Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Central Library

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is hosting a 2017 Summer Reading Kickoff party on Friday, June 9, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Central Library.

There will be fun activities for the entire family including games, inflatables, and arts and crafts. Pick up your free ticket at any of BPL’s 19 locations. The 2017 Build a Better World Summer Reading program includes over 500 free activities for kids, teens, and adults.

Through books, activities, and guest presenters, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them. Programs will include Ronald McDonald's Magic Show (June 14) and Birmingham Fire Department Show & Tell (June 21) at the Springville Road Regional Branch Library; weekly family nights on Tuesdays at the Avondale Regional Branch Library that include a shark storytime, a talent show, a LEGO night, and a carnival to celebrate the end of Summer Reading; Irish folk dancing, M.A.D. Skillz dance lessons, and drum circles at several libraries, painting for all ages, and more.

Prizes will be awarded at each of the Birmingham Public Library's 19 locations. The more books you read between now and August. 31, the greater your chances of winning! Register online at