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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
Birmingham Public Library Board names July 2017 Innovative & Cool Award recipients 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-At Powderly Branch Library, a new program initiated by Library Assistant Hugh Hardy - called the Movie, Book and Popcorn Initiative - has helped boost book and DVD circulation by awarding patrons who read books and check out DVDs based on the work with a bag of popcorn. 

At Springville Road Regional Branch Library, Library Assistant Whitney Garner has created a new budget-friendly Children’s Department Maker Space showcasing crafts created by young patrons. The Movie, Book and Popcorn Initiative and Springville Road Maker Space for the Children’s Department are the July recipients of Innovative and Cool Awards from the Birmingham Public Library Board of Trustees. The recipients were announced in the July 11 board meeting.   

The BPL Board’s Innovative & Cool Awards were established in April 2016 to fund unique programs suggested by library staff at the city’s 19 locations. Libraries are awarded between $50 and $100 per program to buy items needed to implement them. Since beginning the program, the BPL Board of Trustees has awarded a combined $1,700 to 28 new library programs across the city.  

Everyone knows movies and popcorn go hand-in-hand. Hardy said Powderly Branch Library has seen increased book and DVD circulation since he implemented the Movie, Book and Popcorn Initiative.

“The patrons of the library seem to enjoy the program and have taken to the idea of actually reading the books that the movies are based on or at least piques their interest if it seems interesting to them,” Hardy said. “And of course everybody loves popcorn. This initiative creates a win-win situation for everyone.”

Garner said the goal with the new Springville Road Library Children’s Department Maker Space is to allow young patrons to create crafts made out of simple materials that can be put on display. The mini art gallery would include crafts made out of items such as pipe cleaners, straws, origami paper, plastic cups Popsicle sticks and Post-it notes.

The Maker Space will help increase excitement and participation in craft projects at Springville Road Library, Garner said. 

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 experience to our communities 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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