Showing posts from March, 2006

New DVDs and Videocassettes

Check out BPL's new dvds and videocassettes for the month of March : A history of violence. Agent Cody Banks 2 : destination London. Animal jam: Shake a leg. Arlington Road. Arthur makes a movie. Arthur. D.W rides again ; plus, Arthur's cousin catastrophe. Beethoven. Berenstain Bears. Always look on the bright side. Berenstain Bears. Bears get a babysitter. Berenstain bears adventure & fun for everyone. Berenstain bears fun lessons to learn. Berenstain bears. Bears team up. Black Caesar. Blue's room. Fred's birthday. Blue's room. Holiday wishes. Bob the Builder. When Bob became a builder. Caillou. Caillou, the everyday hero. Capote. Chicken Little. Chicken run. Chinatown kid : the venoms. Coach Carter. Cornbread, Earl and me. Derailed. MORE...

Alabama Bound

It’s been a long, cold winter, but spring is on the way. Make Alabama Bound a part of your spring! Mark your calendars for 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2006 and join us at the Birmingham Public Library for the eighth annual Alabama Bound, a celebration of books and authors with Alabama connections. This event is free and open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to come and mingle with our authors and find out all about their latest books. More...

Book Reviews and more

BookLetters , a new service from the Birmingham Public Library and BookLetters, offers book reviews and information on hundreds of authors, all easily accessible online. Readers can use the service either at home or at the library. To receive regular updates on books in special areas of interest, simply sign up for BookLetters' email newsletter service . Reviews of recommended books in your favorite genres will be delivered right to your inbox.

Avondale's Grand Re-opening Ceremony

The Avondale Branch of the Birmingham Public Library reopened this morning with official greetings from Mayor Bernard Kincaid and several other officials. Over 200 people attended the ceremony and reception. To see additional photographs of the ceremony click here .

Avondale Branch Back in Operation

The Avondale Branch Grand Re-opening Ceremony will take place at the library this Thursday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. Open house will be held Sunday, April 2 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come be a part of this exciting celebration.

Amnesty Week At BPL

National Library Week April 2-8 In celebration of National Library Week, April 2-8, the Birmingham Public Library is hosting an “Amnesty Week,” where patrons can bring in overdue materials without incurring the library fines. Patrons may bring in these materials and the coupon above to any Birmingham Public Library branch location on any day from April 2nd through the 8th and their fines will be waived.

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

April 15th is just around the corner. Do you need help with your taxes, a copy of a tax form, or tax information? If so, the library can help As a service to the community, the Birmingham Public Library provides copies of current Federal and Alabama tax forms, instructions, and publications. Basic forms are available at most library locations; a more extensive collection of forms is available in the Government Documents Department in the Linn-Henley Building.

Holocaust Survivor Speaks March 22 at Central

Mr. Max Steinmetz was born in Romania. From 1941, at the age of 17 until 1945 when he was liberated by Allied Forces, he was forced into ghettos, incarcerated at Auschwitz, imprisoned at Birkenau and Dachau, and escaped from the German death march, seeking refuge in a farm house. This program is a part of Central's Brown Bag Lunch Program . The programs are held at 12:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Arrington Auditorium of the Linn-Henley Building . The library provides beverages. For additional information call (205) 226-3604

Database In The Birmingham News

The Red Mountain Cemetery Record of Interments Database was recently featured in an article by The Birmingham News . Read all about it .

Local History Database Available Online

A new BPL created database is now available online and will be useful for genealogists, historians, and students of public health. The Red Mountain Cemetery Record of Interments, 1888-1906 , includes all information found in the original interments book, including names, dates of death, and causes of death. Red Mountain Cemetery, sometimes called Southside Cemetery, was used by the City of Birmingham from 1888 to 1906 as a place to bury the indigent dead. The cemetery contains 4,711 burials and was located south of the city on the site that is now Lane Park and the Birmingham Zoo.

Flood Safety Awareness Week at East Lake Branch

The East Lake Branch Library will host a program about the City of Birmingham’s Flood Safety Awareness Week . The program will include information on monitoring weather conditions and stream levels during flooding conditions. City staff will be available to answer questions regarding flood safety awareness. The program will be held Monday, March 20th from 11:00 a. m. until noon. For additional information call East Lake at 836-3341.

Construction photographs

Construction photographs taken March 10th for the Avondale and West End Branch Libraries are available for viewing.

Get Rhythm!

Start your week off from school with a bang. Let the rhythm of Drum Circle Master John Scalici entertain you. Registration is required for limited space. Central Youth Department Monday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. 226-3655 Five Points West Youth Department Monday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. 226-4017 Springville Road Youth Department Tuesday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. 226-4085 Avondale Youth Department Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. 226-4003 North Birmingham Youth Department Thursday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. 226-4028

Auto Repair Reference Center

The Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) now features the audio/visual learning aid AutoIQ. This supplemental resource provides detailed content such as full-motion video and animated technical diagrams. Through this detailed and easy-to-understand interactive content, AutoIQ helps to visually demonstrate the purpose, functionality and service requirements of any vehicle system. Give it a try.

Emmy Award Winner

Tim Noah , an Emmy award winning storyteller and musician, will be performing at the Central Library March 16 at 10:30 a.m. Come and be a part of this exciting event. (pdf flyer)

Langum Prize Winners Awards Ceremony

The Friends of The Birmingham Public Library and The Langum Project for Historical Literature cordially invite everyone to attend the awards ceremony for this year's Langum Prize Winners. The ceremony is this Saturday at 3 p.m. in Central's Arrington Auditorium. For more information click here.

Library's Newest Blog

Welcome to Birmingham Public Library's newest blog.