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Contact:  Chanda Temple, Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library                   
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Performances, Cooking Classes and More Are Part of Black History Month 2014  at the Birmingham Public Library

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ­ (Jan. 7, 2014) –   Several Birmingham Public Library locations will celebrate Black History Month in February with cooking classes, art projects, lectures and theatrical presentations.  All events are free. Here’s a list of what’s scheduled:

Decorate a paper "Freedom Friend" and complete the sentence: "I have a dream that all people in the world..." on the paper doll during the month of February at Five Points West Library, 4812 Ave. W. and at North Birmingham Library,  2501 31st Ave. North. The art work, which highlights Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of unity and peace, will be on display at both locations. For all ages. 226-4013 or 226-4025.

See Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in the blockbuster movie about a White House butler on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. at Five Points West Library, 4812 Ave. W. For all ages. 226-4015.

Buy a good book, learn how to write a book while still having a life and learn how to use blogging and social media to promote your works during the Authors Expo and Book Fair on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central, 2100 Park Place. Writing sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Arrington Auditorium.  For more info, send emails to jaredm@bham.lib.al.us.  

Soak in soulful sounds from the Lawson State Community College Jazz Ensemble on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Avondale Library, 509 - 40th  St. S. For all ages. 226-4000. 

Learn about the “History of Soul Food’’ with Chef E on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at Titusville Library, #2 Sixth Ave. SW. Reservations requested. For adults. 322-1140.

Expose preschool children to early African-American oral tales through songs and stories on Feb. 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. during African-American Folk Tales and Story Time Stew at North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. N. 226-4025.

Discover your past and forge toward the future on Feb. 8 during the Black Heritage Genealogy Fair in the Birmingham Public Library’s Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place. Presented by the Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group, the event will feature memorabilia, history charts, research examples, etc. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and guest speakers on genealogy from 1 to 3 p.m. 901-6387  

Explore your family tree throughout 2014 during Introduction to Genealogy classes at the downtown library, 2100 Park Place. February classes will be held on Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. and on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. Visit http://tinyurl.com/genieintro to print materials arriving for class. For more info, call 226-3665.

Enjoy J.D. Jackson's Annual Black History Concert on Feb. 8, 3 - 5 p.m. at Five Points West Library, 4812 Ave. W. Spirituals and love songs will be featured during the “Musical Merry-Go-Round.’’ For all ages. 226-4013. 

Travel through time on Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. at Smithfield Library, #1 Eighth Ave. W., as Miss Candice portrays Harriet Tubman, President Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This one-hour story time is for all ages. 324-8428.

Take time to discuss “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963,’’ by Christopher Paul Curtis and enjoy a feature film on Feb. 12, 1 – 3 p.m. at North Avondale Library, 501 43rd St. N. There will be a drawing for a free copy of the book. Snacks will be provided. For all ages. 592-2082.   

Hear what it was like to be a 1963 civil rights foot soldier from Gwendolyn Gamble on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at Smithfield Library, #1 Eighth Ave. W. 324-8428.

Learn about African-American authors and illustrators on Feb. 13, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. during Story Time Stew at North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. N. For preschool children. 226-4025.

See history come alive as quilt artist LeVerne Holbdy displays her quilts and talks about the art form on Feb. 13, 3 - 4 p.m. at East Lake Library, #5 Oporto Madrid Blvd. N. Then stay for Ms. Wanda’s story time on “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.’’ For all ages. 836-3341.

Fill up on a few good reads on Feb. 13, 4 - 5 p.m. during "A Tasting of Books by African-American Authors" at North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. N. For tweens. 226-4025.

Watch Chef E cook up a healthy history lesson on Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. at Springville Road Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, during “The History of Soul Food.’’ Registration is required. For teenagers. 226-4083.  

Go back in time to inventor George Washington Carver’s lab and learn about his inventions on Feb. 19, 1-2 p.m. at North Avondale Library, 501 43rd St. N. Registration is required. For tweensFood allergy warning: Children with peanut-related allergies should take caution during event because edible peanut butter and honey experiments will be available. 592-2082.  

Feel the beat of different African-American musicians during this toe-tapping story time on Feb. 20, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. at North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. N. For preschool children. 226-4025.  

Learn about Rosa Parks during the 40-minute documentary about her life on Feb. 23 at Smithfield Library#1 Eighth Ave. W.at 4 p.m. Light refreshments served. 324-8428.

Join the African-American Read-In Chain on Feb. 23, 3 – 5 p.m. at Five Points West Library, 4812 Avenue West, as neighborhood leaders read from their favorite books by African-American authors. For all ages. 226-4017.  

Don’t miss the Miles College Theater Group perform on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Avondale Library, 509 - 40th  St. S. For all ages. 226-4000.

Explore the origin of the spiritual and its impact on music during “We Celebrate Spirituals” on Feb. 25, 6 -7 p.m. at North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. N. The Second Generation of the Lee Family Singers will perform. For all ages. 226-4025. 

Learn about African-American authors and illustrators on Feb. 27, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. during Story Time Stew at North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. N. For preschool children. 226-4025.

Watch teenagers test their knowledge about civil rights trivia on Feb. 27 at North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. N., 4 - 5 p.m.  226-4025.
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