Quick Links

BPL's Latest News
Catalog
Central Gallery
Calendar of Events
Donate
Locations
Trustees
Website


Resource of the Week

Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online

The Getty vocabularies are intended to provide terminology and other information about the objects, artists, concepts, and places important to various disciplines that specialize in art, architecture, and material culture. The AAT contains generic terms; it contains no iconographic subjects and no proper names. That is, each concept is a case of many (a generic thing), not a case of one (a specific thing). For example, the generic term cathedral is in the AAT, but the specific proper name Chartres Cathedral is out of scope for the AAT.



Did You Know?

Overdue charges happen to the best of us when we forget to renew an item, misplace an item, or just can't make it to the library on time. The Jefferson County Library Cooperative makes it convenient for you to pay your overdue charges online and restore your good standing as a JCLC cardholder. The service is free and accepts payments from American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards. Visit http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/
screens/onlinepay.html to read more about this service and to view a short tutorial.



Birmingham Public Library Answers the Call

When plans were announced to break ground for the City’s new baseball park and Negro League museum, a call was made to the Birmingham Public Library (BPL). Why? Because our Smithfield Branch Library houses one of the original traveling exhibitions created in 1995, at which time the library system hosted a national exhibition on Negro League baseball. In conjunction with the larger exhibition, a small, locally-themed display and extensive programming were created, focusing on Birmingham’s black baseball heritage. The display—still in great shape after nearly seventeen years—was used as a backdrop to honor the former Negro League players on hand for the groundbreaking event. Several former Negro League players proudly posed in front of the display which was installed and heavily guarded by members of the library’s Maintenance Department staff. In celebration of the groundbreaking, BPL will continue its focus on baseball throughout the month of February. Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, one of three women to play in the negro leagues, will be on hand Monday, February 27 to share her story with students at the Central Library. This dual purpose program—focusing on both baseball and a February salute to African American women—begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Richard Arrington, Jr. Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. ...learn more



Youth patron is all smiles as she relies on Kid-s Catalog to help her find items in the BPL collection.
Youth patron is all smiles as she relies on Kid’s Catalog to help her find items in the BPL collection.

So Easy a Kid Could Use It

Kids Catalog, a Web-based library catalog for younger patrons, provides a fun and easy way to search the library's catalog. Users can point and click on images at home, in the classroom, or in the library. The Kids Catalog automatically limits searches to the children's collection and offers alternative search options that aid users in discovering new material. ...learn more

Charles Dickens @ 200

February 7, 2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles John Huffam Dickens.

Charles Dickens is largely touted as the most significant English language writer of the Victorian Era. His literary canon including novels, commentary and magazine pieces numbers over thirty. Some of his most popular novels include The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol.
...learn more



February 10, 2012
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 226-3600