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The mission of the Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality experience to our community for lifelong learning, cultural enrichment and enjoyment.

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We’ll see you in the new year, Birmingham. There are big things planned in 2023, like the Birmingham Public Library’s fi...
12/30/2022

We’ll see you in the new year, Birmingham. There are big things planned in 2023, like the Birmingham Public Library’s first punk rock concert!

The Birmingham Public Library proudly presents Winter Music Series at the Central Library on Thursday, January 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Featured bands are:
🎙 born
🎙 JoyBoy
🎙 Sugar Plums

This program is free & open to the public. Mark your calendars & we'll see you there.

We wish you a Season’s Readings & Festive Eating!The last addition in our series of book & media recommendations & share...
12/30/2022
Season's Readings & Festive Eating: Book & Recipe Pairings

We wish you a Season’s Readings & Festive Eating!

The last addition in our series of book & media recommendations & shared recipes from the BPL community is live on our blog. In its 4th & final week, books & games are paired with recipes for a unique experience.

We hope you enjoyed our December campaign. Please remember the Birmingham Public Library in your year-end giving plans. Your donation helps the BPL further its mission of providing the community with the highest-quality experience of lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, & enjoyment ♥

Read our blog below to find the (rumored) recipe for Ensley’s High School fudge cake & some classics to read in the new year.

As we near the end of December, the staff at the Birmingham Public Library share one last assortment of book recommendations and holiday re...

Struggle to make those New Year's resolutions?Library Assistant Ⅲ  J. Michael Coe from the North Birmingham Regional & I...
12/29/2022
New Year, New You: Library Resources For A Healthy, Wealthy, And Wise 2023

Struggle to make those New Year's resolutions?

Library Assistant Ⅲ J. Michael Coe from the North Birmingham Regional & Inglenook Branch Libraries wrote a blog about how you can use library resources to better help you achieve your goals.

In his blog, he hlights resources for:
🎉 Home organization & cleaning
🎉 Eating out less & cooking more
🎉 Making a budget
🎉 Mindfulness, patience, serenity, & kindness
🎉 Reading more

Read our blog below to see how you can use the library to make a better year for yourself!

As 2022 comes to a close, many of us are looking toward the new year with an eye on personal improvement. With the hustle and bustle of the ...

Registration for the BPL's new free tutoring program for 2nd & 3rd grade BCS students is live on Eventbrite!Support for ...
12/28/2022

Registration for the BPL's new free tutoring program for 2nd & 3rd grade BCS students is live on Eventbrite!

Support for this program comes from the Community Foundation of the Greater Birmingham & partnership with the Birmingham Promise, who is providing the tutors.

2nd & 3rd grade Birmingham City School students will receive free homework assistance & literacy tutoring. The tutoring program starts Tuesday, January 17.

Limited spots are available. Register using the Eventbrite link below!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2023-tutoring-tickets-487282494057?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

All Birmingham Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, December 31—Monday, January 2 in observance of the New ...
12/27/2022

All Birmingham Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, December 31—Monday, January 2 in observance of the New Year.

We hope you enjoy the holidays & stay warm! We look forward to seeing you in the new year on Tuesday morning 🎉

Holiday Happenings 2022 are coming to an end here at the BPL! Thank you for celebrating with us, & we hope you enjoyed a...
12/27/2022
The Last Holiday Happenings 2022 Programs, Tuesday, December 27—Friday, December 30

Holiday Happenings 2022 are coming to an end here at the BPL! Thank you for celebrating with us, & we hope you enjoyed all the fun festivities 💖

Check out our blog below to see the last Holiday Happenings 2022 happening this week. There are movie marathons, board games, a Kwanzaa celebration, and a DNA ancestry program to name a few!

Holiday Happenings are coming to an end here at the Birmingham Public Library ! Thank you for celebrating with us, and we hope you enjoyed ...

