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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
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"Putting People First"

What: 2018 Birmingham Public Library Summer Learning, over 400 free activities for kids, teens and adults being held at 19 locations across the City of Birmingham in June and July 2018. Details: Summer Learning puts an emphasis on learning through reading. Make plans to attend the 2018 BPL Summer Learning Kickoff Party at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place, at 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018. Register for Summer Learning and print out downloadable calendar or programs for kids, teens and adults at this link:

BPL 2018 Summer Learning:
Adult classes include senior chair aerobics, preserving family papers, music and book clubs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Kids and teens are not the only focus of the over 400 free activities being offered through the 2018 Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Summer Learning program in June and July.

There are also plenty of programs tailored for adults: including genealogy classes and workshops on preserving family papers and photos; 30 computer classes on a variety of topics; senior chair aerobics, painting, adult knitting, and more. 

Register now for the 2018 BPL Summer Learning Kickoff Party taking place at the Central Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018. You can register at any of our 19 BPL locations or online at this link, which includes a downloadable printable programming calendar:

As a new member of the Urban Libraries Council, BPL is joining others in transitioning from the traditional Summer Reading program to a Summer Learning program, with an emphasis on preventing "summer slide," a term referring to learning loss that occurs when students are on summer break.

Here is a listing of select adult Summer Learning programs taking place in June and July.  

Old School Scrapbooking, June 6 at 10 a.m., Pratt City Library, July 10 at 10 a.m. at Eastwood Library
Many late 19th and early 20th century scrapbooks, mementos by Birmingham residents, are preserved in the BPL Archives Department. This talk will share tips on scrapbook keeping – cards, photographs, letters, poems, theater programs, newspaper clippings, and more. 

Chair exercise classes

Workout Wednesday with Ms. Myra, 10 a.m. on June 6 and July 18, Five Points West Library – chair exercise with contemporary inspirational music.

Senior Chair Aerobics, 10 a.m. on June 15, Powderly Library- Join Ms. Candice for a rockin’ good time of movement and fun. 

Introduction to Genealogy – BPL Southern History Department’s popular class to help you get started on researching your family tree is being offered at several library locations across the city in June and July. The schedule is below:

Central Library, June 9 at 10 a.m., June 27 at 3 p.m., July 10 at 10 a.m., July 25 at 3 p.m. 

Avondale Library, June 18 at 2 p.m.

Eastwood Library, June 18 at 10 a.m.

East Ensley Library, June 20 at 2 p.m.

East Lake Library, July 23 at 11 a.m.

North Birmingham Library July 30 at 11 a.m.

Spinners Club: Music Appreciation 101-In this class, music lovers will listen to various genres of music and discuss them.

June 12 at 11 a.m., Avondale Library

June 19 at 11 a.m., North Avondale Library

June 25 at 11 a.m., Smithfield Library

July 9 at 11 a.m., Ensley Library

July 10 at 11 a.m., Powderly Library

Book Clubs
Avondale Library Book Club, June 18 and July 16, both at 6 p.m., Avondale Library

Avondale Book Club Freestyle, June 25 and July 23, both at 6 p.m., Avondale Library
-Read any book you want and join fellow book lovers to discuss them.

North Avondale Library Chapter Chatters Book Club, 10:30 a.m. on June 27

North Avondale Library Chapter Chatters Book Club with Artist Cherie Hunt, 10:30 a.m. on July 25 – This month’s book club discussion will feature a hands-on painting experience with artist Cherie Hunt based on the book of the month. Participants will leave with their own masterpiece. Class is limited to 20 adults. Register in advance by calling 205-592-2082.

Smithfield Adult Book Club, June 6 at 11 a.m., Smithfield Library

Palette Party- Local artist Cherie Hunt will provide step-by-step instructions for participants to complete their very own canvas masterpiece.  Limited space.

June 11 at 11 a.m., North Birmingham  Library. Register by calling 205-226-4025.

June 13 at 10:30 a.m., Five Points West Library. Register by calling 205-226-4015.

June 13 at 2 p.m., Avondale Library. Register by calling 205-226-4000.

June 14 at 2 p.m., Central Library. Register by calling Leslie Deason at 205-226-3677 or by emailing

July 11 at 11 a.m., Pratt City Library. Register by calling 205-791-4997.

July 11 at 2 p.m., Ensley Library. Register by calling 205-849-8739.

July 12 at 11 a.m., East Lake Library. Register by calling 205-787-1928.

July 17 at 11 a.m., Smithfield Library. Register by calling 205-324-8428.

July 20 at 10 a.m., Powderly Library. Register by calling 205-925-6178.
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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