Showing posts from November, 2006

Remembering author Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell, best-selling author of several books, journalist and NPR commentator, died November 27 of brain cancer complications. Celebrate her life by reading one of her books, listening to her commentaries, or reading more about her life and career.

Additional links:
BookLetters Interview with Bebe Moore Campbell
Bebe Moore Campbell's official Web site
Official Press release (November 27, 2006)
Biography Resource Center (requires Birmingham residency and library card)
Wikipedia article

Ramblings of a maudlin mind

Join Birmingham storyteller Lee Smith this Wednesday, November 29 at noon in Central's Arrington Auditorium. She will share stories of love, laughter, loss and secrets that are never discussed at the Thanksgiving table.

Making simple machines: introduction to robotics & engineering

Join Kwanzaa Year-round at Five Points West Regional Branch as we explore the wacky world of Rube Goldberg and construct our very own hiliarious machine using everyday objects. Learn basic concepts of engineering and robotics as we work together to build a machine to accomplish a simple task. Then, hit the road with us the following Saturday as we travel to see Alabama's Best Robotics Competition at Auburn University.

Workshop at Five Points West Regional Branch Library
Saturday, December 2, 2006
2:00 p.m.

Field Trip
Meet at Five Points West Regional Branch Library
Departing at 7:00 a.m. for Auburn University
BEST Robotics Competition

Appropriate for children of all ages. For additional information call (205) 223-0186 or (205) 226-0828

Local Authors' Expo Dec.1-2

Over 30 local authors will have their books for sale December 1-2 at the downtown library. Come to Central's first floor from 10 a.m-3 p.m., buy a book or two, and have the authors autograph your purchases. This expo is sponsored by the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library.

Thanksgiving history, recipes, crafts and more

With BPL's Thanksgiving resources guide, you can read about the history of the holiday, discover a new recipe, or find a clever craft for your children to create. Check it out and Happy Thanksgiving from all of the staff at your Birmingham Public Library.

Win tickets to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Kids win 5 free tickets to Alabama Shakespeare Festival's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast plus a family dinner and one night hotel stay. Children ages 4-13 have an opportunity to win a chance to see this wonderful show with 4 of their family members on Dec. 23.

To Enter: Submit an essay of 200 words or less discussing your favorite Disney's Beauty and the Beast character or draw a picture of them. The deadline to submit is Monday Dec. 4. Turn all submissions in to one of our branch libraries. Parental or guardian signature is required to enter the contest.

Good luck!

Tears of a Tiger Author Here Dec. 11-12

Sharon Draper, author of the Read It Forward book, Tears of a Tiger, will be visiting Birmingham Public Libraries and speaking about her book.Monday, December 11
Five Points West Branch 10 a.m.
Woodlawn Branch 1 p.m.
Springville Road Branch 4 p.m.Tuesday, December 12
North Birmingham Branch 10 a.m.
Smithfield Branch 1 p.m.
Southside Branch 4 p.m.
Central -Arrington Auditorium 6:30 p.m.

Author Lynne Berry to appear at several branches

Lynne Berry, author of Duck Skates and The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat will be present several storytimes and two interactive writing programs for children at the following branches:

Tuesday, November 28

Southside Branch Library - 9:30 a.m. Preschool storytime
Five Points West Branch Library - 11 a.m. Preschool storytime
Ensley Branch Library - 1 p.m. Preschool storytime
West End Branch Library - 3:30 p.m. An interactive writing program for children

Monday, December 4

Inglenook Branch Library - 9:30 a.m. Preschool storytime
Avondale Branch Library - 11 a.m. Preschool storytime
Wylam Branch Library - 3:30 p.m. An interactive writing program for children

Children's book week Nov. 13-19

In celebration of Children's Book Week, John McCutcheon will perform at several branches. Please come and join in the fun.

"Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books. "

Evening with Eric Essix

Come and spend an evening with Eric Essix at the Central Library on November 16th at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but you must have a ticket. For tickets call (205) 226-3610. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

Free wireless Internet access now at four branches

BPL's four regional branches Avondale, Five Points West, North Birmingham, and Springville Road now join Central to provide free wireless Internet access.