His watercolors depict scenes from Birmingham and the surrounding area. Art on display May 1 - June 1 in the Friends Gallery on the Theatre Level and June 1 - June 30 in the Plaza Gallery on the Main Level.
First Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Dressmaker
Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.
Refreshments provided as well as books for the next meeting. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon
Join the Friends of the Library for their annual luncheon and installation of officers. Reservations required. Call 425-2176.
Friday, May 3 at 11:00 am--Creekside Tavern
Coffee Tastings @ the Plaza: Mexico
Taste the world! Coffee-ol-ogy Coffee Cafe presents fun and interactive programs on food and coffees from around the globe. Complimentary samples provided. This month, discover the taste of Mexico. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Learn to Use Your NOOK!
Barnes & Noble partners with the library to teach you to use your NOOK. Call 444-7820 for more information.
6:30 pm - NOOK Simple Touch Class 7:30 pm - NOOK HD/HD+ Class
Monday, May 6--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Easy Tax Planning for Your Small Business
Central Alabama Women's Business Center presents a program on tax planning and reporting for small businesses. Identify federal, state and local tax requirements and chart a path to success. Reservations required. Call 444-7816.
Tuesday, May 7 from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Paper Crane Folding
Make an origami crane to commemorate the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. Cranes will be donated to a local art project, inspired by a display of cranes at New York's 9/11 Tribute Center. All ages welcome. For information, call 444-7840.
Thursday, May 9, All Day--Nonfiction Department
Second Thursday Fiction Book Club: The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
Refreshments provided as well as books for the following month's meeting. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, May 9 at 10:00 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Playing @ the Plaza: Chuck King
Trumpeter and vocalist extraordinaire, King plays in a variety of bands around town, both as a member and as a bandleader. He can play it all from rock to classical to jazz. He will perform an evening of jazz classics with his band.
Free and open to the public. Call 444-7821 for information.
Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm--Library Plaza
CEFA Job Training
Learn how to get free training in construction and high demand trades. Sponsored by the Construction Education Foundation of Alabama. For information, call 444-7816.
Friday, May 10 at 10:30 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
You Can Do It @ the Plaza: Paint Like a Pro
Jones-Warren Construction and Home Depot teach you through hands-on demonstrations how to paint your home like a professional. Call 444-7821 for information.
Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 am--Library Plaza
Purl @ the Plaza
Join old friends and make new ones at this crafty meeting of all fiber enthusiasts! Bring your yarn and knit, crochet or embroider. This is your chance to gather with like-minded individuals and enjoy your crafting passion. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 pm--Library Plaza
Documentary Screening: Freedom Riders
Join us for special screenings of the PBS documentary Freedom Riders based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. The film examines the impact of a group of students who boarded a bus headed for the Deep South and their efforts to bring the American public face to face with the nation's civil rights inequities. This is a free event. For information, call 444-7840.
Tuesday May 14 at 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Kick Off Adult Summer Reading: "Escape into Reading"
Read or listen to books to register for great prizes donated by the Friends of the Library! Registration begins at 7:00 pm during Booklandia, the Childrens and Teens afterhours Summer Reading celebration, and continues every day through July 31. For more information, call 444-7840 or 444-7820.
Friday May 17 - Wednesday July 31--Nonfiction and Fiction Departments
Instrumentalists @ the Plaza: Vann Burchfield, Saxophonist
Vann set a new Guinness world record for circular breathing, holding one continuous note for 47 minutes, 6 seconds, surpassing Kenny G's record of 45 minutes, 47 seconds. Vann has had the honor of performing at the White House on four separate occasions and has performed all over the world. Join us for an afternoon of relaxing saxophone music. For information, call 444-7821.
Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Monday at the Movies: Grease
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (1978, 1hr 50min, PG )
Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7820 for information.
Monday, May 20 at 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Facing Forward, Looking Back: Civil Rights and Birmingham
Birmingham News reporter Barnett Wright, author of 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World, will speak and sign copies of his book, which discusses the major events in the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. For information, call 444-7840.
Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Nonfiction Book Group: Longitude
Longitude by Dava Sobel tells the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time: John Harrison's invention of the chronometer. Call 444-7816 for information.
Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 pm--Allen Board Room
Free Friday Flix: Wreck-It-Ralph
Wreck-It-Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. (2012, 1 hr, 41 min, PG)
Free admission and refreshments. Call 444-7888 for information.
Friday, May 24 at 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
The Write Club, the library's monthly forum for amateur writers, will encourage your literary aspirations by providing an environment for you to network, share your writing, receive moral support and offer constructive criticism. Come mingle and share with your fellow writers. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, May 25 at 10:30 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Using Your Kindle at the Library
Learn to use your Kindle to check out eBooks from the library. Reservations Required. Call 444-7747 to register.
Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 pm--Library Training Center
The library will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
After Hours @ the Plaza: Game Nite
Enjoy Classic Nintendo, XBox and Wii games, Apples to Apples, Scrabble and more! Free beer tastings provided by Good People Brewing Company. ID required. For information, call 444-7821.
Friday, May 31 at 7:00 pm--Library Plaza
Coffee-ol-ogy Coffee Cafe!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner! Coffee and desserts! Located on the Library Plaza.
May's Global Cuisine, Mexican, features:
Cheese & Spinach Quesadillas
Chicken Enchiladas Verdes
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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