To help the public learn more about the Dalai Lama prior to his Birmingham visit in late October, the Birmingham Public Library will offer several free programs and resources.
The following locations will feature free screenings of the documentary 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama:
Wednesday, October 15, 12:00 p.m., Central Library
Tuesday, October 21, 12:00 p.m., Avondale Library
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m., Springville Road Library
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m., East Lake Library
Thursday, October 23, 10:00 a.m., Smithfield Library
Thursday, October 23, 11:00 a.m., Titusville Library
A resource list about books and DVDs on His Holiness will be available at Birmingham library locations in October.
Part of Human Rights Week will include the city's A Celebration of the Human Spirit Film Festival, a two-day film festival with movies that celebrate the human spirit, the quest for freedom, and the power of individuals to change the world. Walden Media will host free screenings on Friday, October 24, at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and on Saturday, October 25, at the Alabama Theatre.
One of the movies is The Giver, a 2014 film based on Lois Lowry's young adult novel of the same name. The book was the winner of the 1994 Newberry Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Lowry will attend the Friday, October 24 screening. The book is also one that the Birmingham Public Library gave free to patrons this fall as part of its Read It Forward campaign. Libraries in downtown Birmingham, Ensley, North Birmingham, Five Points West, Woodlawn, West End, Wylam, Avondale, and Titusville still have free copies of the book.
The four Walden Media films are free, but attendees must register in advance via EventBrite. Here's the schedule:
Friday, October 24, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 24, The Giver, Birmingham Museum of Art, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, I Am David, Alabama Theatre, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, Amazing Grace, Alabama Theatre, 7:00 p.m.