Mary Anne Ellis, our resident Steampunk Librarian in the Southern History Department, has a special request for Steampun...
12/23/2022
✂️ Mary Anne Ellis, Steampunk Librarian Cogmas Wish

Mary Anne Ellis, our resident Steampunk Librarian in the Southern History Department, has a special request for Steampunk Santa in this year's holiday special from The Steampunk Explorer.

Watch the clip below to see if her Cogmas wish will come true! ⚙🎄
https://youtube.com/clip/Ugkx7euDTK3VoA7LsBNPooWwUKk3x1ei2SHr

60 seconds · Clipped by Cheyenne Trujillo · Original video "The World of Steampunk - 2022 Holiday Edition" by The Steampunk Explorer

Bards & Brews is back, Birmingham!Our 1st Bards & Brews of 2023 is on Friday, January 6, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Cent...
12/22/2022

Bards & Brews is back, Birmingham!

Our 1st Bards & Brews of 2023 is on Friday, January 6, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Central Library! We will be hosting an open mic with featured poet Glennwood 🎙

Put it in your calendars now & we'll see you then!

12/22/2022

Great singing from Central's Holiday Open House on December 21. Check out a few snippets.

12/22/2022

Great singing from Central's Holiday Open House on December 21. Check out a few snippets.

12/22/2022
12/22/2022

Great singing from Central's Holiday Open House on December 21. Check out a few snippets.

The Birmingham Public Library hopes our patrons have found time to read or listen to some of the books and music albums ...
12/21/2022
Season's Readings: Week Three

The Birmingham Public Library hopes our patrons have found time to read or listen to some of the books and music albums recommended by our patrons and staff this month. As we enter the third week of December, the BPL is delighted to share more favorites submitted by patrons and staff. Miss Pettigrew Lives for Day, by British authoress Winifred Watson, is a fun, quick read that you will want to follow with a viewing of the movie adaptation starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.

If you're looking for a gift for a young adult, please check out the books recommended by the BPL staff members Chelsea Rodriguez and Diana Prince. Chelsea enjoyed reading You Go First by Newbery medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, an inspiring book for elementary-school students. In anticipation of Kwanzaa, Diana suggests checking out Angela Shelf Medearis' Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story.

Read the blog by Margaret Splane to learn more https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/Seasons-Readings-Week-3_01438533336.html

The Birmingham Public Library hopes our patrons have found time to read or listen to some of the books and music albums recommended by our ...

If your stress levels are rising as Christmas and New Year's Day approaches, you are not alone. According to a recent su...
12/21/2022
Addressing Mental Health During the Holidays: BPL Q & A With Professional Counselors

If your stress levels are rising as Christmas and New Year's Day approaches, you are not alone. According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed said they feel more stressed during the holiday season.

Higher stress can lead to physical illness including high blood pressure and strokes, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

In a Q &A with the Birmingham Public Library, two Birmingham mental health experts – Shekinah Joy Lee and Dr. Tami Mayes Long - share tips on how to handle mental health and stress during the holidays.
Dr. Long recently led a workshop on mental health during the holidays for the Personnel Board of Jefferson County. Shekinah Joy Lee shared tips on reducing stress during a November 18 “Be Gentle with Black Girls” event held at the North Birmingham Regional Library.
For more information, read the blog below
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/addressing-mental-health-during.html

Coping With Holiday Stress Image from National Alliance on Mental Health Birmingham, Ala. - If your stress levels are rising as Christma...

12/21/2022

Fox 6 reporter Jonathan Skinner interviews BPL’s Cheyenne Trujillo about the open house for parents & students being held from 10 am to noon in the Central Library concerning free tutoring BPL is offering for 2nd & 3rd graders in the Birmingham City School System beginning in January. BPL won a $29,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Birmingham Promise will provide the tutors -for info click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/bpl-receives-29000-grant-to-provide.html

Today, Wednesday, December 21, is the last day for the Free Tutoring Open House! Visit the Central Library from 10:00 a....
12/21/2022

Today, Wednesday, December 21, is the last day for the Free Tutoring Open House!

