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Resource Spotlight: LearningExpress Library

In the tutorial above, viewers are introduced to LearningExpress Library.

LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help users improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math, as well as prepare for tests such as the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, ASVAB, CLEP and others.

LearningExpress Library includes self-paced interactive study, instant scoring, and diagnostic feedback, and can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. Users will need to create an account using the barcode from your JCLC library card as your Username and making up your own Password.

Map Collection Highlighted

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The Birmingham News published an article in today's paper about the library's historical map collection. You can read reporter Hannah K. Wolfson's article online at www.al.com. To view over 900 of the maps in the collection check out BPL's digital collection.


Photo: Detail of 1544 map


Resource Spotlight: Biography Resource Center

In the tutorial above, viewers are guided in accessing and using Biography Resource Center. Want to easily locate an authoritative biography on a particular person?

Want to find lists of famous people by era, ethnicity, gender, or occupation? Biography Resource Center includes concise and in-depth biographical information on more than a million notable individuals.
Try it today!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scavenger Hunt

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I will be the first one to finish because I know the most about MLK."
Children of all ages are invited to visit any Birmingham Public LibraryJanuary 4-15 to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scavenger Hunt. Preschoolers are encouraged to locate each of the ten hidden game pieces while older children are encouraged to locate the hidden game piece and complete the fill-in-the-blank activity. Each game piece includes a photo of Dr. King along with an interesting fact. Did you know that Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964?

Participants who successfully complete the scavenger hunt may enter their names into a drawing for a free book about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each Birmingham Public Librarywill draw three winners. One of the give-away books is the biography, Free at Last: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Angela Bull.

Storyteller Swap

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Miss Eve Parker from Avondale shares her version of Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt during the Storyteller Swap Workshop at Springville Road Library on Monday. Birmingham Public Library storytellers traded ideas for the upcoming summer reading program. The theme for the 2010 Summer Reading Program for the children's departments is "Make a Splash at Your Library - READ."


Polar Pajama Party

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Yummy warm cocoa and sugar cookies fill bellies while watching "The Polar Express" Saturday at Springville Road.


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"The Polar Express" Saturday

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It's pajama time at Springville Road to watch "The Polar Express."


- Posted using BlogPress from Farah's iPhone

Resource Spotlight: Electronic Magazine Holdings

The tutorial above guides viewers in finding and accessing our online magazine holdings. If you are looking for articles in a specific newspaper, magazine, or journal, use the BPL Electronic Magazine Holdings listing to find out which magazine databases provide coverage. Simply type in the name of the newspaper, magazine, or journal you're looking for in the search box, and Electronic Magazine Holdings will display links to our databases containing the full text of the title and tell you the date ranges of full-text coverage.You can then click onto one of the databases in the list to access the articles. Expanded Academic ASAP, a database featuring magazine and journal articles, is also shown as an example within this tutorial.

Expanded Academic ASAP allows users to find articles by topic, relevance, or keyword. Other features of this database include the ability to narrow subjects by subdivision, limit results by date or to a specific publication, broaden the search to expanded su…

Archives Department Closed to Public Thru December 21

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Due to construction the Archives & Manuscripts Department at Central Library will be closed to the public until December 21. Because unforeseen problems may occur, patrons are encouraged to visit the BPL Website for updated information before visiting Archives.

Work on Inventory Day

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Tonya Clarke, Judy Dick, and Leonette Jackson sort through the endless piles of props at Springville Road during inventory day.

The Jefferson County Public Library Association recognizes Library Champions

The Jefferson County Public Library Association Library (JCPLA) Champion Awards were presented at the JCPLA Holiday Luncheon on December 8, 2009.

The Library Champion Award is presented annually by the Jefferson County Public Library Association. The Award recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution(s) to libraries and/or librarianship in Jefferson County, Alabama.

