Birmingham Public Library is now hiring for the following positions:Library Assistant III, Public Services - Full Ti...
01/03/2024

The Birmingham Public Library is now hiring for the following positions:
Library Assistant III, Public Services - Full Time
Library Assistant II, Public Services - Part Time
Library Assistant III, Public Service – Part Time
Security Officer, Part Time

Please view these positions via the attached link: https://www.cobpl.org/about/admin/employment/

Each new year brings changes to Medicare costs, benefits, & coverages—do you know what's changed? Tune into the Birmingh...
01/03/2024

Each new year brings changes to Medicare costs, benefits, & coverages—do you know what's changed?

Tune into the Birmingham Public Library's Let's Talk About Medicare: Questions & Answers program to stay informed on the latest Medicare changes & make the best decisions for your health.

This program happens monthly on the Birmingham Public Library's page from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CST on the 1st Thursday of each month, starting tomorrow, Thursday, January 4, 2024.

Local Birmingham licensed insurance advisor Albert McWilliams, Sr. is the program presenter & will be able to answer all your questions 🤔

You can contact Jim Murray of the Central Library's BST Department by email at [email protected] or by phone at 205-226-3640 for more information on this program.

Read our blog below to get all the details!

Each new calendar year brings changes to Medicare costs, benefits, and coverages— 2024 is no exception . If you are planning on enrolling in...

Whether you’re a foodie or just interested in trying something new – Southside Spice Club is for you! Pick up a new spic...
01/02/2024

Whether you’re a foodie or just interested in trying something new – Southside Spice Club is for you! Pick up a new spice kit at Southside Branch Library, 1814 11th Avenue South, on the first Tuesday of each month.

Each kit will include a pre-portioned spice, a regional/historical background of the spice, 2 recipes featuring the monthly spice and book and/or library database recommendations to find more recipes with the featured spice. Explore these great flavors with us!

This kit is free (while supplies last) and open to the public. One kit per family please. For more information, click on the blog below from Southside Library Branch Manage Pam Jessie.

Do you love to cook? Do you like to try new flavors and recipes? OR maybe you are in a cooking rut and don't know how to start expanding y...

New year, new crafts! Join Avondale Regional Library on  Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. for Club Create, our weekly arts a...
01/02/2024

New year, new crafts! Join Avondale Regional Library on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. for Club Create, our weekly arts and crafts workshop for adults. We'll be crafting snowflake pins and magnets!

New year, new crafts! Join us Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. for Club Create, our weekly arts and crafts workshop for adults. We'll be crafting snowflake pins and magnets!

Pratt City Branch Library is hosting its 1st E-Entertainment Open House today, Tuesday, January 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p....
01/02/2024

Pratt City Branch Library is hosting its 1st E-Entertainment Open House today, Tuesday, January 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 509 Dugan Avenue. If you or someone else is missing out on library digital services, like Libby + Craftsy, Hoopla, and Kanopy, join the Pratt City Branch Library every 1st Tuesday.
You can bring your own devices and your library card, and we will help set up an account for whichever services you are interested in. No registration is required for this program! For details, read this blog by Julie Higginbotham of Pratt City Branch

Do you have loved ones or friends who might enjoy using their own devices to read, watch movies, and even get crafting lessons for free with...

Bards & Brews returns Friday, January 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Central Library with an Open Mic to kickoff the new year 🥳Our...
12/30/2023

Bards & Brews returns Friday, January 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Central Library with an Open Mic to kickoff the new year 🥳
Our 1st featured poet of the year is local poet Jamil Glenn! Hosted by Thed Weller!

Celebrate the new year with us by joining us for some live spoken word poetry & sampling a few beers. Everyone is welcome to perform at the open mic with any form of spoken word art.

This program is free & open to the public. Must be 18+ to enter & 21+ to drink with proof of I.D.