Visit the Central Library from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. today to tour the tutoring area, ask questions, & register early for our upcoming FREE new tutoring services offered in 2023. (Then stick around for the Central Library's Holiday Open House from 12:00–2:00 p.m. today ❄)

Registration for the new tutoring program opens tomorrow on the BPL's Eventbrite page & limited spaces are available. You can find the registration link on our blog below:
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/bpl-receives-29000-grant-to-provide.html

Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights: Central Library downtown to host Holiday Open House Open House Wednesday, December 2...
12/21/2022
Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights: Central Library

Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights: Central Library downtown to host Holiday Open House Open House Wednesday, December 21, from 12:00–2:00 p.m. There will be apple cider, cookies, and musical entertainment from the BPL staff on the first floor
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/Holiday-Happenings-2022-Highlights-Central-Library.html

The Birmingham Public Library's Holiday Happenings has some exciting programs planned next week! Today we're highlighting the ones happe...

Margaret Splane, Library Assistant III in BPL's Development Office, built this Christmas Book Tree to celebrate the holi...
12/20/2022

Margaret Splane, Library Assistant III in BPL's Development Office, built this Christmas Book Tree to celebrate the holidays. Here is what inspired it.
"I built this tree from some books that a patron lent to me (in a strange reversal of roles) several months ago. The books range in size and subject matter from a beautiful coffee table book of Picasso's artwork to Anton Neumayr’s Music and Medicine, an Anthologie de la poésie française, and Dante's Purgatorio, to a miniature Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses. The tree is topped by a gold bow and surrounded by boxes left over from our Classic Cocktails fundraiser. I decorated it with white-topped pine cones and some colorful wool felt balls I brought from home. It was a fun Friday-afternoon project!"

It's been a busy season here at the BPL!We've sent out many interlibrary loan requests, Books by Mail, & passport applic...
12/20/2022

It's been a busy season here at the BPL!

We've sent out many interlibrary loan requests, Books by Mail, & passport applications. Library Assistant Ⅲ Fontaine snapped this quick photo of the books going out for Books by Mail, a unique service available to Jefferson County residents who are unable to go to the public library in person.

You can find out more about Books by Mail & other services that the BPL offers by visiting cobpl.org/services/

All Birmingham Public Library locations will be closed Friday, December 23—Monday, December 26, in observance of Christm...
12/19/2022

All Birmingham Public Library locations will be closed Friday, December 23—Monday, December 26, in observance of Christmas.

We hope you enjoy the holidays, & we look forward to seeing you Tuesday morning ❄

❄❄❄Our last Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights are on Five Points West Regional Branch Library's & Southside Branch Libr...
12/19/2022
Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights: Five Points West Regional Branch Library

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Our last Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights are on Five Points West Regional Branch Library's & Southside Branch Library's programs happening today!

Five Points West Library has their Holiday Open House at their library from 12:00–2:00 p.m. today & Southside Library is offering a Grab N’ Go: Hanukkah 3-D Card starting today!

Read our blog below to see what other programs Five Points West Library is offering & to find all our Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights ⛄

The last Birmingham Public Library's Holiday Happenings 2022 highlight is on the Five Points West Regional Branch Library ! Programs are...

Christmas is around the corner as Holiday Happenings enter the third week at 14 Birmingham Public Library locations. Tod...
12/15/2022
Holiday Happenings 2022 Spotlight: Southside Branch Library

Christmas is around the corner as Holiday Happenings enter the third week at 14 Birmingham Public Library locations. Today's spotlight is on the Southside Branch Library, which is has Make Grab N' Go Holiday Crafts available for pickup throughout December and will begin celebrating Kwanzaa beginning Wednesday, December 28.

The Birmingham Public Library is hosting 86 different holiday programs and activities (pdf) to help patrons of all ages get in a festive, joyous mood all month long.

