Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
personal cell (205)572-1359
Free programs at libraries across Birmingham between Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 

BIRMINGHAM, AL-Daily, the Birmingham Public Library's 19 locations across the city provide free programs and services, showcasing value far beyond  being a place to check out books and DVDs. Services coming up between Saturday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 7 include a free workshop for small business owners, free ACT test prep workshops for students, crochet classes, and computer seminars. 

See a listing of  BPL programs at our libraries across Birmingham next week (all free to public). For information on these and other programs, go to  

• Free ACT Test Prep and Tutoring Classes for Students,  Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. & 2-6 p.m., Smithfield Library   
Do you need to improve your ACT score? Can you benefit from some free tutoring? Then take advantage of two free programs the Smithfield Branch Library is offering to help Birmingham area students do better on tests. Advance registration is required. Register online through the Birmingham Public Library events calendar, or call the Smithfield Library at 205-324-8428. 

• Coffee, Conversation and Crafts Monday, Oct 2, 2017, 11 am
 Springville Road Regional Branch Library
A specific craft is taught each week and all instruction and materials are provided. Participants are not required to work on craft; some people bring their own to work on with their friends. This group meets every Monday at 11 a.m. If the library is closed for any reason on Monday, we will meet on Tuesday that week.

• Basic Crochet, West End Branch Library, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10-11 a.m.
Whether you are just learning how to crochet or need a refresher course, join in and learn all the basic techniques of crochet and have fun while you learn. This class meets every Tuesday at the West End Branch Library.   

• Steps to Starting Your Business, Monday, Oct 2, 12 –1 pm, Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
The Birmingham Public Library, in conjunction with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development, will once again be hosting the popular seminar Steps to Starting Your Business in 2017.
Prep for Success!, Tuesday, Oct 3, 3:30–5:30pm, Smithfield Branch LibraryCome to the Smithfield Branch Library for free ACT Prep help. We will be using our free database, Learning Express Library, which offers practice sessions for the ACT. These sessions are meant to help with the four required sections of the ACT—English, Math, Reading, and Science.  

• Make-and-take crafts with Ms. Carla.- Wylam Branch Library, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m. 

• Smithfield Library Adult Book Club Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 11 a.m.
Join us at the Smithfield Branch Library for some good food and great book discussion. Our adult book club meets every first Wednesday of the month.

• Everyone with Diabetes Counts Wednesday, Oct 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Wylam Branch Library
Free diabetes education classes that present information in simple medical terms.

• Learn to Play Chess Thursday, October 5, 2017, 3:30pm, West End Branch Library
Chess teaches a higher level of thinking skills such as the ability to visualize, analyze, and think critically. Bring a friend and make a new friend and have fun learning the game of chess.

• Color Me Calm/Board Games/Chess Thursday, Oct 5, 10am, Springville Road Regional Library
Art therapy materials, board games, and puzzles are available for patron use. Several groups form to work and play together.

•    Ukulele 101 Saturday, Oct 7, 9:30–10:15am, Avondale Regional Branch Library
If you've been dreaming about playing the ukulele but need a little help getting started, this is the class for you! Designed for the absolute beginner, this 45-minute introduction will be enough to get you strumming! Check out one of Avondale Library's 13 ukuleles, or bring your own.

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 community 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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