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Britannica Online Academic Edition

Encyclopædia Britannica Online includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Britannica Student Encyclopedia, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Through this service you can find more than 118,000 articles, updated and revised by Encyclopædia Britannica editors and contributors; over 14,000 illustrations, including photographs, drawings, maps, and flags; and more than 215,000 entries—including definitions, pronunciation guides, and word histories.


Did You Know?

If a library in the Jefferson County Library Cooperative does not own a book you're looking for, you may be able to borrow it through Interlibrary Loan, a free service (on the rare occasion a library may charge a small fee to loan a book) that borrows books from libraries worldwide. Visit the Interlibrary Loan page to find out more information about this service.


Bards & Brews Returns to Central Library Tonight for an Open Mic Program

The Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance and beer tasting series is scheduled for Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place. The program which will be an open mic begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music and poetry performances start at 7:00. Emcee Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will deftly guide both novice and veteran poets through an evening of verse with topics that run the gamut from romantic relationships to the local political scene. ...learn more


Eudora Welty—Exposures and Reflections Opens June 5

Eudora Welty has long been recognized as one of the great Southern literary voices of the twentieth century. However, many Americans do not know of her amazing work as a photographer. During her time as a junior publicist for the Works Progress Administration, Welty photographed the effects of the Great Depression on her native South. The exhibit opens in the Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery at the Central Branch on Tuesday, June 5, and runs through Friday, July 20. ...learn more

History Museum of Mobile Curator To Discuss Relationship Between Welty's Written and Photographic Work at June 6 Brown Bag Lunch Program

In 1936, Eudora Welty was catapulted into the popular American spotlight as one of the century’s great Southern literary voices. However, many Americans to this day do not recognize her body of work as a gifted photographer. The author/photographer claimed the two art forms were parallel activities, with the photography never affecting the product of her pen. Presented to accompany the exhibit Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections on display in the Birmingham Public Library gallery, Jacob Laurence, curator of exhibits at the History Museum of Mobile, will explore the unique relationship that exists between Welty’s written and photographic work. ...learn more


"Are We There Yet?" "No!" "Are We There Yet?" "No!"

Two BPL Staffers Give Advice On What To Do
and Where—and Where Not—To Go This Summer


Ideas for Summer Fun
A few months ago, my dental hygienist told me that one day a week, she tells her children, “no video games and no television. Go outside and play or read a book.” I thought it was a very cool approach to keeping her kids active and interested in reading, especially considering all the news about childhood obesity and diabetes. ...learn more

Don't Go There! the Travel Detective's Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World
Vacation season is coming and we all hope our vacations will be flawless excursions that help us relax and leave us with fond memories. We can hope, but our dream vacations can turn into nightmares because of filthy hotels, incompetent airlines, disease-ridden cruise ships, and destinations where you stand a better than average chance of being murdered for your shoes. ...learn more



June 1, 2012
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