Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Roy L. Williams                                                 
Director of Public Relations                         
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Book drive to replenish Little Free Libraries in Birmingham set for Saturday July 2 at Central Library  

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s downtown location is hosting a book drive on Saturday, July 2, to help replenish The Little Free Libraries located in community parks across the City of Birmingham.

You can donate new and gently used books for kids ages 3 to 16 this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. The book drive is being offered in partnership by GPS Educational Services, which distributes The Little Free Libraries, along with the BPL and the City of Birmingham.

The book drive is designed to help GPS Educational Services achieve its goal of improving literacy by providing new books for youth, said Carnelle Howell, director of community partnerships for  GPS Educational Services. It is taking place in the middle of GPS Educational Services’ 100-day campaign to distribute books across Birmingham and as BPL’s 19 libraries throughout the city host over 500 activities as part of its 2016 Summer Reading programs. 

 GPS Education Services has books in The Little Free Library locations in Maclin Park in Collegeville, Crestwood Park, Central Park and Cooper Green Park, Howell said. “We go in communities and schools throughout Birmingham teaching kids the importance of reading,” he said.

For more information on GPS Educational Services, go to or contact Howell at (205) 203-8789 or email        

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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