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Chapter Chatters Book Club Celebrates Joy of Reading Monthly at North Avondale Branch Library

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Chapter Chatters Book Club after December meeting at the North Avondale Library Gwendolyn Welch has read over 100 books in 2016 alone. Thanks to monthly meetings of the Chapter Chatters Book Club at the North Avondale Branch Library, Welch has been able to build friendships with over a dozen other women who share her love of reading. Among them is Lucretia Quinn, a loyal patron of the North Avondale Library since as a teenager she attended the former Hayes High School, now Hayes K-8 School, adjacent to the library. During the group’s December 28 meeting, Quinn and Welch, a Birmingham Public Library board member, got into a fascinating debate about Chapter Chatters December book of the month Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. For Quinn, who lives in Roebuck, attending Chapter Chatters meetings over the past year has been a joy that extends beyond their book discussions because it allows her to reconnect with her favorite city library that was a positive gathering plac

Copies of Industrial Pollution Documentary Toxic City Donated to All Birmingham Public Library Locations

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Kirsten Bryant, outreach director of Gasp, BPL Interim Director Sandi Lee, and Michael Hansen, executive director of Gasp Gasp, a Birmingham-based health advocacy nonprofit, has given the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) 19 DVD copies of Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret , an award-winning documentary about the impact industrial pollution has on area citizens. Gasp produced Toxic City in 2014 to shine a light on how individuals in Collegeville, North Birmingham, other communities in the northern part of the city, and Tarrant are impacted by hazardous industrial pollution. The 26-minute documentary explores how the issue arose as well as possible solutions to the problem. See a preview of the DVD at the organization’s website, www.gaspgroup.org . Founded in 2009 as Alabama First, the organization changed its name to Gasp in 2010 to honor the Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution, a group formed in 1970 by young activists, students, public health professionals, ele

Money Matters – Dealing With Debt Workshop Scheduled for January 4, 2017

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It’s never too late to start building a better understanding of your personal finances and begin developing a plan for the future. To assist you in this endeavor, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is partnering with the staff of the Regions Institute for Financial Education at UAB to offer a series of Money Matters workshops at the Central Library on the first Wednesday of each month from July 2016 to May 2017. Please join us on the dates below to take part in discussions about a variety of money management issues and learn ways to help you achieve your economic goals. When:  First Wednesday of the month Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Place:  Central Library/Linn-Henley Research Library/Regional Library Computer Center/4th floor Dates/Workshops 1/4/2017 – Dealing With Debt 2/1/2017 – Where to Invest Your College Money 3/1/2017 – Your Credit Report 4/5/2017 – Saving Through Tax Refunds 5/3/2017 – Five Keys to Investing Success For more information about the workshop series a

Book Review: Flaubert’s Parrot

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by David Blake, Central Library, Fiction Department Flaubert’s Parrot Julian Barnes Julian Barnes is a Flaubert fan-boy. Were he a Tolkien fan, he’d be the King of the Ringers, but nineteenth century French literature needs its knights, and few knights are as ready for battle as Barnes on behalf of Flaubert. Critics and academicians are the villains to be vanquished. Flaubert’s Parro t is organized around the mystery of a stuffed parrot that resided on Flaubert’s desk, and became divine in his story " A Simple Heart ." As he has researched Flaubert’s life, Barnes encounters two stuffed parrots, both credentialed as authentically Flaubert’s. Before we learn the truth of the parrots, though, Barnes takes us on discursive journeys back to the nineteenth century in long essays about the man himself: his mistresses, his train journeys, his friends, and his petty flaws. The star of the show, however, is Barnes himself. One imagines an epic battle of epigrams between Bar

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Out of This World @ Birmingham Public Library Reading Challenge Continues Through January 22, 2017

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With Christmas over, all 19 Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations are now open. There is still time for students on their New Year’s holiday break to read some cool library books and earn a circus ticket at the same time. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and BPL are partnering to host the Out of This World @ Birmingham Public Library! Through the program, which began December 12, kids can earn virtual badges and prizes including a Ringling Bros. circus ticket by simply reading. Children of all ages through 12th grade can register online or at one of BPL's 19 locations. The BPL Reading Challenge ends on Jan. 22, 2017. See details on how to sign up online below: http://www.bplonline.org/Programs/Reading.aspx

