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Contact:  Chanda Temple, Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library                   
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The City of Birmingham and the Birmingham Public Library to Offer Programs Connected to The Dalai Lama's October 26 Visit

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA ­– (Oct. 14, 2014) – To help the public learn more about the Dalai Lama prior to his Birmingham visit in late October, the City of Birmingham and the Birmingham Public Library have planned several free programs.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m., Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place - Spiritual leader Lama Deshek of the Tibetan Buddhist Center in Birmingham, who's traveled with the Dalai Lama, will give a talk about the Dalai Lama. A question and answer session will follow.Several library locations will also feature free screenings of the documentary "Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama.'' Here's the library screening schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 12 p.m., Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 12 p.m., Avondale Library, 509 40th St. South
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., Springville Road Library, 1224 Old Springville Road
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., East Lake Library, #5 Oporto Madrid Blvd.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., Smithfield Library, 1 Eighth Ave. West
Thursday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m., Titusville Library, 2 Sixth Ave. SouthwestA resource guide on books and DVDs on the Dalai Lama will be available at Birmingham library locations this month. Library locations will also have book displays on the Dalai Lama.

The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will appear at Regions Field on Sunday, Oct. 26 as part of the city's Human Rights Week, which will be Oct. 22-27. For tickets to see the Dalai Lama, please visit

Part of Human Rights Week will include the city's "A Celebration of the Human Spirit Film Festival,'' a two-day film festival with movies that celebrate the human spirit, the quest for freedom and the power of individuals to change the world. Walden Media will host free screenings on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Birmingham Museum of Art and on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Alabama Theatre.

One of the movies is "The Giver,'' a 2014 film based on Lois Lowry's young adult novel of the same name. The book was the winner of the 1994 Newberry Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Lowry will attend the Friday, Oct. 24 screening. The book is also one that the Birmingham Public Library gave free to patrons this fall as part of its "Read It Forward'' campaign. Libraries in downtown Birmingham, Ensley, North Birmingham, Five Points West, Woodlawn, West End, Wylam, Avondale and Titusville still have free copies of the book.  

The four Walden Media films are free, but attendees must register in advance, via EventBrite. Here's the schedule:

Friday, Oct. 24, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24  , "The Giver,'' Birmingham Museum of Art,  2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25, "I Am David," Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. North, 2  p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25, "Amazing Grace,'' Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. North,  7 p.m. 
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