Bards & Brews is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

2024 is a few days away! The new year brings a new season of Bards & Brews 🍻If you're new, Bards & Brews is the Birmingh...
12/29/2023

2024 is a few days away! The new year brings a new season of Bards & Brews 🍻
If you're new, Bards & Brews is the Birmingham Public Library's monthly spoken word poetry program. We always host it on the 1st Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m., always offer something to sip on, & always feature local opening talent to kick off the night.
Must be 18+ to enter & 21+ with a proof of I.D. to drink.

Our resident host Thed Weller sets the tone for our Open Mics & Slams. Everyone is welcome to perform at our Open Mics with any form of spoken word poetry, but our Slam poetry competitions are closed to the 1st 10 to register with a $5 registration fee. Cash prizes are awarded to our Slam winners 💲

Check out the calendar flyer to see all our 2024 dates & locations!

The 1st Bards & Brews of 2024 is next Friday, January 5, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library. Our Open Mic featured poet is Poet Jamil, & the library will provide some beers to sample.

Bards & Brews is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Do you have loved ones or friends who might enjoy using their own devices to read, watch movies, and even get crafting l...
12/29/2023

Do you have loved ones or friends who might enjoy using their own devices to read, watch movies, and even get crafting lessons for free with their library cards? If you or someone else is missing out on library digital services, like Libby + Craftsy, Hoopla, and Kanopy, join the Pratt City Branch Library for our E-Entertainment Open House!

Coming up in the new year, the Pratt City Library will host an E-Entertainment Open House every first Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. You can bring your own devices and your library card, and we will help set up an account for whichever services you are interested in. No registration is required for this program! The first open house is on Tuesday, January 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 509 Dugan Avenue.

Do you have loved ones or friends who might enjoy using their own devices to read, watch movies, and even get crafting lessons for free with...

Thanks to all who participated in our December holiday programs and activities at BPL, including Springville Road Region...
12/29/2023

Thanks to all who participated in our December holiday programs and activities at BPL, including Springville Road Regional Library pictured below

DROP BY THE SOUTHSIDE BRANCH TO PICK UP A GRAB N' GO BAG FOR KWANZAA!!This Grab N' Go features a simple KWANZAA MEMORY G...
12/28/2023

DROP BY THE SOUTHSIDE BRANCH TO PICK UP A GRAB N' GO BAG FOR KWANZAA!!This Grab N' Go features a simple KWANZAA MEMORY GAME matching cards as well as creating a chat about the meaning of the symbols and principles of Kwanzaa.

Pick it up at Southside Branch, 1814 11th Avenue South, through this Friday, December 29, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Learn more about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa by clicking below

Christmas Day may be over, but Southside Branch Library has free Grab N Go bags for patrons celebrating Kwanzaa ! DROP BY THE SOUTHSIDE BR...

The Birmingham Public Library will be closed Monday, January 1, 2024, in observance of New Year's Day.We look forward to...
12/28/2023

The Birmingham Public Library will be closed Monday, January 1, 2024, in observance of New Year's Day.

We look forward to serving you in the new year on Tuesday, January 2 🥳

In honor of National Science Fiction Day (Tuesday, January 2, 2024), Jana Brown, Library Asst III, wrote a blog about tw...
12/28/2023

In honor of National Science Fiction Day (Tuesday, January 2, 2024), Jana Brown, Library Asst III, wrote a blog about two favorite science fiction materials available at North Birmingham Regional Branch Library - "Annihilation" a 2018 film based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name, and "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions," an 1884 novella by Edwin Abbott - Click on the blog link below

In honor of National Science Fiction Day (Tuesday, January 2, 2024), I'd like to mention two of my favorite science fiction materials avail...

Avondale Regional Library is planning an Avondale Memory Café in early 2024 to help families caring for loved ones deali...
12/22/2023

Avondale Regional Library is planning an Avondale Memory Café in early 2024 to help families caring for loved ones dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s. A memory café offers dementia patients and their caregivers the opportunity to enjoy social interaction in a safe, welcoming environment, said Leslie Deason, adult services outreach librarian at Avondale Library and coordinator of the new program.

