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

Bards & Brews spoken word poetry event to take place Jan. 5 at the Central Library

WHAT:           Bards & Brews Open Mic Poetry Performance/Beer Tasting
WHEN:           Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, 6:30 -9:30 p.m.
WHERE:         The Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
DETAILS:      Musical performance by Joshua Moore at 6:30 p.m., poetry begins at 7 p.m. Free to public aged 18 and older; must be 21 and older to drink beer. Light refreshments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-If you like the combination of poetry and beer or want to show off your oratorical skills, make your way to the Central Library, 2100 Park Place downtown, tonight at 6:30 for Bards & Brews, the Birmingham Public Library’s popular spoken word poetry/craft beer event.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with musical selections by Joshua Moore. Poetry will begin to flow at 7 p.m. with emcee Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins keeping the evening moving at an exciting pace. Bards & Brews is open to both novices and veteran spoken word artists. Be sure to get there early to put your name on the list of performers.

Bards & Brews is free to the public. You must be 18 or older to attend, and 21 or older to sample the beer. Read more about popular Bards & Brews poet Lee Green at this link:

For more information on Bards & Brews, visit To make donations to BPL for Bards & Brews or our many other programs, click on this link:

Vocational Readiness job workshops to be held at the Central Library Jan. 8, Jan. 22

What: Vocational Readiness job workshop series
When: Monday, Jan. 8 and Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Time: 5-7 p.m. 
Where: Linn-Henley Research Library, Regional Library Computer Center, 4th floor, 2100 Park Place
Details: These two workshops focus on four areas to help in your job search:

Jan. 8) Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop/Resume Builder
Jan. 22) New Age Online Application Process/Interview Bootcamp

Free and open to the public; no registration necessary. For more information, contact Jim Murray at 205-226-3691 or via email at

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-  Do your interviewing skills need improving? Is your resume outdated? Do you even know how to apply for a job online? Then make plans now to take advantage of two free Vocational Readiness workshops to be held at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham on Monday, Jan. 8 and Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Both sessions will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Linn-Henley Research Library, Regional Library Computer Center, 4th floor, 2100 Park Place.

The workshops presenter is Tina Thornton, a professional counselor and founder of Gem Kreations, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting those who have experienced adverse circumstances realize their full personal and professional potential. Each of the workshops will cover different parts of the job searching process, but participants are encouraged to attend both because the second workshop builds on the content presented in the first.

The workshop information is timely for first-time job seekers and adults re-entering the job market or contemplating a career change. The classes continue a Vocational Readiness series Thornton held at the Central Library last year between July and September, and again in November. For more information, please contact Jim Murray of the Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at or by calling 205-226-3691.

Here are the descriptions of the workshops:
Monday Jan. 8, 2018 – Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop/Resume Builder
• Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop provides an individual assessment of personal and professional goals, aspirations, and skills to help determine your best job fit. 

• Resume Builder is designed to assist individuals with creating an effective resume that will function as a powerful tool in achieving gainful employment.

Monday Jan. 22, 2018 – New Age Online Application Process/Interview Bootcamp
• New Age Online Application Process offers tips and suggestions to guide all job seekers in successfully completing online employment applications.

• Interview Bootcamp teaches techniques to help you emphasize your skills, overcome objections, and build rapport with your job interviewer. 

About the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)
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 experience to our community for lifelong 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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