Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, July 29, 2013
CONTACT: Angela Fisher Hall                                             
Associate Director                                              
Birmingham Public Library                                
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                         
Library’s Bards & Brews Program Heads to Avondale
Popular library event to feature open mic session in August

Birmingham, Alabama—On Friday, August 2, the Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular poetry performance/beer tasting series Bards & Brews returns to the Avondale Regional Library located at 509 40th Street South.  The August session begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music and the OPEN MIC poetry performances start at 7:00. Emcee Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verse with topics that run the gamut from romantic relationships to the local political scene.  The program is free of charge and open to the public.

Craft beer will be available for sampling courtesy of Beer Engineers—the featured brews are Cascadian Pale Ale, Peanut Porter Porter, and Bourbon Barrel Velocity.  According to D.B. Irwin, the owner of Beer Engineers, the latter two brews are rare, so craft beer aficionados will not want to miss out on this opportunity. Light refreshments will also be served.  Attendees must be 18 years or older to be admitted, and 21 years or older to be served. IDs will be checked.

Bards & Brews is usually held on the first Friday of the month at various locations around town. To not interfere with the Labor Day Weekend, the September session is scheduled for Friday, September 13 at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place.  Check out the Bards & Brews page on Facebook for more information. This program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For additional information about the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and 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:  Media coverage of this event is welcomed.  For additional information, please contact Angela Fisher Hall at 226-3614 or visit our website at
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