Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Computer Skills Development Class at Inglenook Library, May 11


The Inglenook Branch Library will host a basic computer skills development class on Wednesday, May 11, from 10:30-11:30a.m. A series of lessons ranging from keyboarding basics to troubleshooting tips and shutdown procedures will be taught followed by an assignment to test students’ progress and knowledge learned. Contact the Inglenook Library at 205-849-8739 to register. Limited availability.

Bards & Brews Poetry Slam at Central Library, Friday, May 6



WHO: Birmingham Public Library
WHAT: Bards & Brews Performance Poetry/Beer Tasting
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016
WHERE: Central Library
TIME: Music starts at 6:30 p.m. and poetry performances begin at 7 p.m.

Birmingham Public Library's (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series returns with a poetry slam on Friday, May 6, at the Central Library. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the event will feature free craft beer sampling provided by Yellowhammer Brewing. The J. Clyde will handle the pouring.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with live music by Susan Lawrence, beer tasting, and light refreshments. The poetry begins to flow at 7:00 p.m. with Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins serving as host. The event is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public; however, attendees must be at least 18 to enter and 21 to participate—ID is required.

“Bards & Brews brings in the most diverse crowd of any BPL-sponsored programs, and the poetry you hear reflects that diversity,” said Haruyo Miyagawa, department head of Central Library’s Arts, Literature and Sports Department. “You’ll hear hip-hop infused rhythms, romantic ballads, and everything in-between.”

Miyagawa said Bards & Brews has built a loyal following since it started five years ago.

“We've made ardent fans of folks who were skeptical about poetry as entertainment,” she said. “This is not your grandfather’s staid poetry event with the poet reading stiffly before a hushed audience. Guests are encouraged to express their appreciation for a riveting performance or their disapproval for a judge’s low score. At Bards & Brews, poetry becomes a communal experience, harking back to its roots in the oral tradition."

Poets wanting to participate in the slam can sign up on site for $5 each beginning at 6:30 p.m. The following month, Bards & Brews will take place at the Avondale Regional Branch Library on Friday, June 3, with an open mic poetry night. For more information, call 205-226-3670, e-mail hm@bham.lib.al.us, visit the Bards & Brews Facebook page, or go online to www.bplonline.org/bardsbrews.

Some Birmingham Public Library Locations to Celebrate Star Wars Day on Wednesday, May 4


The Birmingham Public Library will join Star Wars fans across the globe on Wednesday, May 4, in celebrating a day affectionately known as Star Wars Day.

“May the 4th Be With You” is a pun Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to celebrate their love for one of the most popular movie series of all time. A play on the famous “May the Force be with you” line from Star Wars films, the Internet has allowed Star Wars fans worldwide to unite and connect every year on May 4.

While the idea of Star Wars Day on May 4 didn’t begin with Lucasfilm, the creator of Star Wars, the film company has embraced the day, as evidenced by its official website link, http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th.

The Central Library will show the latest Star Wars movie released in the fall of 2015 as part of Star Wars Day in the Story Castle on Wednesday, May 4, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The PG-13 movie showing is free to the public, but space is limited.

Allie Graham, a librarian in the Central Library's Arts, Literature and Sports Department, loves the Star Wars Day. Her department has set up a Star Wars-themed book table, and will have some coloring pages available for library patrons on Wednesday.
series and embraces

Star Wars display in the Arts, Literature and Sports Department
Inglenook Branch Library will also have Star Wars activity sheets available for children on Wednesday as part of Star Wars Day, said Karnecia Williams, branch manager.

Graham, a longtime Star Wars fan, said since the original Star Wars debuted in May 1977, the Star Wars universe has been a part of American pop culture.

“From the currently eight films, TV shows, toys, and comic books to novels, coffee mugs, and board games, Star Wars has made a significant impact in our culture,” Graham said. “Phrases like 'I am your father,' and 'May the Force be with you' have entered standard vocabulary. Earlier this year I went to a wedding that played Star Wars music as the recessional. Star Wars Day is a fun way to celebrate main streaming of this aspect of 'nerd' culture.”