Read below to learn more about holiday programs taking place at Southside Library.https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/holiday-happenings-2022-spotlight_15.html

Christmas is around the corner as Holiday Happenings enter the third week at 14 Birmingham Public Library locations. Today's spotlight is ...

Over 80 holiday programs continue throughout December across 14 active BPL locations. Today we spotlight the Central Lib...
12/15/2022
Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights: Central Library

Over 80 holiday programs continue throughout December across 14 active BPL locations. Today we spotlight the Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham. Click on the blog below or BPL calendar online for more info.

Central Library Holiday Happenings

* Season's Readings & Festive Eating (Month of December)

Share the spirit of the holiday season with stories and recipes! Send your most treasured holiday memories and tastiest treat recipes to [email protected]

* Tutoring Open House -Monday, Dec. 19–Wednesday, Dec. 21, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Central Library is offering a new tutoring program in 2023 that provides literacy and homework help for second and third grade students. Join us for the Tutoring Open House and tour the library tutoring area, ask questions about the program, and gain early access to the January 2023 tutoring registration.

* Central Library Holiday Open House - Wednesday, December 21, from 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Join the Central Library staff for a holiday open house! There will be apple cider, cookies, and musical entertainment from the BPL staff on the first floor.

* Getting the Most from Your DNA Ancestry Test

Wednesday, December 28, starts at 12:00 p.m. (Zoom program)

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/Holiday-Happenings-2022-Highlights-Central-Library.html

The Birmingham Public Library's Holiday Happenings has some exciting programs planned next week! Today we're highlighting the ones happe...

Thanks WBRC Fox 6 anchor Steve Crocker for interviewing BPL Youth Librarian Caitlyn Jackson about the $29,000 grant BPL ...
12/15/2022
Grant for free tutoring

Thanks WBRC Fox 6 anchor Steve Crocker for interviewing BPL Youth Librarian Caitlyn Jackson about the $29,000 grant BPL has won from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to provide free tutoring throughout 2023 at the Central Library. Click below on the link to watch the interview that ran last night.

https://www.wbrc.com/video/2022/12/15/grant-free-tutoring/

WBRC News 10p-1030p

All  Birmingham Public Library locations are closed today, December 15, for Inventory Day.   We will reopen tomorrow, Fr...
12/15/2022

All Birmingham Public Library locations are closed today, December 15, for Inventory Day. We will reopen tomorrow, Friday, December 16, 2022, during our regular hours.

The staff at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) hope patrons enjoyed reading our music and book reviews last week. We i...
12/15/2022
Season's Readings: Week Two

The staff at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) hope patrons enjoyed reading our music and book reviews last week. We invite you to share your own favorite books, films, and music with the BPL. Please send your recommendations to [email protected] and we'll include them in our series of Season's Readings blogs this month.
This week's blog by Margaret Splane features our very first patron review. If you're unfamiliar with American fiction writer Garielle Lutz, the commentary below will convince you to check out her latest publication. Please remember the Birmingham Public Library in your year-end giving plans. Your donation helps the Birmingham Public Library further its mission of providing the community with the highest-quality experience of lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. Thank you!
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/Seasons-Readings-Week-Two.html

The staff at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) hope patrons enjoyed reading our music and book reviews last week. Perhaps you discovered ...

Birmingham City Councilor Crystal Smitherman, who represents Titusville, during Tuesday morning's City Council Meeting p...
12/14/2022

Birmingham City Councilor Crystal Smitherman, who represents Titusville, during Tuesday morning's City Council Meeting presented a proclamation honoring Titusville Library Branch Manager Reba Williams for being named by the Jefferson County Public Library Association as winner of its 2022 JCPLA Librarian of The Year Award. The award is given by the JCPLA to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional individuals or organizations who have made a significant contribution to the field of librarianship in Jefferson County.
Reba Williams began overseeing Titusville Library, located at #2 6th Avenue SW, as branch manager in August 2021. Since becoming branch manager, Williams has won public accolades for creating several new programs that helped transform the Titusville Library and dramatically increasing attendance by patrons. Williams implemented new programming to "engage, educate and empower the community."
For more information, click on the blog link below
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/titusville-library-branch-manager-reba.html