The 2009 recipients of the Library Champion Awards are:


Linda Wilson Holt
Nominated by: Bessemer Public Library

Ms. Holt started a Friends of the Library group for Bessemer Public Library and organized and opened a Friends of the Library book store. The book store has been so successful that it has already outgrown it’s original space and had to expand to another room. Ms. Holt’s contribution of time and talent shows true friendship and support of the Bessemer Public Library. Although new to the area, she has been steadfast in the face of adversity and has shown determination in reaching he…

Resource Spotlight: Auto Repair

In the tutorial above, viewers are guided in accessing and using Auto Repair Reference Center online. Auto Repair Reference Center gives you online access to repair information, service bulletins, and wiring diagrams for most major domestic and imported vehicles from 1954 to the present. Whether you are replacing brakes or just changing your oil, Auto Repair Reference Center provides clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations to help you do the job.Not mechanically inclined? With features like maintenance schedules, labor estimator, and recall information, this database is useful for all car owners even if you are not going to do it yourself. Best of all, Auto Repair Reference Center is constantly updated, so you can be sure that the information you find will be current.

On the Horizon - New Books in January

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Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of Eat, Pray, Love tries to untie the complicated knots of love and marriage as she delves into her relationship with a man she swore never to marry.

Deeper Than the Dead – Tami Hoag
The popular suspense writer returns in this novel about an FBI detective following a case that begins when three children stumble upon the victim of a new serial killer.

Noah’s Compass – Anne Tyler
After a 61-year-old teacher is forced to retire and is attacked in his home, he tries to come to terms with his life through a relationship with a woman half his age.

The First Rule – Robert Crais
Well-loved characters Joe Pike and Elvis Cole investigate the murder of the family of an old friend of Pike's and find themselves drawn into the world of the Russian Mob.

Resource Spotlight: EBSCO Masterfile

In the tutorial above, viewers are guided in accessing and using EBSCO Masterfile. Did you know that through EBSCO MasterFILE Premier you can easily search, view, email or print millions of full-text articles from more than 1,700 of the best known magazines, journals and newspapers?Masterfile also includes full text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of over 200,000 photos and maps.

Big Read Art Contest for High School Students

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The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Public Library are proud to sponsor an exhibition highlighting the artistic achievement of students living in the Birmingham metro area. This competition is open to high school students who attend school in Jefferson County. Art works must be made in response to Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Entries will be judged. Finalists will be displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Art. A reception will be held honoring the students.

Click here for contest details.

Santa Scheduled To Visit Three Branch Libraries

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It's true that Santa is a busy man, what with making that humongous list and checking it twice, but he still has time to visit good little boys and girls at their local library. Come visit him at these three remaining locations. There will be gifts, toys, and free pictures with Santa.

Locations
North Birmingham Branch Library
Saturday, December 12 from 2:00-5:00

Five Points West Branch Library
Sunday, December 13 from 2:00-5:00

Avondale Branch Library
Sunday, December 20 from 2:00-5:00

Bring on the Blessings: A Season's Readings Review

The 2009 edition of Season's Readings contains a selection of books which have been read and enjoyed by staff members of the Birmingham Public Library system. Pick up a print copy at any Birmingham Public Library location.

In addition to the beautiful print collection, a few of the Season's Readings reviewers recorded their reviews on video.

In the video above,Felita Hawkins reviews,"Bring on the Blessings" by Beverly Jenkins.

Brown Bag Lunch Program: Musical Magic

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Dr. Anthony Pattin, Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo and Director of Music at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, will present a diverse program of music performed on the piano. Come and enjoy the artistry of this talented and gifted pianist. Wednesday, December 16, noon.

Feed your body and mind at BPL's Brown Bag Lunch Programs. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the drinks. Wednesdays at noon in the Arrington Auditorium located on the 3rd floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library, 2100 Park Place.

Award-Winning Film Precious Based on Award-Winning Book Push by Sapphire

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"I big. I talk, I eats, I cooks, I laugh, watch TV, do what my muver say. But I can see... I don't exist. Don't nobody want me. Don't nobody need me. I know who I am... I know who they say I am—vampire sucking the system's blood."

Precious, now playing in select theaters, is based on Sapphire's 1996 novel Push about obese, illiterate 16-year-old Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) from Harlem who is physically and mentally abused by her mother (Mo'Nique) and sexually abused by her father. When she becomes pregnant with her father's second child at age 16, the school pushes her to drop out and attend an "Each One Teach One" GED program. With the help of her social worker (Mariah Carey) and teacher (Paula Patton), she learns how to read and write, building the confidence she needs to create a better life for herself and her children.

