Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
CONTACT:                   Roy L. Williams                                                 
                                        Director of Public Relations                         
                                        Birmingham Public Library                                               
                                        Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Free workshops available at various Birmingham Public Library locations through Sept. 2

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has several free workshops available for the public over the next two weeks, including ukulele lessons this Saturday at the Avondale Regional Library and a workshop on how to preserve family bibles being offered at the Linn-Henley Research Library downtown this Sunday.

Other programs include a double-header Google Small Business Workshop at the Central Library on Wednesday, Aug. 24, a scavenger hunt called “Words Are Our World” taking place during the month of August at North Birmingham Regional Library, an estate planning workshop Aug. 25 at the West End Branch Library, and a Sept. 2 quilting workshop at the Springville Road Regional Library.  

Check out the BPL Calendar of Events listing below. You can also click on individual events for more details at the link below:
BPL Calendar of Events for the remainder of August 2016
Ukulele 101, Avondale Regional Library, 509 40th St. South, Saturday Aug. 20, 9 a.m.  
Designed for the absolute beginner, this 45-minute introduction will be enough to get even the most novice guitarist strumming on the ukulele. Participants can check out one of Avondale Library's 13 ukuleles available for the public, or bring their own. Free but registration is required at (205) 226-4003.
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Family Bible Records Preservation Workshop, Linn-Henley Research Library, Southern History Department, 2100 Park Place, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
The Birmingham Public Library is partnering with the Lily of the Cahaba Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to offer this Family Bible Records Workshop.  Attendees will learn how to preserve family history records that are recorded in family bibles for future generations in the event the bible deteriorates or is lost in the future. Digital images of appropriate pages will be made without damage to the bibles using new digital technology available at BPL to protect the books.
The images will be submitted to the genealogical library of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Birmingham Public Library to ensure these records are not lost.  The digital images will be provided at no charge to those who bring Bible records for preservation. Registration is encouraged, but not required, in advance via email to
Downloadable: Device Training, Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Monday, Aug. 22, 9:15–10:15 a.m., Downloadable: Ebooks/Audio, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.       
Participants will be introduced to the digital library and how to download free E-books and audiobooks onto computers and devices such as smartphones and tablets. Free, but registration is required.To register for any class, please email us at or call 205-226-3681. For a copy of the August class schedule go to the Official Website,

Active Living @ Your Library, Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W, Aug. 24,  
Alabama Legal Services will present a will clinic to the Active Living participants. Limited space. Free, but advanced registration required by calling (205) 226-4013.

Google Workshop for Small Business Owners, presented by Birmingham Public Library in partnership with Zeekee, Google and City at Birmingham Office of Economic Development, Central Library. To accommodate more people, two sessions of the same workshop are being offered, 9:30-11 a.m. and 12 p.m. -1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug.  24.
If you are a current business owner and you want to gain control of the information Google displays about your business in Google Search and Google Maps, then this workshop is for you. A Google Trusted Photographer and Trusted Verifier will be present to help your business get online and allow you to choose what people see when they google you. Space for each workshop is limited, so register in advance with Valencia S. Fisher in the City of Birmingham’s Office of Economic Development at to reserve a spot. Please indicate which session you would like to attend.
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Free Adult Computer Classes, Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W, Aug. 25
Free adult computer classes on the subject of Microsoft PowerPoint. Registration is required.

Free Saturday Movie Matinee, Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W, Friday, Aug. 27
The Five Points West Regional Branch Library will show the latest film in the popular “Barbershop” series. Everyone is welcome.

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Jump into the Gene Pool: Genetics and Your Family History, Central Library, 2100 Park Place, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27
Discover how genetic research can help you explore your family history. Find out what a gene sample can tell you about what parts of the world your ancestors came from and more. Workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or

Body Changing, Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, 4 p.m.  through Aug. 28  
Provides informal support in reaching healthy weight goals. Nutritional and exercise information is available, but no specific diet or plan is preferred. Provides a forum for discussion of common obstacles, healthy recipes, encouragement, and successful tips.
Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts, Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, through Aug. 29
A gathering of folks who want to meet new people, learn fun crafts, enjoy light refreshments, and feel like a part of the community. It is the happening place to be. All adults welcome and all instruction, materials, and refreshments are free.
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Words Are Our World, North Birmingham Regional Library, 2501 31st Ave. North, through Aug. 31
This will be a community scavenger hunt with the clues changing each month. The program is ongoing and will last from January through August 2016. This is a partnership between the North Birmingham Branch Library, the Norwood Community Center, McWane Center, and several other sponsors. 

Estate Planning – A Guide to Life Organization, West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW, Wednesday, Aug. 31 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to examine your financial needs and assets, organize important papers, and more. Participants will receive their very own important papers booklet. Presented by Nkenge Hyter of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Call (205) 226-4089 for details.

Active Living @ Your Library, Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W, Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m.   
The Active Living group will create personalized picture frames. Limited space Registration required. Call (205) 226-4013 for details. 

Beginning Quilting, Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, Friday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m.  -12:30 p.m.
Members of the East Jefferson County Quilt Guild share their vast knowledge of their beloved craft. They demonstrate one new block each month. All materials and equipment are supplied, but if you have your own favorites, you're welcome to bring them. Free and open to all adults who want to learn to quilt.  Call Kelly Laney for details at (205) 226-4081.

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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