What: The Birmingham Public Library Presents Free Tutoring, Literacy & Homework HelpWhen: January 17-May 4, 2023, 3:30 t...
12/14/2022
BPL Receives $29,000 Grant to Provide Free Tutoring for Birmingham City Students Throughout 2023

What: The Birmingham Public Library Presents Free Tutoring, Literacy & Homework Help
When: January 17-May 4, 2023, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

Tutoring Open House, Tours, Pre-registration, Q & A
When: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Between Monday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 22, 2022
Where: Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has received grant funding to provide year-long free tutoring services for 2nd and 3rd grade students in the Birmingham City School System during 2023.

Support for this free tutoring was provided by a $29,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. BPL is also partnering with the Birmingham Promise, which will provide tutors. The tutoring will cover literacy and homework assistance.

BPL will host a BPL Tutoring Open House for 2nd and 3rd grade students and their parents/guardians from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. between Monday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 21, at the Central Library downtown. Attendees will get a chance to tour the library tutoring area, ask questions about upcoming tutoring sessions, and gain early access to the January 2023 tutoring registration.
For more information, click on the blog below
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/bpl-receives-29000-grant-to-provide.html

What: The Birmingham Public Library Presents Free Tutoring, Literacy & Homework Help When: January 17-May 4, 2023, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wher...

Did you know you can check out magazines for free using your BPL library card? Learn more by reading this blog written b...
12/13/2022
The Birmingham Public Library And Libby Save Christmas With 3,000 New Magazine Crafts And Recipes

Did you know you can check out magazines for free using your BPL library card? Learn more by reading this blog written by J. Michael Coe of North Birmingham/Inglenook Library
This year, right in time to save us from the panic of what to do for the holidays, Libby has added 3,000 magazines to is online database that can be borrowed for free with your Birmingham Public Library card. Combine that with a variety of Christmas themed books available at your local branch, you can have all the decorating, entertaining, and dinner ideas you will ever need to make it through the new year.
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/BPl-Libby-Christmas-Magazines.html

When I was a little kid, one of my favorite things in the world was when my Highlights Magazine came every month. It was filled with storie...

The staff of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) express warm gratitude to the patrons that have educated, inspired, and...
12/13/2022
Season's Readings: Week 1

The staff of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) express warm gratitude to the patrons that have educated, inspired, and motivated us in 2022. This December, we'd like to share some of our favorite seasonal recipes and best-loved books with our loyal patrons.

Below, you'll find a few works of fiction and fantasy to enjoy during the holidays. Please stay tuned to the BPL blog throughout the month to find out what our staff have enjoyed reading (and listening to) this year!
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/Seasons-Readings-Week-1.html

The staff of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) express warm gratitude to the patrons that have educated, inspired, and motivated us in 2...

Avondale Park, adjacent to Avondale Regional Library, has unveiled a new statue honoring Miss Fancy, the famous elephant...
12/12/2022
The best reactions to Birmingham’s new Miss Fancy elephant statue

Avondale Park, adjacent to Avondale Regional Library, has unveiled a new statue honoring Miss Fancy, the famous elephant. Learn more about Miss Fancy by reading this article that features a newspaper clipping from BPL's digital collections and quotes and links to the Avondale Library page. Learn more about by checking out Avondale Library's Miss Fancy Storywalk
https://www.al.com/news/2022/12/the-best-reactions-to-birminghams-new-miss-fancy-elephant-statue.html

Here's the backstory about the whimsical elephant.

