Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, May 17, 2018
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
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Central Library hosting BPL 2018 Summer Learning Kickoff Party June 1 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— The Birmingham Public Library will host its second annual Summer Learning Kickoff Celebration on June 1, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place downtown. This will be a fun event with refreshments, games, music, and activities for the whole family. Free tickets for the event are available at all 19 BPL locations. 
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As a new member of the Urban Libraries Council, BPL is joining others in transitioning programs from the traditional Summer Reading program to a Summer Learning program. Summer Learning puts an emphasis on learning through reading to prevent the dreaded "summer slide," a term referring to learning loss that occurs when students are on summer break. 

The theme for the 2018 BPL Summer Learning program is "Libraries ROCK!"   During June and July, BPL will present more than 400 free programs for children, teens and adults to deepen reading enjoyment spark STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) passions, and the opportunity for students to learn through active exploration.

For a list of summer learning events and programs, visit the BPL events calendar. In addition to learning activities for children and teens, BPL’s 19 library locations will host a variety of programs for adults including computer classes, exercise and dance, arts and crafts, guest lecturers, movies, and book clubs. 

BPL is changing the way its 19 libraries record summer learning participation for 2018. Rather than counting the number of books read, BPL will now record time read. Counting time spent reading, or being read to, rather than the number of books read or heard puts the emphasis on the act of reading.  
Participants in BPL’s Summer Learning program can record their reading accomplishments via the online app, Beanstack, or through the traditional paper reading log. The more participants log in their reading time, the more opportunities they have to win prizes. Encourage everyone to be an “Eager Reader” this summer.

In addition to logging reading time, BPL is offering a variety of learning track activities for participants to complete. Activities include attending a library program, using one of the library's free online resources, reading outside, and telling your librarian a joke. 

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 over 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in 
the Southeast.
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