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Summer Reading 2024: Only 2 Weeks of Programs Remain at BPL this July

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On June 1, the Birmingham Public Library began hosting 256 free programs for patrons of all ages at 16 of our locations as part of 2024 Summer Reading, "Adventure Begins at Your Library." There are only two weeks of Summer Reading programs left beginning today, July 17. Among them: * Paint and Sip Party at Inglenook Library at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18   *  Free senior fitness classes at 10:45 a.m. on Fridays at Titusville Branch Library * Fashion Show at East Ensley Branch Library at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22 * Make Bird Feeders, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 22,  Springville Road Regional Library * P.M.A. (Power Monday Aerobics) At 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Mondays, July 22,  29 at Smithfield Library     * 3D Hot Air Balloon Craft at North Birmingham Regional Library at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 23 * PreSchool STEM, 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, Springville Road Regional Library - this story time event that encourages children that encourages children to discove

Want to Get in Shape This Summer? Join Titusville Library's Free Senior Fitness Classes on Fridays

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  Birmingham, Ala. - Hey seniors, do you want to get fit this summer? Free senior workout classes led by Ms. Tracy Williams are available every Friday at Titusville Branch Library. The classes began on June 14 and happen every Friday at 10:45 a.m. at Titusville Branch, #2 6th Avenue Southwest.   The next class is this Friday, July 19.  The classes are sponsored by Birmingham's Navigate Housing . All levels are welcome; no experience necessary. Though geared towards seniors, the classes are open to all adults who desire to get in shape, said Reba Williams, Titusville Branch Manager. For more information, call Titusville Branch at 205-322-1140.  See you this Friday, July 19, at 10:45 a.m. If you cannot make it then, join Titusville Library on any other Friday while these free classes are available. No advanced reservations are necessary.

Learn Languages By Watching Films With Mango Movies

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The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) offers Mango Languages products to its patrons, but did you know their language databases include movies too? Mango Movies offers a small but engaging collection of movie with some including public performance rights !

Little Pim, Mango for Kids, Now Available Through the BPL

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The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is proud to announce the inclusion of award-winning language learning solution for children, Little Pim, to the database collection through our Mango Language.

Use ArtistWorks To Reach Your Music Goals Through The BPL

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Enjoy Courtesy Access Compliments of the Birmingham Public Library System ArtistWorks for Libraries provides musicians world-class instruction from Grammy Award-winning music professionals for free through your Birmingham Public Library .  This new digital resource offers users a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals. All levels of player are welcome!

Birmingham Poet Laureate Salaam Green Launches Poet Fellowship Initiative in Partnership with BPL and Create Birmingham

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  City of Birmingham Poet Laureate Salaam Green and the Birmingham Public Library announce the 2024 Summer Poet Fellowship. Selected fellows will work with BPL to facilitate poetry programming in support of literacy and summer reading initiatives.  Birmingham, AL- City of Birmingham Poet Laureate Salaam Green and the Birmingham Public Library are thrilled to announce the 2024 Summer Poet Fellowship. This initiative is a partnership between City of Birmingham Poet Laureate, BPL, and Create Birmingham . Selected fellows will work with two BPL locations to facilitate poetry programming in support of literacy and summer reading initiatives .  Program Overview: Salaam Green has nominated Karima Moore to serve as the inaugural Youth Poet Fellow and Maati Sanovia to serve as the inaugural Adult Poet Fellow. Both will work with the Birmingham Public Library to facilitate poetry programming this summer.  Fellows will receive a $500.00 honorarium that will be administered by Create Birmingham

Introducing New & Improved BPL Mobile App

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Download Our New and Improved Mobile App and make your use of the library seamless and convenient. The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is excited to announce the launch of our new and improved library mobile app! Featuring a more engaging home screen and better functionality, the app can easily connect you with the library using your mobile device.  With the new app you can: 

BPL Archives Department New Home to BSC Archives Collection

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In its beginning, one half of Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) , then known as Southern University, opened in the Bush Hills neighborhood. 20 years later, the institutions merged as Birmingham-Southern College. For over 100 years, the liberal arts college occupied 45 buildings on almost 200 acres just a few miles west of downtown Birmingham.

Artist Winfred Hawkins’ “Comedian” To Open at the Birmingham Public Library on July 5

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Winfred Hawkins, Pietà (in memory of George Stinney, Jr.) , mixed media on wood panel, 32 ’ x 48 ” Birmingham, Ala. - An exhibition of works by award-winning artist Winfred Hawkins will open at the Birmingham Public Library  on Friday, July 5. The show is titled Comedian and will be on display in the Fourth Floor Gallery at the Central Library  through Friday, August 30.  Comedian features Hawkins’ brilliantly colored, mixed-media pieces. Curated by Paul Barrett, Comedian was originally presented at the International Arts Center at Troy University  earlier this year. A reception for Hawkins will take place in the Fourth Floor Gallery on Saturday, July 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The reception will also honor Dale Lewis, the sculptor behind the show Cabinet of Curiosities currently on display in the Central Library’s Lobby Gallery.  Please come meet and converse with these two artists about the works featured in their respective exhibitions, as well as about their careers as artists.