Gabourey Sidibe was chosen out of 500 girls director Lee Daniels interviewed. This is her first actin…

Fun Day Sunday

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The Springville Road Branch Library opened its doors Sunday for its annual "Fun Day Sunday" Open House, kicking off the holiday season programming. Greeted with warm cocoa and cookies, patrons gathered all around the departments to do crafts, eat refreshments, mingle and spread a little holiday cheer. In the adult department, patrons wrote their holiday greetings for our troops serving abroad. In the youth department, families participated in crafts: build a marshmallow snowman and make a candycane ornament. There was facepainting and, of course, pictures with Santa Claus. Children younger than 12 were given toys or books after they said "Cheers" for the camera. The event brought in many members of the community. If you missed it this year, there's always next. In the meantime, join us for our family movie day on Saturday, December 19 at 2 pm for our "Polar Express" Pajama Party. Contact 226-4085 for more information. Click here for a slideshow of the…

Springville Road Receives Gift

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Sam's Club Trussville Representatives Wanda Adams, left, and Deena Oliver, right, present Rochelle Sides-Renda, Birmingham Public Library East Regional Coordinator, with a check for $1000 for the BPL Springville Road Branch. Mrs. Sides-Renda thanked Sam's Club for its generous donation and said the amount will be used toward library programs. Ms. Adams and Ms. Oliver were given a brief tour of the Youth Department after the check presentation.

Ecological Intelligence: A Season's Readings Review

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The 2009 edition of Season's Readings is here. In this year's publication, Birmingham Public Library staff members have reviewed a variety of books, from children's titles to adult and teen books, including both fiction and nonfiction. Pick up a print copy at any Birmingham Public Library location.

In addition to this beautiful print collection, a few of the Season's Readings reviewers recorded their reviews as videos.

In the video above, Chris Hare reviews, "Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything" by Daniel Goleman.

Resource Spotlight: Oxford Art Online

In the tutorial above, viewers are guided in accessing and using Oxford Art Online.Oxford Art Online is an innovative gateway offering users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. This full text, easily searchable database includes precise search and browse capabilities allow users to refine their results by source and subject categories. Users can also choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images when searching or browsing. This functionality allows users greater access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images.

Visit the Local Authors Expo Friday & Saturday

Join us for all the fun at the 4th Annual Local Authors Expo!

Meet over 140 authors, buy copies of their books, and have books autographed.

It's the perfect opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends.

Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5, 2009.
11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
at the Central Library

The Expo is sponsored by the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! : A Season's Readings Review

The 2009 edition of Season's Readings is here. In this year's publication, Birmingham Public Library staff members have reviewed a variety of books, from children's titles to adult and teen books, including both fiction and nonfiction. Look for a print copy at any Birmingham Public Library location.

In addition to this beautiful print collection, a few of the Season's Readings reviewers recorded their reviews as videos.

In the video above, June Lacanski reviews, "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!" by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow.

Resource Spotlight: ReferenceUSA

In the tutorial above, viewers are guided in accessing and using ReferenceUSA. ReferenceUSA is useful for finding both people and businesses by name, address, city, state, phone number.

Who uses Reference USA?
Movers who want to find schools, places of worship, childcare, doctors, and other services.Job Seekers who want to locate and research businesses they want to work for.Small Business Owners who want to conduct market research.Students who want to research businesses.This and all library databases are available in every branch of the Birmingham Public Library and most can be accessed via the web using your library card .

The House at The End of The Road: A Season's Readings Review

The 2009 edition of Season's Readings is here. In this year's publication, Birmingham Public Library staff members have reviewed a variety of books, from children's titles to adult and teen books, including both fiction and nonfiction. Look for a print copy at any Birmingham Public Library location.

In addition to the beautiful print collection, a few of the Season's Readings reviewers recorded their reviews on video.

In the video above, Pamela Lyons reviews, "The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South" by W. Ralph Eubanks.

Brown Bag Lunch Program: A Christmas Memory Featuring Dolores Hydock

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The holiday season does not begin until you see Dolores Hydock present Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. Join us for our annual holiday treat and get the season into full swing! Wednesday, December 9, noon.