Library Champion: Silvertron Café Owner Honored for Supporting Avondale Library

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Marco Morosini of Silvertron Café  Since Marco Morosini bought Silvertron Café nine years ago, he has seen first-hand the many contributions the Avondale Regional Branch Library has made in the community. Morosini said he has been impressed with the phenomenal job the Avondale Library has done in providing family-friendly programs and educational services for the surrounding neighborhoods. That has encouraged him to be involved in their programs. From giving free meals to volunteering at some of its programs, Morosini has been available anytime he is needed, said Carla Perkins, manager of the Children’s Department at the Avondale Library. In a show of appreciation, Perkins said, Avondale Library named Morosini its 2016 Library Champion at the Jefferson County Public Library Association's (JCPLA) annual holiday luncheon, recently held at the Florentine Building in downtown Birmingham. The awards are presented annually by the JCPLA to recognize individuals or organizations

Registration Open For January 2017 Classes

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Registration is now open for staff and the public for the January 2017 Class Schedule . During this month, we include classes on a variety of topics including computer skills, career guidance, and genealogy. All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) Library. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES. Please note that registration does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the class. You will receive an email confirming your registration for classes. You may also call to confirm your registration. To register for any class, please email us at cenrtc@bham.lib.al.us or call 205-226-3681. You may also download and print a January 2017 Class Schedule  to bring to a Computer Commons staff member on your next library visit. Please note that the January 2017 Class Schedule  can be sent to us as an email attachment.

Best of a Librarian's Guide to the Holidays

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Happy Holidays!  My favorite blog posts to write are my librarian's guides.  I especially enjoyed writing the guides to the holidays (gift-giving, decorating, travel).  I like to make people laugh through my blog posts whenever possible.  The holidays can be stressful, so taking time to relax and have a good laugh puts you ahead of the game.  I decided this month to provide a "greatest hits" from my previous blog posts.  I still laugh when I read through the old ones, so I hope this highlight reel brings a smile to your face. Holiday Travel  (Nov. 2014) Tip 2:   Put some gas in the car – If you only have a quarter tank of gas in the car and no money, please stay at home.   You may make it to the corner store and back, but that’s about it.   Your V8 does not get 100 miles per gallon.    Tip 4:  Pack for the time you will be away – Don't give your relatives a heart attack by showing up with a U-Haul truck full of luggage.  They are happy to see you, but t

Birmingham Public Library Board Names Innovative and Cool Award, I Am BPL Award Winners for December

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A new book club at the Smithfield Branch Library has tripled in size since starting in June. The library is hosting a special holiday party to help spread the word to potential new members thanks to a $100 gift from the Birmingham Public Library Board of Trustees. The Central Library is hosting a Trivia Night @ BPL event to help the staff engage and connect with their patrons in a night of fun. At the Avondale Regional Branch Library, a monthly jewelry-making adventure for adults is adding new activities thanks to an influx of cash from the BPL Board as well. Those three library programs are the latest recipients of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Innovative and Cool Award, presented during the December 13, 2016, board meeting. The award was established in April to encourage library staff to come up with unique ideas to serve the Birmingham community. Joan Black (right) is a retired registered nurse who gives back to the community by volunteering her time teaching croch

Southern History Book of the Month: Kodachromes

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by Mary Anne Ellis, Southern History Department , Central Library Kodachromes William Christenberry Introductory essay by Richard B. Woodward Alabama has lost one of its treasures. William Christenberry, celebrated for his body of photographic work featuring rural scenes and structures in Alabama and other Southern states, died November 28 at age 80. Kodachromes is a departure from form for Christenberry—or at least the format for which he is best known. Unlike many of his photographs taken with old-school Kodak cameras like the Brownie, this work concentrates on his use of 35mm Kodachrome slide film and features many images that had never before been published; the book begins with shots from the 1960s and continues until 2007, and the compilation is a treasury of subjects ranging from storefronts to cemeteries to kudzu. As Woodward points out in his introduction: The seeming naiveté of Christenberry’s approach to his subjects . . . can disguise the originality of his ende