Adventure Begins at North Birmingham Regional Library: 2024 Summer Reading Spotlight

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  2024 Summer Reading is now in July at the  Birmingham Public Library.   16 BPL locations across the city are hosting 256 combined Summer Reading programs  for kids, teens, adults and senior citizens during June and July. The 2024 theme is "Adventure Begins at Your Library."  You can  see the full list of Summer Reading programs by location by clicking here.  BPL is spotlighting each of our library's Summer Reading programs. Today's spotlight is on  North Birmingham Regional Library, 2501 31st Avenue North . North Birmingham Library is hosting 32 programs this summer - 19 for youth, 6 for teens, 6 for adults and one for all ages. Among the Summer Reading programs happening at North Birmingham July during July: *  Game On! Thursday, July 24, as interactive gaming stations will be available for teens all day long.  * Bob Ross Paint Along, Thursday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. as patrons of all ages paint a beautiful scene and experience the joy of painting the Bob Ross Paint Al

Today, July 1, is National Financial Freedom Day: Tips from Judy Woods of Operation HOPE in Birmingham

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  Make appointments today with Judy Woods at Operation HOPE inside the Central Library downtown . Let Freedom Ring! Today, Monday, July 1, 2024, is National Financial Freedom Day , a day our country celebrates every July 1 to remind Americans to take control of their finances.  Here are some tips, courtesy of Judy Woods, a HUD-certified financial counselor and financial wellbeing coach with Operation HOPE, located in the Central Library in downtown Birmingham.  Make appointments with Judy Woods of Operation Hope by emailing judy.woods@operationhope.org or call (205) 478-0557. It is time to assess your financial outlook. The average amount of consumer debt in America is $104,215 per household. While the average income is $143,390. Those statistics signal a challenging debt-to-income (DTI) ratio.  There is no one-size-fits-all definition or strategy for achieving financial freedom. For many consumers, the concept of financial freedom simply means being able to effectively control finance

Adventure Begins At Inglenook Branch Library: Summer Reading 2024 Spotlight

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The Inglenook Branch Library encouraged reading this summer as a part of Adventure Begings at Your Library. 20 of their young patrons participated in the challenge to read books, tell the staff what they learned, and win prizes. They incentivized reading with daily giveaways and chances to win the periodic raffle drawings. 

Adventure Begins at West End Branch: Summer Reading Spotlight July 2024

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  Adventure continues at West End Branch Library, which is hosting 27 Summer Reading programs during June and July. They are among 256 Summer Reading activities for kids, teens and adults happening at 16 Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations across the city.  If you haven't registered for Summer Reading yet, stop by any BPL location to register for Summer Reading and get a B-I-N-G-O card for your age range and win prizes for completing it.  In early June, BPL posted a spotlight on some of West End Branch's Summer Reading programs. Read below to learn more about  three special programs happening in July that West End Branch Manager Lynn Hutchins wants to highlight.  West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL 35211,  Ph# (205) 226-4089  Young patrons during Real Life Heroes: Firemen program held July 2023 at West End Branch.   Real Life Heroes: Firemen – Monday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.   Meet the people who keep you safe during fires and medical emergenc

Adventure Begins At Smithfield Branch Library: Summer Reading 2024 Spotlight

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Join Smithfield Branch Library for their 2024 Summer Reading Adventure programs! The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)  has  256 free Summer Reading programs  planned for this summer that all patrons to enjoy.  July is the last month for Summer Reading , but you can still stop in at any  BPL location  to register and win prizes for completing B-I-N-G-O cards and more. 

Adventure Begins at Woodlawn Branch Library: 2024 Summer Reading Spotlight

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2024 Summer Reading continues at the  Birmingham Public Library.   16 BPL locations across the city are hosting 256 combined Summer Reading programs  for kids, teens, adults and senior citizens during June and July. The 2024 theme is "Adventure Begins at Your Library."  You can  see the full list of Summer Reading programs by location by clicking here.  BPL is spotlighting each of our library's Summer Reading programs. Today's spotlight is on Woodlawn Branch Library, 5709 First Avenue North. Woodlawn is hosting three youth programs. The final one (Dynamic Education Adventure: Science Fun), takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 28. See details provided by Gina White, a Library Assistant III at Woodlawn Branch. Woodlawn Branch Library, 5709 First Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35212 Ph# (205) 595-2001 Dynamic Education Adventure: Science Fun, Friday, June 28, 2024, 10:00 a.m.  Join the Science Lady for some science fun. Adventures in Science is full of fizzing, bubblin