Friday, August 31, 2007

Thousands Get a Clue @ The Birmingham Public Library

Thanks to all who participated in the Birmingham Public Library 2007 Summer Reading Program “Get a Clue @ Your Library” and the teen component “YNK @ Your Library.”

We experienced a wonderful summer filled with lots of exciting programs presented by the Birmingham Public Library storytellers and librarians. A total of 381 programs were offered in the 20 Birmingham Public Library locations during June and July with an attendance of 18,498. The libraries hosted a variety of programs including arts and crafts, movies and popcorn, video and board games, and even “grub down” with the resident library animals. A variety of special guest performers included the Umdabu Dance Company, the McWane Center, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Magic Man Larry Moore, storytellers Andy Offutt Irwin and Carolyn Baylor and 12 year-old Elvis impersonator, Alex Swindle.

5,422 kids registered for participation in the summer reading program and read a total of 59,841 books. This number includes 579 teenagers who registered to participate. We are pleased to report that 71% of the total participants completed the summer reading requirements and were issued certificates of completion along with various other treats and rewards. This is a record high!

The Birmingham Public Library would like to express a special thanks to our Summer Reading Partners: Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Bright House Networks, Chick-fil-A, City of Birmingham Division of Youth Services, The Junior League of Birmingham, McWane Center, and Rally’s.

2007 Summer Reading Review

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