Feed your body and mind at BPL's Brown Bag Lunch Programs. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the drinks. Wednesdays at noon in the Arrington Auditorium located on the 3rd floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library, 2100 Park Place.

Local Authors Expo Coming This Weekend

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This Friday and Saturday over 140 authors will be gathered at the Central Library to sell and autograph their books. It will be a perfect opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends. Check out the list of authors to see if your favorite is listed.

Details
Local Authors Expo
Central Library
December 4th & 5th, 2009
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Birmingham Public Library

Brown Bag Lunch Program: Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Band

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Join us for a wonderful concert by the talented students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts. It’s always fun! Wednesday, December 2, noon.

Feed your body and mind at BPL's Brown Bag Lunch Programs. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the drinks. Wednesdays at noon in the Arrington Auditorium located on the 3rd floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library, 2100 Park Place.

Wonder of wonders

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Wonder of wonders, I found a remarkable book last week. 84, Charing Cross Road is not a book like many others. It was published in 1970 and it just goes to show you what a blessed job BPL’s librarians do of preserving books that this tome still sits on the shelf. As I read it, sitting in one of downtown Birmingham's beautiful parks, I was reminded of what a gift the library is, because it collects and offers such gems.

84, Charing Cross Road is nothing more than a series of letters, a twenty-year correspondence, between an American (N.Y.C.) scriptwriter and the employees of a wonderful British bookshop named “Marks and Co.”

The featured scriptwriter, Helene Hanff, is uproariously funny, not to mention generous and kind (she sends gifts of much-coveted food to Marks and Co. employees through a European catalog, as England suffered under a meat-rationing phase following WWII). Those Brits loved that quirky American, too, and not just for Hanff's scrumptious parcels but for her rar…

Resource Spotlight: Prep for ASVAB Test Online

In the tutorial above, viewers are guided in accessing and using LearningExpress Library to prepare for the ASVAB test for entry into the Military. LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help users improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math, as well as prepare for tests such as the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, ASVAB, CLEP and others. LearningExpress Library includes self-paced interactive study, instant scoring, and diagnostic feedback, and can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. Users will need to create an account using the barcode from your JCLC library card as your Username and making up your own Password.

BPL@Night to Host Concert Featuring Rosephanye Dunn Powell

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The Birmingham Public Library is proud to present a concert featuring Rosephanye Dunn Powell, an Auburn University professor. Dr. Powell has recently released a CD titled Motherless Child that features ten African-American spirituals. She has infused the traditional songs with a mix of R&B, urban, gospel, and jazz. Accompanied by her husband, Dr. Powell will perform selections from her album, offering listeners a unique concert.

Powell is an internationally acclaimed composer and arranger of choral music. She has over 100 published works, including some for the Hal Leonard Corporation, the nation's leading music publisher. Additionally, Dr. Powell has composed for the Oxford University Press (London). As one of the country's premier women composers of choral music, her works are in great demand at schools, churches, and choral festivals around the world.

For more information on Rosephanye Dunn Powell, visit her website at http://www.rosephanyepowell.com/.

The library will pro…

Big Read Poetry Contests

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As part of the state-wide Big Read, the public libraries of Jefferson County are sponsoring two poetry contests: 1) a Word Up! poetry slam for high school students and 2) a written poetry contest for middle-school students. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore the importance of reading in American culture. We will be encouraging everyone in the state to read and discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

For details on entering the Word Up! contest for high school students (grades 9-12), visit http://www.jclc.org/wordup.aspx. The deadline for schools to sign on to participate for Word Up! is December 10, 2009.

For details on entering the written poetry contest for middle school students (grades 5-8), visit http://www.jclc.org/services/poetry/BigReadPoetryContestbrochureJeffCo.pdf. The deadline for schools to sign on to participate in the written poetry contest is January 15, 2010.

