Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, June 24, 2016
Roy L. Williams                               
Director of Public Relations                        
Birmingham Public Library                                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                          
Birmingham Public Library storytellers entertaining hundreds of children this summer
 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Storytellers play a vital role at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) throughout the year, spreading the joy of reading to thousands of kids at schools, churches and in many of the 19 libraries across the city. They are very active at many of BPL’s 500-plus Summer Reading programs this year.
On June 21 at Wylam Branch Library during a program called “Take me out to the Game,” Five Points West Regional Library storytellers Candice Hardy and Fontaine Alison entertained kids from a Faith Chapel Christian Center summer camp as they told the story of an alligator who wanted to join fellow animals in a game of baseball.  With Alison holding “an alligator,” and campers playing the role of animals such as a skunk and parrot, Hardy recited a tale of a baseball game like no other, soliciting laughs.
At Southside Branch Library on June 3 and June 17 respectively, Avondale storyteller Cassandra Scott (Ms. Cas) generated laughter from  toddlers attending a program called “On Your Mark, Get Set…Whee,” while Eve Parker (Mrs. Eve) shared her version of wacky tales that have made her popular in a presentation called “On Your Mark, Get Set… Wacky!”
BPL Northern region   storyteller Myra Gentry will entertain kids at Pratt City Branch Library on Tuesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at a program called “Ready, Set, Read and Laugh.”  Meanwhile, Marie Nash, the storyteller for North Avondale Library, provides story time for the North Avondale and Kingston communities, reading to kids at area schools, churches, and daycares, said branch manager Saundra Ross.
Hardy, a full-time storyteller and library assistant at Five Points West Regional Library since 2011, said she gets a joy out of sharing stories with kids in Birmingham. Besides participating in various Summer Reading programs, Hardy will be busy over the next few weeks entertaining kids at the following activities: Family Movie Night at Five Points West on June 28, July 12 and July 26, a Family Night program on July 19, In the Zone Five Points West on June 28 and July  12, In the Zone Wylam on July 5, In the Zone Smithfield on July 6, and In the Zone West End on July 7.
All programs provided (free of charge) are 30 to 45 minutes outside the movie night, and include interactive stories and songs for all ages, crafts. “These interactive story times were designed to create overall crowd participation and to encourage leisure readers,” Hardy said. “We love what we do here at Five Points West.”
Here is a listing (by library) of remaining story time programs for kids taking place for the remainder of BPL Summer Reading. See the full schedule online at
AVONDALE phone (205) 226-4003)
Time for Tales (Thursday mornings through July 14 at 9:30 a.m.)  -24-hour advance registration required
 – Preschool story time with stories, songs and fun; groups welcome
 Tot Time with Mrs. Eve, Monday mornings, June 27 and July 11 at 10:30 a.m. – Story time designed for 2-4 year-olds with a parent or caregiver; no groups Includes stories, songs, crafts and fun. 24-hour advance registration required.
On Your Mark, Get Set…Wacky, June 29 at 2 p.m. – An action-packed afternoon of wacky stories and fun with Mrs. Eve doing the telling. 24-hour advance registration required.
On Your Mark, Get Set…Whee!, July 6 at 2 p.m.  –Join Ms. Cas for a delightful, super, spectacular, fantastic, astonishing, awesome-filled afternoon of adventure, stories and fun. 24-hour advance registration required.
Family Nights, held every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. June 28 features Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy,” July 5 is a talent show, July 12 final party.  24-hour advance registration required.
CENTRAL (205) 226-3651
Action Story time, July 11 at 10 a.m. –Action packed story time that exercises minds and bodies for the summer
EAST LAKE (205) 836-3341
Elephant and Piggy Adventures - June 30, 10 a.m. - Come see your favorite characters from Mo Willems’ beloved series. Gerald and Piggie are sure to tickle your funny bone with silliness galore.
FIVE POINTS WEST (205) 226-4017
Take me Out to the Game, June 28 at 10 a.m. – Check out these games with players like you’ve never seen before. 
In the Zone, July 12 at 10 a.m. – Get your head “In the Zone” for these exciting sports stories. 
NORTH AVONDALE (205) 592-2082
Melon-Up: Storytime with Fun Facts – June 27 at 10:30 a.m. – Kids will enjoy a story, learn facts about watermelon, play a game, and snack on a sweet treat. Ages 7-12 - Registration required
NORTH BIRMINGHAM (205) 226-4026
Minions of Reasons to Read, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. – The life of a Minion. The North Birmingham Storytellers have the scoop on one particular minion that you need to meet. Bananas, stories, bananas, music, bananas, fun? Hoopla!
POWDERLY (205) 925-6178
In the Zone, July 18 at 10 a.m. – Get your head “In the Zone” for these exciting sports stories. 
PRATT CITY (205) 791-4997
Ready, Set, Read and Laugh, June 28 at 10 a.m.Mr. Elroy Filmore III and Miss Caroline Collinsworth take us to the game show of Read it to Win It! Storytellers will keep you reading, singing and laughing in this crazy, mixed-up puppet world.
SMITHFIELD (205) 324-8428
In the Zone, July 6 at 10 a.m. – Get your head “In the Zone” for these exciting sports stories. 
SOUTHSIDE (205) 933-7776
On Your Mark, Get Set, Pop, Friday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m. – story time with Ms. Eve
SPRINGVILLE ROAD (205) 226-4085
If You ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t, June 29 at 10 a.m. – Never make the mistake of bringing an alligator for show and tell at your school, Join us for an alligator themed story time complete with stories, songs and crafts.
TITUSVILLE (205) 322-1140
On Your Mark, Get Set, Pop, June 28 at 10 a.m. – story time with Ms. Eve
WEST END (205) 226-4089
In the Zone, July 7 at 11 a.m. – Get your head “In the Zone” for these exciting sports stories. 
WYLAM (205) 785-0349
In the Zone, July 5 at 10 a.m. – Get your head “In the Zone” for these exciting sports stories. 
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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