Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, May 9, 2013
Angela Fisher Hall     
Associate Director     
Birmingham Public Library 
Phone: (205) 226-3614 
Chris McCauley
Executive Director
David Mathews Center   
Phone:  (205) 665-9005                                                                                        
Let’s Have a Frank Discussion on Bullying!
Libraries host community forums on bullying. What is it?  How do we prevent it?
Birmingham, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life invite the public to participate in an Alabama Issues Forum on bullying.  Forums will be held May 13 through 23 at a number of libraries in the Birmingham Public Library System. All programs are free and open to the public. 
Bullying is an issue that has been brought to the national consciousness with recent events including the YouTube® video of a bus monitor being bullied by middle school students as well as several recent stories of the tragic suicides of students resulting from relentless bullying. 
The forums will be held at the following locations:
Eastwood Library                                May 13            6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
East Ensley Library                            May 14            4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Inglenook Recreation Center                May 15            5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Powderly Library                                 May 16            6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
East Lake Library                               May 18            10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Central Library (downtown)                  May 20            5:30 p.m. –   7:30 p.m.
Smithfield Library                               May 23            10:00 a.m. – 12:00noon
Nearly a third of students experience bullying each year, and more than 160,000 young people miss school each day due to fears of being bullied. While Alabama continues to make progress related to bullying, the statistics and stories of bullied students are alarming. Reducing bullying incidents will require us working together as a community, and the educational and public safety effects of ignoring this issue are grave.
The Birmingham Public Library and the David Matthews Center for Civic Life invite the citizens of our communities to engage in an open forum with the opportunity to carefully weigh different approaches to and perspectives on the issue of bullying. “There is no higher office than the office of citizen, and deliberative forums give citizens a chance to talk through what they hold valuable related to an issue,” says Chris McCauley, Executive Director of the David Mathews Center. “Bullying is an issue that can affect schools, communities, and office environments. It’s up to citizens to think through creative, community-based solutions to address the issue.”
The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt corporation. Its purpose is to foster infrastructure, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision making. More information can be found on the center’s website:
Please check with your local Birmingham Public Library for additional program offerings and program updates.  For more information, contact Sandi Lee, Birmingham Public Library, (205) 226-3742 or visit the library’s website at  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment.  This system—with nineteen locations and serving the community for 126 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast. 

MEDIA:  For additional information, or to schedule an interview with David Mathews Center for Civic Life representatives, please contact Sandi Lee at 226-3742 or Angela Fisher Hall at 226-3614.
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