Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, April 6, 2017 
Media contact: Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
Libraries in Birmingham, Jefferson County celebrating National Library Week April  9-15

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama –Across Jefferson County, 40 libraries in the City of Birmingham and the county provide a variety of free resources for the public far beyond being a place to rent books, DVDs and music. Between Sunday, April 9 and Saturday, April 15, the 19 locations of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) system will join the 40-member Public Libraries in Jefferson County in celebrating 2017 National Library Week.

Libraries in cities, schools, college campuses and towns across the country use National Library Week to remind the public about the contributions made by libraries, librarians and their staff to make a positive difference in communities big and small. In today’s economy, libraries offer free resources to help people find jobs and learn new skills. With free resources like books, magazines, DVDs and computer and Wi-Fi access, do better in school, tackle projects and learn new ways to improve their health or start a business.

This week only, libraries in Birmingham and Jefferson County will also allow patrons to download a $5 coupon to pay off past due fines.  See attached coupon link at The $5 Fine Coupon is also available at your local Birmingham and Jefferson County libraries.

Here is just a sampling of some the many programs offered during National Library Week at many of the 19 BPL locations. See more activities at 
•    Patron Appreciation Day at Inglenook Branch Library, all day during operating hours on Wednesday, April 12 – Inglenook Library is showing appreciation to patrons by offering free cookies, drinks and snacks.
•    Awesome on Purpose, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at North Avondale Branch Library. This girls mentoring program helps build self-esteem and self-confidence in girls from adjacent South Hampton K-8 School.
•      PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at Five Points West Regional Branch Library and Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at Inglenook Branch Library – This six-week program helps families learn the joy of reading. It consists of storytelling, reading, and discussion for parents of kids aged 6-10.
•    Art Attack, Wednesday, April 12 at 4 p.m., North Birmingham Regional Branch Library –Students meet after school for arts and crafts at the library.
•    Teens Engineer BHM, Monday-Wednesday, April 10-12 at 3:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Branch Library, Southside Branch Library, and Central Library. This program, recipient of a $50,000 grant last year from the UAB Benevolent Fund, teaches engineering skills to teens with assistance from the UAB School of Engineering.
•    Ensley Science Club, Ensley Branch Library, 4 p.m. on Monday, April 10 – Students gather after school on Mondays as volunteers teach them aspects of science. 
•    Color Club, Wednesday, April 12 at Avondale Regional Branch Library – Come together to explore coloring for adults. Coloring sheets and colored pencils are provided. Free but register in advance by calling 205-226-4000.
•    Chess Club, Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m., Springville Road Regional Branch Library.          
•     – Learn to play the strategic game of chess. Free to all ages.   
•     Belly Dancing for Fun and Fitness, Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m.-noon, Springville Road Regional Branch Library – Join Nona as she introduces the music and dance steps of this ancient dance form.   
Dispelling the Myths and Misunderstandings of Bankruptcy featuring attorney Dan Crane, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 5:30-7 p.m. at Linn-Henley Research Building, Regional Library Computer Center, 4th Floor, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham.    
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT Public Libraries in Jefferson County
The Public Libraries in Jefferson County, DBA Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that links the 40 public libraries throughout Jefferson County. These include 21 municipal libraries and the 19 locations of the Birmingham Public Library System. The mission of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County is to connect all citizens countywide by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning. Visit our website at
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