Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, June 1, 2018
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067    or (205)572-1359        

Central Library hosting BPL 2018 Summer Learning Kickoff Party tonight, June 1 

What: 2018 Birmingham Public Library Summer Learning Kickoff Party
When: Friday, June 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Central Library Grand East Meeting Room, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
Details: The Summer Learning Party will feature carnival-style games, food and live music by George Griffin & the Firebirds. Attendees are encouraged to pick up free tickets in advance by 6 p.m. at any of BPL’s 19 locations but you can also get them at the door. You can also register online and print out calendars listing over 400 free programs for kids, teens and adults at this link
BPL 2018 Summer Learning is made possible by generous support from the Alabama Power Foundation.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Looking for fun, free summer activities for the whole family? Then stop by the Central Library downtown tonight, 6:30 to 8 p.m., for the 2018 Birmingham Public Library Summer Learning Kickoff Celebration.

The free party will feature refreshments, carnival-style games for the entire family, and musical entertainment by George Griffin & the Firebirds. Free tickets for the event are available at all 19 BPL locations  until 6 p.m. tonight, but you can also pick them up at the event inside the Central Library.  
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. 

Click here for details on about how it is easier than ever in 2018 to participate in BPL Summer Learning:

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. 

Summer Learning teen programs being offered at BPL include a spoken word poetry camp and engineering/robotics camp (both at the 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 the Inglenook Branch Library).

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 BPL's Summer Learning page. You can also find more Summer Learning programs on the 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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