Press Release - Detail
For immediate release on Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Contact: Mia Rutledge
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3604
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Pratt City Staff to Offer Service from Another Location

Birmingham, Alabama—When the tornado struck Pratt City on April 27, its high winds leveled homes and severely damaged businesses throughout the community including a thriving public library.  Deborah Drake Blackmon and her six staff members lost the place they and their community called its centerpiece for nearly 18 years (the original Pratt City Library opened in 1963).  On June 1, Blackmon and three staff members will reunite and join with others to operate from the East Ensley Branch of the Birmingham Public Library.  Both facilities are part of the system’s Northern Region of libraries.
“Since the devastating storm on April 27, we have been anxious to return some library services to the Pratt City community,” said BPL Director Renee Blalock.  “Knowing that we had to be prepared to handle Summer Reading programs and to relocate some of the Pratt City staff, temporarily assigning Deborah and others to this facility made perfectly good sense.  The two buildings were less than two miles apart.”   
Beginning  June 1, the East Ensley Library will adopt the schedule previously followed by the Pratt City Library—Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  East Ensley is located at 900 14th Street Ensley.  Operating from the East Ensley location will give library staff the opportunity to service all neighborhoods in the area.

For additional information about programming and the East Ensley Library, please visit BPL’s Web site at
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