Brown Bag Lunches At The Central Library
May -July 2003

May 7
Joyce Cauthen will speak on the country church and its music. She will discuss and play examples of archaic forms of a cappella sacred music that people still sing today, including spirituals, hymns, and Sacred Harp.

May 14
Edna Turner will give her "Freedom Quilt" presentation. The Freedom Quilt has a design on it that shows the ways the slaves had to travel to escape their lives of servitude.

May 21
Alabama author, Jackie Matte will talk about Southeastern Indians and her book They Say The Wind Is Red. Ms. Matte is a local authority on the Choctaw and has researched Alabama's Indians for some time.

May 28
Join Yvonne Crumpler as she takes you on a short genealogical jaunt with maps. She will discuss using maps in researching your ancestors.

June 4
The Birmingham Press Comes of Age: The Harding-Johnson Suicides

June 11
Alabama at the Movies: The Golden Years

June 18
The Tragic Death of Emmett Till

June 25
Breaking the Ice: The Role of Ice in Southern History and Culture

July 9
Antiques Road Show

Please join us for our version of the ‘Antiques Road Show’. We are very fortunate to have Bill Carner as our appraiser. Mr. Carner is a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers in the area of antiques and residential contents. Bring an item you would like to know more about or what it is worth. No coins or stamps please.

July 16
Convict the Crooks

Many mystery novels are based on true crime stories and investigations. Two evidence technicians from the Birmingham Police Department will explain how evidence is collected in crime investigations and how it is used to catch and convict criminals. See if CSI, NYPD Blues, Forensic Files, etc. are really true to life.

July 23
Book Groups with Susan Swagler

Susan Swagler, Birmingham News book columnist, will discuss different kinds of book groups. Ms. Swagler is a veteran member of book groups of all kinds. If you are in a book discussion group or would like to form one, she will give you many helpful tips on how to organize a successful book group.

July 30
Storyteller Dolores Hydock

Dolores Hydock, Birmingham’s own acclaimed actress and storyteller, will present a solo presentation of some of her favorite works of fiction. Ms. Hydock always packs the house and for good reason. This is a must see.