Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Wednesday, June 15, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
NFL receiver Jerricho Cotchery to host Teen Summer Reading Tailgate Party at Central Library June 24
BIRMINGHAM, AL­- The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is excited to host “Score Big with the Cotchery Foundation,” a Summer Reading Tailgate Party at the Central Library downtown on Friday, June 24.
Jerricho Cotchery, a graduate of Phillips High School in Birmingham and veteran NFL receiver, has teamed up with BPL to host yet another amazing series of events promoting the 2016 BPL Summer Reading program. Qualified “Get In The Game, Read” participants will have the opportunity to attend a free teen tailgate party at the Central Library on Friday, June 24, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Teens can pick up free tickets in advance at any of Birmingham’s 19 library locations. You  can also get more details at
Cotchery, who turns 34 on June 16, will speak at the Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W, at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24. Since being drafted into the NFL in 2004, Cotchery has played with the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, and most recently with the Carolina Panthers, who appeared in the 2016 Super Bowl.  His 200 career receptions and 15 games with 100-plus receiving yards broke two school records at North Carolina State previously held by NFL receiver Torry Holt. 
Here is a link to a blog listing over 500 programs from free dance lessons to science camps and painting being offered this summer at various libraries across the city of Birmingham:
Last summer, 18,418 BPL patrons attended 558 programs and read more than 52,000 books.  Registration is under way now, with forms available in any of the 19 BPL locations and online at  You can view the entire event calendar at the link below:
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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