The Central Library is hosting a Trivia Night @ BPL event to help the staff engage and connect with their patrons in a night of fun. At the Avondale Regional Branch Library, a monthly jewelry-making adventure for adults is adding new activities thanks to an influx of cash from the BPL Board as well.
Those three library programs are the latest recipients of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Innovative and Cool Award, presented during the December 13, 2016, board meeting. The award was established in April to encourage library staff to come up with unique ideas to serve the Birmingham community.
|Joan Black (right) is a retired registered nurse who gives|
back to the community by volunteering her time teaching
crochet classes at the West End Branch Library.
The BPL Innovative and Cool Award program has received national recognition, having been featured twice (August and October) in Library Journal. See links to both articles below:
Oct 31 2016 – "Staff as Innovation Leaders: From Great Ideas to Great Implementation"
August 2016 – "Birmingham Public Library Board Funds Innovative Cool Awards"
Since inception of the Innovative and Cool Award grants, the BPL Board of Trustees has provided $1,350 for 22 new programs at 14 libraries. The programs funded by the grants are as follows:
- Love to Color @ My Library, North Avondale Branch Library
- Career Survival Kit for Boys; Career Survival Kit for Girls, Pratt City Branch Library
- Crochet Class, West End Branch Library
- Cowboy Boots and Books, North Avondale Branch Library
- Science Club; Reading Gems, Ensley Branch Library
- Make Your Own Halloween Mask; Recovering the Classics, Central Library
- KEVA Planks, East Ensley Branch Library
- Art Attack, Avondale Regional Branch Library
- Bubble Machine Storytime, Five Points West Regional Branch Library
- After School Writing Lab, Powderly Branch Library
- Parenting Program; Vintage Memory Making Program, Springville Road Regional Branch Library
- Active Living for Adults, Five Points West Regional Branch Library
- 2nd Wednesday afterschool program, Wylam Branch Library
- Nintendo NES Console purchase, Inglenook Branch Library
- Book Club Holiday Party, Smithfield Branch Library
- Books and Beads adult program, Avondale Regional Branch Library
- Trivia Night, Central Library