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For immediate release Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
10-year-old wins community quilt drawing at North Avondale Branch Library  
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-A 10-year-old girl from North Avondale won the drawing for a free community quilt held at the North Avondale Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. 

The give-a-way was organized by Juliette Watts of the Hands On Youth Activities Program, a Birmingham-based nonprofit. Thirty-four people ranging in age from 7 to their 80s met 74 times over a six-month period to stitch the quilt.

Every time a participant helped, their name was placed in a drawing. Kendall Glenn had her name in the drawing three times, Watts said. Ironically 10-year-old Myia Pressley, who won a contest to draw the name, had the best chance as her name was in the pot eight times since she
helped stitch at eight meetings. The quilt was 66 by 65 squares. See photos of the winner with the quilt attached. You can also read more about the North Avondale Community Quilt Project on the Birmingham Public Library website at
Watts, a Community Scholar through the Alabama Folklife Association, specializes in the art of quilting, and was proud to see both young and older participants build new friendships while working on the North Avondale community quilt project. At the unveiling, she gave special thanks to North Avondale Library and branch manager Saundra Ross for being the host site. This is among dozens of programs taking place monthly via community groups, nonprofits, schools and individuals partnering with the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s 19 libraries located across the city.
Watts founded Hands On Youth Activities Programs Inc. in 1996, a nonprofit that teaches traditional arts like quilting, crochet, sewing and cooking to both the young and old. She began offering beginning quilting and other hands-on craft workshops at the North Avondale Library in 2015 and has led traditional arts workshops across the city of Birmingham over the past 20 years.
For more information on Hands On Youth Activities Program, contact Watts by phone at (205) 244-1465, email at or via mail at P.O. Box 611072, Birmingham, AL 35261. You can also follow the program on Facebook. See photos of the North Avondale Community Quilt Project and other Hands On Youth Activities Programs on its Facebook page link below: 
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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