Beat the Heat at BPL

Beat the Heat at the Library

By Lynn Hutchins, Central Library

Where do you go when you need somewhere cool to visit? Why don’t you head over to your local library?

Here are seven cool ways to beat the heat at the library:

  • Find a quiet spot to read – All branches have newspapers, magazines, and plenty of books.
  • Use a computer – Browse the internet, learn a new skill, or conduct a job search. These are just a few ways to use the library’s computers.
  • Research your family history – You can use our genealogy databases for researching your family tree. Drop by our Southern History Department at the Central Library to ask a genealogy question and get help from our library staff.
  • Take a class or attend a lecture – The library has so many interesting and informative programs. Visit to find the right one for you.
  • Find a new hobby – Learn a new craft at the library. Make some art, relax, have some fun, or even play some games.
  • Check out books – Ask a library staff member to help you discover your next favorite book.
  • Watch a movie – Use the library’s free Wi-Fi to access movies on Hoopla or Kanopy and watch them on your computer or one of ours.

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy it in cool air-conditioned comfort!

Beat the Heat with These "Cool" Books

By Leigh Wilson, North Birmingham Regional Branch Library

It may be 100 degrees outside, but you can check out and beat the heat
with these “cool” fiction books and many more at your library, whose settings take place in cold climates:

Deep Freeze, cold case criminal investigation by John Sandford, 2017
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, classic children’s book by C.S. Lewis, 1950
The Shining, horror novel by Stephen King, 1977

You can also enjoy the “dog days” of summer by checking out these fiction books and many more at your library that feature dogs:

Because of Winn-Dixie, children’s book by Kate DiCamillo, 2000
Bite Club, cozy mystery by Laurien Berenson, 2019
The Call of the Wild, 1903, and White Fang, 1906, classic adventure fiction by Jack London