Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Wednesday, June 10, 2015
CONTACT: Angela Fisher Hall        
Birmingham Public Library System                                   
Phone: (205) 226-3616                                         
Summer Reading in Full Swing at Area Libraries
Annual reading celebration has something for every member of the family

Birmingham, Alabama—Everyone can be a superhero at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) and staff at all 19 library locations have been preparing for this time of the year since December. BPL’s commitment to outstanding summer reading experiences for children, teens, and adults is reflected in the many and varied offerings for all ages and interests. Participants can discover new books, make new friends, learn a new skill, and enjoy family-friendly programs by participating in themed reading celebrations including Every Hero Has a Story for children; Unmask! for teens; and Escape the Ordinary for adults.
The goal of summer reading is to encourage participants (especially children) to read for pleasure and to read often. BPL is offering special programs and incentives during June and July to motivate patrons of all ages, from children to adults, to read what they enjoy. Once participants read the number of books in their set goal, they are eligible for rewards. Reading rewards range from admission tickets to the McWane Science Center and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame to scavenger hunt prizes from Red Mountain Park’s zip line.
“Summer reading is a magical time that transforms all of our libraries—and staff,” stated BPL Director Angela Fisher Hall. “With support from our summer reading sponsor the Alabama Power Foundation and other partner organizations we are able to provide an experience for our citizens to encourage reading for enjoyment and enrichment. We are particularly excited that involvement in such a program over the summer months goes a long way in preparing students for the next school year. This is a time of the year that we all look forward to with much anticipation.”
Participants can sign up for summer reading at any BPL location or online at The online component is a new feature this summer where children, teens, and adults may record reading activities to their account and earn virtual badges, as well as other rewards for participating in library programs. Thousands of readers are expected to participate this summer. Magic shows, art classes, demonstrations with live animals, movies, talent shows, fitness fun, storytimes, and more will be offered at all BPL locations.
For additional information about the programs and services of 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 128 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.

MEDIA:  The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) system has a variety of summer reading programs taking place throughout the months of June and July.  For a full calendar of events, please visit our website at  Media coverage of all events is welcomed.  
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