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Linda Wilson
Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 226-3746
lwilson@bham.lib.al.us

Library Receives Award to Present Evening Programs for BPL @ Night

August 7, 2007, Birmingham—The Birmingham Public Library was awarded $15,000 by the Jefferson County Community Arts Fund for BPL @ Night—a series of evening programs that will be presented at the Central, regional, and branch libraries.  

The Jefferson County Community Arts Fund award is made possible through the Jefferson County Commission and is administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. The funding was awarded just as the Cultural Alliance released an economic impact study—conducted by the national arts-advocacy group Americans for the Arts—of the arts in Jefferson County. The study revealed that Jefferson County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates more than $125 million in economic activity annually. The Cultural Alliance announced a total of $557,981 in awards in March.

The Birmingham Public Library applied for funding in response to positive feedback from Library patrons attending recent BPL @ Night programs. Last year the Library welcomed visitors for performances by classical pianist Barry Vaughan, jazz musician Eric Essix, and experiential theater company Muse of Fire.

This award will allow the Library to increase programs in regional and branch libraries, enhance advertising, and pay professional artists for performances during every month of the year. Evening programs bring people into libraries during hours of lowest visitation and create lively and vibrant community centers. For the benefit of city residents, many regional and branch libraries will be able to expand their performance schedules because of the additional funding.

Two performances have been scheduled for August. BPL @ Night will present the very popular Cahaba Saxophone Quartet on Thursday, August 16th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the downtown library. This professional group of musicians will offer saxophone music from a wide range of genres: from Baroque to Contemporary.

Award-winning actress and storyteller Dolores Hydock will present "Newfangled Meets Old School," a story concert, at Springville Road Public Library on Thursday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m.

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