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Roy L. Williams, director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
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Five Points West Library “Active Living” patrons exercise and gain information on Medicare  
Participants in “Active Living,” a senior citizens program at Five Points West Regional Library, got a chance to relieve some stress exercising and gained knowledge about Medicare enrollment on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. 

Library Assistant II Monica Cottrell led 20 members of the class in a 45-minute workout called “Walk Away the Pounds.”  The class then received tips on Medicare enrollment from Virginia Walker, a licensed benefits advisor with Benefits Solutions Group LLC. “Active Living,” which meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. except the first Wednesday of the month, was named a November recipient of the Birmingham Public Library Board of Trustees’ Innovative and Cool Award, which funds program ideas that help BPL locations better serve the public. Cottrell said the money will be used to add more programs for Active Living participants. Remaining November programs are as follows: Meet and Greet on Wednesday, Nov. 16; Thanksgiving crafts on Nov. 23, and a movie and popcorn on Nov. 30. 
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.  

The Innovative and Cool Awards program was adopted by the library board in March 2016 upon recommendation from the Advocacy, Fundraising, and Development Committee. The grants are designed to encourage BPL staff to develop “innovative and cool” public programs to better serve the communities that surround its 19 locations.  The award will provide up to two $50 stipends to the 18 branches and the Central Library.

“The board is proud of employees’ participation in the Innovative and Cool Award Initiative. We look forward to the display to showcase all programs that engage patrons of all ages," said Dora Sims, chair of the BPL Advocacy Committee. 

In order to qualify, staff must submit a brief paragraph or two explaining to the board how they will use the funds.  The funds should assist staff in bringing new ideas to the library or provide extra support to existing programs.  Submissions are due by the 15th of each month. A display of awards given in 2016 is on display on the first floor of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham.
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