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Learn More about the Hitachi San Puppet in BPL's Southern History Department

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  BPL's Paul Boncella with Hitachi San,  4-foot puppet on display in the Southern History Department.    Hitachi San converted into a Japanese Samurai Warrior . Birmingham, Ala. - Ever wondered about the Japanese puppet – named Hitachi San – that is stored in the Southern History Department display case on the first floor of the Birmingham Public Library’s Research Building downtown? This fascinating four-foot puppet appears as a beautiful, elegant Japanese woman holding an umbrella half of the year and is converted into a Japanese Samurai warrior with a sword the remaining six months. Mary Beth Newbill, head of the Southern History Department, says Hitachi San has been on display at BPL since 2004, when the Sister City Commission of Hitachi, Japan, presented the puppet to the City of Birmingham. Birmingham and Hitachi have been Sister Cities since 1982.   Birmingham and Hitachi have been Sister Cities since 1982.    The Hitachi San puppet in no way relates to Miss Iwate, the Japa

Intriguing Wood Sculptures by Dale Lewis on Display at the Birmingham Public Library

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  A new exhibition of sculptures in wood by Oneonta artist Dale Lewis  is on display at the  Birmingham Public Library .  Cabinet of Curiosities is open for viewing in the Lobby Gallery of the  Central Library  through Friday, July 26.  Dale Lewis uses select woods to create functional cabinets, chairs, and tables, as well as sculptures based on furniture forms. According to Alabama Creates: 200 Years of Art and Artists , the artist’s “engaging furniture combines a childlike playfulness with a mature appreciation for sensual form.” Lewis’ sculptures are best described in his own words: “My work speaks to a love and respect for wood. I constantly search for choice examples that inspire my sensitivities and allow me to exhibit my colorful imagination. Art training and years of television production experience give life and dimension to my creations. My whimsically elegant designs are influenced by natural forms which are used as metaphors and narratives for my ideas, feelings and philos

Adventure Begins at Southside Library: 2024 Summer Reading Spotlight

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Looking for fun things to do this summer?  The Birmingham Public Library is hosting 256 free programs, activities and events during June and July for patrons of all ages  as part of BPL's 2024 Summer Reading: Adventure Begins at Your Library.  You can see the full list by location by clicking here.    BPL is spotlighting each of our library's programs this summer. Today's spotlight is on Southside Branch Library , 18 14 11th Avenue South. Southside Branch is hosting 13 programs -two for all ages, six for youth and five for teens and adults.   Here a few programs for youth, teens and adults recommended by Southside Branch Manager Pamela Jessie: Southside Branch Library, 1814 11th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205 Ph # (205) 933-7776   Adventures in Art: Scraper Painting (Youth), Today, Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. Let your inner artist shine and express your creativity while learning to make your own unique piece of art. Remember, it's all about the process, not the o

Adventure Begins At West End Branch Library: Summer Reading 2024 Spotlight

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The Adventure Continues at West End Branch Library with our spotlight on their Sumer Reading 2024 programs! The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)  has  256 Summer Reading programs  planned for this summer for all patrons to enjoy.  If you haven't registered for Summer Reading yet, stop by any BPL location  to register for Summer Reading and get a B-I-N-G-O card for your age range and win prizes for completing it.

Adventure Begins at Wylam Branch Library: 2024 Summer Reading Spotlight

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  Looking for fun things to do this summer? The Birmingham Public Library is hosting 256 free programs, activities and events during June and July for patrons of all ages as part of BPL's 2024 Summer Reading: Adventure Begins at Your Library.  You can see the full list by location by clicking here.    BPL is spotlighting each of our library's programs this summer. Today's spotlight is on Wylam Branch Library. Wylam Branch is hosting 11 programs, nine for youth and two for adults.   Here a few programs for kids and adults recommended by Wylam Branch Manager Selina Johnson: Wylam Branch Library, 4300 7th Avenue Wylam, Birmingham, AL 35224 Ph (205) 785-0349 Youth: Vulcan will appear at Wylam Branch Library's A Birmingham Storytime Adventure Summer Reading program this Thursday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. Wylam Branch is at 4300 7th Avenue Wylam A Birmingham Storytime Adventure, Thursday, June 13, 10:00 a.m. Kids ages Pre-K through 2nd grade will participate in an interactiv

BPL Celebration of Juneteenth 2024 Underway-Activities Conclude with African Drumming Demo at Central Library on June 18

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  The Birmingham Public Library celebrates Juneteenth with a free  exhibition of West African drumming, dance and folklore at the Central Library from 6:00 to 700 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024.    Birmingham, Ala. - Celebrate Juneteenth 2024 with the banging of an African drum from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Central Library downtown next Tuesday, June 18, as the Birmingham Public Library Presents “Journey from Africa: The Drums of the Diaspora! With Barry Johnson.”  Get a head-start on Juneteenth with this immersive experience of West African drumming, dance, and folklore led by Birmingham native Edmond “Barry” Johnson, a professional percussionist and drumming instructor who is well-rounded in the art of drumming.  Johnson is a founding member of the Sahi On Ko Djony Dance Company, which presented a similar African-drumming and folklore performance during Black History Month at Springville Road Regional Library in February.  Sahi On Ko Djony Dance Company , which presented a similar A fr

Adventure Begins at Pratt City Branch Library: 2024 Summer Reading Spotlight

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  Looking for fun things to do this summer? The Birmingham Public Library is hosting 256 free programs, activities and events  during June and July for patrons of all ages as part of BPL's 2024 Summer Reading: Adventure Begins at Your Library.  You can see the full list by location by clicking here . BPL is spotlighting each of our library's programs this summer. Today's spotlight is on  Pratt City Branch Library.   Pratt City Branch is hosting  11 programs, five for youth and six for adults. Here are a few that are recommended by Pratt City Branch Manager Saundra Ross and Library Assistant III Julie Higginbottom: Pratt City Branch Library, 509 Dugan Ave., Birmingham, AL 35214 Ph. # (205) 791-4997 Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 p.m.    -  Juneteenth Painting Celebration  Jump into the festivities through the power of art and create an abstract painting to enjoy. Registration required. Youth programs Tuesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. - Hoop for Fitness - Hoop There It Is! Join the Hoop