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
For immediate release Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
2018 Black History Month continues at the Birmingham Public Library
Events include church hat program, concerts, genealogy program, cooking demo

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-A church hat program at Pratt City Branch Library and soul food cooking demo at Titusville Branch Library, both taking place Saturday, Feb. 24, are among several free events wrapping up the Birmingham Public Library’s 2018 Black History Month celebration.
 Here are some notable BPL Black History Month programs:
11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Titusville Branch Library, “A Taste of Black History With Chef E” -Healthy cooking demonstration from Chef E.
2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Pratt City Branch Library, “Crown & Tea” – During and after slavery, black women broke from their uniforms as maids and servants on Sunday mornings and wore decorated hats to church. This program pays tribute to this cherished African-American tradition. Adorn your crown and join Pratt City Library for tea, showing off your best “hattitude.”
Black History Month Concerts 
4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Linn-Henley Building 4th Floor Arrington Auditorium -The Alabama School of Fine Arts presents Take the “A” Train, a Black History Month Concert.” This musical concert will feature the ASFA Choir, ASFA Jazz Ensemble, ASFA String Orchestra, Ladies’ Vocal Ensemble.
3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at West End Branch Library - "Our Musical Journey Through Faith” – This concert will feature a medley of historical African American songs by Kenneth Powe (filling in for singer Royce Brown, who was unable to participate)
5-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, East Ensley Branch Library - East Ensley Presents Katrina Pigler in Concert” - Katrina Pigler will sing a variety of jazz and gospel songs. 
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Powderly Branch Library - Annual Powderly Black History Musical Concert featuring the Wenonah High School Choir.
Black Genealogy 
Black History Month Research-Using BPL Databases to Connect to Our Past, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Regional Library Computer Center in Linn-Henley Research Building – Attendees will learn how to combine historical and genealogical research using BPL’s databases, African American History Online and Ancestry Library Edition.  
The Beyond Kin Project: Making the Slave Connection, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Building – Project co-founders Donna Cox Baker and Frazine K. Taylor will teach a software method and research techniques for handling the unique complexities of helping African-Americans research their slave connections using common genealogy tools.
Spotlight on Famous African-Americans in Food Industry  
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Inglenook Branch Library - "A Taste of History: Famous Amos”- This program features a discussion of black cookie maker Wallace "Wally" Amos, founder of Famous Amos cookies. 
3:30 p.m. at North Avondale Branch Library – “In the Garden with Dr. Carver” - Storytime will honor Dr. George Washington Carver, reading & discussing his inventions. Peanut and jelly sandwiches will be served.    
Spotlight on Gee’s Bend Quilters 
4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, North Birmingham Regional Library, "The Art of Quilting as a Black History Lesson – This art attack quilting project is inspired by Alabama’s famous Gee's Bend quilters. Call 205-226-4025 for more information.
Book Clubs 
11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Wylam Book Club at Wylam Branch Library – The club will discuss the New York Times bestseller "Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Anaya Mathis. New attendees are welcome. Call 205-785-0349 for details.
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Readers Are Leaders Book Club, Inglenook Branch Library - This children’s book club will discuss "Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears” by Leo and Diane Dillon.
African American History Spotlight    
3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at Avondale Regional Library – “Beautiful Dreamers: A Day in the Life” – This program celebrates history makers between 1915 and 2018 through stories, music and interactive games. Attendees will join Avondale Library in exploring the lives of eight African American children whose drive and determination helped them achieve great things.
3:30 pm at Inglenook Library- "African Americans in Times of War" (Spoken Word) - Students will recite poems acknowledging National Black History Month theme of “"African Americans in Times of War."  
5-7 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 27  at Springville Road Regional Library- “African American Living History Museum”-  Interact with people from African-American history including a Civil Rights Foot Soldier, Children's March participant, Negro League Baseball Player and African American creative artists.
MLK Lecture
Begin the Day: The 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture – "The First White Flight: Industrial Pollution and Racial Segregation in Birmingham," Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 3 p.m., Avondale Regional Library. Read more about the MLK Lecture at
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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