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Out of This World @ Birmingham Public Library Reading Challenge

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Kids, are you interested in reading some cool library books? Are you interested in earning a circus ticket at the same time? Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will be hosting some serious fun with Out of This World @ Birmingham Public Library! The reading challenge is easy and fun for kids and teens to participate in. The best part is that you can earn a Ringling Bros. circus ticket by simply reading. Children from ages two to 12 can register online or at one of BPL's 19 locations to earn virtual badges and awards. The winter holidays are here and it's a wonderful time of year to visit with friends and family and few good books! So, during this holiday season don’t leave out one of the most important and fun activities—READING. Join the Out of This World @ Birmingham Public Library Challenge. It's as easy as 1-2-3. Register and read to earn virtual badges and awards. Visit any BPL location to check out books and receive

Book Review: Half Broke Horses

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by Richard Grooms, Fiction Department, Central Library Half Broke Horses Jeannette Walls A few years back I blogged on this site about Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle , one of the most enjoyable reads of my life. I put off reading Half Broke Horses because I noticed it was officially fiction and I wanted another nonfiction experience like The Glass Castle . But the more I looked into Half , the more I realized that it’s largely nonfiction and that many of the book’s reviewers consider it so. It’s a bit complicated but Walls’ Author’s Note at the end of the book explains it well. More important than any of this is the fact that Half is a prequel to Glass , so if you found the first book absorbing, you’ll want to read the second. But the order of the books doesn’t matter: you can read them in any order you wish. At the very least, Half is another outstanding Walls book, not as outlandishly impressive as Glass , but marvelous anyway. About that prequel bit. If you were fasci

Money Matters – Protecting Yourself Against Targeted Fraud Workshop Scheduled for December 14

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It’s never too late to start building a better understanding of your personal finances and begin developing a plan for the future. To assist you in this endeavor, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is partnering with the staff of the Regions Institute for Financial Education at UAB to offer a series of Money Matters workshops at the Central Library on the first Wednesday of each month from July 2016 to May 2017. Please join us on the dates below to take part in discussions about a variety of money management issues and learn ways to help you achieve your economic goals. When:  First Wednesday of the month Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Place:  Central Library/Linn-Henley Research Library/Regional Library Computer Center/4th floor Dates/Workshops 12/14/2016 – Protecting Yourself Against Targeted Fraud ( this workshop will be held in the Youth Department/Story Castle/2nd floor ) 1/4/2017 – Dealing With Debt 2/1/2017 – Where to Invest Your College Money 3/1/2017 – Your Credit Re

Southern Environmental Law Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper Donate 19 Southern Exposure DVDs to Birmingham Public Library

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For the second consecutive year, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Black Warrior Riverkeeper have partnered to donate to the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) 19 Southern Exposure DVDs educating the public about Alabama’s natural resources. Southern Environmental Law Center has donated each of BPL’s 19 locations one DVD copy of the 2016 edition of Southern Exposure, a series of documentary shorts on various Alabama environmental topics by independent filmmakers. Read more about the films at www.southernexposurefilms.org . A year ago, SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper donated 57 DVDs, copies of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Southern Exposure. Charles Scribner, executive director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, said his organization and SELC’s Birmingham office are honored to donate the 2016 DVDs to BPL as an avenue for educating the public. Scribner said partnering with BPL makes Southern Exposure available to many more people. “Clean water and air are neces

Jefferson County Public Library Association Announces Its 2016 Library Champion Award Recipients

