Basic or intermediate English classes resume in September. FREE! No registration required. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Tuesdays, September 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30 pm - 8 pm--Training Center
First Thursday Fiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Refreshments provided as well as books for the next meeting. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, September 1 at 10 am--Adult Program Room
How to Find Grants
Learn how to use the Foundation Center Cooperative database to find grants for nonprofits and individuals. Reservations required. FREE! Call 444-7816 to register for one of two weekend sessions.
Saturday, September 3 at 10:30 am Sunday, September 4 at 2:30 pm Training Center
Labor Day - CLOSED
The Hoover Library will be closed Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.
The Library Theatre 25th Anniversary Season: Tickets Available Online & by Phone
This year's 25th Anniversary Season includes performances by Marc Cohn, Dailey & Vincent, Rhythmic Circus, Molly Ringwald, Zoe Speaks, The Celtic Tenors, Alabama Troubadours and Phil Vassar. Tickets are available online at www.thelibrarytheatre.com or by calling 205-444-7888.
Beginning Tuesday, September 6 at 10 am: Last year's full-season ticket subscribers may purchase a 2016-2017 full-season package.
Beginning Thursday, September 8 at 10 am: New full-season subscribers may purchase a 2016-2017 full-season package.
Beginning Friday, September 9 at 10 am: Open Sales (individual and multi-show tickets) are available online or by calling the Library Theatre Box Office.
Beginning Monday, September 12 at 10 am: Regular Box Office hours resume: Monday - Friday, 11 am - 6 pm, with special hours for performances.
Second 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, September 8 at 10 am--Adult Program Room
Japanese guitarist and singer Hiroya Tsukamoto performs original acoustic music and Japanese folk songs. FREE! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, September 8 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, September 9 from 9 am - 5 pm--Adult Program Room
Purl @ the Plaza
Fall into autumn knitting! Bring your projects and make new friends. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Saturday, September 10 from 1 pm - 5 pm--Library Plaza
Friends of the Hoover Library: Bicycling the East Coast
Join us for a presentation on "Bicycling the East Coast from Key West to Canada." FREE! Refreshments provided. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, September 12 at 10 am--Library Plaza
Drop in to make newspaper rolls for a local humane society. Teens and adults welcome. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, September 12 from 3 pm - 8:30 pm--Adult Program Room
Daytime Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for a discussion of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Tuesday, September 13 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
Spanish Conversation Club
Practice your Spanish and celebrate the culture! Some experience with Spanish is suggested. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Tuesday, September 9 from 7 pm - 8 pm--Library Plaza
James Mullis, a Birmingham based singer/songwriter, blends modern day folk with soft blues. FREE! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, September 18 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Glue Gun Gang: Felt Feathered Owls
Make a cute hoot owl for a student in your life or to enjoy as autumn decor. Adults only. FREE, but reservations required. Call 444-7840 to register, beginning September 1.
Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 pm Thursday, September 22 at 10:30 am Adult Program Room
French Conversation Club
Practice your French and celebrate the culture! Some experience with French is suggested. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Tuesday, September 20 from 7 pm - 8 pm--Library Plaza
No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group
In celebration of Banned Books Week, bring your favorite banned book to share with the group. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Wednesday, September 21 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
Nighttime 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. Cringley. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Thursday, September 22 at 7 pm--Allen Board Room
After Hours @ the Plaza: Game Nite
Put your game face on and team up with your fellow gamers! Bring your favorite board game or try out one from the library's collection. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Friday, September 23 from 7 pm - 10 pm--Library Plaza
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, September 23 from 7 pm - 10 pm--Library Plaza
Share and network with other aspiring writers. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, September 24 at 10:30 am--Adult Program Room
Neuroscience Cafe: Huntington's Disease
Michelle Gray, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Victor W. Sung, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, discuss "Advances in Huntington's Disease: New Therapeutic Strategies and the Cutting Edge of Medical Science." Presented by the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. FREE! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, September 26 at 6:30 pm--Youth Program Room
Banned Books Week
Dr. William Hutchings from the UAB Department of English talks about the most famous banned and challenged books. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, September 29 at 12 pm--Library Plaza
English Conversation Club
Join us for an informal gathering for speakers of other languages to practice their English. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm--Library Plaza
The Theatre Level Is Getting A Makeover!
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.
New Cafe Coming 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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Body Changing Springville Road Regional Branch Library, August 21, 4:00 p.m. Provides a forum for discussion of common obstacles, healthy recipes, encouragement, and successful tips. Nutritional and exercise information is available, but no specific diet or plan is preferred.
Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts Springville Road Regional Branch Library, August 22, 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.
Active Living @ Your Library Five Points West Regional Branch Library, August 24, 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Alabama Legal Services will present a will clinic to the Active Living participants.
Classes & Workshops
Ukulele 101 Avondale Regional Branch Library, August 20, 9:30 a.m. Registration required. Designed for the absolute beginner, this 45-minute introduction workshop will be enough to get even the most novice guitarist strumming on the ukulele. Participants can check out one of Avondale Library’s 13 ukuleles available for the public, or bring their own.
Job Readiness Resume Clinic Central Library, September 9, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Representatives from New Rising Star will be on hand at the clinic to provide one-on-one advice on crafting both the content and format of your resume. The goal will be for all attendees to walk away from the clinic with an actual completed resume in hand.
Materials & Resources
Fold3: Our Newest Genealogy Database Did you serve in the military, or maybe one of your relatives? Military records are a great place to learn about an individual’s military service and can provide genealogical information. Many genealogical lineage societies, such as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, are tied to an ancestor’s military service.
Book Review: Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres Henry Adams was the grandson of President John Quincy Adams. He became the preeminent American historian of his day and was friends with many of America’s most distinguished men: Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt’s great Secretary of State John Hay.
A Contrast in Philosophy You may have read or seen Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man book and movie. But did you know that there is a book about the subject from a woman’s perspective? Why Do I Have to Think Like A Man? by Shanae Hall takes on the same issues as Harvey’s book but with completely opposite thoughts and advice.