Free Audiobooks for Teens

By Lynn Hutchins | Information/Circulation Department, Central Library

Did you know that there is a way to get free audiobook downloads all summer long?
The SNYC YA Listener Program offers young adult listeners two free audiobooks each week during the summer. It is designed especially for teens.
SYNC is available through Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You can visit the websiteor text snycya to 25827 to get started. It is also available on Apple Apps and Google Play stores.
How Does SYNC Work? Visit from now through July 29, 2020Select available audiobooks to download as mp3sSign up for alerts for the next titlesShare comments on social media SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Every week this summer SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks—pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

You can also download audiobooks of your choice to electronic devices at no cost from the Birmingham Public Library or from a variety o…

2020 Nebula Award Winners

The 2020 Nebula Awards honors the best science fiction and fantasy writing published in 2019. On Saturday, May 30, the 2020 Nebula Awards was streamed live due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the panels, readings, and award presentations online.

And the Nebula goes to...!

Best Novel: A Song for a New Dayby Sarah Pinsker
Best Novella: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Best Novelette: Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo
Best Short Story: "Give the Family My Love" by A. T. Greenblatt
Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Good Omens: “Hard Times” by Neil Gaiman
The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book: Riverland by Fran Wilde
Best Game Writing: The Outer Worlds by Leonard Boyarsky, Kate Dollarhyde, Paul Kirsch, Chris L’Etoile, Daniel McPhee, Carrie Patel, Nitai Poddar, Marc Soskin, and Megan Starks

For a list of the finalists, visit the Nebula Awards website

The 35th Damon Knight Memorial …

Avondale Library Celebrates Pride Month with Spotlight on Local LGBTQ Non-Profits and Book Club Selection

By Joan Inman | Avondale Regional Branch Library 

In honor of Pride, Avondale Library’s Adult Department is hosting a five-week online interview series that will be posted every week to the library’s Facebook page in the month of June. Hosted by librarian Joan Inman, the series highlights LGBTQ individuals who are working within Birmingham non-profit sectors such as Magic City Acceptance Center and AIDS Alabama, and includes their personal takes on the importance of celebrating Pride, preserving history, and the integral role that libraries continue to play through their community partnerships by providing access to information for all.

Avondale Library's online book club selection for June, Beyond the Pages Online Book Club: The Before Now and After Then by Peter Mon, was chosen in conjunction with the series and will meet via the Zoom app on June 31 at 7:00 p.m. Register through BPL's events calendar.

Tune in to Bards & Brews Virtual on Friday, June 5

What: Bards & Brews Virtual Poetry Event
When: 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020
Where: Watch online on the BPL Facebook page  ( and Bards & Brews Facebook page ( 
Details: BPL is hosting its third online version on its Bards & Brews Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

Have a love for spoken word poetry? Tune in on  Friday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m. for Bards & Brews Virtual, an online version of the Birmingham Public Library's popular spoken word poetry/craft beer event. Join us on the Birmingham Public Library's Facebook page and Bards & Brews Facebook page as some of metro Birmingham’s most talented poets share their talent online.

Bards & Brews veteran poet and host Voice Porter is emceeing the online event. This is the third straight month that BPL is hosting a virtual Bards & Brews.

BPL will be broadcasting the spoken word poetry virtually through the web…

BPL’s 2020 Summer Learning Virtual Programs Kick off Monday, June 8, 2020

What:2020 Birmingham Public Library Summer Learning Virtual 
When: Monday, June 8, 2020 through July 30, 2020
Where: Watch online on Birmingham Public Library Facebook page
Details: BPL is hosting its Summer Learning programs online for the first time. Register at Craft materials will be provided at Five Points West, North Birmingham, Springville Road, and Avondale Libraries; pick up Wednesday prior to program date. 2020 BPL Summer Learning is made possible by the generous support of the Alabama Power Foundation, Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library, Domino’s and EBSCO.
Note: Please visit Birmingham Public Library Facebook page for live performances at 

Hey parents: Are you looking for fun, free activities for your kids to do this summer from the comfort of your own home? Then sign up today for 2020 Birmingham Public Library Summer Learning, which is going completely virtual for the first t…

Celebrate National Audiobook Month

By Lynn Hutchins, Information/Circulation Department, Central Library

Kick off your summer with an audiobook! Whether you are an avid listener already or curious to try one out, June is the perfect time since it is National Audiobook Month.

Here are some reasons why an audiobook might be perfect for you:

Hands-free reading – Enjoy the ease of putting on your favorite headphones and getting immersed in a fascinating narrative.

An uplifting distraction – Listening to an audiobook can be a diversion from boredom, loneliness, and other conditions. Listening to audiobooks provides an enjoyable way to “see the world” when other options are not as accessible.

Downloading books can be free – You can download audiobooks to electronic devices at no cost from the Birmingham Public Library or from a variety of websites like Project Gutenberg.

Audiobooks are heating up headphones across the country. Try one today! Here are a few recent titles that are available now on Libby.

Join Avondale Library Mondays for Tot Time With Mrs. Eve

Hey kids, are you ready to shake, shake, shake your beanbag?

Join Mrs. Eve on Mondays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting morning of Tot Time fun via Avondale Library Facebook page. Her next program will be Monday, June 1, at 8:00 a.m.

 Click on to join in the fun.


A veteran BPL storyteller, Mrs. Eve has been entertaining patrons of all ages online for months since the City of Birmingham joined cities across the nation in closing city libraries temporarily in mid-March.