Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
Celebrate 2017 Innovation Week at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham

What:  Innovation Week at the Birmingham Public Library
When:  August 17-24, 2017
Where: Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC), 4th floor

Birmingham, Ala-It’s August, and that means it’s time for Birmingham Innovation Week (  Since 2014, Birmingham’s entrepreneurial minded community has set aside a week each year to celebrate and provide inspiration for those individuals, agencies, organizations, and businesses engaged in creative activities that stimulate local economic growth and opportunity. 

This year, the Birmingham Public Library will be hosting five programs during Innovation Week that promote the resources the library has to help its patrons develop their innovative ideas.  The five programs are scheduled from Thursday, 8/⁠17 to Thursday, 8/⁠24. The first program, on 8/⁠17, is one of the three Google seminars that we have been promoting since June.  The other four programs are part of the August computer classes schedule offered at the Central Library. Read more about our programs offered for the public at the links below:

Here are the descriptions of the individual programs and the days and times that they will be offered:

Thursday August 17, 2017  12 pm – 1:30 pm
Using Google to Grow Your Business:  Getting Started with Social Media and Email Marketing using Google
The Birmingham Public Library is partnering with the City of Birmingham's Economic Development Office and Zeekee, a local digital marketing firm, to offer a seminar aimed at helping small businesses make the most of the free tools and resources available on Google.

Monday August 21, 2017 2:15 pm-3:15 pm
Webinar: Yes, You Can Start a Nonprofit
If you are interested in starting a nonprofit organization, then you should plan to attend this recorded webinar.   Produced by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the hour long webinar covers such issues as corporate structure, articles of incorporation, by-laws, board management, and tax exempt status.

Monday August 21, 2017 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
BPL Database:  Foundation Directory Online Professional
Learn how to navigate the Foundation Directory Online Database.  Developed by the Foundation Center, the database provides the most current and comprehensive information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants that are available for nonprofit organizations.

Thursday  August 24, 2017 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Patent Basics
Participants will learn about the different types of patents, why you might need one, and how to begin your patent search. Follow along as we go through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's seven step strategy for patent searching.

Thursday August 24, 2017 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
BPL Database:  Reference USA for Business
A staff member from the Business, Science and Technology Department will give a hands-on demonstration of the Reference USA database. Reference USA is an excellent business research tool that contains current information on over 24 million companies, 260 million customers, household lifestyle and purchasing habits, and job listings.  The Business module can be used for locating your competition and making contacts and the Lifestyle module is good for locating and contacting your customers.  

For more information about the Innovation Week programs at BPL, please contact Jim Murray of the Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by e-mail at or by calling 205-226-3691.
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