Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, May 25, 2018
CONTACT:     Roy L. Williams            
        Director of Public Relations        
        Birmingham Public Library             
        Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
BPL transitioning from Summer Reading to 2018 Summer Learning library programs 

Details: 2018 Birmingham Public Library Summer Learning offers over 400 free activities for kids, teens and adults at 19 locations across the City of Birmingham in June and July 2018. 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. Register at any BPL location, online at or by attending the 2018 BPL Summer Learning Kickoff Party, Central Library, 2100 Park Place, 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, June 1. 
Free tickets for the event are available at all 19 BPL locations.
BPL 2018 Summer Learning is made possible by generous support from the Alabama Power Foundation.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)  is transitioning from a traditional summer reading model to a new name – Summer Learning – with an emphasis on learning activities and programs designed to help designed to students retain knowledge while on summer break. 

As a new member of the Urban Libraries Council, BPL is joining other libraries across the country in switching programs to a Summer Learning program. Summer Learning focuses on learning through reading to prevent the dreaded "summer slide," a term referring to learning loss that occurs when students are out for the summer.

With research spanning 100 years indicating students lose ground academically during summer break, public libraries are important institutions providing educational opportunities to prevent “summer slide.”  In partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, the Urban Library Council identified trends showing that by providing summer learning programs beyond traditional summer reading activities demonstrates can play essential roles in helping students retain knowledge during their summer break. 

Students benefit from summer learning activities that include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Maker Spaces, creative exploration and inquiry-based learning, and early/family literacy, according to the Urban Library Council report. Check it out at this link:
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. BPL 2018 Summer Learning is made possible by generous support from the Alabama Power Foundation.
Summer Learning teen programs being offered at BPL include a spoken word poetry camp and engineering/robotics camp (both at Central Library), several Teens Engineer BHM  workshops at various libraries, and Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: How to Make a Tissue Box Guitar (June 11 at Inglenook Library). See a link to teen programming here:

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. Print out a downloadable calendar of Summer Learning programs for kids, teens and adults at this link:  You can also find more Summer Learning programs by visiting or by clicking on the calendar at this link BPL events calendar. 

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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