|A rendering of the remodeled Inglenook Library|
The structure currently housing the Inglenook Branch of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) began its early history as Birmingham’s Fire Station #23. Built in 1927, the station served the Inglenook community until 1978 when the community, with a brand new fire station, asked to have a library in the neighborhood. The “new” library was established in 1979. This year, it will be made “new” again.
Mayor William A. Bell stated, “As we work throughout the City to revitalize areas, decrease blight and provide affordable housing, the renovation of this library is a strong indicator that we are committed to improving life in our neighborhoods.” Mayor Bell will hold a “ground breaking” ceremony on Friday, August 2, at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the library located at 4100 40th Terrace North. The public is invited to attend. Staff at the 34-year-old-library will lock the doors later that day at 6:00 p.m. and make way for a major renovation of the facility. Birmingham City Councilor Maxine Herring Parker is the District 4 representative for the area.
Scheduled to get under way by the first of September, the overhaul will take approximately four to five months to complete. Beginning Monday, August 19, Branch Manager Karnecia Williams and staff from the Inglenook Branch will provide limited service Monday through Friday from a temporary setup at the Inglenook Recreation Center from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Inglenook Recreation Center is located at 4016 37th Avenue North. BPL Director Renee Blalock stated, “We are very excited that this project is about to get underway. It is our hope that the refurbished library will help drive revitalization in the area as well as the best in library service to the community.”