In August and September, we will be renovating the Theatre Level to better serve you, our patrons! A redesign of the lobby and meeting rooms will mean more function and event space, as well as an updated look to the entire level.
During these months, this level will be inaccessible. Please call 444-7888 and the Arts Staff will assist you with meeting rooms, art gallery inquiries and the Library Theatre season information.
Tickets for the Library Theatre's 25th Season will go on sale in September! Please check our website, www.TheLibraryTheatre.com, for more details.
Discoveries in the Making
UAB graduate student Kathryn Oliver presents "Cystic Fibrosis: A New Approach to Correcting the Basic Defect," outlining her research on the genetic disease that leads to persistent lung infections and progressive difficulty breathing. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, August 1 at 6:30 pm--Adult Program Room
First Thursday Fiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman. Refreshments provided as well as books for the next meeting. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, August 4 at 10 am--Adult Program Room
Drummer Dave Crenshaw has toured with international superstar R&B singer Maxwell and is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He will lead a jazz ensemble for his performance here. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 pm--Library Plaza
Batkid Begins tells the incredible and touching true story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old cancer patient whose wish to be Batman's sidekick for a day became one of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's most memorable moments (2015, PG, 87 min). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, August 8 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm--Youth Program Room
Drop in to make newspaper rolls for a local humane society. Adults and teens welcome. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, August 8 from 3 pm - 8:30 pm--Adult Program Room
Daytime Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of The President's Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffey. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
Second 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 month's meeting. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, August 11 at 10 am--Adult Program 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, August 12 from 9 am - 5 pm--Adult Program Room
Purl at the Plaza
Knot just for knitters! Bring your yarn to knit, crochet or embroider. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Saturday, August 13 from 1 pm - 5 pm
Glue Gun Gang
Make a fluffy watermelon-inspired wreath using tulle. FREE! Adults only. Reservations required. Call 444-7840 to sign up, beginning August 1.
Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30 pm Thursday, August 18 at 10:30 am
No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group
To celebrate the Summer Games in Rio, this month's topic is: The Olympics. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
After Hours @ the Plaza: Bingo!
Join us for a library-themed Bingo night. Call 444-7800 for more information.
Friday, August 19 from 7 pm - 9 pm--Library Plaza
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm--Allen Board Room
Share and network with other aspiring writers. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, August 27 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
Philos Moore is a singer/songwriter from Birmingham who performs a unique blend of Americana, folk and alt-country. FREE! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Monday at the Movies
Join us for a screening of World War Z (PG-13, 116 minutes). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7820 for more information.
Monday, August 29 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm--Youth Program Room
The Hoover Library will be CLOSED Monday, August 15th for staff training.
Customs Cafe: Last Day - August 31!
Customs Cafe's last day of operation on the Library Plaza will be Wednesday, August 31.
August's Global Cuisine, Polynesian, features:
Polynesian Pork Sandwich
Coconut Shrimp and Sweet Potatoes
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
New Cafe Opening October 16!
East 59 Cafe will be opening on the Library Plaza on Sunday, October 16.
The Library will not have any food or beverage service from September 1 - October 15, 2016.
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Bards & Brews Open Mic Poetry Event Central Library, August 5, 6:30-9:00 p.m. The August 5 Bards & Brews at the Central Library will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with live music from Birmingham blues guitarist George Griffin, beer tasting, and light refreshments. Griffin, a veteran performer, has played in venues across the Southeast. Since 2013, he has led George Griffin and the Firebirds, a Birmingham blues band.
Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts Springville Road Regional Branch Library, August 1, 11:00 a.m. A gathering of folks who want to meet new people, learn fun crafts, enjoy light refreshments, and feel like a part of the community. It is the happening place to be. All adults welcome and all instruction, materials, and refreshments are free!
Football 101 for Non-Players: Learning to Talk the Talk...or at Least Understand It Springville Road Regional Branch Library, August 9, 6:30 p.m. When you don't know a wideout from a tight end or a wishbone from a shotgun, it's hard to know what's going on in football—and impossible to discuss it intelligently. Coach Bobby Johns and friends will translate all that "commentator talk" into plain English. This is perfect for folks who love the game and would like to know more about common plays and the role of specific position players.
Resources & Classes
Money Matters Workshop – Your Spending, Your Savings, Your Future Central Library, August 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Birmingham Public Library is partnering with the staff of the Regions Institute for Financial Education at UAB to offer a series of Money Matters workshops at the Central Library on the first Wednesday of each month from July 2016 to May 2017. Please join us to take part in discussions about a variety of money management issues and learn ways to help you achieve your economic goals.
BPL Database – Career Cruising Central Library, August 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Registration required. Business, Science and Technology staff will show how to make the most of the library's Career Cruising database. Career Cruising features career guidance information, a directory of schools, financial aid information, a job search guide, skills assessment tools, and a variety of employment resources.
Registration Open For August 2016 Classes Registration is now open for staff and the public for free computer classes offered by the Central Library for August. Basic PC, Excel 2010, Hiring Process for Jefferson County, as well as the popular downloadables class are being offered. All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center on the fourth floor of the Linn Henley Research Library. Pre-registration is required for all classes.
Books & Materials
New TV Shows Test Limits of Competitors This has been a fun and exciting summer of television. I have been a fan of American Ninja Warrior for several years now, but this year, the networks have taken the competition shows up a notch. I have added two new team competition shows, American Grit and Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, to my list of favorites and hope they will return next year.