Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, April 7, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Avondale Branch Library hosting free movie, ukulele workshop, Emily Dickinson programs in April
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - If you’ve been dreaming about playing the ukulele but need some help to get started, the Avondale Branch Library has a class just for you. Ukulele 101 will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 9:30 a.m. The library is located at 509 40th St. South in Birmingham.

Designed for the absolute beginner, this 45-minute introduction will provide enough information to get you strumming.  Class size is limited, so register in advance by calling (205) 226-4003. The class will be taught by Avondale Library’s very own Mrs. Eve. “Once you start strumming, you will never want to stop.  It just makes you happy.”

The class is an extension of the library’s Uku-Lending Program, brain child of storyteller Eve Parker.  After reading several articles about similar programs being offered at libraries in Maine, Nebraska and Georgia, Mrs. Eve began dreaming.  Thanks to her hard work and a generous donation of 13 ukuleles from Fretted Instruments in Homewood, the dream became a reality.  As of today, over 85 patrons have participated in Birmingham Public Library’s Uku-Lending Progam.
Also, this Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. is Avondale Movie Matinees, held the second Sunday of each month as Avondale Library offers a free screening of a movie based on a book. The movies are free to the public, with popcorn and drinks served. The film for April 10 is a 2015 family drama about the power of prayer from the creators of “Fireproof” and “Courageous.” 

This month, Avondale Library has hosted three programs featuring poet Emily Dickinson’s work  as part of “The Big Read Birmingham,” a spotlight on Emily Dickinson. Several Birmingham Public Library branches are participating in “The Big Read” program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Birmingham-Southern College, the Public Libraries of Jefferson County, and other organizations.

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 @BPL. 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 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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