Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, July 25, 2016
CONTACT:  Roy L. Williams                                             
Director of Public Relations                         
Birmingham Public Library                                           
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                            
Pratt City Library hosting workshops on women's self-defense,  hospice care and elderly abuse
BIRMINGHAM, AL-Attention, and women in metro Birmingham desiring to learn how to protect themselves:  The Pratt City Branch Library, 509 Dugan Ave. in Birmingham, is hosting a free workshop, “Damsel in Defense” on Tuesday, July 26. The free event, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is being offered as part of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s 2016 Summer Reading programs.

Exercise your right to protect yourself with Damsel in Defense instructor Bobbie Floyd will equip, empower, and educate women on self-defense with simple strategies, said Deborah Drake Blackmon, branch manager of Pratt City Library.

Pratt City Branch Library also has two other Summer Reading workshops coming up designed to educate the public about two other issues:  hospice care and elder abuse.
On Wednesday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Melanie Johnson of Gentiva Hospice will discuss caregiver stress and burnout in a workshop entitled, “Learn About Hospice Care and How it Can Help You.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Melanie Johnson of Gentiva Hospice will return to lead a seminar on elder abuse and how many cases of elderly abuse are overlooked.  In the workshop, Johnson will share tips on how to look for changes associated with aging or declining health. 

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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