Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020 Census Self-Response Deadline Has Been Extended to October 31

Jim Murray | Business, Science and Technology Department, Central Library

Due to the upheaval created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau has decided to shift the deadline for resident self-response to the 2020 Census questionnaire from July 31 to October 31. Resident self-response is the principle means by which the bureau collects and records demographic information about the population for the decennial Census. Whereas, throughout much of its history the bureau obtained this information by having enumerators contact residents, for the past several decades they have giving residents the opportunity to be proactive and “self-respond” by providing answers to the Census questionnaire by either mail, phone, or, for the first time in 2020, the internet.

Most U.S. residents were mailed an invitation to self-respond online to the 2020 Census in mid-March. The invitation included a unique Census ID number that matches the self-responder to his or her address. This ID is not, however…

Watch BPL’s Bards & Brews Virtual Poetry Online on Friday, June 5

What: Bards & Brews Virtual Poetry Event
When: 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020
Where: Watch online on the Bards & Brews Facebook page – 
Details: Since the Birmingham Public Library’s popular spoken word poetry-craft beer event is unable to be held on site due to the coronavirus pandemic, BPL is hosting its third online version on its Bards & Brews Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

Have a talent for spoken word poetry but nervous about performing in front of live audiences?

Then take advantage of the Birmingham Public Library’s Bards & Brews Virtual, an online version of  a popular monthly spoken word poetry/craft beer event celebrating its 10th year.

On Friday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m., fans will be able to watch some of metro Birmingham’s most talented poets online – as well as newbies - on the Bards & Brews Facebook page.

Poets, if you want to participate, the deadline to register is Monday, June 1. Email Candice.Ha…

BPL Remembers Thracie Pace, Longtime BPL Friends Bookstore Manager

Thracie Pace, who recently retired as longtime manager of the BPL Friends Bookstore, has passed away.

A visitation time for friends and family is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlor Southside Chapel, 2116 University Blvd., in Birmingham. Pace died on February 22, 2020, at age 60 from pneumonia complications.

Pat Rumore, immediate past president of the Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library, said Pace "left an indelible mark" on the BPL Friends Bookstore.

"(Thracie) was popular with both Bookstore patrons and library staff, as well as having a smart business mind and a book-loving heart," Rumore said. "I worked closely with her and admired her commitment as a volunteer and her leadership in the Bookstore. She will be greatly missed and my condolences go out to her family and friends.”

The Birmingham Public Library is grateful for the tremendous contributions and dedication that Thracie P…

BSC Students Use Birmingham Public Library Archives to Research Jefferson County Lynching Victims

Three Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) students who used Birmingham Public Library digital archives as part of a research project on lynching victims in Jefferson County have been recognized by their college.

A BSC blog released last week highlights the contributions of students Alexandra Coberly, Dorona Dancy and Jackie Lamars, who served as 2019-2020 Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) Fellows. Over the past academic year, the BSC trio joined students from other Birmingham area colleges to research Jefferson County newspapers and other sources to honor victims of racial terror. 

Their assignment as fellows with the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP): to report on undocumented lynching victims in Jefferson County, find updated information on documented victims or discover an event that upheld racial terror in Jefferson County.

Read the BSC release about  the students by clicking here

The trio of BSC students were among JCMP Fellows from five colleges- Birmingham-Southe…

BPL Virtual Resources Spotlight: Birmingham Public Library Online Entertainment

By Caleb West, BPL Director of Collection Management 

 BACKGROUND: Today is the debut of BPL Virtual Resources Spotlight, a new weekly blog highlighting the Birmingham Public Library’s vast free online resources available to serve the public. Thanks to our library partners such as Homework Alabama, Freegal, Hoopla, Kanopy, and Overdrive BPL is able to assist patrons stuck at home or on the go via their smartphones by providing access to free homework assistance, e-books, downloadable music, and free DVDs they can watch from their phones, iPads, laptops and other computer devices.

We welcome your feedback. For more about BPL’s virtual resources, click here 

 The Birmingham Public Library is ALWAYS open 24/7 through our FREE online digital resources.

The value of our virtual resources has been elevated the past few months during the COVID-19 pandemic. While our buildings have been closed for the safety of the public to prevent coronavirus spread, BPL h…

2020 BPL Summer Learning Registration Begins Saturday, May 16

By Bessie Miller, Regional Manager & Chief Strategist for BPL 2020 Summer Learning 

Are you ready for Summer Learning at the Birmingham Public Library? We are #BHAMSTRONG!

Registration for the 2020 Birmingham Public Library Virtual Summer Learning program will kick off this Saturday, May 16th!

This year Summer Learning will be hosted virtually- completely online for the first time.

But do not worry as BPL will still include fan favorites including local performers and amazing prizes. We will offer everything from STEM, fitness, Bubble Lady, Magicians, Henna Tattoos, Martial Arts, cooking, genealogy, storytimes, reading tutoring, crafts, 4H, Science Lady, Alabama Ballet, Jugglers, Poetry Contest, and much more.

Register for BPL Summer Learning at this link

We will host daily activities virtually beginning June 8th! So get ready to join us as we Imagine a NEW Story!

Like our Birmingham Public Library Facebook page and share this post for a…

Kanopy Instructional Series – How to Grow Anything

Shea Robinson | Fiction Department, Central Library 

How to Grow Anything is an instructional film series from The Great Courses collection on Kanopy. The Great Courses offer a wealth of knowledge spanning several subjects such as foreign language, investing, and photography among others. It is an invaluable resource for lifelong learning and personal enrichment.

This film series contains six episodes that provide detailed information from the initial planning of a garden space to soil composition and pest control. It also offers solutions for small living spaces with minimal growing room and non-ideal temperature conditions. Each episode lasts approximately 30 minutes and can be viewed separately to allow self-paced implementation of the content.

Additional gardening resources can be found on Hoopla and OverDrive. Sign up for a temporary eCard here!