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Southside Library to Host Author Talk by Hugh Hardy Jr. on October 5

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  We are honored here at the Southside Branch Public Library to have the opportunity to sit down and chat with local author and retired Birmingham Public Library employee Hugh Hardy, Jr.   At 1:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, October 5, you can meet Hardy in person at the Southside Branch Public Library, 1814 11th Avenue South,   or watch live on the Southside Branch Public Library’s Facebook page. From his love and fascination with books, Hugh garnered together his imagination and his thoughts and penned his first novel, “Maysa Brown: Rise to Power” ( 2018). He didn’t stop there. In the summer of 2019, Hugh furthered the journey of Maysa Brown in “Maysa Brown: A World in Turmoil.”  From the urging of readers, he carried Maysa’s journey a little further by creating the end of her journey in “Maysa Brown: A Season of Change.”  Hardy is currently working on a fourth book in his Maysa Brown series,  tentatively entitled, "Maysa Brown: The Return Home." Join Hugh Hardy, Jr. on Wednesday

Family History Month Programming Kicks Off October 1 at Central Library

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October is National Family History Month and Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department is here to help you with your genealogy research.  Below is a listing of programs we have scheduled throughout October to help patrons research their family tree and connect with others who share passion about learning about genealogy. Mary Spencer, genealogist * This Saturday, October 1,  at 1:00 p.m. in the BPL Research Library's Arrington Auditorium on the 4th Floor, we welcome professional genealogist Michelle Spencer ( https://romamarygrace.com/ ) to BPL. Michelle is a researcher, speaker, and writer. She will be offering two workshops: "Don't Forget to Misspell! Getting the Most from Online Newspaper Research" and "Sanborn Maps: A Genealogist’s Guide." * We’re excited to offer a new series of workshops called A Few of Our Favorite Things. Taking place on October 5, 19, and 31 at 11:00 a.m., these 3 unique workshops offered by library staff highlight

Book Review: "be gentle with black girls" By Tania De'Shawn

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While some may detract that we should be gentle with all children, the study Girlhood Interrupted found that adults view black girls as being less innocent and needing less protection than their white peers. This is known as adultification bias. And this is the lens that Tania De'Shawn uses in be gentle with black girls to tell the story of a young black girl named Deja from girlhood to adulthood. 

BPL Community Connection Series Spotlights Housing Assistance Today, Wednesday, September 21

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  The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) continued its Community Connection Series today, Wednesday, September 21, at the Central Library. This week’s event focused on housing assistance, programs, and resources. Representatives from First Light Shelter , the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District , and United Way Priority Veteran were on hand to help BPL patrons find solutions to all their housing concerns. BPL’s Community Connection Series takes place every Wednesday on the first floor of downtown’s Central Library. Each week, the series brings together a small group of organizations to share information about opportunities, resources, and services related to a specific subject. Topics to be addressed in September are listed in the flyer above.  The mission of  First Light Shelter , is to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe, nurturing community and to encourage them to maintain dignity, to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiri

Senior Group Fitness Class Happening Every First Wednesday During Titusville Community Branch Senior Resource Day

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Chair yoga is a great way for older adults to get the wonderful health benefits of yoga. It also makes yoga accessible to more people. Staying seated while doing yoga means that even frail seniors or those who are not flexible can safely do the exercises.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month At North Birmingham Regional Branch Library

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Looking for ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month ? Join the North Birmingham Regional Branch Library as we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and achievements of Hispanic and Latiné Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Classic Cocktails: A Magic City Classic Kickoff Party, Tuesday, October 25

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The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) and the Friends Foundation of the BPL are excited to announce Classic Cocktails , a kickoff party leading up to this year's Magic City Classic football game. Classic Cocktails will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at downtown's Central Library .