The Eastwood Branch Library also has Star Wars activity sheets available for children Wednesday. Brandon Crawford Smith, the branch manager, said the library’s 2016 Summer Reading kick-off event will have a Star Wars theme featuring Jedi training on May 26.

“There will be some major figures from the Star Wars universe on hand as well as Jedi training for the young attendees,” Smith said. “There will also be icy treats from the planet Hoth and other light refreshments.”

Monday, May 02, 2016

Central Library Hosting 7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data Seminar on May 9


The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will host several small business seminars in 2016 beginning in April and ending in November that will take place at the Central Library. The small business seminars are being offered by BPL in partnership with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development.

Seminar presenters will be veteran mentors from the Birmingham chapter of SCORE, a national nonprofit comprised of volunteers willing to share their business knowledge and experience with prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners. For over 50 years, SCORE mentors have helped millions of business owners start or grow their business.

7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data is presented by Sawyer Solutions, a Pelham-based information technology company. The seminar is scheduled on Monday, May 9, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., in the Arrington Auditorium of the Central Library.

The seminar is free but advance registration is required. To register, go to the Birmingham SCORE website at www.birmingham.score.org and click on the seminar title in the Upcoming Events section.

For more information about seminars and other resources about small business development available at BPL, contact Jim Murray of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at jmurray@bham.lib.al.us or by calling 205-226-3691.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoffs Bracket
CBSSports.com


The NBA Playoffs are well underway.  The first round has proven how strong the competition is among the teams this season.  In fact, four of the eight teams in the Eastern Conference finished with the same regular season record (Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte).  Not surprisingly, Charlotte and Miami are headed to a Game 7 matchup to determine who enters the second round.  Indiana and Portland will also play a Game 7.  It took six games for Atlanta to get past the Boston Celtics.  Cleveland swept its series against Detroit, but a couple of those games were very close. 

In the Western Conference, the regular season records were not as tightly clustered.  The Golden State Warriors won a record-high 73 games, while their first-round opponents, Houston, finished with a 41-41 record.  Last season’s MVP Stephen Curry got injured in the first round, so he was unable to help clinch the series over Houston.  Nevertheless, Golden State won the series in five games.  None of the matchups in the Western Conference resulted in a Game 7.  San Antonio swept its series against the Memphis Grizzlies.  Oklahoma City defeated Dallas in five games, and it took Portland six games to put away the Los Angeles Clippers.   

The top three seeds in the Western Conference have advanced along with the #5 seed.  Portland faces Golden State in the second round while the San Antonio Spurs take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  In the Eastern Conference, #1 Cleveland enters the second round against #4 Atlanta.  The Game 7 winners in the Eastern Conference will face each other in the second round (Miami/Charlotte vs. Toronto/Indiana) to fill out the rest of the bracket.  There is a lot of great basketball left to enjoy before we get to the NBA Finals in June.    

Central Library Hosting Jefferson County Hiring Process Workshops, May-July 2016

The Central Library is hosting three free workshops from May through July that will cover the process of applying for Jefferson County jobs, and how to master pre-employment tests, including oral interviews. The workshops are presented by the Jefferson County Human Resources Department, and scheduled for Monday, May 9; Monday, June 13; and Monday, July 11, 2:15-3:15 p.m., in the Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th floor, Regional Library Computer Center.

To register for the workshops and to find out more information about small business resources available at Birmingham Public Library, contact Jim Murray of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at jmurray@bham.lib.al.us or by calling 205- 226-3691.

Visit the BPL blog or the events calendar for information on other upcoming business and financial workshops available at the Birmingham Public Library.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Birmingham Public Library Taking Its Genealogy Workshops to Trussville, Shelby County Libraries

Younger Kids of 80th Place South
Birmingham, 1955, Cubert A. Wood
Birmingham Memory Project

The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department is taking its popular genealogy workshops on the road to other libraries.

The Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop, Piles of Paper and Digital Dilemmas: Organizing Your Genealogy Research, will be going to the Trussville Public Library on May 4. The workshop will cover both paper and digital file organizational systems, and is designed for everyone from the beginner to the experienced genealogist. Staff from the Southern History Department at the Central Library will also be teaching Introduction to Genealogy for the first time in Shelby County at the Mt. Laurel Public Library.

Here is a listing of genealogy workshops BPL is offering during the month of May:

Sunday, May 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Luther Ray Watts and Friend across from AOH Church of God
Birmingham, 1975, Juliette Watts
Birmingham Memory Project
Introduction to Genealogy – Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. No registration is required, and it will be held on the first floor of the Central Library’s Linn-Henley building in the Southern History Department.

Wednesday, May 4, 1:00 p.m., at Trussville Public Library
Piles of Paper and Digital Dilemmas: Organizing Your Genealogy Research (Beyond the Basics of Genealogy encore presentation) – Is your genealogy research out of control with piles of paper and scattered files on your computer? If you answered yes, come learn about different methods of organization and techniques for both paper and digital files and set yourself up for organizational success. For more information or directions, please call 205-655-2022.

Thursday, May 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Mt. Laurel Public Library
Introduction to Genealogy – Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. Bring your lunch! The library will supply coffee, lemonade, and dessert. For more information or directions, please call 205-991-1660.

Tuesday, May 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Genealogy – Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. No registration is required, and it will be held on the first floor of the Linn-Henley building in the Southern History Department.

Here is the remaining 2016 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy schedule:

Two Girls Sunbathing
Birmingham, 1933, Sara Coggin
Birmingham Memory Project
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m.
Let's Talk about It: Oral History
– Relatives and family friends are important sources of information. Whom do you want to talk with (everyone) and what do you want to ask (everything). Join us in this introduction to oral history. Learn how to gather information from those who have difficulty remembering or are troubled by the past and reluctant to share it.

Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. 
Jump Into the Gene Pool: Genetics and Your Family History – Discover how genetic research can help you explore your family history. Find out what a gene sample can tell you about what parts of the world your ancestors came from and more. Jump in!

Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m.
Genetic Genealogy Strategies for African American and Native American Research – There is no magic in genetic genealogy and no special tests for African American and Native American research, but there are choices you can make that may enable you to confirm and to go beyond the evidence of the paper trail.

All Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Free Monthly Medicare Workshops Available at Area Libraries


The A, B, C, & D's of Medicare: Free Monthly Medicare Workshop

Jefferson County and Shelby County public libraries are pleased to invite you to a free Medicare educational workshop conducted by Karen Haiflich, an independent benefits advisor specializing in Medicare. Haiflich is volunteering her time to help you better understand your options as you embark upon this important milestone. She will cover the following information from the official U.S. Government Medicare handbook:

  • Defining Medicare and its four parts (A, B,C & D).
  • How and when to enroll in Medicare (what happens when you're already on Medicare and turn 65).
  • When you can change plans (annual open enrollment, special enrollment periods).
  • Medicare health plan coverage choices (Medigap/Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Advantage plans).
  • Medicare prescription drug coverage.
  • How to get help paying your Medicare premium, prescription drugs, and other Medicare costs.
  • What if I keep working? What if my spouse isn't on Medicare? How does Medicare work with other coverage, etc.

Come and get simple straightforward answers to these and other questions to help you better understand Medicare and the options available to you. The workshop lasts approximately one hour and is very interactive.

If you have questions, call or email Karen Haiflich at (205) 965-0614 or Karen.Medicare@iCloud.com

Schedule
Room 116
3rd Tuesday of every month 
12:00 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Hueytown Public Library
3rd Friday of every month
1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room
2nd Thursday of every month
12:00 p.m.

Tree House
2nd Wednesday of every month
1:00 p.m.

2nd Monday of every month
1:00 p.m. 

