Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Roy L. Williams                                  
Director of Public Relations                 
Birmingham Public Library                              
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                               
2017 Summer Reading for teens include poetry camp, dance lessons, science crafts

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-Hey teens, want to learn how to be a poet? Then make plans to attend the Spoken Word Poetry Camp July 10-14 at the Central Library. Sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Archives Department and Real Life Poets Inc., this camp is among hundreds of free activities for teens taking place in 19 city libraries as part of BPL’s 2017 Summer Reading programs.

BPL will host a 2017 Summer Reading Kickoff Party this Friday, June 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. Read more about the link below:

The 2017 Summer Reading program is sponsored in part by the Alabama Power Foundation, which has supported BPL for nine years. BPL also appreciates the in-kind contributions of Rally's, Barnes & Noble, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the City of Birmingham Division of Youth Services. The 2017 Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World.” Through books, activities, and guest presenters, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them and the joy of reading.
Below is a sample of some of the activities for teens. You can see the full schedule of over 500 programs for kids, teens and adults at

Spoken Word Poetry Camp: Civil Rights Through the Eyes of a Young Poet, July 10-14, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Central Library, 2100 Park Place - Spend a week discussing Birmingham’s role in the civil rights movement and writing a spoken word poem that at the end of the week will be archived in BPL’s digital archives to share with the world. Teens should bring lunch though pizza will be provided on Friday. Limited to 20 teens. Register with Lance Simpson by calling 205-226-3655 or emailing

Build It: Drum Roll Please and Build It: Beat, Drum, Rhythm!, several library locations this summer starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13 at Ensley Library - Join internationally-acclaimed drumming facilitator and musician John Scalici for percussion fun as we “Build a Better World” one drum beat at a time. Registration required.

The Super Science Show, 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 9 plus several other locations this summer --Join the Science Lady from Dynamic Education Adventures for a show fizzing and booming with fantastically fiery feats and radical reactions. Teen patrons will be blown away by the explosive experiments and combustible chaos.

Building a Better You, June 29, 1:30 p.m. at Powderly Library - Ms. Candice will motivate teens to renew their minds through physical activity. A spin-off of the “Let’s Move” campaign of former First Lady Michelle Obama, you will be informed of the importance of exercise, meditation and learn methods to developing a healthier attitude/lifestyle.

Build a Better You with Gentle Yoga, 10 a.m. July 10 at Woodlawn Library – Yoga can relieve stress and calm the mind. Yoga instructor Marie Blair, a recently retired school librarian, will focus on helping patrons develop strength, flexibility and balance inch by inch. Marie will teach Tai Chi, gentle yoga postures, poetry and humor in her classes.

Teen Zone Open Lab Dayz, 2-4 p.m. on June 13, June 20, June 27 in the Teen Zone Learning Lab at the Central Library – Learn how to use a 3D printer, program a robot, and make your own movie in June.

Build a Better You-Dance!, 4-5 p.m. June 14 at the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium, 2 p.m. June 22 at East Ensley Branch Library, 1 p.m. July 12 at North Avondale Branch Library - Winston Strickland, artistic director of M.A.D. Skillz, will teach you the latest dance moves to impress friends and family. No experience necessary.

Build a Better You: Teens Engineer BHM with Computer Programming, several libraries beginning at 2 p.m. on June 15 at East Ensley Branch Library. – Under the guidance of UAB School of Engineering student mentors, learn how to program and code an Arduino microcomputer and make it work with LED lights and other electrical components. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Impact Grant from the UAB Benevolent Fund.

Teen Knitting, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 8 at Ensley Branch Library. - Knitters of all experience levels are invited to join this fun, informal multi-generational knitting circle. Bring your current project, needles and yarn, learn new stitches and patterns or if a novice how to knit from scratch. Open to both teens and adults.

Remember, prizes will be awarded at each of the Birmingham Public Library's 19 locations. The more books you read between now and Aug. 31, the greater your chances of winning! Register online at or at the following link:

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 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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