Press Release - Detail
For immediate release July 1, 2016
Roy L. Williams                               
Director of Public Relations                        
Birmingham Public Library                                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                          
Bards & Brews goes on the road to Vestavia Hills Library on Friday, July 8

WHO:              Birmingham Public Library
WHAT:             Bards & Brews Open Mic Poetry Performance/Beer Tasting
WHEN:            Friday, July 8, 2016
WHERE:          Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
TIME:              Music by The Murder of Jane Crow starts at 6:30 p.m., poetry performances begin at 7
 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (July 1, 2016)-For the second straight month, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)'s Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series is going on the road. On Friday, July 8, Bards & Brews will hold an open mic performance at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. On June 3, the popular spoken word event was held at the Avondale Regional Library.

The Vestavia Hills Bards & Brews will feature free craft beer sampling courtesy of Grayson Beer Co.  The J. Clyde will handle the pouring. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with live music from The Murder of Jane Crow, beer tasting and light refreshments. The poetry begins to flow at 7 p.m. with Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins serving as host.  
On Aug. 5, Bards & Brews will return to its regular location, the Central Library at 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham, with an open mic performance. 
The event is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public; however, attendees must be at least 18 to enter and 21 to sample beer—ID is required. For more information, call 205-226-3670, email  or visit the Bards & Brews Facebook page, or

If you are interested in learning the art of spoken word poetry, the Central Library downtown will host a free poetry workshop, Gifts of a Wordsmith, on Tuesday, July 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the conference room on the first floor. No experience is necessary. For details, call Haruyo Miyagawa at (205) 226-3670 or e-mail

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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