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BPL honorees (l-r): Marco Morosini, owner of Silvertron Cafe'; Birmingham City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson; Sam Rumore, former BPL Board of Trustee member; Pat Rumore, former president of the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library; and Payton Dobbs, Pet Supplies Plus Store. The Jefferson County Public Library Association (JCPLA) awarded 11 recipients with its 2016 Library Champion Award during its annual holiday luncheon at the Florentine Building in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The purpose of the luncheon is to recognize the outstanding achievements of volunteers and community partners. The Library Champion Award is presented annually by JCPLA. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution(s) to libraries and/or librarianship in Jefferson County, Alabama. The honorees are as follows: Birmingham Public Library Eastern Region: Sam Rumore, former BPL Board of Trustee member Avondale Regional B

Bloom County Returns after 25-Year Hiatus

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by Lorraine Walker, Five Points West Regional Branch Library Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope Berkley Breathed Berkley Breathed is back! If you do not know Breathed, it is possible that you are not a fan of his most famous creation. Over 25 years ago, he made the comic strip  Bloom County  one of America’s most famous destinations. Featuring all your favorite characters—Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat, Steve Dallas, Cutter John, and many more— Bloom County has finally come home. When he left us, the characters were knee deep in the controversial topics of the day. Topics such as Reaganomics, women’s lib, the Moral Majority, and Phil Donohue were fair game. This newest book brings the subjects forward. They now deal with the presidential election, Star Wars , Starbucks, Facebook, and many other issues of today. His take on them is hilarious as well as thought-provoking. You’ll want to get your hands on a copy ASAP.

Southern History Department Closes out 2016 with Introduction to Genealogy Workshop, Announces Beyond the Basics of Genealogy Workshop Schedule for 2017

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The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department gets calls and visitors daily from patrons trying to unravel the mysteries of their family tree. Southern History Department staffers are presenting several genealogy and local history workshops to close out 2016. Also, the department has now set dates for its popular Basics of Genealogy workshop schedule for the first half of 2017. You can go ahead and register to secure your spot and get an e-mail reminder a few days before the workshop. "Genealogy is a hobby for many people,” said Southern History’s librarian, Laura Gentry. “The Southern History Department specializes in local history and genealogy, and we are here to help you research your ancestors." Tuesday, December 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Introduction to Genealogy – Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. This class meets on the first floor of the

Celebrate the Holidays at the Birmingham Public Library

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That is why, walking across a school campus on this particular December morning, I  keep searching the sky. As if I expected to see, rather like hearts, a lost pair of  kites hurrying toward heaven. From A Christmas Memory , illustrated by Beth Peck People will have plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday mood during the month of December at many of the 19 locations of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) system. Activities kick off Saturday, December 3, at the Southside and West End Branch Libraries with the first of several library performances of From Page to Stage: A Christmas Carol: The Musical – A Reader’s Theater Workshop for Children . On Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m., BPL continues a holiday tradition with Irondale storyteller Dolores Hydock’s popular one-woman performance of “A Christmas Memory ,” the Truman Capote holiday classic. This time, Hydock’s event will have a special treat: slices of fruitcake for the public from Birmingham Breadworks . Springville

Dolores Hydock to Peform Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" at Central Library, December 4

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What:  "A Christmas Memory" performed by Dolores Hydock When: Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m. Where: Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor Details: Free and open to the public The Christmas season doesn’t really begin until you have experienced Birmingham storyteller Dolores Hydock’s incredible one-woman performance of " A Christmas Memory ," Truman Capote's poignant reminiscence of his boyhood in rural Alabama. As an added treat Birmingham Breadworks will join us to share their own fruitcake creations. In "A Christmas Memory" Capote lovingly describes making fruitcake with a favorite relative. Birmingham Breadworks will offer a new twist on an old holiday favorite. For more information on the program contact Jim Baggett at jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us or 205-226-3631. And catch up with Dolores Hydock at  http://www.storypower.org/ . There is always a full house for this performance, so come early

Money Matters – Protecting Yourself Against Targeted Fraud Workshop Scheduled for December 7

