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Celebrating The Birmingham Public Library

SIRS Publishing, Inc. honored the Birmingham Public Library on April 2, 2003, at the annual convention of the Alabama Library Association in Mobile. During an evening reception, a print of the library was unveiled for the collection “SIRS Celebrates America’s Public Libraries.”  SIRS, a provider of databases and information services to libraries, began producing the series of prints three years ago to recognize the achievements of public libraries and to pay tribute to the essential role of libraries in American culture. This year the honor went to the Birmingham Public Library for its historic status among Alabama public libraries.

The print is the eleventh in a collection of paintings by Joe Davis featuring exceptional libraries throughout America. Davis, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. and Japan. His illustrations have appeared in national magazines, including The New Yorker and The New York Observer.

The print was unveiled for National Library Week, the annual observance by the American Library Association and libraries across the country to celebrate the contributions of the nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. An image of the print is accessible from the link “Celebrating the Birmingham Public Library” on the Birmingham Public Library’s Web site at

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