The Birmingham Public Library Presents May & June
Brown-Bag Lunch Series

18 April 2001

Bring your lunch and join us on Wednesdays at noon in the third floor auditorium of the Linn-Henley Research Building. We’ll provide beverages. For more information, call 226-3604.

May 2
Ancestor Searching in Government Documents

Yvonne Crumpler from the Library’s Southern History Department will talk about records of genealogical value such as the Alabama Coal Mine Inspector Reports, the American State Papers, and the state militia lists.

May 9
Alabama’s Mysteries and Legends: Strange But True Tales from the Heart of Dixie

Alan Brown, professor of literature at the University of West Alabama in the Department of Languages and Literature, will present this program on Alabama folktales. From the meteor shower of 1833 to the crying pecan tree of Butler, Professor Brown recounts and examines legends told across the state.

May 16
Caribbean Steel Drums Serenade

Join us as Jim Pate, our preeminent reference librarian of many hidden talents, demonstrates the steel drums that he constructed and learned to play. A journey to the Caribbean with a free concert at noon, what a great way to spend a lunch hour.

May 23
Identity Theft: The High-Tec Crime

Paul Daymond, community outreach coordinator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will give suggestions for avoiding identify theft. Come learn how you can prevent this happening to you.

May 30
Summer Food Hazards

Come hear a representative from the Jefferson County Department of Public Health present a program on summer food safety. We all love potato salad, barbeque, cole slaw, and deviled eggs however these wonderful dishes can make you sick if not prepared properly. Learn how to prepare, store, and serve your delicious dishes safely.

June 6 
What is the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham?

Please join us to hear Kate Nielsen, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and Jim King, development officer, explain how the funds of the Community Foundation work. Nielsen and King will also inform you how these funds can be included in your financial or estate planning.

June 13 
The Houses We Live In

Alabama historian Frances Robb will examine how houses shape the lives of those who live in them, and how those people shape their houses into homes. Ms. Robb’s slide presentation will illustrate American houses from log cabins to the modern home.

June 20 
Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Dr. Jonathan Bass will discuss his book, Blessed are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, the Media, and the Letter from the Birmingham Jail. Featured recently on National Public Radio, Bass is the first historian to explore the complex history of King’s letter and the impact that it had on the lives of the clergymen being addressed.

June 27 
Vulcan and his Restoration

Stewart Dansby of the Vulcan Park Foundation will discuss the latest developments in the effort to restore Birmingham’s Vulcan statue and plans for the future of Vulcan Park. An exhibit accompanying the talk will feature photographs, artifacts and other items from the Birmingham Public Library Archives relating to Vulcan.