|Carmelo Aliano with Jean Shanks, head of the Wylam Branch Library|
Carmelo Alinano is a faithful member of the Wylam community who regularly attends Wylam Neighborhood Association meetings. He has championed the library for many years. A new library building is underway because of Aliano's diligent work in getting the city council, particularly the councilors from District 9, Roderick Royal and Marcus Lundy, to campaign for funding. Without Aliano's persistence, the new building would not yet be out to bid. The Wylam community will greatly benefit from a new building. The planned new facility will include a meeting room, staff break room, staff work room, a larger reading room, and a space for children. The Wylam community is looking forward to the energy that a new facility will bring.
|Dionne Clark, Alabama Humanities Foundation, with Sandi Lee, BPL deputy director|
Left to Right: Angela Fisher Hall, BPL director; Jim White, Porter, White & Co.;
Kim Richardson, BPL board president; Olivia Alison, BPL director of development
Jim White is a founding officer of the Birmingham Public Library Foundation Board. At the invitation of David Herring, acting president of the foundation, White joined the newly organized board and became president in 1998. Under his leadership, the foundation, working in unison with the library board, completed the design phase of a proposed renovation of the two buildings that make up the Central Library complex. As a follow-up to the completed designs, the foundation is in the midst of a feasibility study regarding the potential renovation. Additionally, the foundation has received numerous grants, gifts, and donations to supplement ongoing programs for BPL. In 2014, the foundation merged assets with the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library. And in 2015, the BPL Foundation Board made a distribution of funds for various programs equaling close to $30,000.