Bards & Brews Poetry Slam Scheduled at Central Library, Friday, May 6



WHO: Birmingham Public Library
WHAT: Bards & Brews Performance Poetry/Beer Tasting
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016
WHERE: Central Library
TIME: Music starts at 6:30 p.m. and poetry performances begin at 7 p.m.

Birmingham Public Library's (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series returns with a poetry slam on Friday, May 6, at the Central Library. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the event will feature free craft beer sampling provided by Yellowhammer Brewing. The J. Clyde will handle the pouring.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with live music by Susan Lawrence, beer tasting, and light refreshments. The poetry begins to flow at 7:00 p.m. with Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins serving as host. The event is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public; however, attendees must be at least 18 to enter and 21 to participate—ID is required.

“Bards & Brews brings in the most diverse crowd of any BPL-sponsored programs, and the poetry you hear reflects that diversity,” said Haruyo Miyagawa, department head of Central Library’s Arts, Literature and Sports Department. “You’ll hear hip-hop infused rhythms, romantic ballads, and everything in-between.”

Miyagawa said Bards & Brews has built a loyal following since it started five years ago.

“We've made ardent fans of folks who were skeptical about poetry as entertainment,” she said. “This is not your grandfather’s staid poetry event with the poet reading stiffly before a hushed audience. Guests are encouraged to express their appreciation for a riveting performance or their disapproval for a judge’s low score. At Bards & Brews, poetry becomes a communal experience, harking back to its roots in the oral tradition."

Poets wanting to participate in the slam can sign up on site for $5 each beginning at 6:30 p.m. The following month, Bards & Brews will take place at the Avondale Regional Branch Library on Friday, June 3, with an open mic poetry night. For more information, call 205-226-3670, e-mail hm@bham.lib.al.us, visit the Bards & Brews Facebook page, or go online to www.bplonline.org/bardsbrews.

Avondale Library, UAB Partner to Offer Free Autism Educational Workshop on May 10


Chances are that you, a relative, friend, or coworker has someone in their family affected by autism, one of the nation’s fastest-growing ailments. The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center and the Avondale Regional Branch Library are partnering to offer a free autism educational workshop on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.

The Reading Brain and Its Role in Autism workshop will be presented by Rajesh Kana, associate professor of psychology at UAB. Kana is director of the Cognition, Brain, and Autism Laboratory and co-director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program at UAB.

For more information, call the Avondale Library at 205-226-4000 or visit the library. You can also get information on the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at www.uab.edu/CNC.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Erotica



Erotica and erotic literature have been around for a long time. You can find all kinds of erotic literature out there to meet whatever fantasy a person may have.

Some of my favorite authors:
Jay Bell (Something Like… series)
Sylvia Day
R. G. Alexander
Kindle Alexander
Damon Suede
Jaci Burton
Opal Carew
Emma Holly
Lora Leigh
Laurell K. Hamilton

Great erotic literature sources:
Fantastic Fiction  Wonderful information about all kinds of fiction, especially series.

Fantastic Fiction for Adults Only This is the erotic literature site for Fantastic Fiction. Must be viewed at home.

Goodreads – User created information about books of all kinds. The lists feature is very useful.

Samuel Rumore
Springville Road Regional Branch Library

Monday, April 25, 2016

Southern History Book of the Month: What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley

What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley
Kim Cross
Foreword by Rick Bragg

Anyone who has grown up in Alabama knows that tornadoes are a fact of life and it’s best to be prepared for them. Experienced citizens of a strip of territory known as Dixie Alley, similar to the Tornado Alley of the Great Plains, watch the skies for cloud formations and odd colors that signal an impending storm. One report on the so-called Dixie Alley—ironically updated as of 4/26/2011—claims that the Southern corridor of land may be even more of a tornado target than the Great Plains.