Avondale Regional Library is kicking off its second week of holiday programs for patrons of all ages today, from "reinde...
12/12/2022
Holiday Happenings 2022 Spotlight: Avondale Regional Library

Avondale Regional Library is kicking off its second week of holiday programs for patrons of all ages today, from "reindeer games" all week for youth to "grab n go" crafts and Holiday Oragami for adults.

You can drop by Avondale Regional Library for over a dozen activities all month long. In all, The Birmingham Public Library is hosting 86 different holiday programs and activities (pdf) to help patrons of all ages get in a festive, joyous mood during December.

Read below to learn more about the holiday programs taking place at Avondale Regional Library right now (you can also learn more by clicking on the BPL calendar link in the blog)
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/holiday-happenings-2022-spotlight_12.html

Avondale Regional Library is kicking off its second week of holiday programs for patrons of all ages today, from "reindeer games" all week...

Titusville Library Branch Manager Reba Williams  was named by the Jefferson County Public Library Association as winner ...
12/09/2022
Titusville Library Branch Manager Reba Williams Named 2022 JCPLA Librarian of the Year

Titusville Library Branch Manager Reba Williams was named by the Jefferson County Public Library Association as winner of its 2022 JCPLA Librarian of The Year Award. The awards luncheon was held Tuesday at the Homewood Public Library.

The award is given by the JCPLA to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional individuals or organizations who have made a significant contribution to the field of librarianship in Jefferson County. Librarians are nominated by their staff within the Jefferson County.
"I am grateful to be recognized with this year’s Librarian of the Year Award," Williams said. "I am so thankful to my peers who nominated me for this honor. I also want to voice my gratitude to Dr. Behrat Mehra (Professor and EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice Professor at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa), Angela Hall (Regional Librarian APLS), Mrs. Ka’ryn Davis West, (Birmingham Public Library Deputy Director), and Dr. Olvio Clay (University of Alabama Professor) who has provided guidance and support to my career over the last year or so. I deeply appreciate their confidence in me. Finally, I would like to thank my staff at Titusville. I am so grateful for the hard work of Romellia, Noelle, Linda, Leon, and Marvin. Thank you for being a team that I can always count on!"

Reba Williams began overseeing Titusville Library, located at #2 6th Avenue SW, as branch manager in August 2021. Since becoming branch manager, Williams has won public accolades for creating several new programs that helped transform the Titusville Library and dramatically increasing attendance by patrons. Williams implemented new programming to "engage, educate and empower the community."

Chief among these programs has been the Titusville Community Resource Days, held every first Wednesday and Thursday of the month. At each event, patrons are provided with resources such as food boxes and diapers, along with access to medical and mental health services, the UAB Mobile Market, Mobile Wellness Unit, and senior citizens' consultations.
For more information, click on the blog link below
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/titusville-library-branch-manager-reba.html

Titusville Library Branch Manager Reba Williams won the 2022 JCPLA Librarian of the Year. Titusville Library Branch Manager Reba William...

BPL Holiday Happenings Continue. West End Branch Library hosted its annual West End Christmas Spectacular on Tuesday thi...
12/09/2022

BPL Holiday Happenings Continue. West End Branch Library hosted its annual West End Christmas Spectacular on Tuesday this week.

The Birmingham Public Library's Holiday Happenings enters its second full week of events next week. There are more than ...
12/09/2022
Holiday Happenings 2022 Highlights: Pratt City Branch Library

The Birmingham Public Library's Holiday Happenings enters its second full week of events next week. There are more than 80 programs happening across 14 active BPL locations with some programs offered all month long.

Pratt City Branch Library has some great ones coming up next week that we are highlighting in this blog. Keep reading to see what they're offering next week.

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/Holiday-Happenings-Pratt-City-Library.html

The Birmingham Public Library's Holiday Happenings enters its second full week of events next week. There are more than 80 programs happen...

Avondale Youth Department invites you to visit Avondale Park and enjoy our Miss Fancy storywalk.  Dedication of the new ...
12/09/2022

Avondale Youth Department invites you to visit Avondale Park and enjoy our Miss Fancy storywalk. Dedication of the new statue is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th. Hope to see you there!