Research shows that social interaction benefits individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or any other form of dementia, or other brain disorders. At a memory café, caregivers and care recipients can socialize and connect with others in similar situations.

This is a drop-in program and no pre-registration is required. New attendees are welcome to drop-in to the program. However, registration is encouraged before the first visit to make sure participants understand the purpose and guidelines.

Avondale Regional Library is encouraging families dealing with dementia to contact the library if interested in participating in this program. For more information, contact Leslie Deason via phone at 205-226-4000 or email [email protected].
Avondale Regional Library's goal is to begin its Avondale Memory Cafe sometime in early 2024 after getting feedback on the program.
For details click on Leslie's blog below

Avondale Regional Library is beginning an Avondale Memory Café in early 2024 to help families caring for loved ones dealing with dementia...

Bards & Brews is back on Friday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Central Libray 🥳Celebrate with our host Thed Weller & our 1...
12/22/2023

Bards & Brews is back on Friday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Central Libray 🥳

Celebrate with our host Thed Weller & our 1st featured poet of the year Poet Jamil at our Open Mic!

This program is free & open to the public. Must be 18+ to enter & 21+ to drink with proof of I.D. Bards & Brews is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Bards & Brews returns Friday, January 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Central Library with an Open Mic to kickoff the new year 🥳

Our 1st featured poet of the year is local poet Jamil Glenn! Hosted by Thed Weller!

Celebrate the new year with us by joining us for some live spoken word poetry & sampling a few beers. Everyone is welcome to perform at the open mic with any form of spoken word art.

This program is free & open to the public. Must be 18+ to enter & 21+ to drink with proof of I.D.

Bards & Brews is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

The Pen and Paper Roleplaying Game Club is canceled until further notice.Thank you for spending your Saturdays with us t...
12/21/2023

The Pen and Paper Roleplaying Game Club is canceled until further notice.

Thank you for spending your Saturdays with us to explore new games🧙

Stay tuned to our socials for more updates on board game & RPG programs like this one.

In his Holiday Film Review Blog, Librarian Ⅰ William Anthony in Citizen Services shares one of his favorite Christmas fi...
12/21/2023

In his Holiday Film Review Blog, Librarian Ⅰ William Anthony in Citizen Services shares one of his favorite Christmas films: "Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas"🎄

Calling it an "unsung diamond in the rough," this film tells the story of a talent show with a $50.00 cash prize that Emmet Otter & his widowed mother both compete in, hoping to use the prize money to buy the other a nice Christmas gift.

But can they defeat the rock n' roll Riverbottom Nightmare Band?

Read his blog below to sample some of the film's music & find links to check out "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" from your local library!

It's quite the jamboree! Image source: Roku/roku.com Every holiday season , people gather around in their cozy, heavily decorated living roo...

City of Birmingham releases StrongHer book on survivors, entrepreneurs -Released in December 2023, the book can be purch...
12/20/2023

City of Birmingham releases StrongHer book on survivors, entrepreneurs -Released in December 2023, the book can be purchased at the Birmingham Public Library’s Friends Bookstore for $28. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, the bookstore will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Dec. 29 in observation of Christmas. It will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

– Since March 2019, the City of Birmingham has highlighted unsung “sheroes” as part of its StrongHer series. Now, those stories, plus more, have been put in a book: “StrongHer: W…

12/20/2023

If you missed the virtual conversation between Men of Change artist Shaun Leonardo & UA Professor Stacy Morgan on Wednesday, November 8, the recording of their discussion is now up for viewing!

Leonardo & Morgan engaged in a riveting exchange about the portrait of LeBron James that Leonardo created for the recent Men of Change exhibition, which was on display at the Birmingham Public Library & the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Click the video below to hear Leonardo's insights on his art & the power of representation.

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