As if to underscore that claim, April 27, 2011, ushered in a devastating storm that has gone down in history as one of the worst disasters ever to strike this area. In her book What Stands in a Storm, Kim Cross has compiled years of research and eyewitness reports into a brilliant and terrifying account of the destruction in areas that lay in the path of a nightmarish “wedge” tornado more characteristic of the Great Plains storms than the typical narrow-funnel Deep South twisters. Tuscaloosa was widely discussed in the news coverage because of the enormous size of the tornado as recorded on video at that location, but anyone who lived through that day knows the roll call of other towns and cities—Cordova, Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, and many more—that suffered tornado strikes during the outbreak:
In a tiny town fifty miles north of Tuscaloosa, a woman stood under an awning, taking thoughtful drags from a cigarette. She noticed pink wisps that looked like cotton candy floating incongruously through the air. The sun was shining and the backlit raindrops quickly morphed into pea-size hail that peppered the ground. Wet-cotton clouds snuffed out the sun, and the sky turned green and jaundiced. The woman looked up with a thought she had never had.

If fear had a color, this is it.
As a lifelong resident of Alabama, I know the look of that green sky, the strange cotton clouds, and the warning of hail, and Cross’s succinct and poetic narrative style definitely brought back memories of all my unease and fear as I sat in my “place of safety” that day, listening to the radio and wondering where the storm would strike next and if my community would escape.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the tornado outbreak. Take stock of your supplies, check the batteries in your weather radio, consider downloading a weather app on your smartphone, and have a place of shelter at the ready, for we are definitely in the heart of tornado season. However, as one meteorologist points out in What Stands in a Storm, tornadoes are not necessarily confined to one time of the year:
A great number of highly educated people believe that tornadoes do not occur where they live. Unless they live in Antarctica, they are all wrong. “This comforting myth can kill you,” wrote the meteorologist Chuck Doswell. “Tornadoes have been observed on every continent and in every American state at every hour of the day and in every month of the year.”
Be safe, everyone.

For more on Kim Cross and tornadoes:
Kim Cross

Books
A History of Alabama’s Deadliest Tornadoes
A Generational Storm: The Tornadoes That Hit Alabama: April 27, 2011
Day of Devastation: Photos & Stories of Alabama's Deadliest Tornado Outbreak

Mary Ann Ellis
Southern History Department
Central Library

Central Library Hosting Steps to Starting Your Business Seminar on May 2


The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will host several small business seminars over the next several months beginning Monday, April 4, 2016. The seminars will take place at the Central Library.

The small business seminars are being offered by BPL in partnership with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development.  The second Steps to Starting Your Business seminar will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, in the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium, located on the fourth floor of the Linn-Henley Research Building. That same seminar will also be offered on Monday, June 6.

Seminar presenters will be veteran mentors from the Birmingham chapter of SCORE, a national nonprofit comprised of volunteers willing to share their business knowledge and experience with prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners. For over 50 years, SCORE mentors have helped millions of business owners start or grow their business.

The seminars are free but registration in advance is required. To register, contact Valencia S. Fisher of the City of Birmingham’s Economic Development Office by email at valencia.fisher@birminghamal.gov or by phone at 205-254-2799.

The other small business seminars are as follows:

How to Use Legal Strategies to Protect Your Business, presented by Josh Andrews, a Birmingham lawyer specializing in legal issues of concern to small business owners. The seminar will be offered in the Arrington Auditorium from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on April 28, July 28, and October 27. The seminar is free but advance registration is required. To register, go to the Birmingham SCORE website at www.birmingham.score.org and click on the seminar title in the Upcoming Events section.

7 Ways to Secure Your Business Data, presented by Sawyer Solutions, a Pelham-based information technology company. The seminar will be offered in the Arrington Auditorium from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on May 9, August 8, and November 14. The seminar is free but advance registration is required. To register, go to the Birmingham SCORE website at www.birmingham.score.org and click on the seminar title in the Upcoming Events section.

For more information about seminars and other resources about small business development available at BPL, contact Jim Murray of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at jmurray@bham.lib.al.us or by calling 205-226-3691.