|Coffee, Crafts and Conversation at Springville Road Regional Branch Library|
Why do libraries offer programs? What do craft, computer, exercise, gardening, magic shows, and cooking classes have to do with books? The short answer can be found in the BPL Mission Statement: The mission of the Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment.
In other words, libraries provide information to improve people’s lives. Sometimes we do this by offering programs that reflect local interests, current events, or national trends. These programs can be on anything that provides new experiences, entertains, enriches, and/or educates.
|Storytime at Eastwood Branch Library|
All of the information is free, true, and current. Libraries provide free Internet access (including Wi-Fi), as well as assistance with computer use. They are great places to meet your neighbors, find the answers to your questions, see what’s going on in your neighborhood, and learn about anything that interests you. Of course, we still offer books, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines, most of which can be enjoyed in the library and/or borrowed at no cost. BPL’s website offers digital collections, free downloadable e-books and audiobooks, as well as access to subscription databases—all free with your library card. Libraries promote literacy, too, with summer reading incentive programs for all ages!
|Cooking class with Tamar Adler, Eat Drink Read Write 2014|
Springville Road Regional Branch Library