Schools wishing to participate in the contests…

Knopf Publishes Vladimir Nabokov's Posthumous Novel, The Original of Laura

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One of Vladimir Nabokov's last wishes before his death was for the 138 index cards that comprised The Original of Laura—the novel he was working on when he died in 1977—to be burned. His wife, Vera, never granted the wish because of “age, weakness and immeasurable love.” But another reason she may not have burned the work-in-progress was because her husband also wanted to burn Lolita, but Vera stopped him on the way to the incinerator. Dmitri Nabokov sat on his father's unfinished book for over thirty years before having it published. The work had been previously viewed only by Nabokov's wife, son, and some scholars.

Make no mistake, this is not a novel but a rough rough draft, and some scholars feel it may serve to diminish Nabokov's name as a writer. But fans of Nabokov will enjoy experiencing the progression of his writing. The book reproduces the handwritten index cards—perforated for removal—that show the markings of his editing process.

The actual index cards are h…

Who's Got the Cutest Pets?

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in! The winners of the Cutest Pet Photo Contest are:

1st Place Winner: "I’m sorry, but we’re taken. Layla and Buddy"
Submitted by: Tate Roberts
Prize: $50.00 Summit Gift Card
2nd Place Winner: "Fee, fie, fo, fum--I smell the juice of a nice, ripe plum!"
Submitted by: Katie Martin
Prize: $35.00 Summit Gift Card

3rd Place Winner: "Dog Gone Tired"
Submitted by: Kelly Drinkwater
Prize: $25.00 Summit Gift CardCongratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted photos.

Book Bites for Little Vamps

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It’s here. It’s finally here, as indicated by the deafening decibels of thousands of screaming teenage girls. Stephanie Meyer’s second installment of the young adult Twilight series, New Moon, hits theaters Friday. But what kind of appeal does forbidden vampire love have to the “pre-tween” crowd who think vampires are cool but kissing is “icky”? While others long to sink their claws into Edward Cullen, here are a few suggestions to help your little Bella and Bela Lugosi cut their teeth on the fantasy genre.

The Vampire Bunny is a children’s book by James Howe that introduces Bunnicula, a bunny that their cat Chester and dog Harold suspect is a vampire. They are determined to save their humans from this “hare”-raising menace.

Dear Vampa by Ross Collins is an ironic story of a vampire family, the Pires, who are troubled by their new neighbors. They stay up during the day, go out in the sunshine, and complain about noise at night. What’s a nice vampire family to do about these scary …

North Birmingham Regional Library Wins Beyond the Budget Award

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Dora Sims (President of the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library), Librarian Marguerite Scott, Librarian Leigh Wilson


Leigh Wilson, North Birmingham Adult Deptartment Manager, and June Lacanski, North Birmingham Youth Deptartment Manager, submitted the winning 2009 Beyond the Budget proposal to fund two projects: two family-friendly computer rooms and the development of a teen area.

The family-friendly computer rooms will feature toys, books, stuffed animals, and more to entertain children while their parents use the computers. Children and parents may also use the rooms to work on homework assignments together.

The teen area, which teens will have a part in designing, will provide them with a nook of their own to relax, share ideas, talk, socialize, work on projects, and complete homework assignments.

We thank the BPL Friends Group for this award. Congratulations, North Birmingham!

Book Review: Stitches: A Memoir

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When I was a kid comic books were innocuous fun—Scruffy and Little Lulu and Richie Rich. David Small's Stitches: A Memoir is far from fun, but it is a captivating illustration of Small's childhood in an angry, silent, and non-demonstrative family living in Detroit, Michigan.

When David was 11 the wife of his father's colleague noticed a growth on his neck. Fast forward 3 1/2 years and David's cyst removal operation is scheduled. ("Do you know how much doctors cost!") David wakes up from the surgery only to find out that the cyst is still there but is slated for removal during a second surgery scheduled the following morning. When he wakes up he learns that half of his vocal cords and his thyroid were removed. ("Your vocal cords make the sounds of your voice, your curses, and your prayers. When I woke up from operation #2, I had only one vocal cord, and with only once vocal cord the sound you make is...ACK.")

He is 14 years old, voiceless, with an ugly…

Graphic Novel Review: Ghost in the Shell

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Imagine the near future. Imagine that instead of using a clunky keyboard and monitor to read this website, you could have this blog downloaded directly into your brain. Imagine that the line between Man and Machine continues to blur until computer viruses infect living minds, and corporations and governments can reprogram people’s thoughts and personalities to suit their political agendas. Such is the world of Shirow Masamune’s ground-breaking manga, Ghost in the Shell.

