Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, May 6, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        

About the 2nd Annual Birmingham Community Yard Sale Pre-Mother’s Day Blowout
What: 2nd Annual Birmingham Community Yard Sale, benefiting Birmingham Public Library and Forest Park/South Avondale Merchants Association
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 3916 Clairmont Ave, in the old V. Richard’s Market parking lot near Forest Park/South Avondale, Birmingham, AL 35222
Who: Onsite will be representatives of the Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham Police and its Mounted Police Officers, Silvertron Café, Zoe’s, O’Henry’s Coffee, Taco Morro, Alloy Thai, Magic City Sweet Ice, UAB 1917 Clinic Advisory Board, Almost Custom, Ivory LaShore Gourmet Bread Pudding, Bib & Tucker, Painted Personalities, Live Music from Genie & the B-siders, Urban Pops, Tracy Gilliom Therapeutic Therapies, Izabella’s Italian Sandwiches, Redemptive Cycles, 10-plus resident community yard sellers, Silent Auction @ Naked Art with donations from The Painted Shovel, Trader Joe’s and Naked Art, Mickey Davis – Carpet Specialties, and contributions from DWELL Properties and East 59th Coffee shop, and more.   
For more information, contact event organizer Lisa Provost at
Besides the yard sale by various booths, other activities will include:
  • Live music with Genie & the B-siders (Blues, Jazz & Rock in Rolls)
  • Silent Auction from 10:30 – 2 p.m. with the winner to be announced @ 3pm
Community Yard Sale outside former V. Richard’s Market to benefit Birmingham Public Library, Avondale Merchants Association
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-Looking for a way to network, find good deals and support the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) and the Forest Park/South Avondale Merchants Association at the same time?
Then make plans now to attend the 2nd Annual Community Yard Sale taking place on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the old V. Richard’s Market parking lot at 3916 Clairmont Ave. in Birmingham. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Birmingham Public Library and Avondale Merchants Association.
Organizer Lisa Provost held the first Community Yard Sale a year ago as a way for residents and business owners of Birmingham neighborhoods to fellowship, get to know each other better, find quality goods and raise money to support important causes.
Provost said she identifies an organization in need each year and reaches out to the community to assist in meeting their fundraising goals. Last year, she chose Community Education South, and this year the fundraising recipients will be the Birmingham Public Library and the Forest Park/South Avondale Merchants Association.
She hopes to attract 1,000 attendees or more this Saturday. Though a free event for shoppers, donations will be accepted and those proceeds will be donated to the Birmingham Public Library and Avondale Merchants Association. 
“All of my time and resources are donated,” Provost said. “This is my way of giving back. I am a big supporter of the Birmingham Public Library and want to use this to encourage others to support the library as well.”
Birmingham Public Library Director Angela Fisher Hall said the BPL system, with 19 locations across the city, is appreciative of Provost’s support of the library.
“Advocacy for our libraries comes in a variety of ways,” Hall said. “On behalf of our library staff, board, and other support organizations, I want to thank Lisa Provost for leading this effort to raise awareness of our needs. These funds will go a long way in helping us realize our service goals.”
Provost, who lived in Avondale for four years, said she was frustrated how many communities across Birmingham don’t work together. She felt a community yard sale would be a great way to unite city residents and raise money for needy programs and organizations at the same time.
“The community yard sale is a relaxed, fun, one-time-a-year event,” Provost said. “It brings together all communities that normally would not normally interact – their businesses, organizations, churches, schools, residents, etc. – throughout Birmingham to network, fundraise, exchange ideas and resources.   Last year, I found that everyone regardless of color, race, sex, gender identity/orientation can come together to connect on a common ground and that they sometimes help each other become part of a greater Birmingham.”
“Last year was my first attempt at pulling this off and I can proudly say it pretty much went off without a hitch,” Provost said. “We had 15 yard sellers, 10 retail and businesses, five organizations collective of residents, businesses, organizations and over 200 visitors/shoppers. I expect us to do even better this year.”
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 128 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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