In August and September, we will be renovating the Theatre Level to better serve you, our patrons. During these months, this level will be inaccessible. Please call 444-7888 and the Arts Staff will assist you with meeting rooms, art gallery inquires and the Library Theatre season information.
Stump the Librarian
Draw a card, pick a question. If we can't answer it, you have a chance to win a gift card donated by the Friends of the Library. Stop by the Nonfiction Department any time in July to play!
Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 31--Nonfiction Department
In Our Art Galleries
See works by local and regional artists on display in our art galleries. This month:
Friends Gallery: Amy Grimes Plaza Gallery: John Lytle Wilson
Global Cuisine @ the Plaza: American
Celebrate Independence Day with Customs Cafe as they present a program on the foods and traditions of the USA. Complimentary samples provided. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, July 3 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Wednesday Walk and Talk
Every Wednesday in July, log some steps and chat about books, movies and more during an easy stroll around Howard Lake before the library opens. Call 444-7841 in case of inclement weather.
Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 8:30 am--Howard Lake House
First Thursday Fiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Refreshments provided as well as books for the next meeting. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, July 7 at 10 am--Adult Program Room
Purl @ the Plaza
Let your inner geek out to play by bringing your nerdy knits to share! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Saturday, July 9 from 1 pm - 5 pm--Library Plaza
This country-blues and folk duo combines vocal harmonies with guitar playing reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt. FREE performance. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, July 10 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey
This powerful, uplifting documentary follows the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey team as they prepare for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (2014, TV-PG, 90 minutes). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, July 11 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, July 11 from 3 pm - 8:30 pm--Adult Program Room
Daytime Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get A Date by Robert X. Cringely. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
Second 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. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, July 14 at 10 am--Adult Program Room
Sweet Licks Dixieland Band
This Dixieland jazz band features clarinet, cornet, banjo and bass. FREE performance! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 pm--Library Plaza
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, July 15 from 9 am - 5 pm--Adult Program Room
Friday Night at the Movies: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Join us for a family-friendly screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, PG-13, 136 minutes). Free admission and refreshments. Call 444-7888 for more information.
Friday, July 15 at 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Alabama's Ninja Warriors
Want to know what it takes to compete in one of the world's toughest obstacle courses? Come meet three of Alabama's top athletes who can answer all your questions. American Ninja Warrior veterans Jo Jo Bynum, Jimmy Bogle and Eddy Stewart will be here to discuss everything from their training regimens to the audition process to running the course and more! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Saturday, July 16 at 2 pm--The Library Theatre
Glue Gun Gang: Fruity Coasters
Paint cork coasters to resemble colorful fruits. FREE! Adults only. Reservations required. Call 444-7840 to register, beginning July 1.
Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 pm Thursday, July 21 at 10:30 am Adult Program Room
No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group
Bring your favorite title about South America to share with the group. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
After Hours @ the Plaza: Game Nite and Color & Chill
Game Nite Put your game face on and team up with your fellow gamers! Bring your favorite board game to share or try out one from the library's collection. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Color & Chill at Game Nite Take a break between games and join us for a pop-up edition of our popular adult coloring page event. FREE! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Friday, July 22 from 7 pm - 10 pm--Library Plaza
How to Find Grants
Learn how to use the Foundation Center Cooperative database to find grants for nonprofits and individuals. Reservations required. Call 444-7816 to register for one of two sessions.
Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 am Sunday, July 24 at 2:30 pm Training Center
Share and network with other aspiring writers. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
Monday at the Movies: Little Women
Join us for a screening of Little Women (1994, PG, 118 minutes). Free admission and refreshments. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Monday, July 25 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm--Youth Program Room
I Love the 90s Trivia
Show off your 90s trivia and pop culture knowledge to win great prizes. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm--Library Plaza
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm--Allen Board Room
On Monday, July 4, Hoover Library and Customs Cafe will be closed to celebrate Independence Day.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner! Coffee and desserts! Located on the Library Plaza. July's Global Cuisine, American, features:
All American Chili
Coney Island Dog
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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Hit a Home Run with the Negro Southern League Museum Central Library, June 28, 10:00 a.m. Toby Richards, curator for the Negro Southern League Museum, will be sharing artifacts from the rare and priceless collection of Dr. Layton Revel for a hands-on experience for youth, teens, and adults to enjoy. Join us for a look into Birmingham's past with America's favorite game: baseball!
Young Leadership Tuesday Inglenook Branch Library, June 28, 3:30 p.m. We are developing leaders and readers at our Young Leadership Tuesday program! A child chosen from a group of participants will lead a reading program by reading a story at his/her comfort level to the other participants, stimulate questions based on the story, facilitate a craft, and clean up afterwards.
Get in the Game with Virtual Reality Five Points West Regional Branch Library, June 29, 2:00 p.m. Love to play video games? Ever thought about designing them? UAB’s ET (Enabling Technologies Laboratory) will provide an interactive presentation and discussion for teens regarding virtual reality complete with giant screens, Oculus Rift headsets to test out, and more! We’ll talk about virtual reality in technology, why it’s important, and what role it will play in the future.
Resources & Classes
Body Changing Weight Loss Support Group Springville Road Regional Branch Library, June 26, 4:00 p.m. Provides informal support in reaching healthy weight goals. Nutritional and exercise information is available, but no specific diet or plan is preferred. Provides a forum for discussion of common obstacles, healthy recipes, encouragement, and successful tips.
Word 2010 Advanced Part 1; Part 2 Central Library, Computer Center, June 27, 2:15-3:15 p.m.; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Public Computer Services trainers will show participants how to use headers and footers, columns, tables, and work with images.
Book Review: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life This one came to me by an odd route. I’m not a typical Steve Martin fan. Though I adore his seventies stand-up and SNL appearances, I’ve deliberately missed most of his movie career (there are some winning exceptions) and don’t get his New Yorker humor pieces (though I have to admit I don’t respond to most written New Yorker humor). Series Review: The Sunday Philosophy Club Isabel Dalhousie is a piece of work, a happy, complex, intelligent, and amusing piece of work, the narrator and protagonist of Alexander McCall Smith’s ten book (and counting) series, The Sunday Philosophy Club. As with McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series we are in contemporary, bourgeois Edinburgh, but, in this case, on the south side of town, near the university, and it takes place entirely from one person’s point of view: Isabel’s.