Alabama Humanities Alliance Awards Grant To The Friends Foundation Of The Birmingham Public Library For "Be Gentle With Black Girls," Thursday, September 22

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Birmingham, Alabama — The Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library has been awarded a competitive mini grant of $2,315 from the Alabama Humanities Alliance . This award will help make possible the be gentle with black girls : Addressing Adultification Bias and Protecting Black Childhood program happening next Thursday, September 22, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library .

CreateHubs Session: Working In The Video Game Industry With SON M.

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Please join us Thursday, September 15, at 4:00 p.m. (CST) for a special virtual session with the brilliant SON M. as the provide an overview of the video game industry, discuss how to prepare to enter the gaming sector and developing your career, as well as designing and publishing your own video game!

Community Connection Series at BPL Wednesday, September 14: Opportunities And Services For Older Adults

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The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will continue its Community Connection Series this Wednesday, September 14, at the Central Library . This week's event, scheduled to take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will focus on opportunities, resources, and services for older adults (aged 55 and up). Organizations scheduled to host tables include  ArchWell Health , the Area Agency on Aging  (UWAAA), Legal Services Alabama (LSA), and UAB Alzheimer's Disease Center . 

HealthSmart Alabama's Mobile Market Coming To Titusville Branch Thursday, September 15

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Titusville community members can stop by at the grocery-store-on-wheels for affordable produce and pantry staples. Photo from Reba Williams.  Live HealthSmart Alabama Mobile Market will be serving patrons of the Titusville community on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

CreateHubs Session: Writing And Publishing Your Book With Kiara Imani

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Please join us Tuesday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m. (CST) for a special virtual session with visionary storyteller, innovator, entrepreneur, and author Kiara Imani ( Therapy Isn't Just for White People,   LikeU Card Game) as she discusses the fundamentals of writing your fiction or non-fiction book and demystifies the process of getting it published.

Discussing Henrietta Lacks With Bioethicist Dr. Gregory Pence On The 71st Anniversary Of Her Death

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The Birmingham Public Library, in remembrance of Henrietta Lacks , is presenting two days of programs celebrating and analyzing the impact she has on our current world.  Henrietta Lacks is known for having her cells cultured by doctors during a biopsy without her consent or knowledge. Following Lack's death in 1951, those cells would become very important to scientific and product testing.

Free Computer Classes Offered All Month September At BPL Central

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Get ready to ring in the fall season with free computer classes this September at the Central Library!

Central Library to Host Book Release/Q&A With Singer-Author Omarion on September 16

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What: Birmingham Public Library presents Omarion UNBOTHERED: The Power of Choosing Joy When : Friday, September 16, 2022. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; event starts at 4:30 p.m. Location:   Central Library , 1st Floor Grand Reading Room, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203 Eventbrite link to purchase tickets :   Birmingham Public Library Presents Omarion: Unbothered Tickets, Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 4:30 PM | Eventbrite Details: Award-winning artist Omarion redefines wellness and reveals how to live unbothered in his debut book, UNBOTHERED: The Power of Choosing Joy . As a Grammy-award nominated singer, songwriter, performer, and actor who rose to popularity in the 2000s R&B band B2K, Omarion has lived under a constant spotlight & has evolved into a mindful, spiritually engaged father and artist. In his memoir, Omarion reveals never before shared stories alongside techniques that keep him grounded through public setbacks & detrimental headlines in his breakthrough book.  Join

Visit Inglenook Branch Library During Their New Hours

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For anybody who might not know yet, our hours here at the Inglenook Branch Library have changed. We are now open 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.  There is a book drop outside the Library for anyone seeking to return items outside of our weekly hours.  We want to update the community on what's available to them at the Inglenook Public Library !

Titusville Branch Library's Community Resource Days Continue To Expand

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Reba is ready for the Community Resource Diaper Giveaway. Photo from Reba Williams. Titusville Branch Library (at 2 6th Ave SW Birmingham, AL 35211) is starting off September with its monthly celebration of Titusville Branch Resource Days.  On Tuesday, September 6, Titusville Library will host its monthly Titusville Community Senior Resource Day. Lawson State Cosmetology Department has collaborated with Titusville Branch and will provide free makeovers for the first 15 seniors of the Titusville Community Senior Resource Day.