📚Season's Readings & Festive Eating! Today we are sharing the BPL staff's favorite reads (& listens) this year.Season's ...
12/09/2022
Season's Readings: Week 1

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Season's Readings & Festive Eating! Today we are sharing the BPL staff's favorite reads (& listens) this year.

Season's Readings & Festive Eating is the Development office's December campaign, sharing favorite stories & recipes with everyone each week!

Yesterday, we shared the recipes & today we're sharing the reads. Read our blog below to see what the BPL was reading this past year 📖

The staff of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) express warm gratitude to the patrons that have educated, inspired, and motivated us in 2...

The Birmingham Public Library will be closed on Thursday, December 15, to the public for Inventory Day 📝We will see you ...
12/09/2022

The Birmingham Public Library will be closed on Thursday, December 15, to the public for Inventory Day 📝

We will see you Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. ☀

What: The Word Up! Festival, a poetry slam featuring high school students from all 7 Birmingham High Schools Who: The Fl...
12/09/2022

What: The Word Up! Festival, a poetry slam featuring high school students from all 7 Birmingham High Schools
Who: The Flourish Alabama in partnership with Birmingham Public Library to host the 2022 Word Up! Festival. The Flourish Alabama is a local arts and arts education nonprofit organization dedicated to helping artists Bloom.
When: Preliminary Rounds begin at 5:00 pm, followed by the Final Round (featuring the top 4 schools) at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, Ala. 35203
About the Event: Come see the top poets from Birmingham’s seven high schools compete for $5,000 in cash prizes. The 2022 Word Up! Festival will culminate with poetry slam between teams The Flourish Alabama helped build this year at the seven Birmingham high schools – Woodlawn, Jackson-Olin, Parker, Ramsay, Carver, Wenonah, and Huffman.
“We demonstrate proper technique in Slam Composition, Slam Performance, Building the Squad, and Poetry as Competition, and the focus is on the importance of using your voice to speak your truth,” Flourish Alabama co-founders said Eric Marable and Jahman Hill said. Word Up! is made possible with support from Birmingham City Schools, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Magic City Poetry Festival.

https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/central-library-to-host-word-up.html

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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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We’ll see you in the new year, Birmingham. There are big things planned in 2023, like the Birmingham Public Library’s first punk rock concert!

The Birmingham Public Library proudly presents Winter Music Series at the Central Library on Thursday, January 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Featured bands are:
🎙 born
🎙 JoyBoy
🎙 Sugar Plums

This program is free & open to the public. Mark your calendars & we'll see you there.
We wish you a Season’s Readings & Festive Eating!

The last addition in our series of book & media recommendations & shared recipes from the BPL community is live on our blog. In its 4th & final week, books & games are paired with recipes for a unique experience.

We hope you enjoyed our December campaign. Please remember the Birmingham Public Library in your year-end giving plans. Your donation helps the BPL further its mission of providing the community with the highest-quality experience of lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, & enjoyment ♥

Read our blog below to find the (rumored) recipe for Ensley’s High School fudge cake & some classics to read in the new year.
Struggle to make those New Year's resolutions?

Library Assistant Ⅲ J. Michael Coe from the North Birmingham Regional & Inglenook Branch Libraries wrote a blog about how you can use library resources to better help you achieve your goals.

In his blog, he hlights resources for:
🎉 Home organization & cleaning
🎉 Eating out less & cooking more
🎉 Making a budget
🎉 Mindfulness, patience, serenity, & kindness
🎉 Reading more

Read our blog below to see how you can use the library to make a better year for yourself!
Registration for the BPL's new free tutoring program for 2nd & 3rd grade BCS students is live on Eventbrite!

Support for this program comes from the Community Foundation of the Greater Birmingham & partnership with the Birmingham Promise, who is providing the tutors.

