The Birmingham Public Library is accepting nominations for young professionals ages 25-40 for its new BPL Young Professionals group. The BPL Young Professionals will support the literary culture of the Birmingham region and will be committed to making the Library the center of lifelong learning for the city. The group will host lectures, special collection tours, and other social events; volunteer time and skills; and increase public awareness and access to the Library’s resources.
Young Professionals groups are an increasingly popular way to broaden skills and experience in the business world while supporting a worthy organization. Young Professionals groups provide volunteer service opportunities, leadership training, and social networking opportunities and sustain an organization with modest annual financial contributions.
While the Library’s base operating expenses are provided by the City of Birmingham, nearly all of its programming for children and adults is supported by fundraising efforts and its fundraising arm, the Birmingham Public Library Foundation. Funds raised by BPL’s Young Professionals will provide direct aid to essential programs and materials—youth and adult summer reading, early literacy programming, and book purchasing for example—that serve two million people in the Birmingham area each year.
Between now and September 30, the Library will accept nominations and applications for members of the future Board of the BPL Young Professionals. The Library will choose 40 people. For information on how to nominate someone or apply, please visit the Library’s website at www.bplonline.org/yp or call Kelsey Bates at 205-226-3634. A social event will be held at the Library on September 20th for all nominees interested in the group.