Community Connection Series September Schedule Kicks Off on Wednesday

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   The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is excited to announce the September schedule for its Community Connection Series. The series takes place every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the first floor of downtown's Central Library . Please join us this Wednesday, September 7, for the first event in this month's Community Connection Series. Topics to be addressed this month include: * Legal Assistance and Resources (Wednesday, September 7) * Opportunities and Services for older adults (55+) (Wednesday, September 14) * Housing Assistance and Programs (Wednesday, September 21) * Early Intervention & Substance Abuse Recovery (Wednesday, September 28)  Every Wednesday, BPL's Community Connection Series brings together a handful of organizations to share information about opportunities, resources, and services related to a specific subject. The events are free and open to the public. This Wednesday, September 7, attorneys and representatives from the Cumberland Sch

Today, Tuesday, September 6, is National Read a Book Day

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  Today, Tuesday, September 6, 2022, is  National Read a Book Day , a day that encourages all book lovers to indulge in their favorite hobby and read. Bringing new worlds to life, books enlighten us and transport us on exciting adventures. They can challenge our perspectives on the human experience in ways unmatched by other media.  It is a day book worms can feel free to set aside their iPhones, iPads and other technological distractions and focus their attention on finding a quiet place to escape behind the pages of their favorite book.  If you’re reading a book today, share a photo on social media with the hashtag  #readabookday.  National Read a Book Day is a great time to escape the stresses of everyday life by picking up your favorite novel or checking out a new one at the  Birmingham Public Library ,  JCLC  or your favorite neighborhood library.   Reading improves memory and concentration.  Research has shown that older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decli

Ace The ACT With The Birmingham Public Library, Saturday, October 8

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The ACT test is often required for college admissions and scholarships, yet it is a dreaded and anxiety-filled experience for many high school students. The  Birmingham Public Library  is ready to help with our ACT Prep workshop taking place on Saturday, October 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the  Springville Road Regional Branch Library , 1224 Springville Road.

CreateHubs Session: Creating Music Scores For Film And Comic Books With Quelle Chris

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Please join us Wednesday, September 7, at 4:00 p.m. for a special live virtual demonstation and interactive session with polymath music artist and storyteller Quell Chris ( Judas and the Black Messiah , Drac: Son of Dante , "Coldplay" on Lizzo's album About Damn Time ) as he teaches creating music scores for film and comic books!

New Boy Scout Troop Debuts Today at Titusville Branch Library

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  A new Boy Scouts Troop debuts today, August 31, at Titusville Library. The Boy Scouts of America have joined the Girls Scouts in an official youth take over at the Titusville Branch Library . Join us this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. as a new boy scouts troop debuts at the Titusville Library, #2 6th Avenue SW.  This new troop comes a few months after a Girl Scouts Troop was established at Titusville Library . Boy Scouts Night Out at Titusville Library will take place today, Wednesday, August 31, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  With 2.2 million members between ages of 5 and 21, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation's largest youth organization for character development. Scouting gives parents and their children an opportunity to make memories together, while helping kids develop skills and character traits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Whether it’s serving as a den leader, going camping as a family, or celebrating the achievement of earning a new badge, parents c

Book Review: "Ten Steps To Nanette" By Hannah Gadsby

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This is probably the first book review in the history of book reviews where this has been said: You really should watch the movie first. Well, really, it's not a movie; it's a stand-up special on Netflix called Nanette  by Hannah Gadsby .  And the reason you're being told to watch the stand-up special first is because Gadsby's book Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation really builds upon the Nanette  special. I think it lends to her style of storytelling that you have the end product first and then she decides to fill you in on the rest. 

