Read or listen to books to register for great prizes donated by the Friends of the Library. In addition to reading this summer, we've got ways to keep your body and mind moving! Want to fit more steps into your day or explore the outdoors? Curious about getting active, but don't know where to start? Love an epic adventure? Wondering how physical and mental activity keeps the brain and body young? We'll have this and much more!
Pick up a reading log in the Fiction or Nonfiction Departments any time before July 31!
Wednesday Walk & Talk
Every Wednesday in June, log some steps and chat about books, movies and more during an easy stroll around Howard Lake before the library opens. The walk begins at the Lake House across the street from the library. Call 444-7841 in case of inclement weather.
Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 8:30 am--Hoover Lake House
In Our Art Galleries
View works on display all month long by local and regional artists:
Friends Gallery: John Lytle Wilson Plaza Gallery: Bill Hill Administrative Gallery: Chris Davis
First Thursday Fiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. Refreshments provided as well as books for the next meeting. For more information, call 444-7820.
Thursday, June 2 at 10 am--Adult Programming Room
Bye, Bye Tantrums
Early childhood expert Rachel Raybin teaches parents how to control tantrums in very young children. Refreshments provided. Registration open May 18 - June 1. Call 444-7830 to register.
Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 pm--Youth Programming Room
Global Cuisine @ the Plaza: French
Customs Cafe presents a program on the food and culture of France. Complimentary samples provided. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, June 5, at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Heels & Wheels
Want some help getting fit, healthy or back in shape? Come hear the experts from Fleet Feet Sports Birmingham and Brick Alley Bicycles give tips on the best shoes, bikes, clothing, getting started and more. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, June 6 at 6:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Second Thursday Fiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian. Refreshments provided as well as books for the next meeting. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, June 9 at 10 am--Adult Programming Room
All Day Color & Chill
Coloring books aren't just for kids! Bring your friends, choose a picture page and let the colors flow as you chat and unwind. Adults and teens welcome. FREE! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Friday, June 10 from 9 am - 5 pm--Adult Programming Room
Sixth Annual World Wide Knit in Public Day
Celebrate the wonderful world of knitting! Reserve your space for free basic knitting or crochet lessons. Win door prizes from local yarn stores. Call 444-7821 for more information and to reserve your space for knitting lessons.
Saturday, June 11--Library Plaza Knitting Lessons: 11 am - 1 pm (Call to register!) Crochet Lessons: 11 am - 1 pm (Call to register!) Purl @ the Plaza: 1 pm - 5 pm
This Oscar-winning film documents the struggles of a high school football team as they attempt a winning season after years of losses (2011, PG-13, 113 minutes). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, June 13 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Drop in to make newspaper rolls for a local humane society. Adults and teens welcome. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, June 13 from 3 pm - 8:30 pm--Adult Programming Room
Daytime Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of The Case Against the Supreme Court by Erwin Chemerinksy. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 am--Adult Programming Room
No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group
Bring your favorite self-help book to share with the group. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Wednesday, June 15 at 10:30 am--Adult Programming Room
Gifted guitarist Carlos Pino and his band play a mixture of classic jazz and original compositions. FREE! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 pm--Library Plaza
Move It or Lose It
UAB professor Marcas Bamman, PhD, explains the benefits of exercise for both body and brain. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Join us for a library-themed Bingo night. Call 444-7800 for more information.
Friday, June 17 from 7 pm - 9 pm--Library Plaza
Lonnie Holley--Special Event!
Birmingham native Holley first made his mark as a visual artist whose bold work has been displayed at the White House, as well as being part of permanent collections at esteemed institutions like the Smithsonian, the American Folk Art Museum and the High Museum of Art. Less known, but just as crucial and bold, is Holley's work as a musician and recording artist. His musical performances possess an otherworldly quality that is both futuristic and ancient at times, but always mesmerizing. For tickets, visit hooverlibrary.org/lonnieholley or call 444-7888.
Tickets $12.50 Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Golf for Everyone
Learn the basics of golf and how the game aids with professional development and your health. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, June 20 at 7 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Glue Gun Gang: Patriotic Houses
Paint and decorate wood houses in a folk art style for the 4th of July. FREE! Adults only. Reservations required. Call 444-7840 to register, beginning June 1.
Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm Thursday, June 23 at 10:30 am Adult Programming Room
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm--Allen Board Room
Friday Night at the Movies
Join us for a family-friendly showing of Inside Out (PG, 102 min, 2015). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7888 for more information.
Friday, June 24 at 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Network with aspiring writers and share your literary works. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 am--Theatre Level Conference Room
Georgia-based sitarist presents an afternoon of North Indian classical music. FREE! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, June 26 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Monday at the Movies: Ghostbusters
Join us for a screening of the original 80's classic, Ghostbusters (PG, 107 minutes). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7820 for more information.
Monday, June 27 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Discoveries in the Making
Presented by the UAB Graduate School, this month features "The Role of Neuropeptide Y in Anxiety and PTSD" and "Are Colleges Making Students Fat?: A Look Into What Students Think About the Environment." Discoveries in the Making is an educational outreach program that seeks to share the newest research and exciting progress being made by UAB graduate students. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, June 27 at 6:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
I Love the 80s Trivia
Show off your 80s trivia and pop culture knowledge to win great prizes. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, June 30 at 7 pm--Library Plaza
Breakfast, lunch and dinner! Coffee and desserts! Located on the Library Plaza. June's Global Cuisine, French, features:
French Onion Soup
Monte Cristo Sandwich
Roasted Pear Tart
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Events & Programs
Bards & Brews Open Mic Poetry Event Avondale Regional Branch Library, June 3, 6:30 p.m. Beer tasting will be available courtesy of Avondale Brewing Company and there will be a musical performance by Josh Wheeler from 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Anna Moo in Concert Central Library, June 8, 10:00 a.m. Award-winning children's singer/songwriter Anna Moo will perform a concert at the Central Library. The event is free and open to the public. Moo is dedicated to using music as a FUNdamental teaching tool in preschools and elementary schools. Her presentations are dynamic, multiculturally oriented, and always top notch educational entertainment.
Free Tailgate Party with NFL Football Player Jerricho Cotchery Central Library, June 24 Qualified Get in the Game, READ summer reading participants, ages 11 to 17, will have the opportunity to attend a free tailgate party at the Central Library. Register for Summer Reading today at your favorite Birmingham Public Library branch.
Resources & Classes
Poetry In You Contest, Summer Poetry Seminars to Be Held at Birmingham Public Library Roderick Woods has been hosting free Poetry In You workshops at various Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations and city schools for 14 years. In addition to several free poetry workshops being offered at three area libraries, on July 23, Woods will be hosting the first Poetry In You Contest at the North Birmingham Regional Branch Library. The winners will receive $1,000 in cash, gifts, and prizes. ...Read More
Life in 1916 Springville Road Regional Branch Library, June 6, 2:00 p.m. Staff from the Birmingham Public Library Archives Department will show and tell what it was like to live in Birmingham a hundred years ago.
Steps to Starting Your Business Central Library, June 6, 12:00 p.m. Seminar presenters will be veteran mentors from the Birmingham chapter of SCORE, a national nonprofit comprised of volunteers willing to share their business knowledge and experience with prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners. Advance registration is required.
Books & Materials
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