Showing posts from April, 2006

Reflections: a Recital of Contemporary Music

Students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts will present a recital featuring music from the contemporary period on Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in Central's Arrington Auditorium. More info ...

Free blood pressure screening

Stop by the Wylam Branch Library May 3rd between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for a free blood pressure screening.

White Supremacist attack on Nat King Cole

Central's May 3rd Brown Bag Program will be a discussion by Miles College historian Gary Sprayberry entitled Interrupted Melody: The White Supremacist Attack on Nat King Cole . Join us to hear about this April 1956 episode involving four white men beating up the singer on the Municipal Auditorium stage before a live audience. Central's Brown Bag Programs are held in the Arrington Auditorium from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Central will be closed Friday

The Central Library will be closed Friday to repair the air-conditioning system. All BPL branches will be open as usual.


The Central Branch is closed today due to power problems.

Japanese puppeteers perform

BPL will host the Hitachi Puppet Show on April 27th at 6:30 p.m. in Central's Arrington Auditorium . This performance of traditional puppetry by the puppeteers of Hitachi , Japan, Birmingham's Sister City, is a lively expression of an enduring folk art. Hitachi is known throughout Japan for puppet performances which play a prominent role in religious and civic festivities. This program is presented by the Birmingham Public Library, the Birmingham International Festival , and the Birmingham Sister Cities Commission . For additional information call 226-3670. ( flyer in pdf )

Seasoned Performers at Five Points West

The Seasoned Performers will present their newest production at Five Points West on April 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please call the Five Points West Information Department at 226-4015 to register in advance. Lunch will be served.

West End Library construction photographs

Recent photographs of West End's new building are now available for viewing .

Bunny time

The Bunny’s coming to the Springville Road Branch . Until April 15th hop on over to visit and pet our live bunny!

Alabama Bound photographs

Thanks to all the participants, attendees and library staff for making the 2006 Alabama Bound a success. To see photographs of the celebration, click here . We look forward to seeing you again next year.

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Jobs, Resumes and More!

Need help figuring out how to hunt for a job via the internet? Do you want to create a killer resume but aren't quite sure how to start? Try one of the many free classes offered at the library. Click here for the schedule and additional information. Classes are held in the REGIONAL LIBRARY COMPUTER CENTER (205-226-3799) located at Birmingham Public Library's Central Branch location.

Alabama Bound featured in
Birmingham Weekly

Read the article about BPL's A l a b a m a B o u n d published in this week's editon of Birmingham Weekly . Alabama Bound is a book and author fair celebrating Alabama authors and publishers. The event is this Saturday from 10 a.m. til 2:30 p.m.

National D.E.A.R. Day

Celebrate National Drop Everything And Read Day with the library on April 12. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. So come to the library, find a good book, and spend time reading with family and friends.

New local history photographs online

Birmingham's Turn-of-the-Century Lake Resorts exhibit is now available online. The streetcar brought tremendous changes to the everyday lives of Americans. Beginning in the late 1800s, the streetcar encouraged the growth of suburbs by allowing people to live miles from their work. The streetcar also opened new avenues for amusement that led to the development of Birmingham’s turn-of-the-century lake resorts. More...

Art Exhibit

From March 27 through May 5 see the "Images of Birmingham" photography exhibit by Larry O. Gay . The exhibit is located on the fourth floor of the Central library.