2nd & 3rd grade Birmingham City School students will receive free homework assistance & literacy tutoring. The tutoring program starts Tuesday, January 17.

Limited spots are available. Register using the Eventbrite link below!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2023-tutoring-tickets-487282494057?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
All Birmingham Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, December 31—Monday, January 2 in observance of the New Year.

We hope you enjoy the holidays & stay warm! We look forward to seeing you in the new year on Tuesday morning 🎉
Holiday Happenings 2022 are coming to an end here at the BPL! Thank you for celebrating with us, & we hope you enjoyed all the fun festivities 💖

Check out our blog below to see the last Holiday Happenings 2022 happening this week. There are movie marathons, board games, a Kwanzaa celebration, and a DNA ancestry program to name a few!
Mary Anne Ellis, our resident Steampunk Librarian in the Southern History Department, has a special request for Steampunk Santa in this year's holiday special from The Steampunk Explorer.

Watch the clip below to see if her Cogmas wish will come true! ⚙🎄
https://youtube.com/clip/Ugkx7euDTK3VoA7LsBNPooWwUKk3x1ei2SHr
Bards & Brews is back, Birmingham!

Our 1st Bards & Brews of 2023 is on Friday, January 6, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Central Library! We will be hosting an open mic with featured poet Glennwood 🎙

Put it in your calendars now & we'll see you then!
Great singing from Central's Holiday Open House on December 21. Check out a few snippets.
Great singing from Central's Holiday Open House on December 21. Check out a few snippets.
Great singing from Central's Holiday Open House on December 21. Check out a few snippets.
The Birmingham Public Library hopes our patrons have found time to read or listen to some of the books and music albums recommended by our patrons and staff this month. As we enter the third week of December, the BPL is delighted to share more favorites submitted by patrons and staff. Miss Pettigrew Lives for Day, by British authoress Winifred Watson, is a fun, quick read that you will want to follow with a viewing of the movie adaptation starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.

If you're looking for a gift for a young adult, please check out the books recommended by the BPL staff members Chelsea Rodriguez and Diana Prince. Chelsea enjoyed reading You Go First by Newbery medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, an inspiring book for elementary-school students. In anticipation of Kwanzaa, Diana suggests checking out Angela Shelf Medearis' Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story.

Read the blog by Margaret Splane to learn more https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/Seasons-Readings-Week-3_01438533336.html
If your stress levels are rising as Christmas and New Year's Day approaches, you are not alone. According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed said they feel more stressed during the holiday season.

Higher stress can lead to physical illness including high blood pressure and strokes, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

In a Q &A with the Birmingham Public Library, two Birmingham mental health experts – Shekinah Joy Lee and Dr. Tami Mayes Long - share tips on how to handle mental health and stress during the holidays.
Dr. Long recently led a workshop on mental health during the holidays for the Personnel Board of Jefferson County. Shekinah Joy Lee shared tips on reducing stress during a November 18 “Be Gentle with Black Girls” event held at the North Birmingham Regional Library.
For more information, read the blog below
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/addressing-mental-health-during.html
Fox 6 reporter Jonathan Skinner interviews BPL’s Cheyenne Trujillo about the open house for parents & students being held from 10 am to noon in the Central Library concerning free tutoring BPL is offering for 2nd & 3rd graders in the Birmingham City School System beginning in January. BPL won a $29,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Birmingham Promise will provide the tutors -for info click here https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/bpl-receives-29000-grant-to-provide.html
Today, Wednesday, December 21, is the last day for the Free Tutoring Open House!

Visit the Central Library from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. today to tour the tutoring area, ask questions, & register early for our upcoming FREE new tutoring services offered in 2023. (Then stick around for the Central Library's Holiday Open House from 12:00–2:00 p.m. today ❄)

Registration for the new tutoring program opens tomorrow on the BPL's Eventbrite page & limited spaces are available. You can find the registration link on our blog below:
https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2022/12/bpl-receives-29000-grant-to-provide.html
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