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All Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations will be closed in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holida...
01/15/2022

All Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations will be closed in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday on Monday, January 17, 2022.
Even though BPL's buildings will be closed, you can still use our library services online 24-7 https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/birmingham-public-library-will-be.html

All Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations will be closed in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday on Monday, January 17, 2022.
Even though BPL's buildings will be closed, you can still use our library services online 24-7 https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/birmingham-public-library-will-be.html

Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public Library (BPL) location during opening hours? No problem! You can apply for librar...
01/14/2022
Apply for Birmingham Public Library Membership & Library Cards Online

Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public Library (BPL) location during opening hours? No problem! You can apply for library membership at BPL and take advantage of our vast online resources for FREE right now by visiting us online.

Sign up for library membership and enjoy all of these benefits today:

* e-Books
* Downloadable audiobooks
* Digital Magazines
* Full-Text Journals
* Stream or download music for free
* Video streaming
* Ask a Librarian Service

For more information, click below to read this blog written by Richard Manoske of BPL's IT Department
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/apply-for-birmingham-public-library.html

BPL patrons can apply for library cards/membership online to take advantage of our online resources Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public L...

Save the Date: The Birmingham Public Library will host a Bards & Brews Poetry Slam on Friday, February 4, 2022. The even...
01/14/2022

Save the Date: The Birmingham Public Library will host a Bards & Brews Poetry Slam on Friday, February 4, 2022. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Poets will compete for $350 in prizes. Free admission to the public. Poets must pay a $5 entry fee to compete.
Stay tuned soon for details. Bards & Brews is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bardsandbrews

Save the Date: The Birmingham Public Library will host a Bards & Brews Poetry Slam on Friday, February 4, 2022. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Poets will compete for $350 in prizes. Free admission to the public. Poets must pay a $5 entry fee to compete.
Stay tuned soon for details. Bards & Brews is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bardsandbrews

01/14/2022

All Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations will be closed in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday on Monday, January 17, 2022.

MLK Day is a celebration of the contributions Dr. King made in leading the struggle for civil rights for Blacks in Birmingham and across the United States.

You can check out many books, DVDs and other items about Dr. King on the Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) and BPL websites. Even though BPL's buildings will be closed, you can still use our library services online 24-7 by using the BPL app or going to our website. https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/birmingham-public-library-will-be.html

Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public Library (BPL) location during opening hours? No problem! You can apply for librar...
01/14/2022
Apply for Birmingham Public Library Membership & Library Cards Online

Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public Library (BPL) location during opening hours? No problem! You can apply for library membership at BPL and take advantage of our vast online resources for FREE right now by visiting us online.

Sign up for library membership and enjoy all of these benefits today:

* e-Books
* Downloadable audiobooks
* Digital Magazines
* Full-Text Journals
* Stream or download music for free
* Video streaming
* Ask a Librarian Service

For more information, click below to read this blog written by Richard Manoske of BPL's IT Department https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/apply-for-birmingham-public-library.html

BPL patrons can apply for library cards/membership online to take advantage of our online resources Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public L...

Hey students in Birmingham: Want to get involved in paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?  Then stop by the Wood...
01/13/2022
Help Put Together a MLK Mosaic Mural at Woodlawn Library

Hey students in Birmingham: Want to get involved in paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Then stop by the Woodlawn Branch Library, 5709 1st Avenue North, between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. today or Friday, January 14.

Afterschool children are invited to work together to create a large multi-colored mosaic mural of Martin Luther King Jr. that captures the essence of Dr. King’s “dream”. The finished mosaic poster will be displayed at Woodlawn Library. Materials provided.

For more information, contact Gina White at [email protected].
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/help-put-together-mlk-mosaic-mural-at.html

Help put together an MLK mosaic mural at Woodlawn Library this week. Hey students in Birmingham: Want to get involved in paying tribute to ...

Have you bought a Cricut or gotten one as a gift, but are having problems learning how to use it? Avondale Regional Libr...
01/13/2022
Five Points West Hosting Cricut Class on January 15

Have you bought a Cricut or gotten one as a gift, but are having problems learning how to use it? Avondale Regional Library wants to help. Join us for our Cricut class this Saturday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For those unfamiliar, Cricuts are a high-end crafting machine that makes it easier to make crafts. This class will answer some of your questions and make your Cricut the fun creative partner you thought it would be.

Call Avondale Regional Library at (205) 226-4013 or stop by the Youth Department to register for this free class. For more details, click below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/five-points-west-hosting-cricut-class.html

Five Points West Regional Library to host Cricut class this Saturday, January 15. Birmingham, Ala. - Have you bought a Cricut or gotten ...