CreateHubs Session: Producing Your Own Comic Books With Chris Robinson ("Black Panther")

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Thanks for joining our last virtual session with Saladin Ahmed of Spider-Man: Miles Morales . Please join us this Friday, September 2, at 4:00 p.m. (CST) for a special live and interactive virtual session with comic book editor Chris Robinson ( Black Panther ) as he brings you through the complete process of developing, producing, and distributing your own comic book! 

National Immunization Awareness Month In COVID's Third Year

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Books like these, on COVID-19, pandemics, and vaccinations, can be found at the Birmingham Public Library. Photo by Parker Evans.  It's the close of National Immunization Awareness Month , the third one this pandemic has seen. Immunization is the process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination.  As of this writing , 90% of the U.S. population over 18 years old received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. 77% of that same demographic received a second dose, and only 51% received a booster shot. 

Central Library on August 31 to Host Community Connection Series V: Mental Health Awareness & Resources

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  This Wednesday, August 31, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will host the last installment of this month’s Community Connection Series  at downtown's  Central Library .    The event will focus on a topic of paramount importance in today’s world – mental health. Participating organizations slated to participate in Wednesday’s event include NAMI Birmingham , JBS Mental Health Authority , and Capitol Care South . In an effort to increase mental health awareness in the Birmingham community, they will share information about resources and services available to those who suffer from mental illness. Maintaining mental well-being is crucial to functioning in an age of digital and information overload and to dealing with the stress that ensues.  The mere contemplation of the horrifying effects of climate change can cause undue anxiety and worry about our future and that of our children, as well as about the increased endangerment of the world’s fauna and flora.  Yet mental health awar

Book Review: "Deaf Utopia" By Nyle DiMarco

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So, what do you think would be the odds of having twins? They're not terribly uncommon. What if you are deaf and your twins are born deaf? That's less common. What if your family has been deaf for generations, you have a son who is a twin, who is deaf, who would go on to win both America's Next Top Model and Dancing With the Stars , and be a member of the LGBTQ+ community? If you haven't heard of him already, that person is Nyle DiMarco, and he details the story of his life in his memoir, Deaf Utopia .

De-Stress With North Birmingham Regional Branch Library

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Reorient yourself with North Birmingham Library. Flyer from North Birmingham Library. There's a lot to stress about in the world right now. At North Birmingham Regional Branch Library , you can gather the tools you need to manage what life throws your way.

JCLC Food For Fines Campaign Begins September 1

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  The Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) is doing its Food for Fines campaign during the month of September.  This annual initiative allows the 40 libraries in the county, including Birmingham Public Library locations, to allow patrons with late fees the opportunity to donate food to help those in need and see up to $10 of their library fines waived.   At each of the 40 libraries across the county, cardholders can donate non-perishable food items, each item taking a dollar off of how much is owed. Getting the most donations has actually become a competition between the libraries.  How does it work?   $1.00 in fines will be waived for each food item donated in September for up to $10.00 per library card holder.    When and where can donations be made?  Donations will be accepted at all Jefferson County public libraries circulation desks during September. What food items can be donated? • Baby food  • Cereals  • Soup  • Canned juice  • Canned fruit  • Canned vegetable • Pea

August 25, 2022 Marks 1st Anniversary of the Death of Voice Porter, Longtime Bards & Brews Host

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  August 25, 2022, marks one year since Bards & Brews host Voice Porter died. Thursday, August 25, 2022 marks one year since Birmingham lost Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins, a poet and community activist who built a loyal following as host and creative director of Bards & Brews , the Birmingham Public Library's popular spoken word poetry/craft beer event. Best known by his stage name Voice Porter, Hawkins was found dead in his Warrior home a year ago. He was just 42.   His death shocked fans across Alabama, with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and fellow poets giving heartfelt tributes in statements and on social media about the legacy of Voice Porter .   A year later, Voice Porter's legacy remains a vital part of Bards & Brews, said Poet Jamil.  “Voice Porter was a vital piece to the creative arts community and to the city of Birmingham. Now it’s like a missing piece to the puzzle, but I believe that it’s on the living now or perhaps the youth to be inspir