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Central Library to Host Talk on Saturday, February 24, by Jerome Morris, Author of "Central City's Joy and Pain"

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Birmingham native Dr. Jerome Morris will speak about his book "Central City's Joy and Pain" and sign copies at the Central Library's Arrington Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24.      Birmingham, Ala. - Jerome E. Morris refused to let humble beginnings in a downtown Birmingham housing project deter him from achieving success in life. Now a professor of urban education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Dr. Morris lived in a downtown subsidized housing community known as Central City before being renamed Metropolitan Gardens. His new memoir, "Central City's Joy and Pain: Solidarity, Survival, and Soul in a Birmingham Housing Project" shares Dr. Morris' personal story of survival to achieve personal success.  Dr. Morris will talk about his book and how he overcame odds in an author talk from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 24, in the Central Library's Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place. The talk is presente

North Birmingham Library Hosting Barbershop Talk Program Monday, February 26

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North Birmingham Library is hosting Barbershop Talk  led by Dr. John Baldwin II on February 26 Birmingham barber Quincy Moore will provide free haircut s. In the black community, the barbershop is a place of refuge where black men can freely talk amongst themselves about relationships, parenting, politics and other issues that concern them. Barbershops play the same role as a safe haven for Black men that beauty salons serve as for women to share discussions about issues they face.  Join North Birmingham Regional Library , 2501 31st Avenue North, on Monday, February 26, for Barbershop Talk . This free program from 6:00 to 8:00  p.m. on Monday night will provide the atmosphere of a barbershop, a safe space for men both young and old to discuss social issues in our communities.  The keynote speaker will be Birmingham native Dr. John Baldwin II, senior pastor of New Beginnings United Methodist Church .  In addition to being able to participate in this powerful discussion led by Dr. B

Powderly Branch Library Hosting Afrocentric Headress Art Program on February 27

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Participants in Powderly Library's Afrocentric Headdress Art program will make artwork like this .                                                                     Have you ever wanted to create your very own African headdress art? Join Powderly Branch Library, 3301 Jefferson Avenue SW, at 11:00 a.m. next Tuesday, February 27, for "Afrocentric Headdress Art" . Participants will make an African headdress art to use as wall art or display on a table, using different patterns. Materials will be provided and there is no registration required. For details, click here or contact Powderly Branch Manager Megan Green at (205) 925-6178 or via email at megan.green@cobpl.org.    Click here for a fascinating story by Adek Dejak of the history behind African headdresses :  Throughout history, African headdresses have held immense significance as powerful symbols of cultural identity and artistic expression, evolving over generations to reflect diverse cultures, traditions and histor

Gee's Bend Quilts Exhibit at Central Library Closes This Saturday, February 24

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   Southside C.M.E. Church's Peace Makers for Christ Prayer Quilting Ministry visit the "Assembly: Contemporary Gee's Bend Quilts" exhibit that ends at the Central Library on Saturday, February 24  You have only a few days left to view Assembly: Contemporary Gee's Bend Quilts , a quilt exhibition that has been on display in the 4th Floor Gallery of the Central Library in downtown Birmingham since early January. The Assembly quilts exhibit closes to the public around 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, February 24. On Wednesday, Birmingham's Southside C.M.E. Church's Peace Makers for Christ Prayer Quilting Ministry stopped by to see the quilts made by the famous quilters of Gee's Bend in person.  "We were so impressed, the quilts were awesome, beautiful," said Cynthia Fowler, a member of the Southside C.M.E. quilting group. "We enjoyed the exhibit. I am so glad we got to see the quilts before it closes."    Assembly: Contemporary Gee's B

Stitching History: A Black History Month Quilt Honoring the Five Points West Regional Branch Library

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To commemorate 20 years of the Five Points West Regional Branch Library 's current location, the library will host an open house on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.!  We invite the community to celebrate this milestone with light refreshments. In honor of this occasion, the Five Points West Quilting Club crafted a quilt that pays tribute to the library's current and previous locations.

Spring into Homeownership at Five Points West Regional Library's Homebuying Workshop on April 27

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Five Points West Regional Library is hosting a free homebuying workshop on April 27.  Birmingham, Ala. -  Five Points West Regional Library  is excited to announce an upcoming workshop that could be your key to unlocking the door to homeownership. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or looking to upgrade to your dream home, this homebuying workshop on April 27 will provide you with the knowledge and tools you'll need to navigate the process with confidence.  Date & Time:  April 27, 2024, 10:00a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Location:  Five Points West Regional Library 's Meeting Room, 4812 Avenue W. Birmingham, AL 35208 What to Expect:  Join Us for an Engaging Panel Discussion on homebuying in which you will learn from industry experts about every step of the homebuying journey, from understanding the process to closing the deal. The panelists will include  Bats & Associate Real Estate  Team representatives,  home inspector Greg Walker , Natoria Prince from  Diamond Assurance ,

Film Review: "The Holdovers"

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  Click here to watch a trailer for The Holdovers  I confess that I am not always the biggest Alexander Payne fan. I was disappointed with his films  The Descendants and Downsizing . Even Nebraska did not meet my expectations. Now, if he’s working with Paul Giamatti , I’m all eyes and ears. The 2004 film about exploring wine country in California , Sideways , which was their first collaboration, is a perfect movie. The wide-ranging actor specifically never fails as the rigid curmudgeon that just needs a beer and a hug.  Once again, they both strike gold with the surprisingly amusing dramedy, The Holdovers. In one of the most acclaimed films of 2023, Giamatti plays a grumpy history, or as he describes as ancient civilizations, teacher at an all-boys boarding school called Barton Academy. He goes by the name, Mr. Paul Hunham.  The sophisticated but snarky instructor casually smokes his pipe and gives out more Fs and Ds than Bs and As to his uniform-wearing students, which provokes the