Springville Road Regional Branch Library is launching a new book club:Beyond Your Ordinary Book (BYOB) Club 📚🎧🎥Members c...
01/12/2022
Beyond Your Ordinary Book (BYOB) Club launches this January at Springville Road Library

Springville Road Regional Branch Library is launching a new book club:
Beyond Your Ordinary Book (BYOB) Club 📚🎧🎥

Members can read, listen to, or watch the media of their choice within the given topic & then discuss their selections with the rest of the club!

BYOB Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Their first meeting on Tuesday, January 18, is virtual.

Check out our blog below to see what the topics are & whom to contact for more information 👇

A "choose your own adventure" book club. Graphic design by Cheyenne Trujillo. Starting January 2022, the Beyond Your Ordinary Book (BYOB) Cl...

The Birmingham Public Library is hosting its 19th annual MLK Memorial Lecture next Tuesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. Dr. Te...
01/12/2022
BPL's 2022 MLK Memorial Lecture to Discuss black Maternal Health

The Birmingham Public Library is hosting its 19th annual MLK Memorial Lecture next Tuesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. Dr. Teneasha Washington, an assistant professor at UAB's Department of Public Health, will discuss Black Maternal Health issues. This year's "Begin the Day" event will be virtual. See the details below.

Birmingham, Ala. - Join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the Birmingham Public Library presents its 19th Annual Martin Luther K...

Join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the Birmingham Public Library presents its 19th Annual Martin Luther ...
01/11/2022
BPL's 2022 MLK Memorial Lecture to Discuss black Maternal Health

Join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the Birmingham Public Library presents its 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture. This year's topic, airing virtually from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., will be "A Discussion of Black Maternal Health in the Southeast." The event will be on Zoom. You can find a link to register on the BPL calendar.

The speaker is Dr. Teneasha Washington of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. Washington joins us to discus Black Maternal Health in general, with some specific data on the Southeast. She will examine the roots of the problem, how it manifests today, and how to fix the system.
For more details click below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/bpls-2022-mlk-memorial-lecture-to.html

Birmingham, Ala. - Join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the Birmingham Public Library presents its 19th Annual Martin Luther K...

Beginning Wednesday, January 12, and throughout the rest of this month, stop by the Avondale Regional Library Circulatio...
01/11/2022
Get Free Hygge Cozy Kits from Avondale Regional Library

Beginning Wednesday, January 12, and throughout the rest of this month, stop by the Avondale Regional Library Circulation Desk to pick up free "Hygge Cozy Kits." Hygge is a Danish concept that, loosely translated, encompasses feelings of well-being and cozy contentment.
Read this blog from Leslie Deason to learn more: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/get-free-hygge-cozy-kits-from-avondale.html

Pick up free "Hygge Cozy Kits" beginning January 12 at Avondale Regional Library. Winter is the perfect time for curling under a warm blan...

Want to boost your computer skills? The Central Library has several free computer classes throughout January that kick o...
01/11/2022
Central Library In-Person Computer Classes Return January 2022

Want to boost your computer skills? The Central Library has several free computer classes throughout January that kick off today, Tuesday, January 11. Check out the list by clicking on the blog below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/central-library-in-person-computer.html

Want to boost your computer skills this year? Then check out the new computer classes offered at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham...

Inspired by our friends over at the Pinson Public Library, here is our take on famous Capricorn authors for Capricorn se...
01/10/2022
Find these Famous Capricorn Authors in the BPL Catalog

Inspired by our friends over at the Pinson Public Library, here is our take on famous Capricorn authors for Capricorn season!

Check our blog below to learn more about this star sign & the acclaimed authors who share it ♑🐐

Do you know these famous Capricorns? Graphic designed by Cheyenne Trujillo. Inspired by our friends over at the Pinson Public Library , I cr...

Sidney Poitier, the trailblazing actor who was the first Black person to win a Best Actor Oscar, has died in the Bahamas...
01/07/2022
BPL Tribute to Sidney Poitier: Trailblazing Black Actor Died Today at Age 94

Sidney Poitier, the trailblazing actor who was the first Black person to win a Best Actor Oscar, has died in the Bahamas. He was 94. As an actor, Poitier transformed the way Black men were portrayed in movies - in part due to his incredible acting skills, smooth good looks and iconic roles that made him a star.

The Birmingham Public Library and fellow members of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) have several movies and books featuring Poitier available for checkout by clicking here.

Poitier is best known for famous roles such as:

* Detective Walter Tibbs in 1967's "In the Heat of the Night"
* A black man's visit with his white girlfriend's parents in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
* Walter Lee Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun," a 1958 film adaption of Lorraine Hansberry's play ( Poitier also played Younger on stage in Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" play.

Poitier broke the color barrier in 1964 when he became the first Black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in the movie "Lilies in the Field." His portrayal as Homer Smith, a handyman who helped a group of German nuns trying to build a new chapel, made Poitier a household name.
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/bpl-tribute-to-sidney-poitier.html

Sidney Poitier, the first Black to win a Best Actor Oscar, died at age 94 on January 7, 2022. Sidney Poitier, the trailblazing actor who wa...

