Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Adult Summer Reading at the Birmingham Public Library

Are you tired of the cold, dreary, rainy weather? Are you ready for summer? It's never too early to start making those summer plans and finding fun and exciting activities to break the winter blues. I am going to let you in on a little secret that you may not have discovered yet: your local library is the best place to start looking for summer fun. I can show you all the travel books and exotic places to visit but the real fun will be happening this summer at your library.

As a child, you may have been a part of the summer reading program and have fond memories of the books you read, the programs you attended, and the prizes you won. But even if you weren't part of the those programs there is no reason for you not to make it happen this year. Great experiences will be happening this summer at your local library for all ages, but we want to make sure that you know about the happenings for adults.

Here is just a sample of the great activities that you will want to be a part of starting in June:

  • Toby Richards, Artist in Residence at the Birmingham Museum of Art, will be leading a number of different art experiences at many of our libraries including Wire and Bead Jewelry, Fabric Collages, Picture Frames, Japanese Fans, and Adinkra Symbols.
  • Artist Allison Rhea will be teaching recycled book art with sessions on Stamps and Stitches, Book as Sculpture, Book Deconstruction/Reconstruction and Collage.
  • If you're interested in learning how to work your new electronic gadgets, we have scheduled sessions on how to use the iPad and eReaders, and computer classes on various applications.
  • If you need to get moving after all those long winter's naps, check out the hula hoop experience or try out the Zumba craze.
We have stories and magic in the mix and so much more! Start your search now for the perfect summer of fun–check out your local library for all the details. Oh, did I mention the prizes?

Submitted by Sandi Lee
Springville Road Regional Library

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