The Birmingham Public Library was selected—as one of twenty libraries nationwide—to demonstrate its community services to members of Congress on June 26 in Washington, D.C.
Along with the New York Public Library, the Georgia Public Library System, and other libraries and advocacy groups, BPL will play an essential role in Library Day on the Hill, a day of campaigning to U.S. Congressional Representatives on Capitol Hill. As part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2007 annual conference in Washington this month, Library Day on the Hill will bring librarians and library supporters together to encourage members of Congress to provide for public, academic, school , and research libraries nationwide.
BPL was chosen to represent public libraries by demonstrating its outstanding public service offerings: access to collections through technologies like downloadable audio books and educational software, programs that encourage young people to sign up for library cards, and free computer classes offered at the Central and branch libraries.
Rochelle Sides-Renda, Coordinator of the Springville Road Regional Library, is one of three librarians who will represent BPL in Washington next week. She considers being chosen by ALA to represent the nation’s libraries an impressive achievement. "The Birmingham Public Library joins nineteen other libraries on Capitol Hill to demonstrate the impact of libraries on their communities, their states, and the nation," said Sides-Renda. “BPL is a leader in providing new types of services to people who use the library to find assistance with homework, job searching, and computers as well as to find their favorite books.”
ALA’s annual conference will be held June 21-26 in Washington D.C. and will feature speakers such as Ken Burns, Garrison Keillor, David Baldacci, and Bill Bradley.