Thanks to Shauna Stuart of al.com for featuring the Evicted display in the Central Library in her article about 8 art ex...
01/07/2022
On View: Eight Birmingham art exhibits to see in early January

Thanks to Shauna Stuart of al.com for featuring the Evicted display in the Central Library in her article about 8 art exhibits to see in Birmingham this month. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” an in-depth look at the eviction crisis in the United States, opened in October and will close in mid-January 2022. You can drop by and see it during Central Library opening hours Monday through Saturday. https://www.al.com/life/2022/01/on-view-8-birmingham-art-exhibits-to-see-in-early-january.html

Any time is a good time for the arts. But, in celebration of the New Year, here are eight ways to ring in 2022, from photo exhibitions to mixed-media sculptures.

Free computer classes are back!!!!!!!! The Five Points West Regional Library (Birmingham Public Library System) is offer...
01/07/2022

Free computer classes are back!!!!!!!! The Five Points West Regional Library (Birmingham Public Library System) is offering free computer classes for those needing to refresh or upgrade their computer skills. Classes range from computer basics to learning Microsoft Office. Classes fill up quickly and space is limited, so sign up early.

Free computer classes are back!!!!!!!! The Five Points West Regional Library (Birmingham Public Library System) is offering free computer classes for those needing to refresh or upgrade their computer skills. Classes range from computer basics to learning Microsoft Office. Classes fill up quickly and space is limited, so sign up early.

Photos from Springville Road Library (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post
01/07/2022

Photos from Springville Road Library (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post

West End Library's Jigsaw Puzzle Club has kicked off. To join, all you have to do is join fellow patrons and place one o...
01/06/2022

West End Library's Jigsaw Puzzle Club has kicked off. To join, all you have to do is join fellow patrons and place one or more pieces on a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle the library is attempting to put together by the end of January. The 1000-piece puzzle, created by Charles Fazzino, is called “WE ARE THE WORLD.” Stop by the library, located at 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW and join this effort. Follow progress throughout the month of January. To learn more click on the blog here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/12/join-west-end-librarys-january-jigsaw.html

The world lost a great humanitarian recently with the death of South African Archbishop and freedom fighter Desmond Tutu...
01/06/2022
BPL Archives: Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Tabasco Letter

The world lost a great humanitarian recently with the death of South African Archbishop and freedom fighter Desmond Tutu.
A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Tutu battled racial apartheid in his home country for decades.

Two letters written by Tutu to his Alabama friend and fellow clergyman John Speaks are preserved in the Birmingham Public Library Archives. These letters provide a window into the two men’s friendship and reveal the Archbishop’s great love for American hot sauce.

Speaks, an Episcopal priest who served at Birmingham’s Church of the Advent so loved Tabasco sauce that he kept a small bottle in his jacket pocket. According to Speaks’ daughter Henrietta (who donated her father’s papers to the BPL Archives in 2014), her father met Tutu at a church function, let him try Tabasco, and a friendship was born. For years afterward the two clergymen corresponded and gave one another Tabasco-themed gifts.

To learn more, read this blog written by BPL Archives Department Head Jim Baggett: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/bpl-archives-archbishop-desmond-tutus_6.html

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu died on Dec. 26, 2021, after a lengthy illness. The world lost a great humanitarian recently with t...

BPL Giving Back to Our Communities: Titusville Branch Library today hosted its monthly community food/diaper giveaway pr...
01/06/2022

BPL Giving Back to Our Communities: Titusville Branch Library today hosted its monthly community food/diaper giveaway program to help patrons who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. Diaper Bank of Birmingham provides the free diapers to help parents in the Titusville community. Community Care Development Network (Food Hub #5) provides the food boxes. Titusville Library Branch Manager Reba Williams has also partnered with the UAB community project CHEER (Community Health through Engagement and Environmental Renewal). CHEER aims to help reduce health risks in underserved communities.
To register for future food and diaper giveaways, click on the links in the blog below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/titusville-library-hosting-community.html

If you know someone struggling financially or a family that could use a little help with food, diapers and other needs, ...
01/05/2022
Titusville Library Hosting Community Food/Diaper Giveaway on Thursday, January 6

If you know someone struggling financially or a family that could use a little help with food, diapers and other needs, Titusville Branch Library has taken its monthly community food giveaway program to the next level to better serve patrons who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. For the second straight month this Thursday, January 6, Titusville Library has joined forces with the UAB community project CHEER (Community Health through Engagement and Environmental Renewal). CHEER aims to help reduce health risks in underserved communities.
Also at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday, Titusville Library has partnered with Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank of Birmingham to provide free diapers for parents in the Titusville community. Those in need can come take advantage of this gift of diapers while supplies last. Participants must fulfill a requirement to check out five (5) library books. To register, click on the links on the blog below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/titusville-library-hosting-community.html

Birmingham, Ala. - If you know someone struggling financially or a family that could use a little help with food, diapers and other needs, ...