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It’s never too late to start building a better understanding of your personal finances and begin developing a plan for the future. To assist you in this endeavor, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is partnering with the staff of the Regions Institute for Financial Education at UAB to offer a series of Money Matters workshops at the Central Library on the first Wednesday of each month from July 2016 to May 2017. Please join us on the dates below to take part in discussions about a variety of money management issues and learn ways to help you achieve your economic goals. When:  First Wednesday of the month Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Place:  Central Library/Linn-Henley Research Library/Regional Library Computer Center/4th floor Dates/Workshops 12/7/2016 – Protecting Yourself Against Targeted Fraud ( This program has been rescheduled for December 14 ) 1/4/2017 – Dealing With Debt 2/1/2017 – Where to Invest Your College Money 3/1/2017 – Your Credit Report 4/5/2017 – Saving T

Lives Touched by the Birmingham Public Library: Adrienne Stroud Moves from Homeless to Homeowner Thanks to Assistance from BPL

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Adrienne Stroud talking to staff at the Business, Science and Technology Dept. Adrienne Stroud was homeless for over two months during the summer of 2014. Today, she is a homeowner. Stroud gives much of the credit to Birmingham Public Library (BPL) staffers who provided assistance and access to information that helped turn her life around. “The Birmingham Public Library helped me find a homeless prevention program to get off the streets, and put me in touch with people who help those who’ve lost jobs,” Stroud said. "A lot of people aren’t aware you can call the library to get information and take advantage of valuable programs for free.” Stroud is one of 1.5 million lives a year touched in a positive way by resources and workshops available for free to the public at BPL’s 19 locations. Stroud in particular credits Jim Murray, head of the Business, Science and Technology Department at the Central Library, and Robert Jones, a librarian in the department, for taking time ou

Patrons Win Thanksgiving Giveaways from Smithfield, North Birmingham Libraries

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Jesse Allen, one of the lucky winners of the Thanksgiving basket giveaway Three patrons who checked out books at the Smithfield Branch Library during November won Thanksgiving baskets as part of a giveaway at the library November 22. The winners are: Jesse Allen, who checked out The Color Purple ; Charles Smith, who checked out a Willy Wonka book; and Demetrius Hayes, who checked out To Kill a Mockingbird . All three patrons won Thanksgiving baskets from the Smithfield Library that included a turkey, canned goods, bread rolls, celery, tomatoes, and other vegetables. Allen said he was surprised to find out that he had won one of the Thanksgiving baskets. “I’m really excited because I never win anything,” Allen said. “Thanks to the Smithfield Library. I visit this library all of the time because I live in the community.” Felicia Cooper’s decision to drop by the North Birmingham Regional Branch Library last week to check out Debbie Macomber’s novel, The Inn at Rose Harbor ,

Birmingham Public Library Accepting Donations During #GivingTuesday on November 29

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The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is accepting donations as part of the #GivingTuesday campaign . #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Donations help BPL’s 19 locations to serve nearly 1.5 million people a year throughout Birmingham, granting them access to information, programs, and resources at no cost. BPL has been educating the public for over 129 years, as noted in a national spotlight feature in the  Atlantic . The Robotics Marathon , held recently at the Central Library as part of Teens Engineer Birmingham, is among many free activities held in BPL’s 19 libraries daily. The afterschool program teaches engineering skills to dozens of teens weekly at the Southside, Woodlawn, and Central Libraries. Because of the generous contributions of people like you, BPL can continue its mission of enriching the lives of Birmingham citizens like Calvester Sanders and the teen engineer participants featured below: Redmon

Giving Back at the Birmingham Public Library: UAB Engineering Student Allaire Doussan Teaches Birmingham Teens about Robotics

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Allaire Doussan and fellow engineering students at a recent robotics program University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) engineering student Allaire Doussan participated in a robotics program at her high school. When she found out the UAB School of Engineering was teaching a summer engineering program at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) last year, she volunteered to be a part of it to help give back to area teens who shared her joy of robotics and engineering. A year later, Doussan has advanced from volunteer to a paid UAB internship helping teach students who participate in BPL’s weekly afterschool Teens Engineer Birmingham program at the Woodlawn, Southside, and Central Libraries. “It has been great and rewarding teaching the kids,” said Doussan, a biomedical engineering major. “They seem to really enjoy learning.” As part of the program, Doussan and fellow UAB students assist Dr. Abi Yildirim, director of outreach for UAB’s School of Engineering, in teaching robotics,