Created in 1989 and first released in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics in 1995, Ghost in the Shell has spawned two follow-up volumes, several movies, and a popular animated TV series. Kodansha Comics has recently rereleased Shirow’s original masterpiece in a special edition on the comic’s 20th anniversary.

Ghost in the Shell tells the story of Major Motoko Kusanagi and the members of Section 9, an elite unit of 21st century crime fighters who specialize in taking down the cyber-terrorists of the future, including ghost hack…

Resource Spotlight: Free Legal Help!

Alabama Legal Forms is a great place to begin addressing a legal matter whether you chose a do-it-yourself legal form or plan a legal consultation.

The database offers thousands of common forms covering a variety of issues, including leases, real estate, contracts, bills of sale, wills, bankruptcy, divorce, copyrights and more. Each of the documents within Alabama Legal Forms are crafted to conform to Alabama law.

You can browse an alphabetical list of categories or use the search feature to find exactly what you need. Everything from basic fill-in-the-blank forms to samples of more complex contracts can be downloaded or printed.

Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory, tax forms for all 50 states and federal returns, and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in layman's language.

This online database is just one of our many useful online resources.

Patron Appreciaton Day

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The Birmingham Public Library Board and Friends of the Birmingham Public Library are co-sponsoring Patron Appreciation Day on Thursday, November 19. All Birmingham Public Libraries will be serving cake and coffee from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


Register to Win Tickets to ASO's Family Series Featuring The Snowman

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Put on your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed friend, and curl up for a special holiday celebration at the majestic Alabama Theatre. The classic animated film The Snowman comes magically to life when the film score is performed live by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO). This breathtaking big-screen presentation and plenty of your favorite Christmas carols are sure to make this concert a new holiday tradition for your family.

Giveaway Details
Visit any Birmingham Public Library to register to win a family four-pack of tickets to the movie The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs' children's bookThe contest will run through November 29A winner will be drawn on December 1The ASO will contact the winner for ticket pick upThe event will be held at the Alabama Theatre on Sunday, December 6, 2:30 p.m.

The Book of Genesis as Illustrated by R. Crumb

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Can you imagine the undertaking of turning all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis into a graphic novel? Not even R. Crumb could, at first. He was going to do a takeoff of Adam and Eve's story, but a friend threw down the challenge of turning all of Genesis into one big graphic novel. Crumb was all set to satirize it, until the bizarre text proved to be satire-proof. And, behold! Crumb's straight illustration of the unabridged story of The Book of Genesis.

Crumb's Genesis took five years to complete and includes 207 black and white drawings that incorporate every single word from the first book of the Old Testament.

Reserve your copy today!

Links:
The Official R. Crumb Website

On the Horizon: New Books in December

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U is for Undertow – Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone takes on a twenty-one year old cold case when a young man tells her that he may have witnessed the victim’s burial when he was six years old.

Pirate Latitudes – Michael Crichton
In 1665 Jamaica, Captain Charles Hunter recruits a crew of cutthroats and renegades to take on a Spanish galleon carrying a fortune in gold.

Trial by Fire – J.A. Jance
As Ali Reynolds and Sister Anselm work to identify the amnesiac victim of a house fire, they begin to realize that discovering who she is may place her in even greater danger.

The Paris Vendetta – Steve Berry
A former operative for the Justice Department uncovers a conspiracy of multi-millionaires that centers on the location of the lost treasures of Napoleon.

Nanny Returns – Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The heroine of The Nanny Diaries returns to New York after twelve years abroad only to once again be drawn into the lives of her former employers.

Stones Into Schools – Greg Mortenson
The author of Three …

Brown Bag Lunch Program: Invisible Americans: Choctaw Indians in Alabama

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Join us as Jackie Matte, independent scholar and member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation speaker’s bureau discusses the history of the Alabama Choctow Indians.