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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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All Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations will be closed in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday on Monday, January 17, 2022. Even though BPL's buildings will be closed, you can still use our library services online 24-7 https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/birmingham-public-library-will-be.html
Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public Library (BPL) location during opening hours? No problem! You can apply for library membership at BPL and take advantage of our vast online resources for FREE right now by visiting us online. Sign up for library membership and enjoy all of these benefits today: * e-Books * Downloadable audiobooks * Digital Magazines * Full-Text Journals * Stream or download music for free * Video streaming * Ask a Librarian Service For more information, click below to read this blog written by Richard Manoske of BPL's IT Department https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/apply-for-birmingham-public-library.html
Save the Date: The Birmingham Public Library will host a Bards & Brews Poetry Slam on Friday, February 4, 2022. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Poets will compete for $350 in prizes. Free admission to the public. Poets must pay a $5 entry fee to compete. Stay tuned soon for details. Bards & Brews is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bardsandbrews
All Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations will be closed in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday on Monday, January 17, 2022. MLK Day is a celebration of the contributions Dr. King made in leading the struggle for civil rights for Blacks in Birmingham and across the United States. You can check out many books, DVDs and other items about Dr. King on the Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) and BPL websites. Even though BPL's buildings will be closed, you can still use our library services online 24-7 by using the BPL app or going to our website. https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/birmingham-public-library-will-be.html
Can’t make it into a Birmingham Public Library (BPL) location during opening hours? No problem! You can apply for library membership at BPL and take advantage of our vast online resources for FREE right now by visiting us online. Sign up for library membership and enjoy all of these benefits today: * e-Books * Downloadable audiobooks * Digital Magazines * Full-Text Journals * Stream or download music for free * Video streaming * Ask a Librarian Service For more information, click below to read this blog written by Richard Manoske of BPL's IT Department https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/apply-for-birmingham-public-library.html
Hey students in Birmingham: Want to get involved in paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Then stop by the Woodlawn Branch Library, 5709 1st Avenue North, between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. today or Friday, January 14. Afterschool children are invited to work together to create a large multi-colored mosaic mural of Martin Luther King Jr. that captures the essence of Dr. King’s “dream”. The finished mosaic poster will be displayed at Woodlawn Library. Materials provided. For more information, contact Gina White at [email protected]. https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/help-put-together-mlk-mosaic-mural-at.html
Have you bought a Cricut or gotten one as a gift, but are having problems learning how to use it? Avondale Regional Library wants to help. Join us for our Cricut class this Saturday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For those unfamiliar, Cricuts are a high-end crafting machine that makes it easier to make crafts. This class will answer some of your questions and make your Cricut the fun creative partner you thought it would be. Call Avondale Regional Library at (205) 226-4013 or stop by the Youth Department to register for this free class. For more details, click below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/five-points-west-hosting-cricut-class.html
Springville Road Regional Branch Library is launching a new book club: Beyond Your Ordinary Book (BYOB) Club 📚🎧🎥 Members can read, listen to, or watch the media of their choice within the given topic & then discuss their selections with the rest of the club! BYOB Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Their first meeting on Tuesday, January 18, is virtual. Check out our blog below to see what the topics are & whom to contact for more information 👇
The Birmingham Public Library is hosting its 19th annual MLK Memorial Lecture next Tuesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. Dr. Teneasha Washington, an assistant professor at UAB's Department of Public Health, will discuss Black Maternal Health issues. This year's "Begin the Day" event will be virtual. See the details below.
Join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, as the Birmingham Public Library presents its 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture. This year's topic, airing virtually from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., will be "A Discussion of Black Maternal Health in the Southeast." The event will be on Zoom. You can find a link to register on the BPL calendar. The speaker is Dr. Teneasha Washington of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. Washington joins us to discus Black Maternal Health in general, with some specific data on the Southeast. She will examine the roots of the problem, how it manifests today, and how to fix the system. For more details click below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/bpls-2022-mlk-memorial-lecture-to.html
Beginning Wednesday, January 12, and throughout the rest of this month, stop by the Avondale Regional Library Circulation Desk to pick up free "Hygge Cozy Kits." Hygge is a Danish concept that, loosely translated, encompasses feelings of well-being and cozy contentment. Read this blog from Leslie Deason to learn more: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/get-free-hygge-cozy-kits-from-avondale.html
Want to boost your computer skills? The Central Library has several free computer classes throughout January that kick off today, Tuesday, January 11. Check out the list by clicking on the blog below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/01/central-library-in-person-computer.html