Redmont Employee Attends Free Computer Classes at BPL to Improve Job Performance

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Calvester Sanders credits free beginner computer classes at Central Library for taking her from being afraid to use a computer to mastering it on the job Before June 2016, Calvester Sanders had no knowledge of how to use a computer. Today, thanks to two months of free basic and advanced computer classes she took during the summer at the Central Library, Sanders is no longer afraid to use a computer. “The classes helped me tremendously,” said Sanders, supervisor of housekeeping at the Redmont Hotel downtown. “Before I took them, I couldn’t even turn on a computer. Now I’m familiar with computers and not afraid of them anymore. I can communicate with my staff using the computer now. I now know how to print out documents.” Sanders is one of 1.5 million lives touched in a positive way by resources and workshops available for free to the public at BPL’s 19 locations. She is appreciative of her supervisor, Redmont Hotel General Manager Nicole Schrader, who found out about Central Li

Turkey Giveaway Contest at North Birmingham Library

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Check out a book from the North Birmingham Regional Branch Library and you may win a free turkey. The North Birmingham Library is hosting a contest called “Thanks for Being Our Patron" Turkey Drawing. Adults who check out one adult book or audiobook may enter the drawing. The winner’s name will be pulled on Tuesday, November 22, at 1:30 p.m. Patrons do not have to be present to win. For more information, call the Adult Department at 226-⁠4025.

Southern History Book of the Month: Christmas with Southern Living 2016: The Complete Guide to Holiday Cooking and Decorating

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by Mary Anne Ellis, Central Library, Southern History Department Christmas with Southern Living 2016: The Complete Guide to Holiday Cooking and Decorating By editors of Southern Living Magazine A Christmas book in November? Well, why not? It never hurts to get an early start on the holiday season, with “early” meaning anything after Labor Day. If you’re the one in charge of a major holiday celebration, and especially if you’re already a fan of the magazine , then the Christmas with Southern Living book series is something you should check out. Our department has just received the 2016 version and even if you don’t feel your crafting and cooking abilities are in the Martha Stewart category, you can still revel in the gorgeous photography and cherry-pick the best ideas that will fit your celebration and skill level. And who knows? Some of the decorating schemes and recipes are fairly simple and you may find something you’d like to try. On page 39 there is a recipe for Salted Brow

“It’s Fruitcake Weather”: Dolores Hydock to Perform "A Christmas Memory" on December 4

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What:  "A Christmas Memory" performed by Dolores Hydock When: Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m. Where: Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor Details: Free and open to the public The Christmas season doesn’t really begin until you have experienced Birmingham storyteller Dolores Hydock’s incredible one-woman performance of " A Christmas Memory ," Truman Capote's poignant reminiscence of his boyhood in rural Alabama. As an added treat Birmingham Breadworks will join us to share their own fruitcake creations. In "A Christmas Memory" Capote lovingly describes making fruitcake with a favorite relative. Birmingham Breadworks will offer a new twist on an old holiday favorite. For more information on the program contact Jim Baggett at jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us or 205-226-3631. And catch up with Dolores Hydock at  http://www.storypower.org/ . There is always a full house for this performance, so come early an

Free Affordable Health Care Workshops to be Held at the Birmingham Public Library Beginning November 16

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Representatives of Alabama Regional Medical Services will present several free affordable health care workshops in partnership with the Birmingham Public Library (BPL). The workshops will be held at different city libraries the next four Wednesdays, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Pratt City Branch Library. During the workshops, Alabama Regional Medical Services experts will present facts on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the national health insurance program better known as Obamacare. No registration is required. Alabama Regional Medical Services is a Birmingham company certified in the ACA, Four workshops will take place at BPL locations between November 16 and December 7. They are free and open to the public; no registration necessary. The schedule is as follows: November 16, 1:00 p.m., Pratt City Branch Library November 23, 10:00 a.m., Smithfield Branch Library November 30, 10:00 a.m., North Birmingham Regional Branch Library December 7,