Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Wednesday, July 27, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            

2016 Summer Reading season nearing conclusion: Over 500 free programs have been held at the Birmingham Public Library 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is entering the closing days of its 2016 Summer Reading schedule.  Since late May, over 500 programs and workshops for teens, children, and adults have given thousands of metro Birmingham library patrons’ opportunities to exercise their mind and enjoy their passion for reading.

Programs have included non-book activities such as Belly Dancing for Beginners, a class on the ancient dance at the Springville Road Regional Library, free exercise classes at libraries across Birmingham led by certified fitness instructor Russell Lee, and workshops by Haruyo Miyagawa on both knitting and the Japanese art of paper folding.

Teens and adults have learned dance moves led by Winston Strickland of MAD SKILLZ Dance Co., and youngsters with curiosity for chemical reactions learned what happens when you mix Diet Coke with Mentos candies.  And UAB’s ET (Enabling Technologies Laboratory) provided insight on what goes into designing video games by leading a program called “Get in the Game with Virtual Reality.”
Sports enthusiasts gained knowledge as several BPL locations hosted “Hit a Home Run with the Negro Southern League Museum,” with curator Toby Richards sharing artifacts from the rare baseball collection housed in the venue next to Regions Field near Railroad Park. 

Here is a listing of a few programs coming up to close out the 2016 Summer Reading season (Note: Although Summer Reading is ending, our 19 libraries host free programs and activities throughout the year. Check out the calendar listings on our web page at 

Palette Party, Thursday, July 28, 3 p.m. at the Woodlawn Branch Library, 5709 1st Ave. North
 Birmingham artist Cherie Hunt, who hosted several “Get In the Game…Paint” programs at Birmingham libraries, will provide step-by-step instructions for participants to complete their very own canvas masterpiece. Limited space. Registration required.

Color Me Calm, Friday, July 29, 10 a.m., Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road  
If you haven’t joined this relaxing coloring for adults program, this is your chance to see why programs like this are taking off. Enjoy soft lights, whispered conversation, cookies and punch, relaxing music and take advantage of the freedom to let your creative self out while coloring pretty pictures. The program is free of charge and open to anyone. 

Elder Abuse workshop, Aug. 9, 11-11:45 a.m., Pratt City Library, 509 Dugan Ave. 
Melanie Johnson of Gentiva Hospice will discuss how many cases of elder abuse are overlooked, and share tips on warning signs associated with aging or declining health.    

About the BPL
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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