Ms. Matte is the author of The History of Washington County: The First County in Alabama andThey Say the Wind is Red: the Alabama Choctaw Lost in their Own Land. She also co-authored, with Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton, Seeing Historic Alabama: Fifteen Guided Tours. Wednesday, November 18, noon.

Feed your body and mind at BPL's Brown Bag Lunch Programs. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the drinks. Wednesdays at noon in the Arrington Auditorium located on the 3rd floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library, 2100 Park Place.

Read It Forward 2009 to Feature Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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The Birmingham Public Library will launch the 4th annual Read It Forward project in November 2009. Read It Forward is a community-wide reading program designed to encourage reading throughout the City of Birmingham. The concept is based on the book Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is a story about an eighth grader who decides to change the world by doing a good deed for someone and then asks that person to “pay it forward” by doing the same for others.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has been selected for the 2009 Read It Forward campaign. Anne Frank would have been 80 years old this year. Each BPL location will have copies of the books for distribution. Each copy of the book is labeled with the “Read It Forward” logo and instructions for participation.

In order to participate, simply:
Visit any Birmingham Public Library location starting November 11 and pick up a free copy of Diary of a Young Girl (while supplies last)Read the bookLog on to http://www.bplonl…

A Time to Remember

" A Remembrance of the Holocaust"

Please join us as we host Holocaust Survivor, Mr. Jack Bass.
Mr. Jack Bass was born in Germany in 1923. Like millions of others, Mr. Bass and his family endured many hardships in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Come and hear this one man's remarkable story of courage and determination.
Location: Avondale Library
Date: Monday November 09, 2009
Time: 6:00pm

For further information please call Jon Newman 226-4000 or jnewman@bham.lib.al.us

Vote for the Top Ten Finalists in the Cutest Pet Photo Contest

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Which is the cutest pet photo? Head over to the poll and choose one from the top 10 finalist pictures and vote for your favorite by November 17! The winner will be announced on November 18.

You Are Invited to the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library's Annual Meeting

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It has been an exciting year for the Friends! Money received from sales in the bookstore and Friends membership fees have helped us to fund highly valued library programs and services for patrons.

The three largest projects sponsored by the Friends are: (1) the Beyond the Budget award, in which all BPL locations compete for funding for a much needed project; (2) the Local Authors’ Expo, a two-day venue in which self-published authors display and sell books; and (3) Staff Day, for which the Friends provide much of the funding for a guest speaker for BPL employees.

The Friends are happy to announce the first celebration of National Friends of Libraries week, which will occur October 18–24. We invite you to join us!

We’re doubly excited and happy to welcome our new Library Director, Renee Blalock, a strong supporter and advocate of the Friends. Finally, we are excited to have Ms. Priscilla Hancock-Cooper as our guest speaker for the Friends annual meeting. Ms. Hancock-Cooper is a poet, stor…

Stephen King Alert

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Another door stop-sized tome from Stephen King is due to be released on November 10. Under the Dome totals up to 1,136 pages of fright. Dan Simmons—author of his own door stoppers The Terror and Drood—enjoyed King's new "huge, generous, sprawling" book.

Under the Dome is one of a handful of big-name books that sparked a price war between Amazon, Target, and Wal-Mart, with the lowest price cut bottoming out at $8.98 with free shipping. Hey, but the library's got the best price cut of all: free! Reserve your copy today.

From the Scribner catalog:
“On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what thi…

Brown Bag Lunch Program: The Creek War, Andrew Jackson and William Weatherford

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"Old Hickory" meets with Red Eagle aka William Weatherford

The Creek Civil War is very much a part of Alabama History. The Civil War not only affected the Creek people but also the other Southeastern Tribes as well. Join us as Annie Cooper, member of the Chickasaw Historical Society, tells how the War began, the story of Andrew Jackson and the Creek leader Red Eagle also know as William Weatherford. Wednesday, November 4, noon.


Feed your body and mind at BPL's Brown Bag Lunch Programs. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the drinks. Wednesdays at noon in the Arrington Auditorium located on the 3rd floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library, 2100 Park Place.

Birmingham Board of Education Seeks Community Engagement

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The Board of Education encourages the public's participation in the strategic planning phases to transform Birminhgam City Schools into a world class school system.